Barney is devastated to learn that his mother is selling the Staten Island house in which he grew up, which means packing up and putting away all his happy childhood memories. He convinces his friends to help him, his mother Loretta and his brother James pack up the house. When the gang are packing things up, what they see and learn is that Loretta told Barney and James what to them are obvious lies about their growing up period. While James quickly learned that they were lies when he was younger, Barney always believed and still believes everything Loretta told him. What Barney and James also find is an unmailed letter, the contents of which could affect one of their past and one of their future. Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall argue about what things they will tell their children about such issues as Santa Claus. And Robin tries to find a good balance of how to "sell" Ted to one of her girlfriends.
Did You Know?
In this episode, Robin mentions Robert De Niro in Cape Fear. In the film, Robert De Niro's character has a tattoo on his chest that says "Loretta". Incidentally, Barney's mother's name is also Loretta. See more
When James is showing his and Barney's photo to Sam he is holding it at a bottom but next second he's holding it at a middle right after the camera angle switched. See more
The coach made me leave the team because it was not fair for the other kids. Right, James?
Oh, yeah. He was the best. He could throw inside, he could throw outside...
He sucked. Mom just said that to spare his feelings.
References Cape Fear