The song continues to play as we see an attendant at a hospital making phone calls. Marshall, at the apartment playing Guitar Hero in his boxers, answers. He goes from happy to shocked. Then we see Lily answer her phone in her classroom. She's also shocked. Just as Thom Yorke sings, "I called up my friend the good angel," we cut to Robin, at her anchor desk. She's getting her makeup done and has napkins around her blouse neckline. She answers her phone, too. We cut to Marshall trying to put on pants at the apartment and doing a bad job of it. Lily has to leave her classroom with a sub. Robin runs out of her studio. We see slow-motion shots of Lily, Robin and Marshall all dashing to the hospital. Robin still has on her napkins. Did I say this was a good song? It's a GREAT fucking song. And so beautifully used here. The three of them all arrive at the emergency room doors together. Marshall still has his virtual guitar strapped around his shoulder. They all hit the reception desk together. Robin asks for Ted and they all head to his room, still in slow motion, still with Thom singing, "Nice dream... nice dream." It's not a dream sequence, by the way. The music cuts off as they enter the room. Ted is sitting up and eating something. "Jell-O?" he asks.
Ba ba pa pa! Ba ba pa last episode of Season Three!
In the hospital room, Lily asks if Ted is fine. He's not: he feels like he made the biggest mistake of his life breaking up with Stella. He's already left her about 10 messages on her phone, which is off. Stella is out at Kiddie Funland with her daughter. On a weekday? While school is in session? What day of the week is this? I thought it was weird that everybody was hanging out at the apartment at 10 AM earlier if this is the same day as when Ted broke up with Stella. A male nurse walks in. Ted says he has to go to Kiddie Funland. The nurse says Ted's not getting any morphine. The nurse says that Ted isn't going anywhere until they get his tests back to make sure he doesn't have internal injuries or brain bleeding. Ted thinks this really, really sucks. Marshall, on the other hand, thinks this is a miracle since Ted didn't get hurt. Robin is already skeptical. Robin scoffs and declares there's no such thing as miracles. Marshall says, "March, 2006: MacLaren's Bar." Side-whoosh to the bar, where Marshall, Ted and Barney are throwing pencils at the ceiling to try to make them stick. Is this like going to a sports bar that lets you throw peanut shells all over the floor? They keep trying as we cut to a few pencils stuck in the green tiled ceiling. Ted flings one up and it sticks. The guys cheer and do a shot together. As soon as they put down the shot glasses, a pencil falls, hits the table and bounces up into Barney's right nostril. Marshall and Ted cower in horror. Barney yelps. "No way," Ted says. "That did not just happen!" Marshall declares. Barney asks if he's dead. At the hospital, Marshall says that was a miracle. Robin is still doubting. She says it's not so much a miracle as a drunk jackass with a box of pencils. Marshall says it was a jackass called "God" with a box of pencils called "Destiny." I would like to try out those pencils. Lily says that she should give Barney a call. Ted asks why she'd do that since they're not friends anymore. Lily says that Ted would want to know if it happened to Barney.