You might think that an entire episode dedicated to porn and evil lawyers would be overtly racy and full of evil men in suits. However, since this is
How I Met Your Mother, thinking so would be wrong, because this episode was (in my opinion anyway) just flat-out hilarious. Not one of the
best episodes ever (I await with poorly contained excitement both the new "Robin Sparkles" episode and the slap-bet conclusion), but it was still very funny considering the content they were working with. And, might I add, they were somehow able to get through a full episode about porn without a single pun-filled porn title, and
that, people, is awe-inducing all by itself.
Let's break this down: Barney finds a porn starring one Ted Mosby or, as Barney says, Ted's "doppelbanger". Lily and Robin show up and Marshall bounds over to Lily like the happy little puppy that he is to tell her the good news that he has been offered his dream job. Lily has just walked in on her husband and friends watching porn, though, so what is her first thought? "Please don't tell me you just won something." OK, that, I admit, was a bit racy, but I still laughed. A lot. It was perfectly timed and Marshall was so excited about his job. Poor guy.
Best bad joke, however, goes to the "you can't just pull out at the last second"/"guess you can!" exchange. I love the banter, I really do. Even when it is about a porn titled "Welcome to the Sex Plane."
Seriously, though, I can't even imagine what it would be like to be mistaken for a porn star. Especially when you then accidentally give an interview for a porn magazine thinking you are being interviewed for an architecture project and use the words "bent over a table." Luckily for me, I don't have to imagine it, because it happened to Ted and not me. And when it happened to Ted it was hysterical. Especially when it turns out that the porn version of Ted (aka Bizarro Ted) was actually a boy from Ted's hometown who was trying to honor Ted because Ted had once saved him from bullies as a little boy. And Barney trying to defend the porn industry by using Shakespeare as an example? Classic.
Even though I just wrote three paragraphs about the porn plot, I laughed even more at the Marshall plot tonight. John Cho (of
Harold and Kumar fame) guested as Jeff Coatsworth, a lawyer in the evil corporate firm trying to persuade Marshall to come over to the dark side. He doesn't wear suits, offers Marshall a beer during the interview, and then feeds him extravagant food (and gives him a glimpse of some "crazy Swayze") while offering him an even more extravagant paycheck. As Barney explains, Cho is a master at seducing Marshall and I am suddenly reminded of the
episode from last season where Marshall meets Brad and begins "dating" him. Hilarity! Brunch! Sorry, sorry, back to this season, where Marshall drinks enough to agree to the job and then ends up having to sleep on Coatsworth's couch and then, in my favorite scene of the episode, having to take the dreaded walk of shame the next morning.
Jason Segel had me laughing throughout his entire confession to Lily: "A haze of scotch and cigars and
While I have to mention the Lily storyline because it intersects with Marshall's, let me just say that I was vaguely bored with it. OK, so Lily has a shopping problem. She has dozens of credit cards and a ton of debt, prompting Robin to tell her that she had to convince Marshall to take the job with Coatsworth even though it is against everything he believes in, etc. Of course Lily eventually tells him to take the job with the NRDC, but we knew that would happen. She doesn't tell him about the huge debt that could possibly hinder their entire future, but oh well. I suppose it doesn't really matter since he ends up taking the job with Coastworth anyway... after being bribed with power over a place called, and I kid you not, "Tuckahoe Funland." Actually, despite the fact that we know that the amusement park had quite a few problems that would haunt him in later years, that sounds like a perfect place for Marshall to take care of, doesn't it?
I am starting to ramble, so let me just end by noting a couple more things: 1) If I were Ted I would demand Barney buy me a new couch. That was seriously disturbing, and 2) I am a person who believes that there is definitely such a thing as being too close with your spouse. Lily? Honey? Please,
please put that phone down while Marshall uses the bathroom. Please.
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You might think that an entire episode dedicated to porn and evil lawyers would be overtly racy and full of evil men in suits However since this is How I Met Your Mother thinking so would be wrong because this episode was in my opinion anyway just flat-out hilarious Not one of the best episodes ever I await with poorly contained excitement both the new Robin Sparkles episode and the slap-bet conclusion but it was still very funny considering the content they were working with And might I add they were somehow able to get through a full episode about porn without a single pun-filled porn title and that people is awe-inducing all by itselfLets break this down Barney finds a porn starring one Ted Mosby or as Barney says Teds doppelbanger Lily and Robin show up and Marshall bounds over to Lily like the happy little puppy that he is to tell her the good news that he has been offered his dream job Lily has just walked in on her husband and f