MacLaren's: Marshall, who just found out how terribly insensitive he's been to Robin during her relationship mourning period, screams at Ted for being blind to his insensitivity during Robin's relationship mourning period. Ted realizes he has been a horrible jackass, as we flashback to Marshall's "Bang Bang Bangity Bang" ditty. Only this time, Ted walks up and joins him for a verse. As Lily squirms in discomfort, Robin tries to maintain her Zen.Once the flashback is over, Ted screams, "Oh, God," and then asks Marshall and Lily where Robin is. Marshall says he thinks she's in the ladies room.
And Robin is in the ladies room, crying -- when Marshall, Ted and Lily barge in, hug her, and murmur apologetic noises at her as she tries to assure them she's fine. We then cut to...
Barney's Place: Lily, Marshall and Ted arrive. As soon as Marshall is in, he punches the head off of Barney's Storm Trooper, which makes me much happier than it ought to. When Barney's all WUWT, Marshall says, "I'm angry at you. I'm angry at me. I'm angry at Ted. And frankly? I'm still angry at the Empire." Hee! The guys berate Barney for not respecting Robin's mourning period, as if they had done so, all along. When Barney is confused, Lily lays it out for him. "Of Course She's Upset: Take A Look at Yourself, You Dumb Slut!" Amen.
First, we flash back to a scene at Ted's from "The Playbook." As we saw at the time, while Barney's describing his "He's Not Coming" mark, Robin takes her leave to buy a newspaper. But, what we didn't see before is Robin after that -- out in the hallway, crying. And remember back in "Rabbit or Duck" -- when the Super Bowl camera caught Barney holding up his sign? Remember how Robin was a cool customer and called dibs on his wings? Yeah, well after that, she went out into the kitchen, sat on the floor (with the plate of wings, yo), and cried and cried and cried. What's worse is that Barney joined in with Marshall and Ted in Marshall's "Bang Bang Bangity Bang" ditty at MacLaren's. Playing the frickin' spoons. The weight of this revelation hits Barney hard. He throws up in the Storm Trooper helmet he's still holding in his lap. And we cut to commercial, which I hope is long enough for me to quiet down my gag reflex. Don't get me wrong. It's not that I don't want Barney to puke and often. It's just that I don't want to watch it. In case anyone in charge of these things is reading along, I also don't want to see TV characters using the toilet (or a urinal), or masturbating. Thank you very much. [Knowing somebody with emetophobia has made me shake my head at how commonplace impromptu TV vomiting has become. There should be warnings. - Zach]