If you are a dedicated fan of “House,” you’ve been a little anxious this season, right? Too many good things have been happening in House’s life for it to last, or so we fear. This episode gave us some worries about where his relationship with Cuddy was headed, but we’re pretty sure that viewers were happy with the outcome. Read our review to see how we felt…

The Players:

  • Writer: Thomas L. Moran
  • Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Amber Tamblyn, Robert Sean Leonard

Episode Title: “Recession Proof”

A high-powered businessman who has been forced into janitorial jobs due to the recession comes into the care of the Princeton-Plainsboro team after developing symptoms during a dinner with his wife. His wife, by the way, has no idea that he is no longer rich and powerful. While working on the case, House must convince those around him that he truly plans on attending a charity event in Cuddy’s honor, and Taub and Foreman do their best to get along with each other as roommates. Masters clashes with Chase when she continues to insist that honesty is the best policy in all situations.

The Good:

  • House and Cuddy: Let’s face it. As good as this show is, its title character can be predictable at times. Sure, it’s fun to know that we can depend on House to be entertaining and intriguing, but every now and then, we want him to surprise us. He does so in this episode, and the writing is so well-paced that we are kept guessing right to the very end. Will he disappoint Cuddy? Will his old problems resurface? It adds a tension to the episode that kept us engaged.
  • Directing: Although fairly formulaic in its visual approach, “House” has often given its directors small opportunities to show off the kind of tricks that they would normally reserve for the big screen. This episode didn’t exactly make us feel like Scorsese was behind the camera, but it had enough visual flair and sharp editing to distinguish itself.

The So-So:

  • Taub and Foreman: The subplot focusing on these two doesn’t seem fully developed, and either way, we’re not invested enough in their new relationship to care too much about it. Sure, it’s cool to see them becoming friends as opposed to just coworkers–a budding bromance, perhaps?–but it feels like the writer just added this story in as filler material. Neither character learns anything too shocking.
  • Recession: Every now and then, “House” likes to get topical, but it is tough to pull that off without seeming forced. The fact that the economic recession had a direct impact on this episode’s characters doesn’t add much to the story, and it feels like the writer was trying to shoe-horn a small bit of social commentary into the show. It feels out of place, especially the brief Obama reference.
  • Masters and Chase: Masters sticks to her principles, as always, and while she finally calls out Chase for not respecting women–a comment which has a positive effect on his character towards the end of the episode–the conflict never feels urgent or interesting. It’s not a bad aspect of the show, just one that got a little redundant.

The Bad:

  • Humor? House doesn’t deliver enough of his classic wit this episode. His funniest line is a drunken joke that a horny frat boy would make. We expect a little more than that from this show.


A perfectly fine episode of “House.” Not a classic, but definitely not a failure. We were a little worried that House’s old insecurities would threaten to ruin all the progress he had made, but let’s just say that it all turned out surprisingly well. Kudos to the writer for keeping us guessing.

Rating: 7/10

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