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TV Review: House, MD – “It’s a Wonderful Lie”

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Whew! That was a long hiatus… and it was just the warm-up. It was a gift to simply have a new House episode to chat about. By this time next week, we are back in the deep freeze of hiatus land again. With any hope, the WGA strike will be settled by this time next week as well, and we’ll have some idea as to how long this next hiatus will be. And hopefully the answer will not be “See you in September!” I so believe that Hugh Laurie has deserved and hopefully has enjoyed his extended time off, but…

So, now, finally, to episode 10, “It’s a Wonderful Lie.” Originally scheduled for airing as the Christmas episode, its title is a play on the name of the Jimmy Stewart Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. (The episode title is a sort of double irony because, as many Hugh Laurie fans know, Fry and Laurie did a fabulous parody of the movie for their sketch comedy show A Bit of Fry and Laurie during its fourth season! In that parody, Laurie plays Rupert Murdoch, adding to the irony because Murdoch owns, via Newscorp, FOX Broadcasting and makes House, MD possible!)

It's a Wonderful Life ponders what the world would be like had the main character (whose world is crashing down upon him) carried out his intended suicide. The world is shown to be much worse off for it. Stewart’s “wonderful life” has value and he is a force for good. The House episode, “It's a Wonderful Lie,” poses the question (obliquely) of what a world without lies might be like. It’s a subtle theme, not the main one, for sure. But I thought that it was a nice bit of irony on the original.

When House invokes his maxim, “everybody lies,” we are led to believe that House holds lying as a great evil meant to be uncovered at all costs, feelings be damned. But this episode plays with that notion, putting House in the position of defending lies as having value. To House, “everybody lies” is presented as a fact, implying no value judgment, no derision; it is an obstacle to the diagnostic process that must be overcome. Although most often used in connection with his medical philosophy, House also applies the dictum to his attempts to understand everything and everyone around him. It is the one great truth in which he believes, and an important tool in his defensive armor. “Truth begins in lies,” House once told Foreman. To understand the truth, in House’s world view, you need to uncover the deceptions that keep it hidden.

This week’s patient is a Maggie, a woman whose genetic defect makes her susceptible to breast cancer. But she’s had a prophylactic radical mastectomy (and no reconstructive surgery) as insurance against the disease. When she presents with symptoms that would suggest breast cancer, the team dismisses that diagnosis since she is unlikely to have it. But we eventually learn that, not only does “everybody lie” but things, too, can “lie,” including breast tissue. Despite her mastectomy, some breast tissue remained – and in an unlikely place. Realizing, ultimately, that even the most likely assumptions can obscure the truth, House properly diagnoses the patient, performing a bit of a Christmas miracle through his particular genius. New mantra: “Everything lies!”

I really loved how the episode played with the series’ overarching theme of truth and its place in House’s world. When the patient’s daughter, Jane, claims that mom never, ever lies, House doesn't believe her. And he’s right. Because there are all sorts of lies: lies of commission; lies of omission (what you don’t know won’t hurt you); white lies (also often to avoid hurting someone); rationalizations (lies to yourself).

House has an intense love-hate relationship with the truth. We know from season two’s “Daddy’s Boy” that House’s father never let anyone lie, and never lied to young Greg. “Great for boy scouts and witnesses, but terrible for a father,” he reflects darkly to Cameron, brooding in the dark of his office after his parents’ visit. Being being truthful to the point of hurtfulness is "child abuse,” he quips to Wilson in "Lie." It's a throwaway line, but one that has greater resonance if you know the character and his family history.

House lies all of the time, and to no one more than himself; he lies to those closest to him to maintain a stark emotional distance. Even his sex life, one gets the impression, is one designed to minimize any emotional connection. When Jane discloses that her mother now prefers sex lying on her stomach so that her partners can’t see her scars, resonates with House, who, like the patient, has his own physical (and emotional) scars. House is adept at hiding from them, lying to himself that they don’t define him and don’t matter. But we know they do, and he hates himself even more because they do.

