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House Rundown: Episode 6, "Whatever It Takes"

House Rundown: Episode 6, "Whatever It Takes"


There was a lot going on in this week's episode of House — a little too much, if you ask me. House was shipped off to the CIA to diagnose a patient whose background was mostly kept secret, while the rest of the team tried getting used to Foreman's leadership back at the hospital. We also might have learned the identity of one person joining House's team, but I'm hoping it's a trick. To read the rest of my take, just

On the one hand, this episode seemed pretty jumbled, with all the cutting between the two cases. But on the other hand, the split was pretty obviously meant to drive home a point: Foreman is House. Haven't we been doing that since the end of last season?

House's story frustrated me because I didn't think we learned much new about him: He's quick to diagnose, he makes rash decisions that are often wrong, and he needs a team to back him up. I did love how nobody believed he was at the CIA — it is just the kind of lie House would tell — and the banter with the CIA doctor, Shamira Terzi (Michael Michele), was full of the awkwardly sexual one-liners that have been practically absent from House's relationship with Cuddy this season.

The other case was a bit more revealing, mainly because it showed how uncomfortable Foreman can be with being in charge. Unlike House, Foreman was right from the start; his patient only had heat stroke. Or, at least, she only had heat stroke until Brennan got involved, poisoning her to give her polio-like symptoms and then filling her with Vitamin C to "cure" it. What? Yeah. Until last week, Brennan had said so few words that I was still calling him Never Talking Guy, so I'm a little surprised that he emerged as the team's true crazy. Foreman seemed a little unprepared for just how much the team would be prepared to do, er, "whatever it takes." I did like the extended lupus joke, though.

Meanwhile, do you think House really hired Terzi? Or was it kind of last season's Piper Perabo fakeout, where it seemed like her guest role could last for a while and then faded out after just one week? I'm hoping for the latter; I associate Michele with when I stopped liking ER, and as much as I've been enjoying House finding his new team, the last thing this show needs is another new cast member. They can barely give the existing cast members enough screen time to remind us they exist!

Some other thoughts:

  • One good thing about the episode: It was a one-liner factory. "Brilliant. We should search her home for FDR's remains or a time machine." "I have a position available on my penis." And, of course, Amber saying she'd take Taub up on the offer to have his baby "if I had two minutes and some anti-nausea drugs."
  • House's cell phone ringer is "Whattaman." Awesome.
  • Loved the scene with Kutner joking around and reading the test results to the newbies. At this point, I don't believe any of the spoilers about who's staying and who's going — but I really do hope Kal Penn stays.

Your thoughts? Will Terzi be sticking around? Did Cameron's scene with Foreman make you miss the old team just a little? And who do you think is next to go?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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kstraw23 kstraw23 9 years
foreman is completely getting on my nerves at this point
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
more Wilson! more Cuddy! I want the old team back but I understand that they have to shake things up this season so the show gets more exciting for the viewers. Next week's episode looks interesting.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
The thing about Foreman, for me anyways, is that I think he's a jerk, just like House. But House is a vicoden addicted asshole, What's Foremans excuse?
Daisies Daisies 9 years
I like the new folks and I hope to see more of Wilson in the next shows.
tundrababe tundrababe 9 years
Yeah, that woman (Piper) never came back? Um, whut's going on? I loved the episode, and I like that the show is being spiced up a bit - it was getting too predictable. Still, I'm already missing the old team. This gag can only run for so long. I hope the guy from "Harold and Kumar Goes to White Castle" stays.
lulis lulis 9 years
I miss the old team.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I love House like whoa.
hiedi hiedi 9 years
I hope they get rid of cutthroat bitch, and keep 13 and kal penn.
sugarbox sugarbox 9 years
honestly, i'm getting bored. i'm tired of this whole 'we need to pick anew team' thing. can we do it already? i'm not even interested very much in any of the 'contestant's. i liked Kuttner and 13, and Brennan until yesterday's episode. i don't know. this shows hanging by a thread for me.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I do not know if I like the fact that now this CIA doctor will be joining the team. I must say I still enjoyed the episode and loved all the sexual jokes! Also I LOVED House's cell phone ringtone!!! So funny!!!!!!!!
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I'm so happy 3rd world doctor left. It was about time. I really hope they don't get rid of all the newbies. I love the dynamics they have going.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz. I'm with you on every point that you make. Glad that Brennen is gone and hope that Terzi stays only long enough to add to the Cuddy-House dynamic. You are so right that the CIA lie is so House-like. Really would like to see more Wilson and less Foreman in the future.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
P.S I am glad they axed the crazy nut third world country doctor - he didn't do anything for weeks and now thye have a reason. Buh bye!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I actually think if she (Michele) were around for at least a couple more episodes, it might freshen up the dynamic between Cuddy and House (since she'd be Cuddy's competition for House's "affections"), but after that she can go on her merry way. I do hope Kal Penn stays, much like I wish John Cho would get more air-time on Ugly Betty!!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
I tried to recap what happened to my boyfriend last night (He came home after House was over) and he was confused with the two patient plot. However, we both cracked up at House's ring tone. Classic!
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
Thanks Buzz :)
poissondujour poissondujour 9 years
Michele must go... Can't have House flirting with her. I liked seeing a bit of Chase's jealousy reemerge. Now I'm just hoping it's justified. Wilson and Cuddy were too absent from the ep, though.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Piper Perabo was in one episode last year as a vegan nutritionist/possible love interest for House, but then she just sort of went away. Here's my recap of the episode she was in.
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 9 years
I trust the writers....but I really do love seeing the dynamic between all the newbies. with each new addition (foreman, terzi) I panic that they're going to just let all of the newbies go. one thing that I HAVE loved is how each episode is shaking it up with a new take. house alone, house with a bunch of new doctors, foreman comes back, and now a documentary crew...keepin it fresh!
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
I do miss the old team. And... when was Piper Pearabo on???
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I agree, NO MICHELE! There are already too many extra people here and they got rid of my favorite so far (Henry. Sigh) so we don't need any more. I died laughing when he said the penis line. :rotfl:
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Get rid of Foreman - I don't think he really adds anything to the show. I really hope that Michele doesn't stay on, there are enough people on this show already. It's starting to be too much for me, don't get me wrong I still love house, but there should be a limit to the number of new cast members per season.
fleetstreet1 fleetstreet1 9 years
i really miss the old team. yeah and i really really hope kal penn stays!!! i love him!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
Hilaaaaarious! I cracked up last night. I love this show more and more all the time.
Miss-Delicious Miss-Delicious 9 years
i love house.
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