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House Recap: Episode 11, "Frozen"

House Rundown: Episode 11, "Frozen"

From what I understand, "Frozen" wasn't initially intended to be the post-Super Bowl episode of House: Even guest star Mira Sorvino didn't find out about the episode's prime placement until she was already on set. Considering that, I thought the producers did a remarkable job of making this episode feel special. Practically the whole gang was there (save for Chase), and the case itself was a new spin on the old House formula. Plus, there was some romance — the best part of which we had to wait to the very end to understand. Want to talk more about it? Just


When I first heard the premise of this episode, I was afraid it sounded like "One Day, One Room," another episode where House spent the whole time working on a single, nontraditional case. But as far as I'm concerned, this episode blew that one out of the water. For one thing, Cate had a strong personality — and a pretty serious chemistry with House, especially considering that the two were never physically together. Cate was tough and self-reliant and didn't want anyone's pity; she got a thrill from psychoanalyzing House but also liked him just the way he was. He saw someone in a vulnerable situation who managed to not act vulnerable at all (I mean, she stabbed herself in the chest to reinflate her lung. That's hardcore). Sorvino hinted that she could return to the show, and I would love if she did: There's so much potential there.

The case itself had some dramatic bits, both for the regular viewer and the House newbie — but did it seem to anyone else that it was especially heavy on the gross-out shots? If I didn't already like the show, I'm not sure that leg spurting blood in the opening scene would have been enough to get me to stay, not to mention the skull drilling. But for it all to come down to a broken toe that House hadn't seen out of respect for the fact that Cate didn't like her feet to be cold? That was classic House logic.

The other thing I liked about that: Kutner's personality! Who would have thought Kutner would be the first one to stand up to House? After complaining about the new team not doing much in last week's episode, I now wonder if it was meant to be that way. House clearly wasn't seeing much from them either; that's why he told them to stop being afraid of getting fired. That got Kutner out of his goofily incompetent shell; who will be next?

Oh, and then there's Wilson's girlfriend: Cutthroat B*tch! Who called it? I certainly didn't — I was betting it would be Cameron, actually — but I loved that twist. And good for Amber, or rather for the actress who plays her; I thought she was great during the competition episodes, and I'm glad she's on the show somehow.

Some other thoughts:

  • When's the last time we saw Wilson and Foreman in a room together? That was so welcome.
  • Also, Foreman's line after learning how House was courting Cate: "Oh God, he's been wooing me for years!"
  • Some of the House-Wilson banter seemed to be missing its usual zing (a consequence of the writers' strike?), but this was fantastic:

    House: "You're wearing that shirt for someone."

    Wilson: "The health department. They frown on topless oncology."

  • Loved the meta moment when Cameron told House he'd be stuck with broadcast TV: "I'll be fine on Tuesdays."

