What Britney's Return Means to 'How I Met Your Mother' - Spoilers Ahead
What Britney's Return Means to 'How I Met Your Mother' - Spoilers Ahead
It was confirmed last week that Britney Spears will be returning to How I Met Your Mother as Abby, a receptionist to Ted's love interest Stella.  Britney's first go-around on the series can only be considered a great success, both in terms of Britney's performance and the effect on the series in general.  How I Met Your Mother was teetering on the verge of cancellation (and still may be), but Britney's appearance gave the series a huge ratings boost.  The writers didn't give Britney anything that difficult and she didn't embarrass herself – at this point in her career, that was a major victory.  After the success of her first appearance, How I Met Your Mother is bringing her back once more.  She will guest on the May 12 episode of How I Met Your Mother called “Everything Must Go” and the episode's plot description gives us insight as to where the rest of the Mother season is headed. 


Britney and Barney go on a date in “Everything Must Go.”  While this would typically mean very little in terms of How I Met Your Mother's plot, the last two episodes have changed everything.  With Barney and Ted on the outs after Barney and Robin hooked up, things are more complicated.  In “Everything Must Go” Barney and Ted are not on good terms.  In fact, the episode description calls them “ex-friends.”  The reason Barney goes on a date with Britney (or, Abby) is only to throw it in Ted's face. 

This is important for a couple of reasons.  One, the oft-theorized thought that Robin and Barney would make a go of it probably isn't going to happen.  Maybe later, maybe next season, maybe during the season finale. But not now.  Second, it means that the How I Met Your Mother writers aren't going to take the easy way out and have Barney and Ted immediately make up after their recent fight.  As far as sitcoms go, How I Met Your Mother's characters are among the most real, which is one of the reasons why I love what they do.  Even though I assume that Barney and Ted's feud will be played for laughs, I look forward to see how everything is resolved. 

With Britney going on a date, it seems likely that she'll have more to do, acting-wise.  Playing off a comic genius like Neil Patrick Harris will make it easier but, as it is with all things Britney, the possibility of a train wreck is always there.

(By the way, I just saw Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and it didn't disappoint.  If you liked the first one, you'll like the second.  Neil Patrick Harris steals every scene he's in, and it is all wonderful.  NPH, unicorns and branding irons – what's not to love?)

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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