We got the chance to meet The Mother in last season's "How I Met Your Mother" finale, but in Monday, Sept. 23's season 9 premiere, "The Locket" and "Coming Back," we got the chance to see how she interacts with two members of the group: Lily and, more importantly, Ted.
Friday, 11 a.m. 55 hours before the wedding
Wedding…over? The big "HIMYM" wedding weekend hit a snag when Barney and Robin discovered they had the same Cousin Mitch, prompting phone calls to every relative they could think of to make sure they didn't share any DNA. It took a few calls, but they did eventually confirm that Mitch was adopted on Robin's side, which was good because it didn't matter how many times they said it wouldn't be a big deal, it clearly was. With that problem solved, they could kiss without it being awkward. Their wedding was going to be legendary, no "wait for it" required. "I've got you," Barney explained. "I don't have to wait for it anymore." Oh, how sweet. But Barney, about that ring bear?
The problem with letting mothers on Facebook They post photos of you pretending to be a judge with a banana and your son and send it to everyone, including the wife you haven't yet told about that job. While Marshall tried to talk Judy through deleting the photo, the woman sitting next to him on the plane, Daphne, had enough and wanted anywhere but that seat. (Could you blame her? He was telling her his entire life story.) They ended up being kicked off the flight, and Marshall still couldn't delete that photo, even after getting his mother's password. Well, until Marvin just hit the keyboard. That worked. And just in time. But there was only one seat left on a flight to New York, so it was a race across the airport for Marshall and Daphne.
Biting and sombitch cookies Lily lasted longer in the car with Ted than we would have as he pulled on his driving gloves and took out the binder for their Excellent Adventure. She ended up on the same train as The Mother, who offered her cookies since she looked stressed. The two bonded over the "sombitch" cookies (with a minor fight ensuing later on involving biting and a rolled up magazine), with Lily ranting about Ted and The Mother calling him a dork (but secretly she was very much the same). The Mother suggested that he wanted to get rid of her, and Lily remembered about the locket. He had even called Stella to see if she had it in Los Angeles. So upon reaching Farhampton Inn, Lily did what any sane person would do and flew across the lobby to tackle Ted in front of Robin, who believed that it was about the road trip issues. (Let's blame that on wedding distractions.) Ted gave Robin a framed photo of the five friends from eight years ago and promised Lily that he wasn't going to do anything crazy that weekend (and he meant it at the time), but as the final moments showed, four days earlier, he bought a ticket to Los Angeles.
Friday, 12 p.m., 54 hours before the wedding
The worst front desk clerk Lily and Ted tried to check in, only to find out their rooms weren't ready and for Curtis to make Ted feel even worse about being single. He went so far as to suggest he go stay at a motel instead of the romantic inn! It didn't help that Lily spilled Ted's entire story to the guy. So while Lily was given a brochure for the lighthouse (at least until the news that Marshall couldn't get on a flight), Curtis offered Ted the channel guide for the TV. Later, he even seemed to be offering him some words of wisdom by telling him "she's just around the corner," but he just meant housekeeping was around the corner from his room. Apparently there was only one housekeeper in this inn for how long it took rooms to be ready. Eventually, Ted did get to his room, only to find the display Barney had set up for his brother waiting. The poor guy couldn't catch a break!
Have faith Meanwhile, Marshall and Daphne found out their flight was cancelled due to storms heading up the East Coast, so it was a race to get a rental car. She beat him there, and it looked like all was lost for him when an old man stepped behind the counter for his line, but this guy was apparently the Six Flags guy on sugar because he breezed through the line—and Marshall got the last car, a Monstrosity Sport, the perfect car for an environmentalist like himself. The only problem was the lack of a baby seat, and Daphne offered to take the car and go buy one then come back for them. With the way things were going for the two, you expected that to be the last time he saw her, but she did return. But she picked the music and he had to pay for gas.
A cursed family Barney told a story about his family being cursed to be "hornier" and "hornier" after his and his brother's carriage ran over an old gypsy woman in 1800s Moscow. He believed that James broke the curse with his marriage, and when Robin found out James and Tom were getting divorced, she told him not to tell his brother, worried what it could mean for their relationship. Unfortunately, Lily had paid a bartender to always make sure a drink was in her hand, so she was too drunk not to blurt out James' news. Robin found Barney at the front desk and was worried he was looking for a strip club, but to her surprise, he wasn't freaking out. He was just getting the key to his brother's room to take down the display he had set up for James and Tom's anniversary, complete with erotic cake. "I don't need them to make me believe in true love anymore," he told her as Barney won twice in the hour-premiere for most romantic line. "I got you now."
Finally So we've seen The Mother. We've seen Lily meet The Mother. We may have seen the first moments of The Mother falling for a part of Ted when Lily talked about his dorky qualities and she secretly shared some of them. We've heard Ted talk about The Mother. But it was towards the end of the second episode that we finally got to see the two sit down and have a conversation, as one year later, they returned to the inn and waited for their room. (Apparently the inn didn't hire anyone new in housekeeping in that year.) They were adorable, and it was perfect, and we fell in love with them. Ted told her about sitting at the table (while present-day Ted sat there, alone, with his crossword), and she could see it. He had said, "I'm coming back, and I'm bringing you," and as he told her, he knew he'd meet her. As he went to check on the room, however, it ended on a bittersweet note, as The Mother looked over at where present Ted was sitting.
"How I Met Your Mother" season 9 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of the premiere?