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Review and Recap of House Episode "The Down Low"

House Rundown, "The Down Low"

House is back (thank goodness!) and delivered an episode that was definitely worth the long Winter break. This week sees the beginnings of House and Wilson's domesticity and, yes, addresses their similarities to an old gay couple (to quote House, "We're two tigers away from Vegas" ha!). The whole scenario had me cracking up, but it was the patient that kept me guessing. Best of all: there isn't a single inkling of sexual tension between House and Cuddy for once. I needed a breather from that storyline, didn't you?

I hope that the writers keep up the good work, but for now, let's examine everything that happened (and the questions it raised in my mind) when you


  • This was yet another week when I thought, how the heck did House figure that out? There are even more twists than usual, between the patient Mickey's diagnosis (from toxins in his fat cells to an autoimmune disease) and Mickey himself (from supposed drug dealer to undercover cop). And when House pinpoints that he had bugged the room, too — how did he know?
  • Did you recognize Ethan Embry as Mickey? What a change from Can't Hardly Wait!
  • I loved House's ribbing on Chase's haircut ("Cameron get your hair in the divorce?"), but I sensed a bit of sexual tension between Chase and Thirteen when they're in the car for their "stakeout" — is that just me?
  • I jumped when I thought they were introducing a love interest for Wilson with new neighbor Nora (is it bad that I recognize her from Dawson's Creek?). Unfortunately, House makes her believe that they're gay to toy with Wilson and get into her pants. The whole mockery was hilarious to watch (an Evita listening party!) but kind of a letdown. Way to ruin it for Wilson, House. Hopefully it isn't the last we've seen of her.
  • Speaking of their Ambiguously Gay Duo routine, how perfect is Wilson's fake proposal? House deserves a taste of his own medicine sometimes.
  • What did you think about the back and forth games between Foreman and the team? I really thought they pulled the wool over Foreman's eyes by convincing him that they made more, but the joke is on them. Did you see that twist coming?
  • The faux Jack Bauer interrogation scene = AMAZING.
  • The writers really set up a question of morality, so let's get deep for a sec. Who do you think is worse: the drug-dealing associate for living a life of crime or the undercover cop for seeing to his arrest (even after his friend risks his own life to make him healthy)?

I can't wait to hear your thoughts about the episode — it's been way too long! So please, share your comments or head over to the House! group to chat some more.

Photos courtesy of Fox

LuniaFloria LuniaFloria 7 years
Missed this episode the night it ran, so I watched it today online (yes, I've been that busy). Ha... Kate returns! Love Sasha Alexander! And does anyone else besides me remember Ethan Embry from "That Thing You Do!" as the bass player (with no name- 'cause no one cares who the bass player is)?
DCBaxter DCBaxter 7 years
Great episode! I laughed so much! I hate to say I cared very little about the patient story line (though I love Ethan Embry. He'll always be Mark from Empire Records to me...). The bugging the room thing bugged (hehe) me too. I can understand the different channels, but how did he know to go behind the pillow? And I can't always follow exactly how House figures things out, so I find myself barely paying attention to the patient story lines. I recognized Nora from Dawson's Creek, too!
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
Yeah, a really terrific episode, but I also miss Cuddy/House-can't believe he was hitting on someone else! lol. I love Ethan Embry-thought I recognized him from somewhere-Sweet Home Alabama! And YES as much as I hate 13, her and Chase look good together and I prefer Chase over Foreman lol.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
My mom and I were crying from laughing so hard with the whole House & Wilson gay thing. It was so funny. Buzz, he figured out the room is bugged because electronics require an electrical channel. One channel is normally left free for cellular phone reception or anything that needs to be added. When 13 and House couldn't find an open channel for his bug, it's rather obvious something is blocking the channel. Since a cellular phone wasn't being used, it's pretty obvious the cop had bugged the room. I think this is one of my favorite episodes aside from the "split brain" patient (is it sad that I recognized him from A History of Violence?).
Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 7 years
I still miss the House and Cuddy thing.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
I laughed and laughed and laughed this episode. Jack Bauer, gay couple-ness, quips about Chase's was all definitely worth the wait. I also wondered, for a split second, about a love connection between Thirteen and Chase. I wouldnt mind that happening. I HATED her and Foreman together.
sarahcateh sarahcateh 7 years
Nora was also Kate from NCIS (I'm a nerd, I know). House knew that the room was bugged because there was too much interference with his bug, that's why it wasn't working properly. As to how he knew EXACTLY where it was.... that's just TV magic.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I thought this episode was fantastic. There was a lot going on, but it was handled really well so it was easy to follow. And I totally guessed that Foreman was pulling a prank back on the others, haha! Good stuff. I really hope the neighbor Nora shows up again. I love Sasha Alexander!
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