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House Rundown: Episode 13, "No More Mr. Nice Guy"

House Rundown: Episode 13, "No More Mr. Nice Guy"

Monday's episode of House had everything I could have hoped for in the show's return — and I'm not exaggerating when I say everything. Cameron, Chase, and Foreman were all there — but so was the new team. There were scenes with Wilson and scenes with Cuddy — and a scene with the two of them together. They even threw in a little Hugh Laurie tooling away on the piano. Doesn't it just figure that the episode about a too-happy guy would make me smile for almost an hour straight?

The team's treatment of the happiest man alive ("Is he Canadian?") led them on a quest to figure out why House is the crankiest man alive. Meanwhile, House set about rekindling his bromance with Wilson by proposing joint custody with Amber. Could House survive seeing his best dude on Wednesday nights and every other weekend? To find out, just


How great was it that this episode started with a strike? That's where we met the patient of the week, the overly happy man. In a normal hospital, I'm sure that guy would have been treated and released, but to House, cheerfulness is the sign of a major defect. I loved that instead of a word at the top of House's whiteboard of doom, there was just a cartoonish smiley face.

Kutner, meanwhile, had his own hypothesis: If being overly happy is the sign of a medical problem, then being overly cranky must be a symptom of a disease, too. I don't buy that, but it does fit in with the sort of logic Kutner has been spouting since the first day he arrived. As soon as Kutner "found" a vial of House's blood, though, I knew something was up: House doesn't leave things behind accidentally. (Remember the false scans that made the whole team think he was dying?) Nonetheless, the faux syphilis diagnosis unearthed an age-old House question: Did House and Cameron sleep together?

Naturally, House didn't have syphilis — but he did have issues with Amber continuing to date Wilson. I loved every scene with the three of them together, and all the joint custody references ("you have mommy's phone number, right?") were priceless. True to form, it wasn't enough for House just to spend time with Wilson; he also had to ruin any chance of Amber getting laid. One question: Is Amber employed at PPH, or did Cuddy just make her change beds?

Some other thoughts:

  • Foreman's performance review subplot was relatively minor, but it led to an interesting point. House acknowledged that Foreman is someone the new team should fear — but he wants to force Foreman into the "good cop" role instead. Great image of the Foreman statue with a "Kick Me" sign on the back.
  • "Thirty-one." "Thirty-one?" "I thought either way was good for you."
  • There wasn't a lot of Taub in this episode, but the scene where he played his little trick to get $5 from Kutner was pretty great.
  • Speaking of Kutner, interesting that his performance review noted that sometimes he gets too involved. Really? I would have gone with "sometimes you set patients on fire."
  • "A disturbingly large number of your comments are racist or sexist." "That top makes you look like an Afghani prostitute . . . would be an example of that."
  • It's always interesting when someone besides House has an epiphany. Does this mean Kutner is going to turn out to be a good doctor?
  • Anyone else squeal out loud at the sight of Chase bowling with House?

Your thoughts? How good was it to see everyone back? And seriously, do you think Cameron and House ever slept together?

Photos courtesy of Fox

Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
I loved this episode and I'm so glad the show is back. . WhiplashGirlchild: Cuddy & House did sleep together, they referred to it in an older episode. (If I remember correctly it was Cuddy saying something along the lines, yeah it may have happened once, when I was young and stupid but it won't happen again). . ALL: Keep in mind although Cameron wanted (wants) to sleep with House, I don't think Cameron and House have ever slept with each other. The only date they ever went on together, he completely cut her down with his analysis of her personality (her liking wounded people, etc.).
jlr32phl jlr32phl 9 years
when house was watching the soap in this episode, i noticed it was jason lewis and said "wow that's sad he's acting in a fake soap within another show." little did i know (until the previews for next week) that it would lead into a patient role!
juiceejuice juiceejuice 9 years
I loooooooove it! it was a great episode. eek, i'm happy it's back. and i loved the scene with house and chase bowling and when the old team and new team get together to discuss house's syphilis.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
I love HOUSE and I normally hate Dr. shows but OMG this show is just kick a$*!!!!
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Oh! I'm so glad it finally came back.
kwikwit kwikwit 9 years
Cuddy and House definitely slept together - I think they confirmed that in an earlier season. I don't think Cameron and House slept together. But I think she still wants to. I do. :)
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
Although I wish the would bring the "old team" back I'm just glad HOUSE is back from the writers strike break. What sucks is we are only getting 4 new episodes ....wait another bonus Jason Lewis is going to be on next week!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz. Loved having both teams back and interacting. House and Wilson are just too great!
mlen mlen 9 years
*great episode
mlen mlen 9 years
i thought that was a reat episode! house had some great one liners. it also took me a minute to remember when house refered to amber as cb what her old nickname was! but over all i thought it was good - i do miss the old team a bit- foreman sucks in his new role- he was much better with chase and cameron around!
idawson idawson 9 years
Whiplash - i agree about the Cuddy thing. i think the credits thing is because somehow they will all be on the show to a degree. but i guess we will have to wait and see
idawson idawson 9 years
luv me some house. hugh laurie is the best!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I don't think House ever slept with Cameron. But I do think he slept with Cuddy. I was pretty excited when House and Chase went bowling. Chase isn't really my type but I find him so, so, so, so pretty. :love: I was really surprised that Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer are still in the opening credits, and that Kal Pen, Olivia Wilde, and whoever plays Taub (too lazy to Google) still are not.
tsp tsp 9 years
i haven't watched it yet but i can't wait. i'm new to the show and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The first show I saw was the Mira Sorvino episode (was that superbowl sunday?) and I have been feverishly recording everything and renting the dvds, trying to catch up ever since. The show is so well written and the characters are great!
kickinthecherries kickinthecherries 9 years
It always seemed as if they never slept together, but Cameron always wanted that to be true. Except... when House was without a cane, and he made an open move on her, she rejected it. He was dead on when he said she only wanted him when he was broken, but if he's not, then she doesn't need him. So I think they never quite did the deed, but she doesn't want anyone to know either way, because if she did, then everyone knows, but if they didn't, then everyone knows she failed. This was a great episode. I MISSED my HOUSE!!
l-dot l-dot 9 years
Did anyone else think it kind of odd though that House just planted a vile of blood w/ syphilis? I mean, whose blood was it?
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 9 years
"Speaking of Kutner, interesting that his performance review noted that sometimes he gets too involved. Really? I would have gone with "sometimes you set patients on fire."" Didn't House just use Wilson's review from another time and told Kutner to scratch out House's name and put his own in?
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
The 31 comment was hilarious. This episode made me so happy to have the show back! I was SO excited to see Hugh Laurie playing the piano. :truelove: :rotfl:
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 9 years
I have to agree...I've been waiting for this episode for so long that I really thought it couldn't possibly live up to expectations but I thought it was fantastic - a great return! Well done, House! And yes...they even threw in a short Hugh at piano bit - love it when they do that! Also...that "is he Canadian?" line was genius. Also? As a's was so funny because it's pretty much true. Hugh's delivery is always so right on. Amazing.
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