'How I Met Your Mother' spoilers: 'Gary Blauman' isn't just about Gary Blauman
Blauman, played by "Saturday Night Live" regular Taran Killam ("HIMYM" star Cobie Smulders' real-life husband), is a minor character in the show's history, a co-worker of Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) who's appeared in a handful of episodes. As it turns out, he's also had a number of run-ins with the gang over the years, leading to a host of flashbacks.
What you should know up front is that the episode is not about Blauman -- he's a jumping-off point for a number of other stories. So if you were apprehensive that the episode would be akin to the final-season "Lost" episode "Across the Sea" that wasn't about any of the core cast (and, coincidentally, also aired two weeks before the series finale), you can rest easy.
Here are a few more things you can look for in Monday's episode.
Two things that shouldn't be fused: The Mother (Cristin Milioti) also appears in "Gary Blauman," and you'll see a different side of her and Ted's (Josh Radnor) relationship. One that involves a restaurant that serves Scottish-Mexican fusion cuisine.
"Accidental curly." It's a key phrase in Barney's encounter with Blauman. Also notable: It may be the first time in "HIMYM" history that both Ted and Marshall (Jason Segel) agree with Barney when he says "That's the dream."
The two-minute date revisited? Not exactly, no. But creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas made note of a scene in Monday's episode that's reminiscent of how that scene from Season 3's "Ten Sessions" was filmed, with a lot of moving parts coming and going in one unbroken take.
"How I Met Your Mother" airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT Monday on CBS.