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Recap / How I Met Your Mother S 3 E 01 Wait For It

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Air Date: September 24, 2007

Robin returns from her trip to Argentina with a guy named Gael, and much to Ted's chagrin, even his newlywed best friends fall for the Argentinian hunk.


The episode provides examples of:

  • Beard of Sorrow: Ted grows one as part of his getting over Robin.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Invoked by Robin, when she reassures Ted that Gael isn't perfect.
    Ted: Name one way I'm better than that guy.
    Robin: You're bigger.
    Ted: Don't patronize me, if anything he may even be a little taller.
    Robin: No, Ted. You're bigger.
    [beat] [Gilligan Cut to Ted in the bar with Marshall and Barney]
    Ted: I win!
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  • Brick Joke: An epic one - the first spoken word in this episode (not counting the voiceover) is "-Dary!" (The last spoken words of the previous season's finale were "Le-Gen- Wait for it...")
  • The Cameo: Enrique Iglesias is Gael, and Mandy Moore is Amy.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Turns out Ted, while drunk, got a butterfly trampstamp, to the amusement of Marshall, Lily and Barney.
  • Funny Foreigner: Gael.
  • Just for Pun: Once Marshall, Lily and Barney find out about Ted's Tramp Stamp, they decide to tease him with a lot of butterfly-related puns until they finally decided to let him know about it.
  • Latin Lover: Gael, Robin's rebound guy, instantly charms all the women at the bar, even Marshall.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Barney objects to Ted getting a tattoo, because Ted has a "clean-cut look that lasts season-to-season."
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  • Lucky Translation: "Gael" sounds much like the German word "geil", which can mean "awesome" or "sexy" but also "horny" (making it easier for the other characters to make fun of him).
  • Malicious Misnaming: Robin introduces the gang to her new boyfriend Gael (prounced GUY-El). Ted, who just got broken up with Robin, Marshall and Barney keep pretending to mishear the name, calling him "Gale" "Kyle" and "Girl".
  • On the Rebound: Occurs to both Ted and Robin in the episode:
    • Gael, Robin's Latin Lover whom she picked up on a trip to Argentina. The relationship explicitly happened because Robin was so torn up by her breakup with Ted that she needed something.
    • In response to Gael, Ted rebounds with a Hard-Drinking Party Girl named Amy, which results in him getting a butterfly trampstamp.
  • Playing Against Type: Mandy Moore plays a skanky, tatted up barfly.
  • Pretty Boy: Argentinian youth Gael. Ted reluctantly describes him as an adonis and tells off Robin that she should not have chosen someone who is so obviously better in everything.
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