Gary Blauman

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"Gary Blauman"
How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no.Season 9
Episode 21
Directed byPamela Fryman
Written byKourtney Kang
Original air dateMarch 17, 2014 (2014-03-17)
Guest appearance(s)
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"Gary Blauman" is the 21st episode of the ninth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 205th episode overall.


Ted and the Mother are going out to dinner on their first date at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, three days after Barney and Robin's wedding. When they decide not to go to the restaurant they originally chose, the Mother says they should just find a restaurant where they don't need a reservation. Ted tells her that going somewhere without a reservation isn't easy, through the story of Gary Blauman.

In the present, Blauman shows up a couple hours before the wedding begins and congratulates Robin. Robin pretends to be happy, but freaks out when she realizes that she didn't plan a seat for him. Marshall calms her down, telling her he will take care of it, as he is very good with wedding seating. However, Marshall realizes that it will be difficult to change the seating plan and recruits Ted to help so to avoid screwing up. Ted refuses because he hated Blauman ever since they competed for a girl once at a party. Lily comes in, saying she is grateful to Blauman after he stopped her from getting a huge tattoo on her back following her and Marshall's breakup.

The Mother stops Ted momentarily after spotting her ex-boyfriend in the distance. She tells Ted she recently had a bad breakup and isn't ready to date, but wants him to finish his story. In the present, the three go to Barney for the tie-breaking vote. Barney doesn't want him there either, as Blauman once stole four of Barney's fries at MacLaren's, including the accidental curly. Billy Zabka and James come in; Zabka wants him there, because Blauman appreciates his poetry, but James doesn't, as his affair with Blauman caused him to divorce his husband, Tom. Ted changes his mind about Blauman from this disclosure, realising that Blauman was actually competing with the girl for Ted's attention. Marshall ultimately makes the tie-breaking vote: Blauman stays because Robin wants him to, as she is the bride and has final say over any decision. Barney then admits he already told Blauman to leave, forcing the gang to go after him.

The Mother cuts off the story again when they reach her apartment building. After exchanging goodbyes, Ted walks away as Future Ted says he didn't make the mistake he made eight years earlier during his first date with Robin, when he prematurely told her that he loves her. Much to Ted's relief, the Mother calls him back and asks him to finish the story.

In the present, the gang finds Blauman as he is about to drive away, leading Ted to realize that he must hold on to the people that matter most to him, as they could instantly disappear from his life. Future Ted then reveals the fates of many acquaintances he and his friends had met in his stories:

  • Carl continues to run MacLaren's, with the bar becoming a family business after he has a son.
  • Jeanette is arrested for her obsessive behavior and ends up getting together with her therapist, Robin's ex-boyfriend Kevin. The two now live in New Mexico.
  • Ranjit ends up getting rich off the stock market, and buys the limo company where he's worked for years.[1]
  • Patrice gets her own drive-time radio show, and regularly listens to and offers advice to her listeners, one of whom is Robin.
  • Billy Zabka is honored with the American Humanities Medal for Literature for his poetry, becoming the youngest winner of the award.
  • Zoey continues her environmentalism, supporting many causes (some questionable, as shown when she is attacked by a hawk she's trying to save).
  • Scooter marries Jasmine the stripper, obviously due to her resemblance to Lily.
  • Blitz fights and beats a gambling addiction following a three-day bender at a slot machine, which paid off immediately after he left it.
  • Ted remains uncertain as to what happened to Blah Blah, but does manage to remember that her name is Carol.
  • Sandy Rivers' inappropriate behavior destroys his career in the U.S., but he soon finds work anchoring a Russian news program and never changes.
  • James manages to convince his husband Tom to take him back, and the two enjoy a very happy life together with their son and daughter.

The narration concludes with the return of Blauman, saying he doesn't want to miss the wedding. After finishing his story, Ted and the Mother have their first kiss, and decide to walk around the city some more.

Critical reception[edit]

Bill Kuchman of Popculturology praised the episode, saying HIMYM "very effectively used the character [Gary Blauman] as an instrument to not only show us another slice of Ted and The Mother’s life together, but it also used Blauman as a device to assure fans that there were happy endings in the future for many of our favorite characters."[2]

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club graded the episode an A.[3]

Max Nicholson of IGN gave the episode 8.7/10, saying that it "delivered a sharp and enjoyable storyline that felt like a snapshot of the show's former glory."[4]


  1. ^ "Portland Oregon Limo Service". Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Bill Kuchman (March 17, 2014). "'How I Met Your Mother' 'Gary Blauman' Recap: A Bittersweet Goodbye". Popculturology. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Donna Bowman (March 17, 2014). "Gary Blauman". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Max Nicholson (March 17, 2014). "How I Met Your Mother: "Gary Blauman" Review". IGN. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

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