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House Season 6 Episode 3: The Tyrant


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House has posed many intriguing questions during the last five years, and this week’s episode was no exception. Making the doctors question the meaning of “Do No Harm” is exactly the kind of moral dilemma that I’d like to see more shows attempt to tackle. I’m sure the haters out there have simply dismissed the African dictator plot as extremely contrived, but I cannot agree. Other shows are too weak-willed and mainstream to even acknowledge the horrible acts that are committed in countries that most Americans can’t point out on a map. Instead of picking an easier storyline, House went so far as to cast massive star James Earl Jones as the dictator in question. With Boston Legal off the air, it’s great to see another show choosing subject matter that makes viewers think.

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on House Season 6 Episode 3: The Tyrant

House Season 5 Episode 24: Both Sides Now

I am a colossal fool.

I actually bought into last week’s episode and the House-Cuddy hookup that wrapped it up. I can’t believe I didn’t even see this coming.

I’ve said it about a million times–we know that the patients on House always parallel what’s going on outside the exam room. Tonight the patient had ‘alien hand syndrome’ as a result of a procedure to split his brain in two. Oddly, I wasn’t even tipped off to the outcome of the episode when Thirteen made a totally obvious comment about the question of identity raised by their patient. My suspended disbelief even stayed intact as the episode got more and more ridiculous–with House announcing his Cuddy hookup to the entire staff after being encouraged by Wilson to be a bigger asshole than normal! Ultimately, the big reveal showed us that House quitting vicodin cold turkey was just a bunch of shit and that everything since his conversation with Cuddy last week was just a vision.

Despite my disappointment with the reveal, I enjoyed a couple parts of the episode immensely. House treating Cuddy’s potential feelings like an illness to be diagnosed was both funny and true to his character, although ultimately this led to the climax and my disappointment. Better still was the appearance of Carl Reiner as clinic patient Eugene Schwartz. At first I thought this was just an excuse for Reiner to cut up and give House/Cuddy something to fight about. I wasn’t prepared for the heartbreaking revelation that Eugene really had pancreatic cancer all along.

The good lines were spread around tonight:

  • House – “It’s like locking the barn door after the horse got out and it’s had its face between your breasts for an hour and a half.”
  • Wilson, responding to House’s update about getting busy with Cuddy – “Wow. You were sober AND SHE was sober?”
  • Thirteen to Taub about Chase/Cameron – “It’s always a sad thing when sperm comes between people.”
  • House – “Great advice, you pretend I’m gonna do that.”
  • Cuddy to House about his announcement to the staff – “What you did is beyond asshood!”

Another thing sticks with me about this episode. When House retrieved Wilson to assist with the patient in the MRI lab, he told Wilson he needed his special skills. Wilson came and talked the patient in a way that kept him preoccupied while the team could look for the underlying problem. I was left with the impression that even House realizes that Wilson has a talent for interacting with people who have mental problems.

The following are the three notes I wrote, in the order I wrote them, during the big climax scene in Cuddy’s office.

  1. What is going on with House?
  2. Is this whole thing a hallucination?
  3. Are you fucking kidding me?

As I watched the closing montage, I found myself unfulfilled by the Chase/Cameron wedding, even though I wanted them to be together. More importantly, I was shocked to see House actually allowing himself to be taken to rehab. At least I thought it was rehab until I saw the sign over the door that said Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital. Was House actually committing himself? I guess we’ll find out for sure in a few months, but he made it pretty clear last week that vicodin-induced hallucinations would be easier to overcome than being a wacko–at least from a career perspective. This makes me think it really is rehab, and that it just happens to be a very serious program that actually takes place at a mental institution.

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Science, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

House Season 5 Episode 10: Let Them Eat Cake

I didn’t care much for the patient this week, but it was refreshing to learn more about Thirteen’s background.  After years of never learning more than basic details about House’s lackeys, it’s great to see the show mixing it up.  

On the relationship front, I’m not buying the disappointing end of the episode.  At this point I think it’s only a matter of when they get together and not if.  I’m 100% ready for a House/Cuddy diddlefest, although I realize I’m probably in the minority.  Why you ask?  Tonight’s episode was a great example of how more screen time with both House and Cuddy results in more great dialogue, as well as more dialogue about House’s balls.

House about this week’s patient: “Muscles and curves, my penis is so confused.”

House attempting to disrupt Cuddy’s phone call: “Have you seen my balls?  The giant one and the red one.”

Great wink at the audience by Cuddy: “Everyone knows this is going somewhere”

House referring to Cuddy’s breasts: “Can you leave these?”

December 3, 2008 Posted by | Drama, Science, Television | , , , , , | 1 Comment

House Season 5 Episode 6: Joy

I’m over the moon for House.  The show and main character.  I know it may seem like I rarely post negative commentary about the shows I watch, but good television makes me want to write.  

Tonight’s episode was a classic–here come the spoilers.

I really enjoyed that this episode didn’t start with someone passing out during the intro.  The whole ‘creepy music/extreme close-up/what the fuck is going on?’ vibe was one of the better hooks that the show has used in a very long time.  The medical mystery was a great one, especially the way the daughter patient’s kidney donation dovetailed with the story about Cuddy preparing to be a mother.  Our closer look at Thirteen’s depraved street life was also nice, but not as nice as the huge laugh I got from Taub’s totally awkward cocaine buy.  

Finally we have the House/Cuddy storyline.  Like House, I’m selfish and therefore glad Cuddy didn’t get her baby.  She needs to concentrate on taking care of House and cleaning up his messes, which doesn’t leave time to change diapers.  I’m a fan of the long-awaited kiss, and also thrilled that it didn’t lead to an immediate jump into the sack.  I’m hopeful that this development will add another dimension to their relationship, not end it.  Obviously House’s past relationships have not ended well, but I think this one could bring new life to a series that has risked a lot with all the cast shake-ups in the past 18 months.

House Quote of the Week: “There are plenty of babies in the sea.  The world is full of teenage boys riding bareback.”

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Drama, Television | , , , , , , | 2 Comments