Spoilers for "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I plan an expedition to the summit of Mt. Waddington...
After some major improvement the last few weeks, "Dowisetrepla" (and did anyone figure that one out before the scene in the cab?) felt more like the season's early episodes: some funny moments on the sidelines, but a plotline that felt like something you could find on a dozen late '90s sitcoms. They tried to spice up the apartment hunt with some "HIMYM"-y touches like Future Ted's constant "That's what he should have said"s, but watching it I kept thinking of Craig Thomas' line about how they like to do the kind of episodes that only they would do, and for the most part, this wasn't one of them. And I don't just say that because Maggie Wheeler (aka Janice from "Friends") played the realtor.
I got a kick out of Robin again being shamed about her Canadian heritage (even though, according to my own Canadian relations, Mt. Logan is the tallest mountain in their great country, not Waddington), and of the entire "Mosby boys" sequence in the final act (I like that Robin's much less indulgent of Ted now that they're not dating), and Marshall and Lily actually being able to see the Dowisetrepla word jumple, and anything to do with the comically-large bottle of champagne, but most of the episode -- even Barney being Barney with the commitment-obsessed bimbo -- felt slightly off.
What did everybody else think?