We're Not from Here

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"We're Not From Here"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 2
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Chris Harris
Production code 3ALH02
Original air date October 1, 2007
Guest actors

Enrique Iglesias (Gael)
Nikki Griffin (Lindsay)
Darryl Sivad (Officer Roque)
Damon Gameau (Australian Backpacker)

Season 3 episodes

"We're Not From Here" is the second episode in the third season of the television series How I Met Your Mother and 46th overall. It originally aired on October 1, 2007.


Lily & Marshall explain they are writing their 'death folders' containing useful information should either of them die and a letter to one another, but Marshall tells Ted and Barney that he forgot to write his letter. Ted and Barney play on Marshall's superstitious nature by insisting he will not die before writing it, forcing Marshall to knock on wood, throw salt over his left shoulder, and spin around three times, before leaving.

Older Ted narrates that Robin needed time away following their break-up and we see her on vacation with Gael, saying she felt up-tight in New York. Back in the bar she claims to be a different person, but Barney says Robin is still the same, adding that she will realize this and dump Gael soon. When Gael joins them, the gang use big words in order to continue their conversation without letting on, which makes Gael ask if they are talking about baseball.

Marshall writes his letter to Lily, pouring his heart (and tears) out over many pages. Once finished, he decides to read Lily's letter to him and is angry to discover it is not as heart-felt as his (it contains information on her teacher's pension and a reminder to cancel Vogue.)

At the bar, Gael is surrounded by women while Ted and Barney lament how easy it is for Gael to get girls simply by being from out of town. This gives them the idea to pose as tourists outside MacLaren's and they strike up a conversation with two passing girls. The girls agree to show the guys around the following day and Barney suggests they meet up outside MacLaren's but the girls think it's a lame bar. Ted tries to defend his favourite watering hole, without revealing he is a New Yorker.

Inside, Lily asks Robin how things are going with Gael and Robin reveals she has become annoyed doing things at home that she loved on holiday, such as being hand-fed her food by Gael (dropping spaghetti on her sofa) and him sweeping the table clear to make love (breaking her laptop). Robin says she won't complain and go with the flow but when she is in the shower later, a strange Australian backpacker (Damon Gameau) uses her toilet. Robin goes to speak to Gael but discovers he has invited more backpackers to stay with them.

Marshall starts an argument with Lily over her loveless letter. They exchange a quick hug after Lily mentions this is their first fight as a married couple before Marshall continues to storm out.

The girls (Colleen and Lindsay) take Ted and Barney to a potato restaurant. When the girls go to the bathroom, Ted says they have met the "two lamest New Yorkers of all time", but Barney convinces Ted to continue with the plan and the girls decide to take Ted and Barney to a friend's party.

Robin reveals she ate a marijuana-laced Blueberry muffin one of the backpackers had baked, causing her to say some inappropriate things on the air. She tries to lay some ground-rules but the group is watching the television and so Robin decides to lie down as she is still "pretty baked".

Ted, Barney, Colleen and Lindsay are in a cab on their way to the party. Ted questions where they are going and is terrified to learn they are heading for the South Bronx. His fears are confirmed as they end up giving descriptions to the police of three guys who have apparently mugged them.

Marshall quizzes Lily over why she couldn't write a love letter like he did and Lily states it is because she cannot bear to think about not being with him, and that he would just open the letter and read it as soon as she has finished writing anyway. Marshall promises he won't, so Lily agrees to write her letter, but Marshall asks her to make the letter "dirty" and slip in some Polaroids.

Back on the street, Ted and Barney are invited back to the girls' place but Ted finally snaps when he finds out the girls are actually from New Jersey. Ted chastises the girls about not being from New York and derides New Jersey. He tells them to go home, which they do getting a lift from the cops. Ted and Barney try to get the same courtesy but the police officer refuses by stating he is "Newark, born and raised".

Robin is woken by the sound of bongo drums and confronts 'vacation Robin' in the living room who tells her that she has lost her way since coming home. Robin retorts by saying that her vacation self is boring, lame, and getting sand everywhere. As the two are about to kiss, Robin is really woken by drums and finds the group of travellers playing in the living room. She finally gets rid of them by brandishing her gun but the shouting wakes Gael and Robin tells him they have to break up. Barney toasts the return of the real Robin while she mentions that 'vacation Robin' popped up in her dreams again and that "that chick knows what I like".

Lily finishes her letter and makes Marshall swear not to read it until she is dead. Older Ted narrates that he kept his promise until November 2029 when an older, balding Marshall opens the letter (implying that Lily has died) to find Lily's words telling him he is busted. Marshall calls Lily, older and very much alive, into his office and they argue. Marshall says Lily also broke her promise as there are no naked pictures in the envelope for him; Lily says she will take some photos but Marshall doesn't want ones of her at that age, which sparks an argument.


Cultural references[edit]

  • When Robin brandishes her gun in front of the backpackers, one of them yells, "Michael Moore was so right about Americans!" He is referencing the 2002 documentary Bowling For Columbine directed by Michael Moore which focused on gun crime in America.
  • When seeing pictures from Robin's vacations, Lily says "This is like a 'Where's Waldo' of exposed genitalia".
  • In the letter Lily writes to Marshall, she asks him to cancel her Vogue Magazine subscription.
  • In the cab, Barney says that "somebody's been watching too many 'Steinfeld' reruns", actually referring to the TV show Seinfeld.

Critical response[edit]

  • Donna Bowman of The AV Club rated the episode C.[1]
  • Staci Krause of IGN gave the episode 5.9 out of 10.[2] This episode received the lowest rating from IGN from all of season 3.[3]


  1. ^ Donna Bowman (2007-11-01). "How I Met Your Mother "We're Not From Here"". The AV Club. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. ^ Staci Krause (2007-10-02). "How I Met Your Mother: "We're Not from Here" Review. The follow-up to a stellar premiere is less than stellar.". IGN (News Corporation). Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  3. ^ How I Met Your Mother: Season 3 http://tv.ign.com/objects/906/906721.html

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