Howard speculated that Robin was missing male companionship, but Robin disputed the idea – leading Howard to ask: "Is it embarrassing to you to admit you miss a man?"
Robin laughed: "How can you miss somebody these days? There's so many ways to communicate." Howard told Robin she needed to accept her needs: "You have a problem and you need to back into therapy. This is narcissism."
Fred theorized: "I think Robin believes what she says...it's a form of protection. It's a way to defend herself."