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Season 8: Episode 17 - The Ashtray

The Ashtray: When Ted receives a voicemail from The Captain, the gang speculates what it could be regarding. Ted and Robin recount their memory of their last encounter with The Captain and discover that both their versions of the story are wrong after Lily details what really happened. She had stolen The Captain’s expensive ashtray after he insulted her taste in art and her occupation as a kindergarten teacher. Lily believes The Captain was right and admits that she regrets giving up on her dream of working in the art world, but when she gives back the ashtray she assumes he called for, The Captain explains he was actually calling her with a job offer to be his new art consultant since the painting she favorably pointed out that night just sold for millions. Lily accepts the position and the gang celebrates her achievement.