How I Met Your Mother – “Twelve Horny Women”

Season Eight, Episode Eight

Grade: B

While the episode hypes up the most important trial in Marshall’s life, all of these side-stories take a back-seat to the romantic plots that How I Met Your Mother have promised us since episode one. And once again, HIMYM delivers only during the last five minutes of the episode. Last week, Robin and Barney share a kiss that is cut short because the two of them are still a mess. They both have feelings for each other, but it really doesn’t look like them, as a couple, could ever work. So during this episode, they act like the kiss didn’t happen, which results to a lot of “Hey!” “What’s up!” chatter. But in the end, Barney admits that he’s finally done with pursuing Robin, which of course opens her eyes to make her rethink everything. She ends with an “Oh…” and you just know this isn’t the last of the Barney-Robin seesaw (We know they get married, so why are they even trying to make us believe that they don’t get together?)

It’s funny because earlier I watched a re-run of the HIMYM episode titled “Hook” which goes on to explain how sometimes you find yourself on someone else’s hook and you either can’t see it or you can’t leave it. They keep you there by saying you can’t be together at the time, therefore keeping you around. The whole Barney-Robin-Ted friendship has been like one gigantic hook. Ted was on Robin’s hook for a very long time and now Robin and Barney are exchanging hooks left and right. It’s mind-blowing to think the writers of this show actually believes there’s an audience for this kind of tedious love story. And as Barney and Robin struggle to find each other, Ted’s story is being pushed back more and more. Sadly to say, it’s hard to imagine Ted meeting his wife being worth the wait.

Anyway, the actual plot of the episode was quite good. Marshall was up against his former bro-friend Brad and when it looked like Marshall had the clear advantage to win the case, Brad appealed to the all-female jury because he’s a hunk. This included a hilarious video of Brad swimming in Frog Lake that he claimed was safe. But Marshall was quick on his feet to reveal the scars and rashes on Brad’s body. Marshall won the case, but didn’t get the $25 million settlement that he claimed. All of this brought Marshall to the conclusion that he wanted to become a judge.

This was a solid episode, but still one that doesn’t rival against the early HIMYM episodes. But for what it is, the gang was over-the-top enough, but not too ridiculous with their stories. That’s how the show still succeeds, they have to maintain that balance because it doesn’t have the liberty of being as whacky as Happy Endings nor as straight-forward as Modern Family. It has to be a little bit of both.

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One Response to How I Met Your Mother – “Twelve Horny Women”

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