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House Recap: Episode 9, "Games"

House Rundown: Episode 9, "Games"

Every House episode is really just a series of games House plays — with Cuddy, with Foreman, with his patients' lives — but this week's episode took things one step further. For the final challenge before picking his new team, House set the final four candidates loose on an aging punk rocker with symptoms that were either drug abuse or something more. In the end, he did actually buckle down and choose a team, but of course I'm not going to reveal the names up here. For that you'll have to

This episode was all about being right — the risks you take (or don't), the consequences, the reasons it might be OK to be wrong sometimes. We've seen in other episodes how much Amber thrives on being right — you don't get the nickname Cutthroat B*tch for nothing — but this episode made it clear that she not only requires perfection of herself but also asks for it in others. She couldn't deal with the rock star who didn't care about things; she thought he was wasting his life, and for whatever reason, being anything less than 100 percent right would be a waste of hers. But that was her downfall: Striving to be right all the time is the enemy of what House does. His process requires numerous guesses and tests and trials, and he's always wrong at least once, but he uses those wrong answers to find the right one. Amber's mistakes, and her unwillingness to admit them and move on, got her cut from the team.

That leaves Taub, Kutner, and Thirteen as House's new staff. Their hiring — Thirteen's in particular — came from yet another of House's games with Cuddy. She recommended candidates to him because she thought he'd do the opposite; he hired two men, knowing she'd be angry there wasn't a woman in the mix. He ended up with three out of the final four — not the 3.5 he'd hoped for, but close enough. I wonder how they'll be able to work together now that they're not competing anymore.

Meanwhile, Wilson actually had a subplot! And it fit quite nicely into the overall theme of the episode, too: He told a patient he had six months to live, then learned three months later that the test results had been false and there was nothing wrong with the patient at all. It was pretty similar to a recent Grey's Anatomy story, right down to both patients wanting to sue the hospital for giving them their lives back, but this one worked better for me on the strength of the House/Wilson interplay. Their screaming match was a highlight for me: "Dying's easy. Living's hard." "That can't possibly be as poignant as it sounds."

Some other thoughts:

  • I loved the reminder that money's not a big deal to House, but threatening to move his parking space? That's serious stuff.
  • Chase pointed out a nice truth about the Foreman/House relationship: Foreman trying to stop the game is his role in the game.
  • House on how he knew Wilson was going to pay off his patient: "You usually keep your checkbook at home. It's your go-to excuse for why you can't lend me money."
  • Great description of Cuddy: "the face that launched a thousand long faces."

So, did the final episode play out the way you were expecting? What do you think will happen to Chase and Cameron now? And how upset are you that this was the final House till 2008?

