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March 7th, 2007


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10:06 am - House review
So. A new episode of House!

Huh.


Dave Matthews as musical savant--that was awesome. :-) Now for the rest:

First off, I wasn't sure the writers would go for House actually having cancer, but I still got a kick out of the way everyone reacted to the storyline. Especially Cameron (so sneaky!) and Chase ("I'm sorry you're going to die. I'm going to give you a hug now.").

But the actual revelation? That confused the heck out of me. For one thing, I've never seen House as that sort of addict. Does he get depressed? Sure. And usually his work is enough of a high (plus Vicodin for the physical pain) to keep him going. We've seen that in him many times, especially early this season.

I just didn't buy it.

Now, upon reflection, I know that may have something to do with the writing. The scene where House confesses to his team felt forced--not in a character-forced-by-story way, but in a non-organic-to-the-story way. I can't blame Hugh Laurie, so I'm blaming the writer for setting up the scene that way.

I've decided that even though I didn't buy it right then, I can accept this development in terms of the character's overall arc. Wilson (whom I shuttle between loving like crazy and wanting to slap) coming in and basically diagnosing him, and prescribing friendship, was...a brilliant scene, wonderfully played. It almost made up for the awkwardness of getting us there.

I do want to see where they take this next.


Not the best episode ever, but far from the worst. Wilson, I love you. *smooshes him*
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 7th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Dave Matthews was wonderful (and so terribly cute - I wanted to pinch his cheeks).

Ha! That's what Amanda and I kept saying throughout the episode.

I understand your points--and I grant that Laurie was playing all of those layers--but it's apparently not been nearly that clear to a lot of people who saw the episode, and I still think that scene could have been written better. More clearly.
From:dafne99
Date:March 7th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
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OMG! Psych! That is totally one of my favorite scenes evar!

And totally calls for a banana icon in return!
From:dafne99
Date:March 7th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm kind of sick of seeing Wilson as such a flat character. RSL is wasting his talents saying the same thing over and over. I also thought that the House bit was quite unbelievable. But then again, he said he was just curious as to how it felt and I suppose I can see him doing that. And seriously, that kiss was completely forced and uncalled for by any means. It just seems that the writers have given up the story for the sake of the science. It's as if they said as long as they have a good case and a funny Hugh Laurie looking sexy and pouty, they don't really need to make it believable. I'm quite disappointed because I do love "House" so.
From:dafne99
Date:March 7th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
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And why no DMB music? Seriously, you're going to have the man on your show, play his music!
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From:mistraltoes
Date:March 8th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that's because of the cost of using said music on the DVDs. Cold Case hasn't been syndicated or put on DVD for that very reason.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 8th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Was there none? My roommate pegged one of the pieces he was playing as a DMB song while we were watching--let me ask her about it (she's a much more hardcore fan of his than I) and get back to you.
From:dafne99
Date:March 8th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Don't bother. I watch with the captions on (it is so much easier to understand at a lower volume when the captions are on) and it shows the name of the song & the artist. No DMB, though I do remember there was one that sounded like it could be.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:March 8th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
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I suspected the cancer from the beginning; or more precisely, I was hoping it was a sham. I didn't want a cancer arc so soon after the addiction one.

Wilson (whom I shuttle between loving like crazy and wanting to slap)

Why not both? I love and adore Wilson with all my heart, but sometimes he does pretty stupid things. And I very much liked his final scene. But my favorite of the episode was definitely Chase's hug. So adorable! :D And Foreman's reaction, too. But Cameron, not so much; I didn't believe it at any point.

I wish they hadn't used the word, 'high,' there at the end. I don't think that was House's motivation so much as it is that we've seen him looking for improved ways to manage his pain--remember the pain-free girl whose spinal nerve he wanted to experiment with. He had two months without pain over the summer, and he was happy. What he's really aching for is that, not a drug high, IMO.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:March 8th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and addendum: Part of the point of them catching him out, I think, was that he's spent all this time teaching the Ducklings by example not to give up until they have a diagnosis; and just when he needs them to give up, to not care, it comes back to bite him. I think the idea that House is just chasing a high was them misunderstanding, thinking they'd done all this work for nothing. But it didn't go for nothing, because it served to illustrate to House Wilson's point that they care about him. And it continues the back-and-forth dance they have going, where every time someone reaches out to House, he does something--deliberately or not--that pushes them away again.

And of course, what we really want to see is what happened after he turned that doorknob.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 8th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Wilson (whom I shuttle between loving like crazy and wanting to slap)

Why not both?


*sporfle* Good point. He's that kind of guy, so, yeah.

I wish they hadn't used the word, 'high,' there at the end. I don't think that was House's motivation so much as it is that we've seen him looking for improved ways to manage his pain

Yes! Thank you, that's exactly what I've been thinking. I actually cringed when they used the word "high," because seriously...no. And Wilson understands that, understands what House is really looking for, hence his prescription of pizza with a friend. *pets Wilson*

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