"Blitzgiving" is the tenth episode of the sixth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and the 122nd episode overall. It aired on November 22, 2010.

How I Met Your Mother episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 10
Directed byPamela Fryman
Written byTheresa Mulligan Rosenthal
Production code6ALH10
Original air dateNovember 22, 2010 (2010-11-22)
Guest appearance(s)


It's the day before Thanksgiving, and Ted is hosting his first Thanksgiving for the group, and tries his best to make it memorable. He makes a special turkey by stuffing it with a smaller turkey, calling it a "turturkeykey". Just as he is about to call it an early night, Marshall and the group tells him not to leave the bar, or he will get the curse of "The Blitz". Future Ted explains how an old college friend, Steve Henry (Jorge Garcia), had the curse of The Blitz; whenever he would leave the room with a group, something amazing would happen.

The next morning, Ted awakens to find his apartment a wreck. The gang are all present (even Steve) and Ted discovers Zoey sleeping in the bathtub. Ted is furious that the group spent time with his mortal enemy. Lily explains that Zoey entered MacLaren's after Ted left and, while the group originally schemed to get back at her, they ended up having a great night with her and Steve. Ted realizes he truly has been cursed with The Blitz.

As a result of the group actions the previous night Ted's oven is broken and the gang seek a place where they could cook the turkey. Lily remembers that Zoey invited them all to her place for Thanksgiving, as her husband is spending Thanksgiving with his daughter. Barney hitches a separate cab to Zoey's but then realizes he may have been cursed with The Blitz by being away from the group. Barney meets the group outside Zoey's apartment and he realizes that he has become The Blitz, as the group say they had run into a Thanksgiving Day parade.

At Zoey's apartment Lily tries to convince Ted that enemies can become friends but Zoey & Ted start fighting, during which he compares her to an evil stepmother, which makes her so angry that she orders them to leave. While heading back Ted realises that the reason his insult upset Zoey so much was because she is hurt by the fact that her stepdaughter avoids spending time with her on the holidays. Ted and the group head back to the apartment and Ted asks for Zoey's forgiveness, saying that he understands her feelings for her stepdaughter. As the group enjoys a Thanksgiving meal, Future Ted says it's how he and Zoey finally became friends, also stating that the 'turturkeykey' tasted "wrong".

After the dinner, Barney & Steve head towards the elevator. Steve remembers that he forgot his jacket and turns to retrieve it. Just then, a girl from the neighboring apartment darts into the elevator, with Barney inside. As the door closes, her dress gets stuck between the doors and rips apart. Steve realizes that he has been "Blitzed" again.

Critical response

Reviews for the episode were positive.

Donna Bowman of the A.V. Club graded the episode at A−, praising the story development and the various ideas put in that actually worked together. She also noted Garcia's appearance as a continuance of his story after the Lost finale and Barney's desperation not to miss out on various events.[1]

Angel Cohn of Television Without Pity also put the episode at A−, saying the writers did well to insert Lost references and help Garcia discover more comedic skills.[2]

Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode a rating of 8 out of 10.[3]

Chris O'Hara of gave the episode a rating of 2.8 out of 5.[4]


  1. Donna Bowman (2010-11-22). "How I Met Your Mother "Blitzgiving"". The A.V. Club. The Onion.
  2. Angel Cohn (2010-11-25). "How I Met Your Mother: Swiper, No Swiping". Television Without Pity. NBC Universal. Archived from the original on 2010-11-25.
  3. Robert Canning (2010-11-23). "How I Met Your Mother: "Blitzgiving" Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  4. Chris O'Hara (2010-11-23). "How I Met Your Mother Review: "Blitzgiving"". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
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