How I Met Your Mother gave us a heavy helping of Robin Sparkles. “PS I Love You” was all about her, and also addressed Ted’s latest dating disaster. While waiting for Sparkles’ return, the show was renewed for its ninth and final season!

The Players:

  • Director: Pamela Fryman
  • Writers: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget, James Van Der Beek, Abby Elliot, Corey Kruger, Craig Lee Thomas, Dave Thomas, Rebecca Newton, Alan Thicke, Jason Priestley, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang, Steven Page, Geddy Lee, Chuck Lacey, Luc Robataille

Episode Title: “PS I Love You”

Barney finds Robin’s lost episode of Underneath the Tunes with the fourth installment of the Sparkles Saga. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily fret over Ted’s new girlfriend.

The Good:

  • The Dobler Dahmer Theory: Any explanation that starts with, “This is embarrassing,” and ends, “I just couldn’t stand the idea of not meeting you,” is a warning that you’re in the presence of a stalker. In the age of romantic comedies everyone knows a grand gesture is the way to get the girl—or guy.  As Ted pointed out, the difference between feeling charmed or alarmed is whether they harbor any romantic feelings for you themselves. The flashback to Marshall’s surprise dorm room ask out showed that perfectly. But Lily’s admission that their college meet-cute was born when she took it upon herself to create destiny (She broke her own stereo and knocked on doors until she found Marshall’s room). She is the exception that proves the rule.  
  • Oh Canada: The gang was overly excited to dive into the descent of Robin Sparkles, and poke fun at Mother Maple, Canada. The first stab at Robin’s homeland came as Barney tried to convert her 50 meter restraining order into four years. As usual, all things Canadian bore the best laughs. Underneath the Tune, their version of Behind the Music was a perfect rip-off, right down to the narrator. The best part was the chorus of, “It Wasn’t Me,” by Canadian stars claiming not to be the object of Robin’s obsession. It lasted so long we expected Shaggy to break in at any moment. Also, Canadians believe grunge was birthed in ‘96 by Robin Dagger. 
  • PS I Love You: Robin being obsessive is far from news. Remember when she phone-stalked Don for leaving her for a better job? If you haven’t check out “Unfinished,” Robin excels at striking fear into the heart of her prey. It was obvious early on that Barney would become obsessed with finding out who his betrothed was fixated on. The only suspenseful element left in Robin’s stalker story was who she followed all those years ago. By the time we found out it was Paul Shaffer we hardly cared. 
  • Obvious Much: HIMYM has never shied away from nods to the future. Thanks to one of Robin’s donut loving ex’s, we can look forward to drama surrounding her mother. Most likely it will involve horrible secrets and “gnawing feelings of inadequacy,” but it’s about time. Now that her fiancé has made peace with his father, it’s time to delve into Robin’s absentee mother. In other fairly obvious revelations, as Ted surrendered to his stalker, Future Ted informed us that she will be his last great mistake before finding The Mother. Even with the giveaway, that leaves a lot of things to chance. How long Ted will flirt with disaster/Jeanette? What will the breakup be like? And will he regress into his pool of Robin feelings one last time before the wedding.  

The Quotable:

  • Ted: “Her name is Jeanette and she does grind her teeth.”  Lily: I assume that started the moment she met you.”

Overall:

“PS I Love You” never hit a sour note. That might have something to do with co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’s writing credit for the episode. They are masters of this world, so it makes sense that they would craft a great installment of the Robin Sparkles saga.

Rating: 10/10

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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