For Zoey Pierson's cousin, see Honey.
Oh Honey

HIMYM episode 6x15 (127)

Oh Honey 3
First aired:
February 7, 2011
Pamela Fryman
Carter Bays
Craig Thomas
Barney's Blog

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With Marshall stuck in Minnesota, the gang tell him about their time with Honey, Zoey's beautiful, naïve cousin, and about the new development in Ted and Zoey's friendship.


After his father's funeral, Marshall stays in Minnesota to help take care of his mom. He gets a phone call from Robin, who explains what's been happening during his absence.

One night, when Robin was making dinner for the gang, Ted passes a bottle of ketchup to Zoey which she drops, smashing it. Although Ted asks her to go out to buy a new bottle, Ted agrees to go out and get it himself. In return, Zoey sets him up with her hot cousin, Honey.

Since Marshall has never met Honey, Robin describes Honey to Marshall as being a warm, beautiful girl, but being very naïve and gullible. The gang meets her at MacLaren's, and as the night goes on, everyone eventually leaves but Ted and Barney. Things are going really well between Ted and Honey, and she suggests they go back to his place. However, Ted declines. Instead, he lets Barney take her home.

Once back at the apartment, he reveals to Robin why he didn't go home with Honey; because he's in love with Zoey. When he went to pass her the ketchup earlier, their hands touched causing Ted to drop the bottle and realize what he feels for Zoey is more than just friendship. Since Zoey's married, Ted hosts an intervention for himself and asks the gang for advice.

Marshall gets a call from Barney, and puts Robin on hold to speak with him. Barney summarizes his night with Honey, and then explains how, outside GNB, he ran into Zoey, and Zoey hugged him once she found out Ted didn't sleep with Honey. He doesn't know why, until Marcus, who has been listening in on Marshall's entire conversation, interrupts and tells them that Zoey must love Ted too.

Marshall quickly calls Ted to share the news, but Ted stops him and reveals he told Zoey they couldn't be friends anymore because Lily hates her. Lily calls Marshall, and explains that Zoey arrived at their apartment to find out why Lily hates her. In doing so, she reveals she's been going through a difficult time. Lily passes the blame on by saying it's Robin who really hates her. Robin quickly calls Marshall and explains that she passed the blame on too, by saying it's Marshall that really hates her.

Marshall gets a phone call from an unknown number, and is convinced it's Zoey, but when he answers it, Honey is on the phone. She explains how Barney left his cell phone at her apartment and called Marshall through the phone's contact list to find a way to give it back to him.

Honey reveals how, back at her apartment, Barney began to cry about his dad. Barney recently tried to contact him, pouring his heart out in a letter, but his dad hasn't tried to contact him back.

Marshall manages to trick Honey into revealing that Zoey is in the process of divorcing The Captain. He calls his family into the bedroom, explaining how Ted and Zoey both love each other (but don't know the other one does) and that Zoey is no longer married. They agree that Marshall has to call them and let them know how the other one feels.

Meanwhile, Zoey arrives at Ted's apartment, demanding an answer for why they're no longer friends. Ted lies, and says he hates her, listing annoying things about her. As Zoey leaves, Marshall calls Zoey, and then Ted, and tells them that the other one loves them. They reconcile and begin to kiss, while an ecstatic Eriksen family celebrates.


Future References (Contains Spoilers)

  • Details about the end of Zoey and the Captain's marriage are revealed in Garbage Island.
  • Barney's father finally responds to his letter in Legendaddy, by showing up on his doorstep.
  • In Bedtime Stories, Marshall reveals that Ted once went out with a girl that Barney had already hooked up with by pretending to be Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.


For a listing of all images on the wiki tagged as being from this episode, see Category:Oh Honey images.

Memorable Quotes

Honey: My apartment building is so safe. My landlord even installed a security camera in my shower.
Marshall: Oh, honey...
Honey: Maybe I should feel weird about giving a stranger my Social Security Number, but the guy's a Nigerian prince!
Marshall: Oh, honey...
Honey: I just had a great TV audition...behind the KFC where the executive producer works on the weekend.
Marshall: Oh, honey...

