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TV Review: House, M.D. — “Instant Karma”

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At the end of the season two House, M. D. episode “Distractions” (2×12), House (Hugh Laurie) has a conversation with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) about balance in the universe. Having just settled an old score with a medical school rival, House says, “An eye for an eye, LSD and antidepressants. Everything in balance. Buddhists call it karma and Christians call it the golden rule.” But Cuddy wonders if House actually believes that this is the way the world works—that the world is just, when he clearly does not. “No,” he answers, “but it should."

In a way, “Instant Karma” reminded me of an “old school” season two House. The original team is back and working together on a great medical mystery. We’re reminded that House is the best: a legendary diagnostician, better than the best money can buy. People seek him out on sheer reputation.

He is confident in his diagnoses—all of them. And even after he diagnoses a fatal illness, House continues to turn the case in his head, at least subconsciously in his mind. Until everything clicks into place, as it should, in the last few minutes of the episode.

Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Chase (Jesse Spencer), and Foreman (Omar Epps) do what they do best and their synergy in diagnosing their young patient seems to still fit comfortably. Taub is gone, resigned two weeks ago, disinterested in working for Foreman. And 13 (Olivia Wilde) has also quit, not wanting to be anywhere close to Foreman’s orbit.

But a lot has changed in House’s world since the end of season three when the original team breaks up. Everyone’s more world-weary: House is still recovering, and still without a medical license. He seems to like not being in charge and is in no hurry to be the boss again (at least that what he believes), but as Chase ultimately tells him, no matter who thinks they’re in charge, House is the boss—and always will be. And it shows throughout “Instant Karma.”

It is so good to see House back in the front seat, if only with Foreman at the wheel (or at least controlling the brakes). House makes light of this new arrangement, enjoying the freedom of being the star, without the responsibility of liability lawsuits or administrative duties.

The patient, the young Jack, is a child of privilege. His father Roy is a Midas, and everything he touches turns to gold—except when it comes to his family. But he also wonders about the connection between his golden touch and the terrible losses he has suffered personally: first his wife and now his son. How can one be so lucky in one area of life, and so unlucky in everything that really matters?

Jack has been seen by many doctors, none of whom can identify what’s wrong with him. At a loss, his father goes to Cuddy, demanding to see House.

House is calm, thoughtful and introspective as he considers what they can do, what they’ve done and what they learn—and can improve upon as each treatment fails. This is classic House. You try something, it fails, a new symptom or reaction presents—and you learn something else to guide the next step in the diagnostic process. And the process runs smoother than it has in a couple of weeks, without everyone arguing and jockeying for position. This is House’s show, and even without the white board (anyone else notice its absence since the start of the season?) he commands the team.

But House isn’t so sure he wants it back. House wants Foreman to stay in charge, he explains to Cuddy, because Foreman likes power and he like puzzles (for a nice balance). But Cuddy reminds House that he likes power too, something House doesn’t dispute. However, he’s worried about that combination and how it sets his balance off: the combination has not been healthy for him, and he has no desire to go there again. He wants the balance this new arrangement will afford him.

When House ultimately diagnoses a fatal condition in Jack (and in another classic move, House chooses himself to speak to the dad—he knows what to say, compassionately, without sugar-coating), his father is willing to give everything up to save his son, even if what he proposes seems insane.

Believing his wife’s earlier death and now his son’s imminent death are caused by an imbalance with his incredible good fortune in business, he decides to bankrupt himself. He believes by evening up the score, he might save his son. It’s completely irrational, but the grief-stricken father knows if his son dies, no amount of money in the world would be worth having. 

Of course House knows this is nonsense. “People don’t get what they deserve; they get what they get, and nobody can do anything about it,” he tells Roy before he signs away his fortune. And House is right; but Jack lives, when House has an epiphany while speaking with Wilson (told you this was “House-classic”). So who is to really say?

As the team works to save Jack’s life, Foreman and Chase prepare to present President Dibala’s death at the hospital's weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conference. These conferences are designed to take a closer look at a patient's death and try to understand what happened; and as a teaching hospital the presentation is designed to educate the staff and medical students alike.

Of course a high-profile consideration of the Diabla case is the last thing Chase and Foreman want; Chase, if you recall, deliberately falsified Dibala’s records, which caused the team to treat Dibala for the wrong condition—and killing him. Covering for Chase, Foreman burned the evidence. But, as they prepare for the presentation, they are both concerned for their careers as they discover a discrepancy that may reveal their deception.

