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House Rundown: Episode 4, "Guardian Angels"

House Rundown: Episode 4, "Guardian Angels"

Sometimes, I think that the House writers invented this whole auditioning-for-the-new-team plotline so they could poke fun at reality television. A couple of weeks ago, we got a Survivor-style tribal council; this week, it was a Bachelor-esque rose ceremony. Maybe next week, we'll be able to call or text in support of our favorite candidates? This week, we learned a bit more about our remaining doc-testants, saw a little more of Cameron and a lot more of Foreman, and watched House get punched. Aw, yeah. To read more of my thoughts, just

The patient: Irene, a young woman who sees dead people (and thinks they're still alive). It was a pretty good case, but I liked it best for what it revealed about Cutthroat Bitch/Amber: that she knew Thirteen was vulnerable after inadvertently killing the man and his dog, and that she knew how to take advantage. I'm not sure how CB got Irene to believe she was talking to the dog man, but it was pretty creepy for a little while. It became clear that it was just a prank, though, when CB left the dog collar out for Thirteen to find. As House said, real ghosts never leave a trace.

I don't know if House plans to keep Cameron on the periphery forever, but it's actually kind of fun to have her be outside of House's team. She's snarkier and way more into messing with House — almost a female Wilson, especially after the coffee and the bet. The bet, of course, was what led to House provoking Cole, the Mormon, even more than usual; it also ended up with House getting punched in the face. The story gave Cole some dimension (we know he's a single dad), and it also gave us a reason to be pulling for him. Who wouldn't like the guy who landed one square on House's lip?

The episode ended with the first of House's former young'ns coming back into the fold. Foreman had a tough time on the job market once he realized his House-like reputation had preceded him, and while Cuddy initially offered him a great deal (more money, more power) to come back, she took it all off the table once she learned what Foreman had done to get fired. Her best line in weeks: "You're House Lite now. The only administrator that will touch you now is the one who hired House Classic." So Foreman returns, but in his old position. How will that change the dynamic?

Some other thoughts:

  • The gravedigging scene, while ultimately unnecessary, was pretty amusing — Amber showing up late with donuts, Thirteen choosing to remain a mystery, "If it's a cop, run; if it's a security guard, take him down."
  • Loved — loved! — that when Amber went to Cuddy to talk about House, the first thing Cuddy told her was where to file a sexual harassment complaint.
  • I'm sad to see Scooter go; I was sure it would be the guy who never says or does anything. I enjoyed his spats with the plastic surgeon I'm still calling Kenny Kagan, but he was ultimately just too agreeable.
  • Nice touch: House playing Surgeon — and doing pretty poorly.
  • Great line from the groping discussion: "I think that's third base."

