How I Met Your Mother Hot Shots: Joe Manganiello Is Back and He's (Gulp!) Chunky

How I Met Your Mother welcomes back an old friend when True Blood star Joe Manganiello returns as Brad in the Nov. 19 episode (CBS, 8/7c). But the following sneak peek suggests that Marshall’s law-school pal, who’s packed on some pounds and gone scraggly, has not been doing so well.

(Don’t worry, folks; Manganiello’s only sporting a fake gut. Underneath, those washboard abs are still laundry-ready.)

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To help him out, Marshall sets him up with an interview for a gig at his firm, but the meeting goes awry.

Meanwhile, a single Barney heads back to the strip-club circuit — a return negotiated by his best bro, Robin.

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