Barney Stinson doesn't do cheesy. Not cheesy, mushy, romantic– none of those Lifetime made-for-tv movie crapshoot sentiments. Except he feels like he's in one of those Kraft Mac & Cheese commercials – there's cheddar everywhere and he's stepping in it; it sucks him in like quicksand. "Hey, Barney?" Ted said. And he looked over and saw her.
It was like a line out of a bad '60s love song.
He saw her standing there in hunter green
The prettiest girl he'd ever seen
"See that girl?" Of course he sees the girl. He's got to be blind not to see her. He feels this weird sense of nostalgia, feels the swell in his heart that he tries to convince himself is attraction, but it feels like a movie. Anchors Aweigh or something he and James used to watch when mom was out at "bingo." See that girl?, he would say and Ted would nod. One day, I'm gonna marry that girl.
But Ted has that look in his eye that says, "I-think-you're-the-one-for-me-please-let's-get-married-and-have-babies" and Barney knows to leave well enough alone. After all, this is what best friends do. Make sacrifices.
"Dude, she looks like she'd like it dirty! Go say hi."