Can How I Met Your Mother do no wrong? “Bad Crazy” didn’t just focus on Ted’s unbalanced paramour or Robin’s struggle to hold Marvin. It also made one thing very obvious: HIMYM is on a roll.

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget, Abby Elliot, Reatha Gray, Mike Tyson

Episode Title: “Bad Crazy”

Ted mulls over his latest breakup, while Robin finally holds Marvin for the first time.

The Good:

  • 17 Years Later: Let’s be clear: If your actions cause serious harm to someone’s child, you should confess post haste.  But if the kid’s completely fine, take your time. Of course, dragging it out like Robin may be ill advised. For  17 years, Robin slowly revealed that while in charge of Marvin she: let a random old lady hold him, allowed his stroller to roll into the street, and took him to a topless bar. Oh, and the old lady was actually Mike Tyson, which worked perfectly. Having your son rocked by “the greatest boxer of all time” has a way of making his proximity to danger seem unimportant. 
  • Just Plain Crazy: Truly insane folk like Jeanette, don’t care about making a scene anywhere. Just like Barney testifying in five competency hearings and Marshall tangling with his many crazies, “’nigh on a decade,” didn’t prepare them for Jeanette. A girl who does séances with Marilyn Monroe’s cat and takes her dog to an exorcist seems like an easy one to leave –unless you’re Ted.  Most people need a push in the “ready to settle down” realm and Jeanette is Ted’s.  No matter how ludicrous her antics, he can’t walk away without ripping off her clothes. 
  • Flame Forward: How long can Ted stay tethered to absolute insanity? The episode started with a flash to the near future. Ted and the gang are sitting on the curb outside of his building amidst a flaming pile of crap. His personal belongings were nothing but charred remains. Don’t count on Jeanette paying for her crimes, thanks to her get out of jail free card. She’s a cop!  
  • J’accuse: There was a montage of Ted’s single escapades; that guy had a lot of fun dating a myriad Mrs. Wrongs. The parade of wacky things Marshall and Barney stashed at Ted’s was worth it. The best was the cuckoo clock Barney used to punctuate Jeanette’s insanity, and the return of Ted’s red boots. It’s comforting to know we’ll never be rid of those eyesores. But the Boston accent game is really starting to grow on us. 

The So-So:

  • Symphony of Slight Confusion: Falling in love with babies is a serious thing; you fall hard and you fall fast. So it’s no surprise that once baby-hating Robin finally held Marvin she became addicted. This is a steep slippery slope. We all remember “Symphony of Illumination,” last season’s juggernaut in which Robin’s pregnancy scare took her through a journey of emotions. No one wants to see her with child more than us, but her commitment to a life without children is a character staple that can’t be easily upended. She could just be warming up to Marvin, but we’ve got a feeling that this isn’t over.

Overall:

Aside from that tin baby bomb, “Bad Crazy” is another in a string of stellar episodes. At this point How I Met Your Mother should win an award for effectively integrating a baby into the fray without making the show awkward. It seems so simple, but this is innovation of the highest caliber.

Rating: 9.5/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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