How I Met Your Mother: “Twelve Horny Women”

Grade: C-

Airdate: 11/26/12

Each week I try to keep an open mind as I sit down to watch How I Met Your Mother, but recently seeing the episode titles ends any hope I had for the episode.

So let’s start the post for “Twelve Horny Women.” The episode opens with Marshall (Jason Segel) talking to the New York State Judiciary Board about the hearing his law firm had against a pharmacological company that was represented by earlier season recurring character and recent lawyer-strategy stealing con man Brad (Joe Manganiello). The scene switches to the courtroom during the first day of the trial. For a moment I was looking forward to a witty trial like the ones they have on Bones but with even more comedy. Then Brad started seducing the all women jury and all hope was lost. Can this show take anything just a little seriously?

The rest of the gang called in sick to work so they could attend Marshall’s trial and support him. Being in the courthouse makes them all tell their “bad-ass teenager” stories of how they got arrested. Scooter, played by David Burtka, made an appearance in Lily’s (Alyson Hannigan) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) was during her Robin Sparkles phase. So it wasn’t all bad. And in the end all the stories ended up being false and were really lame stories about their teenage years.

I did laugh at Ted’s (Josh Radnor) really being him getting his “mugshot” taken at the Shaker Heights Renaissance Festival.  There have been a lot of Ohio references lately, which being from Ohio I have thought were funny but will most likely be lost on the majority of the audience.

So that part wasn’t that bad and knocks on Cleveland always get me but the trial part was so bad I couldn’t bring myself to actually enjoying the episode. Brad spends the whole trial flirting with the jury full of women and the gay judge and showing a ridiculously not funny video. Marshall realizes that Brad got some terrible rash from swimming in the contaminated Frog Lake, which is what this whole trial is actually about. So, he ends up winning the case. He makes up with Brad and they decide to go to brunch at The Popover Pantry. It turns out Marshall was at the judiciary board because he is applying to be a judge, but he will not find out if he is for a couple of months. I would have more hope for that but when the show tries to bring the characters’ work into the story it always goes badly. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you about the Arcadian building.

Again the first 25 minutes seemed to be an unnecessary prologue to the five minutes of actual story about Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s relationship. They have been acting weird around each other since drunkenly kissing on the street. Barney decides that they need things to go back normal — no drunk kissing or trying to be a couple — and he explains to Robin, while they are in the bar, what he is going to do and how she is going to react to it. Of course, it is what always happens and Robin is smiling through the whole time. Barney then walks over to the bar and the episode ends with Robin seemingly realizing that even though their relationship is weird she might love Barney.

The five minutes of cute and five minutes of Cleveland jokes was not enough to make up for the 20 minutes of suck. C-.

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