Spoilers for tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I call timesies...
Ain't nothin' deep going on in "The Fight," but that's okay, because I laughed harder at the revelation of what Marshall's fights with his brothers really looked like than I have at the rest of this season combined. This was a fundamentally silly outing, and a well-executed one. Among the highlights:
• Barney's ability to fake conversation while citing the titles of '70s/'80s black sitcoms, and somehow always choosing the appropriate one ("What's Happening Now?");
• The guys imagining what fight night at the Ericson household must have been like, complete with cocoa breaks;
• Robin's pathological attraction to guys who get in fights -- complete with the filthy "I'm surprised to see you had it in me" -- well-played by Cobie Smulders and one of the funnier iterations of the Robin-as-Canadian joke;
• The run of Marshall-as-a-girl jokes, especially Marshall demanding a spoiler alert after the "Sex and the City" put-down;
• Mahatma Panda and Martin Luther Koala;
• The return, however brief, of Barney's lesbian get-up during the "Forest Gump" insertion of Doug into old scenes;
• Barney's girlish scream-and-run when Doug threatened to beat them both up;
• Ted having played the hammer dulcimer in college;
• Marshall with the light saber;
• Did I mention the heavy metal-scored glimpse of the real Ericson fight club?
Not deep, but damned funny. What did everybody else think?