"How I Met Your Mother" "P.S. I Love You" may have had two storylines when it aired on Feb. 4, but there was only one fans really cared about: the epic return of Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders), who crashed and burned after becoming obsessed with an older Canadian gentleman. It's Robin Daggers now, y'all.
While Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) is off discovering what it means to become obsessed on a "legen -- wait for it -- dary" adventure that takes him to Vancouver to interview Robin’s exes, Ted (Josh Radnor) is making yet another "HIMYM" relationship mistake.
Ted's theory of Dobler vs. Dahmer (sweet love story a la Lily and Marshall versus serial killer) is pretty spot on, but it doesn't make Ted's blindness to the stalker Jeanette (Abby Elliott) all that more interesting. Future Ted says Jeanette is his "one final horrible mistake," but Ted has made plenty of mistakes over the years, and it’s seriously time for him to move on. This stalker storyline just seems like filler for now, considering fans now know that it won't be until next year -- in the ninth and final season of "How I Met Your Mother" -- that Ted will finally meet the infamous mother.
Forget Ted. "HIMYM" season eight, episode 15 was all about Robin Sparkles, who has finally and officially cracked as documented by "Underneath the Tunes," Canada's version of "Behind the Music." Even Barney's reaction, complete with a drumroll, is priceless what with how excited he is to see his fiancee once again on the small screen as her alter-ego.
Yet this alter-ego is nothing like the "Let's Go To the Mall" star. She's dark, she's creepy, and she's bringing goth to Canada... in the 90's. While every guest star appearance on the documentary added a little something special, including James Van Der Beek as Simon, Dave Coulier beat them all out of the water. Alanis Morissette may have written her crazy songs about Dave, but there's no proof -- just as there’s no proof that Sparkles was talking about Coulier either.
As if Coulier's appearance and reference to Morissette wasn't awesome enough, he also made a very, very old "Full House" joke: "cut it out." Future Ted -- voiced by Bob Saget who also appeared on the late 80s, early 90s sitcom -- says he still loves that joke.
Infusing these jokes into the whole documentary just proves once again how pitch perfect "How I Met Your Mother" can be, at least when they're not wasting time with Ted's ill-fated relationships.
At the same time, Barney may now be in a stable, long-term relationship, but he hasn't lost any of his quirks. After he fights a losing battle with Alan Thicke -- thinking that's who "P.S. I Love You" is about -- he's still full of zingers, despite that black eye, and he's once again proving his affection for his lady love. And as for Robin's obsession when she became Robin Daggers? It was unexpectedly all about Paul Shaffer. Considering all the other Canada jokes on "HIMYM," this isn’t too surprising.
"How I Met Your Mother" airs on CBS Mondays at 8 p.m. EST.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013