House is immediately curious when he observes Foreman and Chase constantly conferring, especially to the exclusion of Cameron. House knows something’s up. And as soon as he figures it out, he makes it right—for everyone. He saves the careers of Foreman and Chase; and perhaps Chase’s marriage to Cameron. (If she ever finds out about the assassination or the lies to cover it, she and Chase are toast as a couple).

Of course, House fixes it quietly, wanting no thanks or any such acknowledgment. He simply leaves relevant information where Chase can easily find it. And in the end, although House could very easily mock and berate Chase—or make certain he is fired—for what he did, House does not. I think he probably respects Chase for having taken a stand, and acting on it, no matter how misguided he might have been.That scene between Chase and House is just beautifully done. There is a real affection between the two characters, and Laurie and Spencer really sell that.

I was curious about the interaction between House and 13. House prevents her from leaving (conspiring with Wilson to conceal his act) on an open-ended trip to Thailand. If she stays—and goes back to Foreman—House will likely regain control of the diagnostics department, because Foreman can’t be 13’s boss and her lover.

But if she leaves, Foreman stays on as department head (theoretically, although I doubt Cuddy would allow this long term). House can continue being the star player without the baggage of running things. Then why save the 13/Foreman relationship? Wilson believes he is simply trying to help out the young lovers, because he is “not as big a jerk” as everyone thinks he is. Of course House denies this, pointing out just how big a jerk he really is. (Ah, the balance of it: House does something altruistic for Foreman and 13, and then plays the stock market on insider information gained from Roy.)

Much of this episode is about restoring balance: to the diagnostics department; to the mess made of the Dibala affair; to Jack and his father Roy, shattered by terrible illness; to House after a terrifying and tumultuous three months; and to the relationships between all people in House’s universe. And as it should, House becomes the fulcrum in each of these dimensions to begin a restoration of everything in his universe to its correct balance. Which ultimately means, naturally, House is back in charge of diagnostics—but at what cost?

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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.
  • moon

    I always look forward to your very insightful articles on House!:)

  • Jo (housian daze)

    Love your analysis, as ever.

    I really enjoyed this episode and the slower pace with House’s gentle puppeteering steering the episode, as Alvie would say, old style style!

    I think it was really significant that House took responsibility for telling the father about the terminal diagnosis himself, and didn’t send one of his team to see how they react or to teach them something as he has done in the past. He also had no ulterior motive for telling the father to see his reaction, as he has done in the past “like a butterfly on the end of a pin”.

    I really loved the scene between House and Chase at the end – beautifully written and expertly played. “Whether you wanna be in charge or not, you are, and always will be”. Love the maturity that last week’s events have brought to Chase.

    Aaand, most importantly – It wasn’t Foreman or Cameron or Chase or Cuddy or Wilson or Thirteen or Taub or, even House that solved the case – it was BOUO (Ball Of Unknown Origin).

    HOUO is the only ship worth sailing!

  • Cate Malone

    Loved the episode as well. My favorite scene was between Chase and House. Jesse Spencer has really grown as an actor. I love the old team being back together, as I never really emotionally connected with the new team, although I don’t think this will last. I’m also holding out hope that as House gets his license back, maybe we’ll see some clinic time again?

  • Dianne

    Did anyone notice that the first and last name of “13” was said by her in the taxi while on her cell phone, and also, I just realized that Chase’s first name was Robert, as Cameron used it.

  • http://twitter.com/b_barnett barbara barnett

    I really liked the episode. It was very “Old School” and I enjoyed having team “classic” back in action. A lot of classic tropes in IK. House working behind the scenes to be a force for good for his staff; House choosing himself to impart the bad news to spare everyone else and because he knows (despite the BS) he is the best at it. Sneakily calling Cuddy into the patient room, knowing Chase would be confessing (prematurely)–I’m only guessing it was House, since he observed Chase tearing himself apart and then hastily getting up. House assumes to go to Cuddy; but H was already working on something to protect. him.

    All the references to things being in balance the way it should be. i kept thinking of that great scene between H/C in Distractions about balance in the universe. Cuddy asks him if he thinks that’s the way the world works. And House tells her “no, but it should.”

