“House” has gone back to its roots. By that, we mean that the good doctor is popping pills like a raver and mistreating his boss and the love of his life in shockingly juvenile ways. Maybe this is what some fans crave, but we’re truthfully a little bored with the act by now. Sadly, it characterized most of the episode. Read our review to see how we felt…
- Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Amber Tamblyn
Episode Title: “Fall from Grace”
In the wake of his break-up with Cuddy, House decides to marry an attractive immigrant who needs a green card; he seems to be doing his best to get a reaction from Cuddy, but his attempts aren’t working. In the meantime, the team treats a deceitful patient with a seemingly abusive past.
- Wilson: Poor Wilson has always been relegated to the “best friend” role in this show, but at least he plays it well. This season has sadly allowed him to fade into the background, but when he’s on screen this week explaining to Cuddy why she needs to stand up to House, well, we remember that he is an admirable character.
- House’s antics: We’ve come to accept that House can get away with the kind of ridiculous behavior that would get most doctors fired (and probably imprisoned) because he’s brilliant enough to justify his employment, but things get into “jump the shark” territory this week when he escalates his childish behavior from distracting Cuddy with toy helicopters all the way to arriving at work in a monster truck. There’s also the fact that the brief scene inside the monster truck looks more fake than Joan Rivers’ face.
- Masters and the patient: Masters is still too naive to take seriously, and the bond she develops with this week’s patient was almost tolerable, up until the Shyamalan-like twist ending which leaves her devastated, and most likely left viewers rolling their eyes. “House” has always teetered on the brink of daytime soap opera melodrama–that’s ok, because a lot of great TV like “Mad Men” does the same–but this week, it really crossed that line.
- Cuddy: Cuddy has a tough role to fill this week, so it’s hard to complain about anything her character did, but we still wish she was a little more obviously affected by House’s impending marriage. They just broke-up from a fairly significant relationship with one another, and as strong as Cuddy is, her emotional response should have gone beyond sitting alone in a dark room for a moment to gather her thoughts.
- House’s marriage: Yeah, speaking of those wedding bells…House has done some pretty despicable things as a character over the past few year’s, and it’s a credit to Hugh Laurie’s acting skills that we are constantly able to forgive him, but this next move goes too far. We know he’s only taking this step because recent events have shattered any optimism he may have been fleetingly feeling, but honestly, it just makes us want to turn off the TV out of disgust. With all the progress this character has made, it’s a shame to simply do away with it.
- House’s wife: Not every character in this show needs to be as deep as thr Pacific Ocean, but this one is as shallow as the kiddie pool. She exists to simply be attractive and fulfill the stereotypical role of “submissive but playful foreign woman.” We’re not buying it.
A disappointing episode, for the most part. We suppose we knew that things would get worse for House again–that’s how this show builds most of its drama–but that doesn’t change the fact that we don’t enjoy seeing our characters behave like this. We’ll still tune in, of course, but we hope the writers make some positive changes fast. After seven seasons, it’s a little tiring to watch House be a jerk.
“House” airs every Monday night on FOX!
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