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"How I Met Your Mother" Episode 7: Tramp Stamp

This week’s “How I Met Your Mother” brought the guest appearance of Joe Manganiello as Marshall’s former law school classmate. Let me just say that this dude has a wide range of acting capabilities and he definitely showed his comedic skills this episode. Well done, Joe, well done.

Before we get to him, let’s talk about Lily. Dare I say, she was actually pretty funny this episode. So far this season she’s been seriously lacking in the comedy department, but she really stepped up to the plate this time. When she feigned surprise with Barney and Robin, coordinating them spitting out their drinks in reaction to Ted revealing he was Dr. X on his college radio show, I saw a little hope in Lily’s comedic future. If she drops the ball on this one, at least she can say she tried.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

So back to Joe Manganiello (Brad in the episode) and Marshall. Turns out that Marshall gives his stamp of approval too easily and is too forgiving of people. This bites him in the butt when he recruits Brad, who is out of work and pretty much a bum now, to work at his firm. Turns out, Brad is actually a successful lawyer at the firm that Marshall’s firm has a big legal case against. This is awkward and we have to wait until future episodes to find out what happens. Typical.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

In lieu of Nick, I was really happy to have Brad in this episode because he somehow manages to portray the successful lawyer and the hilarious idiot beautifully at the same time. We need a hilarious idiot. Or at least I do. I mean, come on, what is situational comedy without one? Anyway, Brad has to stick around for at least one more episode for the legal proceedings. I can work with that.

Surprisingly, Ted was also killing it on the comedic side this episode. I think that Ted needs to embrace his dorky and corny sides to really reach his full potential. College Ted is amazing. So awkward and weird and I love him. He hasn’t made an appearance in a while, so I’m glad we got to see him this episode.

It also struck me this episode that because I’ve been so wrapped up in the random episodes that have been happening lately, I completely forgot that Ted still needs to find a wife. He has had virtually no girl interaction for an uncomfortably long time. If we can get that plotline back in gear I wouldn’t hate it. I’m just throwing that out there.

Screenshot by Kara Weeks/Gavel Media

Barney and Robin were awesome together this episode. What a pair. Seriously, their team effort to find Barney a new strip club is one of the best things I have seen on this show. If that doesn’t tell you you’re going to be perfect spouses, I don’t know what does. Sooner or later, the writers will stop teasing us with the rekindling of their love and all will live happily ever after. Hopefully.


That’s all for this week, tune in Monday at 8 p.m. on CBS for episode 8!


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