    Just a good solid episode with that underlying sense that House doesn’t want to go back to being dept. head (not because he hates the responsibity of command, but because he’s terrified of it at this point undoing all the healing). But also that somehow that’s his destiny and as much as he dreads it, he knows it’s true.

  • sdemar

    Yep, it is his destiny, whether he likes it or not. House is a natural leader and healer. He is slowly getting pulled back and we know what that means?

    I have always thought JS was a very good actor but has been under-utilized. Hopefully he will start to play a larger role but I fear after 13 and Taub (yes, I think he will be back), Chase will revert to the background.

    Very old Houselike episode and I enjoyed it even without much of House, Wilson or Cuddy in it.

  • Celia

    I interpreted House’s ‘saving’ of Foreman & Chase differently than you did. IMO House was rationally able to explain the discrepancy in the lab work which might have humbled Foreman & Chase at the Mortality Review and caused physicians to point to a misdiagnosis. I think House’s comment was sarcastic and that he still does not suspect that the lab work was a fraud and Chase intentionally killed a patient. It just doesn’t play to his character and it was far to casual a comment for a man who fights for every patient under his care. House was prepared to save the Tyrant . As he said to Foreman ” patients dying; no more time for clever (comments)”.

  • Val

    Great analysis and insights as always Barbara!

    IE certainly had the old style feel to it. The old team were certainly on target, but I was waiting and waiting for House and the little tidbit about House that we, the viewer, would always get from his interaction with the patient. It was a challenge to find that piece, if it was indeed there…

    House/Wilson together again and doing what they do best (lying for and helping each other) was certainly classic and that was lovely. The way House had his epiphany from Wilson was the point where I thought House got his groove back and the whole episode was in the old school rhythm.

    The 13 and House interaction is intriguing. I am not sure what to make of it, but I liked it. House is not only a leader and a healer, but a teacher. It’s clear that the old team have learned a great deal from him (evident from the past two episodes). 13 and Taub should have their shot; I hope we’ll see them again.

    Solid writing, solid directing and solid acting. Proves it’s still the most solid show on television. What a great season we are being treated to.

  • nicole.o

    I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between Roy and House. (Obviously not in all things but a couple that struck me.) Everything that Roy touches turns to gold with his work. House is a genious in his work and tends to also have that midas touch he is so well known for. However, everything in Roy’s personal life has stuggled becuase of it. House’s personal life has also struggled. House has always believed his greatest atrribute, the only thing that mattered in his life, has been his work, until now when he is trying to make a balance. I wonder if House decides to go tell Roy about the condition (a thing he would rarely ever do in the past, choosing instead to avoid the patient at all costs) because he sees some of himself in Roy? Although I think House thought he was foolish to give up all his money, House was willing to give up diagnostic medicine to find that same goal, peace in the personal life.
    On another note, I love how honest House is trying to be to keep his health in check. Opening up to Cuddy about his fear that getting power back will lead him back to who he was before. He is honestly trying and it is beautifully portrayed by HL. I also was in love with Chase in this episode. The conflicts he was faced with and the emotion he was going through was vivid and brilliantly done. I’ve always liked him but last night I loved him. His interaction with Cuddy when he tried to come clean, and the last scene with House was fantastic. You saw an understanding between the two of them. House was protecting him, Chase was grateful and returned with the comment about how he will always be the boss, a sign of respect and mutual admiration. House as protector, I liked that a lot.
    All in all a slightly slower paced episode but very moving and nicely done. Money isn’t everything, and the fact that Roy was willing to give it all up for what really mattered, his family, was a great and moving message. The image of Roy and his son at the end was very touching. Great acting all around.
    On a side note, the 13 story line seemed forced and unatural, as it often does with her. Can we just let her leave? I’m not sure if it’s the character or Olivia Wilde herself, but that character never caught on for me. I’ve never been sold that she belongs there. Nothing personal, just not feeling it. Always feels like the writers are trying to make us like her. Anyone agree??

  • nicole.o

    Celia,
    an interesting way to look at it. However I’m pretty sure he knows. He said (not word for word) he would rather have someone kill a murdering dictator than misdiagnose, noting that Chase will probably never be faced with that decision again. I think House wanted to protect his team and throughout the episode knew something was going on with Chase and Foreman. He is too brilliant a man not to put the pieces together.

