Future Ted introduces this week's How I Met Your Mother by reworking the "when God closes a door..." cliche, and saying that "sometimes wonderful things come out of horrible situations." Marshall of course is still dealing with the his father's death while trying to get on with his life, and Ted is exploring the complications of his new relationship with the very recently divorced Zoey.
Though just last week Marshall made an epic return to New York to spend Valentine's Day with Lily, this week we find him distant and uninterested. One late night, Marshall watches a documentary voiced by either a male version of Rachel Dratch's Barbara Walters or a posthumous Peter Cook ("Gawbage Iwand" ) and suddenly regains a passion for the environment, alienating his wife, a waitress, and a co-worker in the process. Eventually, Marshall admits that his renewed interest in saving the earth is due to a perceived obligation to his dad, and that perhaps he is not quite ready to have a child, which is an arc that both Lily and Marshall were committed to until the death. Meanwhile Ted, basking in the romantic glow of his own story about how he and Zoey began dating, is forced to remember that every story has two sides. Although he is the hero in his version, he is the mustachioed scoundrel in The Captain's.