How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 6

Slutty Pumpkin

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 24, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted makes his yearly pilgrimage to the rooftop Halloween party in search of a girl dressed as a pumpkin, whom he met years ago. Meanwhile, Robin is dumped after driving her new boyfriend away with her independent ways.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Halloween

    While, this was a good episode, if you have seen the whole series (and I have) this may lose some luster after watching Season 7. This is still worth watching. You get to see why Ted is the way he is. I love how he never gives up. One of the funnier moments is when Ted was between Barney dressed up as a devil and the guy dressed up as the angel. I also like how Barney never leaves Ted.

    The Lilly, Marshall. and Robin (who is not the mother) was also funny. I really liked Lilly and Marshall costumes both past and present. I think this episode really shaped Robin. She has always been about her career first and relationship second or even third. When she was taking Marshall and Lilly's picture, her reaction was priceless. Maybe I am wrong but the jokes that Robin made and Barney's reaction to it might planted something deep inside him (more on that later). The ending was great song and typical How I Met Your Mother provided great music.moreless
  • Ted waits for the slutty pumpkin.

    It's Halloween 2005, and rather than partying it up with Barney, Ted has chosen to wait for a hot girl in a slutty pumpkin costume he met years ago at the same party on the same roof. Again. Barney really wants to leave the roof, but keeps coming back with different schemes to drag Ted away. She never comes, like predicted by all of his friends. Meanwhile Lily and Marshall double date with Robin and her new boyfriend. However, this new relationship doesn't last forever as Robin doesn't feel comfortable doing all the couple stuff like feeding each other and sharing their meals. Her guy leaves, they break up, and after Marshall and Lily win the bar's costume contest, Robin heads back up to the roof to find a disappointed Ted, where they share a good moment. Now we've heard of the slutty pumpkin years later, and this is the episode that starts it all. It has become one of the many memorable elements of the show, but this episode wasn't "awesome" in my opinion. Lot of laughs, plenty enjoyable, but the Slutty Pumpkin storyline is still not a favorite of mine.moreless
  • Ted waits for the girl in the pumpkin suti.

    "Slutty Pumpkin" is a funny How I Met Your Mother episode. In this episode, Ted waits for the slutty pumpkin, which is this girl he met one Halloween that he has a lot in common with. What makes this episode funny is Barney dressing up in different costumes trying to pick up women. I love when Barney dresses up in the penguin to fool Ted that he's the slutty pumpkin. Marshall dressing up as Jack Sparrow was so hot. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Creative.

    There seems to be a recurring theme here in HIMYM. It starts off a bit slow, it steadily gets strong, and ends with a big splash. As always the beginning served to establish how the rest of the episode is going to be dictated; Ted has a dream of finding his slutty pumpkin and Robyn has trouble dealing with a boyfriend. The party at the rooftop started off a little slow, and then the jokes and gags slowly started to hit. What really made all the build up of the story worth is something that Barney does that I won't reveal because it would just ruin the whole gag. Truly hilarious though I literally laughed out loud and it's worth watching the episode to get a kick out of that one gag alone. Robyn's sidestory wasn't all that great but it intertwined nicely with the ending giving HIMYM a "realistic" feel, that it isn't all just pure jokes and gags. There isn't as many truly funny moments, but there is one absolutely hilarious moment, and the "dose of reality" ending made the episode feel very wholesome and all around.moreless
  • Halloween.

    I predict the whole "How I Met Your Mother" concept will get old real fast. I mean it is a great concept, it just depends on how the writers take that concept. So far, almost every episode has been about Ted's love life. Him trying to find the one. That kind of plot is already getting old, although the side plots with other characters do continue to be interesting, and sure this show is funny. Just the premise should change after a while for Ted anyway, the writers just need to branch out with Ted's storyline a bit more. That's just my take on this show. This episode was the Halloween special, and Ted claims that he met "the one" at a party from four years in the past. He spends the whole night waiting for her, while Barney tries to get him to leave the party. Meanwhile it is revealed Robin is dating someone, Michael. Michael & Robin go on a double date with Marshall & Lilly. This is where disaster strikes. Since Robin is used to living the single life, it seems like she doesn't like Michael. Which leads to a painful break up. I enjoyed the costume competition with Marshall & Lilly. I liked that last scene with Ted/Robin. What's unfortunate is that we already know from the first episode that they're not going to end up together. Oh well, this episode was watchable, some funny moments.moreless
Jeremy Gabriel

