House” has been on a roll lately, with a season that has allowed major characters to make serious progress in their lives. So, when we get an episode where nothing too major happens, we’re bound to feel a little disappointed. Maybe they can’t all be realistic-yet-inspiring studies of human nature, but they can at least be entertaining, and while this episode had its moments, it wasn’t a home-run by any means.

Read our review to see what we mean…

The Players:

  • Director: David Platt
  • Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Amber Tamblyn, Peter Jacobson, Jesse Spencer, Robert Sean Leonard

Episode Title: “You Must Remember This”

A woman with a perfect memory falls under the care of the Princeton-Plainsboro team when she collapses at work. While House and his team work to diagnose her condition, her special talent brings up questions of forgiveness and relationships. In the meantime, House learns that Wilson has adopted a cat, a sure sign (in House’s opinion) that he’s been away from the dating game for too long. Foreman and Taub forge a closer friendship when the former helps the latter study for a major test that could determine the future course of his career.

The Good:

  • “You can enjoy it”: With House finally in a happy relationship and Wilson alone, House feels guilty that his good friend doesn’t have the happiness that he has, and the fact of the matter is that some of us have probably felt like that in our own lives. Cuddy’s reassurance that being happy yourself doesn’t take away from the happiness of your good friends is a sentiment a lot of viewers will like to hear expressed.
  • Foreman and Taub: It seems that the main office relationships that develop in this show are primarily romantic. So, it’s nice to see these two grow closer as co-workers. Foreman’s rarely been given enough to do as a character (ok, aside from that time he almost died), so any extra screen time thrown his way is welcome.

The So-So:

  • The case: Tonight’s case wasn’t extremely interesting, even if it did bring up some moral questions. The ability to remember every moment since puberty is an intriguing concept, but using it as a justification for never having strong relationships (you can objectively recall every bad thing someone has done to you) seems a little forced.
  • Taub’s solution: The way Taub eventually calms his nerves about his exam isn’t the most horrible thing he’s ever done, but sometimes this show is unable to balance cynical realism with faith in humanity. It might have been better to see him take a legitimate approach to success.
  • Masters: It’s becoming more and more difficult to take this character seriously. Granted, this episode asks her to further sabotage an already strained relationship, but her general attitude of “did I do that?” is getting old.

The Bad:

  • What’s the point? This episode wasn’t bad, but in the end, it felt like a throw-away installment in the series. Nothing too memorable occurred, and in a very strong season, this one felt like filler material. It wasn’t even remarkably entertaining, which “House” usually is thanks to the sharp writing and impeccable performances.

Overall:

Sure, this episode was fine, but we want more than that from “House.” It was by no means a disaster, but this show is so good that we get spoiled sometimes. We weren’t too impressed this week, but that won’t stop us from tuning in next week.

Rating: 6/10

“House” airs every Monday night on FOX!

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