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House Recap: Episode 15, "Unfaithful"

House Rundown: Episode 15, "Unfaithful"

This week's episode of House deals with one of the show's old favorite themes: faith in religion/the unknown vs. a steadfast belief in science and clinical evidence. House and the team treat a young priest who shows up in the ER with a variety of symptoms — including a hallucination of Jesus. Meanwhile, House gives Foreman and Thirteen an ultimatum: Break up, or quit their jobs. And there's a whole lot of passive-aggressive posturing around whether House should go to the naming ceremony for Cuddy's daughter. To talk about it, just


The religion vs. science seems like one we've seen pretty frequently on House in the past, and it never really seems to go anywhere. That's not entirely surprising: House is pretty set in his science-first ways; it's what makes him such a brilliant doctor. But it was interesting to see him make a little concession in this episode — not to religion, per se, but to the idea that sometimes, coincidences do happen. The most unbelievable part of Daniel's symptoms — the levitating Jesus — turned out to have the most rational explanation: scotch. It wasn't medical at all, which House eventually accepted; it just happened at the same time an actual disease was manifesting itself.

Meanwhile, House gives Thirteen and Foreman a "split or quit" ultimatum: He doesn't want them working together and impairing each other's good judgment. Foreman quits first, but it's not like we've never seen that before, and now he's even more dependent on House: Cuddy doesn't want to write him a recommendation letter based on the fact that he should have been fired for monkeying with the clinical trial. So Thirteen goes and gets a job offer, which just makes Foreman whiny because he said he'd handle it and he doesn't want to be beholden to House. Of course, like so many of House's little games, it's not about what actually happens but the appearance of it: It doesn't look like Foreman's chased after Thirteen, but at the end of the episode he's there waiting for her.

And speaking of games, the back-and-forth between House, Cuddy, and Wilson over whether House should attend the naming ceremony is just short of epic. She invites him so he'll decline; he realizes that's what she wants, so he accepts; she yells at Wilson for making House want to go; Wilson makes the ceremony sound miserable so House won't show, etc. etc. etc. Not till the end does someone finally say something honest, when Cameron figures out that Cuddy really does want House to be there, for better or worse. Too bad he's spending the night playing piano instead.

Some other thoughts:

  • Taub's moralizing can wear on my last nerve, so it figures he'd take on the case of the possibly molested youth group member all by himself. I'm not sure what to make of the moment with the kid's apology; do you think Taub feels that what he did was wrong in any way?
  • That fallen-off toe was just nasty.
  • Chase and Cameron's banter about office romances being a very bad idea made me chuckle a little. I wonder if it's hard for them to play those scenes given their real-life ups and downs.
  • House to Cuddy: "Hey! I was just talking about you. Not you specifically. Whores and hypocrisy."

Are you tired of House taking on issues of religion, or does that story still work for you? Do you buy the Thirteen/Foreman relationship any more now? And do you think it's time for some more movement on the House/Cuddy flirtation?

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Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I love this show! While i thought it was funny that Thirteen and Forman lied to house, I also was hoping thirteen would leave and Cameron would come back. I miss the old team, i have been watching a lot of reruns on USA.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I missed this episode but the faith versus science works for me because House is at an age where I think he could be obsessed with getting the answers. It is 13 that doesn't work for me, less now that she is with Foreman, I think thats just ridiculous. When did this turn into the 13.foreman hour? The show is called HOUSE! I find myself opting to watch Big Bang and HIMYM instead.
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
Good episode..gross when that guy's toe fell off though. Loved the Wilson/House/Cuddy banter as usual. But when Cuddy tells House that she didn't want him to come to the party and he said "okay"..something about the way he said it broke my heart. It seemed like he wanted to go to me. I always love when Hugh plays the piano on the show..he does it so beautifully. I had a feeling that Foreman and 13 had some kind of plan against House but I didn't know what it was since 13 went to Cameron for some help. I thought it was kind of cool though that they did manage to pull one over on House though.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
What's weird, brownafroduck, is that the song House is playing at the end is from the musical and movie "Fiddler on the Roof." It's interesting that the caption would say Cuddy's Serenade.
brownafroduck brownafroduck 8 years
Interesting fact: I had the captions on while watching this ep and the title of the piece House was playing on the piano at the end was titled "Cuddy's Serenade."
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
Are you tired of House taking on issues of religion, or does that story still work for you? I like it. Do you buy the Thirteen/Foreman relationship any more now? I like it still. It is cute. And do you think it's time for some more movement on the House/Cuddy flirtation? Now that I know about it I am kinda waiting.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
The Wilson/House/Cuddy exchanges were great last night; the rest, for me, was just okay. Taub grated on my nerves and "Fourteen" is getting old. But, even when it's "off" House still keeps me coming back for more.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
Elle, you must have missed a bit in the middle there...
verily verily 8 years
I hate Fourteen with a fiery passion. I admittedly spent most of the episode yelling "Fire Thirteen" and "Take the offer, Thirteen!" at the screen. I was really annoyed at the end when it turns out that they were playing House in order to keep their jobs. Glad to see the return of the Wilson/House/Cuddy banter. It's been sorely missing. Taub was totally out of line. There is no reason for him to go out and violate patient confidentiality based upon his beliefs that the priest was a lying pedophile.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I wanted to beat Taub up. Was anybody else confused why Brian went to the priest to say "sorry?" Was he the one who said Daniel molested him and what is the relationship between the two?
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I kind of wanted to punch Taub this episode. Liked the Foreman / Thirteen storyline. LOVED seeing one of the McBoyle twins play a priest - he was quite good!
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