How I Met Your Mother Review: "The Naked Truth"

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After learning he ruined Punchy's wedding reception, Marshall beat himself up and made his "sweeping declaration" to never again get drunk on "The Naked Truth," which proved that the Internet is forever and highlighted just how dangerous a camera phone and a Youtube account can be to one's career.

Great attention to detail by the set designers here, as they had Marshall nursing his hangover with Gatorade and a Diet Sunkist chaser. 

Martin Short on How I Met Your Mother

Then we had the appearance by Jimmi Simpson. His portrayal of Peter Durkenson, a forty-ounce fondling fool of sorts, was one of the better guest spots in recent memory. We will forever be in his debt for introducing us to the legend of Beercules! As for Martin Short, all I can say is that Garrison Cootes gave me the creeps. 

Marshall's naked truths threatened his chances of securing his dream job, while also providing the best laughter of the episode, leaving Barney's detailed account of his history of lying to women as a close second. The "White Swan" line sent me into a fit of laughter, only to be outdone by the one about the "Moon Snake." The winner, though, was when he confessed to actually going Soul Man under the alias "Barnell" a la C. Thomas Howell.

Like the season premiere, we once again saw that great blend of sarcasm and sentimentality on display when Barney confessed to Nora that she was out of his league. While his complete honesty wasn't enough to sway her, his stunt at the diner reminded me of the "Lee Holloway Hunger Strike" in 2002's Secretary. Well played, sir.

Robin was back to her usual stunning self as she modeled her sexy "little black dress" while dismissing any would-be compliments from Ted. Growing up, I was rather fond of a poster I had in my room that featured Suzanne Somers's character Chrissy from Three's Company, so I totally related to Robin when she mentioned how she may or may not have dated her Lenny Kravitz poster off and on throughout high school. 

When Lily extended her balled up hands to Ted and told him to choose one, you just knew she was going to slap the taste out of his mouth, but the anticipation made the pay off that much better. With some much needed sense knocked into him, Ted went to the Architect Ball with clear eyes and a heart soon full of palpitations when he saw Victoria once again. So, was "Cupcake Girl" the second big piece of the puzzle seemingly revealed in as many episodes? Or were we being lead down another rabbit hole by the ever enigmatic Craig Thomas and Carter Bays? Or as i like to call them, the C&C Misdirect Factory.

Bays has said in various interviews that the reveal of the mother will not take advantage of any loop holes or clever twists. Does the end of Monday night's second episode fall under such categories? Should we be reading into this closing scene more, or should we instead keep on looking for the yellow umbrella? 

I'll defer to you, as I admit, I am not the foremost authority on Mother theories and very much appreciate reading all you real sleuths out there have to say. In the meantime, BOW DOWN TO BEERCULES! 


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Bring back round tables!! Please


Victoria cant be the mother; if she was, she would've been in the classroom in 5x01 when Ted was in the wrong class, and if she had been, Ted would've noticed or something would have been said. So I dont think she's the mother.


Great ep.
I love that Victoria is back....the Ted and Victoria storyline from season 1 still is my favourite bunch of HIMYM episodes. Sadly she can't be the mother but that doesn't mean she's not gonna help Ted find his way again. I think that the mother Is Barney's half sister...afterall we've never seen her in the eps with his Dad (not even the family dinner scene), we know that she's in college and it would explain how he met her at Barney's wedding....she ticks all the boxes as far as I can see. As to who Barney should end up with...whilst Nora does bring out something diferent in Barney I'm still pulling for Robin and I love how the telling Barney what to say to Nora in the first ep resembled Barney's "I love you" in Benefits.


Beercules! Sweeping Declaration! The Return of Victoria! Ted's graph!


Noras real name is Robin leading the kids to believe that Robin is their aunt. Robins real name is not Robin because Robin is the mother


Still a great show, alway deliver on the funny. Hope to see more of Garrison Cootes!!


i agree with caitlyn about not being sure who i want barmey to end up with after this episode :/ i love the idea of him and robin because they just seem so right for one another and they are so similar, but nora brings out something in barney that is completely endearing and watchable. the writers are sooo going to drag this storyline out till the last possible second! & about the mother i hope it isn't victoria because it would just be annoying because if he met her in season one then there was like no point in all the little clues ect. or in the show itself - it would be a total copout.


Actually the mother was enrolled in the class Ted visited by accident, like business 101 or something like that. Maybe it was economics. Or law. Either way I understand your point, there are a lot of contingencies on who gets to be the mother, and I doubt that Victoria meets ALL of them and we haven't heard about it yet. Oh! and she also had to have gone to that rave thing that Barney and Ted went to in like, season 1 or 2, cause that's where Ted gets the yellow umbrella. I have faith in the show though, they always have these non-sequitor flashforwards that make no sense in that episode but always work themselves out (ex. the goat, or the pineapple). The writers seem very good at thinking ahead.


I thought for quite some time she could be the mother. I remember the last episode with her very well. She left the country to go to Germany (haha, for me who lives there it was such a funny remark that she wanted to some kind of internship over here :D).


If they are going to stay true to what has been revealed in previous episodes, then "cupcake girl" would have to have been enrolled in Ted's architecture class and been the roommate of Ted's blind date from a couple of seasons ago. Also, it has come out that Ted meets his wife-to-be at Barney's wedding.
I certainly hope the writers remember all these previously stated conditions.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 7 Episode 2 Quotes

I did it again!


You didn't ruin a wedding, just the reception.