How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Review “The Over-Correction”

This week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, “The Over-Correction,” got practically the entire gang wrapped up in Barney and Patrice’s business. It might not have been much of a surprise to see Robin breaking into Barney’s place on her own, but Lily and Ted got mixed up in Robin’s attempt to steal Barney’s Playbook in an unexpected and rather entertaining turn of events.

How I Met Your Mother set up a few running gags early on that would payoff successfully and bring some major laughs as the episode progressed. Sometimes How I Met Your Mother sets up a running gag that tries too hard and never really amounts to much, but most of the bits we saw tonight worked for me. I enjoyed Robin’s search through Barney’s lair, constantly uncovering all the other books of Bro-Legend before accidentally stumbling upon the trigger she had been looking for. Ted’s anger over all his un-returned personal belongings just seemed to get funnier as new items were uncovered, and I loved the added Ted-touch of having all his items boldly labeled as being the property of Ted Mosby. Even the long-time running gag of Ted’s classic red cowboy boots returned in all their stupid-looking glory to bring laughs to this story line.

I’m not sure what to make of the Barney and Patrice business. I want to believe that Barney is being sincere about Patrice, if only because I don’t think Patrice deserves to be used by Barney. As much as I enjoy seeing Robin scream at Patrice for no logical reason, she’s been a persistent and consistent secondary character that seems to have earned her right to a happy send off. Knowing where Barney and Robin’s story is headed, I’m hoping that we’ll actually get to see Patrice wind up with someone who is going to appreciate her for all the reasons that Robin can’t seem to stand her. Heck, at this point, I’d even be excited if they revealed that she was the mysterious mother of Ted’s kids.

While Robin was definitely making me laugh throughout the episode, her intervention at the end was well deserved. Even if she did think that Barney was crying out for help, she was going about the business of helping him in all the wrong ways. Robin has to get her own head screwed on straight before she can even consider the task of helping Barney out with his problems.

The story about Marshall’s mom and Lily’s mom hooking up didn’t do much for me. The trope of single, middle-aged adults having sex and grossing their grown children out has been done so many times on TV that there was nothing new or interesting about this story line. I did like Marshall’s moment when he realized that Lily thought she knew the extent of his mother’s new adventures only to wipe the smug look off her face by telling her, “my mom and your dad are humping.”

How I Met Your Mother has had a rough streak as of late. While there have been a handful of funny episodes, most of what we’ve seen this season falls below the standard that How I Met Your Mother set for itself in its earlier seasons. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Robin screaming at Patrice happens to be one of my favorite running gags recently but, “The Over-Correction” had me laughing more than I expected I would. I can only hope this signals the start of an upward trend for the remaining episodes in this season of How I Met Your Mother.