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House Season 5 Episode 20: Simple Explanation

I was all set to write a pretty standard post about this week’s House until about 8 minutes into the episode.

SPOILERS!

Holy shit Kutner is dead!  This took me completely by surprise.  Perhaps I need to start paying attention to the teasers for next week’s episode.

As an aside, the White House announced today that Kal Penn has accepted a position with the Obama Administration, so the departure was definitely his idea.

I wanted to believe it when House started talking murder instead of suicide, but when the very next scene included Meatloaf’s wife trying to kill herself, I saw a classic House patient/doctor parallel, and realized that Kutner definitely pulled the trigger on his own.  Later in the episode, Cuddy pulls it together nicely by pointing out that House doesn’t want to believe it was a suicide since Kutner shared so many of House’s character traits.

I think it’s a shame for Meatloaf that he ended up in this episode since the Kutner story completely overshadowed the actual case at hand.  When I look back at this episode, I’m probably more likely to remember the little drunk pageant girl than Meatloaf.

Near the end of the episode, when Taub actually grew a pair and confronted the patients, I was excited.  I thought we might see a new Taub from now on.  Then it all melted away as soon as he was alone, and we got to watch him cry like a baby as the episode ended.  However, before he wilted like a little girl, Taub did deliver the best line of the night, and he bitchslapped House in the process.  As House was obsessing about Kutner’s “murder”, he asks Taub what doesn’t seem right about it, and Taub’s response is, “A man who only pursues the rational, suddenly pursuing the irrational.”  That called out the theme of this episode–watching House, who always strives to cut emotion out of the case, allow emotion to rule his own analysis of Kutner’s death.  I guess Greg House is human after all.

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April 7, 2009 - Posted by | Drama, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments

  1. Great show, despite what others say, especially if a show like ER doesn’t appeal to you. House is a unique character to be appreciated among the saps of TV nowadays.

    I must say something to Hugh Laurie. People complain about his accent. He’s English playing an American. I lived in England for a year on exchange. I’m an American. Though I’m no expert on accents, I have to say I didn’t notice that Hugh Laurie had any sort of English accent. A slight accent can show if you’re really looking for it, but, other than that, he’s version of an American accent is great.

    House is a great show, but it’s not for the weak of heart or weak of stomach. It’s not like ER at all. House is like the Sherlock Holmes of medicine. It’s a drama without the screaming and tears.

    Comment by Gregory Hause | April 12, 2009

  2. I’m still sad that they let Cameron go, replaced her with that other ditsy girl

    Comment by Nomad | May 3, 2009


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