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.
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In the beginning of the episode, when Ted and the mother are walking past the Scottish-Mexican restaurant, there is an advertisement for Wharmpess beer in the background. This is the beer Marshall and Barney's former coworker Randy Wharmpess created. See more
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.
References The Karate Kid
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