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House Recap: Episode 12, "Don't Ever Change"

House Rundown: Episode 12, "Don't Ever Change"

First off, a bit of business. If you missed the Super Bowl episode and haven't already found it elsewhere, Fox will be replaying the episode Friday at 9 p.m. Go set that TiVo.

On to this episode, which might serve as our season finale depending on the writers' strike. It's somehow appropriate that it and last season's finale both were all about change. This time, House suspected that his patient made a radical change in her life — converting to Hasidic Judiasm — because there was something psychologically wrong with her. Meanwhile, he also starts to wonder if there's something psychologically wrong with either Wilson or Amber. To talk more about the episode, just


Why would Wilson date Amber? It does seem outside the bounds of Wilson's usual relationships — though if they really did start dating right after House fired her, she would have been at least a little closer to Wilson's damsel in distress. And maybe getting fired from House's team really was a force that caused her to change. She even looked different in this episode — I never realized how pretty she was because her appearance throughout the competition was so severe. House offered her a job if she solved the case, and she offered one wrong diagnosis and then left without it becoming an all-consuming part of her life. I loved House's long glance from Amber to the words "altered sense of reality" on his whiteboard when she said some things were more important than a fellowship. That was not our same Cutthroat B*tch.

Could she be lying? Sure. She could realize that dating Wilson is a way to stay in House's orbit, and the snippets we saw of her personal life did have a lot of the old cutthroat-b*tchiness in them (causing a fuss about the wait at the restaurant, etc.). Plus, Wilson is such a puppy dog; there might be some truth to House's plea to Cuddy that "he's combined two of his worst qualities: his love for me, his love for need." I'm inclined to believe that she has changed, but then again, this is House, where "everybody lies" is practically a commandment.

Meanwhile, I liked the way the "opposites day" metaphor extended to the patient as well: She got cold when she was supposed to sweat, she passed out when her heart should have been racing. I couldn't tell what exactly sparked House to figure out he had to make his diagnosis backwards, too — that he needed to look for the absence of something (in this case, a kidney) rather than the presence of it — but it was a good reveal. I was also pretty impressed with the patient herself; being a religious person around a skeptic like House isn't easy.

Some other thoughts:

  • Apparently, Kutner's personality quirks are going to be 1) that he's a geek, and 2) that he makes crazy metaphors. He got some good Star Wars and Planet of the Apes references in this time.
  • Loved this exchange: "And I call you Greg because we are now social equals." "And I speak in Latin because I don't try to hide what an ass I am."
  • And this one: "People who have a problem with boxes are people who don't fit in them." "You've been working for House for a long time."
  • I feel like now that they've had a patient with lupus, they can never use the lupus diagnosis again.

Your thoughts? And since we might not be back for a while, what have you thought about this season of House overall?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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candiifloss candiifloss 9 years
i havn't seen the ep yet.. but 13 bisexual?? you know shes was "alex" on O.C.. marissa's girlfriend... weird how shes playin another lezbian role. i hope theres more chase in da ep!!!
Blackthorne Blackthorne 9 years
animatedpunk : Would that make House the creepy anti-Santa?
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
i enjoyed this episode a lot. And 13 is definitely bi. She even said "i'd ask if this was going to be lunchtime gossip but...." and foreman replied "but I don't give a damn." And then later when House made the "do you do it both ways" comment, and covers it up with another comment, he winks at her! It's quick, but it's there. He knows. House always knows.
alillee alillee 9 years
TOTALLY agree raieven!
raieven raieven 9 years
They are just trying to make Amber look more attractive now to make her relationship with Wilson more believable because Robert Sean Leonard is so incredibly handsome that you would never think he would be with her. Ugh I can't stand her OR them together!!!!
Blackthorne Blackthorne 9 years
I loved it. I figured I could hear House/Wilson shippers squees at the end. (No, I am not a House shipper. Just saying, they were squeing). This is my favorite episode of the season, course I have missed a few. I missed the first half of the Super Bowl episode, so thanks Buzz, got that set to record now.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I loved this episode!
juliegal juliegal 9 years
mental yentyl.....i love house!!!!
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 9 years
i'm thinking thirteen is bisexual, because like foreman said "a quick denial would have worked better than a long pause." ha! and i do think house knows too - did you see that glimmer in his eye at the end?? classic! i want another episode asap :)
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Princesskitty — I was thinking the same thing, and then I saw him pop one! It was either this episode or the Super Bowl one, I'm not sure — actually, I think it was in the Super Bowl ep, right before Kutner stands up to him.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
yah- i must have missed the bi part as well.. weird.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
Does it seem like a long time to anyone else since House popped a pill? Maybe I'm just missing it?
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I think House does know about Thirteen, since he said "Did you do it both ways?" And then quickly came up with an excuse as to why he said it when she gave him the deer in the headlights look. That was SO House. I love it.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
Thanks for the superbowl episode reminder- since the stupid after show went on longer than it was suposed to, my tivo only taped 1 hour and chopped off the last 23 minutes!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
You know, I wasn't sure at the time if she was actually bi or if Foreman was just throwing out a random assertion, House-style, to see if she'd cop to it. You all think it's real?
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Damn! I missed this, I figured that they weren't going to have anouther House this week.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
Oh ok thanks whiplashgirlchild.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Foreman called Thirteen out on being bisexual when they were doing the MRI on Roz. Roz overheard but was all drugged out and probably forgot.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
Wait did I miss something? When did they reveal 13 was bi? I do not know if I truly believe Amber is changed and is not after a job.
sofi sofi 9 years
oh, how could I forget about this last night. We were watching CNN and the Super Tuesday results- I hope they replay this soon.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i love house. this show is brilliant!
creamytofu creamytofu 9 years
i like this episode alot..13 is bi-sexual..and does House know? Since the patient over heard it too.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I can't believe that they revealed Thirteen was bisexual, but we still don't know her name.
tundrababe tundrababe 9 years
Ack! I didn't think there'd be another new episode after the Superbowl one! I was at the caucus, I missed it. :-(
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