How I Met Your Mother-Something Old-Ray Wise and Cobie Smulders

As How I Met Your Mother creeps closer to its season finale, troubles a foot. “Something Old” sheds light on Robin’s marital fears, while Barney finds a new laser tag partner. While Robin’s having problems getting reading for the wedding, we’re bothered by a certain impending departure.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget, Ray Wise, Albert Tsai, Billy 4 Johnston, Michael Leone, Daniel Harris, Robert Sloan, Jacob Guenther, George Barrera, Eduardo Reynoso Jr., Sam Marchan, Sonora Chase

Episode Title: “Something Old”

Robin Jr. searches for an adolescent dream while Robin Sr. bonds with his future son-in-law. Meanwhile, Ted helps Lily and Marshall pack for Italy.

The Good:

  • The Empty Box: Like Ted, we’re shocked young R.J. even dreamed of her wedding day. She buried a locket for her something old on her first trip to NYC, head filled with the hope of marrying a sophisticated city. She’s halfway to her dream, but when the trinket can’t be found she allows the loss to manifest into a sign that her engagement’s a mistake.  It would have been sweet for Barney to show up and assuage her fears, but it was more fitting for Mr. Universe. Ted did his best to soothe Robin, especially when the box was finally found and it was empty. To have a man who’s depended on signs to bring him closer to his bride preach against looking to the universe shows how much he’s grown. But watching them hold hands in the rain didn’t instill confidence.
  • Woof Woof: Robin is marrying her father. We only know Robin Sr. enough to blame Robin’s boyish adolescent appearance on him. Quality time with his son-in-law B-Dawg made the truth painfully obvious. It’s an interesting turn of events now that Robin’s fears are front and center. Fretting over whether your partner is like your emotionally unavailable father is real and serious. Barney and Robin Sr.’s laser tag battle brought their similarities to the forefront.  But Barney bonded with him enough to know his, “Nah, it’s stupid,” was code for, “Please, let’s keep playing laser tag.” 
  • The Triangle: Ted, Lily and Marshall were working overtime to give us the merriment that laser tag and Central Park couldn’t provide. Pitting Sasquatch binders against shoplifted handbags when packing for Italy introduced us to El Ganso con la Riñonera. Ted, a man who can make packing seem badass while calling his doctor to check on the dangers of swallowing gum. The Fanny Pack Dork shed some light on Lily and Marshall’s puzzling love games. One of their funniest scuffles was over a karaoke machine used for the Three Amigos New Year’s Eve Destiny’s Child performance. Let it be known: Whoever’s married to Jay-Z makes the rules, even when that person is Ted.

The Bad:

  • Italy No-Go: This Italy thing is a cute story, but without Lily and Marshall there is no show. Ted’s the lead, Robin’s the first and most important girl, and Barney’s the reason we came back week after week. But Lily and Marshall were our pinnacle of hope. They’re the parents of the group even with a little Marvin of their own. Their relationship has served as  a constant reminder that true love is not only attainable, but awesome. If this move keeps them out of the fray things won’t be the same. We do not approve.

The Quotable:

  • Lily: “We get it, you packed a lot in your fanny. ” Marshall: “Obvious, yet delightful.”
  • Ted: “I just like that there was ever a version of you that imagined having a something old at your wedding. Robin Scherbatsky, you’re a girl.” Robin: “Shut up, you’re a girl.” Ted: That’s already been established, the new information here is that you’re a girl.”


“Something Old” finally gave us the peek into Robin’s brain that we’ve been clamoring for. Though he gave little indication, we’re banking on her fiancé saving the day. Perhaps Barney knows about the locket, and dug it up? While we could be completely wrong, it’s never a bad idea to bet on love.

Rating: 8.5/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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