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"House" Recap: Episode 3, "97 Seconds"

"House" Recap: Episode 3, "97 Seconds"

What a strange episode of "House" this week, huh? It was one that broke down all the normal rules of the show: There were three medical cases instead of the usual one; House took a much more dramatic step than usual in an attempt to solve one of them; and not everything worked out well in the end. To talk more about the episode, just

I suppose "House" fans who worried about the show getting stuck in a one-patient, one-diagnosis rut should take heart in last night's episode, which had a lot going on. We had House playing games with his 10 remaining fellowship candidates, splitting them up by gender ("if your sex organs dangle, you're a Confederate") and putting them on the case of a man with a chronic muscular condition that seemed to suddenly be getting worse. House himself took on a second patient, who attempted to electrocute himself by sticking a knife in a light socket, later claiming he saw magical things while unconscious. And Foreman turned up at his new hospital, working on a case suspiciously similar to the one where he killed the woman last year.

The traditional case was my favorite of the three, if only because it allowed for more antics from the job candidates — who now have nicknames and not numbers. Cutthroat Bitch's skills at playing House's game were impressive, but would she really know to go to Cameron and Chase for help?

The case with House and the knife was just bizarre. In theory, I like it when the writers explore House's psychology and spirituality, because I'd love to get inside his head more. The trouble is, the plot lines that explore these themes never seem to really teach us anything. Was House actually suicidal? Did he really think he'd see magical glimpses of the afterlife? Was it just to get attention?

The Foreman case was a little too on the nose, but it was fun to see him working with a new team (two guys and a girl, apparently the required genetic makeup for a group of diagnostic experts). He really was trying to be a kinder, gentler House. But in the end, the hard-nosed doctor in Foreman came out, and he made a risky call to try to save his patient's life. It worked out this time, but his new boss wasn't impressed with Foreman's bullishness and fired him on the spot.

A few other notable developments:

  • I thought it was interesting that House punished the boys' team for running a zillion tests while the girls had already treated the patient. "Treat first, ask questions later" is a strategy we've seen House use a lot — sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
  • That tilt-table test made me dizzy, and I was just watching it.
  • Loved the tribal council scene with House in a bandanna and bunsen burners instead of candles.
  • It was an interesting twist that the main patient — and his poor dog! — died simply because Thirteen hadn't watched him take the pills. I liked when House told her he wouldn't be lecturing her if he was going to fire her; he wouldn't bother teaching her what she did wrong if he didn't want her around.

So, what did you think? Was there too much going on? Or was it a nice departure from the typical "House" way?

