'How I Met Your Mother': Haaave you met the gang?
The tight-knit group of friends shared a series of long-running jokes, nicknames and catchphrases during the CBS sitcom's nine-season run. Here's a look back at the main cast of characters we met before the mother.
By Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times
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Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders)( Richard Cartwright / CBS )
How we met Robin: This career-driven local news anchor befriended Ted & Co. at MacLaren's. She hails from Canada and was formerly a teen pop star named Robin Sparkles. Her dad raised her as the son he wished he'd had, which helped her appreciate hockey, hunting, fishing and scotch but also left her with commitment issues that played out in her various couplings with Ted and Barney.
Robin also goes by: Robin Sparkles, Robin Daggers, Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr.
Quotable catchphrases: "Nobody asked you, PATRICE!"; "But, ummm,"; "Let's Go to the Mall!"
How she met the mother: Just as she was running from her wedding, Robin crashed (yes, literally crashed) into the mother on the dance floor and asked for her advice. The mother told her to take three deep breaths and vanished. Lucky for Barney, Robin took the advice.
Fun facts: "Ghost Whisperer" actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was originally eyed for the part of Robin. Also, like her patriotic character, Smulders is indeed from Canada.