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
Did You Know?
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
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
Woah, look at you. You got old.
References American Pie
Sandcastles in the Sand
Written by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays (?)
Performed by Cobie Smulders
as Robin Sparkles and Darci Monet See more