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House Recap: Episode Three, "Adverse Events"

House Rundown: Episode Three, "Adverse Events"

This week's episode of House hit the trifecta of major show themes: lying, spying, and drugs. It also made me laugh out loud for the better part of an hour, and now I'm pretty sure "Adverse Effects" is my favorite House episode of the season. Even Lucas Douglas, PI, is growing on me, which is a huge surprise. Did anyone else love this episode? Or do you all think I'm crazy? To talk about it, just


Often, when House tries to do episodes where the patients' and the doctors' lives intertwine, it can end up feeling heavy-handed, like Grey's Anatomy at its worst. I liked how "Adverse Effects" handles things, though, mostly because the events tie so closely into the show's themes: Do you feel better knowing the truth? Is there such a thing as "the truth" to know? Are the only good doctors miserable?

But here's what I really loved about "Adverse Effects": It's funny. I mean, the Kutner/Taub/Thirteen exchange about Kutner's crawling is priceless ("I didn't do it to get the babes." "No, that would cheapen the purity of your achievement.") — and seriously, Kutner's in the Guinness Book for crawling? Kutner and Taub also have a snappy bit about Taub's wife hypothetically "doing the doorman" (Taub: "We don't have a doorman"), we see House as a cheerleader, and Chase punctuates the removal of a nasty medical marvel with the line "And that is why I won't let Cameron get a cat." I laughed harder at this episode than I have at any comedy I've watched this week.

The humor helped take the edge off what could have been a heavy episode, with House digging into everyone's personal lives and forcing people (well, forcing Taub) to deal with truths they otherwise would have kept hidden — a nice parallel with the patient, who literally nearly killed himself trying to keep secrets from his girlfriend. This episode has some bits that really speak to what House is all about — Lucas and House's exchange about the truth ("There is only one truth." "Maybe true for you.") and House's assertion that miserable people save more lives, to name just two. Some other thoughts:

  • Aw, Cuddy and Lucas, sitting in a — um, diner — and not quite k-i-s-s-i-n-g but not too far from it, either. Is Cuddy just attracted to people who drive her crazy, manipulate her, and go through her personal belongings?
  • So much was made about Taub's wife's secret bank account that I was expecting a twist. Instead, we got one car and zero lies on the wife's part. I think the storyline would have had more zip if I hadn't nearly forgotten that Taub had an unconfessed affair.
  • Speaking of which, I bet that reference to the fictional "Jefferson Mutual" bank was funnier a few months ago.
  • Breckin Meyer looks old.
  • House played lacrosse and was a cheerleader? I know I'm supposed to be most shocked at the cheerleader revelation, but I didn't figure lacrosse would be his sport, either.
  • Yet another episode with only the briefest glimpse of Chase and no Cameron. I hope they're enjoying what must amount to a paid vacation.
  • I always love the irony of House saying things like "People hate people who mess with other people."

