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The Chain of Screaming 

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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... Ted Mosby
... Marshall Eriksen
... Robin Scherbatsky
... Barney Stinson
... Lily Aldrin
... Arthur Hobbs
... Bilson
... Blauman
... Ferguson
Avner Garbi ... Waiter
... Daughter
... Son
Evelyn Dubuc ... Megan
Charles Poynter ... Dylan
Kira Saks ... Erica
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Arthur Hobbs: [Yelling] Hey, Ferguson I read your report, and it's complete crap! No, you know what, that's an insult to crap. If crap could eat and then crap stuff out, it's that! Your report is the crap that crap craps!
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Hey Beautiful
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Written by The Solids
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An underrated episode
7 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

This episode is not amazing because of its plot. That's not to say that its plot is bad, but it's not why I'm reviewing this so positively. It's amazing primarily because of 1 thing: the characters. To be more specific, the writers made Marshall the main character in this episode. In most other HIMYM episodes, Ted is the main character. Don't get me wrong, HIMYM is a great show, but making Ted the main character was a mistake. He's lame and pretentious. He's constantly correcting people, yet he gets stuff wrong (e.g. mispronouncing "chameleon" and falsely stating that "love thy neighbor" is not the Golden Rule). With Marshall in the spotlight, we have a story that doesn't suffer from being centered on a pretentious snob. Marshall is a genuinely nice guy who doesn't constantly correct people. He makes the audience genuinely care about him when they see him try to stand up to his boss. When Ted's in the spotlight, sorry, but I don't really care about his romantic pursuits, because I don't care about him.


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