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TV Review: House, M.D. – “Teamwork”

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Last week on House in “Known Unknowns,” House (Hugh Laurie) received an unexpected blow. Having attended a medical conference to court Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), he learned she had already become involved with the quirky private investigator from last season, Lucas Douglas (Michael Weston). His reaction to the news was oddly calm. As they sat the next morning they seemed accepting, and even as Lucas blabbered on about House’s delusion and his hospitalization at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, House took it serenely, despite the look of betrayal in his eyes.

Which brings us to “Teamwork” (6×08). House’s medical license restored, he reclaims his department from Foreman (Omar Epps), treating a male porn star with a sensitivity to light and bleeding. The patient is a paradox. He’s a nice Jewish boy “from the ‘burbs” raised by an over-protective mother who wouldn’t let a cough go by without a visit to the doctor. He is happily married and matter-of-fact about his unusual line of work. Neither he nor his wife (also a porn star) have any shame or embarrassment about what they do. Ironically, it's his clean-living childhood that's made him sick (and the cure is fairly disgusting — a threadworm cocktail). But as is often the case, the medical mystery simply provides a structure for the real action of the episode.

House's team gets the case just as Cameron and Chase resign. Planning to move to another city, they want to get on with their lives after Chase’s assassination of the African dictator Dibala (“The Tyrant,” 6×04). House is left with only Foreman to run the tests and diagnose the sex star.

Again, House seems oddly accepting — at least at first. But House plans to win back his fellows old and new, inciting with the case, but without actually asking them to return to the team.

He visits 13 at her home and at the gym; he stalks Taub at his new plastic surgery practice. He tries to drive a wedge between Chase and Cameron, believing one or the other of them will decide to stay while the other departs. Wilson wonders why, when House could have his pick of any of thousands who would give anything to work for him, he insists on these particular well-worn diagnostics fellows. He believes that House, devastated by losing Cuddy to Lucas, is seeking the comfort of the familiar. But everyone has an opinion.

Chase and Cameron come back on the team to help out Foreman, who is overwhelmed having to run House’s tests by himself. But as the old team runs through the diagnosis process, House conveys the latest theories and tests to Taub and 13. At first they ignore the faxes and personal visits, but in the end, the challenge of House’s high-stakes and high-impact medicine is too attractive, and like a medical Pied Piper of Princeton, House lures them back with an interesting case.

Chase and Cameron are a tougher sell, but House’s manipulations drive doubt into the young marriage. House cannot believe that Cameron has been so forgiving of her husband for murdering the dictator — no matter how evil he may have been. He tells Chase that for her to forgive and forget would run contrary to everything House knows of Cameron and her rigid morality. Murder is murder. No exceptions.

And he’s right, telling Chase she’s forgiving him because he has shame and regrets what he has done. She can live with that. But she has misread Chase entirely. Chase has never given any indication he feels remorse for what he has done. “It may have been the worst thing I’ve done,” he admits. But, “it might have been the best.” However he feels, Chase does believe he’s saved tens of thousands from genocide by murdering Dibala.

But she also forgives Chase because, as House has astutely observed, Cameron actually blames him for the murder, not Chase. At first it seems like simple Hous-ian narcissism — the whole world revolves around House, but he’s actually right. Cameron believes House has poisoned the environment of the diagnostics department so no one knows what’s right or what wrong. He has created a little world of no remorse and no morality. She believes that both he and Chase, men she has loved, are irredeemable, with no understanding of the sanctity of human life. And so she tearily leaves.

The scene is an interesting bookend to a scene way back in season one’s "Role Model" (1×18). House had refused to compromise his integrity to endorse a drug he believed had no virtue for patients. He did so at great risk to his career and his department.

At the time, Cameron alone among anyone else (including Wilson) seems to understand that House does things because they are “right,” without regard to the consequences — often acting contrary to conventional wisdom and conventional medicine. And sometimes that gets him into trouble. She resigns at the end of scene, in a noble gesture to save his department. She extends her hand out to him to say goodbye, and he refuses to take it, unable to even look her in the eye.

In “Teamwork,” five years later, does she no longer understand House’s philosophy of medicine? Is she upset because he has spread it beyond himself, gaining disciples in Chase and Wilson (who nearly tanked his career last week in a damn-the-consequences medical paper on euthanasia)? Again she offers her hand, and again House refuses it, unable to look her in the eye. It’s an interesting parallel to “Role Model,” but I’m not sure what it says about either Cameron or House.

The episode seemed off-kilter to me. I understand that in the aftermath of last week, House’s inclination would be to guard himself completely, becoming non-reactive. He can barely speak to Cuddy, and certainly cannot look at her. When she confronts him in the hospital corridor about whether his actions in the episode have to do with her involvement with Lucas, he simply turns away and walks off. He says nothing to her, doesn’t engage her at all. No snark, no mocking, nada. And that’s completely in character.

However, House is fundamentally a romantic, and his intentional manipulation of Chase and Cameron’s fragile relationship seems out of character. Yes, I can see him manipulating it, but to be intentionally destructive? Does he think there is some greater good there?

In his final scene with Wilson, House is practically giddy that he’s gotten three of his four fellows back. He seems to care very little that number four, Cameron, has flown the coop. Yes, we do see him consider calling after her as she leaves his office in her departure scene. But his recovery seems too complete, and her departure too easily blown off, by this final scene with Wilson.

Perhaps “Teamwork” is a transitional episode that leads us into the next narrative arc of the season. Transitional episodes often feel “off” because we get no resolution — to anything. They’re all setup with no payoff. So, I look forward to next week as House, with his re-configured team, celebrates Thanksgiving.

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  • enbeecee

    Barbara, this is the first ep I can remember actually disliking–and the first time I’ve actually disliked the character of House. Like you, I thought it was off base in the way it drew House. The POTW almost was a caricature. And I don’t get Lucas as Cuddy’s fella, not unless he’s really just a dalliance.

    Altogether a disconcerting experience. I hope the next ep feels more on target with the canon of the series.

  • barbara barnett

    Part of me wants to attribute House’s demeanor as reestablishing his guard after letting himself be so vulnerable last episode, but we’ll see.

  • Dani

    In my opinion, House DID look her in the eye this time. Because she was dead wrong about him. He always had a problem accepting good things about himself, but looking people in the eye who are judging him falsy was never one of his problems.

  • barbara barnett

    She was dead wrong about him. And he knew it!

  • Jeanne

    This is one of the two episodes that I didn’t like the character of House (the other was the CIA ep). Last season he said things that helped the Cameron/Chase relationship, and this time he seemed out to destroy it. Last season I loved the Lucas PI character. I loved the relationship between him and House (House buying dinner for the two; the two of them playing instruments). But I didn’t like Lucas interferring with Chase and his problems. I hope that the writers aren’t regressing in House’s “growth” that he’s accomplished so far this season. It’s been a real pleasure watching this season because of it. Also that the old team was back.
    Barbara, I look forward to your reviews each week and watch the show again after reading your comments.

  • Dani

    I certainly hope he knew it. And I also wouldn’t call him giddy in his scene with Wilson. Did you see how he couldn’t look at Wilson when he was talking about Cameron? He was covering up his sadness about her wrong judgement but also about her obvious pain I guess. I wish he wouldn’t have felt the need to cover up his feelings again. But I agree with you that he did reestablish his guard after last week and it’s kind of understandable. And by the way, 13 told him that he would have been rejected if he had told all of them openly that he wanted them to face the truth and come back/stay.

  • Dani

    Okay, sorry for spamming but I just have to say this: House didn’t try to destroy the marriage!! The only thing he did was forcing them to face the truth. If they hadn’t, the whole thing would have crashed later on because Cameron was running away from the truth and misjudging Chase and Chase was doing everything she wanted out of guilt.

  • RobF

    The episode was way off, even for a transition episode in which everything must be wrapped up as quickly as possible. This isn’t the first time that the wholesale swapping of doctors on/off House’s team has been handled in an unrealistic manner, just to get it out of the way, but whatever.

    House’s interference with Cameron/Chase was out of character, but could possibly be explained by his bitterness over Cuddy and Lucas. Cameron, on the other hand, was WAYYY out of character, inexcusably so.

    It makes sense that she would think Chase is House’s “hand puppet”, because Chase is a weak person who is easily influenced. It makes sense that she might stand up to House about this, and it makes sense that she might blame House for anything remotely House-like that Chase does.

    What doesn’t make sense is that she would: a) consider either House or (especially) Chase to be irredeemable; b) think that House has no human feelings towards his patients. She knows better than anyone that he cares about people. In “One Day, One Room”, she was the only one of the characters (House included) who understood why the rape victim wanted to talk to House.

    Cameron had every right to be angry at House for going through the charade of preparing the patient to have his bone marrow destroyed when he already knew the correct diagnosis. But this was out of character for House. He risks his career, even prison, when he knows he can save a patient. He doesn’t risk his patient’s life to allow him to play mind games with his team.

    They needed a House action that Cameron could notice and throw in his face; unfortunately they created an unrealistic one.

    They needed a final judgement by Cameron on House’s character; unfortunately they created one that was not only untrue, but was known by Cameron to be untrue.

