Meanwhile, back at Don's, Robin's fielding a mysterious phone call, and promises the caller an answer by tomorrow. She hangs up and calls Don right away, because whatever it is, it's big. NO WAIT. She calls Ted, because even the show forgets that Don is supposed to be important. "Ted, something big has just happened, and you're the most sensible person I know. I need to talk to you right now. We cut to the...
Hair Salon: Ted's in full foil, and a pink cape, because he's getting blondified. Robin second-guesses her earlier "sensible" assessment and tries to back out of the convo, but Ted insists. She's gotten a call from a station offering her their lead anchor job, starting next week. Just as Robin's about to tell Ted the problem with this otherwise welcome news, the stylist comes over, lowers the dryer helmet over Ted's head and starts it up. Ted: "HELEN! Kill the dryer." Heh. The problem with this dream job is that it is in Chicago. We'll leave Ted's mouth agape as we go to commercial.
Barney's Cab: He's no longer wearing the brunette wig, but he's still got his fake sideburns on. Marshall's in back, wondering how Barney can be his own doppelganger, since Marshall called him at the GNB office the other day, while he was still looking at Cabbie-Barney. It was all a recording. Barney set it up to make his colleagues think he is "busting [his] hump, when he's really out humping busty chicks." Marshall says it couldn't have been a recording. "You called me 'Big Chief' -- my special workplace nickname." Barney oozes pity as he looks at Marshall in the rearview mirror. "Oh, buddy." Marshall's aghast. Barney tries to soothe his widdle feewings, but Marshall tells him, "Don't. Just don't." And you there, wondering why we saw Barney in his office when Marshall called him? Don't. Just don't.
Hair Salon: Robin rants about getting this opportunity just as things are going so well with Don. "It's the never-ending battle of my life: career versus romance." Ted laughs along with us and then explains to our friend from the north: "Never-ending battle? Career's been trouncing romance for years. Like the Globetrotters versus the Generals. Career is sinking hook shots from half court. Romance is just a bunch of slow, white guys who couldn't make it in the Italian league." Yes, this is the same Ted who called the Jets' uniforms "costumes."