How I Met Your Mother: Did Robin Sparkles Continue to Shine?

If there's one thing How I Met Your Mother fans care about more than the identity of the mother, it's Robin Sparkles.

Everyone's favorite Canadian pop star on Monday's episode, "Glitter," and as Cobie Smulders promised, Round 3 would be different. But is different better? Eschewing the usual music video format, "Glitter" employed a variety show schtick (mostly because the show had to after mentioning it last season) to give us Space Teens, an unintentionally raunchy, low-budget crime-solving kids show, starring Robin, former BFF Jessica Glitter (Nicole Scherzinger) and Alan Thicke, that was equal parts dirty and vintage Mother, but perhaps left many of us yearning for more in certain ways.

Sure, it doesn't take a genius to come up with beaver, wood and joystick jokes, but who doesn't have a good giggle at them? Is it low-brow humor for a smart sitcom like Mother? Yes, but consider that the whole Robin Sparkles story is the show at its utmost absurd and silliest. Space Teens had a good blend of the show's usual Canadian jabs mixed with, as Barney says, "a big bowl of porn flakes." The dirty nature of Space Teens is also a nice little nod to the seminal "Slap Bet," the first Robin Sparkles episode in which Barney insisted that Robin was a former porn star. His near-slap on Marshall in "Glitter" when the first few racy frames of Space Teens rolled surely made all of us continuity nerds smile.

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