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"House" Recap: Episode 17, "Fetal Position"

"House" Recap: Episode 17, "Fetal Position"

Now, this is how I like my "House": an interesting case that's relevant to the characters, a healthy dose of snarky House lines, and a few moments that make him seem almost human. I love all the character development we're getting along with our medical mysteries.

Our patient this week is a celebrity photographer who has a stroke while photographing a dude from All-American Rejects. (I'd like to think a photographer of this woman's status wouldn't be wasted on the All-American Rejects.) Emma's in her 40s and pregnant with a baby from a sperm donor. She also photographs every step of her hospital stay, which leads to lots of disbelief-suspending moments with the doctors looking at photos that have somehow been developed into high-quality 8 x 10 prints instantaneously. I'll let it go, though, because it is a nice touch.

We go through the standard misdiagnosis routine before the team figures out what's wrong with Emma, so

House diagnoses Emma with Mirror Syndrome, which means the baby is passing its medical problems on to her. House, of course, is the only person calling Emma's baby a fetus, while everyone else is using, you know, "baby." That detachment makes it easier for him to propose paralyzing the fetus in order to diagnose it, which everyone else thinks is a terrible idea. Cuddy tells House that both Chase and Cameron have concerns, and House says that's not surprising, given that those two have taken to heavy petting in the janitor's closet. House goes ahead with the paralysis.

Cuddy, meanwhile, tells Cameron that the thing with Chase will end one of two ways: They'll get married, or they'll have such a terrible breakup that they won’t be able to work together and one of them will get fired. Cameron says she hopes Cuddy's telling Chase the same thing, and Cuddy says Chase won't be the one getting hurt.

Cameron confronts House while he's in a pressurized oxygen tanks, claiming to be resting up for a trip to climb a mountain in Argentina. Yeah, we buy that. House, meanwhile, says Cuddy’s only interested in the case because Emma is basically her: "A woman in her 40s, single, using a turkey baster as the last gasp of motherhood." House tells Cuddy she can have the case; he's jetting off to Vietnam or the Galapagos or whatever. Meanwhile, Chase looks at one of Emma's photos of Cameron and gets all goopy; Emma then takes a picture of Chase looking goopy.

House tells Emma that at this point her fetus isn't a baby, it's a tumor, and they need to kill it to save her. Cuddy's convinced they can save Emma some other way, but House says she's dying fast ("I wouldn't advise her to buy any green bananas"). And this is where I develop my crazy theory that House and Cuddy once slept together and Cuddy got pregnant and aborted the baby. I know those of you who have been watching "House" longer than I have can poke all sorts of holes in the theory, but really, how crazy would that be?

House leaves for his obviously fake vacation, and Cuddy basically becomes House: making Emma worse before she get better; getting her theories shot down; having Wilson show up long enough to say she's doing everything wrong. Luckily, House is free to come back to the hospital for a nutso surgery that involves delivering the baby, fixing him, and putting him back in the womb. In the middle of the surgery, the baby's little hand reaches up and grabs House's finger, and even though they're whacking us over the head with the "House realizes it's a person!" moment, it's disturbingly cute.

After the surgery, Emma and baby are fine, and House even uses the word "baby," though he quickly reverts to "that thing that tried to kill you." Cameron sees the picture of Chase looking goopy and wonders what Emma did to make Chase glow. Cuddy and House have a heart-to-heart that ends with her giving him a first-class plane ticket to Vancouver Island, but because House is totally antisocial, he rips up the ticket and commences his "vacation" of Vicodin and TV.

We end with a shot of Emma, weeks or moths later, hanging the pictures of the doctors at her loft while her newborn son murmurs in the background. It's all very cute until Emma picks up the baby; I'm sorry, but that was the freakiest infant I've ever seen on TV.

