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How I Met Your Mother: The Fight

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 9th 2008 1:23AM
How I Met Your Mother: The Fight
(S04E10)
This was one of those episodes that wasn't overly funny, but it went a long way in exploring the various personalities of the entire Scooby gang. We learned that Ted needed to fight to help him not be the pathetic guy who was left at the altar. We found out that Barney will still resort to deceit to land Robin, but there's at least love underneath that deceit. We also found out that Robin gets hot for guys with shiners, Marshall and his brothers really wailed away at each other, and that Lily is the laziest, horniest teacher in New York. Well, we kinda knew that about Lily anyway, but I had to find something for all of the gang.

Former MadTVer Will Sasso was our guest du jour this week, and let's just say that he didn't have to stretch that much as Doug the bartender. Big guy. Nuts. Likes to hit people while blacked out. Paranoid about what people think of his hair. Like I said, not a stretch. The most interesting part was when he was inserted in scenes at MacLaren's that have already happened. At first I thought they digitally inserted Sasso in those scenes, but now I think they just reshot the scenes with Sasso in them.

Lots of flashbacks and flash-forwards in this episode -- another shot of the goat! -- but the only ones that really revealed anything were the ones involving Marshall. Now the truth about how Marshall roughhoused with his brothers is probably somewhere in between the tickle fights and cocoa that Ted and Barney imagined and the Fight Club-esque scene Old Ted imagined it was (what movie was that scene parodying, by the way?), but seeing both scenes was worth it.

Robin's love of guys who fight was super-sexy... just that look on Cobie's face as she said "If you're missin' your teeth, I'm missin' my pants!" was priceless, as was her awkward date proposal to Barney right before Marshall ratted Barn and Ted out for their self-abuse. I bet Marshall ends up using his lawyerly knowledge to screw with his friends a lot as the years go on. But no matter how lawyerly or manly he may seem, he can't keep two ruffians in Lily's class from calling him a wuss. Ah, the plight of the stealth brute...

More fun stuff:
  • The Best Barneyism was his use of titles of '70s and '80s black sitcoms as a conversation substitute when he's locked in on a conquest. When Doug mentions that they're going to go to the alley to fight the occupants of their usual booth, Barney responds by saying "What's Happening Now?" Figures he doesn't disengage even when violence is afoot.
  • When we flash back to Marshall and Ted watching a karate movie in college, Marshall is eating a huge sandwich. Anyone who's seen the show knows what sandwiches represent... what the hell was Marshall smoking that was that big?
  • Mahatma Panda and Martin Luther Koala. Boy, that Marshall is creative.
  • Alyson Hannigan must be starting to show a bit, because she wore a number of baggy blouses and sat behind a lot of tables this week. How long before we see that with Cobie?
  • Apparently, what Marshall's been reading on the message boards does come true, as he uses a green light saber to cut the Thanksgiving turkey "3-5 years from now." Boy, I can't wait until that day myself...
Like I said, not a spectacular episode but fun just because of what we saw in each of the main characters. Do I expect more? Sure. But they can't all be winners; as long as they're not completely cliched messes, I'm usually pretty happy.

How I Met Your Mother' Photos

    Actor Neil Patrick Harris arrives in an Audi to the Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party at the Disney Concert Hall on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles.

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    Presenters Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris on stage at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the NOKIA Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Presenters Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris on stage at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the NOKIA Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Presenters Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris speak onstage during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristin Chenoweth;Neil Patrick Harris

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Neil Patrick Harris (R) and David Burtka arrive at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Burtka;Neil Patrick Harris

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    Actor Jason Segel attends CBS Comedies

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    Actress Cobie Smulders attends CBS Comedies

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    Actress Cobie Smulders attends CBS Comedies

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    Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends CBS Comedies

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    Actress Alyson Hannigan (R) and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof attend CBS Comedies

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