How I Met Your Mother

Season 5 Episode 13

Jenkins

6
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2010 on CBS
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7.6
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Episode Summary

When Marshall's co-worker Jenkins kisses him, he can't get Lily to believe it happened. Robin discovers she's the subject of a drinking game played by people watching her talk show.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Neil Patrick Harris' directorial debut is really nice!

    7.5
    In this episode, Marshall gets a new co-worker, called Jenkins. Due to a misunderstanding by Lily, the whole group thinks that Jenkins is in fact a man, and not the hot woman - played by Amanda Peet - that she actually is. When he finds out that Lily considers herself the "settler" and not the "reacher" in their relationship, he gets the idea to make her jealous with Jenkins. In the meantime, Ted's students have created a drinking game out of Robin's morning show.



    As i said in the review title, this is the first episode of the show that is directed by a cast member, in this case Neil Patrick Harris. And although the plot has very little to do with the main plot of the show, it's a very well-written and funny episode. How Lily reacted to the Jenkins stuff wasn't good and was some of the things I don't like about her character, but the rest (including the hilarious drinking game) was pretty great. Ted and Barney being totally wasted because of said drinking game was also a really amusing scene and Amanda Peet made a nice cameo, it would be great to see her again sometime.



    I've seen funnier episodes of the show and some stuff like Ted's students isn't so good, but all in all, I think this is one of the better episodes of this season and with the last, great episode, these are actually the first two consecutive episodes of this season that I enjoyed. Let's hope they continue this with future episodes!moreless
  • The story of Jenkins

    7.5
    How do you follow up the 100th episode. You do it with this one. Yes it was not the strongest one but even judging by season 5 standards, this was a little off. There is a new person at GNB who is pretty crazy and does them out and in the workplace. It turns out that Jenkins is a women. I thought the reveal happened too soon. I also thought that Jenkins would've been better if it was a guy. The story as Jenkins as a guy. However while at the same time the stories of Jenkins as a girl were not funny but it was little bit hot but over the line. Marshall feels guilty about not telling the truth about Jenkins to Lilly and it turns out she is not upset. Jenkins is from Minnesota or claims to be comes on to Marshall. It also turns out that Marshall find he is the reacher in the realtionship. This does not surprise me. The story of Jenkins was told in a classic HIMYM storytelling. And even that was told in the best way even with the connection to the other story.

    In the other story Ted finds out that Robin is the result of a drinking game. When she finds out about that, she takes revenge on Ted. Her but um was pretty funny. I do find it curious that in this episode she doesn't take her job too Maybe Don is getting to her? The end of this episode was good but not great. I thought that Lilly getting jealous and beating up Jenkins was a callback to when Marshall tried to get jealous in season 1.

    Yes there were some holes but remember it's getting better. Just wait for it.moreless
  • Marshall introduces the gang to Jenkins.

    8.5
    "Jenkins" is a good How I Met Your Mother episode with definitely some cute parts. In this episode, the gang is supposed to meet Jenkins, but everyone thinks Jenkins is male, but really Jenkins is female. It was cute how Jenkins kisses Marshall and Marshall feels so bad. I love how Lily doesn't believe that Jenkins kissed Marshall. I love the debate between "reacher" and "settler". I love how Robin is starting to get a lot of viewers, but that's only because they play a drinking game when she says "But...umm". I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • "But, um..."

    7.6
    Getting right back on track after the 100th episode, the show continues with hilarity. The Lilly/Marshall plot was a bit unoriginal, but it definitely was still funny. Robin's plot was definitely original, and definitely funny. In this episode, Robin learns that she has fans when Ted's class recognizes her from her newscast. Only to find out that they made a drinking game out of her, every time she said "But, um…" they would have to drink. Meanwhile Marshall keeps on talking about how awesome his co-worker, Jenkins is, he lies to Lilly and says that Jenkins is a guy. When she finds out that Jenkins is a girl, she surprisingly doesn't get jealous. Marshall then wants her to get jealous, when he fears that she might be the settler, and he might be the reacher. When Jenkins kisses him, Lilly doesn't believe him, and thinks it's just something to get her jealous. The funniest part is when Jenkins finally admits to kissing Marshall and you think Lilly won't care, but boy were you wrong. Lilly punches Jenkins in the face, hilarious. I also like how it tied in with Robin's plot. She was drunk that day because of Robin's drinking game. Robin manages to do some payback and says "But, um…" nonstop so that they can drink until they can't drink anymore. Both plots were hilarious and the fact that they tied in together was great.moreless
  • Perhaps the most laughs I have had over a thiry-minute time-period!

    10
    This was an absolutely amazing episode of HIMYM, and it really is a great return to form for this amazing show!



    I thought the storyline was really great, with the "but, um's". I was cracking up all throughout those scenes, and I thought it was just brilliant! I loved that, so much!



    I also thought that th e fact that Lily didn't believe Marshall got kissed by "Jenkins" was hilarious! I laughed really badly all throughout this storyline as well.



    Overall, I'd highly recommend this episode, if you're looking for a few laughs! I absolutely loved it, and if the show continues this way, I can't wai t until we see some more!moreless
Andrew Caldwell

Andrew Caldwell

Scotty

Guest Star

Edward Flores

Edward Flores

Male Jenkins

Guest Star

Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet

Jenkins

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Taran Killam

Taran Killam

Blauman

Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca

Daughter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Barney: I had a drinking game based on Robin. Well, actually, it was on Robin. I poured peach schnapps into her belly button...
      Ted: Dude, we've been through this. Don't tell me.
      Barney: Very well. She didn't like it, anyway. Said it woke her up.

    • Marshall: Our two kids, our eight grandkids, our eleven great-grandkids are all on a plane piloted by Oprah, and it's about to crash into a art museum with all of your favorite paintings, and the only way to save everything is just to answer the question: are you the reacher or the settler?
      Lily: And Oprah's tried everything?
      Marshall: Everything! And you have to decide now!
      Lily: Well, I guess, if I had to say, then maybe I'd say… I'm the settler.
      Marshall: HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT?!

    • Ted: Wait, you want to have sex with Jenkins?
      Barney: With Jenkins, on Jenkins, near Jenkins, you name it. I wanna wear Jenkins like a sock.

    • Jenkins: I feel awful, and I'd hate myself if what I did affected you or your relationship with Marshall... (Lily hits her)
      Lily: Kiss my husband? MY HUSBAND? Nobody kisses my future baby daddy except me! (jumps on top of Jenkins)
      Barney: Marshall, come on! You're blocking the shot!
      Old Ted: And kids, Marshall never tried to make Lily jealous again.

    • Robin: Every good relationship has a reacher and a settler.
      Ted: The reacher reaches for someone out of their league, and the settler settles for someone below theirs.
      Marshall: Guys, I didn't settle for Lily. I mean, she's a little short and my mom says she doesn't have the hips to birth an Eriksen child, but (sees their faces) oh, my God, you guys think I'm the reacher.

    • Jenkins: I'm so sorry I kissed you yesterday.
      Marshall: That's okay.
      Jenkins: And I'm sorry I had sex with you in the mail room.
      Marshall: That wasn't me.
      Jenkins: Oh, good grief, that's two awkward conversations I have to have today.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Marshall commenting that, "[Lily] doesn't have money, but what she does have is a very special set of skills," is borrowed from Pierre Morel's 2008 film, Taken.

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