SagetTed is telling his kids about how great the early bloom of a new romance can be. Given that he's talking about a woman who isn't their mother, it's a little skeevy. As he speaks, we side-pan across scenes of Ted with a very comely new lady. They're watching TV and drinking wine on the couch of the apartment. Ted's letting her taste the sauce (it's not a euphemism) in the kitchen as he cooks. He's giving her a flower out on the street, next to a flower stand. SagetTed says that when you have a connection with someone new, they become perfect in your eyes. We see Ted and the new girl jogging as SagetTed explains that you want to tell everybody about your new love.
MacLaren's. "She convinced you to go jogging?" Barney is asking Ted incredulously. Robin, Lily and Marshall are there, too. Barney says Ted must really want to get in this girl's pants. Or her pink jogging suit. Ted is trying to sell this girl to the group. He tells Lily that the girl is into art. He tells Marshall that she's open to the existence of UFOs. She's hot, which should make Barney happy, and not hotter than Robin, which should please her. "How not hotter?" Robin asks.
We cut immediately to a chic Italian restaurant where Ted's date, Cathy, is meeting everyone. Ted asks what everyone's ordering. His date can't decide between chicken and lasagna, so she asks Robin. Rudely, Robin says, "The lasagna! Just get the lasagna!" Whoah. Not much less hot. Ted's date asks about Lily and Marshall's new place and how many bedrooms it has. "Two! It's two bedrooms!" Lily yells. Ted's date smiles as if nothing happened. Something tells me we'll be coming back to this.
Ted asks, back at the apartment, what happened and what's wrong with Cathy. They can't believe he doesn't notice "it." Lily says that if they tell Ted what's wrong, they'll ruin the girl for him. Barney says, "She's great, man." Robin says she's a "keeper," but to keep her somewhere else.
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Ted still wants to know what's wrong with Cathy. He asks Marshall, who just came out of his bedroom to sit at the laptop. He calls Cathy a "nightmare" but can't talk about that right now because he's about to find out if he's a lawyer or not. Barney's playing with his iPhone. SagetTed pauses the action to tell the kids that over the summer, Marshall took the New York Bar Exam. We side-whoosh to Marshall taking the test with a roomful of students for a "two-day ordeal." Marshall opens his test book as the person in charge tells the group they can begin. Someone nearby retches loudly, giving Marshall pause. SagetTed says that the pressure is so enormous for the test that sometimes people just crack. One guy in front stands up and starts screaming, "Noooo! Noooo!" He runs away. We cut to the time expiring on the test. Marshall doesn't want to stop writing. He's got a cute little shadow moustache, too. The test taker fights with Marshall over the test book. Marshall grabs on for dear life, but finally gives it up.