‘How I Met Your Mother’ season 9, episode 5 preview: See Cobie Smulders’ eyes turn into fire

The latest -Monday night’s “How I Met Your Mother” episode is not going to be one that necessarily contains a big “moment” on the surface, but it could at least serve to answer another pressing question: How do you beat a Stinson in the game of poker?

As it turns out, it’s a little bit easier than one would think. In the video below, you learn via Robin that every single person, whether it is Wayne Brady’s James or Barney himself, ends up saying the word “bluff” every time that they end up doing so. It’s very silly and a little sitcom-y, but this is the sort of thing that “How I Met Your Mother” can get away with thanks to it being so tongue-and-cheek.

By the end of the clip, it also appears that Cobie Smulders’ character is about to rip her fiance’s head off over a very simple “command” that he made of her. If there was ever any concern about how many shenanigans that Robin was going to put up with from her man, here’s your answer: Not too much at all. She is going to be very much in control, and he’ll have to keep in line much in the same way as any other rational human being.

But is The Mother going to turn up this week? She was not in the sneak peek, and we’re starting to go through withdrawals of what we know is someone who is so important to the show. It’s almost like the producers promising us candy, giving some to us, and then taking the rest away. Cristin Milioti’s a series regular, so it is really all about just finding the right place to plug her in, and also the right person for her to meet next along the way. Given that Lily’s the only person that knows about her right now, it could be rather difficult to include her.

For now, just take a look here for some more goofy footage of “The Poker Game,” which is going to anchor a somewhat-new comedy lineup this week. “We Are Men” is canceled, and the show will be replaced with repeats of “The Big Bang Theory,” which will probably get higher ratings than most everything else on the schedule until “Mike & Molly” returns come February.

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