    Character continuity is of the utmost impotance to a show like House. Whatever the requirements of the story arc, the writers can’t have the characters act completely out of character to make the pieces fall into place more easily.

  • Epiphany

    Oh dear. Where do I start with the many problems I had with this episode? How about with something you’ve said Barbara:

    “House is fundamentally a romantic, and his intentional manipulation of Chase and Cameron’s fragile relationship seems out of character.”

    It’s not “out of character.” It’s totally, utterly and completely out of character. Yes, OK – he opened his heart and soul to Cuddy and got ripped to shreds in return. I can see why that would make him veer sharply off Recovery Road, make a right turn into Relapse Avenue and eventually arrive at Unremitting B**tard Boulevard.

    But my goodness, it was painful to watch. And nary a scene of light relief (we NEED clinic House writers!). Reeling from Lucas and Cuddy, he wanted to surround himself with the familiar where he has, and is in, 100% control. I get that too.

    But just about everything else in Teamwork was a foreign country to me. I didn’t recognise half the people before me, their actions didn’t add up and neither did their thought processes.

    The departure of Cameron and the return of 13/ForeTeen depresses me more than I can possibly say. In addition, I have no idea why Cuddy would even want to be with a man who’s indirectly responsible for breaking up a marriage. Especially as she looks happier with Lucas than we’ve ever seen her.

    I think you’ve shown remarkable restraint with your review Barbara. I truly hope TPTB know what they’re doing because all I’m seeing before me is season 5 all over again – except with Lucas installed as Cuddy’s love interest. Even though I like(d) House and Cuddy’s lively relationship, season 5 is my least favourite to date. The last thing I want is another retread.

  • Reba

    Hello Barbara,
    Thanks again for a good review. I agree with you. Teamwork is not my favourite episode. And I must say, apart from the first long episode, season six so far has left me a bit ambivalent.

    I like personal relationships in a TV series.

    However what I like about House the TV show is the way they have 1) mixed the personal with the “mystery”. 2) made it all seem rather plausible, both medically and personally and somehow made even big dramas “realistic”.

    Watching Teamwork I just thought everything seemed so rushed. The patient which could have put up some moral debate for House too, didn’t (and I don’t mean because of the pornography theme). Chase and Cameron were all over, discussing, leaving, not leaving, leaving again. Then House suddenly turned Chase away from Cameron just like that. As their relationship was all built on sand, which has not been my impression.

    I guess that my question is why not let this arc play out nicely and in time (after all they did bring the old team in the forefront again which I DID like with season six).

    And then the scenario with Cuddy. I love the way Lisa Edelstein plays her, but I think her 180 degrees very outspoken turn from House is a bit off. I get that House’s hospitalization scared her to death, but to turn him away still seems strange.

    I never liked the PI concept in season 5 (although Michael Weston was funny). Of course you could argue that Lucas in many ways is very much like House, but when he started snooping in the medical files, it is the first time I’ve truly disliked a character on House. It threw me off a bit. Apart from Tritter of course. And Chi McBride’s chairman. Maybe Lucas will be this season’s “Tritter”?

    Long rant, sorry.

  • Epiphany

    I liked Lucas in season 5 and he’s very much House-lite. Or at least, that’s how I see him (I wonder if the writers will pick up on this?).

    But Reba, your comments about Vogler and Tritter bring to mind another point: this show has absolutely no idea how to successfully resolve a story arc. The only one that rang true was the conclusion of Stacy’s. All the others have ranged from meh to god-awful.

  • Eve K

    Just a small comment this time. Taub said to Foreman he quit because he only wanted to work with House. Now House is back and his playing hard to get?
    And didn’t he have a non-compete contract so that he couldn’t work as a plastic surgeon?

  • Reba


    I hope the writers will pick up on Mr House Lite, maybe when he steps over the line in his “research” to keep Cuddy.

    I agree that the Stacy storyline was a good one, and actually still one of my favourite. That’s what I sort of mean by liking all the characters even though their interests might conflict with House’s. I even liked Mark.

    I think the writers of House and their writing are really intelligent, and a good hefty notch above other TV series. But right now they are a bit all over the place. I hope it will soon click back on track for me.

  • Val

    I had mixed feelings on this episode and also felt like it was a bit off-kilter. I both liked and disliked it. I posted the following (w/retweeks)on another board.

    House was not appealing this episode. I’d go as far to say he was more of an arse than he usually can be…precisely because of the people (Cuddy mostly) issues he was dealing with. If memory serves, I remember him acting much like this during his separation/rejection from Wilson in early S5 (5.3)and though I don’t like the behaviour, it did seem quite on par with a House I saw last year.

    I was a bit confused at Cameron reverting back to her old ways. I thought she had grown during S4 and S5 and actually liked her new attitude. I felt the little run-in with House was a bit hypocritical on her part after all that she’s done and experienced on House’s team. House typically does not like hypocrites and I so wanted him to give her a good lecture/yelling, alas no. House does influence people negatively and positively and can easily manipulate, but Chase is still his own man and makes his own decisions. She can’t blame House for what Chase did, even if he had been in charge of the dept. during the Dibala fiasco.

    I am curious to see where the Lucas arc will take us (and House). And I would be happy to see a little therapy session with Nolan thrown in soon.

    I am glad Taub and 13 are back. I really like House’s interactions with 13. There are some moments where she seems to get House like no one else…6.02 in the kitchen when she asks what happend to him “in there”. Could she sense his growth? And, in this episode when they were both in the gym she noticed something. With the newly configured team I hope we see the whiteboard return.

    In a journey there are bumps; I have a feeling we are hitting huge ones very soon.

  • Flo

    Let’s say it: this episode was not good at all.
    It is the first (and hopefully the only one) bad episode of this season.

    The medical mystery was boring, House was totally OOC and Cameron’s reason of departure was unrealistic and also OOC.

    I must say I still don’t get this last scene with her and House. What was great with House and Cameron is that they shared an understanding. Cameron knows House too much to think he is an evil bastard who doesn’t give a damn about his patients and just want to manipulate his employees for egotistical reasons.
    On the other hand, that’s all he did in this episode.
    As RobF (#8) wrote: “He risks his career, even prison, when he knows he can save a patient. He doesn’t risk his patient’s life to allow him to play mind games with his team.”
    Couldn’t have said it better! After all the growth and the good change House has shown so far this season, it is not only OOC, this is also downright regressive!

    I guess it’s just wait and see now.

  • Suzanne

    It has been ages since I’ve commented here – usually because between Barbara and all the commenters you guys hit the nail on the head – but I just cannot resist. I feel betrayed!

    Ok, ok, ok. That’s a little dramatic. BUT, by the end of this episode I kind of felt like House or Chase was going to wake up and the whole thing would be a dream. Everything, for everyone, seemed wildly out of character in this. Except for maybe Lucas, who in a House-like manner predicted both the purpose and the trajectory of his relationship with Cuddy.

    Now, to the point at hand (and a blanket apology to all if this is long, but as I said, I feel betrayed and hell hath no fury as a woman scorned). I totally agree with Epiphany that House was “totally, utterly and completely out of character” in destroying Chase and Cameron’s marriage. Sure, he was forcing them to face the truth and it was out of character to Cameron to “accept” this massive, life-altering event, but he was totally out for blood with the two of them. I could explain this away in some kind of it’s-not-you-it’s-me way by saying that this was totally about survival. House made a conscious decision that his protection with the familial was more important than their marriage. He chose himself over anyone else. But even that seems over the top given the stakes. Eli Attie breaks my heart – a concept that is doubly torturous as he pretty much stole my heart and intellect for years on The West Wing.

    Agreement nods to everyone who said this just “felt off.” It did. Completely off. And cheap. Cameron, a major character and turning point for House on numerous occasions, seemed to be shooed out the door. Maybe there is a greater theme or some tie in later in the season that will justify this (and by extension prove me blissfully wrong), but it felt like a cheap way to get her off. No build up, no drama to set the stage. The conversation in House’s office should have shook the show, in my opinion, but instead it felt like a one off. Although, on the contrary, the return of Taub and 13, though much to my demise, seemed very well played.

    There were other more thoughtful comments that I had, but quite frankly, the second I started typing they slipped out the back of my mind.

    Overall, the episode just didn’t work. I hope that the storylines established in “Teamwork” will work and prove not as sore-thumbish in the episodes to come. I hope…

    Barbara – Great write-up as always!!

  • mk879

    I agree with other commenters that this episode was “off” and the characters were acting out of character. Was House upset that Cameron left or not? It looked like he was going to call after her, but the next scene House was bragging to Wilson. Also, why did Cameron try to shake House’s hand and why did she kiss his cheek before she left? Maybe another viewing will help me suss it all out. Barbara, as always, great review!

  • Epiphany

    “I just cannot resist. I feel betrayed!”

    Suzanne, you think that’s a little dramatic? I think it’s spot on – that’s how I feel too.

    I’ve been obsessively reading review and recap after review and recap because I just cannot process what I’ve seen. I cannot reconcile this episode to the show I’ve been watching since the pilot first aired.

    And I don’t know who that man was that called himself ‘House’ but he needs to pack his bags – and take 13 with him.

