How I Met Your Mother brings back Robin Sparkles for quarantine


How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders knows what the people want while in quarantine – and gave it to us with a Robin Sparkles revival. 

The actress took to her piano to perform a specially recreated version of Sparkles classic, Let’s Go To The Mall, but with a lockdown twist. 

Cobie reunited with HIMYM writers Craig Thomas and Carter Bays for the track, with the pair tuning up the lyrics to ‘Let’s All Stay At Home’ – and to be fair, the song still slaps. 

The actress revealed after that she did so to raise awareness and money for charities Save The Children, Canada Helps, and Daily Bread. 

She wrote alongside the clip on Instagram: ‘Here it is. I hope it takes your mind off some things. It certainly did for me!’ adding it was a ‘trip down memory lane’ for her. 

Robin Sparkles was the ultimate 90s pop star alter-ego of the otherwise straight-laced character, who tried to hide her chart success in Canada from her pals as long as possible. 

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However, when Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) believes she’s actually hiding a secret porn career, the truth finally comes out in all-singing, all-dancing beautiful glory, with one of the catchiest pop tracks that never made the charts. 

In the new version of Let’s Go To

The Mall, Robin is heard telling her pals Tori and Jessica to follow Covid-19 guidelines, staying at home. 

Because, as she reminded them, the ‘mall was really in their hearts’… deep. 

Unfortunately her robot sidekick was unavailable for filming due to the coronavirus guidelines.

How I Met Your Mother is seeing somewhat of a revival during lockdown thanks to nine solid seasons for fans to binge-watch.

Cobie, who is now in Facebook series Stumptown, has also accidentally started up the debate about the ending though… which proved slightly controversial.

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The series, which had leading star Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) tell the complicated story of his late 20s/early 30s to his children about, well, how he met their mother, ended with one last twist.

After the mother, who barely appeared in one season, died, he was seen getting his kids blessing to return to the other woman he loved – Robin.

How I Met Your Mother is available on Netflix in the UK.

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