Gotta start a thread so people can come in and say how much they don't like the show anymore... There was some excellent stuff in these two episodes, and then some other stuff that just didn't work. First the good. The Mother! And not only was she present, she was great. The Lily/Mother scenes were by far the best part of the first half hour. It was amazing how immediately likable she was, and fit right in. Then the scene at the end of episode 2 starts to give us Ted/Mother together, so we understand why they go well together and why we've been hearing this story for 9 years. Really out of the park on those scenes. I liked some of the Marshall stuff, but it was pretty broad humor. The Barney 'curse' flashback was pretty lame. Barney/Robin, eh. I'm just not sure that works, but it's what we've got. Did I mention I like the Mother?