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How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted Mosby, a New York architect who wants to get married and start a family. Future Ted is telling the story of how he met their mother and we see his past story set in the present day and the adventures he has with friends Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin. CBS 2005-???

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Episode 8 - Twelve Horny Women

28 November 2012

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Synopsis: Marshall tackles Brad in the big case of Frog Lake v Gruber Pharmaceuticals. Brad uses his looks to woo the Judge and Jury while Marshall scrambles to make his case. The rest of the gang attend court to support him and reminisce about what young punks they all were back in the day.

The Good: This was wretched.

The Bad: More than one person has written to me to argue that Ted being an unreliable narrator excuses the show from certain logical criticisms. But there is no defence of this twenty two minutes of utter crap.

As I often say, you can’t have it both ways. Clearly Marshall’s moment of victory (in getting Brad to take his shirt off and reveal the rash) was meant to have actually happened. So even if you excuse the nonsense of Brad seducing the court room with his looks as Ted’s bad memory or Marshall’s exaggeration, there is no excuse for the story that was told. Marshall won his case because he was able to prove that Frog Lake did indeed cause skin irritations. How puerile are the writers of this show? Any actual court case about pollution would have been thrown out of court if the prosecution couldn’t prove that something as minor as dermatitis was occurring. Yet we were presented with that as the whole case. Worse than that a Judge on his own was allowed to arbitrarily determine an amount of compensation without any reference to Government regulation or the law. I know I’m one of the few who that bothered but why should I care in the slightest that Marshall wants to become a Judge when his whole legal career is based on sketches written for children?

As for hunky Brad’s antics, naturally I saw no comedy in it. If you remove all reality from a situation then it’s no longer comedy. It’s just an excruciating waste of time as we see the same idea played out over and over again. Brad’s hotness somehow convinces a jury (of all women of course) and the Judge to tolerate ludicrous arguments and behaviour. As if we weren’t already bored enough by this Brad brings in a slob as his expert witness and Marshall doesn’t get to cross examine and expose him. Of course not.

There was no comedy or plausibility in the arguments between the rest of the gang about who had the more misspent youth. And before we even get to the silly sketches I didn’t buy that these people would attempt to convince one another that they had dangerous childhoods. They all know each other well, why would they even go through the charade of concocting silly lies? Seeing Lily play Omar (from The Wire) was self serving because I would wager over half of HIMYM’s audience had no idea what that was a reference to.

It seemed like Robin wasn’t actually relieved to hear that Barney was going to give up hitting on her. You don’t think she might have feeling for him do you?

Comic Highlight: I suppose at least Robin’s fake story about bad behaviour was plausible. That’s not actually a comic highlight, I couldn’t think of one.

How I rate your episode: How I Met Your Mother is a successful show which clearly appeals to enough of mainstream America that viewers will happily let some of the worst comedy I’ve ever seen wash over them and not complain about it. But I will not let it go. It would take only a tiny bit of effort and reorganisation to at least attempt to be funny.

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