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House Recap: Epsiode 8, "You Don't Want to Know"

House Rundown: Epsiode 8, "You Don't Want to Know"

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up for the greatest show on earth! There will be mystery. Intrigue. Stolen underwear. All that, and more, in another installment of House! This week's magic-themed episode featured a typically bizarre case, some "can you say that on TV?" one-liners, and the end to one of the show's best running jokes. I'm a little bummed about that last part, but I thought the rest of the episode was great, so to read the rest of my take, just

First of all: lupus? Really? I wouldn't have guessed they'd just slip the disease that's provided a running joke for years into a random episode with so little fanfare. And yet, it fit in surprisingly well with the other themes of this episode — namely, once you know, is the wonder still there?

This was another episode that tested House's tendency to disbelieve anything that can't be measured scientifically, with an ill magician performing tricks from his bed and refusing to reveal his secrets because that would spoil the surprise. As a way to get behind House's facts-only mind, I liked it better than the show's religious episodes; the best moment for me was when the patient hit House where it hurt, stealing his Vicodin and making it disappear.

Another disappearing act: Cuddy's thong, and with it, Cole. As one-liners go, I'd say the thong-stealing ranked among the show's best setups: "When she stops wearing clothes we can forget about the medical stuff. " "Skirt that tight, I can tell you got an IUD." And, my favorite:

House: "How'd you do it?"
Cole: "Prayer, mostly."

Cole should have known better, though: The worst way to play one of House's games is to get Cuddy involved. Breaking Cuddy's rules would have gotten him one step closer to a fellowship position; breaking House's rules got him kicked out of the game.

We were supposed to learn all about Thirteen in this episode, but what we got was a little less informative than I'd hoped. Would House really have drugged Thirteen (with coffee, but still) just because he saw a picture of her mother, who died young, in her wallet? Would he have even known what disease to suspect? That's House's version of magic, I suppose. Regardless, he was right; Thirteen may or may not have Huntington's disease. Interesting and revealing, sure — but I wanted to learn her name.

Some other thoughts:

  • Another great thing about the thong mission was all the physical comedy: Amber showing her thong strap; Taub trying to spill coffee on Cuddy and dousing his own lab coat instead; Amber smoking to turn on the hospital sprinklers, only to find Cuddy huddling with Taub in her dry office.
  • Do you buy that Kutner and Cole would be friends? I was a little surprised at their "man date," but l do think Kutner would be a fun babysitter.
  • House seems to be going to greater physical lengths to diagnose lately — electrocuting himself a few weeks ago, getting the patient's possibly diseased blood this time.
  • Speaking of the blood switcharoo, loved the exchange between House and Wilson about their blood types (which, honestly, nobody just casually discusses): "Universal donor. No wonder you're paying three alimonies."

So, I know some of you know who the final three candidates are (thanks to Fox's press release several weeks back), but let's pretend it's all a mystery. The story wraps up next week with House choosing his new team; if you were him, which doctors would you keep?

Photos courtesy of Fox

Jinx Jinx 9 years
To me, we already have a 13, her name is Cameron.
AmazonChick AmazonChick 9 years
See, 13 might not add as much drama or hilarity or whatever, but if you look at the storylines, how frequently has she been right, and how frequently has CTB been right? 13 wins in that category, plus I feel like CTB just likes it because it's competition to be the best...what would she do once she got the fellowship... try to be House 2?
Tiffa Tiffa 9 years
I enjoyed that last episode. It was surprising that Big Love got the boot though. Yeah, I'm w/ the rest of you about #13. She can go.. but I want Kumar to stay
looooongjacket looooongjacket 9 years
i really don't like ctb. she's SO annoying. i'd honestly rather have a hot kind of annoying girl than an ugly really annoying girl.
splayer splayer 9 years
I'm glad Big Love is gone... All he really added was someone for House to pick on (more than usual).
mlen mlen 9 years
i somehow feel like in the very end- it'll be the old team back. foreman is already there- cameron stated how much she misses it, and chase- well not sure on him yet but i just get the feeling it will be the old team again. maybe plus one of the new? who knows- just speculating! CTB annoys the heck out of me. i know she's supposed to lol but still i wanna kill her! i like Kutner best. I'll miss the nickname Big Love tho lol that was great.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I was hoping the final three would be Cole, Amber, and Kutner; with Cole gone, I'm still hoping House chooses Kutner, Amber and...I really don't care, since thirteen and Taub are equally endearing and annoying. Loved the whole "bring me the thong of Cuddy" adventures last night and honestly didn't miss the "old crew" at all. Foreman's lurking is a bit annoying, but I'm getting used to having him back. Looking forward to seeing who really does make the final cut.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I was so sad that Cole got fired - I knew he wasn't going to be on forever but I liked him best - they really need to get rid of the plastic surgeon - I really don't like him
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
This was a crazy episode. I can't believe he fired "Big Love"!!! They need to get rid of Dr. Tao, the plastic surgeon.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
I think 13 and Kumar are the best 2 there...I am surprised there is no love for 13, she is definitely one of the better actors
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I fell asleep last night and missed the end. :( So Cole is gone? I think CTB adds to the show. I know alot of Popples don't like her, but you're not supposed to! I'd like to see Kumar stick around. They could cut 13 loose and I could care less.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I want to know is number 13 really does have the same illness as her mother or not.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I'd have to cut 13 loose. She adds nothing. She might distract House every once in awhile, but we've already been there, done that with Cameron. I'd keep CTB in her place. House is not used to having someone as ruthless as him around, it might make for interesting interactions later on. Oh well.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I thought last nights episode was good. It was funny with the whole getting Cuddy's thong lol.
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