Tattoo parlor. Ted wants a tattoo that says "I win" with flames coming out of the bottom. Amy wants to start a fire. Ted is really drunk. "This is gonna be legen -- wait for it..." Ted says. SagetTed busts in on a freeze-frame to say that was all he remembered. The next morning, he's alone in bed, shirtless. Ted, alarmed, checks his body, but finds no sign of a tattoo. Sweet relief! He gets up and walks away from us and we see a large tattoo of a butterfly on his lower back. Oops! Shouldn't that thing be under a bandage?
In the living room, shirtless Ted tells everybody he had a great time meeting a crazy girl and almost getting a tattoo. Ted says he's winning the break-up. He walks toward the bathroom, and Marshall and Lily see the tattoo. They are giddy. "Oh my God," Marshall says. Ted turns. Marshall plays it off with the assistance of a J. Crew catalog. Lily and Marshall scramble to call Barney. He shows up almost instantly, asking what the emergency is. Barney's still mad at Ted, "B the W." Lily asks if Barney might speak to Ted if maybe butterflies flew out of his ass. Ted's in the kitchen. Marshall asks him to get him the fondue pot. Ted, now wearing a shirt, reaches up and as his shirt rides up, the tattoo becomes visible. Barney falls over and he's caught by Marshall. "What?" Ted asks. Barney, trying not to crack up, says he came over to apologize. Barney says all this time he thought Ted needed a wingman to fly, but all this time, he's got his own wings now. He says Ted's been gestating, growing in his cocoon. Last night, Barney says, Ted came out of his cocoon like a majestic... "Gawrsh, what is it that comes out of a cocoon? I was always bad at science." Lily almost loses it. Ted says "A butterfly," and everybody loses their composure. "What?" Ted asks. Barney slaps him on the lower back, which hurts. Ted realizes what happened and runs to the bathroom. "Oh my God!" he screams. He can't believe he's got a tattoo. Barney says it's a "tramp-stamp." A "ho-tag," "ass antlers," "Panama City license plate." SagetTed says it suddenly all came back to him.