  • Reba

    Hello Barbara. Good review! I agree with you that I think House was one step ahead of Chase and Foreman in this ever since he overheard their first conversation about the Dibala case. And if I am right, I think he will bring it up later as I don’t see it either as House’s style. But I think that House’s stay at Mayfield has uncovered more of the protector in him. Ever since Chase’s father died, well even before that when Chase thought he died of cance, I have always felt that House and Chase have a sort of bond. I do believe that Chase sees him a bit as a father figure. It might be a very female interpretation of things, but I feel they are close. As for Foreman, House really tried to build up his confidence in this case.

    I also liked the episode because it had a slower pace (the prologue was not frantic either). It gave way for thoughts and we also saw much more of the teacher and healer House that we actually saw in the first season. I agree with you, Barbara, that it was good to be reminded that House actually IS an outstanding doctor too. Somehow that went missing along the line.

  • blacktop

    While “Instant Karma” was nowhere near as compelling or as thought-provoking as “The Tyrant,” I did appreciate it’s change of pace. What I liked most about this episode were the parts that were NOT “old school.” I liked that House was meddling in Thirteen’s life (as he did in previous seasons with Foreman) but that he did it out of compassion and genuine support rather than abstract curiosity or nosiness. He wanted her back on the team and back with Foreman because he believes she is good for both.

    I liked that House and Cuddy conversed as caring adults who are not afraid of their bonds of affection, without the snarking or jibes of the past. He accepted the support she offered at several points along the way and even felt close enough to share with her his deep fears about falling back into his old manic ways under the pressure of difficult cases. This willingness to share self-doubt is refreshing and new on House’s part.

    I also liked that House expressed support for Foreman’s abilities as a boss and for Chase’s struggle with the daunting ethical challenges of the Dibala case. I thought House stating simply and without bravado to Foreman at the end that he was not sure of the correctness of his diagnosis but was willing to see the results of the medicine was a real break-through moment for House. It is great to see House moving past the harshness and combative aggression and toward a more openly caring relationship with colleagues he values.

    House seemed to be carefully considering his own internal climate as he moved through the case in this episode, cautiously judging his own readiness to move back into the fray. House is regaining his confidence as he moves along and it is fascinating to see this transformation in him.

  • Epiphany

    Thank you for another insightful review Barbara. I feel like my House experience isn’t complete until I come to your blog.

    Oscar Wilde said: “Yet each man kills the thing he loves, from all let this be heard. Some do it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword.”

    The people behind House do it with 13.

    Although season six is already a vast improvement on season 13/14/Boreteen (aka, season five), one thing remains constant: I. Do. Not. Give. A. Hoot. About. 13.

    I really wish the powers that be would stop forcing her down our throats. The character is a blot on the landscape. She is derided by both fans and critics and yet they persist in extolling her apparent virtues.

    To pen Wilson telling House that he needs her was beyond ridiculous. Or desperate. Nothing against Olivia Wilde, I’m sure she’s a nice person but she’s dragging this great show down.

    It can’t be an accident that Omar Epps is much better when he’s playing off Jesse Spencer…

    Overall, a very solid episode and good to see the old crew back together again.

  • wackjob

    Insightful review as always, Barbara. Although I did not find this episode terribly compelling, save for the Chase/Foreman parts and House’s final scene with Chase, which was beautifully done. JS and OE played brilliantly off each other, and it was so good to see OE have something different to play other than the usual Foreman stuff. He is truly underutilized.

    The heavy emphasis on 13 bothered me greatly. When Wilson (!) told her it was a great job, she was a great doctor, and the only one not sucked into House’s vortex of insanity, I immediately thought: “But that’s also true of Taub!” Taub got pulled into House’s games but he also fought back. The constant going back to 13 was what slowed this episode to a crawl. To me, she will never be an interesting actress to watch. What is it with TPTB that they have to mention in every episode how hot she is? Some of us don’t find her hot, compelling, or unusually talented. “House” has a world-class team of actors and she is definitely still in the minors.

    Beyond that, it was good to see House no longer acting cutesie. Although, unlike you, I miss the harshness and combative aggression. I hope some of it comes back–it’s part of what I watch this show for.

  • wackjob

    By the way, in the old “House,” if I may call it that, the kid would have died, which would have made much more sense.

  • KHC

    Thanks for another excellent review, Barbara!

    I liked this episode a lot, as many have said, that final scene with House and Chase was brilliant, and I agree with you Barbara that House paged Cuddy deliberately to stop Chase committing career-icide.

