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'Drop Dead Diva's' Bowlby back on 'How I Met Your Mother'

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“How I Met Your Mother” is welcoming back another familiar face in November.

Alan Thicke has been getting most of the attention for his return in the Nov 9. episode, “The Rough Patch,” but eagle-eyed “Mother” fans will notice another returning character in the picture above.

April Bowlby, who plays Jane's hilariously ditzy friend Stacy on Lifetime's “Drop Dead Diva,” is back as Meg. The actress, who costars alongside “Mother” star Cobie Smulders in the Broken Lizard crew's upcoming film “The Slammin' Salmon,” previously appeared in the Season 3 episodes “Dowisetrepla” and “The Bracket.”

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) lured to her an apartment that wasn't his with the promise of commitment and then left her there in “Dowisetrepla.” Bowlby's second appearance featured Meg as one of Barney's final four bracket picks for the mysterious woman sabotaging his hookup attempts. When Barney tried to apologize, Meg didn't seem too upset and said she came on too strong.

This time around, Meg is coming between Barney and Robin (Smulders). A show spokesperson confirms that Alan Thicke is not the only one Lily (Alyson Hannigan) calls upon in her attempt to break up Barney and Robin after they hit a relationship rough patch.

That rough patch seems to have taken quite a toll on Barney. The episode finds Harris donning a fat suit when Barney gains a relationship gut, Entertainment Weekly reports.

– Vlada Gelman

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Photo: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Alan Thicke as himself, Meg (April Bowlby) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) in “The Rough Patch.” Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS.
 
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