Where Were We? (How I Met Your Mother)
|"Where Were We?"|
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Carter Bays & Craig Thomas|
|Original air date||September 18, 2006|
George Clinton (Himself)
|Season 2 episodes|
"Where Were We?" is the first episode in the second season of the television series How I Met Your Mother. It originally aired on September 18, 2006.
Throughout the summer, Ted is extremely happy because of his new relationship with Robin, while Marshall wallows in depression over his break-up with Lily. Barney meanwhile is forced to constantly listen as either as Ted happily describes his new relationship with Robin or Marshall laments his failed relationship with Lily. Marshall can't even eat pancakes on Sunday (Pancake Day) because they remind him of Lily, and Ted constantly monitors him so that he won't call Lily. After 40 days, Marshall has yet to leave the apartment and Robin, Ted, and Barney discuss the situation. Barney takes Marshall to a strip club, telling him that he hasn't gotten over Lily yet because he can still picture her naked. Barney says that he needs to replace the naked pictures of Lily in his head with pictures of other naked women. Ted then takes Marshall to a Yankees-Indians baseball game, but when a couple becomes engaged a few rows down from them, Marshall freaks out and throws a hot dog at the couple. Security then escorts him out of the stadium.
Robin, who has been hiding from Ted the fact that she likes guns, finally takes Marshall to a firing range, and they shoot some rounds, which cheers him up a little. His good mood is short-lived though when he finds one of Lily's credit card bills in the mail. Looking at the charges on her bill, Marshall imagines that Lily has hooked up with George Clinton and they do everything that he and Lily didn't, like playing tennis and owning a ferret. Barney gives Marshall the idea to look at her online credit card statement to see more recent charges and Marshall discovers that there are charges on the card for a hotel in New York. Despite Ted's best efforts, Marshall calls the hotel and a man answers the phone in Lily's room. Trying to convince Marshall not to go to the hotel, Ted finally gets tough on him, telling him that as pathetic as Marshall is at the moment he won't have a chance to win back Lily. Marshall agrees not to go to the hotel, and Ted and Robin leave for a romantic weekend, putting Barney in charge of staying with Marshall. As they leave town, Robin and Ted discuss whether or not Ted was too hard on Marshall, and Ted reveals that Marshall told him about the firing range. Feeling guilty, Ted calls Barney to see how Marshall is doing. Barney, who had taken Marshall to another strip club, realizes that Marshall is gone. Ted and Robin turn around and head to the hotel to find Marshall.
Ted finds Marshall in the hotel bar, and Marshall tells him that he had already gone up to Lily's room and punched the guy who opened the door. He then found out that the guy in the hotel room wasn't Lily's new boyfriend—he had stolen Lily's credit card. Ted tries to reassure Marshall that Lily didn't come back into town without calling him and she didn't have a new boyfriend, but Marshall is upset that the last link that he had to Lily was a lie. Ted reminds Marshall of the first time that they met in college, before Marshall had met Lily. Ted tells Marshall that he is someone outside of his relationship with Lily and encourages him not to let his break-up with Lily ruin his life. While Marshall doesn't immediately bounce back, one Sunday morning he makes pancakes for Ted and Robin. As Marshall begins going out again, Lily appears at MacLaren's one night. She sees her friends having drinks and leaves unnoticed.
- George Perkins and The Silver Stars - "Cryin' in The Streets" (Silver Fox Version)
- Parliament - "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)"
- Grant Lee Phillips - "Boys Don't Cry" (Original by The Cure)
- Lily's mention of dancing on stage with George Clinton "Courteney Cox style," refers to Bruce Springsteen's video of "Dancing in the Dark," in which Springsteen chooses Cox from the crowd to dance with him on stage.
- Barney's speech about how he, Marshall, and Ted are going to womanize together is a callback to Tom Joad's speech at the end of The Grapes of Wrath.
- Robin cites the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, claiming "the right to bear arms."
- At the hotel bar, Marshall told Ted that he was high during their first meeting, even thinks that Ted is the Dean. this is an early reference of how Marshall Met Ted in How I Met Everyone Else.
Reviewer Joel Keller described the episode as a "very strong opening to the season" and suggested the show was ready to become "a monster hit" with just a few improvements.
- Joel Keller (2006-09-18). "How I Met Your Mother: Where Were We? (season premiere)". TV Squad. Weblogs, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-23.