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House Recap: Episode 13, "Big Baby"

House Rundown: Episode 13, "Big Baby"

Hey, it's Cameron! Fresh off her job offer last week, the long-neglected Allison Cameron gets some time in the spotlight on this week's episode of House, filling in for Cuddy while she stays home to be a mother to Rachel — a process that's not going all that well, as it happens. Meanwhile, Foreman considers stepping over a major ethical line and switching Thirteen's medicine in the clinical trial. To chat about it, just


As good as it was to see Cameron back — as the boss of House, no less — it was a situation that seemed doomed from the start. She knows House too well, and House knows her too well; the temptation to play games with each other, asking for and approving inappropriate things, is just too high when lives are at stake. Cameron realizes this in the end and tells Cuddy she won't be going back to the job, but in some ways, that's a shame: Cameron's instincts actually are right in this episode, and House manages to only perform procedures that help him get to a diagnosis. (Sure, one of them meant lopping off the patient's skull for a few particularly gruesome moments — but who's counting?) In the end, though, Cuddy's a better gatekeeper, and so it's back to babysitting House for her.

At least her time at home seems to have paid off: Stressed and sullen for much of the episode, she's not feeling like much of a mother to Rachel. In fact, she's not feeling much of anything at all; she feels lost without work and with this new, little person who can't communicate with her. House's words of comfort are typically, well, House-ian: He suggests that since she hasn't formally adopted the baby yet, she just return it, like an unwanted video game. Wilson, on the other hand, tries to push Cuddy to recognize her mothering instincts, even making up a long story about how he took a photo of Rachel to one of those digital aging places to see what she'd look like when she was 18. (I was pretty relieved to find out he'd actually just brought over the same picture that came with the frame.) In the end, in the midst of a particularly difficult moment of balancing work and family, Cuddy and Rachel finally connect — just in time for her to puke all over House, a move that I'm sure made her mother very proud.

Foreman, meanwhile, is ready to go off the ethical deep end, contemplating switching Thirteen from the placebo to the active drug in the clinical trial. Everyone thinks he's nuts, of course, from Chase to House himself, who actually gives a surprisingly well-reasoned explanation for why it's the wrong move. Until, that is, House adds a caveat: If Foreman loves Thirteen, he'll do stupid things. So I guess he loves her — fatal disease, sudden desire for children, and all — because we see him switching the drugs. I can't imagine he won't be found out almost immediately, so here's the question: Is there any way he's not insane?

Some other thoughts:

  • For some reason it's weird for me to hear Foreman call Thirteen "Thirteen." For some reason, I figured that now that they're in a relationship, he'd use her actual name. (Granted, he did call her "Remy" to House, who of course pretended to have no idea what he was talking about.)
  • House's response to Thirteen's suggestion that he judge their ideas on their merits: "Oh, you really don't want that."
  • The diagnosis in this episode is pretty fascinating: There's a way you can be physically unannoyed by annoying things?
  • I'm a little surprised Kutner's the one to call Cuddy. I thought Taub was supposed to be the moral center of this team.

Your thoughts? And ready for the big 100th episode next week?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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verily verily 8 years
I'm glad that they used Kutner a lot more in this episode. I think he's a more interesting character than Taub or *gag* Thirteen. I wonder what is going on with Wilson. He sure is hanging around Cuddy a whole lot and barely with House at all. Maybe he does really like her. Or just smells the rampant neediness on her...
graylen graylen 8 years
I liked the moment in the end when House realizes that even though she is now capable of being annoyed by things (like the child knocking her drink over), she still has a heart for the kids.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great recap of a great episode, Buzz! Loved Wilson's cheerleading last night; Cuddy was really struggling and I felt her emptiness and frustration at not being able to bond with Rachel. Glad she seems to have figured out how to balance work and family since she really does need to be watching over House!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I actually don't like the "baby" plotline, I think it takes away from the show. I much like when the focus is on the Hospital or their love lives.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I loved House's response to Foreman calling Thirteen 'Remy'. "WHAT did you call her?!"... hehe! I love Thirteen, she's so adorable when she's all happy, and when she said she wanted kids - awww! :)
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I was happy to see Kutner actually be the person who stands up to House. All season, I've felt like the writers haven't really figured out how to deal with him, missing a number of opportunities to give him a storyline. So, while this may not feel that Kutner-y, I'm glad they're using him well.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I enjoyed this episode. I was glad Cuddy didn't give the baby up.
itsheathermfruth itsheathermfruth 8 years
LOOOVE House, how could you not? Thirteen is getting on my nerves though, she's taking the whole trial too far, like we get it you THINK you're on the drug but you're really NOT, we get the point. I'm actually starting to like Cameron a lot more now that she's semi separated from Houses ass. I still wish they would hook up, it'd be hot. You know it would...
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
great episode! that picture is too cute
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I like that he called her 13. She doesn't seem to mind and I'm sure there will be more times (and there have been times) when he has called her Remy. I really liked this episode. I'm also very glad that Cameron won't be taking over for Cuddy. The Wilson-photo thing was quite funny. I love Wilson!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
As much as I used to LOATHE Cameron in the first two seasons of the show, she's grown on me and it was kind of nice to see her doing something. Now they need to let Chase do something besides be the only surgeon at PPTH. Preferably something that requires him being half naked. He's just too darn pretty. I know that most House fans hate Thirteen (and are bummed that House is turning into "The Thirteen Show") but I still like her. But I do feel like she and Foreman have NO chemistry. Also, I think we need more Kutner. Almost every time there's a female patient-of-the-week, Kutner seems to connect with her, and I always think that there may be a potential romance. But nothing. I always get a kick out of watching him and I wish he got more screen time.
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