Lily laughs and shakes her head. But then the music starts up again. The camera pans to Marshall, and Saget!Ted interjects: "But this was Marshall's." Marshall says, "Forty-second? Does this hot piece of ass look 42 to you? OR -- OR, does she look like her name is LORI?" Hee. I love how that was even more upsetting to him. Lily, who seems more amused than disappointed by the cake, sweetly tells Marshall that it's okay. Ignoring his wife, Marshall turns to and on his best friend. "Ted! Get this stranger out of my house!" Yikes. I'm having a hard time swallowing the idea that Marshall is being quite this harsh about some young woman, in that woman's presence, but it is what it is. Amanda places the cake down, apologizes and rushes out as Marshall yells again for her to do just exactly that. Ted glares at Marshall, leaves, and slams the door behind him. Then Robin, Lily and Marshall all look at each other. A beat. Barney, still seated, starts playing Marshall's guitar and singing "Happy Happy Lily Day." He only stops when Marshall turns to him with a snarl. Commercial.
When Ted gets back to DOWISETREPLA without his girl, the gang performs the Ritual Airing of Grievances and Photographic Documentation Review, which includes Marshall complaining about how he's always girlfriend clean-up crew after Ted dumps them. There's a flashback to February 2005 (and the fourth episode of the series -- ever). Marshall returns to the apartment, after a 36 hour study session. Natalie (Anne Dudek) is sitting on Ted's couch, crying that Ted broke up with her, again. The only problem is, although it's great to see Dudek again, in 2005, Ted dumped Natalie on her birthday, in a restaurant, and she beat the duke out of him with her mad Krav Maga skills, so it's kind of hard to understand how she's later at Ted's apartment, crying about it, so I'm not giving this bit any more coverage than it deserves. There's another girl in 2007, and then another in 2010 (when Marshall doesn't even live there). Marshall gets progressively less sympathetic as the years go by. So, while he was ready to eat ice cream and give Natalie his shoulder, by 2010, he's telling Ted's latest, "Oh, shut up," and walking away.
Back to the present at DOWISETREPLA: Ted issues a sarcastic apology and suggests the precious pictures might be better without him in them. Barney leans in. "They'd look a lot better if Marshall weren't in them." Marshall tells Barney that's a cheap shot, while Ted continues to rant about the pictures. He tells Lily they're all a big lie. "They're what you want our life to be -- not what it is." Lily says that's not true.