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aknitter aknitter 9 years
Totally unrelated to this last episode, but whatever happened to Cuddy wanting to have a baby (from season 2)?? Did I miss something? I could swear I've watched every episode.
Tiffa Tiffa 9 years
Overall, I like the team... but I don't really care for 13 or CB. I'dve been happy if it was just the guys. :sigh: Gotta wait til '08 to see what happens... bum-mer
ashlee683 ashlee683 9 years
Loved the episode but I noticed something totally inconsistent that really bothered me. So the guy had measles right, which is highly contagious. But he was playing with what I was assuming(because of the baldness) were cancer patient kids, which means they have no/lowered immune systems. 13 even said something like "Don't worry malaria's not contagious" because she thought thats what he had. Dunno it just bothered me. Did anyone else catch that?
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
thank god cutthroat bitch is gone...i loved how he put bitch as her label on the white board. anyway...i'm pretty satisfied with the outcome, although i wouldn't have missed taub if he had been fired. i just KNEW 13 wasn't gonna get the ax...she's way too hot and she doesn't take house's sh*t
MsRoyaLTee MsRoyaLTee 9 years
I was freaking out when he fired 13, she is by FAR my favourite. But then as soon as she sat down the lights flashed on because I was like "No way is Cuddy gonna let House have an all-male team." So sad that there's not gonna be anymore new House til '08.
looooongjacket looooongjacket 9 years
oh, and poor wilson! i can't believe he's getting sued! :(
looooongjacket looooongjacket 9 years
i am SO GLAD cutthroat b*tch is gone. what made me sad was that they really developed her character in this episode which sucked because than she left. i fell like if they had revealed more about why she was such a b*tch earlier in the season i would have liked her more. but the case was kind of dumb. i mean, measles??
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I disagree! Cutthroat b***** was my favorite. I can't stand 13. Something about her rubs me the wrong way. Or maybe it's because I just related to Cutthroat B***** more- unfortunately.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I'm just glad that there WILL be new House episodes in 2008, unlike most shows! I thought it was a pretty good episode and my first words when he fired both Amber and 13 were, "There won't be any women in the team!" Knew that had to change. Wonder if we'll finally find out 13's name...
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 9 years
i am so glad that kumar made it! i love him :) although i wasn't a big fan of him in 24... anyway, i love love love the old team, but honestly, the foreman thing is getting a little old. we know he is turning into house against his will, we get it! i feel like in every episode they hammer it into our heads. like last night, when chase (or taub? i forget) pointed out that foreman wasn't wearing a lab coat, and then said, "house never wears a lab coat." arg! i want to see more of cameron and chase and their beautiful lovemaking. hahaha.
raieven raieven 9 years
I see, I thought he might have been on House's team in an earlier season :)
cageyme cageyme 9 years
Is it my imagination, or is House even more out of control than he usually is? He's always been a miserable SOB, but now he seems determined to make everyone else that way, too. Great episode! I liked it when House gave 13 extra points because she wouldn't back down over the statement "Drugs are always a mask for something."
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
SOO glad cut throat B*** is gone.. SOO sad no more House till 2008 :(
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
Wilson isn't on House's team... he's just an oncologist at the hospital, and basically House's only friend.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz. House continues to be a masterful game player! I do like the new team and look forward to seeing how they learn to work together. Too bad we have to wait until January to find out.
alillee alillee 9 years
Well, House and Wilson are best friends. I'd pretty much say that Wilson is House's ONLY friend. Oh, and I agree Whip: Chase is def. way too pretty to leave the show!
raieven raieven 9 years
Ok my husband and I finally watched an episode all the way through last night (we always seem to tune in half way through and are not regular viewers, until now)I really like this show but can someone tell me, what is Wilson's relationship to House, he isn't on the team yet they are always bantering. I know we need to catch up on DVD but I must know now!
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
I'm gonna miss CB!!! I really dig her.
millarci millarci 9 years
As much as I love Kutner, I really miss the old team. I am glad Amber isn't there anymore. I couldn't stand her. And no new episode til 2008?!? What's up with that!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
No House until January - BOOO! I really want Foreman to leave, he really doesn't add anything, he just sits in the background.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I can't believe we won't get another House until January!! Arrggh!!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Oh, also: Last week, Cuddy gave Cole her panties so that he'd fire who she wanted, and she picked Amber and Kutner. Now this week, she told House to hire Kutner and Taub so that he'd fire them. Meaning she wanted him to fire them instead. So why did she change her mind from last week and decide that she wanted Amber?
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I'm pretty happy with how things ended up. I always liked Kutner and Thirteen, and was never a big fan of Taub or Amber. But I was hoping the final team would be Kutner, Thirteen and either Taub OR Amber to shake things up. I won't really mind too much if Cameron leaves the show. But Chase is too pretty to leave. :(
alillee alillee 9 years
omg I am soooo mad there's no new house til 2008! However, I could not be happier that Cutthroat B* is gone! She was very irritating to me. She should have been one of the first to go!
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I still want the old team back but I was so glad to see Amber go. I could not stand her at all. I am very upset their is not a new episode of House until January. Grrrr. lol.
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