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Daisies Daisies 8 years
I loved this episode. Maybe sometime in the future we'll find out what House saw when he was 'out'.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
this week's episode was just ok for me...i want the old team back! but i love that wilson gets more screen time. his interactions with House are great.
Food Food 9 years
loved this episode! the new season is a breath of fresh air that the formulaic house needed. can't wait to see where they're going with all of this
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
JLew, he's around for a while at least!
JLew1982 JLew1982 9 years
Is Kal Penn a regular? [ I don't watch ] If he is, I will be watching in the future!
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 9 years
I only got to see the clip of that when House electrocuted himself, i love HOUSE MD ALOT, my FAVOURITE Doctor pic, i hate all ...well i'll still watch E.R when ready, the others they seem toooo....soap operaish it's sickening, if i want a soap opera i'll watch Bold and the Beautiful,Days of our lives or Young and the Restless.....
mlen mlen 9 years
i just had a chance to watch it and i totally laughed out loud at the tribal council. that was one of the best parts! and the nicknames too.
verily verily 9 years
It was a nice juxtaposition of three cases. You had a patient who wanted to commit suicide and succeeded (quadriplegic patient); you had a patient who didn't want to commit suicide, but wanted to die...briefly (wacko patient); and you had Foreman who had to make a conscious decision between maintaining his so-called dream career or commit career suicide--by being House after all. Foreman's case was entirely too predictable with the repeat case. I was waiting the entire time for Foreman to give up the kinder, gentler nonsense and just be who he is: House Junior. However, I did like the show outright acknowledging that what House does is NOT normal and NOT okay. (Though without House's antics, we wouldn't have such a fun show :P) I get more and more frustrated with Cuddy as each week goes by. She's become an extremely weak character this season. And can we stop with the push-up bra and low cut shirts? I appreciate that she's unafraid to show off her assets, but now the show just relies on it as a recurring gag for House. I do like the turn Wilson is taking. ;) I'm still waiting for the episode where Wilson admits his sexuality and pounces on House (gotta love the constant broyay at least). I am not looking forward to next week's episode. I don't really like these paranormal episodes that House M.D occasionally does.
Katiefrog Katiefrog 9 years
Does anyone else think Cutthroat looks like Pam from The Office? Also, I could not deal with the dog. I have problems watching Pedigree commercials, so this was painful for me. The way the dog was so devoted was heartbreaking. At first I thought he died because he was lost without his owner. I just can't handle dogs being hurt or dying or being sad. Can't do it! Pretty good episode though. I think it's interesting that, at least up until this episode, House is very vocal about being an atheist and yet the show is so popular. I'm an atheist myself and it is not generally well accepted in this country, especially under the current administration.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I really liked it but I still can not stand that blonde haired doctor trying to get on House's team. Also last night was the first time I cried while watching House. I cried just a little when the dying man was telling his dog he wasn't scared to die.
jettagirl3 jettagirl3 9 years
I thought it was good. But I hate Cutthroat Bitch! I hate her! I find her so annoying. If she ends up on the show much longer I don't think I can watch it anymore.
ragus ragus 9 years
I think they leave us guessing on a lot of things like: will the team come back? * I think they will... Why did house electricute himself? Does he now believe in God? What did he want to tell the electricuted kid? Did house do it for the high or spirtualality or curiosity? Cuddy always seems to wear bra-looking shirts now lol... I loved this episode I found lots of short quick laughs.... I love the fat twin joke,the zooming on the tilt table, the funny nick names for everyone after house says take off the numbers i think i know who you are now...i love the way they put someone who looks exactly like Chase in the soaps that House watches!!!!! I think Foreman had to go to his new hospital to appriciate House more. I love how the interns try to use the old team to solve the cases.
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
I loved it when he is handing out nicknames at tribal council and he said "Big Love, and I'm not just saying it cause you're mormon," and he winks. Loves it!!! I also liked in last weeks episode when they had the mormon intern be the "standard" in the drinking study. I totally love House!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I'm starting to get used to Chase,Cameron and Foreman not being there all the time; the new folks add a lot to the show. It will be interesting to see how the writers integrate the old with the new in future episodes. Last night's near electrocution may be the start of a further ongoing exploration into the complexities of House's mind and spirit. The more we find out about House, the less we seem to know him. I
tundrababe tundrababe 9 years
As others have mentioned, it didn't make sense to expect the patient with SMA to swallow pills when he had trouble swallowing and appeared too weak to even hold his head up by that point. Still, it made me so sad when he died, as well as the dog. I still don't know where the guy picked up the worms. The knife in the socket was bizarre and funny. I think House really just wanted to find out if there was something else out there. The tribal council thing was hilarious, but was it realistic? Bah, I guess who cares - this show isn't very realistic as it is! I kind of wish they'd go back to having them all work together, because we know that's what's going to end up happening anyway. If they add someone new that would be interesting.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
There was alot going on, I found myself confused at the end about the dog, and where the worms came from. And the fact the guy couldn't take the pills, sort of ruined that whole storyline for me in the end. I asked a friend today if Wilson had got better, or if I've just started to notice him more, but I am loving House and Wilson together. I liked having Foreman on the side, and wondered how he felt when he was fired, for something he would have got away with before. I think it says alot that House paged Bitchy when he was going to electricute himself. I also wondered if House electricuted himself, not so much for the spiritual element, but for the high, lol. The guy said he'd done every drug imaginable, but those had been the best 90 seconds of his life. I think that piqued House's interest.
cageyme cageyme 9 years
This episode was WILD! Talk about chaos as the teams try to out-do each other. I liked it when Incredibly Old Fake Doctor told House it had been the best 2 weeks of his life. It was sad when the dog died, but at least he and his master went together. :dog:
laimar laimar 9 years
Wilson is funnier this season! I like his lines. I agree they should give him more screen time...
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I only have a second right now, but my thoughts exactly Blessed. The guy couldn't take the pills on his own, so that was a HUGE faux pas in my mind. He couldn't even eat, makes more sense that the drugs would have been administered with an IV.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Maybe that whole electrocution experiment will help House's leg.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I enjoyed it. But I'm still grumpy over Cameron going blonde. And I'm with Whiplash- Wilson needs more screen time, and more plot.
purselova418 purselova418 9 years
The fat twin comment was hilarious.. I really like this episode
psangel psangel 9 years
Great Episode! I also believe how the scene ended House did not see anything in his 90 seconds of being nearly dead. Proving Wilson theory wrong.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I also wish they'd give Wilson something to do besides being the Greek chorus in every episode.
Jaxfry Jaxfry 9 years
The whole episode, was well, weird! I'm not sure where their going yet with Chase, Cameron, and Foreman.... They just seem to be lingering in every episode... Hard to say where they are going to take them... I like the fact that they are exploring House more, getting deeper into who he is!
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