Honey: Long story short, I'm going to be on Lost!
Marshall: Oh, honey!

Robin: I know. You just want to wrap her up in a blanket and give her a cup of tea. She's like, this little lost lamb who needs to be protected from the wolves.
Robin: Speaking of whom …
Honey: Yeah, I always get those e- mails from Michelle Obama and sometimes Obama himself.
Barney: Oh, honey.

Barney: Who's your daddy?
Honey: Oh heh heh, who's your daddy?
Barney: I don't know! (sobs)

Barney: But, as per ush[usual], he [Ted] bored the pants very much on her!

Barney's Ted: Blah blah blah, I'm an architect! Blah blah blah, I don't wear suits! Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah...
Barney's Honey: (sarcastically) Wow! An architect... How fascinating...
Barney's Ted: Blah blah blah blah, rambling architecture anecdote! Blah blah, something about a bridge! Blah blah...
How Barney viewed Honey and Ted's interactions.

Notes and Trivia

Goofs and Errors

  • Robin says that she burned the dinner because she mistakenly thought the temperature of the oven was given in Celsius. However a given temperature is generally a higher numerical value on the Fahrenheit scale than in Celsius; for example 100 degrees Celsius is about 212 degrees Fahrenheit. So if Robin had intended to set the oven to 100 degrees Celsius (212 °F) but in fact it was set to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat would have been much too low and the food would have been under cooked.
  • Marshall says that he does not know Zoey's number. However, he later calls her to tell her that Ted is in love with her. However, it's possible Honey gave Marshall her number.

Allusions and Outside References

  • Marshall mentions playing Cluedo (known as Clue in North America) against himself, and uses the character cards to represent members of the gang. Additionally, throughout the episode, the characters each wore colors corresponding to the colors of the characters in the game: Ted wore purple as Professor Plum, Zoey in white as Mrs. White, Honey wore red as Miss Scarlett, Robin in blue as Mrs. Peacock and Barney in green as Mr. Green. Though unseen, Marshall indicated that The Captain was Colonel Mustard.
  • Honey was fooled into thinking she would star in the series Lost, which ended in 2010.
  • Honey mentions KFC.
  • Honey falls for the Nigerian scam.
  • Judy mentions shopping at Byerly's, a popular supermarket chain in Minnesota.
  • Honey mentions Barack and Michelle Obama.
  • Marshall, in his rant to Robin, references the ingrained rivalry between Minnesota and Wisconsin when he yells on the phone about proper manners and table etiquette


Other Notes

  • A week before the episode aired, Neil Patrick Harris shared a link to the promo videos: Link[1]. Katy Perry also posted the same videos. However, the videos did not have a studio audience and it was in post-production at the time.



How I Met Your Mother - 'Oh, Honey' Podcast

How I Met Your Mother - 'Oh, Honey' Podcast

Podcast for the episode

Featuring an interview with Marisa Ross and Jessica Ross.


  • This episode premiered to 9.997 million viewers. [2]
  • Donna Bowman at the The A.V. Club gave the episode an A-. [3] "I sense a steady hand at the wheel, I am moved by Ted acting on his feelings even though I know this is a complication rather than a solution, and I’m very glad that HIMYM is back and moving forward toward what I expect to be quite a momentous Season 6 endgame."
  • DeAnn Walker at Television Without Pity gave the episode an A-. [4]
  • Eric Goldman at IGN gave the episode a 7.5 out of 10. [5] He believed "This wasn't an especially funny episode, though it had some amusing moments.", and commended Katy Perry on her performance as Honey. On the topic of Ted and Zoey, due to the fact that Big Days has ruled out Zoey as the mother, he said "it's almost impossible to get too invested in any other romance for him any longer, because we know it's doomed at this point."
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 8 out of 10 stars. "...the cousin is not fat ... which way was her straw pointing?"


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