This week's House on FOX, "The Confession," gets things back to normal, as Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Taub (Peter Jacobson) rejoin the team. The patient of the week is Bob (Jamie Bamber, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: UK), a beloved hero in his small town. But Bob needs a new liver, and he insists on confessing a bevy of wrongs against everyone who shows up, turning his friends against him. Luckily for Bob, Chase goes above and beyond to figure out that Bob's "confessions" are lies, and a symptom of an illness that the team can heal.
It is fantastic to have House settle back into the things that make it great. The titular character has his full staff back around him, giving much better balance than just the awkward interaction of two newbies. "The Confession" is mostly a mysterious medical case that holds interest and seems fresh, not to mention features an awesome guest star. Plus, House (Hugh Laurie) is back at his little games, needling a couple members of the staff, and making them feel like things have returned to normal. They haven't quite gotten back to where they are last season, and they probably won't. People move on, and life evolves. But it's still comforting to see that some things never change.
Bamber is perfect in the role that he plays in "The Confession." He seems sincere, both when being a jerk, and when being a trustworthy man. Viewers know that Bob commits at least one wrongful act, cheating on his wife. Yet, it's hard to fault Bob for sweeping it under the rug, along with the false confessions, when he does so much good for the community. Does being a great man excuse some faults and betrayal? This is a moral quandary, but there are certainly shades of gray that could be explored here.
Chase had taken a long vacation from medicine while House sat in jail. "The Confession" marks his triumphant return. Adams (Odette Annable) is confused as to why Chase hadn't worked the past year, but he replies that he had faith that House would return along with his job. For Chase, regular medicine just doesn't hold the interest it once did. After working under House, chasing the zebras for so long, nothing else is nearly as exciting. It is no wonder then, given these motivations, Chase is the one that really sinks his teeth into the new case, relishing being back in the job that he loves. Also, after so many bumps in the road, it's good to see Chase so happy.