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House Recap: Episode 14, "The Greater Good"

House Rundown: Episode 14, "The Greater Good"

House episode No. 100 is all about happiness: who has it, who wants it, who will probably never find it. It starts with a patient of the week who's had some controversial revelations about what makes life worth living and ends with Wilson finding a way to let go of his pain. In the middle, there's a lot of drama with Foreman and Thirteen, so to chat about the hundredth House, just


I'll get to Foreman and Thirteen in a second, because the story I liked most is that of Wilson and the patient of the week, a cancer researcher who was seemingly one experiment away from a cure when she had a health scare and decided to leave the profession in favor of activities that made her feel free and happy. Many of the doctors can't understand this (Kutner suggests that not helping people when you have the skills to do so is selfish), but Wilson has the hardest time of all. That's partially because, as an oncologist, he treats people this cure could help — but mostly because he's stuck. He's unfulfilled without Amber. He's living among her things, with books still open to the last page she read and coffee cups stained with her lipstick. So yeah, I'm a sap, but I'll admit it: Watching him wash off that mug is moving, darnit.

Meanwhile, the saga of Foreman and Thirteen reaches its fever pitch when Thirteen starts to suffer side effects from the switch to the new drug — serious ones, like a brain tumor that causes her to lose her sight. Foreman's torn: Does he admit he messed with the trial to get advice on how to treat Thirteen, or does he stay quiet and let the woman he may (or may not) love suffer? House actually covers for Foreman a lot, which is interesting to see; they've had their differences, but House doesn't want to see one of his ducklings go astray. Ultimately, the situation resolves itself: Thirteen gets her sight back, and Foreman doesn't lose his medical license. I am a little surprised that Thirteen takes Foreman back; she seems genuinely freaked out when she realizes a man she'd been dating for two weeks would risk his career for her. But I guess near-death experiences cause all sorts of revelations.

This episode also shows us Cuddy at her most malicious. She's out to physically hurt House, making him climb stairs and walk cane-free (or, rather, using the janitor's bucket). She blames him for taking her away from her daughter right when she was starting to feel a connection — but in the end, he points out that she's making a choice to work with him. She could leave and let a new boss take over. But for whatever reason, she won't go.

Some other thoughts:

  • I wonder if Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer cared that Cameron and Chase were nowhere to be found.
  • It's oddly fitting that an off-color comment about Cuddy's "Aunt Flo" leads House to a diagnosis.
  • I find interludes with Taub and his wife a little distracting, because it's been so long since I last had to care about his personal life.
  • My favorite line of the night is what Cuddy says to House when he comes in with the janitor's bucket: "I don't remember demoting you."
  • My second-favorite: "It involves House, Foreman, and Thirteen, which means it's either dumb, dangerous, or tragic."
  • House calls his cane "little Little Greg."

Were you satisfied with this as episode No. 100? And if you were House's boss, would you have quit by now?

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miriah15 miriah15 8 years
I love thirteen and don't understand everyyone's hatred for her
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
My favorite part was when Cuddy put the trip line across House's door so he would trip half-way through his line du jour. We all know House hates being interrupted and I couldn't stop laughing! The "Little Little Greg" thing was funny too.
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
mswender- I don't know why he was doing it by hand, but the mug had Amber's lipstick on it and I think it was therapeutic for him to wash that off by hand. He had been keeping it around.
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
I liked the episode. I feel so sorry for Thirteen. I love her and really hope she doesn't die. They're gonna drag it out all season, I think.
mswender mswender 8 years
I had a problem with Wilson doing the dishes since he was standing in front of a dishwater, but he was doing all the dishes by hand? Can anyone explain that for me?
verily verily 8 years
I hate Thirteen and tuned out when the storyline focused on her. I still have hopes that they'll kill her off at the end of the season. Wilson's storyline was sad, but I'm glad that they finally focused on how he's dealing with Amber. There's still not enough House and Wilson interaction this season though. I was half afraid he'd only talk to Cuddy in this episode again.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Overall I enjoyed House last night. The Foreman/Thirteen story wasn't doing much for me though. I loved Wilson's story line. The very last scene of the whole show really struck a chord with me. And the 'little, little Greg' line was just funny.
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I changed the channel when Thirteen went blind. I wasn't enjoying the storyline and just thought it was getting ridiculous. Also, I thought Thirteen was a little hypocritical when she freaked out about Foreman switching her drugs saying she wasn't ready for that when last week she made a random side comment about wanting kids someday. She thought he should know because they were dating. I think 2 weeks is still a little soon for that type of a discussion...
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
I like Taub but I agree that it in this episode, his personal scenes were a bit distracting. I would have rather watched the effects of this patient on him at a later date when more time could be devoted to him. I also enjoyed the story with Wilson. It's not that I had forgotton about Amber but it had been so long since they talked about her or his feelings that I'd almost felt like he'd moved on. To see that he hadn't brought the story to a very human, and realistic, level in that we sometimes look like we're okay and have recovered but we really haven't. I teared up a bit too when he washed Amber's cup. I also thought it was interesting how House allowed Cuddy to basically let out her anger on him without retaliating. It was like it was his way of letting her "cry on his shoulder" to some degree. And when she was done, he went back to being himself. Also, loved the "little Little Greg" comment!
schac schac 8 years
That was a good episode!!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I'm glad he's using "little little Greg" instead of that stupid cane with the flames from last season. I have a hard time caring about Taub. I say axe him and bring back Cameron and Chase.
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