    More than any other episode, this is the one that has floored me. I feel like I’ve been kicked in the nuts – and I’m not even a man so I have no idea how it feels. Apparently, it’s very painful…

    So many characters were trashed and sacrificed for the sake of the plot and that saddens me.

    Just about every incarnation of House presented to me over the years has made sense in its own way – I even got a kick out of the relentlessly sexist boor in Whatever It Takes (heck, he was just extra horny and yes, I still laugh my head off at the “position on my penis” and “satellite aimed directly into Cuddy’s vagina” lines… so sue me!).

    But *this*! *That*! I’m speechless. Wilson once called him “a noble ass” – all I saw was an ignoble b@stard with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Even at his worst, House always had that. Why did Eli Attie take that away from him? And by extension, from us? Why?

    Maybe all will be revealed in forthcoming episodes but I kinda feel the damage has been done.

  • Amy B

    I felt it was a bit off too, but it did have it’s moments. Like the look he got when he got his license back and the smile he gave Taub when he gave House an idea about the POTW. He was right on the mark with Chase about Cam blaming House about the dictactor’s death. Boy, did I dislike Cam when she confronted House about that.
    She came off as shrill and holier than though. I must say JM did a great job with that scene.

  • blacktop

    I didn’t love this episode, but I didn’t dislike it wholeheartedly. Nor did I feel that anyone was acting at all out of character.

    Foreman was his usual sardonic and resigned self when he swiftly handed over the diagnostics department to House and announced that of course they would be taking the case of the porn star over the sick baby.

    Chase was his age-old self, looking for comfort in all the wrong places (House and Cameron) for his own tortured conscience. His waffling on the issue of whether to leave the team or not was completely in line with his previous behavior as was his ability to be manipulated by both House and the sneaky detective Lucas.

    Cameron was also (sadly) completely in character. She returned to the self-referential, egotistical, moralistic, shrill, and hectoring figure she was during the opening seasons of the show. She displayed a fundamental lack of understanding of House’s inner workings, of his drive to make positive good in the world.

    House, too, seemed to me to be perfectly in character. He was wounded, brooding, and morose after the blow of Cuddy’s rejection. It is completely in his nature to shy away from direct encounters of the emotional kind and that is what he did throughout this episode. I did not think House was trying to break up the Chase/Cam marriage. But, with his superior insights into human nature, he had already discerned the weak points of the relationship. He knew that Cam’s acceptance of Chase’s murder of Dibala was a sham. He also knew that Chase could not live with himself if he did not take complete ownership of his own actions. Pointing out these truths was harsh but not at all out of character for House.

    Cuddy was in character because she has been striving for more than four seasons to build for herself a model family that would provide the comfort and loving support that she cannot expect to get from her high-pressure job. She has now deluded herself into believing that she has found this family in Lucas. The crash that is to come was nicely hinted at in that supremely creepy scene between Lucas and Chase, in which the detective exposed his snakey side.

    Wilson continued to provide House with relationship advice and free lunches. His sly smirk in response to Cuddy’s declaration that she was trying to make a life independent of House was a wonderful hint that Wilson knows that Cuddy is operating under a delusion if she thinks that House is out of her life for good.

    I liked Taub and Thirteen in this episode as they discovered reluctantly that they cannot live without the thrills of the high-wire act that is medicine House-style.

    So I am looking forward to where this episode takes us, particularly on the House/Cuddy front. Air turbulance ahead, for sure.

  • Epiphany

    Thank you for your reasoned assessment of this episode blacktop. I will watch it again after taking in your points of view. However, I keep returning to this paragraph of Barbara’s:

    “House is fundamentally a romantic, and his intentional manipulation of Chase and Cameron’s fragile relationship seems out of character.”

    This is what really bothered me about the episode. And there were inconsistencies with Cameron too…

  • nicole.o

    Arlight, I’m at work and have not had the chance to read everyone’s comments yet, but can someone explain two things for me…
    1. Why would Chase chose to stay with House instead of do whatever it took to make it work with Cameron?? He was the one from the begining who chased her down and wanted a commitment. Completely out of character for him.
    2. Why is Cuddy pushing House away do much? She was the flirtatious one all along and now that he is actually acting like she wanted him to all along she is being so cold? Next week’s look where she tells them they’re never going to be anything is so out of character for how she has been acting toward him all along? I could understand if he was being a jerk but he is trying so hard and she is slamming the door.

    Those two bits were so out of character for me and if anyone can shed some light that would be great.

  • Aleena

    You were certainly right. Something about the whole episode was off. Especially the Cameron/House part. It wasn’t even that she fell back into the character she was at the beginning, Cameron did trust him and believed in him then. She became someone different and while I understand her need to blame someone to save her marriage and maybe her sanity I do not believe she would have done what she did the way she did it. And House was just plain OOC and I don’t even know how to describe it. Their whole last scene gave me the feeling as if nothing had changed between them and yet everything. As if they didn’t say what they were ment to say but just changed everything that made them who they were to avoid saying something that might have left too much of an impact on the show.
    Aside from that I do like Lucas, I just can’t help it but the thing with Cuddy and him doesn’t work. It feels like the writers have an idea that right now is too far away and to make it work faster they do strange things like bringing Lucas back in such a moment, making Chase stay or kicking Cameron out (because that’s kind of how it felt) and then they have a nearly perfect comeback of the old/new team that was far too good for the whole episode as if it was written for another one.

    This one just irritated me and while I thought I would watch House after the change of the team I don’t think I will. Since season 5 I feel like the writers are moving towards something that does not get along with what is happening and this episode irritated me too much.

  • RobF

    For now, I am optimistic that the characters will return to form in the following episodes. Cameron was the most out of character in this episode, and now she’s gone — they can’t write her badly if she’s not there.

    I will miss Cameron a great deal. She wasn’t much of a character in her own right, but she brought something unique to House’s world. When the other characters tell him off, he fights back, obviously believing that their criticism is irrelevant because they don’t understand him as well as he understands himself. He is harshly critical of himself (even moreso than he is of others), which makes him somewhat immune to the criticisms of others.

    But when Cameron told House off, he would often have no reply, except to stand silent for a moment before leaving the room. She obviously had more of an effect on him than do any of the others.

    I don’t know who could possibly replace her in that respect. (please not Lucas; pretty please!) House has respect for the medical abilities of all the doctors, but on a personal level the only one who can touch him is Foreman. And Foreman refuses to get into anything too “real”, limiting himself to snide remarks made from a position of security. In this episode, the writers seemed to be moving Taub towards becoming a more effective foil for House. He might be a good choice for this; he wasn’t all that believable as the pathetic quitter guy that he was in his original story arc.

  • barbara barnett

    Knowing what we know of this week’s episode now, what explains the warmth between House and Cuddy last week? And I’m with W. Why would Cuddy not have at least warned Wilson that she’s involved so he wouldn’t have encouraged the fragile House into courting her (and opening him up so much).

    And yes, why would Chase jettison his relationship so readily and not plead with Cameron to stay and work it out. and why is she leaving now that they’re not escaping?

    Yes–Foreman is in character, Taub and 13 were fun to watch as House reeled them in.

    But it all seemed off. Maybe that was the point, but we don’t yet know.

    First review I’ve ever written where I’ve had so many comments pile up so quickly–and so many negative about the episode. Truly a first.

  • RobF

    nicole.o (#23): 1. Why would Chase chose to stay with House instead of do whatever it took to make it work with Cameron?? He was the one from the begining who chased her down and wanted a commitment. Completely out of character for him.

    He was following Cameron wherever she wanted to go, until House pointed out that she had forgiven Chase only because she didn’t consider him responsible for his own actions. She thinks of him as “House’s hand puppet” (an opinion shared by many viewers, it must be said).

    Even Chase is clever enough to know that it is no good for a marriage when a wife believes her husband to be incapable of making his own decisions.

    So he made the rather dubious choice of letting Cameron leave to stay with House, which seems very much to have been yet another choice made for him by House. Convenient for the staffing of the team (and the show), but doesn’t ring all that true.

  • sarah

    That’s what happens when you let a writer who joined House staff with the BIG changes, at the beginning of season 4, write what should have been one of the most powerful episodes of the season. Ellie Attie doesn’t know House, Cameron and Chase that well. The whole episode was full of the worse cases of deja vu in the six seasons of House. Shore should have been the one to write Cameron’s swan song. That shows how little he cares about this character.

    And BB, I wished you would have mentioned Jennifer Morrison’s brilliant performance in her latest scene with Hugh Laurie. That was heartbreaking. They had the most amazing chemistry. Goodbye House.

  • PH

    Hmmm… where to start.

    I actually liked the scene with House and Cameron. I felt she was devastated by Chase’s decision to stay on House’s team instead of running away with her. I liked that she was the cottage that realized House had known the correct diagnosis earlier. I loved how they shot the scene when she walked out of his office. When he slowly followed her, I kept wanting him to call out to her.

    I think Cameron was very hurt, her husband killed someone, he covered it up from her, her marriage is crumbling around her. She didn’t want Chase’s actions to be his fault, so she blamed House. I felt all the blame she put on House was due to her pain. He was someone she had feelings for (IMO still does), and her own husband was going to desert her and stay with him. She irrationally struck out. (Sort of like a jilted wife that blames her husband’s mistress.)