Jeremy Gabriel


Guest Star

Chad Lindsey

Chad Lindsey


Guest Star

Krizia Bajos

Krizia Bajos

Hula Girl

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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

David Henrie

David Henrie


Recurring Role

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (30)

    • Robin: He's not my boyfriend. He's just this guy I've been seeing for a couple of weeks.
      Lily: (in a sing-song voice) Boyfriend.
      Marshall: So why haven't we met him?
      Robin: We're not really ready to go public yet.
      Barney: (in a sing-song voice) Married.

    • Lily: How about a Halloween double-date?
      Robin: I don't know, we were kinda thinking about staying at home and dressing up as naked people.

    • Barney: (about the "Slutty Pumpkin" girl) You know, Ted, it's been four years. She could be engaged or married or, God forbid, fat.

    • Lily: We are so gonna win the costume contest this year.
      Marshall: First prize, $50 gift certificate at the bar.
      Ted: And how much did you pay for your costumes?
      Marshall: $100
      Lily: Each.

    • Mike: Where's your costume, Gretel?
      Robin: You thought I was...Oh, I was just kidding. I gotta stop making jokes in e-mails. It's so hard to convey tone.

    • Barney: This party sucks. There are seven chicks here. (guy in dress takes off blonde wig) There are six chicks here.

    • Lily: Look, it's Halloween. Just put on the girlfriend costume for the night.
      Robin: OK, what am I supposed to do? Buy him a giant teddy bear or something?

    • Barney: Every Halloween, I bring a spare costume in case I strike out with the hottest girl at the party. That way I have a second chance to make a first impression. What's with the face?
      Ted: It's half you're pathetic, half I have to pee.

    • Marshall: Apple tart, excellent choice, Lilypad.
      Lily: Thanks, Marshmallow.
      Robin: Well, let's dig in, Mi... Mi... Microwave Oven.

    • Mike: We're crazy for this stuff.
      Robin: I'm crazy and you're crazy for tiramisu.
      Mike: We love tiramisu. Am I wrong in saying that. ?
      Robin: No, no, no, I mean it just sounds a little bit weird, doesn't it? We love tiramisu. Is it really a group activity, loving tiramisu?

    • Ted: Come on, Barney, this is not about the odds, this is about believing. This girl, she represents something to me, I don't know, hope.
      Barney: Wow. I did not understand a word you just said.

    • Robin: I never played any team sports
      Ted: Are we playing "I never" 'coz there's nothing left but peach schnapps.

    • Robin: Well, what if I'm just a cold person? Tonight, Mike was willing to look like a complete idiot for me, but I couldn't be Gretel. Why can't I be Gretel?
      Ted: Because you just haven't met the right Hansel yet. One day you're gonna meet a guy who's gonna make you want to look like a complete idiot.

    • Robin: How do you do this Ted? How do sit out here all night, in the cold, and still have faith that your pumpkin's going to show up?
      Ted: Well, I'm pretty drunk. Look I know the odds are, the love of my life isn't going to magically walk through that door in a pumpkin costume at 2:43 in the morning. But it just seems as nice a spot as any to just ... you know, sit and wait.

    • Barney: Okay, I'm leaving. But just know, this Victoria's Secret party is on a yacht! And what will be sticking to that yacht? The Barnicle!
      Ted: Really? That's the nickname now?
      Barney: Yeah, the Barnicle!
      Ted: Barnicle Barney?
      Barney: That's it.
      (awkward pause)
      Barney: Barnicle out!
      Ted: Have fun, Barnicle.

    • Barney: Okay, here's the plan, and I crap you not. I am getting us into the Victoria's Secret Halloween party. Trust me, by the end of the night, your chad will not be hanging.
      Ted: We can get rejected by supermodels any day of the year. Tonight, I'm gonna go up tp the roof, I'm gonna have a few beers, I'm gonna wait for the slutty pumpkin. It's just what I do.
      Barney (weighing the options on his hand): Hmm.
      (left hand)
      Barney: Victoria's Secret models prancing around in bras and panties, or
      (right hand)
      Barney: Yale preppies reuniting their stupid acapella group.
      (pretends to hear his left hand say something)
      Barney: What's that, left hand? Right hand sucks? Word.
      Ted: I'm heading up to the roof.
      Barney (to his hands): Well, boys, looks like it's just you and me.
      (pretending to hear his hand talk again)
      Barney: What's that? Self-five? Nice.
      (gives himself a high five)
      Barney: We out!

