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November 15, 2010
The gang learns more about Robin Sparkles. Lily worries about her and Robin's relationship with the upcoming pregnancy. Ted's high school friend, Punchy, comes to town.
As Lily becomes more and more obsessed with babies, Robin begins to grow distant from her. One night, Barney attempts to use a boutonnière to get laid, and Robin tries to make fun of him. This, however, makes Barney play the "Space Teens" card. He had managed to obtain a copy of the show she starred in as Canadian teen star Robin Sparkles. Starring with her is her old friend Jessica Glitter, and the two teenagers used math to solve galactic problems, thanks to Alan Thicke. Unfortunately for Robin, the show is filled with double-entendres of a sexual nature, which make the group mock the show. When Lily asks what happened between her and Jessica, Robin explains that they were best-friends-forever (BFFs) but eventually had a fallout about five years earlier but refuses to tell the group why. She says that she still receives a Christmas card from Jessica every year, and asks Lily to drop this topic. Ted "solves the problem with math" to answer why Robin and Jessica had a falling-out by looking at Jessica's most recent Christmas card, which contains a photo of Jessica's child, who is about four years old. He deducts that the fallout occurred when Jessica became pregnant, and that Robin's hatred of kids was the reason for the fallout. Because of this, Lily bursts into tears as she fears that Robin will dump her when she becomes pregnant.
Meanwhile, the discovery of Robin's previous friendship with Jessica Glitter sparks Ted into recalling his friendship with Adam "Punchy" Punciarello, which Marshall comments as another fallout. Ted proves him wrong by calling Punchy and having a brief shouting row with him, dropping by a line for him to visit when he's in New York.
The guys, Ted and Barney in particular, continue to find the show incredibly hilarious due to the regular sexual innuendos the girls provide on-screen. Just when Robin and Jessica are going to sing a song called "The Beaver Song", Robin reaches her boiling point. She stops the video, and takes it.
Ted receives a surprise visit from Punchy, who crashes on Ted's couch and punches Ted at every opportunity. Robin goes for a Korean massage without her best friend, prompting Lily to decide to try and dial down the baby talk when around Robin. But her obnoxious baby talk and Robin's annoyance finally clash when the two meet at Robin's, and the two end their friendship.
Marshall is sad to hear from Lily about her fight with Robin, and finds Jessica, thanks to Barney (who contacted her to buy her 'Space Teens' costume). Jessica is now the New York Rangers organist. Lily explains the fight with Robin and how she knew of Robin's breakup with her. However, Jessica corrects her by revealing that it was her who broke friends with Robin, and that consequentially Robin even contemplated suicide. Lily's repentance is immediate and she goes to find Robin to apologize, but Jessica warns her to be careful about her promises - after five years apart, she finds it hard to try and call her once-best friend.
After a visit to Times Square, a "wounded bird" trick and much more punching, Punchy seems too much to handle even for Ted, who seems ready to break the friendship with him. But when Ted finds Punchy and is about to kick him out of his apartment. Punchy tells Ted that he's worried about him. It turns out that after the "shouting row" call, Punchy is talked into spending some time with his best friend by his girlfriend. Describing her to Ted turns off their "high-school" mode momentarily, and Punchy announces to Ted that they're getting married and asks him to be his best man. A touched Ted agrees.
Lily manages to find Robin at the Hoser Hut, where she apologizes. Robin apologizes as well for pulling away from her. Lily starts off by saying how she knows that Robin hates babies, but Robin corrects her by saying that she will love her best friend's baby - and that she'll even pick it up. But the night's surprises aren't over, and as music pops out on the speakers, Jessica Glitter appears on stage, singing "The Beaver Song" and holding a mic for Robin to join her. Robin, touched by the reaching-out, hops on stage and sings along. The episode ends with the Beaver Song and several Canadian guest stars, such as Alan Thicke with the beaver puppets behind the counter and the robot on stage.
- Barney again uses the number 83 in a fake statistic, this time arguing that there is an 83% correlation between the time men wear boutonnières and the times they get laid.
- Alan Thicke mentioned the show that he and Robin did in The Rough Patch, which Barney has been looking for ever since.
- This episode makes many references to the episode Slap Bet.
- Robin's past pop-star alias as Robin Sparkles was first revealed in Slap Bet.
- When the Space Teens opening starts, Barney notes that it looks like porn, and goes to slap Marshall, until Robin tells him Space Teens was a kid's show. In Slap Bet, Barney slap-bet Marshall that Robin did porn (which he ultimately lost).
- Punchy makes his second appearance from Sandcastles in the Sand. As in that episode, Ted has associative regression (aka revertigo) when talking to Punchy. Also, this episode gives another reason to Punchy's nickname aside from his real name being "Adam Punciarello."
- Alan Thicke makes another cameo.
