Yeah, we knew this was coming. In a show like “House,” characters can only stay content for so long, but to be fair, that’s kind of why we tune in. We do want these people to make progress, but if there’s no more progress to be made, well, we get a littled bored, don’t we?
This week’s episode assured us that we won’t be bored with this show anytime soon.
- Writers: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner
- Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Peter Jacobson, Jesse Spencer, Amber Tamblyn
Episode Title: “Bombshells”
House struggles to balance his personal and professional concerns when Cuddy learns that she may have cancer. In the meantime, the team deals with a depressed and potentially violent patient, sparking particularly troubling concerns for Taub. House eventually puts his own insecurities aside to help his girlfriend through a crisis, but it appears that this situation presented a problem which he was unable to cope with naturally.
- Depression: “House” has always been a show that dealt with the ever-significant issue of depression with a combination of maturity and sensitivity. This episode gave us a new angle on a common theme by examing teenage angst, and while it sensationalizes the ailment a little too much–the patient is almost a prototypical post-Columbine caricature–it still manages to take the topic seriously.
- Sitcom Format: A number of bizarre dream sequences are scattered throughout this episode, and while most of them don’t quite work, the sitcom dream starring Wilson and House as a very odd couple raising Rachel Cuddy is amusing enough to let us overlook the weirdness of it all. We wish someone would actually make this show.
- The ending: There will be debate among fans over whether or not the ending to this episode was deserved, or whether it marks a major step backwards for the show and the characters, but not only is it true to the unfortunate reality of addiction, but it was skillfully set up. The name of the episode is “Bombshells,” and we can safely say that the conclusion to this week’s installment of “House” was a major surprise, but one we should have seen coming.
- Ignorant Parents: It is sad, but it is true–there are some parents out there who are totally unwilling to accept that their child is depressed and requires professional help. Still, when confronted with the fact that their son has been making violent videos in which he threatens his classmates, well, the parents in this episode should have realistically reacted with a little more concern than they did. It was tough to believe.
- Zombies? So, stepping outside of the “objective critic mode,” I must admit that, while by no means a hardcore gamer, I have been recently addicted to the “Zombies” feature of the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops, and when a dream sequence in this episode involves House fighting the undead, well, I half-suspected that I was losing my mind. But, no, that happened, and while it was very, very funny (“Good thing I brought my axe-cane”), it was also very difficult to take seriously.
- Musical Number: For yet another dream sequence, “House” transformed into a hallucinogenic version of “Glee,” and when you consider the emotional weight that this episode was supposed to have, it’s a shame that the intricate musical number distracted us from the dramatic potential of the story. It was impressively filmed, but really, we were just rolling our eyes at this one.
While marred by some truly “WTF?” moments, there was enough compelling drama this week to renew our interest in the show. We do hope that these new developments are only a minor setback–we’d like to think that this show will eventually allow its characters to change–but at the same time, the writers have got our attention. That was probably the point.
“House” airs every Monday night on FOX!
What did you think of last night’s episode? Are these legitimate dramatic developments, or is this show turning into a soap opera with a budget? Let us know what you think in the comments!