    • Ted: I just met the perfect woman. She's funny, she's beautiful, she loves "Star Wars"...
      Marshall: Woah woah woah, what's her take on Ewoks?
      Ted: Loves them!
      Marshall: Oh, good. I don't know why people are so cynical about Ewoks; the Rebellion would have failed without the Ewoks.
      Ted: And get this: She's a marine biologist, she spent a year in Antarctica studying penguins.
      Marshall: Oh, penguins are cool. Kinda like black-and-white Ewoks. I approve.

    • Ted (to someone in a big penguin costume): Excuse me? This is going to sound crazy, but... I met someone on this roof four years ago, and they mixed that cocktail, and they loved penguins... by any chance, was that you?
      (the penguin seems to smile)
      Ted: It's you. Everyone thought I was crazy, but...
      (the penguin unmasks to reveal Barney underneath)
      Barney: You are such a LOSER.
      Ted: Arrgh!
      Barney: Come on, I came back for you, Ted. I penguin-suited up to show you the error of your ways. And to score Hula Girl's number. Check and check.
      Ted: Unbelievable.

    • (Barney is wearing a penguin suit and points penguin flipper up towards Ted)
      Ted: What are you doing?
      Barney: I'm flippering you off!

    • Barney: Oh, you're dangerous, Maverick. Your ego's writing checks your body can't cash!

    • Marshall: (To Ted) Dude guess what?
      Ted: Your costumes came?
      Marshall: Our costumes - ...Yes! That is why we are best friends!

    • Barney: A girl dresses up like a witch, she's a slutty witch. If she's a cat, she's a slutty cat. If she's a nurse-
      Lily: Wow, we get it.
      Barney: She's a slutty nurse.

    • Lily: Guess what came in the mail today?
      Marshall: Our costumes? Do they rule?
      Lily: They rule. And yours is 100% wool so you won't get hypothermia like last year.
      Marshall(deep voice): Tarzan nipple blue.

    • Marshall: I'm not gay! I have sex with my parrot all the time!...that came out wrong.

    • Barney: You are such a loser!...I penguin-suited up for you!

    • Girl at party: You sure are a charming devil...
      Barney: I'm also a horny devil!

    • Barney: Flight Suit Up!

    • Ted: (about the "Slutty Pumpkin" girl) How great of a story would it be if I actually ended up marrying this girl?
      Lily: On the off chance that happens, maybe we should stop calling her the Slutty Pumpkin.

    • Robin: Am I just wired wrong?
      Ted: No. You dumped me, so obviously you have abysmal taste in men, but . . .

    • Robin: How can a pumpkin costume be sexy?
      Ted: It was carved in strategic places.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Die Kürbis-Schlampe", meaning "The Pumpkin-Slut". The French title is "Halloween". The Italian title is "La zucca supersexy", meaning "Supersexy Pumpkin".

    • International Air Dates: Germany: September 27, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: December 7, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Music: "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins played when Barney visits Ted to tell him "Flightsuit up!"; "Inside Of Love" by Nada Surf at the very end of the episode.


    • Marshall: I still think we should have won as Sonny and Cher. Maybe if I'd worn the red dress. Ha! If I could turn back time.

      The song "If I Could Turn Back Time" was sung by Cher and reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989.

    • Top Gun: Barney dresses like and quotes Iceman from the Tom Cruise hit Top Gun. He also refers to Ted as Maverick and announces his entry by playing Danger Zone out in the hallway.

    • It's the Slutty Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
      Ted waiting for the Slutty Pumpkin every Halloween despite the urgings of his friends is very similar to the Peanuts comic strip and animated specials, where Linus would wait in a pumpkin patch each Halloween waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

      Also, when Ted spies the penguin who he thinks might be Slutty Pumpkin, the acapella group is humming the Peanuts tune "Linus and Lucy".

    • When Marshall comes out dressed as a pirate, the costume is similar to Captain Jack Sparrow from the hit movie, "Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."