Last night, How I Met Your Mother returned to its old ways. “Twelve Horny Women” focused on Marshall’s court case and an argument between the gang that felt like every other one. As season eight soldiers on, the show’s falling into a pattern we don’t like.

The Players:

Episode Title: “Twelve Horny Women”

Marshall battles his old friend Brad in the court case of his life. Elsewhere, the group’s prior run-ins with the law turns into a competition to determine who was the biggest delinquent teen.

The Good:

  • Your Honor: In true How I Met Your Mother fashion, the premise of the episode was not what it seemed. What began as an assumed judicial reprimand for conduct in the courtroom turned into a review for Marshall’s application to become a judge. Kudos to the writers for managing to surprise us, while bringing levity to a foolish plot.
  • Lily Coming: It was brief, but HIMYM paid homage to Omar Little, the best fictional bad-ass to grace the small screen since Dennis The Menace. As Lily terrorized her neighborhood as a child she whistled “The Farmer in the Dell,” clearing the streets of all kids, just like The Wire’s favorite anti-hero. Any mention of The Wire is good, but a tribute to its greatest character is even better.

The So-So:

  • Inching Along: Try as we might, we simply can’t get behind the slow resurgence of Robin and Barney’s relationship. The show would move forward if the couple focused on rebuilding their relationship, instead of inching closer to a reunion. Their stories salvation was the foundation on which they built last night’s lack of progress. All mature adults try to pretend drunken make-out sessions never happened. That and the look on Robin’s face after Barney gave up the fight for her heart made it almost worth suffering through.

The Bad:

  • Bro-Beans: Marshall’s plot might have ended up in a good place, but the journey was long and tiresome. All of Brad’s courtroom antics—and behaviors in general—were oddly reminiscent of Barney. He referenced suiting up, crafted several catchy bro-centric phrases, and paraded around in front of the all-female jury like our favorite womanizer. Playing the poor man’s Barney is fine, as long as it’s referenced somewhere in the script. 

The Quotable:

  • “She said I listen too much, whatever that means.”

Overall:

If How I Met Your Mother can’t find a way to breathe life into their stories, this will continue to be a roller coaster season.  Week to week we go from good episodes, to episodes with good parts. As a whole, “Twelve Horny Women” was barely entertaining. The gangs plot felt dated, and Marshall’s was too ridiculous to enjoy until the end.

Rating: 6/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.

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