Marshall was still at his childhood home with his family, helping to take care of his mother for a few weeks after his father’s death. The phone rings, and it’s Robin with a story. She reminded Marshall of a time where she had a dinner party and Zoey came. Zoey and Ted had a moment, and then Zoey tried to distance herself from Ted by promising to set Ted up with her hot cousin. Weeks later, Ted still hadn’t heard from Zoey, so he called her up and asked her to make the hot cousin thing happen. Zoey brought her cousin, played by Katy Perry, to the gang’s bar so they could meet her. Robin explained that the cousin was hot, but very gullible. After everything she said, you would just want to say, “Oh, honey.” So the gang started calling her Honey.
Marshall learned through calls from Barney, Lily, and Ted that Honey wanted to go home with Ted, but Ted was in love with Zoey, so he let Barney take Honey home. Barney told Honey that he had three Nobel Prizes, among other things, so she slept with him. Barney told Zoey about how “Ted fell on his sword so that Zoey could fall on Barney’s,” and Zoey hugged Barney, thrilled. Ted found out about this and told Zoey that they couldn’t be friends any more, but that he couldn’t tell her why. The reason, of course, is that she is married, and Ted is (sometimes) not as much of a jerk as we thought he was. But then Ted crumbled and told Zoey that the reason they couldn’t be friends is that Lily hated her. Lily told Zoey that it was actually Robin who hated her. Robin broke down and said that it was Marshall who hates Zoey. Zoey threw up her hands and confronted Ted, convinced that it was really his problem and that he was being a chicken. Wow, she knows Ted well. Meanwhile, Marshall got a call from Honey, who was looking for Barney, and Marshall tricked Honey into telling him that Zoey and the Captain were getting divorced.
Ted decided to tell Zoey that he hated her, and he started to, hilariously, list all of the reasons why he hated her. But then, mid conversation, Marshall called both Ted and Zoey, individually, and told Zoey about the love and Ted about the divorce. Then they kissed.
We still don’t think that Zoey is the mother, because we’ve seen no indication that she has roomed with Rachel Bilson’s character, and she also doesn’t match other past dropped Mother Hints. But the way they got together played out so cutely on the screen that we like her now. It was rough of them to introduce her as a crazy left-winger though, which is something that some people thought made the character seem over-the-top and rabid.
Katy Perry was good as Honey. We liked that the episode was advertised as being all about her, but really she just played a bit part well and the character set up actual plot progression and good moments between our main characters. She fit into the show, even though her character’s gullibility was a little unbelievable. This episode wasn’t very funny, but the set-up was clever and the end was cute.
Episode grade: B
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