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House Recap: Episode Nine, "Last Resort"

House Rundown: Episode Nine, "Last Resort"

At some point or another in our lives, we've probably all been frustrated with the medical system. But frustrated enough to stick up a hospital clinic and take hostages, promising to kill them if you don't get answers? That's what happens in this week's episode of House, when a gunman (Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek) bursts into PPH, counting Thirteen and House among his captives. To chat about how it all went down, just


All in all, I'm not sure this episode worked for me; I didn't feel the kind of tension I think the writers wanted me to feel. All along, I thought that things were probably going to turn out OK for at least House and Thirteen, and that Jason would either get arrested or shoot himself (though the idea of watching poor Ivanek have to commit suicide on yet another show didn't thrill me). But there was still some interesting stuff, even if the hostage situation didn't seem that scary.

The writers keep trying to get me to care about Thirteen, and I have to admit, it's starting to work. Seeing her in a situation where her life is directly threatened is illuminating. She's going to die anyway, right? So who cares if it's by taking a bunch of drugs in combination, or by getting shot by a ruthless gunman, or by waiting eight to 10 years and letting her genes take over? Well, as it turns out, she does; that last injection could kill her, but she can't make herself do it. And later, getting treated for her failing kidneys, she tells Foreman she's in for his clinical trial on Huntington's drugs. Maybe she values her life more than we (or she) thought.

Meanwhile — House gets Jason's gun away from him for the MRI, then . . . gives it back? In what universe? I get that House wants to get the diagnosis right; I'm sure it was a blow to look at the brain scan and not see a tumor. But at that point, doesn't House just start trying other things? Why not run some other test? Why not just keep the gun? That was frustrating. I also was a little shocked at House's insistence that Jason must want to know what was wrong with him for a reason. For one thing, uh, yeah, he probably wants to feel better. And for another, isn't a basic tenet of House's personality that he wants to know for the sake of knowing? Is that why he gave the gun back — because Jason did a wildly dangerous and irrational thing to get a diagnosis, so House had to do the same?

A couple of other things:

  • So, did Cuddy act differently because House was in the room? Would she have let the SWAT team run things differently if it had been some junior doctor she's never flirted with?
  • Both Chase and Foreman walk out of the differential. The only problem with House having two teams now is that when a few of his fellows think he's being stupid, there are always more around to help him out.
  • Did any other fans of The Wire notice Avon Barksdale running the SWAT negotiations?
  • Once again, Taub's major character trait seems to be saying, "I have [insert problem here], but that doesn't make me do [insert bad thing here]." This week's is, "I got debt, too; you don't see me acting like a lunatic."
  • Did I see correctly that the whole reason House was in Cuddy's office in the first place was to turn her desk drawer upside down? Also, nice of him to leave her with blood on the walls. Don't they have a cleanup crew?

What did you think? Do you care about Thirteen? Did House's behavior baffle you, too?

Photos courtesy of Fox

Angela123 Angela123 8 years
I thought this was the best episode I've ever seen!! I've only been a true House fan this season, but I've finally caught up and watched all the eps now, and Loved this one. I'm glad Thirteen is coming to her senses!!!
verily verily 8 years
I never would have associated Florida with tropical either. ;) I was not surprised by House's actions one bit. I knew House was going to give the gun back in order to keep trying to solve the case. He is insanely curious and will do anything to reach a final diagnosis. I'm so done with 13 and this crazy focus they keep putting on her. Last I checked, the title of the show is House.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
poppette - he ended up having meliodosis (spelling?), which Cameron had suggested earlier, but he had said he had never been anywhere tropical before. When it came back he had been to Florida, they revisited the diagonosis.
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
I personally wasn't thrilled with this episode, but it's better than it has been this past seasons episodes. I loved the little 'huddy' moments throughout the ep, with the macho guy asking her if she had a loved one in there (awww!) and then her looking around her office at the end. (and house's face)That's got me exicted about next episode, wit House and Cuddy office-shacking up!
berrypeachie berrypeachie 8 years
This episode was too hyped up, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would have. House and 13 seem to have a good relationship together more than House and Cuddy. I'm not sure, I just know I didn't enjoy this episode as much. The kidnapper guy started to get annoying.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
Poppette, I don't remember the disease, but you could go to the FOX site for House. I loved this episode! It was amazing!! I can't wait to see the rest of the season. House never fails to amaze/surprise me.
Poppette Poppette 8 years
Can someone please tell me what he ended up having? what disease was it that sent this guy over the top?
lellybear lellybear 8 years
bleh, i'm bored with house these days. and i really can't stand thirteen. she looks like an ant from that antz movie. really.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
I told my husband "I bet House put a love note in Cuddy's desk." What was I thinking? :) I liked this episode, hated that he gave back the gun! So unbelievable! Grounds for getting fired! But he won't... I don't think Cutty acted any differently because House was in the room...I didn't pick up on it anyway. What a great character - the shooter. I actually felt sorry for him in the beginning, even though I knew what was coming! He was great.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I really liked this episode. I'm happy that Thirteen decided she doesn't want to die. I never disliked her, but I'm slowly starting to like her more. Oh, and I nearly died laughing when Cuddy pulled her drawer out at the end! OMG! So funny.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
I loved this episode, it kept my attention the whole time. Usually my attention drifts during the middle of a House episode, but not this one.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I actually liked the episode. I wish they'd get rid of the House/Cuddy and Foreman/Thirteen angles though, and pair House up with Thirteen. There is so much electricity between the two that is untapped by the writers.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great review, Buzz. I, too, was a bit disappointed with the episode; the tension that I expected to feel just wasn't there, though there was plenty of good stuff--not the least of which was seeing Avon Barksdale running the SWAT negotiations! Thirteen did a credible job last night as did Zeljko Ivanek as Jason. I understand his frustration but after awhile, I honestly didn't care if he got the diagnosis that he wanted or not. Cuddy and House always amuse me; looking forward to seeing how they maintain their non-relationship relationship throughout the season.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I actually loved this episode. Crazy but good!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
That's so funny, while we were watching the episode, my boyfriend kept saying "I know that guy from somewhere" about the SWAT negotiator dude. Then, RIGHT AFTERWARDS, we put on season 1 of The Wire (he loves it, I've never seen it, and we got it from Netflix) and there he was!
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