How I Met Your Mother Welcomes Back James Van Der Beek as Robin's Ex-Boyfriend

How I met Your Mother Season 9 James Van Der BeekJames Van Der Beek is headed back to How I Met Your Mother, TVLine has confirmed.

The actor tweeted news of his return to the hit CBS comedy on Friday afternoon, along with a photo of the episode’s script, “Bedtime Stories.”

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Van Der Beek has appeared as Robin’s loser musician ex-boyfriend Simon in two episodes, including last season’s Robin Daggers installment “P.S. I Love You.”

Is Simon going to cause trouble at Robin and Barney’s wedding? Or is he appearing in flashbacks (or possibly even flash forwards?)

HIMYM fans, hit the comments with your theories!

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  1. Joey says:

    Happy James is playing Simon again one more time. I can’t wait to see his new show as well.

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  3. Zach says:

    Is he “back” or is he Beek?

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  5. Brooke says:

    I wish they would make a JVDB spin-off from B in Apt 23. He was the only reason I watched that show.

  6. caskett says:

    It’s Robin Sparkles 5 y’all!

  7. hello says:

    And still no sisters

  8. WingsStef says:

    I am going to guess that maybe for some reason a relative of Robin’s invited him like Lily’s mom decided to invite Scooter, or he just decided to crash. I hope to see the sisters too.

  9. Goodbye Universe Guy says:

    Great to see JVDB returning as Simon. Now, if they can just get David Coulier to visit as well, that would be terrific. I’d like to find out what happened between Collier, Robin Daggers and Alanis Morissette… yes, it may be hard to watch, but I just can’t look away.

  10. John 1138 says:

    Love they’re bringing bak people.

    Thought the cameo of The Slutty Pumpkin aka Katie Holmes during Ted and Marshall’s gift flashbacks was great.

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