The best part, from Marshall and Barney's perspective, is that they can bring Ted in on their "conference calls." Summoning one another to conference calls is their cover for ducking out of work to drink beers on the roof. Flash back to Marshall and Barney during a conference call. Marshall thinks it's awesome to be drinking at work. Barney says, "We're basically Mad Men." Marshall laughs: "We are; we're such Mad Men." Barney turns to leave, saying, "I'm going to go smack a secretary on the ass." Marshall says, "That's totally what they would do on that show." Barney stops at the doorway. "What show?" Flash-forward to MacLaren's, where Barney tells Ted they also throw crumpled up cans at pigeons (well, Marshall doesn't do that, but Barney does and Ted's game). Marshall, considering how much time you've spent in the city, you should now see them as rats with wings. C'mon! Ted's still hurting over his break-up with Stella, so getting a shot at realizing his dream of contributing a building to the (apparently pigeon-free) Big Apple skyline means so much to him.
Robin and Lily arrive at Giddy Ups, a honky-tonk cowgirl sort of club, to meet up with Jillian and friends. Robin sneers. "Wow, your friend's having her birthday here? What's she turning --19?" Lily denies that the club is Jillian's scene, and oh my word what did Alyson Hannigan do to the wardrobe department? Lily's wearing some sort of loose dress, which is satin -- not my favorite, but whatever. It's the color and print that's disturbing. It's fuchsia, with wide black trim around the neck and at the skirt's edges. There are also pink, black and green vertical stripes on the short sleeves. Wait, I haven't gotten to the bad part, yet. There's a wide, white horizontal stripe across the front that resembles nothing if not a pageant banner, and on it (and below) there's a ginormous green parrot, sitting on a branch. They can't do this to our poor girl for the length of her pregnancy.