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Review and Recap of House Episode The Tyrant 2009-10-06 12:30:35

House Rundown, "The Tyrant"

This week's episode of House brought us right back to the usual formula. You know, unknown medical mystery that causes the team to pull together to figure it out. Only this time, the team goes through some internal turmoil, as the person with the ailment is a genocidal dictator — played by an always terrific James Earl Jones.

Personally, I think this episode is the start of a long arc for the season. What did you think? I've got a boatload of questions to ask you (spoilers ahead!) when you


  • First of all, let's skip to the end. When Dibala's blood work comes up positive, I had a feeling Chase is cooking the results. Were you surprised to find out that Chase is OK with killing him? How do you think this is going to affect the show? I'm assuming that Chase and Cameron's relationship is going to go south because of it. Maybe this is how the writers are taking Jennifer Morrison out of the show?
  • Now that there's this huge secret between them, how do you think the dynamic between Foreman and Chase is going to change?
  • Do you think Thirteen is going to come back to Princeton Plainsboro, and is Taub already gone?
  • Speaking of Thirteen, I am so over her relationship with Foreman. Do you think they'll stay broken up for good this time?
  • I know he was playing an awful homicidal tyrant, but does anyone else get excited when they hear James Earl Jones' voice?
  • Did you like seeing House work with the old gang again? I loved it, but as House said, "Oh my god, it's three years ago."
  • As always, I loved the House/Wilson dynamic. It was fun to see House try to be a better person, although I wished Wilson could've believed him more. And is that a True Blood reference that Wilson utters? I swear he says 'Sookie' after his vampire joke.
  • While the old team soaks up all the drama, House provides the comic relief. My favorite bit of the evening is when House breaks in and drugs Wilson's neighbor. Did anyone else immediately yell, "OMG! It's like Dexter!"? Although I have to admit, that stuff with the mirror seemed more like magic tricks and not medicine.
  • This episode definitely looks like it's setting us up for a larger story. Where do you think the writers will take us next?

What were your thoughts on this week's episode? Let me know in the comments below, and to chat more about the show, join the House! group in Community.

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cibele cibele 7 years
My Chase, why did you do? :(
shin79 shin79 7 years
The mirror therapy is very amazing. It's been in the works in research and experimenting with those with phantom limbs for awhile
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I was extremely shocked! I have my theories about Cameron and stuff. I have no idea. I think it will affect them a bit. Foreman (even though he did an incredibly nice thing) seems to be about himself and will probably just cut Chase out after saving him from jail. I don't know about Taub, but 13 is definitely coming back. I don't think they will. Sorry, I didn't. That was the greatest line and I loved it! I love the Ducklings!! House and Wilson=♥. I didn't hear him saw Sookie or anything. I thought it was going to be a trick, but I wasn't really paying attention to the episode. I was soo scared when House did that though because I was so sure that he was going to go to jail or something. I was really worried. I have no idea.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
LOVED this episode. It was so so amazing. Wilson cracking the True Blood joke - I actually had to rewind and turn the volume up to make sure I wasn't crazy when he said that! SO funny. I definitely loved James Earl Jones - I kept thinking to myself "it's Mufasa!". As soon as Chase offered to get the blood for Cameron, I KNEW he was going to fake the results somehow. Poor Foreman, he felt so bad thinking he killed the man when it wasn't his fault. But I'm still glad he burned the paper in the end. I can't wait to see the aftermath of this. oh man. sooo good.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Apparently mirror box therapy is a real thing:
Allyace Allyace 7 years
I really liked this episode. It was so awesome to have Chase and Cameron at the heart of the story rather than in the background. I'm really going to miss Cameron :(. I'm betting she either leaves by trying to cover for Chase OR Chase was covering for her and it comes out. I also yelled "Oh man, it is just like Dexter!"
FireFly44 FireFly44 7 years
I loved this episode! Very interesting to see how Cameron/Chase will come out of this in the end..he seemed really guilty about it and I could see that ending their relationship or her leaving him. I also love the House/Foreman/Chase/Cameron team. I am so sad Jennifer is leaving...those 4 have way better chemistry than 13 or Taub do with House. The mirror therapy is very amazing. It's been in the works in research and experimenting with those with phantom limbs for awhile. I remember reading about it a few years ago and being very intrigued. So crazy how the brain works!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Wilson did, in fact, say "Sookie." (My boyfriend is hard of hearing so we always watch with the closed-captioning on) Said boyfriend also said "Hey, it's just like Dexter!" :rotfl: I was wondering about Taub. Is that it for him, he's just gone, no fanfare, nothing? He wasn't one of my favorite characters but I found him amusing sometimes. And I wonder if Thirteen is going to leave. I kind of doubt it because if Cameron is leaving, they're going to need to keep a young, attractive female in the cast.
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