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House Rundown: Episode 7, "Ugly"

House Rundown: Episode 7, "Ugly"

Does anything change when a documentary crew starts following the action at PPH? That was the question this week on House. And the answer: not really. The documentary episode is a bit of a TV stereotype, and frankly, as a window into what the characters really feel, I preferred the Mirror Syndrome guy. But the film crew did prompt some great lines — "I became a doctor because of the movie Patch Adams" — and caught Cameron in one very awkward moment. It also apparently gave Taub the courage to stand up to House for the first time. For more about the episode, just

Whoa, where did Taub come from this week? After weeks of being generally agreeable, he came out swinging with the case of the boy with the facial deformity. Maybe it's because he's a plastic surgeon and considered himself an expert; maybe it's because the cameras were there and he saw a chance to shine. Either way, he pushed back on every single one of House's decisions, even pissing off Cuddy in the process. I'm glad we learned how Taub came to vie for a spot on House's team — though doesn't the revelation that he was fired for not keeping his pants on put an interesting spotlight on his interactions with Amber?

I thought the writers were setting up Taub to leave, but the real person to go was Terzi, after House realized she wasn't smart — just very, very hot. Now, are we really to believe that Terzi has some kind of overwhelming mind-freeze power over House (and other men — remember Wilson trying to see through her shirt)? More than, say, Thirteen or Amber or Cameron? House makes cracks about Cuddy's breasts all day and can still speak intelligently in front of her! I actually thought, briefly, that one of Terzi's idiotic ideas would end up being right; as soon as she suggested autoimmune, though, I knew she was a goner.

Speaking of attractive women: Cameron had one of the most revealing plots of the night. When the documentary crew asked her if House was as much of an ass to her as he'd been to his team all day, she responded that she "loved House." Which she quickly, awkwardly amended to say she loved "working with House." There have been inklings of something between Cameron and House for years, and maybe her feelings for him — whatever they may be — are the reason she can't totally remove herself from House's orbit.

Some other thoughts:

  • It was fun to watch everyone try to be their best selves for the camera: Chase talking in formal, grave language; Kutner putting on a tie; Amber wearing lipstick; House being even more ridiculous than normal ("I will see you again after I have saved his life. Have a warm bath waiting").
  • Wilson, after House said Terzi couldn't be dumb because she worked at the CIA: "The Bay of Pigs was a daring triumph."
  • The actual medical case didn't really grab me — there were almost too many twists — but I thought the actor playing the kid with the facial deformity was fantastic.
  • Taub finally has a nickname: "mini-stud." Does that mean Kutner's next?
  • The payoff with House and Cuddy watching the final cut of the documentary was great. "Suddenly, I don't feel like I can trust Michael Moore movies."

Your thoughts? Happy Michael Michele is out of the picture? Ready for House to hurry up and fire someone else already?

Photos courtesy of Fox

alillee alillee 9 years
I'm so happy Michael Michele didn't last very long! Now if cutthroat bitch would get fired I would like watching House even more. That actress who plays C.B. is so freaking annoying!
Firesheep Firesheep 9 years
It feels to me like they brought Terzi only so House would fire her and not one of the others. It's like they can't decide which candidate gotta go, so they just keep them all there with different excuses (Terzi, the bet with chase...) And I think I like thirteen best, and even though she killed that guy in the other episode, she got the correct answer at least twice.
creamytofu creamytofu 9 years
The kid was really great..Love the scence where cameron practiced in front of a mirror to explain wat she said. LOL
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
This episode was really funny. I enjoyed it!
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
Last night's episode was not my faveorite but I will still watch House. I am so glad Terzi is gone.
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
The end video was hilarious!
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 9 years
I love the way they keep doing new things with every episode. and I agree, my FAVORITE part was the way they totally edited it to make house look like a teddy bear...unbelievably hilarious!!
aislingndu aislingndu 9 years
I wish they would hurry up this story line with all of the different potential candidates. It's getting a little old. Oh well, not going to keep me from watching it religiously every week.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I'm so glad that she was fired - now he just needs to fire a few more and we would be good.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I noticed the eyes too! I was like wtf?! I don't think it was like that before the operation, so that was weird. This episode bugged me, because of the whole House getting stupid around pretty women. At this point, I'm still just kind of shaking my head at it.
splayer splayer 9 years
Did anyone else notice the patient's eyes, post-op? One was directed at the camera and the other was looking off to the side? What was that about? Also, fantastic lines from House, but once again Wilson was totally under-utilized.
hoya21221 hoya21221 9 years
I agree with Linda. Watching the end of the episode was my favorite part! Even though the case wasn't too enthralling, I think House is starting to hit it's stride again! Yay!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Loved watching House watching the final cut of the documentary. I, too, am glad Terzi came and went; hopefully she won't be working for the CIA again either! (Wonder how she landed that position in the first place?) Glad to learn that House values intelligence and substance over good looks and shallowness. Also loved watching Cameron practice her clarification about how she feels about House and seeing others play to the camera when the crew was filming. The medical case really did take a back seat in this one, but the trade off was to gain more insight into Taub, Cameron, and House. Not a bad outcome at all. Looking forward to learning more about thirteen next week.
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
last nights episode annoyed me.....
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I'm with Whiplash - I'm glad that Terzi is gone. At first, I thought that perhaps she was being dumb and speaking up simply so that others would follow suit and talk. But then I realized that she simply never had any good ideas. Goodbye! Loved Wilson in this one. Glad they had him in it just a littl more too. The ending was hilarious! The video crew kept trying to get a little dirt on House and, in the end, they make him into this saint of a doctor. And how I loved that he hated it! I loved that the cameras made the rest of the team into blathering idiots without opinions or any give and take, while House ended up shunning the cameras in a way. I thought that he would LOVE them, but I liked the twist of him trying to evade and avoid the cameras. As for the patient? That part of the story was okay - I didn't pay that much attention to it.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Oh, and even though we know more about Taub now, I still don't trust him. He seems slimy to me.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I am SO glad Terzi is out of the picture already. No offense to MM or the character, but it seemed like it had the potential to be a really annoying story arc. I think the little glimpses we've been getting into Chase and Cameron's relationship are very cute. I liked when she was practicing in front of the mirror and Chase was giving her a hard time. I also like how, every week, we get a little bit more insight into one or more of House's fellows. We learned about Cole, Brennan, and Taub. Now we need to know more about Kutner, Amber, and Thirteen. It looked like we might find out more about Thirteen next week. Maybe even (gasp) her NAME?
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
Ahhh, it was so silly when they showed the patient post-op and he looked like there had never been anything on his face at all. Cheese.
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