House Review: Meeting Martha M. Masters

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I liked everything about this episode of House, except the end.

Amber Tamblyn made a solid debut on "Office Politics," as her overly ethical Martha M. Masters could have felt like a rip-off of Cameron, except she has the added bonus of being a genius. She seems like the ideal foil for House, someone smart enough to keep up with his brain, yet honest enough to, well, keep him honest. Or at least attempt to.

It might get old to some, but I never tire of House's rationale for misleading patients and doing what he knows to be right. Example from this episode: calling Masters out for lying when it doesn't matter (to her grandmother over a present) and not lying when it does (to save a man's life). Good stuff.

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Once Martha officially got the job, she expressed subtle excitement for coming back to work for this unusual, intelligent man. I feel the same way about her addition to the show.

I'm also a big fan of Jack Coleman, aka The Only Good Thing About Heroes on Seasons Two Through Four of That Failed NBC Drama. He was fun to watch as the political consultant patient of the week, and I can't be the only one hoping he gets a regular gig on some series in the future, can I?

Can't you just imagine him as a grizzled detective of some kind?

Even Taub kept my interest for a week, as his storyline gave Foreman a few funny lines - and a nearly embarrassing defeat at basketball. It was the most entertaining House's underlings have been in awhile.

So that brings me to the conclusion of the hour. First, I was disappointed that we needed to even spend a minute on Huddy drama. It would have been okay to just accept these two as a happy couple for an episode.

But more importantly, I don't buy the idea that Cuddy would be so distressed by action's fabrication of that positive test. Is she really surprised that he'd do such a thing? Isn't this the man she hired and keeps on staff because his occasionally illegal actions get results? And didn't she tell him when they started dating that she doesn't want him to change?

Compared to past actions, what House did wasn't even that far-fetched or immoral. If Cuddy gets angry at House as his boss, I'll be okay with this development. But if his lying at work becomes an issue in their personal relationship, it won't feel like anything other than a contrived obstacle because the writers feel a need to shake this pairing up.

Do you agree? Does this feel like a legitimate reason for Cuddy to have beef with House? Or a desperate attempt to create drama? Browse through our section of House quotes and sound off now.


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I REALLY REALLY HATE MARTHA M. MASTERS!!! first of all, its a really crappy name. second, she's only a freaking student. third, she's fucking annoying with her moral crap. i mean, she's so stubborn and blockheaded with not lying to the patients, even when it would be good for them. i really really want to slap her and tell her to grow up and face the world. and she looks like a fat kid, could have been cute, but the oh-im-so-smart act pisses me off.


"Not that House is a believable medical show to begin with, but a medical student as part of the team...? She has no medical license, no residency, no board certification... how is that even remotely a good idea? It would have made a lot more sense if they had brought in an intern. Meh. I also dislike the character. The naiive genius archetype is way overplayed." i couldnt have said it better myself i fucking hate her charater shes a little fat nerd whos all holier than thou. she drives me nuts, this is by far my favorite show on tv but i have no clue what they were thinking with her, i mean to go from cameran to 13 to martha m masters?? bahahahaha soooo terrible, they need to boot her ass.


i have two words: Wesley. Crusher.


Man, what a great review. You said exactly what I thought when I saw the episode. Martha Masters is a great new addition, and the Cuddy part felt completely out of line.


Not that House is a believable medical show to begin with, but a medical student as part of the team...? She has no medical license, no residency, no board certification... how is that even remotely a good idea? It would have made a lot more sense if they had brought in an intern. Meh. I also dislike the character. The naiive genius archetype is way overplayed.


I think this new character is great. She's smart and puts House on the defensive. But one of the main things is that she is so dang cute! I miss 13, but she could be so dark and gloomy. Cameron was a doll and I was sorry to see her go. I hope theykeep this new girl for awhile.


I love the new character, but I hate House and Cuddy together. She's a mother, a business woman, and a doctor. They should never have been put together as a couple. She cannot be his boss if she sleeps with him outside of the hospital. He's a narcissistic pig who manipulates people and sleeps with hookers. I like watching the cases House and the team work on, but I don't like knowing about House's personal life. I hope their relationship becomes professional again. Cuddy deserves better.


i loved martha's character! and taub getting angry just because she didn't say nothing about the hopkin's interview and foreman&chase trying to find why he hate her... soo funny!!


the ep was good, but the best thing in it was taub's 'are you a vampire? we're inviting you in..' vampire diaries reference made me loool for a long time. ;D


I was excited to see Amber Tamblyn on the show because I knew she could pull off a good match for House. But her character was completely different than I had expected - but I was surprised that I liked it. I was never that fond of 13, she seemed too much like Cameron, and Triple M (that's what I'm calling her) was very refreshing.
Chase is really starting to get on my nerves, he's become a total ass. I used to really like him, not I'm not so sure.
And I feel pretty bad for Cuddy. I mean, sure, House has lied to her 10,000 times but now that they're a couple it makes the betrayal much worse. I wonder how that'll play out.