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House Recap: Episode 11, "Joy to the World"

House Rundown: Episode 11, "Joy to the World"

This week's episode of House just plugs along like normal — a confusing case, a blown diagnosis, maybe a little extra holiday spirit but nothing that out of the ordinary — until suddenly, in the final 15 minutes, it takes one big honkin' emotional turn. Maybe I should have seen it coming, but I was pretty surprised by all the twists this episode took, and it sets up some pretty interesting stuff for when House returns in 2009. Want to chat about it? Just


Major developments first: Cuddy's getting her baby! And in a most unusual way, for a number of reasons: It's she, not House, who finally diagnoses their teenage patient; the baby's supposed to be dead but instead has been kept alive by a couple of squatters; and now she's going to become at least the foster parent — and at best the adoptive mother — of the daughter of a patient who really resonated with her. The story took a lot of turns to get to that resolution, and I'm not sure I really believe all of them (The baby's alive? The squatters don't put up more of a fight? The patient's parents don't want to raise the baby?), but it's sweet and emotional and a good holiday tale — especially with House's "Merry Christmas, Cuddy" at the end. I wonder if this baby will also be named Joy?

While all of this is going on, House takes Wilson up on a challenge to be nice — kind, even. So he goes to the clinic, full of "if you can't be nice, why be a doctor?" speeches. The woman with the inhaler is an instant classic, but House's response to the question about whether a woman can get pregnant from sitting on a toilet seat really made me giggle: "There would need to be another guy sitting between you and the toilet seat — but yes, absolutely." Also, House fakes a virgin birth (to Bitsie Tulloch of Quarterlife!) rather than have to tell his patient's fiance that she cheated on him, which is apparently how you do "nice," House-style.

Foreman, meanwhile, keeps doing very House-ian things while insisting he's not like House, and this episode's case in point is the way he's treating the patients in his clinical trial — like numbers and data points rather than people. It's what he's been trained to do, but he ultimately lets his human side show through. Even while apologizing to Janet, he's not exactly the picture of warmth, but Foreman does care (at least a little) or he never would have gone after her at all. And then Foreman and Thirteen kiss! I buy their chemistry at least a little bit, but that still seemed sudden.

Some other thoughts:

  • Kutner was a bully! I guessed that as soon as Taub sarcastically pointed out that as an adopted Indian kid, school must have been a breeze for him — but I still liked him showing up on the doorstep of the guy he tortured.
  • This week's patient just made me sad — and afraid for all teenage girls in the world. I wouldn't go through that again if you paid me.
  • Wilson's story about Irene, "the one who got away," had me laughing from the start. Taub's so gullible! That said, his "a love like this needs to fly free" speech was one of my favorite moments of the night.
  • Speaking of Wilson, line of the night No. 2 for me (after House's pregnancy thing) is: "If it's a subpoena, he's gotten that kind of present before."

Do you buy the "Foreteen" kiss? Are you happy for Cuddy? And how did you feel about our "medical miracle"?

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Angela123 Angela123 8 years
OK so I just watched the ep online in my office. A few things: Foreteen...awesome. The name and the kiss! I like them, for some reason. And I liked Kutner's storyline, I like him too!! I hope House and Cuddy get together, I dont care what anyone else said. I totally believed the virgin pregnancy thing, but I'm glad House did that! It WAS nice. I hate Cuddy's bangs but hope she gets the baby. And I sobbed out loud when Cuddy walked in with that baby alive. It was really embarassing, being at work and all. I think I'm getting ready to start my period or something.
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
Confession. I actually believed Wilson about halfway through his 'Irene' story, until he started talking about them being 'long lost lovers' and then I was like, no. Not House. I also believed the virgin pregnancy, and I thought it was way funny when her partner looked up to the heavens. Getting bored of the Huddy storyline. Talk about dragging it out. WHat was the point of Kutner's mini- plot line? Boring. Taub was funny and the whole Fourteen (hahahha) thing was just gross. And wrong. Did I mention gross?
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
The inhaler thing was funny, considering I've had one my entire life. I don't think she got the "inhale" part in "inhaler." The reference to Irene Adler is actually based off the story "A Scandal in Bohemia" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It's the first story we see Holmes duped by Irene Adler. She wasn't the "one that got away" in terms of love though. She got away with a rather scandalous photograph. It's a great story. Cuddy's bangs are awful! I hate them. Someone went a bit blush crazy as well with Cuddy.
tonga tonga 8 years
I hate this Foreteen stuff going on, but yeah who didn't see that coming miles away, though I rather see her with another girl, how does someone jump from one to the other just like that, it seems she did that just cos he's the only one who showed any care about her disease, and who know what he's reasons where, maybe he just wanted her on his trials, cos as much as he denies Foreman is just like House, he's been trying to be like him since the beguining
Allyace Allyace 8 years
All I could do during the show was stare at Cuddy's bands and try to figure out what was going on there.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
That sounded like sarcasism, but it really wasn't.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
Foreteen! HA! That's hilarious!!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I actually like Cuddy's hair, but I guess it's just me. :) As for Foreman and Thirteen - I was totally waiting for this! It was so obvious that they were gonna get together for quite a while now. But I'm glad it finally happened. :)
jopperma jopperma 8 years
That whole "virgin birth" thing is not going to save their marriage for very long... If she tells that to her real doctor he will not be as likely to lie to them as House. Also, how delusional are you to think you could get pregnant from a toilet seat? I also hate Cuddy's bangs but am happy she found a baby :)
krae85 krae85 8 years
I used to love House and now I hate it. Did they change directors or something, because it just isn't the same show. Cuddy needs to go away forever. Remy and Foreman? WTH. I wish they would make a spin-off for Wilson, and have Chase and Cameron.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Loved that Cuddy was involved as a "team" player this week so that she could be the one to solve the case; the circumstances that lead to her becoming a foster and maybe adoptive parent came quickly, but all in all, a nice outcome...for her. From the title of the episode and given the season, I wouldn't be surprised if she named the baby "Joy." The inhaler lady was wonderful, an instant classic, for sure! Thirteen and Foreman together makes sense to me; I like their relationship. Maybe they'll bring out the best in each other. Loved Kutner's apology and, of course, loved Wilson. He never fails to make me smile. Looking forward to January already.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I loved the inhaler lady too. That was a good one. And I hate Cuddy's bangs as well. I think House should have spilled the beans about the 'miracle' pregnancy. It was just very un-House to to come up with the story he did. It was sweet, but meh. I love the Foreman and Thirteen kissed... I've been waiting for that to happen for a while now!
telewyo telewyo 8 years
The inhaler lady was hilarious and I actually like the Thirteen-Foreman dynamic. I really really HATE Cuddy's bangs though! You couldn't see her eyes most of the time and when you can't see someone's eyes it's like watching someone with a mask on. It totally takes away from the acting and she was all emotional in this episode but you couldn't even get the full effect.
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