    I also liked the scene between House and Wilson where W was trying to find out H’s motives for chasing 13, very funny and also telling that Wilson can’t fathom this new House. The situation reminded me of the season 3 episode (the jerk??) where they all chase each other round to find out who messed up Foremans interview and why. Although I for one was less interested in the result of this one!

    But overall, glad to see House hitting it’s stride again, and to see JS and OE getting a good storyline for once. Just need aub to come back, and life will be good!

  • KHC

    That should, of course, say Taub in the last line – my apologies

  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com NancyGail

    Didn’t 13 get fired? I have to wonder if Cuddy knows. 13 could simply have been reassigned. Under the impression Chase dad DID die of cancer, dad just didn’t tell his son when he spent time with Chase on a case at PP.

  • http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/ TV Obsessed

    I don’t understand why the writers continue to push any sort of 13 story. There is an overwhelming majority of comments on the internet that are against her. Nevertheless, with House changing, and Chase in deep water, the show continues to be excellent. Full review of the episode.

  • wackjob

    Yes, 13 was fired by Foreman, who is still (technically and for the foreseeable future) in charge. So no matter how much the other characters yammer about why 13 should be there, she can’t be rehired without Foreman’s say-so. At least not for that department. Somehow that seems to have slipped everyone’s mind, including the writers’. Not the first time (Wilson’s brother, Cuddy’s baby, etc.).

  • Jane

    Barbara, I don’t think House saved Chase because he respected Chase for taking a stand. No doubt that House appreciates people with opinions, but here, I think House was primarily trying to protect Chase. I loved how House justified his protection, “Rather a murder than a misdiagnosis”. House’s morality has always been to give others a second chance, just like he did with Chase after his Dad died, with Olivia after the SMA patient died, with the suicidal patient who needed a heart transplant.

  • marjohn626

    Classic House + Classic BB Review = awesome

    Every element of what I love about House was in this episode. For the record, I’d be okay with 13 contracting Strongyloides on her visit to Thailand ((wink)).

    Also, I’m not missing him too much to complain, but I am somewhat curious as to where Taub landed. He had developed an interesting enough character counterpart to House that I will miss (still not nearly as much as I miss Kutner).

    If no one else has pointed it out, the whiteboard was revealed from under the tarps when House’s office was reopened during EF, but I find Foreman’s stubborn refusal to be House-like in any way that may be an element of his choice (whether conscious or subconscious) not to use the whiteboard to expose how incapable he is of taking the good and leaving the bad. Being the anti-House has done nothing but work to his detriment.

    I’m also disinclined to appreciate Foreman’s moral flexibility on the Dibala matter, since in my opinion his decisions seem rooted in selfishness and self-preservation. I think he burned the morgue log to absolve himself of two things: (1) not being in control of his team and their actions, and (2) his own capacity to commit to and take responsibility for a diagnosis and course of treatment.

    [End rant on Foreman]

    Thanks as always to Barbara and the Peanut Gallery for the lively conversation.

    Marjohn

  • Jen

    Classic House, indeed! Another winner Barbara!

  • Sandra

    “I really liked the episode. It was very “Old School” and I enjoyed having team “classic” back in action.”

    Exactly, I really love that about this episode as well as the episode before – I hope there will be more like this. I’m really tired of this focus on romance. I don’t want to see Huddy (I know you want too, but I don’t, like many many other out there, sorry), so this was like in the first seasons again. Love it! Just a little more Wilson would have been nice :-) And a lot less Thirteen, because I agree with this 100%:

    “On a side note, the 13 story line seemed forced and unatural, as it often does with her. Can we just let her leave? I’m not sure if it’s the character or Olivia Wilde herself, but that character never caught on for me. I’ve never been sold that she belongs there. Nothing personal, just not feeling it. Always feels like the writers are trying to make us like her.”

    I really hope they (as in TPTB) will change their mind and make Cameron (love her) come back asap and get rid of Thirteen instead.
    Now I can’t wait to see how the Dibala matter will be handled in the next episodes, I love when there are difficult moral questions on the show.

  • Observer

    House’s smugness is becoming boring.

  • KC

    Barbara your not the only one who noticed that the white board was missing. Last week I made a joke that I figured out was wrong with my friend without a whiteboard. Then that got me thinking that lately its been missing.

