How I Met Your Mother Review: Crazy Stupid Love

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Tonight on How I Met Your Mother, Ted reaffirmed that Jeanette was indeed the final hurdle in route to meeting his wife.

I figured "Bad Crazy" would mark the end of Abby Elliot's stint on the show, but on Lily's recommendation, it seemed like Ted was going to let he stick around awhile. This latest development cast the spotlight on Ted's character flaws. The focus has always been on him finding the right woman. What we saw here, though, was that the biggest thing standing in his way was himself.  

Robin & Marvin

Aside from a few memorable How I Met Your Mother quotes, Barney - along with Marshall - took a back seat to Robin and Lily, who were the focus of the second major storyline. Kudos to those two on looking simply fabulous all those years from now. I very much liked what appeared to be a conscious effort by Cobie Smulders to keep Robin's left hand hidden in all those flash forward scenes. I'm confident she and Barney eventually do get married, but the blatant hiding of the ring finger had me wondering just how long their union lasts. 

Ted continued to deliver in what has been perhaps his strongest season ever. It's not every day you get to hook up with a beautiful woman while wearing a Boba Fett costume, so I could hardly blame the guy for caving the way he did. As for Jeanette yelling at the hockey ref, I would have gotten kicked out of the arena as well. I love a woman who is borderline obsessed with sports. 

If Barney was right and crazy girls are crazy just because they are crazy, the same case could be made for Mike Tyson. Crazy or not, he still was a funny surprise as the "old lady" who came to Robin's rescue. As outlandish as it may seem, I actually wouldn't put it past Robin to take an infant into a strip club to get out of the cold. 

It was nice to see little Marvin get some more screen time instead of just referenced by his parents. Normally I hang on every word Barney utters, but as he sat there playing with his clock, I couldn't help but stare at that adorable little Eriksen happily hopping in his jumperoo. Hard to believe Barney could ever be upstaged, let alone by a character who didn't even utter a single line. Well done, tiny Marvin, on a commendable performance. 

So Ted and Jeanette are going to remain crazy in love for awhile longer it seemed. Will the next few episodes focus solely on their relationship, or will we get to watch Robin and Barney prepare for their big day? 


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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being a barney & robin fan, this episode was slighly worrying as like steve said, robin never showed her wedding ring hand. same with barney in the season 7 'trilogy time' where we see a flashforward of ted with his baby girl and watching star wars.


Steve I notice that too. They tried hide her left hand the whole time, but during marvin middle school flash forward she brings both of her hands up. You can clearly see no ring. @nosgoth1979 What's up with the DISH commercial?


I'm sorry but I think that this episode and the last episodes that had been aired have been terrible. If it was a normal sitcom I wouldn't say this but comon it's How I met your mother! What has happened? I think this seasom 8 only had two GREAT episodes which were: "The final page part one" and "The final page part two" And I think all the episodes of previous seasons were like that. But this season is only about surreal situations like: Robin in a streapclub with Marvin and Mike Tyson, Ted's new crazy girlfriend, etc, etc. I miss when they just sat in the bar talking about really funny stories together. The writters are really messing up this amazing sitcom.


The image used for this is from the first episode where Lily and Marshall were sleep deprived. Almost threw me off when I saw that. Anyway there are some better fillers now compared to the first few episodes. Ted has become more funnier and Barney has returned to his usual self. Specially loved Marshall's small cameo in this episode.
Seriously Robin you can't recognize MIKE TYSON!!!! That's just a lame joke.


haha great episode! loved it


Did no one else notice that Robin wasn't wearing a wedding ring in the flash forwards......


seriously to nosgoth1979 ...glad you like the show and all..but do you really have to promote your jobs products quite so much? It really distracts from anything otherwise in your comments. Loved the episode and storylines!


HIMYM is misogynistic.


i am so glad we saw marvin he was an cutie. i can't it took robin that long to hold him.


Cant't say I like Ted's new flame and the crazy-girlfriend storyline at all. It is really boring - can't we just skip to the point where we FINALLY meet the mother?! Everything else is just the waste of space and time. The only good thing about Ted and the crazy girl was the return of the infamous red boots (although this also kind of felt little old and used). But, on the other hand, there was some good stuff in this episode: (Senator) Mike Tyson cameo - LOL- this proves that HIMYM writers still have it in them! Confessions of drunk Lilly & Robin in the future - hilarious! Barney and Marshall using Ted's apartment as storage for completely useless stuff - just great.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Episode 16 Quotes

Cray Cray gotta go bye bye, before you get stabbed stabbed.


Lily: You took my infant child to a strip club?
Robin: It was just topless!