Failing to understand why the patient insists on complete truth with her daughter, House argues to Wilson that lying can be a virtue. Wilson disagrees, bewildered that he is taking House’s usual default position:

W: When you care about someone – 

H: You lie to them. You pretend that their constant ponderous musings are interesting, you tell them that they're not losing their boyish good looks or becoming worn out and … [Referring, of course to Wilson]

W: I stand corrected. Loved talking with you. [But clearly annoyed, thus lying to House]

Late in the episode, Jane confronts her mother, telling her the cold, unvarnished truth that she was dying. House views this as a sort of once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. “Pure truth,” he called it — a hard truth told out of caring and for good; not used as a weapon, to beat down, break or control, as we might imagine his own father did, but to help her. To allow her to be a bone marrow donor. As her daughter, she should be a good match. But Jane is not aware of her mother’s lie of omission: that Jane is adopted. It is an ironic twist of a lie. Maggie lied to keep a promise made to Jane's birth mother.

I enjoyed the two side plots to the episode and how they tied into the overall theme of “a wonderful lie.” House’s subversion of Secret Santa was intended to insert conflict into his newly constructed team. The hiring process had built-in conflict, which, in House’s opinion, made the team sharper. So, seeing how chummy and secure they’re getting, he seeks to break them apart. House’s game gives us some additional insight into how he feels his team can best successfully work together.

Putting his own name on all of the cards, he is certain that after they figure out his ruse, they will conflict with each other as to how to approach it. Should they cooperate and gang up on House? Or should they compete for House's good graces, trying to outdo each other? Either way for House, it’s a win-win. As much as thriving on conflict within his team, House also operates best when his team challenges him. The last thing House wants or needs is a team of sycophants.

The second side plot involved a clinic patient, a woman presenting with a sore throat and a St. Nicholas medallion! House believes the patient to be a hooker (amused with the irony of a hooker who wears a St. Nicholas medallion around her neck). His assumptions about her dubious career are bolstered in a hilarious second clinic visit. Now presenting with a rash and darkened lips, he asks her if she does “donkey shows.” She admits to it, not mentioning the donkey show she does is not of the porno variety, but has a more sacred purpose. Leaving him a flyer for the show, she assures House that that he will enjoy it. House is delighted by the delicious irony of watching the prostitute carried by her donkey, as she plays the Virgin Mary in her church Christmas pageant.

I also loved the exchange outside the hospital where the solitary House quickly evades the office party, trying to escape it — not even taking the time to make a lewd comment to Cuddy or a sarcastic one to Wilson — only to have Wilson stop him outside. Wearing a reindeer hat. Or, as House says, a moose on a Jew. But it is this funny exchange that leads House to the correct diagnosis of breast cancer.

I have to add that this week’s musical score was just lovely. The jazz arrangements of several Christmas songs pervaded the episode, capped by House’s lovely singing. Hugh Laurie has a really nice voice. He way too often only uses it to comic effect — putting on a goofy accent, making you laugh at it rather than appreciate it. You get a strong sense that he is self-conscious about it, and as long as he’s “acting” while he’s singing (and the more comedic the better) he’s fine. But his rendition of the Christmas song, really for the first time that I can recall, highlighted what a really fine singing voice he possesses (Americanized accent and all), a beautiful baritone.

Next episode is "Frozen," airing directly after the Superbowl. The episode guest stars Mira Sorvino in what promises to be an emotionally powerful episode. I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Sorvino last week. You can read my interview with her.

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Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics, as well as a noted entertainment writer. Author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., her primary beat is primetime television. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality. She is a contributor to the book called Spiritual Pregnancy (Llewellyn Worldwide, January 2014) and has a story in Riverdale Ave Press' new anthology of zombie romance, Still Hungry for your Love. She is hard at work on what she hopes will be her first published novel.
  • Susanne

    Thanks for the review. It’s great as usual.

