How I Met Your Mother

Season 8 Episode 9

Lobster Crawl

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 2012 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
140 votes

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    How I Met Your Mother "Lobster Crawl" Review: You Always Want What You Can't Have...

    "Lobster Crawl" not only pushed the series’ story ahead, it also managed to right a few of this season's wrongs.

  • Episode Summary

    A determined Robin goes to great lengths to get back together with Barney. Meanwhile, Ted substitutes as Marvin's nanny, leading Marshall and Lily to realize that Ted is using baby Marvin as a replacement for his other baby…the GNB building.

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • Much better!

      After I was pretty nonplussed with the last two episodes, I was pleasantly surprised to find a great episode with this one! It was entertaining and funny, and downright fun to watch!

      Some really hilarious moments right throughout and a couple of interesting plot developments!

      Overall, a terrific episode!
    • Lobster Crawl

      This episode was amazing now i have faith that this season is returning to what made HIMYM Amazing. The episode was Hilarious with Ted babysitting, Robin trying to seduce Barney, and Lily still wanting Robin even though she has a kid now. Robin made it seem that there is a playbook for girls but she couldn't make it work with Barney after trying many ways to seduce him. Barney going out with Patrice is something unexpected and it give the character something to do, and now Robin must really hate her because she took Barney from her and saw her humiliate herself. The ending with Ted and his baby girl and Lily and Marshell taking revenge was awesome and i would like the next episodes of this season to be like this one dont take a step down HIMYM writers go up and make the show more enjoyable than it was.moreless
    • Barney changes?

      Barney, as a character, could not have changed that much as to go on a date with Patrice, which is the opposite of his type of women. But of course, now that Robin is after him, this was bound to happen. It will be interesting to see how things follow, and how Barney will get out of this Patrice situation, as we already know that Barney and Robin will attempt to get married.moreless
    • Excellent Episode

      I feel this has to be the last season of HIMYM but I really do love the end plot twist:


      The whole Ted Marvin thing was boring for me so I'm going to skip over that!!

      Robin realises she wants to sleep with Barney one last time because as Lily said "You closed the door but Barney Locked it!" Barney said he wasn't going to sleep with Robin anymore because it is too tiring... But Robin wants Barney but he just doesn't even fathom Robin's attempts until one of the best endings ever... Robin goes to Barney's apartment and throws herself at him but he is on a date with Patrice instead of sleeping with Robin's Hot Co Worker Brandi Barney actually talks to Patrice and is kinda on a date with her... This is essential character development on Barney's side!

      Barney has stated for years "I won't get up on a fattie" yet he finds himself talking to Patrice and being on a date with her playing cards instead of either banging one of 2 hotties (Robin or Brandi).

      I think this an absolute brilliant plot mainly because every woman who Barney has had a long term relationship has offered a different dynamic:

      Robin was Barney's equal in terms of alphaness and strong personality

      Nora was a sweet girl who knew how to keep Barney in check and even got Barney to abstain from sex

      Quinn was Barney's foil in the sense she was also his equal in terms of every sense of the word

      But Patrice offers a VERY different challenge to Robin... she famously said during the Intervention with Stella "Oh anything I say about Stella would be bitchy plus I'm hotter than her!"

      The thing is with Patrice she isn't hot and she is overweight and she is insecure but she has done one thing which NO OTHER GIRL has done for Barney... She LISTENS and was emotionally there for him. Robin is very strong headed and will give Barney hints but she will have to take the lead to get him back IMO!

    • Great episode

      This episode had a lot of laughs and also had interesting plots for all of its characters. This was what HIMYM was known for. I was so happy watching this episode as plots were so interesting and the actors also gave depth to their characters in this episode.


      1) Nice ending. Marshall and Lily get their revenge :)

      2) Bro-bibs. How do the writers come up with such concepts which are equally stupid as they are awesome.

      3) I'm with particularly happy with Barney/Patrice but I see where this storyline takes Robin's character and I like it.

      4) Robin trying to flirt with Barney was hilarious.

      Great episode. Great fun. Going to miss you, HIMYM.

      I know that some people won't agree with my rating of this episode, but one should remember that every person has his opinion, right? I value all other opinions as well.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Robin does her own version of the Playbook

        It can be argued at the end when Robin strips off in sexy Lingerie, this is a variant of "the naked man." But was obviously censored due to tv

      • Barney mentions websites that sell his "BroBibs". There is an actual website showing the many "styles" of BroBibs you can buy. You can pull up where it lists facts like "Brobibs is made by a company outsourced by Bain Capital in 1995." Bain Capital was associated with 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Barney parodied the line made famous by Danny Glover's Det. Roger Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon movie franchise. Barney's newly ketchup-stained tie *Cornelius* was getting too old for this shirt. A season four episode about the gang proving they weren't too old was named in honor of the famous movie character as well.

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