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House - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Hmmm. Interesting episode.

So, there's no way the audience can believe that House is dying--again, the same problem as the Tritter plot: It's his show. He's not going to die or go to jail forever or transfer to Mass General or spend seven years in Tibet. The point, obviously, was to show how people reacted to it. About what we'd expect, and of course there's the mystery of what it really is.

Which is nothing, except for House wanting to get high on super new cancer drugs.

But then they give a halfway decent twist--right when even the audience is at the point of saying, "Okay, House, that was too low even for you," Wilson comes in and... diagnoses him. For real. Depression--and I think it's a damned good diagnosis. And he doesn't rush in with "Take Prozac," but with "Go out with a friend." He offers himself after House has been such a complete and total ass.

Props to Wilson.

Of course, House, being House, just goes around afterward and mopes, watching people hanging out together with something that resembles confusion. And I kind of get it--when you look through the window and see these already formed groups and you're not in one, it's hard to imagine just going in. But he does. Not bad. Of course, if you look like Hugh Laurie, it's probably easier than if you look like a normal person. Less likelihood of the other people going, "Ewww. Go away."
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redlily From: redlily Date: March 7th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I . . . actually believed he had a tumor. Sorry, I'm just one of those people who will look up to try and find "gullible" written on the ceiling.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 7th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I double-checked to see if there were rumors of HL leaving the show. If they really wanted to pull one of these, they should have staged a big fight between HL and the producers. Then I'd have been fooled as well, because it was written convincingly.
toastedcheese From: toastedcheese Date: March 7th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Me too. Granted I don't watch these sorts of shows often... but I figured they'd at least wait a couple episodes before deus ex machina-ing him back to life.
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stephantom From: stephantom Date: March 7th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I'm not sure I'd agree with that, considering some of their past "handlings" of him, though they did fine in this episode. Seriously, the "let's cut him off from his pain meds until he takes a deal" idea only made things worse - the reason he didn't take the deal in the first place was that he wanted to do things on his terms and felt victimized - forcing his hand by putting him through pain really isn't going to persuade him (at least, until he commits another crime and almost kills himself, I guess). Not to mention the "hey, let's not tell him about something good he did, and maybe he'll stop doing bad things" idea. They should just let him deal with his own shit like an adult - maybe then he'd act like one.

But uh, I'm going off on a ranting tangent, heh.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 7th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
True. This episode was good for them, though, and Cuddy is forgiven all for the line, "Contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation" when he tries to follow her to her bedroom.
stephantom From: stephantom Date: March 7th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha. I agree. My mom and I both laughed at that.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed that line too. Wilson is still my favorite character. House is lucky he has a friend like him. I hope House takes him up on his offer. I also like the way Wilson suggested personal interaction instead of a drug.

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