    I was in between in this ep. I loved his exchanges with Wilson. Some of the sexual comments I could have done. I really don’t feel anything towards the new team, it seems to crowded and they have no idea what to do with chase and cameron. I really miss them. It was good to see Chase and felt bad that both he an cameon didn’t play very much. I felt especially bad for Jennifer with having nothing to say. Feels like a slap in the face for me. 13 I just dont care for her character or her mysteries (hasn’t that been exhausted already?) that surrounds her, she was the bigges reason why I couldn’t invest myself in the story because she was always there and is it just me but isn’t she a bit nasty and a little rude especially with house and slamming his hand on the laptop? At least cameron actually had some warmth to her with 13 she is like the ice queen. Loved Hugh singing. I love Hugh Laurie. I felt it was a bit disjointed though. To be quite honest it wasn’t really fresh, it was te same old formula and the team just do nothing for me, I feel no chemistry between them. It could be just me though. For me personally it it wasn’the best episode and I felt a little dissapointed. I’m hopng that the Frozen ep will be better. I hope that the team wil come back soon and I hope the writers strike a deal soon.

  • Tammy

    I wasn’t impressed with this episode or the new team. They do nothing for me. I must admit that this episode was better than the rest of the season, but it is does not compare to calibre of the past three seasons. I cannot believe that the producers think that putting Chase in for two scenes and Cameron into the very last scene of the episode is considered to be back in their full time role. I mean Cameron didn’t even get to say anything!

    Thirteen annoyed me to bits. She thinks she’s the boss of the newbies and even House at times. The laptop scene was just plain rude. If she were to do that in real life, she would’ve been fired so fast. House lets her get away with indirectly insulting him and he praises her for it? What is he thinking? Kutner I thought was cute when he wanted to do the secret santa thing. And Taub, I don’t mind him too much.

    The highlight of the show was Hugh singing. That was absolutely lovely. As well as Wilson pulling on his antler. That made me smile and laugh.

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    Susanne and Tammy–Thanks as always for your comments. I thought that structurally the episode was back to the old formula (which I liked). I do feel a bit bad about Chase and Cameron not getting as much screen time, and I also think that 13 is very cold. Olivia Wilde actually said the same thing about her character. She is pretty cold. she’s the opposite of the warmer, more compassionate Cameron. I do like Kutner. He really adds something that no one else has added to the cast. He’s got a child-like enthusiasm that plays well against the soul-withered House, bitter Taub and the cold 13. Foreman’s just an ass.

    I watch for House (the character). And for me, I liked the focus on turning House’s “everybody lies” view slightly askew to explore what he really means by that. Is it a cynical assumption about people–or– does lying have an important role to play, so “everyone does it, I just need to uncover it to do my job”. I really liked that.

    I agree with both of you that Hugh’s singing was delicious! I think this is as close as I’ve heard to his real singing voice, and now I understand when Stephen Fry has said that he has a terrific voice, but refuses to use it except for comic effect. As a singer, I loved warmth in that nice baritone!

  • sdemar

    This episode was definitely back to the old Housestyle episodes. I really enjoyed it and was humored by the fact that we were back to the theme from the pilot episode of “Everybody Lies”.

    I didn’t pick up on it when I viewed the clips prior to the episode, but it stuck out like a sore thumb when the episode aired, and that was the comment that House made about “Honesty is child abuse”. It took me back to “Daddy’s Boy” and how House said his father had an “insane moral compass ….”. Totally honesty can be very destructive for a young child and we see how it impacted House. I think that is where we really get a glimpse at how sensitive House really is hidden behind that armor of his.

    My only complaint with this episode was the lack of that sexy and snappy bantering between my favorite couple, House & Cuddy.

    Good job, Barbara.

  • http://pointlessannointed.blogspot.com/ Colin

    ‘lo Barbara, just got the entire A Bit Of Fry and Lawrie for my birthday… So why am I here? Why do birds suddenly appear? (birdseed, you loon). Why does it always rain on me? (Yer Scottish yer gimp! Check the rainfall maps)… Mmmm, yes, that’s just to say it’s a mystery why I am here. Oh dear, I can feel a metaphysical storm a coming. Bananas!

