james van der beek how i met your mother 'How I Met Your Mother': James Van Der Beek returns as Robin's exThe parade of guest stars on “How I Met Your Mother’s” final season with the return of James Van Der Beek as Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) old boyfriend, Simon.

Van Der Beek tweeted Friday (Oct. 18) that he was “working 2 jobs today” — on “Friends With Better Lives,” the CBS midseason comedy in which he stars, and “HIMYM.” He also sent a photo of scripts from each show.

(Both shows are produced by 20th Century Fox TV and film on the Fox lot.)

The “How I Met Your Mother” episode is called “Bedtime Stories,” and it’s set to air later this season. As with most other things surrounding “HIMYM” this season, CBS isn’t saying much about how Simon comes back into the story or whether he shows up in the present day or in a flashback.

Van Der Beek’s previous two appearances on the show both involved flashbacks to Robin’s days as Canadian pop star Robin Sparkles. Most recently he guested on Season 8’s “P.S. I Love You,” in which Robin tried to shed her bubblegum image by renaming herself Robin Daggers and going grunge. 

Posted by:Rick Porter