How I Met Your Mother episode “Gary Blauman” begins three days after Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) wedding in New York City. Ted (Josh Radnor) is about to take The Mother (Cristin Milioti) on their very first date.

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Because it’s Ted, he makes reservations at a Scottish-Mexican fusion restaurant, where their famed dish is haggis enchiladas. On their walk to the establishment, the two engage in slightly awkward-yet-sweet banter. When they realize the restaurant has live music, they agree it might be best if they found a new spot. On the walk, Ted, convinced they won’t get in anywhere without a reservation, launches into the story of Gary Blauman.

Gary Blauman (Taran Killam/ Cobie Smulder’s husband), as Ted reveals, is a guest of Robin’s at the wedding who shows up without ever having sent in his RSVP. This causes a “code red” because Robin didn’t include him in the seating chart. Marshall (Jason Segel) confidently takes the problem off Robin’s shoulders – until he catches sight of the seating chart, which is a complete mess. Fitting in Blauman will just be the tip of the iceberg.

Everyone's Gary Blauman Story

Not everyone is enthused about Gary Blauman making an appearance. Ted, for one, hates him because of the time the two spent days going on and on about Teddy Roosevelt with a girl at a party – and Ted didn’t get the girl in the end. Barney loathes him because of the time he not only stole a couple fries off his plate, but stole the accidental curly fry. James can’t stand the sight of him because he’s the guy he cheated on his husband Tom with. Billy Zabka, though, is a fan since Blauman’s the only one who knows him as a poet. Lily (Alyson Hannigan) also likes him because he stopped her from getting a Mark McGrath/butterfly tattoo when she and Marshall were broken up.

After Marshall decrees that Gary Blauman must attend the wedding because it’s what the bride wants, he finds out the guest is already heading out. In voice over, older Ted (Bob Saget) begins to wax rhapsodic about the importance of keeping in touch with people. Thus begins a single-shot “where are they know” of some of the shows major-minor characters, ending with Blauman making a u-turn and partaking in his friend's nuptials.

Where Are They Now?

Carl is still behind the bar at McLarens; Jeannette was jailed after sending Val Kilmer jars of her urine, and then fell for her prison psychologist (Kal Penn); Ranjit now owns the limo company and has his own driver; Patrice hosts an advice radio show – and gets reamed out on the regular; William Zabka wins all the poetry awards; Zoey (Jennifer Morrison) is still protesting with passion; Scooter (David Burtka/ Neil Patrick Harris’ fiancé) found love with a Lily lookalike; Blitz (Jorge Garcia) is a reformed gambler; Sandy Rivers (Alexis Denisof) is now sexually harassing coworkers in Russia; James and Tom reconciled.

Back to three days after the wedding, Ted is walking The Mother home, continuing the Blauman story. They decided maybe now wasn’t the best time for them since The Mother just revealed her last relationship ended only days ago. When Ted begins to walk away from her building, she calls him back for a kiss. They decide to walk around together a bit more and Ted pauses for a moment before following her lead. She asks him what he’s doing and he replies, “Remembering this…”

How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays on CBS at 8/7c.

– Chelsea Regan

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