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House Recap: Episode 12, "Painless"

House Rundown: Episode 12, "Painless"

In this year's first new episode of House, House takes a case that hits a little close to home: The team treats a man with chronic pain who had tried to kill himself to get away from it. Meanwhile, Cuddy struggles to balance her job, her new duties as a foster mother, and her wrangling of House, and Thirteen and Foreman get all awkward with each other following their big kiss. To chat about it all, just

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Even though House's cane and Vicodin are a constant presence on House, it's still somehow easy to forget that House is actually in real, constant pain that nobody's ever been able to solve. He's functional, he's brilliant, and he never complains — other than the occasional sarcastic comment about being a cripple. So it was interesting in this episode to get a glimpse of what life is really like for House — and it's not easy. Taking a bath is a horrible, painful experience; he needs so much help lowering himself down that he's snapped a pipe in his ceiling, ringing up a $2,200 plumbing bill.

So taking Jeff's case is a little like looking in a mirror. The major difference, of course, is that Jeff can't handle his pain, to the point that he'd leave his wife and child to get away from it. But it's true that House is a little more — well, "sensitive" is probably the wrong word. But he's a little more aware of what his patient is going through. Normally if House considered taking a patient off the medication that made him functional, I'd think he was just being nasty and uncaring; when he suggests taking Jeff off his painkillers, he actually knows how awful that might feel. Of course, at the end, House's pain persists while Jeff's is treatable. He's done what Cameron hoped for, "curing a guy who has even less to look forward to," but getting himself into the bathtub is still a nightmare.

Meanwhile, Cuddy's dealing with a mini domestic nightmare of her own. She's officially taken over as foster mother for the baby she named Rachel, and she looks like she's adapted well to being a mom. But to being a working mom? As the family inspector tells her, she's better than most foster moms he sees, ants in the living room and diapers in her briefcase notwithstanding. But that's not enough for Cuddy; she "passed by their meager standards" but failed by hers. And after talking with Cameron, she has a solution: It looks like Cameron will be taking over some of Cuddy's responsibilities from here on out.

Some other key moments:

  • Is Foreman monkeying with his clinical trial just so he can sleep with Thirteen? She doesn't want to get into a relationship because she cares about him and she knows what she'll be going through in a few years; Foreman doesn't want to give up. Switching the appointments seems pretty harmless, but now he knows Thirteen is on the placebo drub, and I can't imagine he'll be letting that stand.
  • Wilson showing up at Cuddy's place with a giant stuffed duck is pretty amazing.
  • Was there a giant, fancy water fountain-thing in PPH? Has it always been there? I was so distracted by it that I could barely pay attention to Taub's pain profile interviews.
  • Love this exchange: "You hang laundry in there?" "I'm about to hang a plumber in there."

Your thoughts? Can you still work House into your schedule now that it's on Mondays? Can you see Cameron rising to power? What is Foreman going to do? Discuss!

Photos courtesy of Fox

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Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I honestly thought that Mondays is when they gave House. I remember it being on Tuesdays, but since it never inconvenienced me I didn't notice the switch. I loved this episode. It was so sad, but so nice at the same time. I love 13 and "14". I just want to see what Foreman is going to do now that he knows she is taking the placebo. I wish there was more Wilson in this episode. He looked so cute bringing the duck and talking to Cuddy! Did he get a haircut? I don't think Cameron is strong enough to take over for Cuddy. Seriously, everything scene that had to do with the plumber was awesome.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I honestly thought that Mondays is when they gave House. I remember it being on Tuesdays, but since it never inconvenienced me I didn't notice the switch.I loved this episode. It was so sad, but so nice at the same time. I love 13 and "14". I just want to see what Foreman is going to do now that he knows she is taking the placebo.I wish there was more Wilson in this episode. He looked so cute bringing the duck and talking to Cuddy! Did he get a haircut?I don't think Cameron is strong enough to take over for Cuddy.Seriously, everything scene that had to do with the plumber was awesome.
miriah15 miriah15 7 years
Ah I love house. But all this schedule stuff sure makes me glad I just download my tv.
hyperhun hyperhun 7 years
i liked this episode.. but when chuck comes back idk what i'll do, i guess i'll have to watch chuck online o well..
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
I know, the schedule move is stressing me out! I think I'll probably end up recording House and Gossip Girl and watching Chuck online — and I already watch How I Met Your Mother online anyway. Why does everyone want to be on Mondays at 8?
Allyace Allyace 7 years
I do not like that they moved House to when Chuck and Gossip Girl is on! Either my DVR needs to record two things while I'm watching another, or Fox needs to move House back :-P.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I had the feeling I knew the answer the minute they paralyzed him from the neck down and the MRI was clean. I'm an epileptic myself and seizures actually do manifest differently for each person. Some people throw up, some have the classic seizure (I've had every classic known to man), some have chronic uncontrollable pain. I was jumping up and down when I got it right. I'm very rarely right on House. I loved the plumber scene. The new night doesn't bother me considering I can TiVo both Intervention and House at the same time. I don't watch any of the other shows.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I had the feeling I knew the answer the minute they paralyzed him from the neck down and the MRI was clean. I'm an epileptic myself and seizures actually do manifest differently for each person. Some people throw up, some have the classic seizure (I've had every classic known to man), some have chronic uncontrollable pain. I was jumping up and down when I got it right. I'm very rarely right on House. I loved the plumber scene. The new night doesn't bother me considering I can TiVo both Intervention and House at the same time. I don't watch any of the other shows.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Loved Cuddy most in this episode; her struggles to balance it all were well done. And I like that Cameron will be more involved now that she'll be sharing some of Cuddy's responsibilities. Foreman and Thirteen are becoming more interesting to me as well; looking forward to seeing where all of this leads.
Taadie Taadie 7 years
I cant watch it anymore. Cant they put it on at 9pm. I could watch then. but between gossip girl, how i met your mother, big bang theory and chuck im stuck.
graylen graylen 7 years
Foreman using the phrase "social lubricant" was the winner of the night for the fiance and I. We thought it was hilarious. Overall, I thought it was a really great episode with good character development and stories. Glad it's back!!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I was so sad when we found out that Thirteen is on the placebo. She looked so happy, finally moving forward with Foreman. Also, I agree - the exchange with the plumber was too funny. Plus, I LOVED the duck that Wilson brought! As I told my friend, I WANT THAT.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I was so sad when we found out that Thirteen is on the placebo. She looked so happy, finally moving forward with Foreman. Also, I agree - the exchange with the plumber was too funny.Plus, I LOVED the duck that Wilson brought! As I told my friend, I WANT THAT.
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