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How I Met Your Mother: Old King Clancy

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2009 12:26AM
HIMYM: Old King Clancy
(S04E18)
Here's why I sometimes wish I was a sitcom writer: While breaking down a story to use for an upcoming episode, someone brings up the idea of names for Canadian sex acts. Then what occurs is what I would imagine to be one of the all-time funniest brainstorming sessions, where the table of writers just blurts out names like "Musty Goaltender," "Squatting Eskimo," and "Old King Clancy." Then someone comes up with the idea of having Barney find those phrases on a cheesy website, so more hilarity ensues as the website gets created, with the added joke that clicking each phrase generates a picture of an angry Alan Thicke explaining that the site is out of order (My favorite: "Thicke mad. Thicke smash!")

I mean, the cascading jokes on that website alone (see what happens when you right-click on Alan Thicke or click on the words "crack a brown pop," for instance) made this a silly but funny episode, where we find out how funky Canadian sex acts are and also find out how Ted might be able to use his douchery for good.

We've always known that Ted was too pretentious for his own good, but the fact that he decided to press ahead with his plans for peaceful atria and tranquility gardens in GNB's harsh corporate headquarters seemed a bit over the top to me. Why would Ted, who knows that GNB is full of guys who make Barney look compassionate, purposely design a building he knows guys like Bilson won't like?

It just seemed like Bays and Thomas were making Ted obstinate just to advance the plot. Though it was funny that Marshall and Barney managed to create such elaborate lies like the "task force" in order to keep Teddy in the dark about the project being spiked. Heck, it gave us a chance to find out that Marshall thinks that "albondigas" is Spanish for "secret" instead of "meatballs."

But, hey, at least Ted figured out that he's not cut out for designing buildings or ETRs for meatheads like Bilson. It took him getting fired twice in one day, but now he's striking out on his own, getting one step closer to the Old Ted we hear from every week.

The plot about Robin's celebrity encounter was the silly-but-funny part, mostly because of the names of the sex acts (what the hell is a "Reverse Rick Moranis?" Ah, maybe I don't want to find out that one). When we finally found out who the "celebrity" was -- star Canadian wrestler The Frozen Snowshoe -- I ended up feeling the same way as Barney when he chastized the Great White North. "You even found a way to ruin this. Why do we let you be a country?"

More fun stuff:
  • Note how dirty Robin is... she was the one who asked for the Old King Clancy (she brought the maple syrup to the Shoe's cabin), not the guy. And she's willing to do the Stiky Flapjack, whatever that is.
  • Louisa from the cafeteria: "But I'm engaged to Mr. Barney!"
  • Barney's detailed description of his sickly fake pony Dandelion is the Best Barneyism of the week.
  • Note how Barney fired people in the ETR: with a wave of his hand. He even did that to a woman he just had sex with under the table. All of them lunged for him... or broke a chair over his back.
  • So, apparently Alyson Hannigan is so pregnant that a table isn't enough to hide her baby bump; they actually needed an open laptop, too. Wonder when that's going to start happening with Cobie (she's still in "loose tops" mode)?
  • Ted: "I have to think of ways to put my wood into Bilson's dark atrium."
  • Apparently the Newfoundland Lobster Trap is something that even Robin wouldn't attempt. "Those newbies are out of control."
  • The pictures of the task force that had their names next to them... what movie is that from, folks? Seems like it would be from one of the Oceans movies, but I'm not sure.
  • Lily: "Say it! (hic) Say it! (hic)"
  • Was Marshall's fish list funny in some sort of Gilbert Gottfried anti-comedy way, or is it just me?
  • Oh, and quick note about the rerun of "The Bracket" that we saw right after this episode: Robin laughs when she said she never fell asleep while eating ribs, meaning she's lying. Sure enough, Robin indeed falls asleep while eating as we saw in "Sorry Bro" two weeks ago. Love this show's attention to continuity.


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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Riley Freeman

just an fyi joel its not those newbies are out of control. its those Newfie short for newfoundland

and yes theres a wikipedia article lol

March 24 2009 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rena

loved this episode!

marshall's stand up reminds me of "forgetting sarah marshall"--the bartender who can name over 100 species of fishes. haha.

March 24 2009 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Francois Trudeau

I appreciate the effort put into that canadian sex jokes website, it even has a french version!

The french version is sadly a Google translation that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, apart from the comic "Poutine toujours!" reference at the end.

Oh well!

March 24 2009 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

I associated the task force introduction with the show Leverage

March 24 2009 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stewartwallace

Harvey's is real, too:

http://www.harveys.ca/

Didn't Robin refer to 'newfies' rather than 'newbies'?

March 24 2009 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ann B Martin

She said "newfies", which references to people from Newfoundland, who Canadians tend to poke fun at!

Very funny episode!!

March 24 2009 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sandyo

Tonight was the first time I watched the show,it just so happened they made a "Newfie"joke.
by the way,Newfoundland IS a part of Canada,also being a Newfoundlander we tend to make fun of ourselves as well as mainlanders,but not to offend anyone,were just a happy crowd,come to the East coast and see for yourself !!!

September 01 2011 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
ericcmack

Oops, wrong one!

Try this instead:

http://tr.im/hK9l

March 24 2009 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ericcmack

Here's the Canadian response to last night's episode:

http://tr.im/hJKZ

March 24 2009 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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xnifex

404!

March 24 2009 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stg

Robin actually said "Newfies", not Newbies.

March 24 2009 at 5:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura


I was so busy with my site http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/6473366-frank-kern-s-mass-control-revealed- making 1000 $ a day. But it can wait.

I'm only an occasional viewer, but I found Marshall's stand-up routine pretty hilarious. I recognized that brand of comic immediately, the type who thinks being offbeat is all that's necessary.

Honestly, I get depressed when a sitcom is reminding me that the world sucks now. I'd like my TV shows to not remind me in such painful detail right now, especially the comedic ones, thanks. So yeah, not in love with the A-plot, and another "Ted's a douche" plot.

The Canadian sex jokes, on the other hand, make it better.

Who's seen the website? BWAH.

March 24 2009 at 5:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura

I think my favorite of all of the links would be the "Two Girls, One Stanley Cup" page. Wow. Just wow.

March 24 2009 at 4:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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