Woooo!

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"Woooo!"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 8
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Craig Thomas, Carter Bays
Production code 4ALH08
Original air date November 17, 2008
Guest actors

Bryan Callen (Bilson)
Erika Medina (Stacey)
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Jillian)

Season 4 episodes

"Woooo!" is the eighth episode in the fourth season of the television series How I Met Your Mother and 72nd overall. It originally aired on November 17, 2008.

Plot[edit]

Still unemployed, Robin finds some solace in hanging out with Lily, but she is upset that Marshall is always there. Lily suggests that Robin come with her to Jillian's birthday party, a second grade teacher at Lily's school.

Barney tells Ted that the Goliath National Bank is renovating their main building, and that he is trying to convince his boss to give Ted's architecture firm a chance to pitch a design. Ted faces competition from a Swedish architecture collective called Sven, a company he already hates. Excited at the prospect of the three of them working together, Marshall says they should include Ted in the "conference call", an excuse he and Barney use to go up to the roof and drink beer. Future Ted, meanwhile, explains that this was his big shot at fulfilling his dream of adding a building to the New York skyline.

Robin and Lily arrive at a western style bar for Jillian's party, with Lily hoping that Jillian did not realize what kind of place it was. They soon find out that Jillian is actually a 'Woo girl', a single girl who loves to go out partying and constantly shouts "woooooo!".

Ted presents his design to Barney which he thought was amazing and is exactly how he imagines Princess Leia naked. When Marshall arrives and tells them that Lily is out with a group of "woo girls", Barney springs into action, rushes to the bar and tells Lily and Robin that the world needs such girls, then sets out to try and pick them up.

Ted presents his ideas to the board of Goliath National Bank (GNB), and comes away feeling optimistic about his chances. Later that night, Barney tells him they decided to go with Sven's design. Ted is particularly upset after the bad couple of months he just had, so he, Barney and Marshall decide to go urinate on the current Goliath building. Meanwhile, Robin starts hanging out with the woo girls, so she can have fun with other unmarried women.

At Goliath National Bank, Marshall tells Bilson that even though they did not pick him, Ted is still a great architect. When Bilson replies that he voted for Ted, Marshall grabs Barney for a conference call to confront him. Barney explains that Ted's pitch was good, but he was swayed by Sven, who offered a building shaped like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and promised to give Barney a button to make it breathe fire, as well as putting in a strip club. Marshall is so upset he refuses to have another conference call with Barney, and leaves him locked outside on the roof alone.

Lily tries to hang out with Robin by becoming a woo girl, but cannot get it right. Robin explains that Lily cannot be a woo girl because she is happy. Robin translates each of the girl's woos, and shows that each of them is miserable, as is Ted after losing his contract. She also tells Lily that at the moment, she is like them, being unemployed and single. Lily promises to make more time for Robin, and to try to get away from Marshall now and then.

Barney invites the Svens to a conference call, but finds they do not understand what he's doing. Feeling bad about betraying his friend, Barney has the company fire Sven and hire Ted. At the bar, Barney is about to explain that it was his fault Ted did not get the job in the first place when Marshall stops him, blaming Bilson. Marshall soon caves in and tells Ted the truth, so Ted ties Barney to a mechanical bull which was set to the maximum speed (after finding out that Barney has an inner ear problem) and goes home. Barney is freed three hours later, but is so dizzy he misses out on a threesome with Jillian and her "woo girl" friend (who intend to find "that guy Ted").

Music[edit]

"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Cultural references[edit]

  • When Marshall and Barney feel excited about their "conference calls", with both of them feeling that drinking beer in the office makes them like Mad Men, although Barney does not know that there is a TV show called as such.
  • At McLaren's when Lily and Robin are talking, Lily says "your nose just grew" referring to Pinocchio as she is lying about not Wooing.
  • After Jillian asks "Who wants to name my boobs?" Barney says, "Now if you'll excuse me I have a date with Hannity and Colmes", referring to Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes of the former Fox News Channel political program.
  • Barney says that the absence of Woooo! girls would cause the song Brown Eyed Girl to be met with silence (apart from, he clarifies, the sound of the song itself).

Critical response[edit]

Donna Bowman of the The A.V. Club gave the episode an A-, complaining about the unnecessary computer-generated effects (used for the T-Rex building and the pigeons on the rooftop), but praising the "crackerjack comic timing" and "solid script structure".[1]

Michelle Zoromski of IGN rated it 8.7/10, complimenting the "wordplay" used in the dialogue between Robin and Lily.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowman, Donna (November 17, 2008). "The AV Club". avclub.com. 
  2. ^ Zoromski, Michelle (November 18, 2008). "How I Met Your Mother: "Wooo!" Review". IGN. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 

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