A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I'm arrested for ZWI...

So remember all those positive feelings I was having after last week's episode? "Twelve Horny Women" didn't erase them, but it sure didn't continue them, either. After an anomalous clever outing a week ago, we're back to goofiness for the sake of goofiness, and in an episode that didn't even bother really following up on the previous one. What was the point of Brad's undercover stunt at Marshall's firm if his plan all along was to Magic Mike his way into the lustful hearts of the all-female jury? That whole story wound up not mattering at all, nor do we find out how Marshall's boss — who threatened to fire him over allowing it to happen, remember, if he didn't get a big win in the case — reacted to Marshall winning the verdict and yet getting a tiny reward courtesy of the judge.

And yet watching Joe Manganiello shake his thing was probably still preferable to the B-story about the gang trying to prove their bonafides in teenage badassery. This was a clear case of all four being unreliable narrators going in, which gives the writers license to be sillier, but even factoring that in, this was too much. (The low moment was the four of them trying to pull a "Scared Straight" on the actual delinquent on the courthouse bench.) We're long past the point on this show or any other where a "Wire" reference is inherently funny, even if it's Goth Lily as Omar. And the Robin Sparkles gag mainly made me wonder why Robin and/or the writers didn't reach back a little further into her past, since the Robin who was raised as a boy by her father was probably much more likely to have been the troublemaker. (I know that the whole point is that all four were making it up, but it also felt like an excuse to shoehorn in a popular alt-version of the character.)

Oh, well. At least this was a "we'll get to that later" that we got to the very next week. (Speaking of the future, how does Marshall's desire to become a judge at an age not too far advanced from now track with what Future Ted has said about how Marshall and Garrison Cootes would go on to save the world?)

What did everybody else think?