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House Recap: Episode Eight, "Emancipation"

House Rundown: Episode Eight, "Emancipation"

The people you work with can become a sort of weird, twisted family — especially if you spend as much time together as the House doctors do. It's great to have a close safety net when you need support, but it can also get a little too stifling sometimes. On this week's episode, a few of the doctors seek freedom from the PPH family, with varying results. To chat about it, just


So, this was one of the House episodes with a clear parallel between patient and doctor — maybe the most obvious one this year, and a little too obvious for my taste. The main patient is an emancipated minor who first says her parents are dead (drawing the interest of fellow orphan Kutner), then says she cut them out of her life because she was raped, then admits she has no contact with them because she accidentally killed their son. The doctors know pretty early that she's lying in some way, but it takes lots of different strategies (including guilting her with the fear of dying, as Taub did by pretending to be a Huntington's patient like Thirteen) before House finally figures out how to tell her what she needs to hear: that she's hiding from her parents because she did something horrible, but if she lets herself die, she will have killed both their children.

While all of this is going on, Foreman's becoming something of an emancipated minor himself, taking on a secret case in the clinic without House's approval or backup. (And just in case we needed another family parallel, this one turns out to be about an older brother accidentally hurting his younger brother.) The best thing about that story was seeing Foreman, Chase, and Cameron together again, batting around suggestions for what was wrong with the boy — and seeing how quickly Chase in particular picked up on what Foreman was trying to do. No matter how much he wants to prove he can be free of House, Chase tells him, nothing will ever be enough. But in the end, he saves the boy and gets House to agree to let him do clinical trials. Shouldn't he have known by now that you don't ask House, you tell him?

I was disappointed that there's so little follow-up in this episode to House's utter failure to ask Cuddy out, but I suppose we need an episode off every now and then if that story's not going to get tired. All we know is that House tells Wilson he went to Cuddy's house but did not (hee) ring her bell, and he stares at her longingly as he leaves PPH. Pretty much the status quo.

Some other thoughts:

  • Hey, Thirteen says her own name for the first time! Remy Hadley. Sounds so weird. Did we know the Remy part?
  • Interesting to see how hurt Kutner was when he found out the patient had lied about being an orphan. He'd take even bad parents over no parents, it seems.
  • Taub pretending to be the one with Huntington's: overstepping his bounds, or an interesting way to get the patient to admit the truth (and Thirteen to confront her own issues with her family genes)? Discuss.
  • Cuddy's sweater at the end is very cleavage-y, no?

All in all, this seemed like sort of a placeholder episode before next week's big crisis at PPH. What did you all think?

Photos courtesy of Fox

reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
i'm terribly behind on all my medical dramas...but i love wilson! i'll have to watch and see if he and house kiss and make up
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
bbyoung — they weren't too popular on the site, so I'm giving them a rest for a while, but I might reconsider once the winter schedule comes out and I sort out which shows we'll be recapping then. I thought this last episode was pretty great!
bbyoung bbyoung 8 years
What happened to the Fringe recaps? Or am I just missing them?
jlr32phl jlr32phl 8 years
oh my gosh i hate how cuddy dresses. i'm glad you mentioned it because it is always soooooooo inappropriate. kinda like in soap operas where women are wearing cocktail dresses to their office job. no one would (or rather, should) dress like that and expect to be taken seriously. otherwise, good episode. very excited for the hostage situation next!
graylen graylen 8 years
I liked the episode. I felt jaded though when I expected it to be so much worse than a big brother giving his little brother lots of vitamins because he thought it would make him stronger (wouldn't he want to be stronger too? wouldn't iron levels be in the initial bloodwork??) I liked the scenes with House and Wilson. I don't mind that they took a break from the Cuddy thing- I think it would be realistic for House. I thought that Cuddy sounded so much like sarcastic House when she first approached Foreman with the case. I also cracked up at House saying "irregular-ar-ar."
quarterjappy quarterjappy 8 years
stephley stephley 8 years
I love the outrageous way they dress Cuddy - it's as if she dresses so no one recognizes that she's the boss.
soulight soulight 8 years
My roomie and I were commenting on how ridiculous Cuddy's tops were. How can an hospital administrator wear that and still get any semblence of respect?
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
I love Cameron. I love Thirteen too, weirdly. And I totally thought the same thing about Cuddy's sweater.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Ii agree; this did seem like a "placeholder" episode. While I liked the interaction between Foreman and his young patient and his brother, I wasn't really blown away by their story and I struggled to even care about House's patient. Taub was annoying and Thirtenn wasn't much better. The best exchanges, as usual, were those between House and Wilson; for me, that was reason enough to keep watching last night. Overall, though, not one of the best episodes, but even their not best still makes the show better than most.
krae85 krae85 8 years
this show is so stupid now, I don't know why I even watch it anymore. bring back chase and cameron!!!!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I had heard a while ago that Foreman was eventually going to have his own "team" and I was wondering if anything would ever come of that rumor.
bunnychick bunnychick 8 years
Yes, we did know the Remy part of Thirteen...last season we saw it on a chart and I believe Cuddy said it as well.
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