I'll say this about Will Forte: He's got the weirdo vibe down pat. From his various 'SNL' characters to the Jenna Maroney impersonator he played on '30 Rock' to the shy and awkward Randy on 'HIMYM,' Forte has a history of playing people that are so creepy that they give you douche chills. He plays so creepy that MacGruber is considered one of his more "normal" characters.
But if it weren't for Forte, this fairly uneventful episode would have also been pretty unfunny. Something about this one just felt off from beginning to end; I came away from it thinking it should have been funnier, and I didn't remember one funny line from it. Every season has a few clunkers, and given the streak that Bays and Thomas has been on this season, a clunker in episode 7 isn't such a bad thing.
What made Forte as Randy funny? The nosebleeds. The fact that he can screw up so badly and still have a weird smile on his face. His having to look up what the "B" in GNB stands for when his mom calls him at Marshall's office. His never-ending crush on Robin, which was established two years ago when he was Barney's temporary wingman. His pride at his beer coming in fourth place in a senior center brewing contest. His creepy happiness that his severance will allow him to start that brewing business he always wanted to start. It was such chill-inducing goodness that it's too bad that Marshall can't unfire him again at some point.
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