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TV Review: House, M.D. — “Here Kitty”

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I confess. I do not like cats. They are, to be sure, pretty to look at (Persian’s my favorite) and have exotic eyes. (And I do have a thing for eyes.) But I’m much more of a dog person. My first thought when I’d heard that last night’s House episode “Here Kitty” was to be about a cat, I cringed (well, only slightly). I’m also not as much of a fan of House-light (hearted):  episodes that are light (but never fluffy) and a bit more comedic than the dark, serious, angst-ridden House that I love.

That being said, the idea of a cat that can predict death sounds interesting, and presents an irresistible challenge for Dr. Gregory House. To me, House has always been a sort of the “anti-Mulder.”

On the 1990s FOX series The X-Files, Fox Mulder was the FBI agent who “wants to believe” in supernatural phenomena. He spent many seasons trying to prove that supernatural phenomena exist and are not the products of misplaced hope and a deranged imagination.

House tries (sometimes beyond reason, as Wilson suggests in “Here Kitty”) to identify the rational/scientific reason for everything. Unusual events are coincidence; everything can be scientifically explained. So what could be more like cat-nip to House than to be presented with a patient who insists she’s dying because a psychic cat sleeps next to her?

Morgan West works at a nursing home where a cat seemingly predicts patients’ deaths by curling up and sleeping alongside them. The cat only chooses to cuddle up to patients who shortly thereafter kick the bucket. The seemingly psychic cat has now elected to sleep next to Morgan. Freaked out the cat’s prediction of her death, she fakes a seizure in the clinic to be admitted onto House’s service.

But after the team dismisses her as a victim of the psychiatric disorder Munchausen’s syndrome, (and with seemingly good reason), House, who seems fascinated by the cat (and very interested in debunking its reputation) insists Morgan really is sick after all. More than being interested in what ails Morgan, House is determined to discover the rational explanation behind the cat and its seemingly mystical powers. Ultimately, House’s relentless pursuit to understand Puss’ karma leads him to diagnose her (real) illness—and one that would have killed her.

Beneath the episode’s light surface lurks some darker and more serious themes (of course). House finally figures out the mystery of the cat when it curls up on his laptop computer. The cat isn’t drawn to the dying, reasons House, it’s the warmth. (Anyone who uses a laptop knows how toasty warm that keyboard can get.) People with fevers, and the warming blankets placed on wasting away and dying patients in a nursing home beckon the heat-seeking kitty. It is this last bit of information, House’s understanding of the cat’s “motives,” that produces the key to Morgan’s medical condition.

So in the end,  House has his rational scientific explanation.  But Morgan challenges him, suggesting as did the priest in the recent episode “Unfaithful,” that coincidence and rational explanation can co-exist with “miracles” and faith. As Einstein said: “miracles are God’s way of remaining anonymous.” She asks the ever-cynical House why the cat (who had disappeared) chose that moment—just in time to save her from a dangerous brain surgery—to hop up onto his computer. Could it be divine intervention by an anonymous God?

In a sense, everyone in “Here’s Kitty” seems to be trying to hold onto their beliefs against a siege. Morgan steadfastly believes in a cat predicting death as a connection to the afterlife because she wants to ascribe meaning to her own personal losses. She needs to believe in something, and even after House bursts her bubble about the cat, she still clings to that faith, challenging House’s rational explanation. Taub, whose life is falling apart, has faith in a man he hasn’t seen in years because he needs to believe his life can be better. He is the classic scam victim, looking for a way out of a terrifying financial hole with a quick fix—manna from heaven. Unlike Morgan, Taub’s faith (in more than an old friendship) is shattered.

No matter what House does to mock and challenge Kutner’s belief in his childlike superstitions, he clings to them. He survives the siege, and ultimately wins a battle of mind games with House (that goes far beyond mere superstition). And of course House is relentlessly obsessed with the cat, insistent in his belief—beyond everyone else’s doubt—that the cat is not the least supernatural. Even Wilson calls him on it, failing to understand House’s (apparently) irrational pursuit of an explanation—and his unequivocal faith that science can explain everything. By the episode’s end, he has his explanation, but he has no response for Morgan’s challenge to it.

Although there was much to enjoy in “Here’s Kitty,” I definitely did not enjoy House’s goading of Taub. Yes. Taub is defiant and argumentative for the sake of being argumentative. And I get that House needs to assert himself as the alpha-doctor on the team. Unlike the rest of House’s fellows, Taub is a successful surgeon whose career went off the rails for personal, not professional, reasons. I’ve always contended that Taub may prove to be a more dangerous adversary to House than Foreman ever could be.

House usually has a point to his nastier behavior, however remote that point may be. Even as he goaded 13 about Huntington’s Disease, it was intended to get her to deal with it; to stop her self-destructive behavior and do something. With Taub, it’s just mean. Does he see a threat and simply intends to break Taub’s spirit? That wouldn’t make sense since House has no use (and doesn’t even like) fellows who can’t hold their own against him. Is he trying to find Taub’s limits? House keeps pushing and Taub pushes back. Will he push until Taub simply stops pushing back? Again, not like House to do that. To me it seems that House is hazing Taub for no other reason than to make him even more miserable than he is already. And that’s the Dr. Gregory House for whom I have no affection. The look on House’s face when he sees Taub sitting in the office at the end of the episode, all hope shattered, suggest that perhaps House know’s he’s gone a step too far.

On the other hand, I found House playing with Kutner’s childlike superstition an enjoyable diversion. Umbrellas open inside; spilled salt, ladders that cannot be avoided, all of those Friday the 13th sort of myths most of us gave up by the time we turned 16. (Hmm. Wonder if the theme had to do with the episode’s proximity to a real Friday the 13th?)

Is it wrong to admit that I really loved the scene in which Cuddy and House watched the news footage about the cat? House, sitting on Cuddy’s sofa, sucking a lollipop (but not a red one?), seemed very comfortably planted next to her. And, of course, House’s “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die” ala Auric Goldfinger made me smile.

Due to a network scheduling change there will be no new House episode next week. “Locked In” will air March 30. A preview of “Locked In can be found on the FOX Official House site.

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Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her debut novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse comes out October 11 from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."
  • My understanding is that Taub didn’t *really* know that guy. “I was two years behind you in school” is generic enough to be untrue. Taub was desperate to believe in the very existence of an old relationship as well as the value of that imagined relationship.

    Taub wasn’t just insulting to House, who can take it, but to Kuttner. That was uncool.

