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How I Met Your Mother

Season 6 Episode 7

Canning Randy

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Marshall doesn't want to fire Randy, despite his continued incompetence. Zoey signs up for Ted's class and gets his students on her side of the fight to save the hotel being torn down for the new GNB headquarters. The gang tries to learn why Robin was amidst other women doing the post-Halloween 'walk of shame'.moreless

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  • Incompetence and Incontinence

    We're back to the very choppy days of last season this week, with a directionless episode about Goliath National Bank making PSAs about how much it cares. Barney makes one. New incompetent guy Randy makes one. Bob Odenkirk makes one. But Marshall refuses. He just can't be one of the GNB liars, and he will never ever fire anyone. But Randy really is incompetent, and he keeps shredding valuable contracts. So, eventually, Marshall lets him go. After a dream in which Randy shoves himself down the shredder, Marshall begs Arthur to let him rehire him, so Arthur does. The catch is that Randy was super-excited to be fired with severance because he wanted to use that money to start brewing his own beer. The unfortunate thing is that he names it Wharmpess, which is his last name. He tries hard to get fired again, but Marshall won't do it until he tastes a bottle of delicious Wharmpess.

    Speaking of warm piss, Robin has a secret, and Lily wants the poop. She assumes Robin's slept with someone they know, and eventually decides it was Randy. Ultimately, though, Robin admits there was no mystery sex. She actually made a commercial to compete with her annoying co-anchor Becky's own commercial. Robin's was about adult diapers, and she was the one peeing herself. She hopes they'll choose not to run it and the gang won't see it, but Saget!Ted tells us from the future that the commercial will run for seven years. Also: Ted's stuck dealing with Zoey again, after she joins his class to turn everyone against him and his new GNB building.moreless
  • The long walk

    In a Halloween episode that wasn't really about Halloween, this was yet another episode where you don't get the full story at first. The guys (Ted, Marshall, and Barney) are all making comments on the women who are doing the walk of shame, until they see Robin. More on that later.

    Ted at this point is enjoying the class as much as this students are. Small sidetrack but I do wish Ted would've worn a hanging chad costume to class. Things for Ted quickly sour when Zoey goes to Ted's class and tells the students what Ted is doing to the Arcadian. This time Ted smartly goes to Lilly for help. I liked how Lilly got her students to behave. It was like Robin in that you don't hear the whole story at first. It was also a great movie reference. I also liked that Ted was able to get back at Zoey a bit. It was great to see Randy. Randy if you don't remember has a crush on Robin and someone who gets a bloody nose when gets a boner. I admire Marshall for not firing Randy at first but eventually letting him go. It was good for success with his beer. How Robin came to be in the nurse's uniform was worth it. I won't spoil it for you would have check that one out.

    Overall a good episode.moreless
  • Marshall has to fire Randy.

    "Canning Randy" is a good How I Met Your Mother episode. I enjoyed how Ted's class actually loves him. But I love how Zoey starts egging Ted's apartment and she turns Ted's students against him. I love how Zoey is so crazy and I love how she gets all Ted's students to skip class to protest tearing down the Arcadian. I love how Robin is so annoyed by Becky that she goes out films an embarrassing commercial. The only thing I didn't like was Marshall's plot. I didn't care that he didn't want to fire Randy. I give this episode a 8/10.moreless
  • 607

    After three long years of asking for it, SNL veteran Will Forte finally returned to How I Met Your Mother. He had a memorable appearance the first time around and while he was easily the best thing about the show tonight, I do not know if I am clamoring for a third guest spot (although I am glad Bob Odenkirk returned as well.)

    Tonight's How I Met Your Mother was amusing to an extent, but the storylines right now, both the one-offs, and the arc with Jennifer Morrison, are just not entertaining me that much. The show really has nothing left to accomplish, but don't expect CBS to cancel it for that reason.

    Okay episode, but don't even get me started on the return of "where's the poop, Robin?"moreless
  • 607

    Things are picking up for How I Met Your Mother after the last unsettling episode. Zoey was actually likable and I commend Jennifer Morrison here. I think I've might have been to harsh on her on my last review, "Architect of Destruction" She was actually pretty great here, and we got to see some heart here, something I haven't seen on this show in a while.

    Even though I do think this show has lost it's sense of realism, this was still an entertaining watch even if this show isn't the funniest show on television, it was entertaining. We did get some funny one liners here though, from Lilly being "crazy" by putting the dismembered horse in the kid's bed to the tie in with Randy, we did get some funny lines here.

    What I mean about losing it's sense of realism, I meant that ridiculous commercial, and Robin's unrealistic talk show. Marshall was actually not awful here, he didn't bring Lilly down which was great, and Marshall didn't act like a complete idiot.

    Overall a good episode of How I Met Your Mother, I'm actually intrigued with this Zoey/Ted arc.moreless
Marieve Herington

Marieve Herington


Guest Star

Andrew Caldwell

Andrew Caldwell


Guest Star

Ashwyn Bagga

Ashwyn Bagga


Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Zoey Pierson

Recurring Role

Ron Nicolosi

Ron Nicolosi


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Barney pours champagne in the bar, the flutes go from being overflowing in one shot to half full the next.

    • During the scene when Randy announces his plans to brew beer and then Marshall comes into MacLaren's and tells him he's not fired, the blood stream from Randy's nose switches nostrils from right to left to right.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Ted: Please tell me you're not hooking up with one of your co-anchors again.
      Robin: My co-anchor is a woman.
      Barney: Please tell me you are hooking up with one of your co-anchors.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates: United Kingdom: February 3, 2011 on E4; Germany: September 28, 2011 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: January 24, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air October 25, but was later pre-empted by "Baby Talk". It was also originally announced as having the title, "A 'Like Me' Story", but this was changed before broadcast, as well.


    • When the little boy in Lily's class wakes up to find the head of his horse toy by his side while Lily is enjoying her meal is a play on Jack Woltz waking up to find his prized horse's head in his bed in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 film adaptation of Mario Puzo's 1969 novel, The Godfather.