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REVIEWS

"Twelve Horny Women"/S8E8

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 3:35 AM

By Dhruv Rao


 

"A little ways down the road..."

 


How long have we heard that? It's been 2 years and still it seems vague, yet at the same time, clear, that changes don't usually take forever, but they don't take a second either. How does it imply to this case? Well, Brad turning from evil to good and from bro to enemy and back to bro took a night. However, he did say that Marshall should, and will, become a judge for his integrity and his optimism. However, that doesn't take a night, does it? It took a phrase that we are slowly approaching and slowly getting clear on to, "a little ways down the road..." Maybe it's season eight maybe nine. In any case, we shouldn't just wait for the end, but enjoy the ride they offered us now, a ride that crosses small plots in seconds but leaves the big ones for a while...

 


i) Marshall and Brad:

We saw last week, that Marshall got the ultimatum: "Win this or you're fired." From the start, I knew that it could go two ways. First one, he loses the case, his job, and then falls into depression and unemployment. But we've been there in season three. So, it was officially that he wins the case, up to my joy yet disappointment of predictability. So, we get a mini-gimmick, neither like the train station nor like the wedding, but just one to flashback to this story in a subjective yet effective way. Let's get back on to the story, Marshall gives the judges a little recap from last week and starts off with his declaration on how Lake Frog is polluted and Gruber should receive a fine of 25 million dollars. So, Marshall's all professional, but then comes Brad.

 


He can't even get close to corporate standards; he uses slang and his own tactics to woo the jury, consisting of 12 Horny Women (good reference to 12 Angry Men). How could the jury get horny? Simple, give them a view of Joe Manganiello's ass and they'll go crazy, but not that bad. They can settle down once you show them a duck that has been suffering from an acute disease because of the pollution, in this case it's called a "quack". Why? Because Brad got a drug addict to act like a doctor who would persuade the turned on jury that the pollution was helping animals by giving them free medicine. In Brad's words, better sex lives. But the jurors were turned on once again once Brad showed a small and largely edited clip of him swimming and partying on Lake Frog.

 


From that point, I knew there was no way Marshal could win the case. But, just as fate would have it, a small light came in the way. Marshall asked Brad to step up and remove his shirt. If you've ran half way across a hall to divorce your husband for a man who seems hot to you, would you miss the chance to see the man tkae his shirt off? No, and then Marshall wins because Brad got an ugly rash. However, simultaneously, he seems discontent on losing his 25 million dollars to protect the lake. Well, I guess he does win when he convinces his old buddy to go back to good. However, I liked how he decided to ostracize himself while talking to Brad, trying to act all smart.

 


ii) Delinquency:

Marshall was center-stage tonight , but the gang didn't miss out. While in court, they all brag about how they were complete bad-ass when they were teens. One by one, starting with Lily.

 


Lily used to be the most feared girl around the block, and somehow she still is. A few flashbacks show how different she was before meeting Marshall, she bullied Scooter, she slapped an officer and also illegally did drugs. She used to walk around with a baseball bat and have her own warning cry. However, she doesn't have a significant juvie record.

 


Barney was identified to be the guy in handcuffs, but he was actually part of the nerds' magic group, as said by the same officer who started the trend.

 


Robin Sparkles is back, y'all! She was on a tour, but never seemed to behave. She used to drink, party and also throw TV's out of her hotel windows. At the end, she would be arrested nude on a Zamboni. On the contrary, Robin officially confesses that she was the complete opposite: she would make her own bed with one washcloth and then she got an award for being well-behaved. Kiddy, but I love Robin Sparkles.

 


Teddy West Side has only one photo, but he says that "princess" must get his good side. Sadly, the princess was a girl dressed as one at a Renaissance fair taking a bogus photo of him in the 90's. It was kind of obvious he was lying, I mean he was a douche back then. 

 

iii) Robin/ Barney:

I love this shuffle, how they've kissed and now they're a small C-story. It was wonderful for Barney to admit his growing up and moving on. But it was even better when Robin started to reflect on what he actually said, and took the deeper meaning that, maybe she might be playing hard to get. Now, she has to get more permeable and be the predator after Barney, not be Barney's prey. It's been three years, but they still got that chemistry that never seems to go...

 


Overall, the episode gave what I think was HIMYM's full potential and this one finally deserves the high honor of the best episode of the season. I hope these quick flashbacks keep coming 'cause I love 'em. Moreover, those two dreams with advice from father to son are a rare bonding moment which no one can ever miss. First, Marshall shows the ripple effect. Then, his son shows him how he should never lose hope, and how those 25 million dollars came in the form of his Brunch Bro and Bro-worker...




Grade: A-

 



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