Something New (How I Met Your Mother)

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"Something New"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 8
Episode 24
Original air date May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
Guest actors

Cristin Milioti (The Girl with the Yellow Umbrella / The Mother)
Casey Wilson (Krirsten)
Keegan-Michael Key (Calvin)
Suzie Plakson (Judy Eriksen)
Marshall Manesh (Ranjit)
Joe Nieves (Carl)
Ned Rolsma (Marcus Eriksen)
Brian Huskey (Rand)
Lyndsy Fonseca (Daughter)
David Henrie (Son)
Cherub Moore (Hostess)

Season 8 episodes

"Something New" is the 24th and final episode of the eighth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 184th episode overall.


Future Ted tells his kids that, during the spring of 2013, he was making the final adjustments to the house he bought, while Barney and Robin were preparing for their wedding. As Lily and Marshall pack their things to go to Italy, Marshall's mother calls them and Lily slips the fact that they are moving. To compensate, Marshall promises her that he and his son will visit her for a week. A free Lily visits Ted in MacLaren's and he shows her his finished house.

Meanwhile, Barney and Robin sit in a bar and an obnoxious couple starts bothering them - not letting them smoke cigars and stealing their reserved table. Barney and Robin start planning to break them up, so Robin puts her engagement ring in one of their cups. When Krirsten, the couple's woman, finds the ring, she excitedly responds that she will marry her boyfriend, Calvin, but he has no intentions to do so. After their break-up, Robin and Barney smoke happily in a park when the couple finds them. The couple say that after the fight, they agreed to get married. Barney and Robin feel proud after seeing them happy.

When Lily and Ted reach his house, Lily realizes that Marshall's mother is trying to convince Marshall to not go to Italy, after seeing some Facebook photos. When Lily sees a "For Sale" sign, Ted reveals that he's moving to Chicago because he cannot be around Robin after the wedding. Marshall calls Lily for a final time, saying that no matter what happens, he will move to Italy with her. After this, Marshall receives a call, saying that his application to be a judge has been granted. Marshall realizes then that he can't join Lily in Italy.

Ted reveals to Lily what happened in the previous episode: he found Robin digging her old locket, and when she found the empty box, she grabbed Ted's hand, since she interpreted it as a sign to not marry Barney. Ted left, saying that he would see her at her wedding. He realizes that after all these years, he still feels something for Robin and would do anything to make her smile. Lily admits where the locket is: before Ted almost married Stella, Lily chanced upon Robin drinking away her sorrows at Ted going ahead with his wedding. Both of them went to the park where the locket was buried and Robin found it, taking it to Ted's apartment and putting it in a race-car pencil box which she intended to take to Japan. Ted realizes he still has that box and wants to give her the locket as a wedding gift.

With the wedding scheduled in 56 hours, Ted moves out of his empty apartment and meets up with Lily to go to the wedding. When she asks how he's returning to the city before going to Chicago, Ted says that he'll take the train. Ranjit fetches Robin and Barney at their apartment. Marshall calls Lily and she reminds him that in a week, they'll be living in Italy. When Marshall's brother Marcus reminds him that he hasn't told her about the job, Marshall says that it is "face to face" news.

During a closing montage featuring all of the main characters heading to Farhampton for the wedding, the titular "mother" (Cristin Milioti) is finally revealed to the audience for the first time, as she steps up to a counter at a Long Island Rail Station while carrying her signature yellow umbrella and bass guitar and asks for a ticket to Farhampton (where she will eventually meet Ted).

Barney's blog[edit]

Barney reviews the restaurant he went to with Robin.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

  • The title of the episode refers to the traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" were already used as the titles of the two season 2 episodes that centered around Lily and Marshall's wedding and "Something Old" was the title of the previous episode.
  • In arguing about his availability as a judge while in Italy, Marshall proposes several options - one of which is to have a hologrammed head in the courtroom, referring to Jor-El from Superman: The Movie. Another of Marshall's options is for him to remotely control an Audio-Animatronic version of himself much like Abraham Lincoln in "The Hall of Presidents".
  • Lily says she will be glad to see a movie that doesn't start with a desk lamp jumping onto a letter i, a reference to Pixar.
  • Lily compares the apartment to The Little House on the Prairie because Marshall cancelled their cable and wi-fi subscriptions.
  • Ted mentions that he was building his house just like Ryan Gosling did in The Notebook.
  • There is a dialogue reference from Pulp Fiction, during the flashback when Robin tells Lily that her grandmother stuck the locket in her butt all throughout World War II. This is the same thing that Pulp Fiction's Butch Coolidge's grandfather and his father (together with his father's friend) did to the watch that would later on be passed to Butch, keeping it in their butts throughout the duration of several wars.


In a CBS press release, series co-creator Carter Bays said the formal appearance of the Mother was a closely guarded secret. Milioti landed the role due to her performances on 30 Rock and the Broadway musical Once, plus her skills with the ukulele; proficiency with musical instruments was an important casting detail (it had previously been established in the show that the Mother played a bass guitar).

She had her taping day on March 27, 2013,[2] with some members of the production staff being the extras at the train station scene. The shoot was made under intense secrecy, with Milioti being driven to the studio well into the night;[3] in an October 2013 podcast, she says John Lithgow helped her make the flight to LA in time for the shoot, not knowing about his role in the show.[citation needed]

Fellow co-creator Craig Thomas added that Milioti's initial screen test with Josh Radnor caught co-star Neil Patrick Harris by surprise; he thought she had been cast as The Mother at that point.[citation needed] Two unnamed actresses were also in the running.[4]


"Simple Song" by The Shins plays during the last sequence of the episode, as the main characters individually head towards the wedding. The song has been complimented for its uplifting mood and relevance in the scenes it is used in.[5] This song was one of Andy Gowan's top 10 favorite musical moments: he says it is "a very powerful song for a very powerful scene".[6]



Including DVR viewing, the episode was watched by 10.44 million viewers with an 18-49 rating of 4.5[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode an A-.[8]

Max Nicholson of IGN scored the episode 7.5[9]'s Bill Kuchman described the episode as "monumental" and said that it "did a fantastic job" of keeping the show's future "under wraps", adding that the production team took a risk in casting a relatively unknown actress as the Mother.[10]


  1. ^ "Barney's Blog: Public Service Bronouncement - How I Met Your Mother". May 13, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Michael Ausiello (May 14, 2013). "‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 9 Spoilers: Wedding Weekend Cristin Milioti". TVLine. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly, 6 September 2013
  4. ^ Franich, Darren (May 13, 2013). "'How I Met Your Mother': Casting Cristin Milioti as the mother | Inside TV |". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "5 Essential 'How I Met Your Mother' Music Moments". Archived from the original on June 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "'How I Met Your Mother' Music Supervisor Reveals Show's Top 10 Music Moments". Archived from the original on June 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Live+7 DVR Ratings: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Again Leads Adults 18-49 Ratings Increase & Tops Total Viewership Gains; ’90210′ Earns Biggest Percentage Increase in Week 34 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". June 3, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bowman, Donna (May 13, 2013). "Something New". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Nicholson, Max (May 13, 2013). "Something New". IGN. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ (May 14, 2013). "How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Finale Review: Kids, Here's How WE Met The Mother". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 

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