  • Jaim

    Can anyone explain to me why 13 is hated? I’m curious about the reasoning. I like her at times and sometimes not so much, but that is true of all the characters. They are all flawed and damaged to some degree. I think OW does a good job at portraying the misunderstood Dr. Remy Hadley.

  • Nikki

    I’m a little late. I have seen the ep just now and I would like to know why everybody is so absolutley convinced that it was Chase who killed Dibala?? It makes me sad to see how ready people are to condemn and judge someone who is not even proven guilty. All you have is a very cleverly phrased confession (Chase never even said he killed Dibala!). What if he was actually lying to protect his marriage?

    Too many clues lead to Cameron. She acted strangely in The Tyrant. There’s too many subtle hints that make her at least suspicious. Heck, she’s even around when the assault happens! Just watch the blonde ponytail behind Chase in the doorway.

    We never see Chase do anything that could prove something. There is also no evidence whatsoever in Instant Karma. House finds out there is something wrong with Chase and Foreman, but the last sequence implys that he is not at the end of the thought process yet.

    I wouldn’t have written anything (I’m no native speaker and therefore prone to awkward spelling and grammar and general misunderstanding), but it begins to bother me why Chase is so clearly a murderer to the viewers. I have read nasty comments on the matter on severals message boards and they worry me. They wouldn’t if it was just a TV show. Fans are real and if they are serious, they frighten me more than anything.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Annabelle Fox

    I must agree with Jaim. I also can’t understand why so many people hate 13. I liked her from the beginning, much more then Cameron whith her naive and boring “holiness”. Even if the 14 relationship I found a little unrealistic and odd I don’t think that 13 storyline during some episodes was so much different and unbecoming from others. And especially in this last episode I liked 13 yet more – I can’t say exactly why, maybe because she act on me more self-confident and well-balanced and nice – I don’t know, but I really liked her.

  • The doctor

    The whole show is becoming boring.

  • Kizmet

    Rewatch “The Tyrant”, during the last confrontation between Chase and Foreman, it was Chase who signed into the morg to get the blood they used for the test. When Foreman suggests Chase AND Cameron faked the test, Chase’s response is “Cameron wasn’t involved”, he doesn’t dispute that the test was faked, he doesn’t dispute that he faked the test, he just says Cameron didn’t. Finally when he’s arguing against making the faked test public Chase states “If you tell them I faked the test…” That’s pretty much a confession.

    There was an outside possibility that Chase was trying to take the fall for Cameron, but “Instant Karma” rules that out. If Cameron were the one who faked the test so that Dibala died then why would Chase and Foreman try to exclude her from the preparation for the report on his death? Why would she wonder what all the fuss about the report is over? If she did it, she’d know why Chase and Foreman aren’t treating this like just another report.

    When OW first showed up, I liked her character, she was the first of the contestants to stand-out. But her relationship with Foreman is wooden and takes up way too much time. I’d rather see any other two characters rather than 13 and Foreman, even the two of them discussing their relationship with a third party is more interesting than the two of them having a relationship.

  • bakerstreet blues

    Did anyone else notice that Foreman said that the room (M and M conference) would be filled with sharks because HOUSE’S DEPARTMENT made a mistake? TECHNICALLY FOREMAN YOUR CASE (DNR). Foreman still cannot believe that He made a mistake. What an ego this little man has. (probably drives a big honking car too). I do agree that the friendship between Chase and House is great (better than that between House and Wilson in my opinion). Chase respects House and vise-versa. The two men definitely share a common bond (rotten fathers) which Chase doesn’t know he knows….(Birthmarks Chase knows that House is not OK with his fathers passing). I also believe that Chase acknowledges how forgiving and loyal House truly is, after all I think 99.9% of bosses would have fired Chase after Vogler hit the road. Chase was the only fellow who stayed in Ezra Powells room with House…the only fellow who was immediately willing to stand up for his principles when push came to shove. Yes there is definitely a mutual respect there that no one else can see, but these two men do acknowledge to themselves at least if not to each other. Chase, unlike every other person in House’s orbit is definitely NOT A COWARD. Wilson is too afraid of his own guilt to give life or death advice to his patients, Cameron would rather sacrifice the patient than bend her own ethical rules, Foreman crumbles each time he fails, Cuddy leads with her heart instead of her head. At this point I would like to see much more interaction between Chase and House in more personal matters.