    You noticed that House noticed Thirteen serving coffee to Foreman, yes? Unfortunately, that may revive things soon. 🙁

  • barbara barnett

    Phillip–Yes, Taub’s willingness to grab onto a guy he barely knows (if at all) shows his desperation.Or maybe the guy preys on people who went to his high school and knew had gone on to be successes. Creepy dude.

    Taub was nasty to Kutner (who I think is a big ole teddy bear). No one should be mean to him. Love that combination of real smarts, creativity and genuine sweetness. (and maybe the sweetness is his defense)

    Yes, I did notice House noticing “14.” I think they’re out of the forefront for the moment.

  • marykir

    I only watched once – and was more than a little distracted by problems with the signal from my Fox stations – but my impression was that House was trying to goad Taub into making a decision about his future in much the same way he goaded 13. Or for that matter, the way he goaded Taub about his infidelity. If Taub is going to be useful to House, he needs to come to terms with his reduced finances – and, based on one of the deleted scenes, to be honest with his wife about them.

  • barbara barnett

    marykir–I think you’re probably right. But he really pushed hard on the pretty secretive Taub. I think House may have pushed one button too far. We shall see.

  • Stagestruck


    Perhaps I’m reading way too much into this, but I think House’s goading of Taub was a way to get him to fess up about his finances, in the same way as the cheating issue. Being his boss and knowing his financial and marital situations, I’m thinking he’s not much use to House being so distracted. House knows he’s looking for another job, or at least the temptation is there. The thing I can’t get out of my head is Taub’s confession to his wife (in a previous episode) that he can’t live without her, whether or not they have kids – she’s his anchor. He’s terrified she’s going to leave him because he’s broke. He’s attempted suicide before, and I think the signs are there that he may try again should she bolt. Someone is taking a powder at the end of the season, perhaps this is leading up to a pretty horrifying way of getting rid of Taub as a character. He is isolating himself from the team, especially Kutner, who considers Taub his friend in many respects. His future prospects are diminishing, his marriage is far from stable, and his job, though slightly rewarding on a personal level, can never really give him the prestige of his former glory days. House is no dummy, and I think that if Kutner could figure out Taub’s suicide attempt, I’m pretty sure House also has a clue. These developments in Taub’s life could be major rationalizations to provoke him to suicide. Because of this, I find it very poignant that House made sure that Taub knew his job was there for him no matter what. Strange considering he tends to play dangle the carrot with his fellows regarding their positions. Still, House looking on him through the glass at the end, knowing that troubles for Taub are escalating, I think that this story line is far from over.

    I also could be completely wrong and TPTB actually bump off 14, but yeah…I’m pipe dreaming.

  • cj_housegirl

    Hi Barbara,

    I love your blog reviews, and usually agree with you on a lot, but I’m going to, respectfully, disagree with your interpretation of House’s meanness to Taub. I think House is acting with tough love here. He is not being mean for the sake of being mean.

    What we have learned about Taub thus far:

    * he may have attempted suicide, an act that even Taub said is selfish, but it is also an act that solves difficult problems quickly.

    * he signed a non-compete order rather than tell his wife the truth. The truth would have saved his career as a surgeon, he may have still left that workplace but he would not have had to sign the quick compete — again a quick fix all to save a delusion about his marriage.

    * he married a woman who doesn’t want children, and yet, Taub seems to want children. She was apparently quite clear on this matter and her decision. He deluded himself into thinking that with time she would eventually change her mind. Did he take the quick/easy route here as well?

    * he’s been challenging House on what cases he should take, not only in this episode but in other episodes. He’s acting as if he has a bigger position than he does. He challenges House based on an illusion that he is House’s equal in stature when he is not. House is a dept. head, Taub is his fellow. Taub works for House, but he deludes himself into thinking it is more than it is.

    * Taub fell into this guy’s scam BECAUSE he believes in quick fixes and deludes himself about his life and his lifestyle. Hey, the guy offered Taub a job, an investment, the delusion that he could keep his lifestyle the way it is despite his financial losses & Taub fell for it in a BIG way.

    House challenges Taub on all of these points. He lets Taub know that he does not have the stature that he thinks he does; he tells him that it wasn’t courage that got him to tell his wife the truth, it was guilt, which is why he calls Taub a coward because Taub doesn’t or won’t face the consequences of his actions.

    Taub ignores them or deludes himself into believing they don’t matter, or that the results were somehow different than what they actually were.

    House may not always face himself, but he has faced the consequences of his decisions that he has made for himself and that others have made for him. I don’t think House deludes himself about anything that has happened in his life, be it the infarction, the drug addiction, his driving Wilson away, Amber’s death, etc. etc.

    IMO, the sadness that you see on House’s face at the end is the realization that Taub took the easy route again. Taub came back even though House knew it was the last thing Taub really wanted to do. In fact, House made it as difficult as possible for Taub to come back, yet Taub still showed up and brought the donuts.

    I think House is frustrated, but also concerned about Taub. I don’t think he is being mean for the sake of being mean he is trying to force Taub to face the realities of his life. His reveal of Taub’s financial situation means Taub can’t hide that fact from his co-workers, he can’t lie to himself or to House and his team about the truth because they already know it.

    One of the things I have always loved about House is that he does let his fellows come back. He does support them. Foreman has quit and come back and has been fired and been allowed back, House has fired 13 and hired her back, now Taub has quit and come back.

    The only two who have not come back are Cameron and Chase. I believe that Chase was fired because House was aware that Chase wasn’t leaving otherwise. He had to be pushed out the nest, but once Chase left he realized he really didn’t need House anymore.

    Cameron has been asked back by House in S1 and a number of times since she quit at the end of S3. Interesting.

    Taub came back because while House may seem mean, ultimately House offers Taub a place of security, a place where he can’t hide.

    Anyways, I’m really starting to like the House-Taub dynamic. They’ve been consistent in writing Taub’s character and how he deals with truth and self-deception. House is all for the truth, not so much about self-deception, which was a huge theme in Monday’s episode – not just superstition and religion, but how those are used to deceive ourselves about our lives.

    I’m stopping here, sorry this is so long, but this is an episode that needs to be watched a couple of times because there is a lot in it. I think I could write an essay – and I just may have!

  • barbara barnett

    Good points. I will watch this one again, keeping House in mind. When House pushes that hard it makes me cringe a bit. I know he’s a jerk, but…

    I had the same reaction in “Whatever it takes” in season four. I don’t often, though.

