How I Met Your Mother: Season 9, Episode 21

Gary Blauman (17 Mar. 2014)

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Ted wants to get a wedding guest he especially despises to leave, but Lily wants him to stay because she likes him.



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In their first date three days after Robin and Barney's wedding, Ted and who would eventually become his wife are looking for a place to eat. In her thinking that they can just walk in anywhere and get a table, Ted relays a story from the wedding of Gary Blauman, whose reply card must have been lost in the mail as he showed up unexpectedly. His arrival put Robin in a quandary in trying to figure out where to put him for dinner. Marshall volunteered to do this task for Robin. When Marshall brings up the story as he is figuring on where to put Gary, one by one, people tell him of their feelings about Gary, and why they either really want or don't want him to be accommodated at the wedding. As Ted tells his kids this story in 2030, it becomes one with a moral about friendship and those who come and don't stay in your life. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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17 March 2014 (USA)  »

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This episode features two repertory players (main cast members) from Saturday Night Live (1975). Gary Blauman is played by Taran Killam, who joined the SNL cast in 2010, and Jeanette is played by Abby Elliott, who was an SNL cast member from 2008-2012. See more »


Narrator: Future Ted: You will be shocked kids when you'll discover how easy it is in life to cut away with people forever. That's why, when you find someone you wanna keep around, you do something about it.
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


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Using All Their Tricks
17 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How I Met Your Mother has known to be quite an emotional comedy. I've watched every episode, and most of them even twice, and there have been many, many times where it's gotten more than just laughs out of me. Sometimes it's made me happy, sad, and scared. Sometimes it's filled my heart up. And I don't really know how to describe that emotion, but it just fills my heart up and leaves me feeling warm.

More than once it's made me cry.

People criticize this final season and I see why, but I've enjoyed it all. I've enjoyed this show in its entirety. And I wouldn't change a thing.

Since the legendary episode "How Your Mother Met Me", this show has rallied up nearly every type of emotion in me. I've cried probably in every episode, my hearts been filled up, I've laughed, I've been sad. It's scared me. And for those of you who follow these forums you'll understand what episode I'm talking about. When Ted chokes up. Yeah, that *scared* me. This comedy show has scared me because it's managed to create these characters that I've grown to love.

This show . . . this show is incredible. All of its nine seasons are amazing. Most people think of it as a romance, even I think of it as a romance, and sure it's a love story. But it's not just one. It's multiple love stories. And this show isn't only a love story, no. It's about friends and family and following your dreams.

I was hesitant, as many others were, about this episode. Why bring back Gary Blauman? Most viewers don't even remember who he is. Even I had to look him up as a refresher. But that's just another slightly brilliant thing about this season. It's moments before the wedding, and someone that they all had an experience with shows up, and I guess what I'm trying to say is that everybody comes into your life for a reason. This show proved it. Gary Blauman didn't play even a slightly big part in any of the character's lives, but he played a part, and any part is important.

That happens to me every now and then. I'll run into someone I maybe talked to at a party, but I remember them.

I don't know what I'm trying to say with this review, what point I'm trying to get across, but people are important, and this episode told us the stories of all the minor characters that we've forgotten about, but realized that we still cared about them.

This show is brilliant. It's romantic. It's plain amazing. And this episode brought me to tears. The scene that Ted and the Mother share in the end - that filled my heart. This entire episode did.

Bays and Thomas have spent 200 episodes creating these characters and this show, and they've been doing it with an end in sight. They knew from the beginning what they wanted us to feel in these last few episodes.

And boy is it working. They're using all their tricks.

I can't wait to see what the next three episodes have in store.

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