She’s having a moment, and we’re along for the ride. Tonight, Robin Sparkles, the Canadian teen idol alter-ego of Robin Scherbatsky, Cobie’s character on “How I Met Your Mother” returns.
Got that straight? She’s so Canadian, she’s basically three Canadians at once! Smulders, a Vancouver native, plays Robin Scherbatsky, a Canadian-born TV morning show host in New York, who had a brief moment as a Debbie Gibson-like teen pop star in Canada with hits such as “Let’s Go to the Mall” and “Sandcastles in the Sand.”
Another layer of Robin Sparkles’ past is peeled away in tonight’s episode when Barney finds a tape of an old Canadian TV show, “Space Teens,” which stars Robin and her cohort Glitter, played by guest star Nicole Scherzinger. Here’s a quick clip: