I think that gets to why the phone smashing happened, rather than the more reasonable alternative we all immediately wanted. Every other "no questions asked" scenario involved something basically (or entirely) far-fetched. Ted and Lilly's with the phone would have been an anticlimax compared to everything else if that was involved was a phone changing hands for a moment. Granted it inverted the concept. In all the other examples, the requestor was doing something odd, for instance Lilly tied up by her students. Here the requestor was asking something odd. But still. I hated that moment for how dumb it was, until I realized it had to be just as dumb as all the other moments. Then I was basically OK with it. It was good bad writing.