How I Met Your Mother Review: “Twelve Horny Women” (Season 8, Episode 8)

How I Met Your Mother bounced back from a weak string of episodes last week and was able to keep the streak of solid episodes alive with tonight’s episode, Twelve Horny Women.

First of all, Twelve Horny Women is an outstanding title. Obviously the plot of this episode was nothing like the plot of the classic film that the title pays homage to, but I had a good laugh at the title even before seeing the episode.

Last week this trial was teased, saying it was the biggest one of Marshall’s career and we would get to the story later. Rather than following the typical How I Met Your Mother conventions and waiting a few episodes to touch on a story that was previously brought up, we only had to wait a mere week to find out just how this trial was so significant in Marshall’s life.

Tonight’s episode was as punny as they come (if the show can go there, so can I). The little lame quips from Marshall are part of why he’s such an enjoyable character. Whether he’s making jokes about fish or on a string of topical puns such as tonight, his lines can be hilarious.

The episode begins with Marshall speaking to a panel of judges telling them about his day in court against Gruber Pharmaceuticals. How I Met Your Mother is one giant frame story, but the multiple stories within the story provide for a dynamic and unique way to attack an episode. Marshall telling his story to the judges made for a very interesting perspective on things.

He starts with a series of hilarious puns, including “Those robes do you justice” and “You’re all guilty! Of looking sharp…” I won’t keep dwelling on his jokes, but Marshall is easily the funniest character on the show.

In his story, we see him tell Brad how upset he is that Brad screwed him over. After all, they were “Brunch Bros.” Brad replies that after his girlfriend left him he realized that being nice was overrated, so he started suiting up and being a jerk, very similar to another character.

When the trial begins, Marshall thinks he has it locked up. Brad hardly has a case, and he sounds much less intelligent than Marshall does. But then, before Brad even dives into his argument, he drops his pen, bending over and taking far more time than was needed to retrieve a writing utensil, much to the pleasure of the all-female jury, and the sexually confused judge.

From this point on Brad goes through a series of acts that manipulate and win over the jury, making hints about his performance in the bedroom and bringing in a completely bogus witness.

Marshall counters Brad’s quack of a witness by bringing in a baby duckling who was harmed by the chemicals put in the lake. It looks as if Marshall may have pulled ahead when Brad brings out a video of him enjoying a great day at the lake, complete with “Frog” and “Lake” inked on his bulging biceps. By the way ladies, he edited it himself.

The next day Marshall thinks all hope is lost, but at the last minute he notices Brad scratching. He realizes if he’s to win, he must do something rash. Marshall calls Brad to the stand and insists Brad take off his shirt. Brad resists but the judge and the jury insist. As he unbuttons his shirt, a horrible rash is seen by all. That’s right, Brad’s swim in the lake gave him the very same Acute Dermatitis that he insisted wasn’t present.

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  1. justsomegirlsays:

    Okay, usually I don’t comment on reviews, I just read them but this really needs to be said… Are you freaking kidding me! The end scene was POOR acting and POOR writing???? I think you need to watch that scene again, because it was THE PERFECT follow up from the B/R kiss. Normally, HIMYM would drop scenes like that without any kind of follow up, and when they do, it’s usually weak, out of character, and/or heartbreaking (Tick Tick Tick for example) but this time they did and the Barney and Robin characters shined with newfound maturity (Well, mainly Barney, haven’t seen Robin mature in dealing with her feelings like he has). I don’t believe that was over the top, I thought that scene was right on the money. I loved how Barney could read her so well with the “You’re gonna be grossed out, but then you’ll laugh a little-” which she does just as he’s saying that (A strong B/R friendship moment that was severely lacking last season and in the beginning of this season) and then her little “Huh.” at the end was so vague, but telling all at the same time. Obviously, she doesn’t want him to be done with her or maybe she’s realized she’s in love with him. Her “huh” and then black out was perfectly executed as it left me on the edge of my seat and made me want to anxiously wait for the next installment to see what Robin will do next to win back her Barnacle. Everything else in your review I totally agree with except for what you said about the end scene, and I just wanted to put in my two cents.

  2. oscarsays:

    Are you kidding me? a “flawless” episode except for the last scene?? a “brilliant” episode that “really was great”??? HIMYM’s 8th season is so terribly lame, full of lame jokes (this episode didn’t make me laugh once; not even a smile…) and every episode feels like a filler waiting for the mid-season finale in which there’ll a plot twist.
    I came online looking for reviews that confirmed my view, and that’s what I’ve found on several websites. Except for this one, which to me means that the critics of Wegotthiscovered are just over-emotional fans with no critical approach.

    1. Alex Lowesays:

      I agree that this season has been a massive letdown thus far, in fact, I’d go as far as to say that Splitsville may have been the worst episode of the series, however the last two episode have been a giant leap in the right direction.

      1. Oscarsays:

        Unfortunately I don’t agree – I think “Twelve Horny Women” was a terrible episode, excluding the last 5 minutes, but I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. Parkersays:

    I agree with “justsomegirl”, I
    thought the moment at the end with Robin was done perfectly. That’s often how
    life is; we don’t realize how much we want something, or love something, until
    it’s gone. Barney telling her he was over her made Robin realize how much she
    liked having him pursue her. Now that she realizes this, I’m sure it will be a
    quick, uncomplicated trip to wedded bliss for both of them, right. The best part of the episode for me was
    something it seemed like not many people caught, which is a bummer. In your
    review you mentioned Lily and her “creepy whistle” and the way the streets
    cleared, but you didn’t recognize that as an obvious reference to The Wire and
    to Omar, one of the greatest characters in television history? COME ON! I was
    live-Tweeting the episode with some of my friends and coworkers from DISH, and
    they went nuts when they heard “Lily comin’!” It was perhaps the best reference
    to anything HIMYM has done, ever. I love live-tweeting the show with my
    friends, but sometimes I miss some things, so I always re-watch the episode by
    myself the next day. Since it’s on one of the four major networks, I use Auto
    Hop on my DISH Hopper to watch it without commercials so I can get a fuller,
    more enjoyable viewing experience. I can’t wait for next week!

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