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House Recap: Episode 10, "It's a Wonderful Lie"

House Rundown: Episode 10, "It's a Wonderful Lie"

Merry Christmas, everybody! Any other holidays we should celebrate while we're at it? This week's House took us all the way back to late December for a Christmas-themed episode all about (what else?) deception and lies. Hey, I suppose I'd rather see Wilson wearing that ridiculous reindeer hat late than never see it at all. To chat about Tuesday's episode, just


This was House's first episode with his new team now that the competition's over. But the competition's never really over, is it? This week's secret Santa game, though, felt more like something House might have done with his old team than the ruthless tests we saw during the selection process. Nonetheless, it did freak out the team — first when they realized they'd have to buy gifts for House, later when they realized they all had to buy gifts for House and therefore would be judged against each other. I think House was curious to see what they thought he might want, but really, I think he's just a greedy jerk who wanted loot.

As for the team itself? I'm not getting a whole lot from them yet, and I'm still wondering how (if?) the show plans to integrate Cameron and Chase back in. Not to mention Foreman — he's technically in, and yet we hardly ever see him. And where's Cuddy? I'm glad the show blew up the old formula, but I eventually want all the pieces to settle, and right now it feels like there are three too many people on the show. I just worry that now that the contest is over, it's not clear what to do with these people; this felt a little like an old-school House episode, but with Taub, Kutner, and Thirteen instead of Foreman, Chase, and Cameron.

This week's patient was a mom (holla, Janel Moloney!) who became strangely and suddenly paralyzed and blind; House, of course, was sure she was lying about something. And she was: Her daughter, Jane, wasn't actually her biological daughter. That, though, ended up not having anything to do with her diagnosis, but House still seemed pleased with himself. I was pretty shocked when Jane told her mother she was going to die; that's pretty harsh coming from an 11-year-old, but it was the truth House had been after.

Some other thoughts:

  • House's clinic patient: prostitute, nativity scene participant, or both? My sense was that she was just playing Mary — it would give those comments about telling her mom what she doe the ironic edge that House loves so much.
  • There wasn't a ton of House-Wilson interaction in this episode, but nearly every line of it was a gem. I especially liked Wilson walking nowhere with House just to drive him crazy and this little exchange: "What happens when they find out?" "It's secret Santa." "What happens when they find out?"
  • Seriously, how much did Jennifer Morrison make just to show up and stand in the hotel lobby at the end? Jesse Spencer, at least, had to pretend to drill bone.
  • I love the shocked and disgusted looks on Thirteen's and Taub's faces when Kutner whipped out his secret Santa gift.
  • House has done a lot of gross things in his day, but squirting the tumor-milk in the poor girl's mouth was truly nasty.

Your thoughts? Is the new team working for you? Are you psyched for the South Pole?

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juliefischer juliefischer 9 years
Thanks animatedpunk!!!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
Hmmm, i got the impression that Melanie wasn't really a prostitute. I'm curious if they're going to go further with her character, or if that was it for her. and for those who are wondering what else she's been in, here's her imdb page -
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I miss the old team as well; the new team isn't doing much for me yet. They seem confused about how they should be relating to each other and to House as well now that the competition is over. But House for the most part seems to be on top of his game, which is what keeps me watching week after week. Hugh Laurie is brilliant!
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I also want to know who the other woman was...the one who played Mary at then of the episode. It seems like I have seen her someone else and she KIND OF looks like that woman who played Blaire on the Facts of Life.
raieven raieven 9 years
lol of COURSE she had a breast in her knee! I love House, so bizarre.
BriannaBanana BriannaBanana 9 years
(by "last week", I meant yesterday)
BriannaBanana BriannaBanana 9 years
I liked last week's episode (after such a long break, I can't be picky) but I really miss the old formula (season 2 in particular). I agree that the problem is that there are too many people on the show now. What I don't understand is why they broke up the team in the first place. I would understand if one of the actors didn't want to return to the show and needed to be replaced, but in this situation I feel that they get 30 seconds per show just to appear for the sake of appearing. I miss the Chase-Foreman-Cameron trio and the jokes between House, Wilson and Cuddy (who never has a big role anymore!) All that being said, I still love the show and will watch it no matter what. Let's hope the strike is soon over so we can have more new episodes!! :) PS - the next new episode is Sunday after the Superbowl (10pm), just so nobody misses it.
juliefischer juliefischer 9 years
Does anyone know who the actress was that played the other patient in the episode? I feel like she has been in other things, but I dont know what.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
As much as I love House I couldn't manage to stay awake for the whole show last night. It just didn't capture my attention, and I had to have my husband fill me in on the end of the show.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I love House too but I am missing the old team but I am not going to ever quit watching the show.
Colesgirlfriend Colesgirlfriend 9 years
I thought it was so funny when House asked Wilson where they were walking to, and Wilson just said, "Nowhere, I just know it hurts you."
alillee alillee 9 years
ew gross...the tumor milk thing was pretty disgusting!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
I love the new team. Miss Jennifer, though Jesse is a bore. I laughed out loud when Wilson flapped his antler. I don't think House was looking for gifts; I think he was just trying to screw with the team.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
hey precious pets - i think she was religious and just totally screwing w/ was pretty cute @ the end tho!
precious_pets4 precious_pets4 9 years
I love House -- especially Hugh Laurie! You missed the best part of the whole episode, though -- when Hugh Laurie sang! I knew he was gifted on the piano and guitar -- but what a gorgeous voice he has! Here's the question that's been on my mind: When House first met the blond girl in the clinic he commented on her religious metal (Saint Michael, was it? Or Mary? I can't recall for the life of me) -- saying it was the patron saint for children, prostitutes, carpenters, and a whole slew of others. Then he counted off the ones she couldn't be (carpenter and a few others == again, can't remember). The girl said, "You missed two and I'm not a child". Was prostitute the other one he missed? so the other questions remain: Was she a religious prostitute? Or was she just flirty relgious girl, and not a prostitute? (she seemed confused when House used the word, Pimp) I still miss the old team -- it's just not the same! I hate when a perfectly good show adds new cast members (it's usually in the form of a new baby on a sitcom) in an attempt to breathe new life into the show!! Can't wait to see another brand new one next week! Helena
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