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    Hi Sdemar–That child abuse comment (and it was really a throwaway line) really struck, particularly in light of House arguing later that lying has its purpose both to Jane and to Wilson. He said it as a quip, but we know, epsecially given House’s background and his relationship with his dad as explored both in Daddy’s Boy and in One Day One Room, that it has special resonance for him.

    Colin–welcome back! Oh that great “wonderful Life parody” in the fourth series of “Fry and Laurie”–how could I NOT mention it! Hugh as Rupert. Life without him. And House airing on Rupert’s network here in the US (although the series is produced by Universal, not Fox). A delicious irony.

    Barbara

  • Tammy

    Just a little note: It’s a Wonderful Life’s plot was to show George Bailey what life would have been like if he had never been born – because if he hadn’t he wouldn’t have been at the lake to save his brother Harry and Harry in turn wouldn’t have been in the war and wouldn’t have saved all those lives. It’s not about what would have happened if George had carried out his intended suicide, because the changes date back to before his attempt. I know that’s terribly nitpicky, but it’s the kind of thing that bothers me. Otherwise, great recap! It is funny about the Fry and Laurie episode and this House episode!

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    I love “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and device of what it means if George had never been born was great (and was used in the Fry and Laurie parody as well–what would have been had Rupert never been born). The episode obliquely asks what the world would be like if no one lied. The answer is: much worse off. That’s the connection I thought I was making, even if I wasn’t as clear as I might have been. Of course we could ponder what the world would be like without Gregory House, but I think that one’s been tackled in a couple of fanfiction stories. Thanks for the note and clarification.

    barbara

  • sue

    Again, a fascinating interpretation of a superbly written episode. You opened my eyes to many underlying themes I had not considered before. The scripts are so complex and integrated, it makes it hard to “get” everything the first time I watch. It is only after I watch several times that I can appreciate how wonderful the writing actually is. I don’t think there is another show on TV that can match the writing on House.

    I thought Hugh was great in this episode. I was pleased to see a return of the ponderous House rather than the snarky, superficial House we have seen this season. His range is absolutely incredible. It would be an interesting exercise to see how many known actors would have to be combined together to make up one Hugh, if that could even be done.Is there any actor out there who could match Hugh’s ability in any aspect of the way he plays House? For example, when House was talking to the girl in Autopsy, could any other actor pull off that scene with the intensity and range of emotion Hugh had? Who could play the serious aspect of House in a way equal to the way Hugh does? Who could play the comedy the way he does?

    I was not at all impressed with the new team, or with the new Foreman. Foreman has become a drone, robotic in his emotions and in his delivery; he has lost what he fought last season to preserve in himself. None of the new actors has much personality, and the characters are uninteresting. I have never seen any chemistry between them and House. The producers wanted to do something to keep the show from getting stale; what they ended up doing was giving House a team that is dead in the water. The secret Santa aspect never got off the ground, mostly because the actors don’t have the ability to bring it to life in a compelling way. There is no conflict, no emotion, no connection between House and these characters. By the 10th episode of season one, there was so much chemistry between the team and House and within the team that you felt like you were watching a program that had been on for years. Now, the program feels disjointed, the flow is interrupted, what happens with the team just doesn’t matter at all.

    I just don’t see the reason to keep Chase and Cameron on the show, if they are only going to have tiny little parts. They only serve to remind us of what is missing in the new team.

    It would have been nice to see Cuddy have a say in House struggle with truth and lies. Her character has become trivialized; this was an opportunity to show some substance in her character.

  • hl_lover

    First off, excellent review, Barbara!
    I love how you cover the episode’s dealings with truth, lies, and the irony in life. Some have complained that this episode had nothing ‘fresh’ to offer, but the exploration of House’s views on truth and lying was another interesting tidbit to lay down in its place among the other puzzle pieces that make up Gregory House, MD.

