Cobie Smulders

Jeers to How I Met Your Mother for milking a gag past its sell-by date.

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The third appearance of "Robin Sparkles" — the Canadian-TV persona of Cobie Smulders' Robin Scherbatsky — was far from the charm. This time, the gang discovered an episode of Space Teens, a mathe-magical mystery that paired her with Jessica Glitter (Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger). The joke? An atypically dim Robin didn't realize the show played like a porno, with tired double entendres aboot — er, about — beavers and wood.

Scherzinger makes a much less graceful comedic actress than a Dancing With the Stars champ; when Marshall (Jason Segel) found her working as an accompanist for the New York Rangers, she didn't even play the organ convincingly (and no, that's not a double entendre). Perhaps it's not a surprise this show would run a bit into the ground: HIMYM has now aired 121 episodes, tying Lost's entire run. Take it from Hurley (Jorge Garcia, who'll soon guest on the CBS sitcom): The numbers are bad!

Do you think HIMYM should retire Robin Sparkles — and the rest of the gang?

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