How I Met Your Mother Review: I Fought the Law

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In the case of the people vs. How I Met Your Mother, I find the defendants guilty of a very funny episode.

Like Marshall's case, "Twelve Horny Women" got off to a slow start with some pretty bad overacting in the opening scene, but won my vote in the end with some fresh jokes and great twists on a few old ones. 

Marshall's Big Case

Before jumping into the battle for badass supremacy, Jason Segel and Joe Manganiello deserve a hand for those courtroom scenes. Marshall did his best to stay on the up-and-up in his proceedings, so I could not fault him for using the duckling to gain sympathy with the jury. He had to fight fire with fire when pitted against Brad's Bend and... wait for it...wait for it...Snap!

The courtroom sketch artist's depictions of the two lawyers was perfection. Having not only the all-female jury but also the judge swoon before the comely counselor Brad was a funny touch as well. They let the kangaroo court jump in with both feet, so there was no objection from me.

The piece de resistance without a doubt, though, had to be the video from Brad's trip to Frog Lake. I laughed harder with each part, from the gold coins to the turntables. 

We have seen Marshall do his joke telling bit numerous times, but this was one of the better instances. The combination of the austere setting coupled with the one judge making his own "rash" joke just worked for me. I also did not for a second realize Marshall was actually there to discuss becoming a judge until it was revealed. I thought that was a great twist. 

Moving on to the rest of the gang and their game of one-upping each other to see who fought the law the most... I was pretty sure Barney had hired an actor to play his old friend the bailiff. The magician club and Barney's skinny hands was a way better angle than I could have hoped for, giving him a chance to continue his streak of additions to the best How I Met your Mother quotes list.  

Ted's mug shot turning out to be a renaissance fair memento was short but very sweet and I loved his idea to call in sick for everyone so they could support Marshall.

I could not decide which Robin Sparkles was funnier, the TV throwing misfit or the goodie goodie who made her own hotel bed and only used one washcloth. 

The winner of the rap sheet ruse, however, was Lily. The Wire is perhaps my all-time favorite show, so the instant Lily began whistling like Omar Little, the competition was over in my book. It is hard to believe the show's writers have been able to resist using that reference so far.  For it to come out this late in the game was a river card for the ages and a great wrinkle on Lily's darker hair days. 

At the end, we were left with Barney and Robin sharing a booth and their thoughts. Earlier, while trying to pretend their kiss had not happened, we got a glimpse of how great they are together, as they funnily enough were both mocking Ted. When they cut to MacLaren's with time running out on the episode, I was worried the scene was going to seem rushed or jammed in at the end. Barney's speech, however, followed by Robin's "huh," was anything but. I loved the rapid transition from the humor of the previous scenes, to the emotion of Barney's apology to the perplexing response by Robin.

What did you think? Was Robin feeling the hair on the back of her neck stand up after listening to what Barney said or was she relieved to not feel anything at all? 


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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (117 Votes)

I thought it was a really good episode (and I haven't thought that often this season). I have to disagree about Barney & Quinn... while I eventually came around on the Quinn thing, their not being able to trust each other makes total sense. The pre-nup thing was kind of a silly way to go about it, but it made sense. Marshall's becoming a judge was a pretty good twist, and I'm glad that's the way it went. I think the twist did make the scene a bit short, but it was still impactful. I loved seeing Mr. Belding. Saw him right away but I questioned myself until the "rash" joke and you can hear THE BELDING LAUGH!


I was surprised at first since the show started with Marshall's case which I thought may come up further down in the series. But it was a pleasant surprise and Joe Manganiello brought some fresh humor in to the episode which made it click for me. Kind of getting tired of Barney's apologies to Robin. Time to step up or let up and be the Barney we love.All in all a good episode which was due from a long time.

C f ohara

@joyeful MR. BELDING!!! Wow great catch. I did not recognize him. Wel done.

Drea xoxo

@D i agree i want quinn back, she made the show refreshing and not dragged out. now i feel their ages are starting to show and even the characters don't want to meet the mother because lets be honest where does she really fit in into everything.... watchable episode but only warrants a 3/5 and thats all for barney one liners and mr manganiello body ahh!!!! we need less plot fillers and more barney and robin engaging then marriage then finally how he met their mother. all these episodes just don't fit the storyline tbh.


I think that robin loves barney and barney loves robin. Like lilly said in the season 7 premire. They are both the reason that their relationshops are not working out. Victoria had it right in the ducky tie the robin of it all is what is keeping these two apart and this episode set up the ground neede for future episodes has anyone seen what next week is supposed to be about Robin is going to go after barney according to the sources I have seen. I think that by the end of the year ( 2012 ) they will be togeather if not engaged!


I have to admit this episode was the first one that I moderately enjoyed in a long time. It wasn't because of the jokes, because seriously it's been ages since I laughed at this show. No. To me I enjoyed it because of the characters ability to develop and grow. I dunno about you but I'm getting pretty tired at all the endless relationships/breakups that this show has become too comfortable with portraying. Especially when you build two characters up to have a serious relationship with the potential to last, but then come up with seriously the DUMBEST reason for their breakup (Barney and Quinn, anyone?). I just liked how Marshall made the decision to make a bigger difference and work on becoming a judge. That moment is what saved the episode for me.


loved the call back to the dark willow days just before she flayed warran, decent episode 7.7/10


Once again the writers completely wasted a potentially great storyline by rushing it out. Just like the Slutty Pumpkin, Marshall's case was supposed to be a significant and potentially defining moment for the show, but was instead just brushed aside with some cheap laughs. I was really excited for this case to finally come up and left extremely disappointed.


I think when Robin said "Yeah, I do." That's when she had an epiphany that she loves Barney and will end up marrying him. Think about it. She says those words and she thinks and says "Huh?" I bet I'm right.


i hated at first when the court was biased towards Brad but when marshall began winning the fight, i enjoyed it.
loved their fight for the ultimate bad ass
the reaction of robin when maybe she realizes she could actually make it work between them

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