    But, the next Mission Accomplished scene was utterly mind numbing for me. As you stated, BB, he was giddy. There was just the slightest hint of pain when he mentions Cameron’s departure. I can only read from it that he is regressing and attempting to bury his feelings.

  • Erin

    I agree with dani in that it didn’t seem to me that House was trying to break up Chase and Cameron’s marriage. The marriage seemed weak to begin with, and House was right, she wouldn’t forgive Chase unless he was cowed. Maybe I miscontrued the Cameron/House scene, but she says to House twice,”I loved you”, and after the last one says, “I loved Chase too”, like it was an afterthought, or she stopped loving her husband that quickly? She went to past tense pretty fast. Chase has always seemed to love Cameron more than she did back. I’m hoping House doesn’t revert back to deeply wounded deflection because of what is happening.

  • Sarah H

    So many things to say . . .
    First off, I’m agreeing with blacktop and a few others. House’s actions were completely in character with the hurting, occasionally malicious, bastard he was pre-Mayfield. I’m surprised at the anger/amazement that he’d manipulate and break up a marriage/relationship. Anyone remember Mark and Stacy? Foreteen? Wilson and Amber (or almost anyone else he’s dated/married)? This is what House does when he’s petrified of losing; he fights dirtier. What’s missing for me in this is that in the past his malice has been leavened by either humor or by a glimpse of the pain propelling him to make his choices, whether at the piano or staring wistfully at a picture, etc. We have not been shown any of that. On Greg Yaitanes’ twitter, he had a mini-interview with Eli Attie, who said (IIRC) that his writing had been coached and shaped by David Shore. That’s what this episode mostly felt like to me — first season House, maybe during the Vogler arc, when House would just create chaos to see what would happen (like telling the fellows he had to fire one of them and enticing them to sabotage each other). I’m not thrilled that he’s regressing; I’m also not sure what they’re planning to have him do next — does he start having more “leg” pain, go back to the Vicodin and completely relapse or, more interestingly, does he try to use some of his new coping skills in addition to his old behaviors to deal with the losses of Cuddy and Cameron?
    Speaking of the women, they were the characters that, for me, didn’t come off well in this episode. Feels like they decided that Cameron’s one salient characteristic was being “an insane moral compass” and had that trump everything else, including her love for Chase (although since she had to be dragged through most of their courtship and into their wedding, I’m not surprised that she could walk away so easily). And although I thought she did a powerful job in her last scene with House, I was amazed at the poor writing/direction that would have her berate House, call him a murderer, say that he ruined Chase and then offer her hand for House to shake? What???? The much more subtle message about her reason for leaving was received in her final scene with Chase, when she is physically above him the entire time she’s leaving. Also interesting that House got a kiss and Chase did not.
    As for Cuddy, yikes. I cannot believe that the two lines, “You’re going to kill the patient” and “Is this about Lucas and me?” were written to follow each other? Again, what????? You’re the flippin’ hospital administrator and THIS is your concern? Perhaps they are building the story that Cuddy really can’t date anyone (maybe House included) because she becomes completely incompentent — can’t really explain it otherwise.
    As someone else said, I liked Taub’s scenes with House — I think that these are two men who may not like each other, but who get each other. As always, House needs strong characters to stand up to him, and Wilson’s too busy acting as his stand-in therapist to qualify. By the way, shouldn’t Wilson be giving Nolan a call about now?
    What was also interesting to me was the old characteristics of House that they’re choosing to bring back — so far, non-emoting, manipulation and porn. Here’s hoping that music, motorcycles, a well-hidden romanticism, an exhaustive interest in diagnostic medicine, and the need to use a white board follow soon.
    Barbara, thanks again for your review and a great forum for discussion!

  • DebbieJ

    A lot of you feel this episode was “off”. I found it completely dreadful. I actually, for the first time, looked at my watch and wondered how much longer I had to endure it. *That* has *never* happened before!

    ~~House – screwing with people exclusively to suit his own narcissistic, selfish needs. I never expected House to stop messing with his friends and coworkers even after Mayfield, but the script seems to imply that now that he’s got his license back, he’s also done pretending to be
    recovered and has gone back completely to his old ways. I have to wonder. When Wilson said, “throwing yourself back into work is not the worst thing that could happen.” made me think, so what are they getting at? So, what is the worst thing, drugs?

    ~~Wilson – I am really tired of Wilson playing the Huddy Whisperer. Wilson being House’s cupid is really getting old. The first thing out of his mouth last night was about House’s feelings for Cuddy. Enough already! Give the man his own story, like last week.

    ~~Cuddy – “Is this because of me dating Lucas?” Or some other such drivel. What? Are you freaking serious? Is this Grey’s Anatomy?

    ~~Lucas – As much as I dislike Lucas with Cuddy (mainly because I don’t think he has a stitch of anything in common with her), please DO NOT paint him has some evil, conniving bad guy in order for the audience to dislike him. I already dislike him!

    I wasn’t crazy about him last season. No, he is not House-Lite. He is not even fat-free House! Yes, he’s smart. That’s where the similarities end. He’s a friggin doofus who doesn’t know when to keep his trap shut. We’re supposed to believe that Cuddy is attracted to this man? Puleeze.
    This is my take on Lucas: The writers thought, hmmm. Who crossed paths with House recently who is outside of PPTH’s walls that can become House’s adversary for Cuddy’s affections? Wilson’s crabby Vietnam vet neighbor? Nah, no one will believe that. Hey, I know, how about the PI guy from last year? Yeah, that’ll work!

    It might as well have gone like that for all the sense it makes!

    ~~13 – Okay, we got the obligatory shot of Thirteen’s abs. Yes, she is hot. We get it. Move on. At first I didn’t understand what all the negative fuss was about of her. Then I got a bit annoyed at how much the writers focused on her oh-so-interesting-dying-of-Huntingdon’s/bisexual plots. Yawn. Now, enough is enough. I say less 13 and more clinic patients and white board. (Where *did* that white board go?)

    ~~Cameron, whom I’ve always been indifferent to, turned into a self-righteous moralizing goody two shoes who bails on her marriage at the first major sticking point. And after giving her speech about how House corrupted Chase and the two of them are irredeemably lost, off she goes and House later says to Wilson with a self-satisfied smirk, ‘Well, three out of four ain’t bad.’ For the first time ever, I was truly disgusted by the character of House
    and in the writing that led to that remark. This final scene between them was supposed to be poignant and profound (and perhaps a final gift to the Hameron shippers out there – or maybe it was a slap in the Hamerons’ faces – YMMV), but I found it to be boring and melodramatic and couldn’t wait for her to just leave already! But I digress. Didn’t Cameron kill Ezra Powell in Informed Consent? Where did her insane moral compass point to then? Wasn’t she the one who wanted Friends With Benefits from Chase. Where did her insane moral compass point to then? Jennifer Morrison and Allison Cameron both deserved a better exit than that.

    ~~POTW – Oh, was there a patient of the week? I hadn’t noticed.

    This season was looking great. House’s slow metamorphosis was intriguing–his basic nature unchanged, but without the angry misery and pain that clouded his judgment and led him to addiction and delusions. I never saw him living happily ever after with anyone, but it was possible to imagine him moving toward being at peace with
    himself. I swear, if the writers blame his behavior because he is heartbroken over Cuddy’s actions of moving on without him, I’ll just hurl. Next’s weeks episode, where he says in a very juvenile way that he plans to “break them up”, is a plotline I hope they don’t pursue. Don’t you think it’d be much more in character for House to wait and bide his time and have Cuddy decide on her own that Lucas is just not her type?

    This episode was just awful all the way around. Sloppy, convoluted writing just for Cameron’s exit.

  • TombeDeLaLune

    I always thought that in “role model”, Cameron was actually not happy with House. She says : “I thought you did things to help people, but you do it because it is right”. In MY reading of Cameron, this was not a compliment. It was a correct observation, but as she said 4 years later “motives matter” to her, and I think that she would have WANTED House to do things to help people and “being right” is not a good enough reason for her to do something unethical or something that has bad consequences.

  • Epiphany

    *”Knowing what we know of this week’s episode now, what explains the warmth between House and Cuddy last week?”*

    The way I see it, it was an 80s party and nostalgia tends to evoke a warm and toasty feeling. Plus, House’s charm offensive gets off on the right foot with his deliberate misunderstanding of ’80s’ attire; it brings a smile to Cuddy’s face (as he probably knew it would). Then he’s gallant and rescues her from the cheesy Ghostbusters doctor.

    In addition to all that, Cuddy’s happy because she’s got Rachel with her and she’s in a new relationship. So she’s content to reminisce with House about their college days because she assumes it will just be one of those “Hey remember when… ?” conversations. Familiar ground, stuff she can handle with her eyes closed (just like their sexual banter).

    She has no idea of his agenda, just as he has no idea of hers. Then he does the last thing she’d expect… Bad timing. Again.

