How I Met Your Mother: Season 3, Episode 15

The Chain of Screaming (14 Apr. 2008)

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Marshall cries in front of his boss after he chews him out, and everybody gives Marshall their own unique advice on how to confront his boss about the situation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Marshall's immediate superior, nicknamed Artillery Arthur, is so named because he often, out of nowhere, will launch into a screaming tirade on an unsuspecting person. He's only one of the reasons that Marshall hates his job. Having never been screamed at like Arthur has just done to him (in this case for not finishing a report by the deadline), Marshall reacts surprisingly. He asks for advice from his friends on how to handle his feelings associated with being screamed at. Barney thinks the only way for the universe to work is for Marshall to complete the chain of screaming: scream at someone else, they who in turn will scream at another person, and so on until someone eventually screams at the original screamer. Marshall instead decides to take Lily's advice and reason with Arthur. Marshall's reasoning doesn't come out quite the way he planned. Meanwhile, Ted buys a new car that he doesn't want anyone to get dirty or to move from its prime parking spot. Written by Huggo

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Many "How I Met Your Mother" cast members real life partners also appear on the show. Alyson Hannigan's (Lily) husband Alexis Denisof as Sandy Rivers (Robin's Metro News One Co-Host), Neil Patrick Harris' (Barney) boyfriend David Burtka as Scooter (Lily's High School boyfriend) and Cobie Smulders (Robin) boyfriend Taran Killam as Blauman (Barney's Co-worker). See more »


At the beginning of the episode we hear Barney's voice saying, "Ted, this is New York City..." but we actually see Lily's mouth moving (Barney is not initially in the shot and the J-Cut replaces Lily's dialogue so that Lily's mouth moves but she says nothing). See more »


Ted Mosby: [Telling Marshall what to do after crying in front of his boss] Marshall, you go in and you dazzle this guy with a big, eloquent speech defending human dignity. Like Abraham Lincoln.
Marshall Eriksen: Yeah, like it's so easy to bust out a big eloquent speech off the top of your head.
Ted Mosby: [Clears throat] Observe.
[Flash to Ted as Marshall at his job]
Ted Mosby: Arthur.
Arthur Hobbs: What do you want Marshall
Ted Mosby: Justice, sir. See, we're all born with certain incontrovertible rights. The most fundamentally paramount of which is the right...
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A Drop In Quality
17 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After so many great episodes, it was inevitable that there would be a drop in quality somewhere and this was it.

Plot In A Paragraph: Marshall cries after being shouted at by his boss, so the other four all tell him how he should deal with it. Robin suggests he go in with a gun, Ted Suggests he gives a speech about how he will not tolerate being abused, Lily suggests using the same approach she takes with her kids at school and Barney suggests he just send the abuse further down the chain of screaming (or the circle of screaming, or the pyramid of screaming) and simply scream at someone beneath him.

Whilst this episodes has it's moments, there was not many laugh out loud moments to enjoy for me.

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