After last week’s 100th episode, How I Met Your Mother treated fans with another first. “Jenkins,” the 101 installment marked the directorial debut of cast member Neil Patrick Harris, who was understandably and considerably absent from the canvas because of his off-cam duties. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t any good. In fact, it was a refreshing break from all the relationship catchphrases (which I still think is funny so don’t get me wrong).

Marshall took center stage as he mused everyone with stories about Jenkins, his new co-worker. Whether it’s eating a whole jar of maraschino cherries, stripping in a bar or peeing outside the cab window, stories about Jenkins seemed to entertain the whole gang. The only problem was everyone but Lily knew that Jenkins is a woman. And it didn’t help that she came in the form of Amanda Peet.

When Lily found out the truth about Jenkins, however, she was pretty cool about it. Marshall, on the other hand, couldn’t accept the fact that he couldn’t make his wife jealous. The problem got worse as Jenkins kissed Marshall at work since she was so wasted from playing the Robin Scherbatsky drinking game. Yes, there’s a drinking game about Robin and I’ll tell you more about it in a bit.

As expected, Marshall cringed and came clean to Lily, who thought her husband was just making up tall tales to make her jealous. In his final attempt to make Lily jealous, Marshall told Jenkins to talk to Lily about the kiss, and it worked because hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

The other portion of “Jenkins” was just as hilarious. It’s about Ted discovering the real reason why everyone in his class watches Robin’s show. Evidently, college students weren’t interested in the news nor were they interested in seeing hot Robin. Robin’s show airs so early in the morning that students are still in the bar playing a drinking game they’ve come up with every time Robin says “but um,” and apparently she says it a lot.

All in all, I enjoyed this Barney-less episode. Did you?

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Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV