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I can't say that I was wildly excited by this episode.  Like many earlier episodes of the season it was like a piece of a mosaic, confusing unless one has enough to see the whole picture. That was the feeling many of the Huddy-centric episodes gave me; now House's reaction to the break-up is being served in small chunks, so I'll reserve judgment until I have the larger picture.Read more... )
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It's back to business, House-style, and it's great. If 'Bombshells' left me shell-shocked, 'Out of the Chute' left me elated. Perhaps I should try for a tad more empathy and a sprinkling of gut-wrenching sorrow that our hero is on a bender, but hey, we did that last week so our period of quarantine is over and we are free to rejoice in his misery. Read more... )
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Now that was - surprising. I admit I hadn't reckoned with that. I was depressed after that, but that is, to be honest, usually a sign of a good House episode. House isn't supposed to make us feel all fuzzy inside, it's meant to make us think. This episode certainly did so to me.Read more... )
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 It seems that the thread winding its way through the season is the one that ties together lies and truth. If previous episodes were mainly about when to lie, this one was about when to tell the truth. At some point the patient tells his wife the truth, Foreman's tough love can't remain silent, Masters calls Chase on his behaviour and House ... chickens out. But no matter, for Cuddy is no idiot and knows the truth anyway.Read more... )
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There's good Huddy and there's bad Huddy, just like there's good Hilson and bad Hilson. Good Huddy/Hilson is when we see how the relationship affects House's medicine. Examples of that are 'Family Practice' and 'Wilson's Heart' respectively. Bad Huddy is when we are shown how the relationship affects House. That's called family drama, not medical drama, and calling a show 'House MD' sort of implies that we'll get the latter, not the former.Read more... )
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 Karma works. I write nice things about an episode and nice things happen to me: I get a Wilson-heavy episode with only a little bit of Cuddy (angst-free Huddy at that), a suitably evil House and a patient that I find interesting. From now on I'll only write nice things and send David Shore a virtual Italian coffee machine ....Read more... )
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 I'll admit it freely and without shame: I liked 'Carrot or Stick'. Read more... )
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If the Season 6 episode 'Wilson' was about the sacrifices we're willing to make for the sake of friendship, then this episode was a mirror of it: how far are we prepared to change to save our relationships? This is the question the POTW, the Taubs (yes, both of them, IMO) and House have to answer, each in his own context. In addition, the value of heroism is examined.Read more... )
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And then the Titanic hit an iceberg ...

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 During the first few seasons watching House MD was my equivalent of a massage by Brandi:

  • A convincing medical case as a general do-over for my back,
  • House being obnoxiously outrageous (preferably to his team, but in default to his patients) to loosen up those tense shoulder muscles,
  • a scalp massage in the form of an insight that shows that although House's communication techniques leave much to be desired, morally he's spot-on, breaking open the shell of our social conditioning to reveal the pearl of truth within,
  • gentle musical accompaniment in the form of House's private interactions (The key word here is 'accompaniment'. Just as I don't go for a massage in order to listen to the music, I don't watch the show for the sake of background stories. My favourite music is intricate House-Wilson fugues; House-Cuddy duets are fine as long as they sing counterpoint, but who wants solos by members of the team?) and
  • a 'happy ending' in the shape of a connection between case and private dilemma.
After last night I heaved a sigh of relief. Okay, it wasn't a massage with much of a happy ending nor was the masseuse called Brandi, but as in all relationships we have to make compromises: House can't have Brandi and I can't get my first three seasons back. But at least I'm getting a massage again instead of music without a massage.Read more... )

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