Something Blue (How I Met Your Mother)
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Craig Thomas & Carter Bays|
|Original air date||May 14, 2007|
With Marshall and Lily's wedding reception in full swing, Ted and Robin begin discussing a big announcement, and when Barney overhears, he harasses them until they relent, telling him of what happened 2–3 weeks before the wedding. Ted and Robin say that they have not revealed it before because of the wedding.
In the restaurant where Ted and Robin had their first date, Ted and Robin receive two complementary glasses of champagne. Robin discovers an engagement ring at the bottom of the glass, and begins to think that Ted is proposing to her. Barney reacts in horror at the thought they might marry, and Ted reveals Robin reacted with similar horror. The proposal was actually meant for a couple at another table; when the mix-up is clarified, the other woman accepts, but Robin's horror and subsequent relief unearths unresolved issues between Ted and her.
The restaurant owner recognizes Ted is the man who stole his blue French horn, Ted runs away, but runs into a waiter, food getting all over Robin and him. The restaurant owner forces Ted to return the blue French horn in order to get his credit card and driver's license back. They go to Robin's apartment, and Robin discusses that she does not want to settle down, and that she has always wanted to travel the world, going to places such as Argentina. Ted also expresses this desire, saying that he wished he had studied abroad for a year while at college and claiming that Argentina also needs architects. Since he just finished a big project at work (the Seattle project), he feels that now is as good a time as ever to travel the world. Barney is again disgusted by this idea, not on the terms of their relationship, but due to concerns of his being lonely in New York and Argentina being economically unstable.
Ted and Robin then discuss the issue of kids. Robin does not want to have kids, but tells Ted that "if I were to have anyone's kids, I'd have yours". They initially decide to hold off, but then decide to take the risk. At this point, a terrified Barney believes that Robin is pregnant with Ted's child. His fears seem confirmed when he sees Robin catching the bouquet and making a point of not drinking.
As Marshall and Lily leave on the honeymoon, Ted and Robin then reveal that after they had sex that night, they realized that their relationship wasn't exactly heading in a direction either of them wanted to follow. After exactly a year of being together in a relationship, Ted and Robin break up. This further stuns Barney, who wondered why he had not heard. Through a flashback to the episode "Showdown", they explain that they decided to hold off announcing the breakup because of Lily and Marshall's impending wedding. As Robin is asked by a little boy for a dance at the wedding reception, Barney tells Ted that even though he had always joked about the two of them breaking up, he thought that they were a good couple. Ted agrees, but says that they were not headed in the same direction. Ted then gets a drink from the bar and a cigar from Barney, and tells an overjoyed Barney that he's going to need a wingman again. Future Ted then reveals that they eventually both got what they wanted out of life; Robin went on to travel the world, while Ted met his future wife. Ted no longer considers Robin to be "The One", and is finally able to move on.
Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily could not eat at their own wedding reception because of things such as food being taken right out from under them and relatives congratulating them just as they were about to get a bite. Lily also gets drunk, and misses in her attempt to feed Marshall some cake. When they finally get to the limo, which is driven by Ranjit, Marshall asks to stop at a fast-food restaurant so that they can get something to eat. At the restaurant, Marshall begins to fully realize that Lily is his wife, and his realization makes him very happy. The season ends with Ted accepting Barney as his wingman, and Barney declaring the summer is going to be "Legen— wait for it...."
- "No One Here" by The 88
- "Sea Green, See Blue" by Jaymay.
- "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach, performed by Roger McGuin.
- During a flashback wherein Robin thinks Ted is proposing to her, it turns out the ring belongs to another couple. That on-screen proposal is real, and by the real couple, Timothy Russo and Jana Rugan. The couple were friends of writer Matt Kuhn, and huge fans of the show. They were brought in specifically so Russo could propose to Rugan on-set. For rehearsal takes of the scene, two actors played out the engagement with a prop ring, then for the real take Tim delivered the "it's mine" line and really sprang a surprise proposal on his startled girlfriend with the genuine ring. Rugan's acceptance had to be dubbed in post-production due to her being overcome in emotion at being asked. As part of the DVD special feature, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor humorously re-enact the proposal in a ribald way that could have ruined the take for airing. Radnor describes the proposal in his TV Guide blog.
- The DVD extras include a scene titled How It Really Happened: Showdown (1:08). Barney reads a toast at the wedding but completely forgets to mention the bride and groom.
- The title of the episode refers to the old saying about good luck tokens for brides: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." "Something Borrowed" was the name of the previous episode and "Something Old" and "Something New" are the final two episodes of season 8.
- The last names that Marshall and Lily come up with in the beginning of the episode refer to the Skywalker family (from Star Wars) and David Hasselhoff.
- The gang mentions the Green Day song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" in a list of "horrible wedding cliches that they wouldn't touch with a ten-foot limbo pole".
- While talking to Robin about moving away, Ted mentions the movie Godzilla.
- When Marshall and Lily stop at the Wienerburger and Marshall is ordering, Lily is dancing the Macarena, another wedding cliche.
In his episode review at TV Squad Joel Keller gave the episode a 7, their highest rating.
- "Pilot". How I Met Your Mother. Season 1. Episode 1. 2005-09-19. CBS.
- Josh Radnor (April 12, 2007). "A Most Engaging Story". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
- "How I Met Your Mother - Season Two : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
- Joel Keller (May 14, 2007). "How I Met Your Mother: Something Blue (season finale)".
- Staci Krause (2007-05-15). "How I Met Your Mother: "Something Blue" Review. Lily and Marshall have troubles at their reception and Barney discovers a big secret about Robin and Ted in this great cap to a great season.". IGN (News Corporation). Retrieved 2010-04-04.