    Getting off on a slight tangent and addressing a point brought up by poster ‘sue’, I admire Shore grabbing the bull by the horns, so to speak, and proactively planning for the show’s future without some of the original actors. Maybe they saw it coming, the younger actors leaving as they move on to other projects in their careers, maybe they saw the show becoming too static and fixed, maybe they felt the original ducklings were not going to be able to offer much more information about House through their interactions with him. Whatever the reason, to me it seems like they jumped into this enthusiastically and perhaps too suddenly. I’ve always gotten the impression that House is a well thought-out show, with a master plan to guide each season as it explores and explains the main character. However, this time, the plan might not fully have been in place, and a bit more of ‘flying by the seat of their pants’ seems to be going on.
    My guess is that Morrison, Spencer, and Foreman are slowly being exited stage right, and not all that gracefully, and this season was to serve as a transition between Duckling Team I and Team II. The new team has not jelled yet, has not found their own rhythms and patterns of interaction, and really this is most comparable to the Pilot episode, not to ‘episode 9 of season One’ as mentioned above by another poster. They are coming off ‘survivor’ mode and now beginning the ‘team’ mode. It’s going to take them a while to lose the competitiveness bred into them from the first 9 episodes of this season.
    For this reason, I am reserving judgment about the new team. Too bad this season may actually be over…it makes me very sad.

    Thanks for letting me blather, Barbara! :)

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    Hi Sue–thanks (as always) for your kind comments and taking the time to offer your take.

    I think like HL_L, we need to give them a bit of time. There were 9 episodes of House with the team by episode 9 of the first season. Chase and Cameron had been with him up to that moment. Foreman alone had just joined the staff. House is still trying to play with his new toys, while also trying to use them. Unfortunately, the strike intervened just as the season should have been really beginning to kick into high gear. The new team have been together for only one episode, so veee shall see.

    I was never that excited about Cameron. I don’t really think she made a real character from the material. Chase really took the role and ran with it–and I will miss him if he fades away. Foreman…meh.

    You are so right about Hugh’s range. Just amazing. The reason his snark works is because of his underlying vulnerability (and not his damgagedness); the angst works because of his light comedic touch and flawless timing. The humor works because of the emotional damage he bears. It’s a perfect storm of a performance.

    HL_L–I agree that this might be a transition year. But, and this just occurred to me, what if they will reshuffle some of the old team back. Maybe they’re not (like House is not) sure of his decisions. He already indicated that he’d like to have kept Chase. I’d like to see Foreman go. Get rid of 13 (I’m not all that crazy about her, although IMHO, she’s a superior actor to JM) and bring Chase back into the mix. Keep Cameron where she is–wanting to be back in, but not.

    I’d love to see more stuff with Cuddy. There are lots of directions they can go in for all of them. I want the strike settled so we can all find out!

  • Ann

    Yeah, Barbara! I’m glad to read that you enjoyed it as I did, and to find somebody that agrees with me that “Mary” is not a prostitute. I thought it was a terrific episode. I loved Hugh’s singing, the scenes with Wilson, and the lovely parting shot of Hugh’s smiling face. I do agree that the new team seems disjointed, but I’ve decided to sit tight and give the story a chance to play out. None of us have any ideas what Shore & Company have in mind. I’ve loved their work so far so I’ll save my judgement until it’s up and running again. This was definitey one of those episodes where the dialogue seems superficial the first time you hear it, but is really jam packed full of little gems. I’ve read in a lot of places that the lie theme has been run into the ground, but isn’t that the basic canon of the show?? I see that theme playing out continually until the end of the series. I hope at some point we get to see House and his dad interact again. I don’t particularly care for 13, but I don’t hate her, either. I’m thinking that because JM, JS, and OE appear in the opening credits and advertising instead of the newbies that maybe the plan is to bring them back. Hopefully the strike will come to a close in the very near future and we can find out. Thanks for the wonderful review.

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    Hi Ann–

    I just rewatched it (3rd time) and I have to say that even the by the third time there were nuances and moments that I missed before. That linger on House’s face at the end. What a gorgeous shot. The eyes.