  • Val

    I, unfortunately, only get to watch once until the DVDs come out, but this time I didn’t really feel I needed one.

    For better, worse, or in-btwn, this episode was definitely on the light-side, though I didn’t think it was House-lite. House was a bit obsessed with the cute cat(I grew up with cats and thought Debbie was a cool cat especially as House shoved her in a bag so many times, poor thing), but it made for some quite funny moments. He was an important factor of every story particulary Taub. I agree that House was/is concerned about where Taub is headed.

    I was so happy to see Kutner pull one over on House! He has seemed a bit intimidated by House since the beginning (understandably so), now though it feels as if the playing field has been evened ever so slightly. Though I did feel the cranberry farce was just plain mean…I was actually thinking something was wrong with House.

    Kutner and Taub’s friendship has progressed well and it was nice their moments together felt real. A sense of realness (is that even a word) has returned to House/Cuddy as well in the past couple episodes. A lot of the bickering felt early-House; they seem comfortable with each other again. I hope the future won’t change it.

    Overall, a cute episode (though perhaps not my favorite) and the light-side was apppreciated as I think it’s going to get pretty deep as it has much of this excellent season.

  • barbara barnett

    We’ve really had so few “light” episodes this season, so I felt slightly mean complaining at all. No, it wasn’t Dr. House-lite. But House-lite. Plenty of House, and a good mix of the characters/cast.

    Like you, Val, I liked the easy comfort (with a little subtext in glances and body language) between House and Cuddy; I have always liked the Taub-Kutner relationship. They are friends. I agree it’s going to get very intense very quickly as the last six episodes air.

  • mandy

    Longtime House watcher, first-time commentor.

    I agree with cj_housegirl’s analysis of what House what attempting to do with Taub.

    While this episode wasn’t as ‘meaty’ as “The Social Contract”, I enjoyed the light moments & the theme of superstition. To me, the best moment [comedy-wise] was the scene with House, Wilson, & the hidden cat in the elevator “Stop, Dr. Wilson! It’s just not cute anymore.”

    I also have a question: I know he didn’t do it in this episode, but HL has not been limping as consistently or as much as in prior seasons. Is this a plot device, or was the strain causing by heavy fake-limping just too much? Thanks.

  • I have to disagree with many of the comments here. I love your reviews and only started reading them recently. I felt this was one of the weakest episodes of Season Five. Perhaps because it was “light,” but I honestly felt that for the first time, the character of House was actually underwritten. I dislike the character of Taub almost as much as I dislike Thirteen, although if I had to choose…I miss Chase, and seeing him in one scene in the past two episodes has reminded me why. His chemistry with House and his superior acting chops are badly needed, IMO.

    I enjoyed the Kutner scenes, both with Taub and House. My only qualm is that Kutner is getting to be as funny as House, which throws the balance of the show off. Kal Penn is a very talented comedian, and while it’s great that the writers are letting him show that off, I’m not sure it plays properly on this show.

    I’m also surprised I didn’t enjoy this episode more, since not only I am a cat person, one of my cats looks just like the one on the show!

  • Jaim

    First, does anyone else think that at the end when the cat comes back to sit next to Taub that it was a foreshadowing of his future demise? I also wonder if much like the nurse, Taub will look like he’s on his way to death, but an anonymous God moment will pull him back.
    I too felt amazingly sad for Taub in this episode. He really feels worthless now, and I felt that House was way over the line this time. I think that even House knew that he had ‘poked the sharp stick’ a little too much this time. Hopefully, Kutner won’t give up on Taub even though he was pushing him away. I think Kutner could be much like Taub’s own kind of Wilson. He could be a refuge from all his failings. They seem to get each other and have a genuine comraderie. I hope that Kutner continues to openly show Taub that he does care about his
    Now to get to the importance of the title. “Here, Kitty.” is a phrase used to draw a cat back to you, to persuade them, or coerce them to trust you enough to crawl in your arms. What I noticed in the episode, beyond the cat, was that Taub was the ‘kitty’ in much of this episode. He meets someone who supposedly comes from his old highschool and is a CEO. He offers him all the easy answers, fun night on the town, and a feeling that he could once again be an important man. The man dangles all of these tempting opportunites in front of Taub, deducing that they are his catnip. Hopefully, Taub will eventually find something more profound to place his self-worth on in the future. He needs to develop an identity that doesn’t rest on how other people see him i.e. His wife, His old business partners, and even House.
    I also liked the Cuddy/House scenes this episode. I thik it is amazing that the two of them merely sitting side by side on a couch watching a tape can be the sexiest thing ever.

  • ns

    I too have a “copy” of the cat in the show. I LLLLLLOOOOVVVVVVEEEED this episode. There were several moments where House’s behavior made me cringe as well, and that’s what I’ve always LOVED about House. This is the “old” House that I started watching the show for in the first place.

    I love the last two episodes with the very minimal Huddy influence (I get sick of that) and more focus on the characters and on House back to his old tricks. It makes me smile!

    Taub is good, he’s been a good character from the start. House is just goading him, like he always does, with the end in mind of making the guy stronger. House only pushes the people he actually has some degree of respect for. He doesn’t bother with the others.

    I love that Kutner fought back and played the game with House. Reminds me of House and Wilson on Kutner is a more kid-like adversary and it’s cool and it’s fun.

    Love Chase, Love seeing Chase, it makes me miss him and wish we could see more of him.

    I thought it was, overall, a great episode.

  • cj_housegirl

    Mandy wrote: I also have a question: I know he didn’t do it in this episode, but HL has not been limping as consistently or as much as in prior seasons. Is this a plot device, or was the strain causing by heavy fake-limping just too much? Thanks.

    I noticed that too. I don’t think I saw him take even one Vicodin in this past episode and his cane was absent in a lot of scenes where he was standing or walking. I’m not sure what is going on there.

    So sorry about the long post about House-Taub Barbara, got a little excited about the topic. We were discussing House-Taub in my house after the show.

    I agree House’s medicine can be a tough swallow, but he pretty much is always making a point with it. I just felt the need to defend him on that one. He’s still a jerk, just not an irrational or thoughtless one. He’s an intentional jerk? *g*

  • ns

    Barbara, can you explain the previews they showed for the next House episode, I didn’t get it at all.

  • barbara barnett

    no problem cj_housegirl.
    ns–which preview? On television or on the fox official site?

  • ns

    The one on TV. I know I missed some previous Season 5 episodes, but I couldn’t tell if they were just doing flashbacks in the preview or if Cuddy is actually looking at trying to get another baby, or what the heck was going on. Then when I went to the Fox website it had the “Locked In” episode, which is what I thought the next episode was going to be in the first place. So…now i’m confused.

