Meanwhile at MacLaren's, Barney has suited down and is working Karina, who feels badly for judging him (correctly). She reiterates her hatred for men in suits, and adds that she feels the same way about women lacking in self-respect. To BARNEY. He deadpans: "Yeah...Suits and insecure women. I...hate 'em."
MacLaren's -- next night: Ted tells that gang that while his date with Cindy the night before was great, today was less so. She called things to a halt after investigating the university's rules on students dating faculty; i.e don't. In the flashback, Ted is surprised, since Cindy isn't his student and isn't even in his department, but Cindy is smart, like most PhD candidates are, and can't risk her scholarship. Back at MacLaren's, Ted tries to lead the gang into confirming that Cindy is completely overreacting, but they won't. Even Saget!Ted now admits that he had to let Cindy go, then adds, "As your Uncle Barney was about to find out, it's not so easy to let things go." In his bedroom, Barney (wearing only a towel, bless -- I guess I can give the episode a B+) is sifting through his dresser drawers when it begins. It is a ghostly whisper. As he places his jeans and a clean T-shirt on the bed, his closet door opens -- seemingly on its own. IT'S COMING FROM INSIDE THE...closet. The whisper, unintelligible at first, grows more clear as the door swings wide open. "Suit up!"