    Although the theme of lies is pretty much a constant on the show, I don’t think it’s been examined in quite the same way. Even Wilson was surprised at House’s atitude (which we take as a matter of course, of coure)

  • Robin

    I really enjoyed this episode and this season. I was never emotionally invested in the old team and I want to give the new team a chance. One thing different about them is they are not instantly appalled by House’s every action. 13 and Kutner seem to appreciate his humor and Taub is not easily shocked. I don’t think Foreman should be there and I can’t imagine him being satisfied with this new job for long. He is too ambitious to settle for laying back and reading the paper. And he is arrogant enough to believe he is just as good as House, and can be a new and improved version. I loved the secret santa and House’s twisted version of why people buy each other crap. I laughed each time he passed the stocking at the table. I don’t know if it was just me, but in the last scene when House left the party and saw both teams greeting each other, he seemed to have a look of envy and ambivalance. He would have liked to joined them but knew he wasn’t invited. Any thoughts!

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    Thank for your comments, Robin. I’ve thought alot about that scene. A couple of possibilities come to mind.

    So often we see House on the outside looking in. There he was (once again) the outsider. I don’t think he wanted to be involved in the partying. But I do think he succeeded in unifying them against him in a way that will help House. He needs people to challenge each other and House. It’s how he operates. So maybe the Secret Santa game really went more as planned than he let on. But I’m not entirely sure. That little nod to Foreman…not sure what that meant either.

  • Ann

    You’re right, Barbara. The theme of lies hasn’t been examined quite like that before, and that’s good. The point I’m trying to make is that lies will always be discussed is some way, shape or form. I’ve read a lot from others that think that well is dry and they proved the other night that’s not so.

    A poster on another forum called that ending shot “one smarmy, cute, adorable, but digustingly dirty look.” And I have to say that I quite agree. Only Hugh could do all of that at once. HL and RSL just make the relationship between House and Wilson better all of the time.

  • sue

    In my post above, I compared the new and old teams regarding their acting quality. Many people said they will give the new team a chance, now that they are “a team.” I compared the new team in episode 10 to the old team at the same episode number in the first season.

    I don’t think it makes any difference whether the actors were part of a team or not, when judging their charisma and talent. A great actor would stand out in a crowd, a good actor would attract more attention than others, and a mediocre actor would blend with the crowd. None of the current team would have done more than blend in with the rest had they not been singled out. As the candidates were whittled down during the survivor arc, these actors still did not stand out. They have had plenty of time to show why they are unique, and none of them has done that. Their acting stays the same episode to episode. 13 is not a better actor than Cameron. I thought Jennifer played Cameron very well. Her acting range is large, and she has the charisma that character needed. OW plays 13 in one dimension–off-putting. No facial expression or body language. She is just a pretty girl saying lines.

    The old actors were individually great right from the start, regardless of whether they were a team. Don’t forget, the new actors had three seasons to learn the flow and nuances of the show. That experience didn’t help them. It should be easier to walk into a show than to create one from the beginning, when everyone is new.

    I predict that this team will not get better with time.

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    Hi Ann–We shall see as time goes on. I like Jeniffer. She grew up in the town next to mine and her dad was the music director at our neighboring High School. I would not agree (but of course everyone has their own opinion) that JM has a lot of range (at least not in this role.) There are flashes that she will develop it, but not often enough. She lacks the naturalism of JS, for example…or Cal Penn. Peter Jacobson is another hometown guy (they do like their Chicago actors out in Houseland :) ). His character is angry and arrogant, but I like the fact that he’s sneaky about it. He’s not off-putting like Omar Epps. No, he’s not made an indelible imprint, but he’s sort of skulking round in the background, sort of like First Season’s Chase–but better at it. could see him do real damage to House–unlike any of the others. He’d like to learn from House(although as a doctor who is House’s contemporary, he may believe that he has very little to learn–and is simply switching fields). 13: I’m not sure I like her. She’s cold and inexpressive. So far, she’s pretty one note, but I think she’s intended to be that. She’s quite different than Olivia Wilde, who seems much more bubbly and open than the character she plays.

