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For the neighbourhood of the same name, see Dowisetrepla district.

HIMYM episode 3x07 (51)

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First aired:
November 5, 2007
Pamela Fryman
Brenda Hsueh

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Marshall and Lily go apartment hunting and Barney uses the opportunity to hook up with a girl without giving away his own address. Marshall learns Lily's secret.


Marshall finally tires of Ted's never-ending presence and his invasion on the married couple's personal space, so he decides to buy a new apartment with Lily. He begins searching in a neighborhood called 'Dowisetrepla', which is explained as part of New York City's tendency to shorten neighborhood names, and is supposedly an up-and-coming neighborhood in the city.

Marshall falls in love with the apartment in Dowisetrepla, imagining himself playing drums in a band with his future sons. Lily feels guilty because of the huge credit card debt she hides from Marshall, but still imagines herself painting with two daughters, and so eventually ends up saying that she loves it.

Meanwhile, Barney hooks up with a woman, Meg, and takes the girl to the apartment in Dowisetrepla so he can sneak out while she is in the shower.

The next day, Lily and Marshall apply for a mortgage, and Marshall finds out about Lily's debt. Later, Ted, Barney, and Robin go home, where Ted discovers that Lily and Marshall were having a fight. They end up hearing a missed call from a divorce lawyer. Lily and Marshall return, and explained that Lily had the idea of divorcing Marshall so that he would not be dragged down by her debt. However, Marshall replies by saying, "When I married you, I married all your problems, too." Finally, they exclaim that they bought the apartment. The next day, Lily and Marshall take a taxi to their new home, but as they step out of the cab, smell an extremely strong stench. They realize that "Dowisetrepla" is short for: "downwind of the sewage treatment plant".


  • Lily states her wish to have a new apartment with Marshall in The Duel.
  • Marshall imagines him and Lily having four boys when picturing his future family, and Lily imagines them having two girls. These are how many children they respectively said they wanted in Arrivederci, Fiero, and Marshall mentions wanting four kids in I'm Not That Guy.
  • Robin finds out about Lily's credit card debt in I'm Not That Guy.
  • One of the three biggest mistakes Marshall says he has made, according to Future Ted, is when he shaves his head in Something Borrowed.
  • A flashback shows Ted asking Marshall about taking the bar exam and Barney winning a bet with Robin. Barney's compulsive gambling has been established in Atlantic CityMonday Night Football, and Lucky Penny.
  • Ted is the one disgusted at Marshall and Lily's lack of boundaries in the apartment in Purple Giraffe.
  • Leaving while the girl is in the shower is the first "exit" from a relationship that Barney mentions in First Time In New York.

Future References (Contains Spoilers)

  • Marshall receives the results of the bar exam in Spoiler Alert​.
  • Ted and Robin acknowledge that continuing to hang out together after breaking up is "weird." The tension between them culminates in Slapsgiving but is otherwise rarely discussed despite its unusualness, which Stella, Don, and Victoria point out in Shelter Island, Twin Beds, and Ducky Tie​, respectively.
  • In The Bracket​, Barney and Lily learn that Meg has been obsessed with him since they hook up. She remains obsessed with him in The Rough Patch​ when Lily recruits her to help break Barney and Robin up.
  • In Three Days of Snow​, Future Ted claims that people always make five-word statements (such as "I can jump that far" and "I'm gonna win her back") they will come to regret, as Marshall does here when he says "We should buy a place."
  • Ted's "detective skills" are referenced again in Glitter​, The Autumn of Break-Ups, Mom and Dad, and Daisy​.
  • In Blitzgiving​, the gang is unable to celebrate Thanksgiving at Lily and Marshall's home because of "the worse than usual smell" from the sewage treatment plant.
  • Marshall wanting sons and Lily wanting daughters is a source of conflict in Robots Versus Wrestlers and Baby Talk​.
  • Barney again panics about changes within the gang in Robots Versus Wrestlers.
  • By Robots Versus Wrestlers Marshall can describe himself and Lily as being "financially stable."


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

Memorable Quotes

Ted: Barney, what are you doing? You can't take this apartment from Marshall and Lily.
Barney: You think I have no morals whatsoever? I'm only pretending to live here so I can take this woman here, nail her and never have to see her again. I'm not a monster.

Ted: Robin, I appreciate your help, but there's a reason your name is Robin, not Batman.

Ted: Hey, the Mosby Boys cracked a lot of cases.
Robin: The "Mosby Boys"? You mean you and your sister?
Ted: We solved the case of the missing retainer.
Robin: Let me guess, it was in the garbage.
Ted: Why are you like this?

Notes and Trivia

Goofs and Errors

  • When Barney tells Robin about how he deserted her dogs, she takes off her handbag, but in the next scene, she's taking it off again.
  • Robin says that Lily has a pile of debt the "size of Mt. Waddington," and that Mt. Waddington is the tallest mountain in Canada. This is incorrect; the tallest mountain in Canada is Mt. Logan, which is nearly 2,000 meters taller than Mt. Waddington. However, Mt. Waddington is the tallest mountain in the province of British Columbia, where Robin is from.
  • Married couples are not required to get a mortgage jointly. Marshall could have financed the loan himself, without Lily.
    • A bank would most likely not advertise this fact, and make it seem like the joint loan is a requirement (banks tend to twist the truth for their own benefit).
  • When Wendy is hit by the cork, the audio is taken from the Pilot when Lily is being hit by a champagne cork opened by Marshall.
    • Although it's possible that Wendy is silent and Lily is the person screaming during the accident.

Allusions and Outside References

  • Ted puts on his sunglasses and says a cheesy line, in a parody of Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami.
  • The flavor of ice cream when Ted is in the kitchen is Ben and Jerry's "Cherry Garcia."
  • When Ted plays detective, he refers to himself and his sister as the "Mosby Boys", a reference to the Hardy Boys, and remarks that "There's a reason why your name is Robin and not Batman" to Robin.
  • Marshall references the MTV series The Real World.
  • Dowisetrepla ("DO"wn"WI"nd of the "SE"wage "TRE"atment "PLA"nt) is a parody of other neighborhoods in NYC popularly referred to by their acronyms, such as SoHo (South of Houston Street), TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy) and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).


Other Notes



  • Omar G at Television Without Pity gave the episode a B+.[1]
  • Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club rated the episode A-. She compares the show to Friends and notes the appearance of actress Maggie Wheeler, who previously played Chandler's on-and-off girlfriend Janice, as the estate agent.[2]
  • Staci Krause of IGN gave the episode 8.0 out of 10.[3]
  • The St. Petersburg Comic Review gave this episode 8 out of 10 stars. "Lily and Marshall's new place!"


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