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How I Met Your Mother Episode: "The Chain of Screaming"

Season 3, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: When Marshall is verbally berated by his boss, he questions whether the decision to work for a big corporate law firm was the best career move. Ferguson: Jordan Black. Arthur: Bob Odenkirk. Bilson: Bryan Callen. Blauman: Taran Killam.
Original Air Date: Apr 14, 2008
Guest Cast Jordan Black: Ferguson Taran Killam: Blauman Bob Odenkirk: Arthur Bryan Callen: Bilson Bob Saget
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Season 3, Episode 15
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Length: 32:03
Aired: 4/14/2008
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"The Chain of Screaming" Season 3, Episode 15

Tonight on How I Met Your Mother: Marshall's screaming boss, Lily's crazed hormones and Ted's desire to keep his car clean! Three very hot button issues in most people's lives (what? I'm right and you know it. Especially if you have ever been the only one of your friends to have a car!). Most importantly, this week's episode gives us a ton of group interaction and individual idiosyncrasies which are two of the best things about this show. Well, I think so at least. Marshall appeals to the gang for help dealing with his boss, "Artillery Arthur" who screamed at him over his failure to complete a report on time. The best part of the report is that the rest of the group gets him to refer to it as "The Ninja Report" which, I must agree, is the coolest report name ever. Seriously, I wonder if I can implement that into my daily work activities. Anyway, Arthur's verbal barrage leads toMarshall crying. Which, in turn, leads to the group both mocking him and trying to help him out because, well, that's what friends do. Each person tells Marshall what he should do in turn, beginning with Robin. Robin, who, in her daydream, enters Arthur's office in Marshall's suit and wielding a gun. And, right in that moment I remembered why I love Robin. Hello, Robin, who is not bumbling and boring! Ted's idea is for Marshall to go up to Arthur and give a "Lincoln-esque" speech about human rights. Even in Ted's daydream he fails in his attempt. Oh, Ted, how you do try. Barney then introduces the main theme of the episode the Chain of Screaming. Barney says that approaching your boss is the wrong way to go. Instead, he says, you just pass the screaming along so that the chain continues and you still get to feel better. This idea seems pretty unhealthy to me, of course, but we are talking about Barney. Barney who, it turns out, works for a company full of men who consider North Korea to be a friend (are we surprised?). Also unsurprisingly, Marshall ignores Barney and turns to Lily the kindergarten teacher for help. And, unsurprisingly, Lily's advice is to approach Arthur as you would approach a five year old. Sadly, we never get to see this interaction, because Barney gets to Marshall by convincing Marshall to yell at Barney (participating in the Chain of Screaming, clearly) and Marshall realizes that if he stays at his firm he is going to end up just like Barney and quits his job. It would have been more meaningful for me, I think, but I was too busy giggling over Marshall screaming at Barney about how Bob Barker was not Barney's father. So, we end up in Ted's car with Ted trying to calm down a terrified, newly unemployed Marshall. Over the course of the scene, we keep adding characters (each with something potentially harmful to Ted's new car, which is freaking him out as he tries to help Marshall) and, finally, Lily shows up both ruining Ted's mission to keep his car pristine and forcing Marshall to tell Lily about his job. This, of course culminates in them having sex in the back seat and Ted selling his car so that Marshall and Lily can afford to pay their mortgage. Lily, I'm sure, is just glad she finally got the sex she had been desperate for all episode! Overall, a pretty good episode, I thought. Not as good as last week's, but satisfying. NEXT week, however is going to be one of those fabulous, legendary episodes that you will be quoting at your friends for weeks to come. I can feel it in my bones. It's called "Sandcastles in the Sand" you guys. Robin Sparkles! Man, I can't wait! Two quotes of the night this time Barney saying, "It's like Christmas bonuses or sexual harassmentit's just good business!" and Lily saying, "I'm going to drive her like a pack of sled dogs" while explaining her idea of how Marshall should respectfully ask his boss for respect. Ted gets runner up for his teasing Robin about how gun violence might solve everything in Canada. show less
Tonight on How I Met Your Mother Marshalls screaming boss Lilys crazed hormones and Teds desire to keep his car clean Three very hot button issues in most peoples lives what Im right and you know it Especially if you have ever been the only one of your friends to have a car Most importantly this weeks episode gives us a ton of group interaction and individual idiosyncrasies which are two of the best things about this show Well I think so at leastMarshall appeals to the gang for help dealing with his boss Artillery Arthur who screamed at him over his failure to complete a report on time The best part of the report is that the rest of the group gets him to refer to it as The Ninja Report which I must agree is the coolest report name ever Seriously I wonder if I can implement that into my daily work activities Anyway Arthurs verbal barrage leads toMarshall crying Which in turn leads to the g read more

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