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.Ted: I win!
- 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."
- 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.