House Review: "Private Lives"

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How well do we truly know someone? That was the question posed on House this week.

And while guest star Laura Prepon stood out in her role as the blogging patient of the week, and while there were a few memorable exchanges between House and Wilson, both the message and the episode "Private Lives" fell short.

First: Wilson was in a porno?!? The beauty of the House/Wilson relationship lies in how they can turn a simple issue (such as a crush on a neighbor) into a hilarious competition. It's just not necessary to set up such an over-the-top premise. I don't buy that Wilson took part in any adult movie and I'm not as entertained by the obvious jokes that came from it.

I'm certainly more intrigued by House's biological father, but that storyline left me with a question I often have about the show:

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Is this going anywhere? Will we ever hear about House's father again?

The series has a tendency to introduce something seemingly significant, only to return each week to the same premise and pattern. That's why it's been so nice to see references throughout the season to House's stay in the mental hospital. I'm glad it hasn't been glossed over.

But does House really want to change? If so, will he seek out his birth dad? My guesses are: Kind of and No.

I can't say I care very much about Chase's concern over his looks, either. But I do care about this: please don't be setting up a romance between Thirteen and Chase. Most of me believes their locker room exchange was simply a nice moment between colleagues. But part of me fears for where this is going.

What did you think of the episode? We've listed our favorite House quotes from it below:

Wilson: Your biological father is a minister?
House: Natural selection is not an infallible force. | permalink
Wilson: Giving House a computer is like giving plutonium to Dr. No. | permalink
Thirteen: Please don't define my entire gender based on one night. | permalink
House: I can't find my pornos.
Wilson: Have you tried offering a reward? | permalink
Chase: I'm not that good looking.
House: Yeah, you are.
Wilson: You kind of are. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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I totally agree with your review and I am glad that someone else thought that the porno-storyline, even if Wilson was not really in the porno, was not funny and that we don't care about Chase's looks and a possible romance with Thirteen. I too beg the writers not to bring the two together. He is supposedly an ex-husband? who never really griefed about losing his wife in the most ridiciluous conditions (what were the writers thinking) and now wants to hook up with the next colleague? We love the show for House and his interactions with Cuddy and Wilson, we don't really care about the supporting cast, primarily because their storylines are neither consistent nor interesting. Very good review, thank you.

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Have to admit, you are on the ball most of the time (fully agreed with your Heroes reviews) but as Anon said above, you made a mistake with the Wilson plot criticism.

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Dude, watch the episode properly before dissing it. Wilson wasn't in the porno -- he was in the first part which was just a generic film for his friend. The friend later had someone else continue Wilson's 'role' and added XXX sections to release it as a porno.

House Season 6 Episode 14 Quotes

Wilson: Who rents porn anymore? Can't you get this stuff on the Internet?
House: You can. But you can't get the director's cut.

Wilson: What are you doing tonight?
House: Masturbating. I'd invite you, but people are already talking.

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