Simon Vozick-Levinson
March 20, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Stop the e-presses: We won’t get to see Britney Spears on How I Met Your Mother for a few more days, but the first clips of her vaunted TV cameo are out — and they’re not bad! What we’ve got here are two scenes featuring HIMYM‘s Ted (Josh Radnor) and his dermatologist’s receptionist (Britney), as promised. She bats her eyelashes… she compares Ted to “a young Tom Selleck, only a million times handsomer”… and that’s about it. Both clips are super-short, but Brit shows off some definite comic chops in each. Is she awkwardly rushing through her lines because she’s nervous on the set? Nah, she’s just in character as that smitten receptionist!

Admittedly, I say all this as someone who’s stubbornly rooting for Britney to make a triumphant return to creative work — I still maintain that Blackout was an unironically excellent dance-pop album — but even I wasn’t sure ’til now that she’d be able to make it through this much screen time. Now I just might have to tune in to CBS on Monday at 8:30 to see if she gets any more scenes. (Could Britney turn out to be Ted’s kids’ mom?!?!) Who’s watching with me?

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