Photos courtesy of Fox

Jinx Jinx 10 years
lol Soccs, I thought I was over reacting until there was an article in the London Free Press the next day. Front page I think too, so I was like I'm not the only one! I LOVED it. :) ------------------------------------------------------ "What's got two thumbs and hates Todd Packer, This Guy! Jim Halpert
soccer_obsessed soccer_obsessed 10 years
I heard that Jinx !! I was like yeahh he's shouting out to CANADIANS :rotfl: even thought he was turning it down :( oh well can't for tommorrows episode but I'm scared for cuddy :( WHERE THE HECK WAS WILSON LAST WEEKS :?
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Good point, I guess a lot of people aren't as grounded as some. It was an interesting article, I read the entire thing. I like House's anti social behavior, he says all the things that we'd like to say at one time or another, that's another reason its not totally real. OMG, I totally forgot! House mentioned LONDON, ONTARIO in this episode! *cheers* When he was talking about flights, he didn't want a lay over here! I guess some producer on the show is from London, so he threw it in. :):):) ------------------------------------------------------ "What's got two thumbs and hates Todd Packer, This Guy! Jim Halpert
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I found this episode to be lacking that finesse that we usually get. I did love the Cameron/Chase bits but the anti-social behavior of House just spirals into nothingness. I hope they will address this soon!
geenbean geenbean 10 years
Yeah Jinx, I understand it's TV. I enjoy it for what it is. I was just posting an article I thought was interesting. And, not everyone who watches television understands there's a difference between reality and fanasty.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Loved the eppy and next weeks looks VERY interesting. Why are House and Cuddy on the same plane?
Jinx Jinx 10 years
geenbeen, It's television, it's pretend. I could write an article like the link attached about almost any show. Certainly about House, I could call bullshit and I don't have any medical experience like the author. Television characters often work in unrealistic buildings, live in homes they shouldn't be able to afford and do things beyond the call of duty or logic. You have to take it for what it is, and enjoy. ------------------------------------------------------ "What's got two thumbs and hates Todd Packer, This Guy! Jim Halpert
geenbean geenbean 10 years
Good recap, I picked this up in the middle of the episode last night so of course I was lost. Came across this article yesterday too - I enjoy House every once in awhile, but this writer really hit the nail on the head with this one.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
I don't think Cameron has any idea either, and no one told her.I think she asked the photographer about the picture, but didn't get an answer. I like the House/Cuddy possible abortion theory. I tuned in during the first year when a friend advised me to watch. I catch every rerun I can as well. There's been flirting moments between House and Cuddy for sure I think. And at one point, I thought he wanted to be her sperm donor, but I've backed off that idea. And House did say she needed to pick "someone she liked". You have to love the House quotes. Now I want to see that baby again! lol I think I was still thinking about the goopy picture of Chase on the wall. :) ----------------------------------------------------- "What's got two thumbs and hates Todd Packer, This Guy! Jim Halpert
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
oh yeah, Chase is falling so much harder than Cameron. She's the one who went in saying she didn't want to have feelings, and I think she's actually managed to stay detached so far. He, on the other hand, is totally shmoopy over her, and I don't think she even realizes it yet. The House/Cuddy thing kind of struck me randomly, but now I want to think about it more. This is the first season I've really watched closely, but it seems like there's been a lot of baby stuff recently, and a lot of stuff hinting at something between House and Cuddy. Did either of the previous seasons have any moments like that between them? Oh, and Jinx - I thought the baby looked totally computer-animated, like a little alien (which was kind of great given House's "Alien" comment from earlier)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Great recap of a great episode, Buzz. And, I don't think your theory about Cuddy and the abortion is far-fetched at all. She seemed to be driven to save the baby's life by more than medical ethics and her warnings to Cameron may be grounded in her own life experiences and past hurt. The glimpses into her past as well as into House's are intriguing. I loved the "somebody has to be Cuddy's Cuddy" line.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
OMG whip, that little hand was incredible! Reaching out and touching House, Awwwww, amazing. :) ------------------------------------------------------ "What's got two thumbs and hates Todd Packer, This Guy! Jim Halpert
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
SUCH a good episode, and a good recap too! I loved the "lets all protect Cameron from Chase" lines that were going on, when it should be obvious that Chase is the one who is going to get his heart broken. Ohhhh, I loves me some good House.
snixy30 snixy30 10 years
Great episode last night. Chase is falling for cameron more then she is for him. Cuddy and House did have relations back in the day if I remember that was brought up in the first episodes. As far as her getting and could be. Interesting
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
Chase is so in love with Cameron! The picture that Emma took of Chase looking at the picture of Cameron was so cute
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I definitely think House and Cuddy slept together in the past, and your abortion theory is fascinating, Buzz. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if you nailed it! I also agree with Jinxy - I think Chase is falling for Cameron but she's not falling for him (he's not damaged enough) so he's going to end up being hurt. And that little teeny tiny baby hand WAS very cute!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
LOL! What was freaky about him Buzz? I love the recap, loved this episode, I'd love more information on your theory about House and Cuddy. Do you think the goopy picture indicates that Cuddy is wrong, and assumed her opinion based on gender, like maybe it won't be Cameron that gets hurt, but Chase? ------------------------------------------------------ "What's got two thumbs and hates Todd Packer, This Guy! Jim Halpert
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