If you never noticed Joe Manganiello on How I Met Your Mother, it may have to do with the fact that he has his shirt on. It’s ok. It happens to the best of us. His recurring character, Brad, has actually appeared in 7 episodes of the show: twice in 2006, twice in 2007, once in 2009, and twice in the last two weeks. I must say, his performances from the last two weeks were both pertinent to the story and hilarious and he was definitely more than just a background character. Spoiler alert in case the holiday feast put your TV viewing schedule on the back burner and now you are playing catch up. This is an update on the last TWO episodes.
Marshall goes to work, preparing for one of the biggest cases his firm has taken on; a lawsuit involving a lake and a pharmaceutical company. As he heads into the building, he sees Brad outside. Brad is wearing a stained T-shirt and pretty much seems on the border between couch surfing and homelessness. Since Brad also graduated from Columbia Law, Marshall gives his stamp of approval and recommends him to his boss. Brad comes in, acts like a complete jerk, insults Marshall’s boss, and even tells Marshall and said boss to take an extra minute before returning to the conference room claiming to have emitted some pretty funky flatulence. It was gross, and yet, Joe Manganiello is still hot.
Because of his poor recommendation, Marshall gets thrown off the case and slowly works his way back on the legal team. When the trial begins, we find out that Brad is not a nearly homeless Columbia Law School graduate, but the opposing counsel representing the pharmaceutical guys! What’s worse is that he used his fart-induced alone time to take pictures of Marshall’s firm’s legal strategy and sent it back to his firm. Marshall was put in a rough spot where his boss basically said “win this case, or you’re fired.”
Brad used every trick in the book to win over the jury which consisted of 12 women. Now, let’s picture this. I love Jason Segal. I truly do. He is beautiful in my eyes and seems like the sweetest guy in the world. The one you take home to mom, marry, and establish a wonderful life together complete with random visits from The Muppets and Neil Patrick Harris, just to say “hey.” Then, there is Joe Manganiello. He was in Magic Mike, and we’ve all seen him on True Blood. We know all about his positive assets. So when “Brad” bends over to pick up his pen, time seemed to stand still, and every one of those female jurors was captivated.
Marshall manages to win by making Brad remove his shirt on the stand. One can say he won because this lead to some very compelling evidence, but on the other hand, he may have won simply because he got Brad to remove his shirt. We may never know the real answer there, but it lead to bigger life decisions after the amount awarded was missing quite a few zeros.
All in all, I was really happy with these two episodes. Hopefully, you all felt the same way!