'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9 premiere: 8 things to watch for in 'The Locket'

how-i-met-your-mother-s9-premiere.JPGThe final season premiere of "How I Met Your Mother" is less than two weeks away. It picks up where Season 8 ended, with everyone -- including the mother ( Cristin Milioti) -- heading to Farhampton for Robin ( Cobie Smulders) and Barney's ( Neil Patrick Harris) wedding.

Zap2it got an early look at the hour-long Season 9 debut on Tuesday (Sept. 10). Here are some things you can expect to see when "HIMYM" returns on Sept. 23.

How Lily meets the mother: Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have said that the rest of the regular characters will meet Ted's ( Josh Radnor) future wife before Ted himself does. First up is Lily ( Alyson Hannigan), who ends up on the same train as Milioti's character (whose name, incidentally, probably won't be revealed until late in the season). She makes a pretty good first impression -- cookies are involved.

Ted has a little Leslie Knope in him: Lily ends up on the train after the drive out to Long Island with Ted becomes unbearable. We learn that Mr. Mosby, like a certain "Parks and Recreation" staffer, has a fondness for binders stuffed with minutiae.

Wild cards: On their limo ride to Farhampton, Robin and Barney become concerned over family issues -- specifically, the number of oddball relatives each has invited to the wedding. One cousin in particular makes the couple especially uncomfortable.

Travel troubles: Sherri Shepherd makes the first of several appearances as a woman seated next to Marshall ( Jason Segel) as he and little Marvin make the return flight to Minnesota. Marshall is (justifiably) starting to freak out over his decision to accept a judgeship without telling Lily, and he does not make for the best seatmate. It only goes downhill from there.

The "Kennedy package": It's something Lily decides to get at the Farhampton Inn, and it will apparently be a recurring joke during the season. So you may be hearing the phrase "Thank you, Linus" a whole lot.

Remix! Keep your ears open for a slow-jam version of the "Bang bang bangity bang" song in a couple of scenes.

McLaren's lives: Most of the action in the premiere takes place at the inn, but as Bays promised in a recent interview, there's a good amount of jumping around in the episode -- including one scene at the gang's long-time hangout.

Ted gets tackled: As you can see at the end of this promo.


"How I Met Your Mother" premieres at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Sept. 23. See when all your favorite shows debut on Zap2it's fall premieres calendar.
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