With “How I Met Your Mother’s” final season coming ever closer to its end, there’s one big moment that the CBS series has yet to reveal: the final slap. The episode has yet to be shot, but star Cobie Smulders promises it’s going to be as legendary as fans have been hoping.
“The episode we’re shooting not next week but the week after is so crazy. It’s like we’re dealing with this final slap and it’s so crazy, I don’t know how we’re going to get it done,” she tells Zap2it while promoting her new DreamWorks movie “Delivery Man” on Nov. 1. “It’s not called ‘Slapsgiving 3’ but we deal with the final slap and it’s so whackadoodle, it’s so funny. I think it’s so funny.”
In Monday’s (Nov. 4) “HIMYM” episode, “The Lighthouse,” the conflict between Smulders’ character, Robin, and the mother of her fiancé Barney, Frances Conroy‘s Loretta Stinson, escalates to a major degree. Smulders promises that the fight between Robin and Loretta won’t draw on any longer, though.
“We have a bit of a standoff involving kind of ownership of her son,” Smulders teases. “It’s something that gets resolved.”
One of the upcoming episodes she’s most excited about in Season 9 is one that apparently takes place entirely in rhyme. “We had Ben Vereen, we had Frances Conroy, John Lithgow, Wayne Brady in one episode and we did this amazing scene with all of us,” Smulders says. “It’s amazing.”
“How I Met Your Mother” isn’t the only television show Smulders has appeared on in the Fall 2013 TV season. She also had a pretty major role in the premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” though her character Maria Hill hasn’t returned again to the show thus far.
“I was lucky enough to do a few scenes in the pilot with my beloved Clark Gregg, who’s just the leading man now and I love it. It suits him well,” she says. As for whether she thinks she’ll be back for more on the show, Smulders hedges, “I don’t know. I’m sure it’s a possibility. I think that [‘HIMYM’ is] keeping me a little bit busy at the moment so I’m not really available. We’ll see what happens.”
Would she want to commit to another show so soon after wrapping “HIMYM”? “I’m not against anything. I really just don’t know,” Smulders admits. “If it’s a project that excites me, I’m always open.”
Maria Hill will be back at least in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The new flick has a lot to do with SHIELD as an organization, which means Maria will have a decent presence. Smulders says she was excited for another opportunity to inhabit her Marvel character.
“I think we just haven’t seen much of her. I think that’s why I was so excited to do ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ because I was like oh my gosh I get to do like full talking walking scenes, this is so exciting!” she says. “In these big Marvel movies, there’s so many more important people than me in this film that I even I want to see more than I want to see myself on screen. I think it was just fun to get a moment to sort of talk in character, especially to talk to Coulson.”
As for whether Maria’s function within the MCU will change in “The Winter Soldier,” she says, “I think it’s a little bit different. I think, because it is about SHIELD, they’re showcasing more of SHIELD, but there’s a lot of stuff that’s going down with it. [Maria Hill] will say words.”
“How I Met Your Mother” airs Mondays on CBS at 8 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 p.m. “Delivery Man” opens on Nov. 22, and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is due in theaters on April 4, 2014.