Dowistrepla: A clean and shiny Marshall enters the apartment. "Hey, Lil!" She doesn't look at him -- doesn't even look up from her book. "You smoked." Marshall's all, "Damn it!"
Come On, GET UP New York! set: Robin's thrilled to be going on the air with "a real pro," but it turns out Don is mostly a professional screw-up. He bungles words, and lets the teleprompter get ahead of him as he admits to having a "brain fart" on the air. When they go to commercial, Robin asks him what the hell that was. Don's jaded. This is his 39th local program, and he's learned three things during his career: "Avoid the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet in Bismark, do not go to the bathroom with your lapel mic still on..." Please. "...and three -- at this hour, your entire viewing audience is one half-drunk slob, sitting in his underwear." Right after Robin says they'll do a good job for that half-drunk slob, they go back on the air, at which time Don stands and stretches to reveal he's only wearing his skivvies from the waste down. "Well, that half-drunk slob appreciates it." Is this what it's like for Mika Brzezinski on the set of Morning Joe?
GNB (the next morning): Marshall's having a nic-fit, so he decides to go up to the GNB roof to get some fresh Manhattan air. Of course, Arthur is there -- smoking -- and offers Marshall a cigarette. When Marshall declines, Arthur calls him Jeffrey and waxes nostalgic about the bond between smoking buddies. Marshall decides to take one of Arthur's butts after all, and suddenly, Arthur knows his name. Commercial.
Dowistrepla: Marshall arrives home. "Heyyyyyy!" Lily doesn't look at him -- doesn't even look up from her book. "You smoked." Marshall cops to it and that it was his third cigarette of the day. "You know what that means? I'm a smoker now. It's all over. I even bought a pack on the way home, and a lighter and a Vikings lamp -- which has nothing to do with anything, but I saw it in the window and I liked it." Lily rises to face him. "Damn it, Marshall! We already have four Vikings lamps! And smoking kills." He tells her about bonding with his boss. In the flashback, Arthur coos over pictures of his dog (and could not care less about pictures of his kids) and then unbuttons his shirt to reveal he's wearing a t-shirt that bears his dog's face. He makes Marshall pet it, right under shirt-dog's chin. Uncomfortable! Back at Dowistrepla, Lily doesn't care about Marshall's excuses. She makes him turn over his cigarettes and lighter, and then... sparks one up as she sinks back onto the sofa. "Ahhhhh. That's the stuff." In 2030, the kids again say, "WHAT?!" Saget!Ted explains that whenever Marshall fell off the wagon, Lily got dragged down with him. I don't know, Saget!Ted. I think she leapt. With joy.