The Apartment: Ted tells the gang (sans Marshall) that Cindy is totally his speed: a PhD candidate who reads philosophy for fun and finishes the Sunday crossword puzzle. When he announces he has a date with her, the gang raises their beer bottles in celebration; Robin lets out a little "YAY," and then a huge cheer rises up from the street below. We soon find out the cause of the hubbub is Karina (wrestling goddess Stacy Keibler).
Cut to MacLaren's: Karina tends bar in a slow-mo sexy montage set to Warrant's "Cherry Pie." And oh my, babies, that song is older than many of you, isn't it? All right, setting aside my crisis for a moment, what you need to know is that there are more guys than we've ever seen in MacLaren's and they're crowding around the bar, enchanted by Karina. Robin and Lily are less than thrilled. Lily: "Oh no, the sidewalk's going to smell like pee pee, now." Robin says they'd better start looking for a new bar. If I were Robin, I'd be looking for a new apartment. Barney tries to sell the three girls (Lily, Robin, and Ted) on the wonders of a hot female bartender. He's been waiting to land a bartender for yonks and lists all the types of women he's been with. Barney: "Lawyers, teachers, poets, doctors, professional equestrians, amateur equestrians..." Time passes. "A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker. Yes -- we're to the rhyming section, now. A math professor, a tax assessor, a weight guesser..." More time passes. "A puppeteer, a blackjack dealer, a stay at home mom. That's a job too, guys." Wordy McTired, Barney. "A circuit court j--" Robin interrupts, telling him to get to the point. And the point is that he's never scored a hot bartender, "Until tonight." Robin says Karina isn't all that hot. Ted teases her about being jealous and fancying herself the hottest girl in the bar. Robin protests too much. But Barney can't let the conversation stray away from himself, so he steers it back, noting that although all the other guys are falling at Karina's feet, he is an alpha dog and will land where he belongs -- on top. "Then after a few minutes -- on the bottom. Why should I do all the work?" Raise your hand if you're surprised Barney's a bottom. Me, neither.
Once Barney leaves the booth for the bar, Marshall enters. Lily catches him up on the super-hot bartender, but Marshall's not impressed. When Lily tries to coax him into admitting that Karina is hotter than she, Marshall refuses in his sweet, loving, Marshally way. "Well I call 'em like I see 'em, and I just think you're the most beautiful woman in the world." Lily says, "See, that's just annoying." SO'S YOUR FACE, LILY. Ahem, I mean -- I think Marshall means it, so shut up and enjoy, girl. Meanwhile, Robin is sitting across the booth positively starving for validation that she's never going to get.
Over at the bar, guys are leaving Karina $50 for $6.75 drinks, because she's laughing at their jokes and blinding them with her beautiful smile. When it's Barney's turn to order, he's all ready to play hardguy with Karina, but he never gets a chance. She's so cold to him from the get-go, I start rummaging through the braincells I killed over the holidays to see if she was one of the blonde women in Barney's bracket. She's not. She's just not taking any of what he's selling, before he even makes the presentation. Is she the mother, because that would be sort of fun.