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Alan Thicke returns to ‘How I Met Your Mother’

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Alan Thicke will again appear as himself on “How I Met Your Mother,” CBS confirmed.

The Canadian actor, best known for starring in “Growing Pains,” will appear in an episode titled “The Rough Patch,” BuddyTV reports. Thicke previously appeared as himself in the Season 3 episode “Sandcastles in the Sand,” playing Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) father in the music video for her pop star alter ego Robin Sparkles.

In “The Rough Patch,” tentatively scheduled to air Nov. 9, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) will reach out to Thicke for help in breaking up Robin and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) after they hit a rough patch in their relationship.

--Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

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