Did "Frozen" live up to the hype? And what to make of Wilson and Amber, sitting in a tree, apparently k-i-s-s-i-n-g?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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lollipopsx lollipopsx 9 years
if you want the episode, try these two links: (part 1) and (part 2) i loved the part when wilson runs out on house! and the "i love you?" made me laugh.
redscorpio redscorpio 9 years
Great episode! Loved the chemistry between Cate and House and the way he seemed so different and (if possible) even more irresistible when talking to her. ;) Makes you wonder what would have happened if she was a normal patient-of-the-week. We would either have sparks setting the hospital on fire OR House would have been more reserved and it would not have been so enjoyably flirty and sexy.
katies104 katies104 9 years
Boo I was not excited to see Cutthroat Bitch back. I was convinced it was Thirteen (couldnt be Cameron, she's with Chase) and angry at the end. I cracked up at this scene: House:I need you to stand up to me, challenge me! I need you to stop worrying about getting fired…Now go pay for my cable. Kutner: No! House: I didn’t mean on this. Seriously, I need cable.
khrystena khrystena 9 years
Our PVR messed up too (oh ok hubby deleted it!) we watched it online last night. It was great! i laughed so much! I don't have the sites here, i have them at home, I will post in a few hours!
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
Knowing how much Robert Sean Leonard hates being on House and will actually pay the writers to write him out of episodes, I suspect that he's also writing a lot of his own dialogue. Or just completely eschewing what they write for him sometimes. When he runs out on House to get to his date with C.B. in mid-sentence, I'm pretty sure that was a Bobby Sean addition. The topless oncology line was totally killer, though. And yay for Amber! I'm glad she's back. I would have rather had her than Mini-Stud on my final team any day.
candiifloss candiifloss 9 years
where was chase!!!!!!!!!?????? anyone no if chase nd cameron r going to be back on full time????
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Glad I set my DVR for a few hours beyond the stated starting time; otherwise, I would have missed this great episode. I, too, thought it wouldn't live up to its hype, but I was totally wrong. Loved the chemistry between House and Cate and that finally the team is learning how to work with each other and with House. Not crazy about Wilson and Amber, but am willing to trust the writers on this one. Hugh Laurie makes me smile all week long.
sofi sofi 9 years
such a brilliant episode- the chemistry between House and Sorvino was great. I was sad in the end when the other guy gets the girl. I don't like cutthroat b#tch back-strange pairing. The physical exam with the fire going and "let's get it on" playing was just hilarious. Oh, how I need my House fix for a happy week.
supertramp supertramp 9 years
This was such a good episode. It was funny and dramatic. I laughed when House was waiting for the right answer and Kutner said, "I Love You?" Hysterical.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
Loved the episode except for one thing....they brought back the b*tch. I HATE her and I am very mad about her coming back into the show.
nimue nimue 9 years
if you are looking to stream online, search for ''surfthechannel'' on google. this website has everything love the episode as well! although i really wish that we could see house in love
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 9 years
This was one of the best episodes of House in a very, very long time. Loved the writing. Here's hoping Tuesday can deliver the same
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
I knew it was Cutthroat B*tch from another blog, but I wish I didn't know and had been surprised.
insidesusan insidesusan 9 years
For those that missed it (My DVR cut off the last 20 minutes too, luckily I was watching it live, but I like to re-watch) there are a few ways to view it online: Wait for fox to upload (8 days! too long), look for a site that streams it ( used to be great, but they don't have any of the new eps up yet, this site says they have it, but when you try to watch it says removed from server or buy it for $1.99 from amazon unbox. It was a great ep, and I really enjoyed that it showed a little sensitivity in House - I love his sarcasm, but I like to see his other side from time to time.
alillee alillee 9 years
I can't freakin BELIEVE Amber is back! Could not stand her! And how in the world does she deserve to be with Wilson? Hopefully, she will not stay too long.
verily verily 9 years
I have to admit it. I thought this episode was going to be really, really stupid. Too high concept and little payoff. However, it hit all the right notes, pretty much thanks in part to Mira Sorvino and her awesome chemistry with Hugh Laurie. I didn't see Cut Throat Bitch coming at all. I figured it was Cuddy or Thirteen (will someone please give the poor girl a name). I was leaning towards Cuddy at first because I think the two of them have some chemistry, and if I were Wilson, I'd want to hide that from House. With Cut Throat Bitch, I have to wonder if she's trying to worm her way back in via House's best friend. And then I'll feel bad later when it's revealed her intentions were pure. And then I'll feel better when it's revealed even later that she really was using Wilson. Love Cut Throat Bitch. :P
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I enjoyed it. For me the best moment was when House played "Let's Get It On" during Cate's physical exam. He's so delightfully incorrigible. Also thought for a second that Wilson was seeing Cameron. Was glad it wasn't her but am hesitant about Amber ... one more episode so we'll see.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Good Eposide - I love the "I'll be fine on Tuesdays" line. But Cutthroat Bitch??? Why? I do not like her, and I was happy to see her go. I don't want to see her agian.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
MY stupid DVR did not record this! I am so pissed. You would think these machines would be smart enough to record the show even when the previous show ran long. I will have to watch it online when it comes on, i can't believe it takes them 8 days, that sucks!
juliegal juliegal 9 years
i hope mira's charac. comes back into house's life...they were so cute....
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I really liked this episode. Mira Sorvino annoys me sometimes but she was really good last night, and she and Hugh Laurie had amazing chemistry together. I got a kick out of the meta Tuesday night joke, too, and loved when Wilson ran away from House to avoid him mid-conversation. I also knew that Cameron wasn't really fired when Cuddy said that she was. And YAY! for Cutthroat B*tch! I love Amber! I mean, if she was a real person, I'd hate her, but she's awesome as a character.
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
I enjoyed the episode - I'm also glad that I had the presence of mind to tack on an extra hour to the DVR recording. Otherwise, I would have missed most of the episode. (Megmarmor - if you're looking for it, you might be able to find a torrent on All you'll need is a bittorrent client. Of course, it's not legal, but you'll be able to find it.)
megmarmor megmarmor 9 years
My DRV didn't pick up the whole episode!!! I was out at a friend's house watching the Superbowl game and they didn't want to watch House. I returned home to see that STUPID FOX had run over on it's post-Superbowl coverage and my STUPID COMCAST DVR didn't tape the second half. AND...Fox doesn't upload their videos until 8 (count them EIGHT) days after the original showing. Anyone know where I can get my hands on a copy of the episode?
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
I thought it was a really good episode, esp. if your a House fan!
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