    Barbara

  • Susanne

    I agree on JM but I think it might be the fact that she wasn’t given much material to sink her teeth into, it was always in between her being one of the love interests for House or being morally outraged. I think that could have given her fresh material. The same with cuddy, there has to be more to her than her relationship with house, I’m getting tired of her trying to stop House and lecturing him only to have her give in to him and then there is also the fact that she is another love interest for House. It drives me crazy. I want to know more about cameron, cuddy, wilson and chase but the writers ain’t giving them anything fresh. I love JS and have seen him on neighbours when he starred as Billy Kennedy (I grew up watching him because I live in Australia)and I knew he had a good future carrer for him especially when I saw him in swimming upstream.
    13 I don’t care for and Taub I can tolerate him but want to see more. If they have to choose at least one person it has to be kutner. 13 just gives me the creeps especially when she is so cold. I hoping that we can see the new and old team work together.

  • Ade

    Many thanks for the review. It was excellent!

    I did enjoy this episode a lot. I missed a little the old formula after all that survivor-like arc they had in the past episodes this season.

    That being said, I’m still not that sure about the new team. I do like Taub, who, as you say, is already a doctor. I like it that he can allow himself to be surprised by new developments in a case he may not have considered, but yet is able to hold his ground when he feels its the right time.

    Kutner and 13 I’m not sure about at all. I never saw what reason House had to pick either of them. I enjoy Kutner’s enthusiasm and humor, though. He’s fresh. 13, I really don’t see the point.

    As for the older fellows, I agree that only Chase is the one that evolved into a character worth keeping. Maybe Cameron for balance, which would be better than 13 if you ask me. Way too cold, as you mentioned. Foreman, meh.

    I loved the underlying theme, loved the young daughter, and loved the clinic patient. Missed Cuddy a little, but Wilson more than made up for it! House was excellent as always. What a luxury one can think that is a given, right?

    Oh, and did HL’s voice sound deeper in song, or am I crazy?

    wow. Long comment for a beginner. Sorry!

  • Roberto

    I agree with Ann. In general, I miss the team and the dynamics that go along with it. House as the outsider added to the storyline and its one of the first episodes that he really demonstrated that. Having that song by Teddy Brent as he is looking into the window was a bit depressing, but added to givinig us a new dimension into Houses mind. Peter Jackson plays a wonderful sneak!

  • http://community.livejournal.com/house_reviews Barbara Barnett

    Ade–not to long for a first post. Welcome and thanks for posting your comments. I’m going to reserve judgment on the team(s). And we shall see. I would have liked to see more Cuddy in this episode and hopefully we wll see more of her both tomorrow night and on Tuesday.

    Hugh’s singing voice has a lot of variety and range, like his speaking voice–ah those flexible vocal chords. I loved his singing.

    Looking forward to tomorrow night!

    Barbara

  • Tammy

    I agree with you Sue. Jennifer is a better actress then Olivia. Jennifer could carry Cameron through different situations and you could tell what they were. I myself, could see it because there was change in facial expressions, tone and body language. I get nothing when I see Thirteen. There is no difference between scenes or episodes. Absolutely nothing.

    I love the dynamic of the old team. They truly worked as a team and could really have conversations with each other. I can’t see chemistry between the new team and doubt we will. The new team is boring. If that was the change they wanted, then well done. All I see is a group of 3 people, where one will always try to dominate the other.

  • Bubbles

    I agree with everyone that said: The old team had better dynamics… Only cuz it’s true. The new team is not really sticking, and still trying to 1-Up the others like they are still playing Survivor. They shouldn’t – they should act like doctors and show emotions to different situations.

    Ok, about this debate about Cameron and 13… Jennifer is a WAY better actress, I’ve seen her in like 10 of her movies (call me obsessed if you want) and she has a really big range – happy, sad, confused, scary/scared etc. Olivia, I haven’t seen in any previous work except House. I know I don’t have the knowledge to make judgements. But, 13 is standing out like Cameron did the first episode I saw.

  • Ann

    Well, Barbara, I stand corrected. I just read an interview with Pam Davis, the writer of this episode, and she confirms that “Mary” was indeed a hooker! Maybe I just didn’t want to believe it.