TV: HIMYM fails to get our “Stamp Tramp”

By Meryl Gottlieb | | @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
Rating: 3/5

While there were some great comedic moments in tonight’s episode (only because the actors are fantastic at their jobs), overall this week’s How I Met Your Mother didn’t really have much going for it.

Basically, we had a filler show this week.

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has to find a new strip club since he broke up with Quinn (Becki Newton), who works at the strip club that he has attended for years. As if he were Michael Phelps and the strip clubs were athletic brands, a heavy competition ensues for Barney to pick his new club.

Barney receives a few bribes from these clubs, but Robin (Cobie Smulders), like the amazingly awesome person she is, sees more in this opportunity to exploit these clubs to get some real freebies and becomes Barney’s strip club agent.

Marshall (Jason Segel) runs into his old law school friend Brad (Joe Manganiello) who is out of work and has no life. Feeling bad, Marshall says he will talk to his boss at his law firm and ask about a job opportunity for a case they are working on.

The whole gang knows this is a bad idea because Marshall always gives his “Stamp Tramp,” or seal of approval, to everything because he has such an idiotic love for everything.

Ted (Josh Radnor) likes to think he has a great seal of approval but finds out he is a “piggy back stamper,” meaning someone else says an idea, and he claims it as his own. After watching a bunch of video diaries he kept during college  — um, ok, because everyone does that — he finally finds one redeeming thing: He told Marshall to stay with Lily (Alyson Hannigan) when Marshall thought he was falling too fast for her. It was an adorable moment; I love seeing that trio during their college years.

Brad is ridiculous — boy, didn’t see that coming — and makes Marshall look bad for recommending him and gets Marshall kicked off the case. Now, Marshall has to gain back his boss’s trust and puts his stamp on small things until he is back on the case, a cycle that really just wasted some time.

Robin, while an amazing bro, is bribed by Golden Oldies — a strip club that is just too disgusting to think about — and sets Barney up to sign with them. Barney does not agree and dismisses her.

Barney then makes a decision at the “brodium” and picks Mount Beach.

Marshall and his boss go into court and find that Brad is on the opposing side. Apparently, he schemed his way into Marshall’s law firm so he could find out all of their legal plans. Marshall’s boss threatens him saying that if he doesn’t win this case, Marshall is fired.

Bob Saget then narrates that this was the case that “changed Marshall’s legal career forever but we’ll get to that.” Oh come on, this cannot be that interesting that we have to wait.

Robin and Barney celebrate his decision and get super drunk, and THEY KISS. But nothing else comes of it, so my heart skipped a beat for nothing.

Why not forgo the Barney-strip club thing, focus on the Barney and Robin getting back together and just do the Marshall-law career thing in one episode?

Please, don’t waste time with fillers; you waste money filming it, and I waste time watching it.


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