Glitter (How I Met Your Mother)
|How I Met Your Mother episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6
|Directed by||Pamela Fryman|
|Written by||Kourtney Kang|
|Original air date||November 15, 2010|
|Season 6 episodes|
When Lily becomes obsessed with babies, Robin becomes distant from her. Meanwhile, Barney has found a disc he calls "Robin Sparkles 3," which contains Space Teens, a variety series involving two Canadian teenagers, Robin Sparkles and Jessica Glitter (Nicole Scherzinger), using math to solve crimes presented by Alan Thicke. When conversation turns to why the group has never met Jessica if she and Robin were such good friends, Robin abruptly reveals that she hasn't spoken to Jessica in five years and attempts to drop the subject. When Robin leaves the apartment, Ted discovers a Christmas card Jessica sent to Robin with a picture of Jessica's baby. Ted speculates that Robin dumped Jessica as a friend when Jessica got pregnant, which upsets Lily, who fears that Robin will do the same to her.
When Lily continues to talk about having a baby, Robin becomes fed up with her and the two of them break up, which upsets Marshall. Marshall takes Lily to see Jessica, who works as the organist for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Jessica reveals that she and Robin became distant after Jessica had a baby and no longer had the time to do all the things best friends do. Jessica has considered getting back in touch with Robin, but never had the courage to try.
Lily finds Robin at The Hoser Hut and they reconcile; Robin reveals that she has been afraid that Lily will abandon her once she becomes pregnant like Jessica did, while Lily promises not to talk about babies so much. Jessica, who has come to the Hoser Hut as well, sings the Beaver Song from Space Teens and Robin joins her, rekindling their friendship.
Meanwhile, Robin and Jessica's estrangement prompts Ted to contact his old high school friend Punchy, who appears in New York. Punchy's male bonding with Ted irks Barney, who tells Ted that Punchy has to go. When Ted tells Punchy that he has to go back to Cleveland, Punchy said he thought Ted sounded depressed when he called and his girlfriend encouraged him to visit. Punchy tells Ted he's getting married and asks him to be his best man, an offer Ted gladly accepts.
In his blog, Barney advises his readers on how to treat "inadequate consumption of porn".
- The social networking site Facebook is mentioned during Lily and Robin's argument.
- Robin mentions two well-known children's programs, Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Marshall, referring to Space Teens, says "You can't do that on television," which Robin mistakes as a reference to the Canadian children's television program.
- The show Space Teens is a reference to the children's television series, Cyberchase, which involves children solving problems using math throughout cyberspace.
- When Ted tries to convince Robin that Punchy should be allowed to stay at their place for a few days by mentioning he has been stuck in Cleveland and says "LeBron...", referencing the infamous July 2010 departure of LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Punchy says to Ted that this is not a dream and to check his totem, a reference to the movie Inception.
- The Omnibot 2000 robot appears once more as part of Robin Sparkles' performance, having appeared in "Slap Bet" and "Sandcastles in the Sand". It also appears at the Hoser Hut, along with Brian Mulroney.
- Several Hoser Hut patrons appear as Canadian national icons in the last scene of the episode. Costumes include a hockey player, a moose, a beaver, a Mountie in Red Serge, Queen Elizabeth II, and Brian Mulroney.
- While flipping through TV channels at Ted’s apartment, Punchy makes a reference to Big Chuck and Lil' John, the immensely popular duo who hosted their own movies and original late-night sketch-comedy series on WJW-TV in the Greater Cleveland area for nearly 30 years.
- Lily is shown reading a book titled "What to Expect When You're Expecting to Expect". This fictional book is a play on the title of the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting".
- Marshall plays Chopsticks on the organ.
Barney's Recitation of Catchphrases
- When telling Ted that he needs to tell Punchy to leave, Barney quotes elimination catchphrases from multiple reality television shows:
- “You are the weakest link. Good-bye!” The Weakest Link
- “[Name], the tribe has spoken.” Survivor
- “Please pack up your knives and go.” Top Chef
- “Your work of art didn’t work for us.” Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
- “Your time’s up.” Flavor of Love
- “I have to ask you to leave the mansion.” Beauty and the Geek
- “You must leave the château.” Joe Millionaire
- “Your tour ends here.” Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels
- “You’ve been chopped.” Chopped
- “You’ve been evicted from the Big Brother house.” Big Brother
- “Your dessert just didn’t measure up.” Top Chef: Just Desserts
- “Sashay away.” RuPaul's Drag Race
- “Give me your jacket and leave.” Hell's Kitchen
- “I’m sorry. You did not get a rose.” The Bachelor
- “You have been eliminated from the race” The Amazing Race
- “You are no longer in the running to be America’s Next Top Model.”
- “You’re fired.” The Apprentice
- “Auf Wiedersehen.” Project Runway
Zach Oat of Television Without Pity gave the episode a B+ score, saying it added more material into Robin's origins but also upped viewer frustration to her being secretive on certain issues. He noted that Punchy's offer to Ted as best man fuels speculation that the wedding in "Big Days" is Punchy and Kelly's, and is set in Cleveland.
The A.V. Club's Donna Bowman, on the other hand, graded the episode at A-, citing "season six-style" fan service to previous episodes and further detail on the characters' friendship, but noted excessiveness on Barney's reality-show catchphrases.
Chris O'Hara of TVFanatic.com gave the episode a rating of 4 out of 5.
Brian Ford Sullivan of The Futon Critic rated this episode as 29th on their list of the 50 Best Television Episodes of 2010.
- Stinson, Barney (2010-11-15). "No porn? No prob!". Retrieved 2010-12-07.
- Zach Oat (2010-11-17). "How I Met Your Mother: Two Beavers Are Better Than One". Television Without Pity. NBC Universal.
- Donna Bowman (2010-11-15). "How I Met Your Mother "Glitter"". The A.V. Club. The Onion.
- Robert Canning (2010-11-16). "How I Met Your Mother: "Glitter" Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
- Chris O'Hara (2010-11-16). "How I Met Your Mother Review: Two Great Beavers....". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
- "Rants & Reviews - The 50 Best Episodes of 2010: #30-21". Retrieved 7 January 2012.