  • mandy

    cj_housegirl: That’s true, though his steps were still halting. I’m thinking it’s a plot device; otherwise, it doesn’t make much sense.

    Jaim: I wondered if that *was truly* foreshadowing as well.

    Taub has been pushing himself out of the family, especially in this episode–but House brought him back in [for the moment, at least]. Even with that gesture & Kutner’s constant friendship, I’m not sure it’s enough to sustain him. We’ll see.

  • barbara barnett

    ns–the tv preview was for “Joy.” The next new episode isn’t until March 30. The network decided to delay “Locked In.” It was a network decision, nothing that the House powers that be did. So next week a rerun (and that’s what the preview showed!)

    cj–maybe House is still trying new things for his pain. And don’t forget, his pain levels rise and fall depending on lots of stuff. Maybe it was the kitty. I noticed that House (even House) couldn’t stop himself from stroking the thing when it plopped itself on his desk.

  • ns

    Ok, thanks, now it makes sense. I did miss that episode.

  • Sera G

    Hello, Barbara and all,
    I enjoyed “Hello Kitty” even though I agree that it was lighter in tone, on the surface, than the last few (and apparently, those ahead.)
    The situation for Taub is anything but light. He is deeply unhappy and dissatisfied with his life. It was interesting to watch the deleted scenes on Fox’s website. You see his wife wanting to be supportive and realistic about their finances and Taub ‘lying’ to her or at
    least minimizing their circumstances. The second scene in the club when the young woman comes on to him, and he responds that last year he might have left with her was quite poignant and gave me reassurance that he was commited to his marriage (something I questioned).
    I, too felt that House was quite harsh with him and continued to push and punish. It was hard for me to decide if it was testing or true anger. It has seemed that his dynamic with Taub is completly different than with any other fellow. I agree, Barbara, Taub is of a similar age and once held a lucrative and prestigious medical practice, an equal in essense to House, but there is also something else between them. It almost seems as if House is determined to break him. When Foreman was his most arrogant, or Chase his most self serving, untimately it was about the medicine for them. By the end of Chase’s fellowship, he was on his way to be an abstact thinker. To me, much as I have grown to like Taub as a character, the patients/illnesses never really seem to matter that much to him. It’s a case, solve it, get it done and move on to the next one. I agree with you and with the other writers who commented on House’s look of concern at the end. We shall see where this all leads.
    I LOVED the Cuddy/House scenes. It was wonderful to seem them relaxed with each other. When they were watching the video from the nursing home, it was like old times. Those two generate heat just sitting side by side on a sofa. I have stated my HUDDY love before and I won’t belabor it. I love “Joy” and will watch it again. Looking forward to March 30.
    Last comment: the “jumping the shark” was a hoot!
    I took that as a poke at those who underestimate the writers/producers creativity and originality.
    I love “Joy” and will watch it again.

  • JL

    As I’m in Australia, I won’t get to watch this episode for several weeks (yeah, yeah, I know I could try to download it – whatever). I’m *really* enjoying this discussion and your review, Barbara! I’m looking forward to a lighter episode (especially because I know ‘The Softer Side’ tonight is going to be a heavy one…).

    I remember noting during the break between Seasons 4 and 5 that I didn’t care about Taub or Kutner. And, even in the early part of this season, most comments I read described the two as ‘boring’. Not that anyone debated them much, because there was nothing to discuss.

    I’ve expressed my belief that much of the ’13 hate’ arose because viewers hate to feel pressured to care about a character, but want to arrive at that decision for themselves. I think 13’s story was pushed too hard, too early, and the viewers pushed back.

    It’s been really fascinating to watch people gradually warming to Taub and Kutner over this season. First they became funny, then they started relating to the other characters, and now we’re starting to get development.

    And I’ve watched the comments change from *nothing* to “Did you see the funny thing they did this week?” and, ultimately, to whole discussions about a character (see above). Like or dislike, people have started to care enough about these two that they now warrant their own dissection.

    Maybe it’s the actors growing into their characters. Maybe it’s the writers finding each charcter’s niche, or finding the best way to write for the actors. Whatever it is, I’m just loving watching these two become ‘real’ people. Well done, show.

    (And if Taub goes, I’ll break my heart over him – something I wouldn’t have believed I’d be saying a couple of months back.)

  • ns

    Well, it would be a real drag if they got rid of Taub, especially now that his character is developing and becoming interesting. But, it wouldn’t be a stretch. His whole scene is kind of depressing and I’m not sure where else things would go with him, unless he starts having an affair with Cuddy or something. He does want kids, she has one, his wife doesn’t want any, etc., etc. He is the one who snitched on House to Cuddy this episode and House does come down pretty hard on him for some reason. Maybe a bit of a stretch but………who knows. Also, Wilson used him to hide the fact that he was going to see his brother, so it is interesting the role he is playing with Cuddy and Wilson vs. House.

  • Barbara, Thanks again for starting off the House debate with such a fine and able summary.

    I too was dismayed and chagrined by House’s taunting of Taub because it went into forbidden territory, one’s fundamental worth as a human-being. In connection to this, I was creeped out by 13’s sardonic and appreciative smile in reaction to House’s goading of Taub. Her reaction shot to the taunting called to mind the function of Mini-me in the “Austen Powers” films(I have a teen-aged son). House made that one step over the line when he derided Taub’s entire value as a man. It sounded like an echo from House’s military father. “You are a mindless, useless instrument until I say different, etc.” And with the cat sitting by Taub at the end of the episode, we have our truth and consequences prepared for House and Taub. Cuddy is always careful, when negotiating conflicts between Taub and House, to never give House any doubt about her immediate and complete loyalty to House. I like this about her.

    There was more of an ensemble feel to this episode and I think David Shore is heading in that direction. Hugh Laurie does deserve some time-off. But rich issues that were never satisfactorily nurtured between House, Cuddy, and Wilson could be allowed to lay fallow because of an ensemble focus. Sometimes it feels like side-stepping. The next episode will deal with it but doesn’t. There are only 42 minutes to work with at a time. The problem is too many writers which is the case because of too many episodes that must be written. Because we get more, sometimes we end up getting less.

