How I Met Your Mother: The Chain of Screaming - VIDEO
Oh, and we also got to learn about the chain/circle/pyramid of screaming. I wish I knew about that when I used to be a corporate wage slave. It would have made my life a lot easier.
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As you'd expect the chain/circle/pyramid is the Best Barneyism of the week. It made sense for a little while: the reason why Artillery Arthur (nicely played by Bob Odenkirk) screamed at his underlings is because his boss screamed at him, his boss got screamed at by her boss, etc. etc. It just fell apart when he extended the chain/circle/pyramid to Marshall screaming at Lily, which never happens. It's funny how he assumes that Lily screams at her little kindergarteners. Boy, his slutty mom really did do a number on old Barn, didn't she?
(By the way, Barney settled on the pyramid model; he mentions it in his blog.)
The interesting part of the story is that I always thought Marshall gave his life over to that evil corporate firm because he committed to that smelly, crooked apartment in Dowistrepla. Now, he's a former corporate lawyer, and he's borrowing money from Ted in order to pay for his apartment. I never really saw that coming, did you folks? Makes me wonder what implications the loan from Ted will have in both the short and long term.
Anyway, like I said at the top of this review, it was the goofy little things that made this episode for me: Lily's horniness (favorite Horny Lily line: "Mama needs it bad."), everyone piling into Ted's new car with food or cigars (loved the huge dripping ice cream cone in Robin's hand), the reference to the "friends" of Barney's company (a little place called North Korea), Robin's continuing fascination with big guns and cigars, and, of course, "The Ninja Report," which never failed to elicit a "cool!" from the gang whenever it was mentioned.
- Nice way to show how each person would handle Artillery Arthur: put the person in Marshall's suit and have them march into Arthur's office. While I liked Robin with the gun and Ted's obnoxious and nonsensical speech (and the way he corrected himself, Mosby-style), you had to like Lily's method, mainly because she spilled her horniness all over the places, after giving the teacher-y speech. She even grabbed her crotch!
- I hope M&L don't give back that carpet sample. And, if they do, I feel really bad for the next couple who gets it.
- So the only reason why Ted got the car was to have an "Anal Ted / new car" gag? He could have just given Marshall the money without ever having the car. I guess it shows the sacrifice Ted made for his best friend.
- Oh, the car was also there so Barney can call "Shotgun for eternity!" Wonder if that carries over to Ted's next car?
- Ted's still dating Stella. Hmm. Makes me think that those rumors of a Sarah Chalke return are more than just rumors.
- You had to love how it almost looked like Marshall was going to hit Arthur, but he sobbed instead. It seems more fitting of Marshall to do that, anyway. When he said the yelling made him feel like a little boy, Robin oh-so-quickly responded, "Is 'boy' the right word?"
- For a second, I thought Gary Blauman did something... uh... different than peeing on the conference table at Barney's company. Turns out he just had a shy bladder.
- Marshall being yelled at by the waiter was good, but the road Marshall decided to go down when he yelled at Barney was brilliant, because in that two minutes Marshall voiced everything that is screwy about Barney's life: His mom was a slut, he and his brother are from different dads, and he's deluded himself into thinking that Bob Barker is his dad. It's like he summarized Barn's entire season two storyline in one speech.
- "What do you have in your briefcase?" "Candy bars!"
OK, so you can tell I liked this one. We get to see more Robin Sparkles next week. I'm confident it'll be a good episode, especially now that Bays and Thomas are starting to get on a bit of a roll. The boys have given us two really good episodes in a row. Let's hope they extend the streak to three.