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.) 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.