    *”And I’m with W. Why would Cuddy not have at least warned Wilson that she’s involved so he wouldn’t have encouraged the fragile House into courting her (and opening him up so much).”*

    The only way I can rationalise this is that Lucas is right: part of her hoped to keep their relationship a total secret from House… at least for a while longer. Bless Wilson, but he’s terrible at keeping secrets. Didn’t he tell House that she was having difficulties with Rachel? I wouldn’t tell Wilson either…

    What’s more, Cuddy had no idea that House was going to seriously court her. Why should she after the way he treated her in season 5? All she knows is what she’s always known – that he’s sexually attracted to her.

    *”And yes, why would Chase jettison his relationship so readily and not plead with Cameron to stay and work it out. and why is she leaving now that they’re not escaping?”*

    This makes no sense to me either. Since Doris Egan was kind enough to explain the efforts made towards continuity, maybe Eli Attie can explain the apparent character inconsistencies here.

    *”Yes–Foreman is in character, Taub and 13 were fun to watch as House reeled them in.”*

    Foreman didn’t annoy me for a change. I do like Taub though. 13? Don’t give a rat’s arse.

    *”But it all seemed off. Maybe that was the point, but we don’t yet know.”*

    I’m going to watch Teamworks again – but it will be hard.

    *”First review I’ve ever written where I’ve had so many comments pile up so quickly–and so many negative about the episode. Truly a first.”*

    Let the powers that be take note. It was a complete turn-off of an episode as far as I’m concerned.

  • Epiphany

    Sorry for double post: one more thing.

    Another head-scratcher: we finally get an episode about a porn star, knowing House’s penchant for porn, and it’s completely wasted!

    Soooo much potential for humour or insight with House interacting with this patient and it’s all thrown away in order to get Cameron off the show.

    Please excuse me, I’m disappointed beyond words.

  • curly2006

    I am in agreement with others that didn’t like this episode (though i didn’t hate it), not because i thought some of the characters were “out of character” but the whole feel of it WAS OFF.
    The only thing i felt WAS out of charcter was the Cameron leaving speech and i will not comment further (as others have already expressed it better than i could) other than to say.
    I thought David Shore had the final say on all scripts so why would he allow lines in a script that are not true to the character especially when he always states that he “has to stay true to the characters”?

    I knew House’s newly developed emotional skills and trying to open up (since the start of the season) would have a hiccup.
    He took the news about Cuddy and Lucas too well in the last episode and i was wary about it but i was not expecting him to return so deep into himself in the space of one episode.

    I understand he is an addictive person who has been successfully feeding his addiction since the start of this season with obsessive cooking and solving puzzles but not being the boss. This rejection from Cuddy though seems to have hit him hard and his armour seems to have gone up ten-fold.
    Taub and thirteen had the best analysis of his state of mind than any of the others.
    Taub that his current addiction is getting his old team back and 13 wondering why he hasn’t asked her directly to return to the team so something has changed.

    The other thing that bothered me was Lucas going through personal files. He’s dating Cuddy now so he has a right to delve through personal files? what happened to data protection?, i know this is a TV show but with creaters who claim to be true to the real world and actually having Chase defend himself about recordings in his file when Lucas should never have had access to them anyway?

    This whole Cuddy/Lucas thing is silly (i am not any kind of shipper only a house shipper), Lucas correctly predicts she never intended House to know they were dating because she had only intended to date him for a short time, she admits this and says she is sorry and he is comfortable with that because she didn’t freak out in front of Wilson but did in front of him?.

    Blacktop! loved your analysis of the ep.

  • Celia

    I tried to enjoy House last evening; I just couldn’t. I wanted to yell at David Shore, ” If you want to make another show, go do it, but don’t deconstruct House in the process.” AWOL was the amusing Clinic venettes'; House’s whole hearted commitment to his patients ( you still expect me to accept that House is fine with one of his team murdering a patient as judge & jury ? Say what?); the intellectually stimulating Differential Board debates ( now it’s House going ” Oh , OK. Let’s try that too” he seldom seems to have an original idea or argument to anything anymore.
    The only linkage I could find in Monday’s episode to the series was to ‘Broken’ when Dr. Nolan tells House ” You don’t care about anything. Not the truth; not even the patient You just wanted to take a swing at me.” I tried to justify the script in that Cuddy’s betrayal & loss set House out to prove that he could get back anyone he wanted….except ultimately Cameron, whom he cared for,and who can see the arid moral wasteland House has wandered into. But it was a poorly written episode and served the cast ill. I hope for better after the Christmas break.

  • ripzu

    My impression, after reading some insights on the House forum, is that house was not trying to destroy Chase and Cameron’s marriage but getting them to confront the problem of Dibala’s murder, not run away. He knew if not confronted , it would ultimately destroy their marriage. I see his interferences as trying to help them , which is very much in House’s character With House, you very often don’t get what you see. I agree that this was a transitional episode, but enjoyed it so much more the second time. I agree that the story line was rushed , but we don’t know the circumstances of JMO’s leaving, which might have impacted Cam’s hasty departure. I also applaud JMO and JS’s acting.

  • Sera G

    Hello, Barbara and all!
    Nice review on a rather conflicted epi. Thank you.
    I can’t even pretend to be analytical over this one. I am just going to spill out my thoughts, so forgive me if it is less than eloquent.
    I didn’t hate this one, but I really, really didn’t enjoy it. It made me think of season 4; it started off well with House “Alone” trying to be his own team, utlimately pulling in the janitor and for a while, Cuddy. Then the next few with the huge cast of potential fellows, just seemed to go on and on for me. Same with this one. It felt like a throwaway episode, making excuses for what will happen next. We want Taub/13 back, okay, have House play on their competativeness. Need to get rid of a cast member; okay, have Cameron leave Chase and PPTH. Want to put a stumbling block in House’s romantic hopes with Cuddy, okay, bring back Lucas.
    The first several this season, I thought were really great. I agree with Jeanne #5, I have enjoyed watching House’s growth. but during “Teamwork”, rather than trying to blend the two teams, House is determined to destroy the marriage. Why? Even feeling betrayed by Cuddy doesn’t excuse or explain his behavior. Wasn’t House the one who tried to make Cameron realize her fear of commitment was holding her back from happiness.
    Chase, I could actually understand. He takes a stand; right, wrong, moral or not, he takes a stand with the murder of Dibala. He does what the priest tells him he must do to be forgiven (by God), accept the responsibility. House doesn’t judge him and maybe even gains some respect for him. I think Chase is very swayed by that. He has craved House’s approval and respect from the beginning. He wants back on the team and wants to be part medicine that makes a difference.
    “House” is really the only show I MUST watch on tv. To me, it is so far above whatever else is on. I trust that the writers have a purpose. 1 episode out of more than 100 is a pretty good average.
    Thanks for wading through. I look forward to the Thanksgiving episode, next week.

  • PH

    Celia#37 **now it’s House going ” Oh , OK. Let’s try that too” he seldom seems to have an original idea or argument to anything anymore.**

    I think House did not give his opinion in the differentials because he already knew the diagnosis. He wanted his fellows to solve this one in order to entice them back on the team.

  • Pirate Man ?

    Have to agree. House was only un-prolonging the inevitable clash of C and C, but with probably selfish reason.

  • 60 plus

    Barbara, you said, *”First review I’ve ever written where I’ve had so many comments pile up so quickly–and so many negative about the episode. Truly a first.”*

    In the interview Greg Yaitanes had with Eli Attie, who wrote this episode, he asked Attie how it felt to have some big story moves in his episode. Attie’s response was “It was daunting, because I had a LOT [emphasis his] of them (and luckily a lot of help from Moran and Shore in shaping them.) But big moves are always great. You know people will care.”

    Obviously, as indicated by the number and the intensity of the responses, many of us cared!

    But, once again, I am struck by the amount of ambiguity the writers manage to achieve in the scripts. So often, we do not get what we expect; nothing is clear-cut; we are thrown off-balance, and that makes for a sense of uneasiness, as well as the wide variety of interpretations that are expressed. In my experience, this quality is unique to this show, and is one of the reasons I love it so. We have had many examples of this in the past, and, as the show plays out, I have rarely, if ever, been disappointed.

    My reaction to “Teamwork” was pretty much summed up by #21 Blacktop: “I didn’t love this episode, but I didn’t dislike it wholeheartedly. Nor did I feel that anyone was acting at all out of character.”

    It reassures me that Attie specifically mentions what we have always been told–that Shore is closely involved with the scripts. Because he and his cohorts have given us five plus years of a wonderful journey with this compelling character, I am not only willing to see how this plays out, but am anxious to do so.

  • Grace

    Ok, my post just disappeared and I am SO ANGRY….can’t do it again!

  • blacktop

    A few additional remarks to respond to the excellent questions raised by nicole o., Barbara, and others:

    1. I think that the reason Chase stayed with House was the one offered by Lucas (and by the priest several episodes ago)– the only way to deal with a crisis of conscience is to confront it directly rather than turn tail and run away. He was willing to accept his role in Dibala’s death and accept the impact of it on his own soul. Chase does not blame House in any way for creating an ambiguous moral atmosphere and has therefore no reason to leave House at this point.

    2. We have no information on how hard Chase may have argued with Cameron about her leaving. We only saw in pantomime their final good-bye and it was clear that her eyes were bleary and bloodshot with crying. I don’t think that either one gave up on their marriage easily.

