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"House" Recap: Episode 24, "Human Error"

"House" Recap: Episode 24, "Human Error"

When I first saw the preview for the "House" season finale, I was most excited about the medical case. But in the end, I ended up being more intrigued by the drama surrounding House's staff. Between what happened this week and the word that "House" will look different in the fall, I really wonder what the writers have in store for us next season.

More about that in a second. First, let's meet the patient of the week: a Cuban refugee who's been traveling with her husband in an attempt to see House for her set of odd symptoms. I had no idea House's powers were internationally recognized, but it makes for a good story, so

Meanwhile, Wilson is still trying to convince House to find a way to keep Foreman. He says he realizes House isn't going to stop being a jerk — he drives an old car and plays an older guitar, so change isn't really his thing — but he just has to make Foreman believe he's not completely heartless. One way House chooses to prove this is by ignoring his patient. Another is by agreeing with everything Foreman says, which causes Chase to snap that Foreman really doesn’t need pats on the back; House responds by telling Chase he’s fired.

This move, of course, draws the ire of pretty much everyone else at PPH. Wilson: "I told you to show Foreman you had a heart. How does that translate into you being a bastard?" House refuses to rehire Chase, so as revenge, Foreman gives the patient's husband House's home number and tells him to just keep calling. House finally bursts into the hospital just as Cameron and Foreman are doing a procedure, but before he can properly berate them for giving out his number, the woman’s pulse drops. She should be dead — but she’s still talking.

The most plausible explanation is human error, but House won’t accept it. Foreman and Cameron do CPR for hours while he searches for explanations. Eventually he agrees to put the woman on a bypass machine, but they can't get her heart to start. Her husband, meanwhile, confronts House, asking why House is ignoring his wife and letting the team do all the work. House says that's his process.

Cameron, meanwhile, gives Foreman a framed copy of the medical journal that published that article he stole from her, and they hug goodbye. She then meets Chase at a bar, and he says that while getting the job with House was the best thing that ever happened to him, losing it will be OK. He asks her to stay for a drink, but she declines.

House insists he can still figure out what's wrong with the woman, but Cuddy says it's time to let this one go. House finds the husband in the hospital chapel and tells him his wife is dead — and yet, when House turns off the machines that are supposedly keeping her alive, her heart starts beating again. They think it’s a miracle, but House doesn’t want God taking credit, so he does another test and discovers that the woman has a treatable heart defect.

Cameron, meanwhile, shows up on Chase's doorstep. "It's Tuesday," she says, even though it's apparently Monday in "House"-land. They kiss, finally. Back at the hospital, House tells Foreman he's an important part of the team; Foreman replies that he’d rather save lives than solve cases. House yells that Foreman only cares about his ego, and with that, Foreman’s gone.

Two down, one to go: Cameron submits her letter of resignation, saying she's gotten all she can from the job. She'll miss House, she says, but he'll be fine without her. And that appears to be true, as House goes home and opens a big box that contains a new guitar. Out with the old, in with the new? I can't imagine — for the sake of the show's fan base, if nothing else — that the whole team will be gone next year. But could one or two of them leave? Could the show go on without them? Let me know what you think.

