Robin Sparkles is one of my favorite things TV has done in the last decade. When How I Met Your Mother
first decided that tough-as-nails Robin Scherbatsky was a teenage pop star in Canada in the '90s, it was a stroke of genius.
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"Let's Go to the Mall" may be one of the catchiest and most amusing songs TV has ever created. The follow-up, "Sandcastles in the Sand," was also amusing, if only because it marked the episode where Barney and Robin first hooked up. The third installment, with Robin's BFF Jessica Glitter in the sexually-inappropriate children's show Space Teens
, was equally entertaining.
So I entered this episode of How I Met Your Mother
with the same excitement as Barney and the gang upon discovering a heretofore undiscovered fourth Robin Sparkles tape.
It all came about as Barney learned that Robin used to stalk some guy, leading to a trip to Canada that revealed the existence of Robin Sparkles' "Underneath the Tunes" on MuchMusic, Canada's version of VH1's "Behind the Music."
It's Robin Sparkles 4, y'all!
What came next was pure genius, a documentary filled with Canadian celebrities from hockey player Luc Robitaille (who listened to "Sandcastles in the Sand" so he could have a good cry before games) to Rush singer Geddy Lee (who thinks Robin Sparkles invented grunge music in 1996). They all talked about Robin's third song, "P.S. I Love You." She performed it during halftime during the Grey Cup game (which is the Canadian Football League's Super Bowl) where she turned Robin Sparkles into the darker, grungier Robin Daggers.
But who was the song, a scary ode to her obsession, about? Not Dave Coulier, who showed up to not only poke fun at his long-time rumored association with Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know," but also to do his classic "Cut it out" bit from Full House
, something the narrator (Bob Saget) loves.
Though Barney suspected that Alan Thicke was the object of Robin's affection (leading to a butt-kicking from the Growing Pains
star), it turned out the "P.S." was, of course, Paul Shaffer.
Because all Canadian teenage girls love Paul Shaffer. Enjoy the awesome video for yourself.
The whole thing was Canada-tastic, and the song was another hit thanks to the new grunge style. So thank you, How I Met Your Mother
, for another brilliant installment in the Robin Sparkles saga. Now that we know the show is ending next season, I hope there's somehow room for one more.Ted Is Crazy in Love
The episode also served to introduce Ted's new girlfriend Jeanette (Saturday Night Live
alum Abby Eliot). Ted met her on the subway reading the same book as him, but missed out on her until she reappeared at his school. Only it turns out she stalked him down and set a fire to lure him outside, all of which Ted was OK with, citing it as a Dobbler meet-cute from Say Anything and not a Dahmer serial killer crazy obsession.. But then Ted learned she's actually been stalking him for a year and a half. Which, of course, led Ted to make out with her, because everyone needs one last bad mistake before meeting their true love.
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