How I Met Your Mother Review: No Backsies

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I had to give Marshall the benefit of the doubt tonight, as my own stamp of approval has been called into question in recent weeks.

In the end, sadly, I had very little love for "The Stamp Tramp." This comment may solicit some "how dare you's" - but I'll wager that the "what is (was) that" comments outweigh the positive reactions.

Forget about the "old Marshall Eriksen stamp of approval," I just want the old Marshall Eriksen back. Jason Segel looks to be in the best shape he has been in in years, but a few extra pounds aren't the only thing missing there. Marshall is terrified of hot dog costumes? Also, while there has always been some poetic license taken when it has come to Marshall's work environment, tonight's antics were just absurd. 

Marshall's boss made a comment about a female employee's appearance... at a law firm. Really?!?

Marshall's Big Case

I'm a big Joe Manganiello fan, but the material he was handed on his return was as hard to swallow as those muffin tops he stuffed into his pockets at his interview. Then there was his ridiculously unethical charade. Perhaps the only redeeming moment was when he called Honeywell "Bilbo." 

Ted was accused of piggy-backing stamps, but I was more turned off by his recycling of jokes. The line about LeBron not being that good has been done and then some on the show, but as an added kick in the nuts the creators decided  "The Decision" was still a relevant enough story that they could base Barney's entire storyline around it.

Then there was Ted's attempt to keep his secret identity as some mystery pirate radio host under wraps. I did not feel the slightest urge to Pump Up the Volume

The concept of Barney searching for a new club to frequent was sound, but the whole recruiting side of it could have been plenty funny without the LeBron scenario hanging over. Those were also some of the lamest strip club names I have ever heard. I expected better from what I know is an extremely talented and creative writing staff. 

Tonight's saving grace was Robin. I liked her fast talking scenes as Barney's agent and how she laughed about getting kicked out of the strip club for being "too handsy." She provided a few bright spots this evening - like her nickname for Barney, Stincinnati, Brohio. Her best line came while speaking to Vito at The Melon Patch and is noted in this week's best How I Met your Mother quotes

I was so disinterested in the episode that I almost didn't catch Ted's line about Marshall's big case and how he'll "get to that later." When Ted?! No one is taking the hook, line or sinker with the bait you've been throwing at us. Also, so much for my hopes of a big Barney and Robin payoff kiss. What we instead got was Neil Patrick Harris awkwardly kissing Cobie Smulders while doing a terrible job acting as if he were drunk. 

We deserve better from this show because we know it's in there. There is a reason we fans are still watching this show after so many years. I hope they just don't forget that and finish on a high note. 

What did you think?


Editor Rating: 2.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.3 / 5.0 (147 Votes)
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@hummelchen I am glad you liked the episode so much. I wish I could have said the same. I have often defended HIMYM when it has seemed to swing and miss and I always try to look for the positives in each episode. Just like Marshall's eyes were opened to his stamp tramp ways though, the comments from the good people like yourself who write in with their thoughts each week has made me realize that perhaps I have been wearing the rose colored lenses too much. I have loved this show since it's inception so maybe that is why I, like others, am now critical of its decline. The cast is widely popular now and involved in many outside projects. Like an athlete who spreads themselves thin with endorsement deal commitments, commercials and alternate careers (see Shaq's rap career) I think it is inevitable that their performance is going to suffer on some level. This is why we see SNL cast members often leave when they get involved in movies. Shows like HIMYM rely heavily on chemistry between the cast. Look up the clip of the gang on the Megan Mullaly show where Segel and NPH sing the confrontation song from Les Miserables. They were a bunch of relative unknowns save NPH but you could see the energy they shared. I just think some of that spark is gone and it is showing this season at times. But as I have said before, while I may be critical at times (which comes with the job)I am not even close to giving up on my beloved show.


I can't understand this review and the low rating...I totally loved the episode and Barney was cute as hell drunk kissing Robin! I got my butterflies^^ I really felt like this episode and the one before were the best in this season so far!


this is one of the worst ones so far the only part i like its when tes told marshall that it's ok to move fast with lily. i wnat the barney from last season back


I felt this was one of the better episodes for this season, which makes me really sad.


A few good parts buried under the majority of the episode.


I still hold out for this show but, well, my viewership is entirely Dancing with the Stars related and whether I am recording something elsewhere. Heck Monday nights I could go right to bed after DWTS but I like the trick of watching both this and Revolution with no commercials and still be ready for bed by ten past 11. They still seem to be phoning it in..I noticed the laugh track for the first time ever and I had the thought of when was the last time Bob Saget did any voiceovers because they seem to be repeating.


my favourite parts of this show are always the group riffing- i loved the whole stamp of approval/ pigging backing stamp convo. that was funny. but it does seem like jason segal is phoning it in, which i find really annoying


Segel does not want to do that show anymore... God damn, he is awful this season.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 7 Quotes

Bottom line Vito a lot of strip clubs are into my client. If you want The Melon Patch to be in the mix we're gonna need bigger melons and smaller patches. Otherwise your establishment is not where Barney Stinson is going to pitch his tent.


I have nothing but the utmost respect for you skanks.