The Monday, March 10 episode of "How I Met Your Mother," "Daisy," reveals where Lily went when she ran out when she and Marshall were fighting – and what she did.
Sunday 2 p.m., 4 hours before the wedding
Robin's mother drops some wisdom Robin's mother explains that she's come a long way when it comes to flying (though her experience did end with her duct taped in her seat, so there's that). She's looking forward to meeting Barney, and when she finds out that he's doing a Saltine challenge, she brings up Robin's father's weird behavior on his wedding day: going off to teach someone some manners and coming back with a dead elk. In Bermuda.
When Barney then calls to tell Robin that he's going off to teach someone some manners, she begins to worry she's marrying her father – and it only gets worse when her mother tries to reassure her by bringing up crazy things her father did, such as being engaged to a stripper, dressing up like an aristocrat and everything else Barney has done on "HIMYM," like keeping his job a secret for years and sleeping with many women. Yes, it's a bit much.
But when Robin's mother meets Barney and he hugs her, she says the hug is why he's nothing like her father. As the episode ends, Robin's mother assures her she's going to be fine; some marriages are like hers, but others are like Lily and Marshall's. Marriage can be scary, but as long as you have someone you can depend on, you'll be fine. So does Robin have someone like that? She says she does, but is anyone else worried about that expression on her face?
Lily can keep a secret! While sitting down to eat with Ted, Barney, Ranjit and William Zabka, Marshall brings up Lily storming out, and William comments that he saw her coming out of an easy-mart and getting into a car with "AHOY!!" as its license plate. It's The Captain's car, and Marshall decides to go to his house and punch him, meaning it's time for a quick field trip just hours before Barney and Robin's wedding. Marshall ringing the doorbell interrupts The Captain's musical morning greeting with his housekeeping crew, and Marshall does punch him, but nothing happened between him and Lily. She just came over, went up to the bathroom for a while and then left.
Marshall ends up challenging The Captain to a duel, and lucky for Marshall, Ted declares he has the answer because apparently The Captain has won gold medals in fencing? After enjoying the suspense for too long, he finally starts in, and yes, it's as unbearable as Marshall expected it to be. After he has The Captain bring down the daisy from the bathroom, he explains that Lily started smoking again and "pretended" to be annoyed during the annoying car ride (he wishes) so she could sneak in one last cigarette on the train. She started chewing gum because of her breath, and she had Linus bring her drinks to calm her nerves with everything that happened in such a short period of time. "It's kind of insane how much happened in a day of a half," Ted comments. She then needed somewhere to smoke, so she stopped for a pack of cigarettes and used The Captain's bathroom.
However, when he reaches into the daisy to pull out the cigarette, he pulls out a pregnancy test. Here's what really happened: Lily had thrown up on the train and paid Linus to give her non-alcoholic drinks. She had been planning to wait until she got home to take the test, but when Marshall mentioned any future children in their fight, she couldn't wait. The test was positive.
The guys return to the inn, where Lily points out she can keep a secret. Marshall begins talking about doing research on hospitals in Rome because they're going to Italy. She's getting her dream because she's giving him his again. When she comments if the baby's born outside the US, she can't become president, he asks if it's a girl, and she says she thinks she is. This is the Lily and Marshall we've been missing.
One year later, Marshall and Lily are in home, arguing about Funyuns on their terrace in Italian, and we get to see their new baby, a daughter named Daisy.
"How I Met Your Mother" season 9 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of "Daisy"?