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?
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