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April 7th, 2009


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08:55 am - RE: last night's episode of House
Um...what?

*blinks*


"Simple Explanation"

I'm not quite sure I believe the show just did that.

It was a really solid episode in terms of writing and acting, I have to admit that. But...Kutner? Really? Suicide?

I almost expected House to be right, insisting at one point that this didn't add up and therefore it must be murder, not suicide.

I'm also not sure whether I should feel cheated that we didn't see Kutner during this episode at all, not even when they found his body, no chance for that farewell; or whether I put that with the other moments in this story which made the impact that much greater. Other such moments include: the tiny subplot about Foreman turning Thirteen away because he's used to dealing with bad stuff on his own; Taub finally breaking down alone in a corridor of the hospital; the moment at the funeral where the pallbearers (including Foreman and Thirteen) carry out the casket, and we see people we don't recognize doing some of the work, and wonder who they were to Kutner.

I do feel a bit miffed at the fact that they showed a suicide hotline number right after the episode. I agree with the reason for it, and hope that someone who needed to see it did call for help, but it made the story feel less like a story, made Kutner's death seem like nothing but a cautionary tale. I hate that; he's the only member of House's team, currently, that I really *like* and would want to hang out with. He deserved a little better than to be the subject of a Very Special Episode.

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From:amberdulen
Date:April 7th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I knoooooooow, I was so mad.... But did you see the EW article about why the actor got written out of the show?
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From:jd3000
Date:April 7th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
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When Obama calls, people flock, I guess. But I wonder why they didn't Chuck Cunningham him instead of an out-of-nowhere suicide.

-JD
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From:amberdulen
Date:April 7th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Better impact on the story? I wish they'd given us a little more warning, though. Although I know that was the point.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 7th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
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I had not, thank you for the tip! (I checked TVGuide.com this morning and they had nothing--which would be, I guess, because EW got an exclusive. *g*)

I kind of love that Kal Penn follows his passions like this. But I love even more that his reaction to getting this script was "anger, and...depression." Yeah. No joke.
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From:astrogirl2
Date:April 7th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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I almost expected House to be right, insisting at one point that this didn't add up and therefore it must be murder, not suicide.

It was so out of nowhere that I assumed at first that that's what it must be, and was actually surprised when people started taking about it having been suicide.

I hate that; he's the only member of House's team, currently, that I really *like* and would want to hang out with. He deserved a little better than to be the subject of a Very Special Episode.

I know. Me, too. :( I actually kind of like, in concept, what they were trying to do. OK, yes, people are really complicated, and sometimes you don't see something like this coming, even if you're House. Sometimes there just aren't any answers to neatly explain everything at the end of the episode, and you have to just go on, regardless. In theory, I approve of that. But I don't like the feeling that a likable character with a lot of potential was sacrificed to achieve that, especially as I don't think they pulled it off any any particularly emotionally powerful fashion as far as I was concerned. I definitely wasn't crying, the way I was over Amber's death last year. (The "OMG SOMETHING SHOCKING WILL HAPPEN AND EVERYBODY WILL BE GRIEVING!" previews from last week really didn't help with that, either, as when I ought to have been feeling shocked about Kuttner, I was actually thinking things like, "Well, at least they're not keeping us in suspense" and "God damn it, that sucks, but I can't help feeling relieved that it wasn't Wilson." Sigh.)

Knowing that the actor was leaving and they had to write him out makes me feel better, but not all that much. And, damn it, he was one of the few geeky, fannish characters on TV who wasn't all about the geeky fannish stereotypes, too. Sigh.
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From:snickelish
Date:April 7th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
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What? What? I haven't watched the show hardly at all this year, and am mostly beyond caring, but if I did care it'd be because of Kutner. He was, like, the one real person dropped into the skewed psychodrama of House. Phooey.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 8th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's pretty much what a lot of fans are saying. This may backfire on the show.

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