- Lily finds Robin in the Hoser Hut. Marshall introduced Robin to the Hoser Hut in Little Minnesota.
- Robin's dislike for kids is an issue once more, as highlighted in Little Boys.
- Ted does a poetic quip during the episode. His love for poetry is seen in The Naked Man, The Sexless Innkeeper and Robots Versus Wrestlers.
- Ted shows once again his "detective skills", the first instance was during the episode, Dowisetrepla and again in Cleaning House.
- Lily's frustration in not yet having a baby is a reference to Subway Wars.
- Marshall's Joey Buttafuoco pants were first seen in a flashback in Stuff.
- Marshall uses Lily's name as a verb, telling her not to "Lily out", meaning "over think". The gang previously did the same to Ted, telling him not to "Ted out" in Matchmaker.
- Using the word "brah" (brau, bra) is previously discussed in Little Boys.
|Barney:||It's Robin Sparkles 3, y'all!|
Notes and TriviaEdit
Goofs and ErrorsEdit
- When Alan Thicke gives the word problem to Robin and Jessica he uses inches, which are from the American measurement system. Considering the show, Space Teens, airs in Canada he should be using the metric system.
- This may not be an error, as according to Wikipedia, it's not uncommon for older generations of Canadians to use Imperial measurements. In addition, Imerial measures are commonly used in Canada for many incidental things (Paper and pictures, for example, are measured in inches).
- In Monday Night Football, Barney mentions how he does not wear a suit to a funeral because suits are "full of joy", however it would seem that Barney wore a suit to his grandmother's funeral, thereby breaking his rule, because a boutonnière is usually worn on a suit, not a hooded jacket.
Allusions and Outside ReferencesEdit
- Barney quotes the sign-off phrases of multiple reality TV show, when telling Ted that he needs to tell Punchy to leave.
|What he said||Name of show|
|You are the weakest link, goodbye.||The Weakest Link|
|(Punchy,) the tribe has spoken.||Survivor|
|Please pack up your knives and go.||Top Chef|
|Your work of art didn’t work for us.||Work of Art: The Next Great Artist|
|Your time's up!||Flavor of Love|
|I have to ask you to leave the mansion.||Beauty and the Geek|
|You must leave the chateau.||Joe Millionaire|
|Your tour ends here.||Rock of Love|
|You've been chopped.||Chopped|
|You've been evicted from the Big Brother house.||Big Brother|
|Your dessert just didn't measure up.||Top Chef: Just Desserts|
|Sashay, away.||RuPaul's Drag Race|
|Give me your jacket and leave Hell's Kitchen.||Hell's Kitchen|
|I'm sorry, you did not get a rose.||The Bachelor|
|You have been eliminated from the race.||The Amazing Race|
|You are no longer in the running to be America's Next Top Model.||America's Next Top Model|
|You're fired!||The Apprentice|
|Auf Wiedersehen.||Project Runway|
- Robin mentions two well-known children's programs, Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Robin mistakes Marshall saying "You Can't Do That on Television" as the Canadian children's programme.
- When Ted tries to convince Robin that Punchy should be allowed to stay at their place for a few days by mentioning he has been stuck in Cleveland and says "LeBron...", referencing the infamous July 2010 departure of LeBron James from his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Punchy's line "Feels like you're dreaming? Well check your totem brah" is a reference to the dream totems in the 2010 film Inception.
- When Barney turns off Space Teens the last multiplication sum given was 23x3 which is 69 following on with the theme of the show being sexual and this episode is this theme possibly because this episodes was in the sixth season and it was the 9th episode (69).
- Alan Thicke - Himself
- Nicole Scherzinger - Jessica Glitter
- Chris Romanski - Punchy
- Stefanie Black - Kelly
This episode premiered to 8.868 million viewers. 
Donna Bowman at the A.V. Club gave the episode an A-. 
Zach Oat at Television Without Pity gave the episode a B+. 
Robert Canning at IGN gave the episode an 8.5 out of 10. 
Chris O'Hara of TV Fanatic gave the episode a rating of 4 out of 5. 
Brian Ford Sullivan of The Futon Critic rated this episode as 29th on their list of the 50 Best Television Episodes of 2010. 
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/11/16/monday-finals-mike-how-i-met-your-mother-up/72354
- ↑ http://www.avclub.com/articles/glitter,47656/
- ↑ http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how_i_met_your_mother/glitter_1.php
- ↑ http://au.tv.ign.com/articles/113/1134826p1.html
- ↑ http://www.tvfanatic.com/2010/11/how-i-met-your-mother-review-glitter/
- ↑ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/reviews/2011/01/05/the-50-best-episodes-of-2010-number-30-21-291410/20110105_bestof2010/
- Glitter at the English Wikipedia
- Glitter at TV.com
- Glitter at the Internet Movie Database
- Glitter at CBS Press Express
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