Katy Perry's performance was highly praised by critics and won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Guest Star.
With Marshall living with his mother for a while due to his father's recent death, he is forced to hear of the gang through phone calls, and is glad to hear of an interesting story developing between Ted and Zoey. Robin explains that it began when Zoey offered to hook up Ted with her cousin (Katy Perry). Future Ted is unable to remember her name, and simply refers to her as "Honey", due to the fact she is endearingly gullible, which prompts people to say "Oh, honey" to her in a chiding tone. At MacLaren's, Ted and Honey appear to be hitting it off, although Barney is also clearly enamored of her. Ted decides to let Barney leave with Honey, later confessing to Robin that he's fallen in love with Zoey. Knowing that such love is forbidden, as Zoey is married, Ted holds an intervention for himself, with him initially deciding that he should stop being friends with Zoey. The others don't want to lose Zoey as a friend, and convince Ted to get over his feelings for her.
In the present, Marshall receives a call from Barney, who tells him that something strange had happened after hooking up with Honey. The following evening, Barney ran into Zoey and revealed that Ted had not hooked up with Honey after all; hearing this, Zoey hugged Barney. Marshall realizes that Zoey is in love with Ted as well, and calls Ted. Before he can tell him, though, Ted explains that he has his own story to tell. Earlier, Zoey had arrived at his apartment to hang out, and Ted finally told her that he couldn't hang out with her anymore, but could not say why. Lily then calls Marshall, explaining that Ted had actually said that Lily hated her. Zoey rushed over to Lily to ask why; Lily initially tried to play along, but after hearing that Zoey was going through some tough times, lied and said that the reason for them being unable to hang out was because Robin hated her. Robin lied as well and said that Marshall hated her, much to the latter's annoyance, because Robin reasoned that Zoey would never call Marshall so soon after losing his father.
At this point, Honey calls Marshall, as Barney had left his cell phone in her room. Honey reveals that Barney had broken down in tears after she asked him about his dad (by saying "Who's your Daddy?"); Barney had tried to contact him but had not received a response yet. Remembering Lily's story of Zoey going through a tough time, Marshall pretends to be Zoey's therapist and Honey reveals that Zoey is divorcing her husband, The Captain, as well as getting her own apartment. As Marshall explains the situation to his mother and brother (who have both been eavesdropping on Marshall's phone conversations throughout the episode), Zoey confronts Ted, demanding to know the real reason that he doesn't want to be friends. Ted claims that he hates her and begins rambling off all the things he likes about her, though saying them in a way to make it seem like they annoy him. Marshall separately calls Zoey and Ted, informing them of their feelings for each other and also telling Ted about Zoey's divorce, and the two then embrace and kiss.
Donna Bowman of The AV Club put the episode at A−, saying the story of Zoey and Ted's first kiss and the multiple phone conversations were gimmicks to keep the audience hooked. She also noted the various practical jokes that are common to people in the Midwest region.