How I Met Your Mother: Season 3, Episode 16

Sandcastles in the Sand (21 Apr. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Romance
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Robin gives romance a second try with an old boyfriend, only to have him break her heart...again.

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Robin is excited about seeing her first boyfriend, Simon, again, he who is coming into town for a visit. In reality, Robin wants to prove that she's done better than him since he dumped her ten years earlier. On paper, she knows she's done better, and even in person it is obvious to Robin's friends that she's done better, as he is just an older, balding version of his immature teen-aged self. But Robin comes down with a case of what Marshall calls revertigo: turning back into one's old self in the presence of friends from that era. Robin, not seeing what the others do, falls head over heels for Simon all over again. Beyond wanting to date Simon again, Robin gets another case of ten year old déjà vu. Meanwhile, the gang discuss and don't discuss Ted and Lily's cases of revertigo, Ted's in relation to his friend Punchy and Lily's in relation to her friend Michelle. And Barney makes it his mission to find Robin Sparkles' second music video which Robin had never mentioned previously even ... Written by Huggo

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In the dubbed version for German TV of this episode, Barney doesn't identify the man in the armchair in Robin's video as Alan Thicke, but as Jason Segel, the actor playing Marshall. The writers probably assumed that Alan Thicke was not known enough in Germany, even though in the 1990s Thicke's show Growing Pains (1985) was a hit on the same German station that broadcasts "How I Met Your Mother". See more »

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As Lily walks away from the table with her friend Michelle, Ted slips into the former's seat and Barney voices a wish that the latter can always be around. We immediately see a reaction shot from Lily, who's mysteriously back at the table. Barney comments again, then the next shows Ted back in his seat. Edit: This has been fixed in the DVD version. See more »

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Marshall Eriksen: Did he - and I'm trying to put this as delicately as possible - did he take your maple leaf?
Robin Scherbatsky: No, nothing like that.
Barney Stinson: Did he give you your first O Canada face?
Narrator: This went on for quite a while. Some were sophisticated and elegant...
Lily Aldrin: Were the two of you really Inuit?
Narrator: Some were crude and ill-formed...
Ted Mosby: Something about bear traps.
Narrator: And some were obvious and needed to be said.
Barney Stinson: Did you ride his zamboni?
Marshall Eriksen: No, I think I'm all out.
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References American Pie (1999) See more »

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Sandcastles in the Sand
Written by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays (?)
Performed by Cobie Smulders as Robin Sparkles and Darci Monet
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Possibly The Worst Episode This Show Has Done
17 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is possibly the worst episode this show has ever done. Any episode that features Robin in a leading role is asking for trouble. Cobie Smulders is attractive, however she is not funny, and her scenes here are painful.

Plot In A Paragraph: Robin is excited about seeing her first boyfriend, Simon, who is coming into town for a visit. Robin wants to prove that she's done better than him since he dumped her ten years earlier. It is obvious to Robin's friends that she's done better. But Robin, not seeing what the others do, falls head over heels for Simon all over again. And Barney makes it his mission to find Robin Sparkles' second music video which Robin had never mentioned previously even.

Even the end with Barney and Robin hooking up is not enough to save the episode.


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