    The House and Cuddy scenes attained a new level of on the job comfort. House addressed Cuddy as Dr. Cuddy when she took away the mice, perhaps beginning to mark their professional versus personal relationship. When they were alone in Cuddy’s homey office and he was sprawled on her sofa, House seemed blessedly content and went so far as to ask her to speak in a more pleasing tone to him. She did. The, “You have 24 hours.”, was practically a purr. This is another important instance where House is now expressing his personal wishes to Cuddy. In previous episodes we heard something akin to, “Take me as I am.”, and “Enjoy my admiration of your beauty.” And now we have, “Use your sweet voice on me, please.” The negotiations for a personal relationship are well under way.

    Wardrobe afterthought: Cuddy dressed with care for this episode after House’s flattering words last episode. Her suit was very feminine and sensuous but more appropriate than not. She seemed to subtly bask in his admiration and he knew it.

  • Andree

    “Maybe it was the kitty. I noticed that House (even House) couldn’t stop himself from stroking the thing when it plopped itself on his desk.” #19

    Oh my, this “stroking the thing” is absolutely hilarious, Barbara. I can see that you don’t like cats. Well, I am definitely a dog person (have 2 Bernese mountain dogs), but I had cats (4 Persians) too in the past. So I have seen both sides. And I prefer the dogs, that’s for sure.

    “Stroking the thing” (being that a cat or any other pet going up to a donkey or horse) can really help people relax and take away some of their worries. How often do you see that they take animals to homes for elderly and sick people, for the sake of both sides? And have you watched the faces of these people after such a session?

    I could really see this “stroking the thing” in this episode helping House alleviating his pain, be it only for a little while.

    Thanks for your recap, Barbara, which I read with great interest.

  • Eve K

    “I almost hope you dont review the next ep,(Here Kitty) Barbara, I was very disappointed. One of the worst stories in the series. Maybe it had one or two funny scenes, but no good POTW, no character development and it could have happened in any season, it was totally unconnected to the main story line. Aufghhhh! Well, it had to come. Not all of them can be great. If you find something of interest in there, i will be in awe.”

    I wrote this last time and I still mean it.

    Well, I looked it up, and yes, its the same writer as in “Whatever it takes” the worst ep in season four. Maybe it has something to do with his take on House. It seemed like the ep was OFF somehow. What about Wilsons brother? What about the character development of House this season? And House is suddenly best friends with Cuddy again, cuddling (he he) in the sofa?

    Well, B. you managed to say something interesting about it anyway so kudos to you. Im looking forward to the much hyped last eps of the season, and will try to forget this one.

  • Eve K

    The theme of superstition is interesting, I have been surprised to se how many people who are severely affected by this, from politicians to business people and even scientists. The theme is interesting, and that’s another reason why I think it should have made for a better episode.

  • Mithril 33

    Nice review, as always.
    I share your disappointment about House behaviour towards Taub, but here’s a theory.
    House in the episode knew about the CEO guy that Taub had met at the hospital and asked Taub about it without getting any straight answers.
    Knowing House and his curiosity he made a research about the Ceo guy and with his intellectual skills finds out the truth about him and contact the company he works for just in time to safe Taub from a huge mistake.
    Is it plausible?
    Anyway I loved the House Cuddy scene too!I love watching them acting so comforting around each other without aknoledging it!

  • nc

    First-time poster, long-time reader.

    Taub sees himself as long suffering and thinks he’s toughing out tough times. He has no idea how pampered and idyllic his life could be if he weren’t determined to indulge in so much brinkmanship. Seems to me House wants Taub to face up to the fact that many, if not most, of his difficulties are of his own causation. Perhaps he finds the “glamor” of leading a secretive (i.e., double) life to be worth the toll it takes?

    Look up Oscar, the cat at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, RI, if you want a likely inspiration for the feline part of this story. Dr. David Dosa of Brown University describes the phenomenon in an essay in a July 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Sorry you’re not a cat person, as felines like this have wondrously plushy fur and lovely throaty purrs. (Yes, I have one who looks a lot like Debbie.)

  • barbara barnett

    Even though Debbie is a cat, the same therapeutic principle applies 😉 Cats are furry and soft and irresistible when it comes to petting them. Most don’t like to be petted in my experience, or they’re so independent they run off.

    I have a sheltie/golden mix who is in essence a stuffed animal. She loves being petted and cuddled (to a pathological degree, I think). We also have a rabbit who finds the nearest lap and plants herself there. I loved the fact that House couldn’t resist petting the cat. He didn’t shoo it away, threaten it or harass it. He stroked it. And I adored that.

    nc–welcome to the debate. Glad you took the time to post a comment. Taub has caused much of his own mishegass (as they say). I watched again last night and didn’t see House as harsh as I had Monday night. And his expression at the end spelled (to me) real concern (or sadness) over Taub.

  • blacktop

    I liked this episode and of course the conversation your review has inspired, Barbara. I think that with Taub, House has miscalculated. Over the past five seasons we have seen House push fiercely at Foreman, Cameron, Chase, Kutner, and Thirteen all with the objective of testing their limits as people and as doctors. But Foreman is resiliant because he has overcome a lifetime of adversity, Cameron has come through a devastating personal loss, Chase has arrived at a resolution about his father, Kutner seems reconciled to the horrible loss of his birth parents, and Thirteen has discovered new maturity in the face of her illness. The challenges that afflicted them (racism, husband’s death, mother’s alcoholism, parent’s murder, deadly disease) were completely beyond their control, but they found the inner resources to work through their difficulties and prevail. The pressure from House has worked to their advantage.

    Taub does not seem to have the personal resilliancy of the others and it shows now. Despite his age and professional position, he has not had to deal with adversity. He brought on his own job loss and unsettled his marriage through selfishness. Because his situation is so different from the others, House’s extremely mean antics take a considerable toll on him.

    I think that at the end of “Here Kitty” House is finally coming to the realization that it is possible to push someone too far. Taub is defeated and crushed because of his own gullibility, selfishness, and desperation. But House’s casual cruelty is an important factor (perhaps even a tipping element) in his misery.

    The House/Cuddy development in this episode was delicious; this is truly courtship House-style. And I loved the cat for her fierce expressions, dignity, elegance, and expert comic timing especially in the confrontation with Kutner in the doorway.

  • Sheila

    You may be a dog person Barbara, but a cat so suits House’s personality i.e their independence; their aloofness; their close observation of everything; their bonding with whom they wish to bond; their instinct to be always on the hunt/prowl…..I thought the cat even resembled House a bit !

