How I Met Your Mother Recap – 12 Horny Women

Season 8, Episode 8
12 Horny Women

For those of you who wanted to see more Robin Sparkles, a shirtless Brad, and a rare Mr. Belding sighting, then Santa came early this year! Yes, we got all these things wrapped up into one amusing package in tonight’s “12 Horny Women.” I thought this was a great follow-up episode to last week’s clever twist, and this one even delivered its own twist. I also tend to enjoy episodes every now and again that focus on major career developments in these character’s lives.

Lawyered
A slightly future Marshall is sitting in front of a NY state judiciary committee and recounting his version of what happened during the trial that changed his life. In true Marshall form, he also attempts some pretty amazing puns to lighten the mood. Of course we immediately think that something must have happened during the trial to get Marshall into hot water. But Marshall goes forth with the events, mainly detailing how the hot Brad almost won. Almost.

Marshall prepares for his big trial against trickster Brad and the evil pharmaceutical company. But first he confronts his former bro, Brad, over their bromace history. Props to Brad for mentioning one of my favorites—Bros Who Brunch. Meanwhile, Ted and the gang want to be fully supportive of Marshall and go to great lengths (like faking hemorrhoids) to be there in the courtroom. Ted is especially pleased to pump up his best friend, “He’s mean, he’s green…he’s not wearing the tie I picked out for him…”

Once in the courtroom, Brad’s arguments don’t seem all that compelling. But that is merely because his body is compelling enough for the “12 horny women” who make up the jury, plus the gay judge, and even the courtroom artist. Honestly, given Brad’s hot body strategy there was really no need for him to infiltrate Marshall’s firm last week. Brad really knows how to use his assets to his advantage. I loved the various ploys Brad uses to win over the courtroom, from claiming that his girlfriend just broke up with him for “listening too much, whatever that means,” to his grand finale: an expertly edited porno video showcasing a half-naked Brad frolicking in the allegedly polluted Frog Lake. According to Brad, the only thing the lake is polluted with is good times! Marshall’s efforts to woo the ladies with an adorable little duckling threatened by pollution don’t stand a chance. It is only when Marshall notices his opponent scratching his chest that he asks to call Brad himself to the witness stand—and remove his shirt. Of course the judge allows it (as the courtroom artist sharpens her pencil), but the crowd gasps when they see what a terrible skin rash Brad has developed from his time in the lake.

Marshall wins his big case with this stunning reveal…but not without a catch. The judge only fines the pharmaceutical company $25K rather than the $25 million Marshall’s firm was after. Marshall even talks with the judge but to no avail—the judge refuses to take a stand against the company and really punish it.  Just when Marshall’s (hilarious) fantasy of fishing with a perfectly behaved older Marvin at Frog Lake seem in jeopardy, Brad stops by the bar to tell Marshall that he quit his firm. He also thanks Marshall for being an inspiration in optimism and how to fight for positive change in the world. I am hopeful that we get to see Brad again before this show ends, whether it is at work (now that he is officially Marshall’s co-worker) or maybe for one last Bros Who Brunch date.

And as for Marshall appearing before the Judiciary Committee, it turns out that the deflating conversation with the judge coupled with Brad’s words inspired Marshall to shift his career path. He tells the committee this story because it is how he decided that a judge affects real change and that is why he is applying to be one. Does this mean that soon we will have to change Marshall’s catchphrase from “LAWYERED” to “JUDGED”? I guess that will depend on this committee’s review—his professional fate rests in the hands of Mr. Belding and the other judges on the panel.

A Bad Rap
With all of Marshall’s big developments, the rest of the gang managed to sneak in a small subplot that had some relevancy to main story at hand. Going to a courthouse led to a debate over who was the most rebellious teen back in the day. This was a fun argument to have, as these characters are competitive about everything…even when it is something like ‘who has been in more trouble with the law.’ According to Ted, “Johnny Law was not a fan of Teddy Westside.” Even though they all turned out to be absurdly lying (well, except for Lily—she was a pretty tough chick with a creepy whistle) it was nice to see some funny moments true to each character: Ted’s ‘lock-down’ actually took place at a renaissance faire, Barney’s time in handcuffs actually involved his participation in a magic enthusiasts group, while scary mean Lily really did torment kids, yell at cops, and bully Jeff Scooter into a twisted relationship. But most importantly, Robin Sparkles’ hotel room-trashing behavior was just the opposite: she was given a trophy by the Manitoba hotel chain for being a most superb and pleasant guest.

So, we didn’t get any new Robin Sparkles tunes, but we did get plenty of other good stuff to last us for a while.  And I can’t end this recap without mentioning the brief confrontation that Barney and Robin had regarding that kiss from last week. After avoiding the issue for most of the episode, Barney finally confronts the elephant in the room by saying that he will no longer pursue anything romantic with Robin. He claims to want his “bro” back—his partner in crime—and so he will sacrifice having the other kind of relationship. Robin says she is OK with this, but almost immediately she struggles with this new reality. How long before Robin is the one to light that spark again?

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