In the first moments of the episode, the group rejoices as they pin one major jinx on Barney, leaving him at their mercy as far as speaking is concerned.
Ted’s building is complete and there is one person he wants to show it to, Professor Vinick (played by Peter Gallagher) who once told him he’d never an architect. Ted invites him to the unveiling, but the Vinick replies no, claiming he doesn’t know who Ted Mosby is. So Ted, Lily, Marshall and Barney take a trip up to the campus to confront Ted’s professor (also know as his pit person). Unlucky for Lily and Marshall they run into the one person that would probably throw them in a pit, Daryl LaCoutre (played by Seth Green). Also unlucky for them, before he gets a chance to hand over their share of the profits in a business they apparent helped develop, they ask him not kill them. He rips their check and sets himself free of his need for their approval.
Ted, eventually does the same with his arrogant jerk of a professor. And Robin, who fired Patrice over jealousy, finally lets go of her hateful feelings towards Patrice.
When Barney finally gets unjinxed, he tells Ted of his plan to ask Patrice to marry him on the WWN building. He also asks him not to tell anyone. Ted, terrible secret-keeper that he is, tells Marshall who begs him not to tell Robin and to be selfish. Ted, however, can’t do that. He loves Robin enough to know that she is in love with Barney and has a right to know.
When he tells Robin, she plays it cool and claims that it’s fine, but Ted knows better. Instead of pulling up to Ted’s building, they pull up to the WWN building and Ted convinces Robin to go get Barney. What she finds instead is the last page of the playbook, which outlines The Robin, an elaborate and intricate ploy to get Robin to realize/admit that she is in love with Barney. Despite being upset and calling Barney out for the exact behavior that proves they shouldn’t be together, she still says yes when he gets down on one knee.
- Marshall and Lily crying over being away from Marvin
- Ted’s speech to Robin
- Barney, when he first gets back his speaking privileges
Ted: This is gonna be a long jinx. Like Yom Kippur services long. The only difference is Yom Kippur’s a fast and this one’s gonna be a slow.
Barney: You un-jinxed me! I’m free! If the bison on the nickel could hear you talk about them they would diminish their population even further on purpose, if Lily wants a big weiner in her mouth she’s got my number and I’m sorry that you took the rap for all the farting on the ride up here, that was me!
Ted: I need to grow up. Oh by the way I’m breaking a jinx swear here so don’t tell Barney or he gets to whack me in the nuts three times with a whiffle ball bat.
Marshall: Sure, pretty standard.