How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Review “Twelve Horny Women”

Picking up the story that How I Met Your Mother hinted at last week, tonight’s episode, “Twelve Horny Women,” showed us how Brad’s involvement in the “Frog Lake” case changed the direction of Marshall’s career.

In typical How I Met Your Mother bait-and-switch style, the NY State Judiciary Committee that Marshall was going before was not reviewing his misbehavior in court. Although we were led to believe that there would be a hugely unjust upset in the court case that would cause Marshall to snap and go completely insane in court, what really happened was entirely different, and somewhat embarrassing.

It’s embarrassing because practically everything that happened in those courtroom scenes would have felt more appropriate on a satirical comedy skit than on How I Met Your Mother. Brad seems to have graduated top of his class at the Barney Stinson School of Law (complete with sexy dance video package) but the sexist Barney Stinson gags end up being completely obnoxious when a character we barely know is trying to pull them off. Brad using his sex appeal to sway a room full of easily influenced “horny” women and a googly eyed judge was awkward, borderline offensive, and most importantly, not very funny. I suppose this all might have been fine as a b-story, but this ridiculousness was supposed to be the focus of the episode and it just didn’t work.

Meanwhile, Ted, Lily, Barney, and Robin came together to support Marshall in the courtroom. Witnessing the judicial system in action got these four to argue over who among them could rightfully claim the title of ultimate teenage badass. This spurred a series of amusing flashbacks of the gang imagining themselves as hardcore rebels. These bad-kid stories paid off when we saw exactly how everyone had exaggerated their own mean streak, while Lily did end up being the legit bad kid on the block.

We got a tiny bit of Robin and Barney development when Barney told Robin that he was done trying to “get” her and done making a fool of himself. As expected, Robin’s response amounted to a confused “huh.” So, now we’re back on the other side of the ping pong table, where Robin realizes that Barney is giving up and she suddenly wants him back. These two need to get on the same page fast, because as much as I want Robin and Barney to end up happily together, I’m getting tired of watching these two go through the same motions over and over again.

How I Met Your Mother just can’t seem to find solid footing this season. The b-stories in tonight’s episode were entertaining and even the tiny twist at the end revealing the change in the direction of Marshall’s career fit in with classic How I Met Your Mother season long story arcs. Still, the bulk of the episode concentrated on bizarre courtroom material that didn’t feel rooted in reality and became too silly for even the usual lighthearted antics of How I Met Your Mother.