    3. I do not believe that House had any intention of breaking up Chase’s marriage to Cameron. That was the sad outcome of his brutal honesty about the cracks he observed in their relationship. House is a romantic, yes. But more importantly he is a realist. He despises any attempt to paper over or deny the facts in a medical case or in a love relationship. And in this situation, the facts were that Cameron was not being completely honest with Chase about her feelings about his murder of Dibala.

    4. House’s statement to Wilson that he had won back 3 out of 4 of his team members was one laden with rue and regret. His reference to the bogus triumph of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” sign made that crystal clear. House had assumed that Cameron would ask back on the team just as Chase had. I figure that House planned to persuade Cuddy to give him the additional funds to accommodate all five employees, which would have meant he had effectively restored his team to his liking. Cameron’s decision to abandon ship surprised and hurt him.

    5. As others have noted, Cuddy did not tell Wilson about her budding relationship with Lucas because Wilson would have run instantly to House with the news. Cuddy did hope to maintain a level of privacy for her new relationship for a little while longer, a reasonable expectation I think. Also, Cuddy had spent much effort asking House in previous episodes how he was. I think she did this because she was trying to gauge his shifting mental and emotional situation. Cuddy wanted to tell House about Lucas at the proper moment, when she felt confident that he was prepared to handle her news. She already felt guilty for her role in his earlier breakdown and she was trying to avoid a similar catastrophe this time.

    6. Cuddy had no idea whatsoever that House would take the opportunity of the medical conference to reveal his true feelings about their long-ago fling. She was warm to him because she likes him and has warm feelings about their early days together. The good emotions of the past burn steadily for her. But she was truly stunned and alarmed by the turn of events when House unveiled his current intentions, because she knew she was not in a position to return his feelings at this time.

    The more I think about this episode, the more I get out of it and see it as an important foundation for whatever is to come.

  • O’Sherie

    Hi Barbara,

    This is my first comment here, even though I spent quite a lot of time last year reading season 5 reviews.

    I actually thought your interpretation was good until this:”The episode seemed off-kilter to me. I understand that in the aftermath of last week…”- that whole bit along with the rest until the end didn’t make any sense to me! and I must say, seemed kind of biased. I know you pro Huddy and I don’t have any problem with that. I’m glad I ship-free,if any, I would LOVE to see House with OFC when the time is right…transitional episode or not, it was very Housian episode, very old school…Cuddy, with or without Lucas WASN’T the reason for House’s “behavior”, Mazal Tov!(yeah, another fellow Jewish) he’s in charge again, it’s his territory, Mayfield or not, he would do whatever it takes to get his people back. His games were “kosher”. I didn’t think for a minute he was OOC, a manipulative bastard per se, after all it’s “House being House”, I guess people don’t change and that’s what I love about his character!…He chose to focus on work instead of Cuddy, Lucas or any personal issues in this episode. He wasn’t gloomy, desperate etc. in the final scene, watching Cuddy and Lucas leaving…

    Imho, you’ve got to have some principals (in life) to live by – this series is a great example for this kind of stuff – the general mantra, moral, ethical issues…House is the BEST advocate for that matter, he’s still doing THE RIGHT THING…

    P.S – as for Cameron and Chase, House wasn’t playing the devil nor did he try to destroy their (shaky) marrige, he was smart enough to figure out Cameron’s way of thinking regarding the Dibala fiasco and yes, he was right all along, her judmental facade in that speech towards the end was very lame and OOC for her…apparently, people don’t change.

  • Sue

    This episode for me was one from outer space. To me, everyone was out of character, and the episode seemed contrived.

    First, this series has taken us for various rides and then crashed on the brakes. We went through this transformation with House trying to be nicer, and then House gets meaner than he has ever been in any single episode. I understand that he is reacting to Cuddy having a relationship with Lucas. If House had some inner turmoil about that, they did not show it. They went straight to mean and intrusive. While I believed that House had some feelings for his old team, in this episode he was out for blood. I think he wanted Cameron to leave, because she was the one who made him face his ethical and moral indiscretions. Without her around, there was no one who would challenge him that way.

    It was not House’s business to make Cameron and Chase deal with their problems. House forced them to accelerate this process, which is not a good way for anyone to work out problems with a spouse. Why did House feel he had to interfere with Chase and Cameron in the first place?

    House did not intrude to benefit Chase and Cameron. He did it to get Chase on the team without Cameron. Bragging about his accomplishment was so adverse to his personal growth since the beginning of the season, I felt like I had been betrayed by the show. Had this storyline been expanded over two or three episodes, and I if I had seem some remorse or regret in House for what he was doing, I might have seen some continuity with House’s personal growth this season. Rushing this story line made this story feel contrived to get rid of a character.

    It is clear that Fox is putting pressure on the show to cut out a character’s salary. They got rid of Taub and 13 for a few episodes. Now, they got rid of Cameron. Jennifer doesn’t get paid when she does not appear in an episode, so while she under contract and they can bring her back any time, they don’t have to pay her now. Fox cut two episodes off the series this year. Unfortunately, these cuts have damaged the show.

    I did not find Foreman’s change of heart believable. Foreman did not fight House to take the baby’s case, as I would have expected him to do. Morally, he believed the baby’s case was more worthy. Foreman has been all about doing the right thing this season in spite of what House wanted to do.

    Cameron had been very understanding of Chase’s dilemma, even though she did not know what was bothering him. Even when she found out, she tried to be accommodating. All of a sudden, she blames House. That was inconsistent with the character growth we have seen in Chase and Cameron since they left House’s team. We were lead to believe that they both gained gravitas when dealing with House since they left. Now, Chase is House’s puppet and he has not learned anything since he left? Chase has said no to House several times. I don’t remember any time when something House did would give Chase the idea that killing Dibala would be the morally and ethically right thing to do.

    Lucas says to Cuddy that she is possibly with him because she is trying to make House jealous,Cuddy agrees, and Lucas still thinks he has a chance with her? Then, Lucas and House both break federal law by reading or distributing confidential medical records to non-hospital employees? Talk about moral and ethical dilemmas? Cameron knew House was doing this, but she said nothing about it.

    I did not like the casting of the patient. He was too stereotypically “Jewish.” I understand that his underlying medical condition is more prevalent in the Jewish population. I just didn’t like the way he spoke and the way the Jewish mother was portrayed as overprotective.

    I did not like that Wilson knew that House was interfering with Chase and Cameron and he did nothing to make House realize that was wrong.

    Cameron’s good-bye scene was unrealistic. She tells him he has no moral fiber, he interfered in her marriage and caused her husband to kill a patient, but, oh, by the way, I love you and I want to kiss you goodbye. This was a rushed, contrived attempt to give Hamerons a clean ending to their relationship. This was a poor way to have Cameron leave. Then, why, after chasing Cameron out did House follow her out of his office?

    Cameron loves House, but she leaves. Chase doesn’t love House, but he stays and lets his wife leave? Why is staying at PPTH the only way Chase can deal with his demons? And, when Chase told Cameron he did the right thing, why does he still have these demons that are so intense that he will let his wife leave?

    I never saw any chemistry between House and 13 and Taub. All of a sudden, he wants them back? They never got a right answer. I dislike these characters intensely. They never added a thing to the show. I always found their scenes dull and draggy. I never cared about Taub’s marriage. I can’t wait for 13 to die, And, 14 is about the dullest relationship I have ever seen on television. Even if they try to spice up the relationship by having them not get along, I don’t care.

    The script this week was written with too much doubletalk. I could not understand what the characters meant in important aspects of the show. There was too much dialogue and it was not written to be clearly understood.

    The inconsistencies and lack of continuity continue to plague this show. I have not seen such universal dislike for an episode in the three years I have been visiting House forums. Producers that hide their heads in the sand while their ratings are going down are not servicing their shows properly. Other shows have shed unpopular characters without the arrogance that only they know what is best for the show.(Hahn on Grey’s). Unfortunately, what could be the greatest show ever suffers from problems that linger too long.

  • NLP

    Barbara, you are generally very insightful. But looking for logic & consistency in “Teamwork” is impossible. That’s because it basically was a plot device to get rid of Cameron. Why? I truly, truly do not understand.

    I do know TPTB has alienated a large portion of their fan base, and I’m one of them. I went into Season 4 with an open mind, really enjoying the Survivor concept. But then TPTB kept promising to add back in more involvement with the old team which had been sidelined.

    Unfortunately, that turned out to mean the team of Foreman, Foreman, & Foreman. The dour, boring Foreman who is House without any of his charm, wit, or likeability. And his girlfriend 13 (ex- or otherwise) is a less likeable version of Cameron — as House himself indicated when he told Cameron he’d fire 13 if she would come back.

    Perhaps there are fans who don’t understand where the Hamerons are coming from. We’re fans who watched from the very beginning and merely followed TPTB’s lead for 2+ seasons about Cameron & House having a thing for each other. If they hadn’t done that, I don’t know what I would have thought about the show or the characters. But they DID do that, and now we feel totally betrayed.

    I know you’re a bigger fan of Cuddy, and the others who were — were certainly vociferous. They drove a number of Hamerons off the Fox Boards, especially since 1 or 2 of them somehow seemed to wield more power than the rest of us.

