So first off, Lily leaves Marshall high and dry to go to San Francisco for three months, and when it doesn't work out, she comes home and begs to be back in his life. To his credit, he doesn't immediately take her back. He eventually does, they get married, he becomes a lawyer, he starts looking for a job
NRDC- National Resources Defense Council, or Environmental Lawyer. Relatively low paying law gig, but what Marshall literally became a lawyer for
And yet... Lily pushes and manipulates him to go to his big corporate interview, an interview which Marshall's father got him. Why?
Lily's Credit card debt. She has a mountain of debt, but Marshall didn't know, so it led him to some poor life decisions such as taking the corporate job that made him miserable, which put him on the corporate track, and buying the apartment he can't afford. Marshall only finds out when
She gets called out by the loan officer. His immediate response was to blame himself and defend Lily. He thought it was his law school debt, and afterwards Lily tells him about her debt.
Lily tries to solve the issue by asking for a divorce, so Marshall can apply for the mortgage on his own. He ends up forgiving her, like the entire group is wont to do and trying to make it work. A common theme with Lily is that she never seems to have to "pay the piper" like the rest of everyone.
Short interjection with Lily's Ted issues. She has been pretty much abusive to Ted the entire series, starting here. Ted calls her a bitch over an answering machine to Marshall when she abandoned him for San Francisco. She immediately gets offended, takes all the Christmas decorations an deems Ted "unworthy" of having Christmas. She was the one who left Teds best friend, without knowing if she was ever coming back, bitch is tame.
After she comes back from San Francisco, she has a string of "hobbies" and bad jobs, Ted feels bad.
Ted offers Lily an assistant job at his firm.
Which she immediately brings her over-inflated, friends-enabled, self-entitled, self-righteous ego into. Because Ted's boss was mean, she steals his Pete Rose autographed baseball, using tactics she "always used with my kindergarten kids." Aldrin Justice. Obviously Ted's boss is pissed.
Ted's Boss threatens to fire 3 people an hour if his baseball isn't returned, and he meant it. Ted asks Lily to return the ball instead of jeopardizing the people in his firm's careers, she refuses and gets pissy with ted. The episode ends with Ted "coming around" to her point of view, as the show often does with Lily.
She breaks Ted up with his girlfriends because she doesn't like them, 6 over the course of their friendship, though for this at the end she apologized. She also constantly complained about Ted being in her and Marshall's "space" even though in the early years she was the one constantly in their dorm room, and the one always in their apartment. IF YOU PAY RENT YOU GET TO SAY THAT. When Zoey comes around she breaks her own rule that everyone in the group has to hate who she hates and buddies up to Zoey, a girl who was actively trying to destroy one of her best friends' life dreams.
Back to Lily and Marshall! So they buy the apartment because of Lily not disclosing her debt, and they find out it is in serious need of renovation (floor slanted), so Marshall asks Lily to sell the designer clothes she bought with her credit cards, and she reacts as above. She launches into some spiel about how she doesn't want to wear garbage, and that she can sell her paintings to raise the $1500 they need. Marshall lightly says that, well, it is hard to sell paintings for $500 a piece if you're not a real painter (as in, not professional) and Lily gets offended and accuses him of "never believing in" her
She manages to sell her painting for $500 and immediately gloats to Marshall, he doesn't retaliate, merely congratulates her while she continues to gloat.
She finds out that the people who bought her "art" only wanted it for the rare frame and is depressed. Marshall doesn't mock her for being right, instead he hunts down the painting, and snags Lily her first client and established a website for her and a client base.
Awww... this will come back to haunt you later Lily.
After countless years of support from Marshall, verbally and nonverbally, in whatever pursuits she followed, whether it made money or not, after mere weeks of Marshall needing her unconditional support, she snaps, compared to a lifetime of Marshall waiting on her hand and foot, and was going to ditch Marshall to go to Spain. Because, "Marshall doesn't pay attention to me anymore" God forbid he enjoys his non-paying gig. And let's remember, Lily was guilting Marshall for NOT being a hippie and liking his corporate job, and now she's angry that he's being "the man she loves". She has a tendency of twisting everything and playing victim in every scenario, and any dispute with her in the group ends with "Lily's right" even though she's the absolute worst.
When Marshall accepts the Judgeship without telling her (which is wrong, I admit, but it did require an immediate answer) they get into this big fight, with her just screaming ITALY ITALY ITALY and not letting Marshall say his side. It culminates into this, pictured above.
Lets tally up all of Lily's selfishness so far
-Leaving for SF
-Credit Card Debt
-Guilting him for liking his job (twice)
-Constantly berates him for doing anything that's for himself, not for her
-Picks a sketchy gyno because she's obviously unprepared for pregnancy and wants to get away with doing things
-Putting Ted and his colleagues in jeopardy because she got her feelings hurt
-Stealing a priceless ashtray because she got her feelings hurt
When Marshall calls her on the biggest one she just says "I already apologized for that", but NO LILY THAT DOESN'T NEGATE IT. And she storms off. Because, although Marshall is wrong for taking the job without telling her, and going back on his word, he did it because it would provide stability for his family, not to mention Lily. Lily just yells that he's killing her dreams, proving that Italy, and obviously SF was a selfish thing.
And finally, when Robin and Barney announced their divorce, instead of being sad for her friend and supporting her, she cries because "we have to choose sides,". CAN SOMEONE SAY SELFISH?