Last night’s How I Met Your Mother was a real family affair—not just in that it featured the three recurring characters portrayed by the cast members’ offscreen partners, but we got to see old friends. Even ones we didn’t know we wanted to see again.
Once again, we were witness to a major milestone (*salutes*) in the relationship of Ted and The Mother—their first date, three days after the wedding. As they walk toward a Scottish-Mexican fusion joint (with bagpiping mariachi even), he regales her with the tale of days past (three whole days past) when, at Barney and Robin’s wedding, they had to face a seating crisis when the unaccounted-for Gary Blauman shows up. I could have watched an entire episode of characters anticipatorily telling us how much they love Blauman or hate Blauman or hate to disagree with Barney or any variation thereof. Taran Killam’s return as Gary Blauman, the jovial bro co-worker (bro-worker, we’re going to go with bro-worker, one who I’m pretty sure died alone and broke after a failed attempt to urinate on a conference table in season three, but Barney’s not necessarily a reliable storyteller that way) of Barney and Marshall, was perfectly Killam-y. He plays saccharine so well, walking a very fine line of likeable and intolerable. It turns out, Blauman has left a trail of pain and joy for our gang, including:
At its heart, this somewhat meta episode is about the characters who come in and out of our lives—some leaving lasting impressions, some never even to be remembered. We make best friends, meet the loves of our lives, share intimate, important moments with people, and then we may never see them again. So, when you find someone you want to be with, you keep them close, like Ted and The Mother, or else they just fade into stories.
Where Are They Now: HIMYM Fictional Character Edition!
There’s only two weeks left. I’m not ready.