Back in DOWISETREPLA, Marshall chastises Lily for letting him embarrass himself in public. Lily is clearly distressed, and yet... "I know, but that song is kind catchy." Kinda? They join in an earworm-inducing duet. And so I don't forget at the end, I'm calling nonsense, right here. Lily never met a situation that made her keep her mouth shut. If she knew Robin was crying over Barney's bragging, she would have told everyone and anyone who would listen. Be better than that, Show.
MacLaren's; Corner Round Booth: When Barney laments that he cannot find a loophole in the Dumb Slut book, Ted proposes that he packs 17 dates worth of romance into one date that will ensure he seals the deal -- a Super Date. Ted breaks into a Super Date musical number (see lyrics in the quote section at the end) and a revolving green screen sets the boys in a horse drawn carriage, a fancy restaurant, at an ice skating venue (Central Park, I think -- it doesn't look like 30 Rock), the opera, and fireworks over the Manhattan skyline. At then end of the song, Barney comes over all wistful. "That... sounds... gooey and romantic." Ted, chin leaning on his fists, looks more fulfilled than he has for the past five and a half years. "Yeah." Then, suddenly, the guys remember themselves. Barney winces. "Strip club?" Ted sits up straight. "Strip club!"
MacLaren's; Night of the Big Dates: Robin runs into Marshall at MacLaren's and when he mentions her impending date with "the D-Bag" (see quotes at end), she announces she cancelled, and walks off. When Lily and Ted walk in, he tells them Robin called off her date. Ted's confused, because she was psyched for it not an hour ago. We flash back to...
Ted's Apartment: Robin, all ready for her big date with Don, comes out in a form-fitting red dress with barely there spaghetti straps. Ted likes. "Robin Scherbatsky, you look like the classiest, most expensive prostitute, ever." Robin "Awwws," him with genuine pleasure. I throw up a little in my mouth. But she's good with it, and he's her friend, so who am I to judge? What does set Robin off, is Ted telling Robin about Barney's impending Super Date with J.Lo. "Yep. Carriage ride. Dinner at Le Tombeur des Culottes..." (ha: The Ladykiller of the Breeches) "...They're calling it a..." Ted makes air-quotes. "... 'Super Date' -- so..."