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"House" Recap: Episode 14, "Insensitive"

"House" Recap: Episode 14, "Insensitive"

Does anyone else instantly start singing that mid-'90s song by Jann Arden upon seeing the title of this episode? Or is that just me?

Anyway, love is in the air on this Valentine's Day episode of "House" — er, make that meaningless sex and botched dates. House spends the episode mostly concerned with two things: getting a spinal nerve from a 16-year-old car crash victim who can't feel pain and breaking up the blind date Cuddy has arranged for herself.

The crash victim, Hannah, appears to be perfectly fine at first. But House is fascinated by her pain-free life, given that he's always in pain — which Cuddy spells out for us about five minutes into the episode, thus ruining my chance to feel insightful. Hannah isn't into being experimented on, but when she develops a fever, the doctors keep her around until they figure out what's wrong, so

House is even more devious than I expected: His plan is to get a biopsy of the girl's spinal nerve so he can attempt to grow a whole little garden of pain-free nerves and inject them into his leg. Wilson guilt-trips him out of doing it, but not before telling House he's sick of having to be his conscience.

Luckily, Wilson doesn't interfere with House's plans to interrupt Cuddy's blind date. My favorite line of the night, after House learns that Cuddy wore a scarf so the date can easily identify her: "You could have left the scarf at home and just told him you'd be wearing a look of desperation." Also great is the fact that Cuddy met the guy on a Web site for single ballroom dance lovers.

After the date, House finds a lame excuse to show up at Cuddy's door. Always mindful of Cuddy's breasts, House realizes she's not wearing a bra because the guy is inside. Cuddy asks House if he likes her — how very junior high! maybe tomorrow he'll pass her a note! — and he says no, he's just an evil bastard who wants to mess with other people's happiness. If that's the case, mission accomplished, because the date realizes Cuddy's way too into her job — and, possibly, way too into House — and bails.

Meanwhile, the doctors figure out that Hannah's symptoms stem from a vitamin deficiency, and House assumes that something must be gobbling up the vitamins from Hannah's system. That something is an incredibly long tapeworm, which House extracts, inch by nasty inch, from Hannah's belly while she's awake and watching. She must not be able to feel disgust, either.

I know nothing's more lovey-dovey than tapeworm, but there are a couple of other nuggets of romance before this episode is out. Foreman tells Cameron she married a dying man because she was afraid of commitment, which is a fine thing for Foreman to say, because he then breaks up with the nurse I didn't even know he was still dating.

Cameron, on the other hand, decides a lack of commitment is a good thing and announces to Chase that they should have sex. Like, right now. Because they're healthy and busy and they work together so it's convenient. Chase realizes Cameron has basically just described the rationale for eating microwave pizza, but he seems to take her up on the offer. Ah, tapeworms and meaningless sex — just another day at the office.

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vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I think we saw a more humane side of House this week. He was going to "take" the nerve but he does ultimately not want to be in pain which is something a true addict may not want to lose because of the drugs. He was also less annoying than in previous episodes :)
Blessed2x Blessed2x 10 years
waiting 3 weeks is brutal-although I love "Idol". I think that House and Cuddy will hook up. She knows/understands him well and accepts him as he is. I love his wit.
nannychica nannychica 10 years
"I think we should have sex" ----- I about fell out of my chair when Cameron blurted that out of nowhere. LOL! And you can thank American Idol and their overdrawn 2-hour episodes for the 3 week wait. I HATE that show!!
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
I too, am waiting for the House/Cuddy hookup. But wait- what about Cameron.... ? ~*Elle Jay*~
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Glad that House is back to being himself. He was particularly sharp tongued at the start when dealing with Hannah, but that's why we all love him, right? Like Whip, I don't want House and Cuddy to hook up; it would ruin a "perfect' relationship for these two. Anxious to learn more about House's secret past. Three long weeks lie ahead until that next episode. Sigh.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
I love the House recap! Okay I've been discussing this today. What do you popples think of Cuddy and House. Does House like Cuddy? Or the other way around? It's going to be fun to watch it play out. Scarf line was definately one of my favourites too Buzz! Loved it! And what is with these shows taking breaks all the time. Talk about jerking our chains. ------------------------------------------------------ "We're forced to bed, But we're free to dream" Gord Downie
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Ooh, that's a pretty good idea, a House recast! Although NOBODY else could play that part. I don't want House and Cuddy to hook up. I think it'd ruin everything. The tension between them - sexual and otherwise - is fun enough. I love whenever Cameron lets us see the cracks in her "perfect" facade. She's usually so humorless and boring. It made me happy to see that she just wanted to get laid. I guess that that's why my favorite Cammy moment was when she got all hopped up on meth and had sex with Chase the first time.
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
I liked last night's episode. It was really well done and I am happy it is back to the House formula. I once let someone borrow the first season of House and she couldn't get past the first couple of episodes because they were all the same and he is just so grumpy. I was like O_o? Do you not love that? Is that not interesting to you? Mind you she isn't a friend just my boss. :D WHERE IS THE RECAST! hehe Melissa
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
How many episodes do we have until Cuddy and House hook up (in some capacity)? It'll be interesting, that's for sure. Hopefully the writers will do it well. Also: the Dave Matthews episode (in 3 weeks!!) should be a good one. I kind of outgrew the whole DMB thing in high school, but he does have a cool speaking voice. Plus - though i'm not surprised - some secret about House is revealed. Three weeks, though - man!
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