    It’s already been well said, but I will repeat that we need to remember that House is a fundamentally flawed personality and he can be real jerk… and cruel with it too…, whatever his underlying intentions are. He is suppose to make us cringe. He can also be excessively juvenile. The eight year old boy that Cuddy has to ‘mother’. The cranberry juice was a cruel juvenile stunt; the construction of the ‘Jump the Shark’ run was delightfully juvenile….and a clever response front the writers to some of the viewers’ angst as to the show’s direction.
    I’m sure we all noticed that Cuddy caught the shark ??

    IMO this episode was about self delusion as represented by superstition. Taub’s arrogance and anger maintain his world of self delusion as to the choices he makes and their consequences. House doesn’t push easily and House will always push back. House’s alpha male status was challenged by Taub at the Differential & House retaliated. I think House had pause to regret it when he observed Taub’s total devastation at the end of the episode. I think the cat’s approach to Taub might well signal another suicide attempt on his part and be one of the issues that pushes House into an emotional downward spiral.

    I noted Wilson’s comment to House in the autopsy suite that House ” might be beginning to either doubt himself or care about others”. I think that was a clue to the theme in the last five episodes and will take us back to the start of the season but with a PTS House who is less certain of his force for good or ill in the lives of others.

    I do just want to mention that I loved the cosy/comfort level between House & Cuddy plus the many bits- of-business Hugh Laurie inserts into every scene he is in. In his case neither a cigar nor a lollipop are just a cigar & a lollipop.

  • Eve K, I tend to agree with you about the overall weakness of the episode, as I wrote above.

    Although to me House’s attacks on Taub were justified. Taub was trying to be the alpha male, and you DO NOT do that with House! House tends to match the other person’s approach, either with racial taunting (Foreman), because he knew Foreman would take it, and putdowns about being too caring (Cameron) because he felt she needed to toughen up, and he tormented Chase about being a suck-up. Because Chase did tend to be a suck-up. Those scenes could be pretty brutal. But, that’s House.

    Now Taub comes along and tries to bump chests with House, caveman style. Do you think for one minute House won’t squash him like a bug?

    I love the character of House, but he’s a vengeful, at times mean person who does whatever it takes to win. Do you remember the scene when House screamed at Cuddy in the shower that she would be a terrible mother? Later, she said he usually knew how far he could push people, but sometimes he went over the line and went to those places that really hurt.(I know he was in a lot of pain at the time, but still…)

  • Wnkybx

    Thanks for the review, Barbara. I don’t have much to add, simply because I found the episode to be disappointing. The House/Cuddy scenes were the only highlight for me (j.i.m, I loved your dissection of those); for some reason I don’t find Taub compelling on his own … I prefer seeing him only with Kutner as part of a comedic duo. I also found the medicine to be more disorienting and more illogical than usual; that was distracting me from focusing on the characters … and then I realized there wasn’t much substance to focus on in terms of House himself, with the episode only offering hollow echos of what we have previously seen addressed with his character. I know that this episode is relatively “light,” but with this lightness I was hoping for it to be more fun and funny, a la “Top Secret.” I am actually really looking forward to “Locked In”; it seems like it will be very interesting.

  • simchasd

    I just want to add one observation to the House/Cuddy scene. I felt that the camera angles were quite suggestive and that Cuddy herself was wearing a much shorter skirt than usual. When she stands up facing House who is slouched on the couch, it’s as if she is towering over him. In one shot all you see is the lower portion of the slit on her skirt and her legs. It is definitely a sign of things to come.

  • cj_housegirl

    Blacktop I really like your analysis of how House’s methods are unlikely to work with Taub. Taub’s of a different age and mind set than House’s other ducklings. I don’t know how old Taub is supposed to be, but the actor, Peter Jacobson, is 44, less than six years younger than Hugh. Age-wise, Taub is House’s contemporary. Taub must have lead his own team when he was a surgeon. Now, he is House’s fellow & that is how House treats him, but it isn’t how Taub wants to be treated. I have no idea where TPTB are going with this, which is both exciting and kind of frightening.

    I also loved the House-Cuddy scenes, so comforting yet sexy. And, yes, Cuddy did save House from Jumping The Shark. I love “big kid” House and his toys.

    Definitely looking forward to Locked In, if only to stare at House’s/Hugh’s lovely blue eyes in lots of close-ups.

  • Luisa Borges

    Hi Barbara and fellow commenters,

    Great review, as usual, key plot points signaled and analyzed with mastery by Barbara.

    The comments brought a lot of new lights into this epi and it´s major plot points.

    What caught my attention – not in a preference order BTW:

    1) Hot wheels track fun at the clinic. The openning of this episode was just a joy ride for me. The cinematography in that scene was great. Pure kid fun, House the kid rides again.

    2) Hugh´s performance with the cat. It was just a ball to watch. The way he fondled the cat (when it was on allergic coma patient´s bed) was just so a nice bit of intense touch.

    3) The cigar. House smoking the cigar was also a great prop use. Lovely to watch. Both Holmes and Watson smoked cigars, although not as often as they smoked their pipes. Anyway, it made for great scenes.

    4) House and Cuddy watching Debbie´s news video. The easy between them and House´s looks on Cuddy were just great. A tension free, but feeling full, scene.

    5) Cuddy. She was fun in this episode. Light and fun Cuddy back on board.

    6) Chase. He´s scene with the patient and talk about faith was very good to watch.

    7) Kutner. I liked seeing this side of him, and watching him walk around stairs and throw salt over his shoulder was fun. Also his last prank on House was just so cool.

    8) Taub. He is an enigma to me, a former successful doctor forced to leave it all behind and start from scratch because of mistakes in his personal like. I still feel he shields his wife from lots of things, as if she can´t handle the heat, and his constant speach about being a former cheater strikes me as just too much effort on his part to stay clean. It´s back to his talk with House about fidelity and the sacrifices it demands.

    9) The Goldfinger dialogue. Brilliant.

    Aside from that. I also noticed House´s pain decrease and his diminished cane use. I do think this is intentional and will play, and have light shead into it, as the season ends.

    Great comments everyone and great review Barbara.

    All the best!

  • Eve K

    Hi again! I couldn’t quite point out what I disliked the most in this ep. I found this review below that nailed it. (Although I also thought it was funny Louisa!)

    “Unfortunately, “Here Kitty” failed to handle its subject matter as impressively as “Unfaithful.” The writers awkwardly mixed together elements of Morgan’s superstition with faith, saying generic phrases like, “Everything happens for a reason,” and “There are powers beyond what we understand.” This clumsy mix of theology and superstition fails miserably and makes the characters, particularly Kutner, come off as unusually stupid when they try to compare belief in walking under ladders to belief in God. They even tried to use the same ending featured in “Unfaithful,” but this time it just didn’t ring true.”