So: How are you feeling about Lucas now? Wasn't the jam session at the end kind of awesome? And can you picture House doing spirit fingers and basket tosses?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I'm glad there was nothing wrong with Taub's wife's secret bank account. I'm scared if they introduce too much character development with either Taub, Thirteen (too late for that, I spose) or Kutner we'll never see Chase and Cameron again. Well, no more Cameron I could handle. I'd rather have Thirteen. And I'd swap Kutner for Foreman any day, but I need Chase back. Fleeting glances is never enough. :( This was a good ep aswell. I like Lucas and his storyline. The light heart humour makes up for the heavy House/Wilson/Amber stuff.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I thought Taub cheated on his first wife causing a divorce after he left his PS practice. I think the current wife is someone he met after his divorce - I could of sworn that when cut-throat B*tch Amber was still alive and in the running this all came out. Taub has a new wife but he keeps things from her. I think the thing that Taub has kept from the second wife is why he is not a plastic surgeon any more (cheated with a partner's wife while married to his first wife). Taub hasn't told his second wife about his previous life as a high paid plastic/reconstructive surgeon, which is why he coveted the Porsche but thought he couldn't afford it. To tell his new wife that he had had a Porsche and loads of money before they were married would tell her that he made serious mistakes before and might make her doubt her feelings for him. I didn't think I'd like the PI character but I do because his just as annoying as House, whom I love, but the PI is more pervy and obviously maladjusted and cannot though he wants to socialize with people in a semi-normal way. I don't like Cuddy's haircut. But Lisa Edelstein is really beautiful and very luminous this season.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I loved this episode!! I loved this episode so much I wanted to marry it! I'm addicted to House. I love Lucas, the P.I., from other shows which I'm also addicted to such as Psych, Monk, and Scrubs. I think that this episode was so amazingly cute with Cuddy and Lucas and I loved Taub and his wife. They are so cute! I have not forgotten about Wilson...well, towards the end I did. I'm ashamed to admit that. I love Wilson and no matter how hard House tries, no one is going to replace him. I don't think anyone will be completely forgetting about Wilson anytime soon, although some people have already forgotten him because of Tuesday's episode. This episode made me laugh and think and crave (more House episodes), and wonder. House is an amazing show and I can't wait to see what happens with the P.I./Cuddy story. I also can't wait two weeks for the next episode! It looks like it is going to be really exciting and possibly even push Wilson further away from House.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Nita, I thought the same thing as Nonny. Lucas says House couldn't photoshop a picture like that and it must be real, and then there's a pause, and House says something like, "...there was a girl."
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 8 years
Nita -- I thought it was revealed in the end that the image actually WASN'T photoshopped (but that House had lied to Lucas). "There was a girl," House said when Lucas asked him about why he had been in the squad. Lucas figured it out on his own. He claimed that House had over-shot, then determined that it must *not* have been faked. House confirmed. But I might have heard that part incorrectly.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I loved Lucas from his first scene, with the argyle socks bit. Buzz, you need to rewatch the diner scene and the piano scene; it's clearly established that the whole cheerleader pic was photoshopped.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I missed the episode. Wilson is back next week? Good, because this show is testing my patience.
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
OMG. i'm sorry, but did house's smile at the end FINALLY confirm that he loves Cuddy??? whoop! i'm starting to like lucas. esp. if he brings the prospect of a huddy one night stand :) interested as to what happens next and also laughed A LOT at kutner's crawling, too funny. thank god not much 13 in this episode, but we had to have too much taub. less new team (minus kutner because he's too funny) more chase & cameron!!!
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 8 years
I remembered that Taub cheated on his wife. I did not recall that he hadn't confessed his indiscretions. I like Lucas well enough, but he definitely remains an outsider.
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 8 years
Loved the jam session at the end...although really any excuse to see Hugh Laurie show off his musician side is okay with me!
vitisva vitisva 8 years
Yeah I had to remember that Taub hadn't confessed the affair. I'm interested about what happens next. The episodes really have a different feel without Wilson. I mean the new guy meshes well with House but it feels like a slightly different show. But that may also have had something to do with my being used to seeing Cutty a bit more often in an episode as well.
verily verily 8 years
Wilson isn't gone gone. He's in next week's episode. :) I miss him too. Lucas was growing on me, but I still see him as the interloper with way too many quirks. I did like how he brought out the softer side of Cuddy. Her constant shrillness wears on me. I hope that they pair up before House does. House seems to be screwing around with her as usual. Why should it be a competition? Not enough Chase, but that was a good line. I was totally confused by the Taub thing because I too forgot about the affair. Maybe that shows how interested I am in the new ducklings, which is currently very little.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Last night the Taub storyline was bugging me because I thought that Taub's wife knew about the affair and that's why he switched professions. I had forgotten that it was unconfessed. They really haven't talked about it since then. Lucas is definitely growing on me. And yes, that jam session was awesome.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Wow, Ejmcmis, thanks for looking all of that up. Sorry I didn't remember it.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 8 years
Looking through different fan sites, I think it was this episode (the second show aired) ... to talk about lacrosse "Paternity" (December 2004)
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 8 years
house watching lacrosse... it was in this episode that it was first mentioned
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 8 years
The shot of him crossing a field in the USA promos of House, MD... It is him crossing a lacrosse field after helping with a paitent who was a lacrosse player
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 8 years
One of the first episodes of House, obv. 1st season they mention that he played Lacrosse. It's not the first or even second mention of House and lacrosse.
csu21287 csu21287 8 years
My stupid tivo cut off the previews, it always seems to do that and so I never know what is going to happen each week but thanks for giving me a heads up that so far wilson is not gone gone!
lyrical_angel lyrical_angel 8 years
The previews for next week looked great. Wilson is definitely in that one.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
I loved this episode, I love Lucas (he's really cute and sexy). I don't miss Wilson much, he was so miserable lately, he was dragging down the show. I would have never thought that Taub would have an affair.
csu21287 csu21287 8 years
Is Wilson gone gone or is he just like cameron and chase now sometimes he is in and sometimes not?
raieven raieven 8 years
I miss Wilson :( also I missed the first two episodes so i was like who is this new guy?
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Yeah, Whip, I totally had to google it myself. I remember in this episode, he explained he left his old practice because he had an affair (I think with a coworker?), but I'm not sure it had come up AT ALL since then.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Oh, is THAT why Taub said "we have to talk?" Because of his unconfessed affair? I was totally lost on that. I think I like Lucas. He's funny. But I still can't get the 6FU carjacker out of my head. And YES, Breckin Meyer looks old as hell. Travis Birkenstock is all growed up.
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