What did you think? Which new teammates do you think deserve to stay? And can we get Wilson some more lines, please?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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SkewlGurl SkewlGurl 9 years
i love House .. i'm sick of Omar Epps... how arrogant can one be.. he needs to defnitely remove chip from shoulder then practice. I like Cameron.. thank the writers for her.. she's just what the show needs.. someone who finally challenges House.. and gives the Doc-testants much needed advice. And I love that House kinda loves her. Cutthroat Bitch: Shes ok .. she's takes it to far some time .. but she's ok.If she looked a lil bit more like a cutthroat bitch maybe then i'd like her more.. the whole looking like Peggy Sue and being Cutthroat .. it's just not working the way youthink it would. i'm still on the fence. 13: i'm not sure if i like her yet .. i think she might need to be expanded a lil bit more.. i'm kinda tired of watching her not knowing who the hell she is or what she's doing there. And it's kinda getting me a lil annoyed how people seem to be so concerned with why she's holding out.. pointing out every chance you get that she's a mystery makes her less mysterious for some reason .. obviously stick around so we can know you. Plastic Surgeon: I like his crazy lil ass, but he seems to get to into the personal side than the actual patient cases.. like how he couldn't let go of who wasn't a doctor.i mean if i wanted to watch someone who thinks they know it all all the time .. i would watch Foreman. I too will miss him and the Dueling Old Guy! Cole: I like Cole alot.. i was watching "Reign over me" and Cole reminds me of Don Cheadle... and thats not a bad thing. Stick Around Cole... you're moral fiber. Kal Penn: I don't even really know what his name is in this show .. But i love him .. and i need him for his comic relief.. lol he should stick around definitely. There's like one or 2 more doc-testants.. but i don't even really remember or know who they are .. which means they should definitely go ..
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Great Epi!!! It was awesome :)
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
The way House picks his team at the end cracks me up to no end! I love this show!
AngiD AngiD 9 years
Great,great episode! A+++++ Loved the House/Cameron betting bit. They are more friends now and it's ALL GOOD!
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 9 years
the best "under his breath" comment was when scooter walked by the surgeon and said something along the lines of, "i'll show you my moves," and as he said it, he flipped off the surgeon! it was subtle, and classic. he scratched his cheek with his middle finger, and the surgeon looked completely dumbfounded. awesome. i love this show so much!
millarci millarci 9 years
I love the whole mockery of the Bachelor and Charlie's Angels. I also loved Kal Penn's line about third base. LOL!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Oh yeah, and the Charlie's Angels bit too! Its almo0st like theres a writers strike already! :rotfl:
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
Loved the episode. I hate Amber even more now, that was a cruel trick to play on 13. I do miss the old team but seeing these doctors compete for awhile is cool.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I for sure thought it was going to be the guy who doesn't talk or do anything. I'll really miss Scooter. I just got into House this season so I have no idea what the old dynamic was like, but i love the new team. I hope he ends up keeping 13, Cole, and the Bitch. I love the tension they cause.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz. Like ASLW and jinx, I love the new "doc-testants" (and that word, too) and House's interaction with them. I really don't miss the old team at all. With Foreman's return, though, some interesting story lines open up. I'm with you on wanting more Wilson and I, too, will miss Scooter. CB is probably sticking around for awhile; she's doing a good job at making all of us hate her.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
alilee — good point on Cuddy/Foreman. I took her saying "you have learned nothing" to mean that she figured out WHY nobody would hire him, but now I can't remember — did he tell her the whole story when they were having lunch? Regardless, I think it's interesting how much working with House made Foreman damaged goods, even though he thought he was getting out in time.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
House really needs to get rid of CB and the cocky dr. other than that i agree there needs to be more Wilson and Chase.
alillee alillee 9 years
I thought Cuddy cut Foreman's deal down because she found out no one else would hire him. On another note, it was nice seeing Chase's sexy Australian self for a little while!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
Lol at Big Love comment...this one was a great episode. I liked it more than the last. It's great how he narrowed the team down too, with the roses, I mean peonies...
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I am enjoying watching the new team. They still show the old team so i think it is entertaining. The Big Love thing cracks me up too!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Cameron stole Wilson's bit this week. lol. I'm with ALSW, I'm loving the new people, and I'm content to have the old team on the side. So I'm not thrilled about Foreman returning, but being behind House's back should be interesting. Also means he'll have one less rose to give out. Which I would love to be able to call in a vote on that Buzz! I loved the House Lite, House Classic metaphor, and I'm going to miss Scooter. I like Cole ... Give me the rose already! I laugh everytime House calls him Big Love, and I laughed when he punched out House, awesome! Good show, Good review!
kikkoman kikkoman 9 years
He should have cut the cocky surgeon or the nasty biotch.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I honestly could care less about the old team - I'm having way too much fun watching House interact with this new team! I like having his old team in the periphery and I'm enjoying these trials. There's so many laugh old loud moments! But I really would like Wilson to have more lines. All the lines you liked, Buzz, I'm with ya! I just wish that they hadn't cut the older man. He was playing so well off of that surgeon. Loved it!
Cymone Cymone 9 years
I liked it okay. I want more of the old team though!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I want 13 to stay
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I was sad to see Scooter go. He was my favorite. I like when house said, "If you ever want to hang out..." and Scooter was like, "I know. Call Wilson."
Laurg628 Laurg628 9 years
I am just glad there was more of the old team around, and i agree more wilson and house interaction! More chase too!
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