• Tue, Nov 27 2012

Countdown To The Mother: Joe Manganiello, Paddles The Duckling, And Swarkles Totally Distracted Us From The Mother This Week

How I Met Your Mother 8x08 "Twelve Horny Women" recap Brad shirtless Joe Manganiello GIFs Marshall judge Swarkles Robin Barney speech

So, I was wrong about a couple of predictions in last week’s How I Met Your Mother recap. The case between Marshall and Brad only lasted one episode, and “a little ways down the road” we learned that Marshall is staying within the law field… but he wants to be a judge! But the point of having him in front of the panel of judges was to tell the story of how he won the case against Gruber Pharmaceuticals. Which was pretty damn tough when this is your opposition:

How I Met Your Mother 8x08 "Twelve Horny Women" recap Brad shirtless Joe Manganiello GIFs

8×08 “Twelve Horny Women” could be the most GIFfable episode this season. Joe Manganiello certainly brought it as Brad, bending down for an inordinate time to pick up dropped pens and making this weird quasi-music video where he frolics in the very lake that his client polluted. The montage was pretty amazing, with Brad shaking off water droplets and doing absurd things like DJing on the dock.

But then Marshall has the bright idea to bring a witness who’s even closer to the lake. And that would be Paddles the duckling.

How I Met Your Mother 8x08 "Twelve Horny Women" recap Brad shirtless Joe Manganiello GIFs Marshall judge Swarkles Robin Barney speech

QUACK. Gotta love Marshall for his ingenious plan and the ability to crack puns to the judges’ panel in the flashforward. All in all, this was an excellent Marshall-centric episode. It definitely set up some of the future and gave us a better idea of what mental and emotional state he’ll be in come the end of the season. If anything, it’s really great when you consider that a year ago he was reeling from his dad’s death.

But of course the true emotional core of this episode came from Barney and Robin. Since he passionately kissed her last week, they’ve been all forced cheer and dancing around the issue. But after several awkward run-ins, Barney finally tackles the problem head-on, by saying that he’s given up on trying to get Robin back.

How I Met Your Mother 8x08 "Twelve Horny Women" recap Brad shirtless Joe Manganiello GIFs Marshall judge Swarkles Robin Barney speech

How I Met Your Mother 8x08 "Twelve Horny Women" recap Brad shirtless Joe Manganiello GIFs Marshall judge Swarkles Robin Barney speech

How I Met Your Mother 8x08 "Twelve Horny Women" recap Brad shirtless Joe Manganiello GIFs Marshall judge Swarkles Robin Barney speech

How I Met Your Mother 8x08 "Twelve Horny Women" recap Brad shirtless Joe Manganiello GIFs Marshall judge Swarkles Robin Barney speech

He finishes with this aww-inducing line: “It’s okay. It’s okay I want it to be okay. But neither one of us is going to say ‘Hey, how’s it going’ or ‘Good to see you’ because it really will be good to see you.” Of course, after he gets all this off his chest, we see something in Robin’s expression change, and all she says is, “Huh.” Could it be that she’s finally realized she’s in love with Barney, too? About damn time, Scherbatsky! The summary for next week’s episode, 8×09 “Lobster Crawl” includes this line: “A determined Robin goes to great lengths to get back together with Barney.” We know from the flashforward that eventually they get back together, but maybe he lets her dangle a little bit right now since she’s been so hot and cold with him. Maybe. Swarkles ftw.

Oh, and Ted and The Mother? Still no hints, not even the barest whisper of a clue in this episode. But I’m OK with that, because there was plenty of character and relationship development here to remind us that we still care about a few more mini-mysteries before meeting Ted’s wife.

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  • Lauren

    Is Ted even on this show anymore?

  • Mila

    Perhaps this isn’t the last season after all…