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How I Met Your Mother: It’s Marshall Versus Brad in “Twelve Horny Women”

How I Met Your Mother

The conclusion to How I Met Your Mother’s two-parter revolving around Marshall and Brad going up against each other in court can be easily described in one simple word: satisfying. So very rarely can I walk away from an episode of a sitcom and feel completely and purely satisfied in every way that I care about. I laughed at every joke, I caught all the references to previous episodes, my heart strings were tugged on, and Marshall didn’t have to suffer yet another blow to his career. In fact, “Twelve Horny Women” did a tremendous job at not only showing how good of a lawyer Marshall is while still remaining the world’s most optimistic guy, but he found his true calling as a judge. Now, some might think Marshall is giving up his dreams of fighting to save the environment, but as a judge he can still do so by not letting corporations get away with damaging the planet with just a slap on the wrist and still make a healthy amount of money doing so.

I can’t recall the last time I laughed at every joke on an episode of HIMYM. Maybe I was just in a good mood, but everything was tickling my funny bone is just the right ways. Even Brad’s abbreviations of random words had me giggling in a childish manner. Lines like “Objection, your Honor, on the grounds that this is redonk” and “People with hope, vision, and integ” were welcome in their quirkiness. I especially liked Marshall’s cue cards filled with puns he had on hand during his hearing with the judiciary panel. Going back to the past to see which of the group were the biggest delinquents was a fun break from the courtroom proceedings. I wasn’t at all shocked to learn Robin, Barney and Ted were lying about their shenanigans – and the payoff jokes on magicians, Canadians and Ted’s love of the Renaissance were great – not was I surprised to learn Lily’s past was completely true – and terrifying.

Back in the courtroom, taking advantage of Joe Manganiello’s rugged appearance and desirable physique paid off in more ways than could have been expected. The blatant objectification of Brad was too much to handle at times, but in a good way. In particular, the video he filmed – and edited, “Yep, I edit stuff too.” – drove me over the edge with laughter. And the bi-curious judge was a surprise and never overstayed his welcome. Marshall’s surprise at learning the judge has a wife was priceless. Most importantly, I was grateful the friendship between Marshall and Brad could be mended towards the end. Despite winning, Gruber Pharmaceuticals only has to pay $25,000, chumps change for such a big company. Yet Brad was inspired by Marshall’s dedication and quits his job to come work with Marshall, encouraging him to try for a judge position. And Brad’s appearance wouldn’t have been complete without a reference to his and Marshall’s one-time bromance and brunch dates.

Barney and Robin’s awkward kiss from last week is briefly touched on in the beginning and end of the episode, first to acknowledge both remember the moment and are trying to act like it didn’t and happen, and second to have Barney tell Robin he’s done trying to make things happen between them and is ready to just be friends, only for Robin to suddenly realize that might not be what she wants. Barney managed to hit me right in the feels as he told Robin he couldn’t do what he’s been doing anymore. I literally wanted to reach out and pat him on the shoulder and tell him I know what he’s going through. Getting over someone is difficult and HIMYM has always shown the fallout of relationships comparatively realistically. I’d be more sad if I didn’t already know these two lovebirds work everything out in the end.

 

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