With three new House episodes airing in a span of just seven days, I figured that I would wait until I watched all of them before presenting my thoughts on each ep. That way, I could get this out of the way in a single post rather than subjecting you to three House posts in a week.
As usual, I won’t be giving a full recap of the episodes because House doesn’t really lend itself to that sort of thing, what with all the misdiagnosed ailments that are impossible to spell and whatnot. So you’ll just have to make do with random thoughts and reactions, which I’ll try to keep separated by episode (but I might get mixed up on a couple of details).
Episode 4×10: It’s a Wonderful Lie
– It felt so weird seeing a full blown Christmas episode at the end of January. With the lack of original programming due to the WGA strike, do you mean to tell me that FOX couldn’t fit this ep into the schedule sometime in December?
– I knew as soon as House started writing out names for the Secret Santa that he put himself down five times. I also knew that Kutner would want to give him a gift anyway, but didn’t think that Taub and 13 would follow suit.
– How cool was it to see Donna (Janel Moloney) from the West Wing again? It reminded me of how much I miss the Josh/Donna dynamic.
– Um, count me among those who think it’s completely inappropriate for a mother to tell her 11-year-old daughter what her favorite sexual positions are. An adult daughter? Maybe. But an 11-year-old??? No way!
– I liked House’s remark about trying bondage once, only to have the woman tie him up and whine about how hard it is to be the Dean of Medicine. Ha! But other than that, the constant sexual references in this ep were off-putting. A donkey show? Really?
Episode 4×11: Frozen
– This was the Super Bowl episode, and it was a good one! It would have to be good to follow that awesome game, so I’m glad it lived up to the hype.
– I dislike these teasers where the person who ends up being House’s patient isn’t the one who was first injured. In 4×10, the daughter fell from the rock climbing wall, so it looked like she would need medical attention, but it turned out to be the mom. In 4×11, it looked like the guy with the severed artery and frozen blood would need help, but it turned out to be his rescuer. This has happened in previous seasons too, and the gimmick is getting as old as JJ Abrams’s favorite “48 Hours Earlier” trick from Alias.
– Mira Sorvino was awesome as the guest star, and managed to generate tons of chemistry with House despite the fact that they were never even in the same room.
– There were a lot of moments where I had to hide my eyes, particularly with the skull drilling and the urine drinking. Yuck and yuck.
– Wilson and CTB are a couple??? Wow, that came out of nowhere! And I liked it! (I also loved how Wilson turned and ran away from House, knowing he couldn’t possibly follow. Heh.
Episode 4×12: Don’t Ever Change:
– I thought this episode was pretty uneven. I couldn’t follow half of the religious stuff, so I sort of tuned out whenever the characters were discussing that — which was often.
– Oh, look: Olivia Wilde is playing a bisexual character. What a shocker.
– I thought the House/Wilson “You’re dating me!” thing was kind of funny, but it
– It was nice to see Chase contribute something a bit more substantial this week. I find that I kind of miss him, as Kutner, Taub, and 13 are all poor substitutes. Sigh.
– I found the actual case to be pretty boring, especially coming just two days after the excellent “Frozen”. And the cause of all that woman’s suffering was a floating kidney? Seems pretty simple when the answer is right there, doesn’t it?
Anyway, I think that’s all for House for the season, unless the writers get a new contract pretty quickly. Until then, I’ll be looking for other things to fill up my Tuesdays!