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soccer_obsessed soccer_obsessed 10 years
Jen I remebr that girl, she never came back They didn't mention her again either. I thought she was in line to replace Foreman but I guess not :?
Jennifer24 Jennifer24 10 years
p.s. what ever happened to that vegan girl that met house in the bar after she found out her bf was eating meat? from maybe three or 4 episodes ago? and was that actress piper perabo? love, jen
Jennifer24 Jennifer24 10 years
dear all, i just finished watching the season finale after avoid all my friends and there phone calls and this website (i'm sorry!!!) so as to not find any spoilers and i am shocked that all three are a total surprise, foreman i was sure was gonna turn round and stay, and cameron i never liked her, so she can will take some getting use to the new season with a new team, lets hope the new team is not all bleach blonde prepy people who are 16 trying to play 25....i can 't handle that and need the grit that not all doctors are airbrushed to perfection! lol, love jen
soccer_obsessed soccer_obsessed 10 years
They can't all leave :cry: I'm guessing they will probably do one episode with a bunch of new doctors and he'll realize he needs chase Cameron and foreman :) YEAH for the CHAMERON reunion :P I so called that and I love House's no ones easier than Cameron I'm in the room line :P
asarwan asarwan 10 years
ok well how about introduce new characters. NOT take away characters that we know and love. how about that. if cameron had continued to say no. they could have brought in a new girl smarter for chase. i odnt' know something. but bring them back.
german-girl german-girl 10 years
what's happening?! i've only read the recap on the website... from where i live cable is 1 week off. i truly feel that everything will change if they decide to change the members of the team, although smarler does make a good point. change is good.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Yes you may Whip. ;) I think it would be an interesting, but doubtful turn of events for all of them to leave. New blood could also be fun too.
torngyrl torngyrl 10 years
I am with Smarler on this one. I too am a fan from the beginning but the show is becoming stagnet, we need a change. Change is good.
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
I watched House for so long, but I still can't figure out what Dr. House is thinking.
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
I will totally miss the old team.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I don't know, I still don't want any of them to leave, or it'll be total Jump-The-Shark-ville. May I rant once more how a transformer blew in my neighborhood leaving us all without electricity for two hours. I only got to see the first 20 minutes! :mob:
juiceejuice juiceejuice 10 years
the only one i would miss would be chase. i don't really care for cameron or foreman, so i wouldn't miss them. I thought it was kinda harsh for Foreman to say that House needed him, but he didn't need House. Cause I think Foreman does need House. I don't like the whole Chase and Cameron thing either. I don't like them as a couple. Anyways, it is reported that Omar Epps (Foreman) is signed on for the next season, so he'll come back. But I wonder if he's gonna be on House's team. As for Jesse and Jennifer, I think they're still negotiating or something like that. But since they're married or something in real life, I'm sure if one comes back, then the other will too, or vice versa. That being said, I'm all up for bringing in new actors next season. Perhaps because I just started watching this season, I'm not as invested in the three characters. As long as House is there, I'm cool with it. It would be interesting to see House with new ducklings.
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
As odd as it was to see 3 cast members to go, come next season I doubt all 3 will actually be gone. That being said, I'm totally with smarler on this one.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
For some reason, not sure why I'm indifferent, but I could go for a new guitar myself. :) Just leave my House, but I will miss Chase's pretty face. But they could replace him with someone just as pretty, and I'd get used to it.
alyssaaa alyssaaa 10 years
oh man they all can't leave! what would the show be without them?!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Smarler, well said. I could use a bit of a change too, but it doesnt mean I dont want to see these beloved characters anymore. Come back!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Smarler - I'm with you! I love the traditional House format, but I'm also ready for something a little different. Bring on a little change!
specialksgurl specialksgurl 10 years
I have been a big fan of Jesse Spencer from way back, when he was on my fav soap Neighbors... he better be back next season!!!
smarler smarler 10 years
You know, I've been watching House since it first aired, and I have to say it: I'm ready for change. I'm ready for a new guitar, and new doctors, and new story lines. I'm ready for something DIFFERENT than the very routine and standard plot of House. It's a great show, and I watch it every week, don't get me wrong, but the show follows a very similar path each week and that plot goes something like this: 1. Something bad happens to someone unexpectedly. 2. House is a jerk and doesn't care and makes his team do all these tests that they suggest, even after mocking them. 3. All results of said tests are negative. Cameron argues about how it could be this thingie or that thingie even if the test is negative. House leaves. 4. Quirky Person in Clinic makes House get that look in his eye and he figures it out ("What a TWIST!" as it's known in my house). 5. After avoiding the patient the entire hour-long episode, House figures it out, mocks everyone in the process and talks about Cuddy's anatomy. Takes Drugs. Goes home alone. So, yeah, I'm ready for a change. Bring on the next season, please.
raptinrainbows raptinrainbows 10 years
please say it isn't true!!! as much as i love house (and hugh laurie, yum!!), i really, really need all three to stay.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
He IS the hot one. I wont stand for him leaving!
darkbeauty darkbeauty 10 years
^^ I totally agree with the Chase being too pretty to leave. While we were watching the episode last night, I told my boyfriend, "He can't be gone, he's the hot one!"
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I agree that the show can't go on without those three. They're the perfect foils to House, along with Wilson and Cuddy. We need them! That being said, I have the feeling that they'll all be back next year, in whatever capacity. Cuddy certainly doesn't want to lose them, so I wouldn't be surprised if she hires them in some other capacity that will keep them on the show and in House's radar. I loved the guitar part at the end! Odd to see him happy and accepting change and it made for an interesting little ending. Yay for Cameron and Chase finally being together! We'll see how long that lasts though. I also thought that House smoking and drinking in the hospital was just standard House defiance and willingness to bend the rules. It might be stupid, but it's less than surprising that he'd do that, especially there. I can't wait for next season!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
The show CAN NOT go on without them. All three cant leave! Thats just not right. I really hope House isnt pulling a Greys in that the show is integrating the new bunch of young MDs (a la Cuddys class and House having the arrogance to assign them grades). I cant deal with new people coming in. I have to find out what happens with Cameron and Chase. First, it was lame how Esteban couldnt speak English in the water, since he wouldnt leave the suitcase behind to board the helicopter. Then all of a sudden he speaks English in NJ and knows what an EKG and an angiogram are? Oh puhlease. I totally called Cam giving Foreman the article as a gift. Too little too late and she doesnt have a funny bone in her body, so its an unlikely gift. I am glad that Foreman admitted that he would miss her, that was nice. (So was the kiss between Cam and Chase. Finally!) And House being all chummy with Esteban, smoking and drinking IN the hospital, is the stupidest thing I have seen in my life. Its not exactly the first time he has taken shots there though...
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I like Foreman, and Chase is too pretty to leave. And although I spent two years HATING Cameron, I even like her now. So I don't want anyone to leave. :cry:
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