How I Met Your Mother Thoughts: 12 Horny Women

Season 8, Episode 8

Marshall Law

Any episode that starts off with the words, “A little ways down the road,” will most likely get a lot of love from me. This was not the instant classic that I was craving, but it delivered a lot of fun moments as well as some serious developments. I don’t think I was in the right mindset while watching this episode, not saying that it was a bad episode, but I do believe that this episode will improve on me upon viewing it again. We’ll start with the Barney/Robin stuff, the mentioned fun and random stuff, and then take a look at the episode’s biggest story which was the Marshall and Brad stuff.

12 Horny Women plays as a two-parter with two major developments from the last episode carrying into this one. At the end of the Stamp Tramp, Robin and Barney shared a kiss which then followed with Robin walking away. We didn’t really get into that development right away as Robin and Barney pretty much avoided each other and the situation throughout the night. They avoided each other so much that I almost forgot what had happened in the previous episode.

Towards the end of this episode, the two finally sat down and addressed the situation. I mentioned in the previous review that I hoped that following the kiss that Robin and Barney would just get together already. Well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen just yet which is a bit annoying and maddening. Robin assures Barney that they are not meant to be a couple and Barney let’s Robin know that this is it. Barney will no longer chase Robin. This revelation, I guess, makes us wonder how the two will finally get together for good, become engaged and more importantly, get to that wedding.

There’s not a whole lot of time left, especially since I don’t really want to see everything be rushed as we head to the finish. The show ended on another bit of a cliffhanger as once Barney walks away from the booth, Robin gives an interesting, thought-provoking look as the show fades to black. What exactly was going through her mind? We won’t exactly know until the next episode, but for now we are left to fill in the blanks with speculation.

In fitting with the courthouse theme, the gang has fun letting each other know how they used to be ‘badasses’ back when they were younger. Here is where the episode had its most fun as we flashed back to see some exaggerated moments, How I Met Your Mother style, then of course the curtain was pulled back and we saw what really happened. There’s really nothing that did not work as we saw some Robin Sparkles, Lily doing her Omar thing and Barney telling us how he used to break out of hand-cuffs back in the day. But what about Ted?

Well, Ted has been pretty much playing the background ever since his break-up with Victoria. He has shined in his small moments and airtime, however, and here he once again managed to make the best out of what he was given. No one is really going to believe that Ted was a ‘badass’ in his youth so of course that will always provide some nice laughs. Also, anytime we see younger Ted with his crazy hairstyles, we know we’re in for something special.

I’m not sure many How I Met Your Mother fans even know what The Wire is, even if it is one of the greatest TV shows of all-time, but I’m also not sure if a casual fan of this show would need to know about that show in order to enjoy watching Lily walking down the street, bat in hand, whistling and striking fear in the little kids’ hearts. It’s a pretty funny sight gag even if you know nothing about The Wire, but of course, it works better if you do know who Omar is. It wasn’t a laugh out loud moment, but hey, it was worth a couple chuckles and a smile.

I won’t go too much in depth about Robin Sparkles, but I will just say that anytime the former Canadian pop-star is on our screen, our lives are that much better.

So, let’s get to that trial now and Marshall vs. Brad. I loved that we finally got see Marshall in court. I did not love how much of a goof Brad was being. Yeah, even Ted acknowledged how Brad was being an idiot but that still didn’t make it any better. Anytime you have Brad on the show, you’re certainly going to jump at the chance to show off his impressive physique so I wasn’t really surprised that they had him take his shirt off pretty much the first chance they got. Once again, at least the show acknowledged that they were aiming for the ladies as the 12 female jurors were pretty much stand-ins for all the women out there watching. For me, I just didn’t like that Brad looked like such an idiot in such a serious trial.

Marshall, on the other hand, came out looking like a million bucks as yes, he didn’t get the 25 million dollar lawsuit he thought he was getting, but looking at the bright side, he did win the trial. It was a nice touch to show a dream-like scenario of Marshall and his son that showed us what he was fighting for. There was hope followed by the disaster scenario and ended with the teasing of things might actually be okay. It was also nice to see Marshall and Brad become buddies once again once the trial was over. Brad realized the error of his ways and the trial made him see that it wasn’t all about the money.

I feel like the reveal at the end that Marshall was sitting in that courtroom in front of the judges because he now aspired to be a judge himself, made everything that came before it that much better. We’ve seen glimpses before of how Marshall would become a judge, but it was nice to actually get that ball in motion and see it actually happening right before our eyes.

Perhaps demanding classic episodes wasn’t the right thing to do or the right state of mind to be in since it would only lead to disappointment and leave me taking perfectly good episodes like this one for granted. I’m sure the classic episodes will come, but for now I’ll take the characters having fun, the show making me laugh, and more importantly, the show continuing to make progress and moving the storylines forward.

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