    Don’t get me wrong — I loved the relationship House & Cuddy had for most of the show — the cute, clever, sexually harassing, back-and-forth banter. That was fun. Now, it just makes House look like a total loser. I love House & I don’t like to see him like that.

    And I WON’T be seeing him like that. I never, ever, ever, thought it could happen, I absolutely think Hugh Laurie is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’m not watching anymore. Watching the characters who ARE there, and knowing about the ONE, single character they chose to kick off, has ruined the show for me.

  • KC

    I agree there were a lot of characters were out of character this episode. The person that did not seem out of character was Wilson when he confronted Cuddy. It reminded me of in love hurts when he told Cameron that if House opened up and got hurt again he might not open up again. It also reminded me of the the times when Wilson confronted Stacy.

  • Flo

    Blacktop (#43), these are very interesting points you make here. I agree with you on all but that doesn’t change the fact that the episode was poorly written.

    I agree with all of you who said it was just a plot device to get rid of Cameron. Every scene converged to this one between house and her and it was badly done. Too bad.

    A lot of change may coming up. I’m on wait and see mode now.

  • Celia

    Cuddy’s behavior might be explained as her reaction to House’s breakdown and subsequent institutionalization. She got hurt in the lead up to his spectacular meltdown & she may have thought she was ‘safe’ from deeper involvement in the knowledge that he rejected her years ago, only to find out it didn’t happen that way. She’s vulnerable again; in a fallback relationship with Lucas who offerred her solace during House’s long absence but whom she felt she could keep ‘under wraps’ for the time being while she scoped out the new House. . She’s being forced to choose now & she’s running scared. Scared of loving House; scared of what a relationship with this mercurial man would mean; scared of her parental responsibilities to Rachel in such a relationship. Cuddy I sort of get.

    I’ve never bought Chase nor House as calm assassins nor will I. I don’t buy Chase blowing off his new marriage with Cameron.
    Put it down to a poor script and inconsistent character development.

  • NLP

    Ok, 24 hours later, I’d like to add/respond to a couple of things:

    Couldn’t agree more with DebbieJ who said “A lot of you feel this episode was “off”. I found it completely dreadful. This episode was just awful all the way around. Sloppy, convoluted writing just for Cameron’s exit.”

    And I’m glad you’ve started to see why some of us hate 13 & all of her screentime, both alone and as part of the snooze-inducing “Foreteen.”

    I also agree heartily that “if the writers blame his behavior because he is heartbroken over Cuddy’s actions of moving on without him, I’ll just hurl.” Fortuitously, I won’t hurl because I won’t be watching. And if I had any doubts about that decision, you point to next’s weeks episode, where House “says in a very juvenile way that he plans to “break them up”,” I have absolutely no doubt that (a) this is a plotline they WILL pursue, and (b) No way in he!l do I want to see it.

    But your best line of all was stating that “[t]his final scene between them was supposed to be poignant and profound (and perhaps a final gift to the Hameron shippers out there – or maybe it was a slap in the Hamerons’ faces – YMMV).”

    I don’t know what YMMV means, but speaking as a Hameronite, I think you’ll find the consensus is that, coming from TPTB, it was a hard-as-he!l, stinging, go-the-he!l-away slap to the Hamerons’ faces.

    P.S. ripzu & Sue: Apparently we know as much as we’re going to about “the circumstances of JMO’s leaving, which might have impacted Cam’s hasty departure.” What we DO know is that there was NO reason for her hasty departure. It was planned well ahead of time by TPTB. And we know it wasn’t Jennifer’s choice. Why? I’ll never fathom. As for Jen’s salary, Sue, you’re wrong, Jen has already said that she is indeed getting paid for this entire season. But I totally agree that “Producers [who] hide their heads in the sand while their ratings are going down are not servicing their shows properly.”

  • DebbieJ

    To NLP #50

    YMMV = your mileage may very; meaning, you can interpret it in any way you wish.


  • DumFool22

    Celia! I agree with some of what you said about Cuddy.

    But here are my thoughts:

    I think the breakdown really scared her though she hates to show weakness just as much as House does.
    My thoughts are that she did a lot of thinking whilst House was in Mayfield and decided that she has to move on because she needs stability in her life as she is now a mother and she has realised House could not give her that.

    The iron woman doesn’t seem to have any friends (apart from House and Wilson) because her two babies metaphorical and literal (hospital and baby, or maybe three if you include House) had been keeping her mind occupied, House most definitely kept her mind occupied and I think has contributed in a massive way to how smart she has become.
    With him out of her life for 2/3? Months and the shock to her system from his breakdown, the woman needed comfort (nobody ever seems to comfort her because she always appears so strong and nobody challenges her brain like he does) so she turned to the only male (or even person other than family) that she seems to know of outside of PPTH. Hospitals are a breeding ground for gossip and though they have not shown it I am sure a lot of it has been going on since House has been away.

    As (sort of) proven in this episode she couldn’t confide her feelings to Wilson as he has been unreliable in the past so decided to pursue Lucas because he is outside the zone and thinking it will make her happy.
    I think, as picked up by Lucas in this episode she did intend to use him/date him until House’s return or just long enough to realise what she wants because she didn’t know what to expect when he did return.
    Now he has returned she doesn’t seem to know what approach to take with him. She is worried about his fragile state of mind and has been trying to be as supportive/non supportive as much as she thinks he needs since he has returned to PPTH to try and find a common ground but the waters she has been haphazardly testing have not given her any clues as he is not playing any games and he has been trying to be a grown up and now has even exposed his true feelings for her (Why? So open now, was he that confident after his stint in Mayfield and his connection with Lydia that he could have Cuddy?). She doesn’t know how to deal with it and doesn’t believe he has changed so has been accepting guidance from speaking to Lucas (A LOT!) it seems. (Lucas knew House for how long?).

    Will distancing herself from him work? I very much doubt it (spoiler spoiled but we knew it anyway).

    IMO This Lucas Cuddy relationship is a way of exploring House and Cuddy’s relationship and what they mean to one another, whether it be that they bring them together or they are destined to be alone (especially House) and their jobs are defined as who they are, I don’t know but I will remain a loyal fan throughout the journey.

    No comment on the other events of this episode, you have all expressed very clearly what it was?

  • Angie B.

    “Again she offers her hand, and again House refuses it, unable to look her in the eye. It’s an interesting parallel to “Role Model,” but I’m not sure what it says about either Cameron or House.”

    Says: House and Cameron have this strong bond between them.

    In the beginning of the show, Cameron got out of time because she was the only one who understood the attitude of House and admire him more for this (role model). In addition to protecting herself for love him and not have a solid reaction from him.

    In the last epsódio, she left disillusioned with him.. that the detox would have changed this part sadist and irresponsible of House with human life and manipulate others. She herself says that she loved him, but no longer see salvation .. It´s a Hameronlink,I know you´re openly huddy, but the shipper is there from the beginning of the series and even with the departure of Morrison (hopefully temporary, we hope), Cameron will always be a balance and challenge to House.

    And I agree that the stress that House put on chameron wedding is because he sees how weak it is, for both sides see the truth. And is not explained why House tried to kill Chase last season. For those with a shipper and watched the show since started, like me, maybe there. And is the same romantic line of House that you said, only a difference of muse.


  • Johnna

    Okay, I know there are a lot of comments for this episode, but I have to say that I don’t agree with the general dissatisfaction with this episode. On the contrary, I think that a lot of the major points of the episode can be explained a different way.

    1) About Cameron leaving. I absolutely do not believe that House deliberately tried to sabotage Chase and Cameron’s marriage. He did what he always does…he reveals the uncomfortable truth, especially when no one else has the guts to bring it up. This did two things. It forced Chase to tell Cameron the truth, and it sent Cameron’s moral compass into its biggest tailspin yet. The real reason Cameron leaves is because House has messed with her reality again. She says “there’s no way back for either of you” because she misses when things were simple, and studying under House for five years has taught her that “simple” is the last word to describe House. I believe that Cameron will be back someday; maybe when she returns she’ll have learned that people are not black and white creatures, and that life cannot be put in a box.

    2) Three months in Mayfield does not an unselfish House make. With the expected loss of Chase and Cameron, I find it totally in character that he would try to get his old team back, by any means available. Unfortunately for House, this means that he will use cool medical tests as leverage. His greatest hiring weapon is his unconventional and totally outrageous approach to medicine, after all. How else would he get all those resumes every week without even asking?

    3) Lucas is the safe choice, according to Cuddy. But what I find interesting is that for all of House’s crossing of personal boundaries, never does he let it leak outside the inner circle. He knows a lot about his team, but can we honestly say that he reveals any of that outside of the people who know them best? The balcony shout (which House told Cuddy was wrong in the kitchen scene of “Epic Fail”), is the only time I can recall House publicly humiliating someone in his inner circle. And really, it’s not something that half the hospital hasn’t guessed already, what with all the banter going on…

    All in all, I quite liked this episode. Can’t wait to see what happens!

