BARNEY: I love you.
ROBIN: Let's get married.
BARNEY: No, you're smothering me!
ROBIN: Okay, forget it.
They both scream in frustration, then fall into each other's embrace and kiss, like they forget where they are... until they remember where they are. Barney breaks their clinch. "You know what? We can sort this out later." Robin agrees that sounds good, and they hustle out of the room. Shaken. And stirred.
Saget!Ted carries us to current-day Ted's Rib Town presentation. He presents a (pretty lame, in my opinion) drawing of Rib Town. The clients hem and haw (yee haw hee haw) because they don't know how to break it to him, but they've gone in another direction. They unveil the model built for them by the firm they've chosen. It's a big, metallic, T-Rex (with the body of a cactus, right, Zach?) thingie, wearing a cowboy hat. The words "Rib Town" spin above the hat like a techno-halo. Ted grimaces. "Sven!" [Best. Callback/Re-Use of Existing Prop. Ever. - Z] We cut to...
Ted's Apartment: Everyone seems to be wearing the same clothes they had on the night before (except Ted of course, and possibly Lily). I can't figure this out, since Ted had time to go home, change into a suit, get to his presentation, give his presentation, and come back home. To console Ted on losing out to Sven, Marshall swears he'll never again eat ribs. Then Barney laughs at him. Marshall raises his voice. "I am never. Eating Ribs. Again." A beat. "In front of Ted!" He pounds his fist into his palm, for emphasis. Once he's done, Ted bemoans the state of his career. Lily tells him architecture is killing him and he's like the goat with the washcloth. "You want it so bad, and every time the world tries to take it away from you, you keep grabbing it, but it's just a wash cloth. Why do you even want it?" That is the worst analogy. Ever. I'm not saying I disagree with her overarching point here -- that Ted should take the teaching job -- but a washcloth is just a washcloth. Something you've dreamed of and worked for and at -- for years isn't just a washcloth, even if it's no longer right for you.
Ted doesn't say any of that, though. He just says that being an architect was "the plan." Lily tells him to "screw the plan" and reminds him that she planned to be a painter, Marshall planned to be an environmental lawyer, and Robin planned to be a TV reporter. Robin reminds them she actually is one, and that her show airs at 4:00 AM. Lily says, "Is that still on? Good for you." Robin says, "Somebody, watch it. Please!" Lily then spills that Barney planned on being -- get this -- a violinist. Apparently that was just between the two of them, and Barney chides her for giving up the secret. Lily has come to terms with her busybody ways. "Don't tell me things." Back to the point she's making to Ted: sometimes, you have to listen to what the world is telling you to do, "And take the leap."