The 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.