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Alyson Hannigan Is a Heartbroken Shell of a Woman in ‘The McCarthys’ Sneak Peek (Exclusive Video)

“How I Met Your Mother” alum bawls her eyes out during guest spot on CBS comedy

Poor Alyson Hannigan.

The “How I Met Your Mother” alum drops in on CBS’s freshman comedy “The McCarthys” on Thursday, and from the looks of TheWrap‘s exclusive sneak peek, her character isn’t having the best time. In fact, she’s a weepy, shambling mess of a thing.

On the episode, Hannigan plays Pam, a tenant of Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf) and Arthur (Jack McGee). As it turns out, she’s also neck-deep in tears after her boyfriend — who she thought was going to propose to her — breaks the relationship off.

“I wanted to give you my January rent in case I’m crying too hard to come down and give it to you later,” Hannigan tells Jack, before spilling her tale of woe.

As often happens in TV land — especially during those oh-so-magical Christmas episodes — the better angels of the characters’ nature prevail, and Marjorie invites her to spend Christmas with the family. Jack even gives Pam her rent check back — though, as it turns out, for far less than altruistic reasons.

Hannigan’s episode of “The McCarthys” airs Thursday on CBS at 9:30 p.m. Until then, watch the preview.