    I do agree that this mix of the hilarious House and the to serious Chase did not go well in this ep. But in my country politicians has been using fortune tellers to tell them what to do, and known atheist secretly believe in rabbits foots and so on, so it is a subject that could be treated seriously, but in another way than Chase did.

  • Eve K

    This take on superstition (mix it with religion) could also be intended from the writers, if they mean that all “unknown” phenomena’s comes from the same place, logic say you might as well believe in everything.

    Im an agnostic, but I dont’ believe in everything, (I dont believe in a personal god, and not in rabbits foots) so I dont buy that.

    If the writers intention is to mock unknown phenomenas, I think Chase comes off as the stupid one, not Kutner.

  • By Sera G, “I, too felt that House was quite harsh with him and continued to push and punish. It was hard for me to decide if it was testing or true anger. It has seemed that his dynamic with Taub is completly different than with any other fellow. …but there is also something else between them.”

    I have thought there was something else between them since “Ugly”, something which was based on more than the obvious problem of Taub trying to steal House’s patient in that episode. At the time, I thought it was House’s fear of the “philanderer” trying to steal Cuddy. House is very protective of Cuddy. I can’t imagine what he would do if Taub ever tried to seduce Cuddy. Remembering how Cuddy immediately and curtly ordered Taub out of her office in “Ugly”, when House asked her to fire him, is one of the better Cuddy moments. She simply said, “Get Out”, leaving Taub guessing as to whether he was fired. And in this episode she said, “I’ll never tell, Taub” with the smallest of ironic beats inbetween to indicate her complete loyalty to House in all questions Taub. Because of this loyalty, Cuddy may be implicated, alongside House, in whatever may befall Taub in the future. In that case, it would be a double load of guilt for both House and Cuddy to bear.

    By Sera G, “Those two (House and Cuddy) generate heat just sitting side by side on a sofa. I have stated my HUDDY love before and I won’t belabor it.”

    It is the year of House and Cuddy, go ahead and belabor. If not now, when?

    By Barbara, “I watched again last night and didn’t see House as harsh as I had Monday night.”(towards Taub)

    Me too! It’s strange and a bit disconcerting when, on subsequent viewing, a scene can strike a different chord. No wonder we disagree with each other from time to time when we also can interpret the same scene differently all by ourselves. Being a spectator involves a good deal of passive collaboration and intellectual participation. When they start adding the sense of smell to the broadcast some time in the future, will we find ourselves on the same page with more or less regularity?

  • Sera G

    Hi, j.i.m.,
    Thanks for the comments to my comments. As I read over what I had written on Tuesday, I realized I had forgotten to state what others have said since; it must be a real blow to Taub to now have to answer to someone else and be a subordinant. Sometimes I feel that he is disdainful of House and his ‘process’. Other times, like in “Don’t Ever Change” you see him open up to new ideas and fresh views. He is an interesting character, I must say. I agree, that most of his problems are caused by his own actions. That makes it even more poignant.
    When Chase comes back on the scene, I realize anew how much I miss him and his interactions/imput on the storyline.
    Someone posted (sorry, I can’t find it now to reference) that we resented the introduction of new characters and now are finding much to discuss/debate about them. Are we growing fond or used to them? I go back and forth in my mind.

    j.i.m, thanks: Viva la Huddy!

  • JL

    Sera G, I think you’re referencing my comment waaaaaaay back up the top there.

    I don’t know that everyone is *fond* of the newer characters – although I note MANY more people expressing love for them.

    But if they’re being discussed in their own right (rather than merely incidentally, and only inasmuch as they impact on previously established characters), that at least implies greater interest (positive/negative/whatever) than simple familiarity, I think.

    I’d say Taub seems to have just reached that point, as of this episode (it’s been brewing for a while).

    Kutner has it made as far as love is concerned,:) but doesn’t have any developing arcs to discuss.

    (Ditto Cameron and Chase, except that people are used to discussing them and so miss their stories much more. No one’s much used to discussing Kutner yet, so his lack-of-story isn’t mourned so much.)

    Thirteen has multiple ongoing arcs, but lacks the love or interest necessary for people to want to discuss her (because they feel as though they’re *required* to do so and are annoyed about it).

    Anyway, that’s my take. I note that it may simply be indicative of the places I tend to look, and that, were I to visit the ‘Thirteen-love’ page or the ‘Kutner-fan’ page, I might develop a very different understanding of the situation…

    (Still enjoying this debate. What are we all going to do next week? Have you got anything up your sleeve, Barbara?)

  • barbara barnett

    It is a great debate. Hectic time in RL right now…I do have a couple of things in mind for next week’s column, but I’m open to suggestions 🙂

  • cj_housegirl

    Eve K This clumsy mix of theology and superstition fails miserably and makes the characters, particularly Kutner, come off as unusually stupid when they try to compare belief in walking under ladders to belief in God.

    I don’t know where this review comes from, but seriously, when did Kutner try to compare belief in walking under ladders to belief in God?

    I think your second comment:

    This take on superstition (mix it with religion) could also be intended from the writers, if they mean that all “unknown” phenomena’s comes from the same place, logic say you might as well believe in everything.

    Is a lot closer to how I viewed this episode.

    But, House in general has become obsessed with disproving coincidences or superstition or religious practices this year. Considering that Amber died because of a series of coincidences, I see his actions this season as a consequence of her death. I don’t know if he’s struggling with his own belief system, but I think Wilson’s throw-away line about House’s obsession with the cat is more than just a throw away line:

    “You know what, this is a good thing because either you’re starting to doubt yourself which is healthy. Or, you’re starting to give a crap what other people think. Which is just another way of saying you give a crap about other people.”

    I think this episode gives us another view of where House is mentally. IMO, this was a House-centric episode, which is why I liked it. Everything got tied back to House. Plus, it was kinda weird, and downright hilarious in places.

  • ns

    Barbara, maybe next week’s article should just go ahead a re-evaluate the “Joy” episode, since it is kind of interesting that they are choosing to play it now, towards the end of the season, when we know something is gonna happen with House and Cuddy before the season is over.

  • ns

    I do think Taub is gonna go for Cuddy. He wants kids, she has one, he’s Jewish, she’s Jewish, he’s not happy with his life, etc., etc., etc. Sounds like a plot to me.