  • Tom UK

    I’d have to agree with everyone who said they were disappointed with this episode-and attributed much of the blame for this to the writer(s). Firstly, although this week’s patient was sleazy and unlikeable I think Cameron was overly-judgemental in regard to her attitude towards him. This was particularly true when she criticised him for having a career in which he promoted divorcing sex from any emotional content. Isn’t this what she did in season three when she initiated a purely physical relationship with Chase simply because they were busy people who worked in close proximity to one another? She then broke the relationship off when he started to have feelings for her. Ok so everyone is complex and her behaviour in this episode was probably the result of her husband’s revelation that he killed Dibala, but even so this lack of consistency in regard to characterisation suggests that some of the writers need to look at the early series before making big decisions in this way.

  • Jack

    During the scene between Lucas and Chase, I was oddly reminded of Lex Luther on Smallville. It almost seemed like Lucas was going to blackmail Chase. Maybe we will get a view of a darker Lucas.

  • ann uk

    Dear Barbara, I am glad you are also puzzled by this episode , I found House even more enigmatic than usual. Is he comforting himself for Cuddy’s betrayal by drawing his team around him and at the same time demonstrating what a powerfully attractive figure he is ? Their relationship with him and the world of high altitude medecine he creates is ultimately more important to them than any other, even with their lovers.Is he limbering up for the contest with Lucas over Cuddy ?

    That last shot of him leaning over the balcony wathing them like a hawk on a branch doesn’t look very accepting.

    I don’t believe he has suddenly transmogrified into an evil, revengeful,cold-blooded manipulator, but he is obviously shocked and hurt that just at the moment he had plucked up courage to tell Cuddy what he feels, she rejects him in the most insulting and hurtful way. She may not have intended to humiliate him but she certainly does.

    In any case , Lucas is a nice enough fellow but too light weight for Cuddy.

    An PLEASE will someone persuade team House to get rid of that convict hair cut- his tousled hair is part of his personality.

  • Kathrina

    I’m having mixed feeling about this episode and Cameron’s leaving like she did it.

    First of all: Great acting, Jennifer Morrison did a beautiful job here

    But Cameron showed in the end, that her character had no more chances to develop and stay on the show. She kept her youthful and quite rigid view about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, being 100% confident in the values of her own moral values. House himself might say it hundred times, that he is only ‘solving puzzles’, it won’t become any truer by repeating. He might never get ‘all warm and cuddly’, but he cares about his patients and risks everything, often enough his health and his medical license, let alone his job, trying to rescue them. Deeds, not words are important in my world. His deeds show clearly in favor of an engaged House. His seldom interactions with his patients show me a deeply engaged, even in his own weird way ‘caring’ doctor, might he himself deny the fact. He tries to stay as little as possible emotionally involved, because he learned the hard way, that emotion are clouding his own judgment and have a great potential to harm his patients. Like in ‘Frozen’ or en ‘The Softer Side’, he almost killed the boy be giving him a contrast MRI and almost failed to save Kate.

    Cameron thinks House would have almost killed the patient because he used him to play game with his old new to be fellows. Firstly, I’m not 100% sure he was just playing a game. But even if he did, he wouldn’t have gone through with destroying the bone marrow of the patient. That much I know. Cameron telling House, he had no regard to human lives, is just out of line. Who killed Ezra? House? Well, if he did, he had very cute long brown hair. House tends to act borderline or totally illegal trying to save lives. Anybody remember DNR? In doubt House always decides to save a human life.

    House is quite forgiving, when confronted with other doctors deciding to end patient’s life: He told Wilson, that he did the right thing, when he helped his patient to kill himself. He respected Cameron for euthanizing Ezra, and he even covers Chase, even if he calls his actions murder. But there is a long way between forgiving and approving, and Cameron should have known that. Why couldn’t she? Did House really teach his fellows to disregard human life? Or is it guilt talking, because Cameron might just have just noticed that it was her and Dibala’s musing, that planted the seed of Chase’s deed. Cameron is projecting her guilt and her disappointment, and because she can’t stand the idea of the murder being just Chases of even partly her fault, she is more comfortable with blaming House. Guilt by proxy.

    Cameron needs a scapegoat, to deflect from her own guilt, from Chase’s guilt. What’s a better scapegoat than House?

    Chases Decision was bourn out of his own moral dilemma: It’s the classical dilemma of the ‘murder of the tyrant’. Chases decision was bourn out of his own moral dilemma, the only thing he might have learned by House is his ability to do the math: One life here against tens of thousands of the Tsatibi People. A parallel to ‘Nothing Helps’.

    House himself is great in human psychology: He recognizes Cameron’s dilemma and refuses to accept the blame. That’s why he wouldn’t accept her accusations, and he surely can’t and wouldn’t accept her leaving over his alleged guilt. That’s why he WAS able to look into her eyes, ad that’s why he didn’t accept her hand.

    I saw Houses scheming never as his intent to try and get Chase and Cameron apart. He himself stated: “Four for four”. He wanted to win all of them back. But he is a great believer in ‘ripping the band aid fast': Either Cameron truly forgave Chase or Chase and she are better of without that marriage. Rather then letting Chase leave PPTH for the wrong reasons and being deluded about the fact that Cameron never truly forgave him, because she only chose to blame the murder on House and hoped to get Chase to show deep remorse for his ‘evil deed’. When she noticed that Chase is taking responsibility for his decision and can not see is as completely right or completely wrong, she leaves. House did them both the favor and let them see it as soon as it was possible.

    The POW was a bit less than he could have been. I also missed Houses interacting: It had so much potential in the chemistry House & Porn Stars, and they did a little with that one. Well, there were a lot of threads to get together. And I absolutely loved the very housian irony of the patient suffering from to much, and not from the lack of hygiene.

    Thy psychological background of House wanting to win his old teams back: I think it’s simply House being House. He is not a big friend of change, and he surely loves some continuity in his life. If it’s the old carpet in his room, or winning his old fellows back: It’s the illusion of friendship, last but not least, his dedication to ‘solving puzzles’ (saving lives), which is much better done with a good trained team. In the end, ‘playing (calculated) games’ with the life of this patient tends to help save future lives. He can do the math.

  • madfashionista

    I rather liked parts of this episode. Chase and Cameron breaking up (although they could have at least had two episodes for that arc rather than the way it was, rushed) made sense to me, not only because of her “insane moral compass” but because of all of the hoops she made Chase jump through last season. PDH’s sperm, waffling about true love, not wanting a proposal, etc. Chase almost had to drag her down the aisle. His choosing House’s team instead of being dragged off to Chicago seemed like the sensible (and in character) choice. For some reason, he can stand up to House, but not to his own wife.

    I am happy to have Taub back, but as for Thirteen…the rest is silence.

  • ann uk

    On mature consideration, I think Cuddy had to tell Lucas about House’s breakdown because it was the only way of explaining why he had to keep ” hiding in closets “.

    But has becoming a mother softened Cuddy’s brain?She must realise that it couldn’t stay secret and by not telling Wilson she sets House up for a crushing and humiliating shock. As for her plea of needing a private life, privacy is not the same as secrecy.And why would Lucas submit to this, her concern for House must surely make him wonder who comes first in her estimation ?

    House has steeled himself to risk her rejection, but not relegation to second best by lucas. He must be not only hurt and humiliated but angry.

    PS If any of the HOUSE team read this blog , please tell Hugh Laurie that there are a lot more Triumph bikes in London than I used to see.

  • Grace

    Barbara, I’m right with you in your #25 post. What a mess of an episode!!! As someone else said…it seemed rushed when it shouldn’t have been. There were too many important things going on such as Chase and Cameron’s problem, House finding out about Lucas etc. Cameron’s little *speech* was…what??? I was thinking….what the heck???? And even if House DID know that their marriage wouldn’t work out, he had no right to meddle in their business. He was being selfish and heartless and Chase fell for it. And why wouldn’t Cameron stay if Chase stayed. Aren’t they in love? They just got married for crying out loud!!!
    And would Chase stay and just let Cam go like that?
    House is going to have a lot to deal with on Monday’s WILSON episode. I just hope he’s up to it. Boy if that WILSON writer messes that one up will I ever be MAD!!!!
    Oh and it’s not just us feeling this way.
    Have you been reading the recaps and articles this week? They have been very negative. We DO NOT need that kind of press.
    I sure hope David Shore and Katie Jacobs are reading it all.

  • DebbieJ

    Anyone know what happened to Barbara? I’ve checked back here every day last week for a review of Ignorance is Bliss and here we are a full week later with another episode in the can. I hope she is okay. Sorry to post this here but wasn’t sure where else to comment.

  • Jeanne

    DebbieJ, I’m glad you asked because I was wondering the same thing. Maybe a Thanksgiving vacation.

  • rsg

    Glad also that you’ve posted the question. I’ve been checking everyday! I’m so addicted to the show and her review.

  • barbara barnett

    Thanks everyone for your patience: holidays, illness and a large writing project have delayed me. Wilson review will be up within acouple hours.

  • Lucas

    I remember when I saw “Teamwork” for the first time. I was so sad because Cameron left her husband back, House, the team, the hospital, the show. I knew she was not going back. She was gone. I totally missed Cameron, I loved that character. I don’t know why she didn’t appear anymore. But, I was happy when she returned in “Lockdown”, and again in “Everybody Dies”. But, all the things House did wrong, this was one of them.