'How I Met Your Mother' takes things to the Great White North
February 4, 2013
"How I Met Your Mother" is heading to the Great White North during its new episode Monday on CBS. The hit comedy will bring out numerous "hoser" cliches as they have done in the past, and Cobie Smulders, who plays the Canadian-born Robin on the show, is hoping it is well-received, according to The Canadian Press.
Robin's ties to Canada have been revealed throughout the series, including the fact that she was a 1980s teen pop sensation named Robin Sparkles. However, this episode with take the characters to Robin's more darker days, and co-stars Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel and Josh Radnor will be along for the ride, according to the publication.
"It's Robin's grunge days, which I am definitely more in tune with than the '80s pop stuff," Smulders told the news source. "I feel like this is sort of at the tail end of her [music] career. It's sort of the moment that Robin says, 'You know what? I don't want to be Robin Sparkles anymore.' She's sort of breaking away from all that and she does that by becoming this character of Robin Daggers, which has a lot of similarities to Alanis Morissette."
Not only will it feature some of Smulder's character's old days in Canada, but it will showcase a slew of different Canadian stars such as Alan Thicke, Geddy Lee, Jason Priestley, k.d. lang, Alex Trebek and Luc Robitaille, the media outlet reports.
According to The Toronto Star, the Canadian connections are nothing new to the CBS series, and it comes from having some Canadians on hand for the show. Smulders is from Vancouver and Chuck Tatham, the show's executive producer, is from Listowel, Ontario. However, adding in some of these digs at Canadians has made Smulders uneasy at times, but she hopes they realize it is all in good fun.
"My greatest fear, and I'm totally sensitive to it, is that I don't want Canadians to think that I'm making fun at their expense," Smulders told the news outlet.
The Canadian jokes will likely last throughout the remainder of its eighth season and into its final ninth season next year.