House Review: Welcome Back, Cameron!

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Cameron is totally knocked up. That's our bold prediction this week, as we teased that a character on a popular one-hour drama will be revealed as pregnant before the season is over.

Based on Chase and Cameron's spontaneous sex, along with the rumor that Jennifer Morrison will recur next season on House, our money is on an awkward divorce getting a whole lot more awkward over the next few months.

As for everything else that happened on "Lockdown?" It felt contrived. How fortunate for the storylines that certain characters were stuck in rooms together, following the disappearance of a baby and subsequent hospital lockdown.

For example, Taub and Foreman bond over heavy doses of Vicodin. Really?!? This came out of nowhere. Foreman just happened to have a bottle of the drug, and they both legitimately thought that taking a bunch of pills would make them understand House more. It felt like a stretch.

So did the idea that Foreman would suddenly wish to delete something from his file that took place over a decade ago. Still, this situation at least allowed Omar Epps to play Foreman with a bit of a personality. For someone that's been on the show for so long, Foreman is rarely a focus and his character has changed very little over the years.

Chase, in Thought
Return of Cameron

Meanwhile, Wilson may be our favorite character on TV. Everything Robert Sean Leonard does is funny, and we laughed out loud at his failed attempt to steal a dollar from the cash register.

But the character is often written like he's a moron. Did he really need to be told that he's living his life according to House? That friendship has never stopped Wilson from dating in the past, even when House disproves (remember Amber?).

Granted, House is more fragile now, at least that's how Wilson justifies the catering to his BFF. But is he, really? That's an issue we often take with the show. It can't seem to decide how to portray the new and supposedly improve House. He didn't seem like a changed, nice man when he first encountered the dying Patient of the Week, did he? House seemed unusually cold, for no legitimate reason.

This eventually changed, of course, and we must recognize the incredible performance of David Strathairn. Hugh Laurie, who directed this episode, wanted Strathairn to play the role from the very beginning and it's easy to see why.

This actor can cry with the best of them, bringing a softness and a sympathy to most characters he plays.

We also learned that House may be having more problems from his Vicodin kicking than previously known. Look for this to come back up by season's end. Will it play a role on the finale, along with the pregnancy we've decided Cameron will announce?

You tell us. Are we on the right track with that theory? Did you feel as if this episode was as forced as we did? We do at least give the show credit for mixing up its usual formula.

Below, we've listed a bunch of House quotes from "Lockdown."

Foreman: We both have a lot of regrets.
Taub: You should be proud of yours. Your life is trending upwards. | permalink
Patient [to House]: I'm gonna be dead in a few hours. You're secret is safe with me. Unless you're keeping it from yourself. | permalink
Thirteen: Dare. But no nudity.
Wilson: Yes, nudity. I want you to show your breasts to Taub. | permalink
House: I take one in 20 cases. A lot of people I turn down end up dying. It's really a good argument for there being more than one me, if you think about it. | permalink
Patient: You're Dr. House, aren't you?
House: Oh... God! Don't tell me we used to date. | permalink
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House Season 6 Episode 16 Quotes

Thirteen: What now?
Wilson: Truth or dare?
Thirteen: No! You don't wanna mess with me.

We are on lockdown. No one moves until we find that baby.

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