MacLaren's. Gael is telling a story involving his windsurfing board and a shark he befriended as Robin, Lily and every other woman in the bar stares at him, admiringly. Barney and Ted, standing over by the bar, bitch about, "That guy." No, it's That Guy-El. Barney complains that they have to bend over backwards to get women to bend over backwards. He thinks it's the accent. Ted says he's better looking than them. Barney thinks it's because he's from out of town. Ted says you get an automatic out when you're from out of town because you're leaving in a few days. Ted wishes they were tourists. Barney has a plan so cunning you could put it on a motivational poster and call it "Awesomeness!"
Cut to... "new york city!" (Lowercase.) Barney and Ted are suited down and pretending to be hicks. They stop two attractive young ladies and Barney says, "Howdy" and asks what street the Statue of Liberty is on. The girls direct them to Ellis Island. Barney introduces himself as Ignatius Peabody Nobel from East Western Tennimissouri. Ted is just...Ted. Ted asks if some real New Yorkers can show them around town. The girls say they're busy that night, but they'll meet them tomorrow afternoon. In front of MacLaren's. One of the girls says that it's kind of a lame bar. Ted tries gamely to stick up for his hangout, saying cool people hang out there. They think it's lame. Barney has to pull Ted back so he doesn't ruin everything.
Inside the bar, Robin is telling Lily how great things are going with Gael, but she's a little too positive and it rings false. Robin says she finds herself getting a little annoyed at things about Gael that she enjoyed on vacation. Side-whoosh to Gael feeding her in Argentina so she can experience her food. Then in New York, he tries the same thing with spaghetti. Robin tries to keep the food from falling while crying, "Sofa, sofa, sofa, sofa!" Side-whoosh to Argentina. Gael clears off a table to make love to her on it. In New York, he clears off her table and knocks over her laptop. Robin is also finding sand everywhere. That's really annoying. Robin says she doesn't want to become the person she was before the trip. She resolves to evolve and go with the flow.