House Review: "Teamwork"

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I loved you and I loved Chase - and I feel sorry for you both. Because there's no way back for either of you.

With those words, Cameron left the hospital, left her marriage and left House.

Until that speech, delivered perfectly by Jennifer Morrison, the Chase/Cameron marital strife felt a bit forced. Read our recap of "Teamwork" to get caught up and chime in with your thoughts on Cameron's departure.

Everything in the episode happened very quickly, as Cameron forgave her husband; said they had to find new jobs; House recruited Taub and Thirteen; manipulated Chase and Cameron; pined over Cuddy; and, oh, also dealt with a sick porn star patient.

Bad Marriage

But the pay-off came at the end. Once Chase took full responsiblity for his actions and House revealed that he was aware of the patient's diagnosis all along (but was playing a game to get Taub and Thirteen on board), it all came together.

Something had to finally put Cameron over the edge, following six years of trying to be the voice of morality and reason on the diagnostic team. Every word she said to House at the conclusion of the episode rang true. The series has dealt with House's focus on puzzle solving (over patient care) since day one, but the Dibala incident showed how much of the controversial doctor has rubbed off on Chase, always his most ardent follower.

Due to leaked spoilers, we've known about Morrison's exit for weeks. Therefore, we spent the entire episode unsure if events were set up well enough to explain the departure of an original cast member. It took most of the hour to get there, but when Cameron walked away, it felt earned.

Do you agree? Ponder that question as you review the following quotes from the House cast below:

House: I'll have whatever he's buying.
Dr. Wilson: Two cheeseburgers and two large fries. | permalink
Chase: I'm not running away from what I did because you wanna pretend I never did it. | permalink
Lucas: I'm dating Lisa Cuddy.
Chase: Seriously?
Lucas: Cool, huh? | permalink
Chase: Why are you trying to screw things up?
House: You got the tense wrong. Things are already screwed up. | permalink

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Jennifer Morrison (Cameron) is and will always be a central part of House.. release Taub..he is like having an 'extra' on the set.

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Thank you Kate, for expressing everything I was thinking. Cameron is irreplacable. The development of her character was inconsistent. I dislike Thirteen, and I dislike the direction towards which the show is heading.

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My wife and i are perplexed. Dr. Cameron was, after House, the most interesting and complex character on the show. We do not like 13 at all and Taubman is also a weak character. The original team and the House of the first season was the best. Since breaking up the original team the writers have put much less emphasis on the medical puzzles and much more on Dr. House's increasingly mean and manipulative behavior. In the first two seasons his behavior was largely explained as being pain/drug motivated. Now it looks as though he is just a mean and petty little man. I guess we will say goodbye to this show that we have enjoyed so much in the past.

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They wrote Cameron out but they had to re-write the character to do it. They forgot that she had euthanized a man herself, they forgot that she had promoted the idea of threesomes and sexual adventures, they forgot that she had doubts about Chase's morality from the beginning. As you wrote, she was the voice of morality and reason on House's team. No one else argued for the patient's rights or medical ethics as Cameron did. As such, she is irreplacable by any of the characters currently on the show. This had the feel of looking for a way to get Cameron off the show so that Thirteen can be the only hot doctor on House's team. I loved you and I loved Chase - and I feel sorry for you both. Because there's no way back for either of you. I think there is also no way back for the show either to being what it was in the first seasons when it was brilliant. An impulsive decision that is going to have long-running consequences.

House Season 6 Episode 7 Quotes

The only obstacle to you coming back is your life and she's never been much of an obstacle to you.

House

We need to get away from Princeton Plainsboro.

Cameron
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