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."
AC Newman's song "Prophets" plays, as Marshall stands. "You're right. You're absolutely right. I love you, Lily." He walks over to the window and as he crawls out of it to go up to the roof, Lily says, "Metaphorical leap! Metaphorical leap!"
Up On a Roof: As the gang tells him that it's not cool and tries to talk him out of it, Marshall jumps to the next roof. Everyone congratulates him and he is jubilant. Lily tells him that she loves him and that he can do anything, so Marshall announces he's getting a motorcycle. He can do anything except that, apparently, because Lily shuts that idea right down. Marshall apologizes and tells the gang to come on over. And they do. One by one by one by one our friends make the leap. First Robin. Next, Barney -- but the look he gives Robin and the look she gives him in return before his leap -- those are really bigger leaps for the two of them. When Barney gets to the other side, they embrace. Next up is Lily. I worry about her the most, because she's so tiny. Marshall would be hard-pressed to miss the building next door. Robin's "freakishly tall." Barney's a good height. But? Lily makes it, just fine. One by one by one by one. And finally, it's Ted's turn. Saget!Ted narrates, "That was the year I got left at the altar. It was the year I got knocked out by a crazy bartender. The year I got fired. The year I got beat up by a goat. A girl goat, at that. And damn it if it wasn't the best year of my life." Ted flies across the alleyway to the next roof. As the gang hugs him, Saget!Ted says, "Because, if any one of those things hadn't happened, I never would have ended up at what turned out to be the best job I ever had." We cut to a...