  • Louise

    Thanks for the review, Barbara, and for making a home for some serious House discussion.

    Not in my top-10 episodes but the Cuddy saving the car from “jumping the sharp” in the first scene was WONDERFUL! House and Cuddy on the couch was WONDERFUL. The pee in the chair was WONDERFUL!

    I just felt like they took a shallow-bucket back to the “meaning of life” and science & religion well. David Shore has twin brothers who are rabbis, right? He, and the writing crew, are obsessed with this theme. It’s one of my my favorite obsessions, too. I think I may like this episode more on second or third viewings. There’s just all this subtle stuff going on. For example, Kutner had on a green striped shirt and even House was wearing a green t-shirt in the opening St. Patrick’s Day scenes. Superstition? Tradition? Made me smile!

    One the other hand, I don’t think House is just being mean to Taub. From a couple of the scenes we have seen with Taub’s wife, we have a pretty good idea that he isn’t open with her and now he is unsure about how she will respond to less money. House’s raison d’etre is medicine and diagnosis. He may be miserable but he loves his work. I think House is trying (maybe unconsciously) to make Taub admit/recognize consciously that what Taub is doing now, even with less money, even with less status, even with the rough hazing, that this is just the best place and the best job and the best possible way to spend his time possible.

    I am starting to love Kutner, not just like him. I think it is great he is sometimes as funny as HL. Yes, he is sexy with is off-the-way Harry Potter references (last episode, I know). His smart, nerdy, deadpan innocence is right on!

    Actually, House, who is verbally abusive, really takes a lot of flack back from his fellows. If it’s fair payback, House takes it. In many ways he is remarkably NOT maliciousness.

    Okay, not my fav episode, but I think in the long-run it may have some of my favorite scenes. A “not top-10” House is better than anything else on television. What better way to celebrate St. Paddy than with green pea?

  • Debbie

    #28 – very interesting theory and highly plausible. I wouldn’t doubt it for a minute that House had somethng to do with saving Taub from the bad, bad CEO just in the nick of time.

    And the scene with Cuddy and House on the couch was just priceless. They were so comfortable with each other’s company. And I could swear – and I’m surprised no one else has mentioned this so far – that when she got up to turn the tape off, he was staring at her butt in a very appreciative manner. It was subtle enough not to be rude, but it was definitely there.

  • Orange450

    The downside to joining the discussion so late is that there’s nothing to add – everything’s already been said, and said very well. The upside is that I get to read so many wondeful comments. Everyone’s insights are amazing. I can’t over how the conversation here can turn what I originally thought was really just a light and fun episode into something far more important, and worthy of serious consideration.

    My initial take on House’s harsh treatment of Taub was exactly like yours, Barbara. I thought he was being needlessly cruel. (I still think that outing Taub’s financial situation to the rest of the team was gratuitous.) And I thought that what House said to Chase about Nick (and himself) in TSC – that Nick would alienate the people he works with – was continuing to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. But cj_housegirl’s comments got me thinking, and blacktop’s comments added valuable perspective.

    The interesting thing is that while it’s hard to feel sorry for Taub – in this episode, I did. As you said, Barbara, he’s responsible for all of his problems, and he doesn’t seem to be a “step up and take your medicine” kind of guy. But even though Taub still has it much better than many people out there, PJ conveyed that panicky, helpless, “tied to a boss who’s poisoning your life but you desperately need the job so you can’t leave” kind of feeling very well.

    Blacktop, I thought your comparison of the different fellows’ reactions to House’s “tough teaching” mode was spot on. You wrote:

    “I think that at the end of “Here Kitty” House is finally coming to the realization that it is possible to push someone too far. Taub is defeated and crushed because of his own gullibility, selfishness, and desperation. But House’s casual cruelty is an important factor (perhaps even a tipping element) in his misery.”

    I absolutely agree. I also thought that House’s look of combined frustration and concern (HL once again expressing pages of dialogue without a single word!) indicated that he might be learning this about himself. Another small step on his path to self-discovery. It will be interesting to see whether – and with who – the realization manifests again.

    I agree with others who thought the the faith vs. rationality issue wasn’t handled well in this episode, and I also wish the writers weren’t quite so obsessed with it. Enough already! But Morgan’s very last comment to House redeemed the whole thing for me. It’s high time that House was called on the perpetual fortuity of his aha moments. Of course, if “luck” is defined as “being in the right place at the right time – fully prepared”, then Dr. House is indeed a very lucky guy 🙂

  • Orange450

    Oh, and I wanted to add that I also enjoyed the House-and-Cuddy-on-the-sofa scene. I loved their comfortable vibe – it reminded me very much of how they watched the documentary video together at the end of Ugly. And I was VERY pleased with House’s choice of lollipop color. I took it as a personal compliment 🙂

  • carolyn

    I know this is really random, but I’ve been thinking about House’s cane. He threw it away during “Softer Side”, right? But it looks like the one he has now is the same one … (oh, and did anybody else notice that the cane House used in the end of Softer Side was the same one he used during The Greater Good, when Cuddy stole his normal one? Delayed comment, I know, but I just happened to notice it …)

    I like the fact that House and Cuddy are comfortable with each other again. It’s like what House said during greater good, “I just want things to go back to normal.” After all the drama and misunderstanding in Unfaithful and The Softer Side, the Social Contract and Here Kitty are a new dynamic in their relationship, where things are almost back to normal – except for the fact that it’s known they have feelings for each other. It seems like they’re finally starting to figure out the right groove for their relationship, one without expectations of the other.

    I didn’t really like this episode when I first watched it, though I thought it was hilarious – it just didn’t seem to flow all that well. But I’m so happy for the review and the great comments; there’s meaning in every episode if you are perceptive enough to see it : )

  • xinyuActor

    Hi Dear Barbara

    I’m a Chinese Fan of Hugh Laurie & House. I could barely write an article because of my poor English, so just say thank you for your lovely previews and I’m looking forward the next episode ‘coz then I could read your new brilliant preview!;)

    Greetings From China
    Yours truely
    Jane Leo

  • Nickel

    I always thought that House’s goading of Taub was meant for Taub to make a decision as to who he wanted to be. House knew that Taub lost alot of money in stocks, and also knew that the loss would cause Taub to re-think his new position as a fellow instead of “Master of his universe”. I think House was pushing so Taub would either quit or accept his new role. Either would be ok for House, but the lingering in between sucks. From my own experience as a boss: tardy, unengaged employees make crappy employees. I would also push to make them decide which they wanted to be….dig in or dig out.