House Review: Two (Terrible) Stories

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Apparently the writing team forgot there was a new episode of House this week.

As a result, they had to scramble and come up with "Two Stories" as quickly as possible, throwing in a contrived gimmick (House speaks at Career Day!) to try and spice up a story with no build-up and no real suspense.

How much was this installment lacking in substance? On multiple occasions, time was wasted via scenes that didn't actually take place, just so the show could toss in a few movie quotes. Or, to be more precise, just so it could kill time in the face of nothing actually happening.

At Career Day

Like many viewers, I've wanted House to change up its format for weeks now, but this was simply a poorly constructed hour of television.

The Patient of the Week was an absolute waste (did anyone care about his outcome?), the time-jumping felt like a storytelling crutch and the fight between Cuddy and House could have been interesting if given many episodes to develop (there actually is something to House caring more about being right than he does about... actual caring) - but, instead, was just thrown together out of nowhere.

Seriously, did anyone take Cuddy seriously when she said she couldn't "deal" with House anymore? Did anyone think the couple would actually break up in such a sudden manner?

The series does have an actual problem on its hands with Huddy. On the series premiere, Cuddy told House that she wanted him to just be himself. Ever since, though, in an attempt to create tension between the pair, the show has had the couple argue over issues that pertain to exactly this.

House lied at work? House is self-centered? Have you met your boyfriend, Cuddy?!? I thought the entire point behind this relationship was that Cuddy loved House despite all these traits; she knew him well enough to understand the man behind the sarcasm and rude exterior. Yet she continually calls him out for acting like himself, meaning one of two things: the couple should split. Or the show should leave them alone and not force major arguments such as the one we got here.

I hate to write such a negative review, but this episode really did bother me that much. It legitimately felt like the writers cobbled it together the day prior to airing, hoping a Pulp Fiction reference and a couple cute kids would distract viewers from picking up on how little was actually behind those gimmicks.

What did everyone else think?


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I agree, just watched it online. Some things were amusing. But the story line with House and Cuddy was completely nonsensical. I didn't care about it at all. It was disappointing considering the previous couple of episodes were pretty good. And Masters is starting to bother me a bit. But she's new, so she still has potential to branch out a bit and become a more developed character. I just never thought I'd miss 13. I always wanted her gone, she was annoying and made Foreman more boring than usual. But she was starting to become a little bit less annoying and certainly not as much as Masters. I miss Cameron, but it'd be weird if she was there and Chase was still there. They shoulda kept that asian chick, she wasn't annoying.


Gooooosh, it was a pretty good episode!
i loved it!


I liked the whole chronology, or lack of it. It made the story more interesting.
...which it definitely needed, as the story of the episode itself was so bad.
I am a big Huddy fan, unashamedly so, and they are my favourite TV couple. However, this was too smushy. Sure, there were some great lines, and part of me squeed when House said he needs Cuddy, but it felt too awkward and out of character.
"Awkward" sums up the whole episode in my opinion actually. Just awkward, and messy.


honestly you people are kind of annoying.. i found the episode quite amusing, and i think it was a nice change from the usual episode.. i mean i wouldnt like the show if every episode was done that way, but i still liked it as an occasional different episode. Every show needs an occasional break from its original format, or else the show becomes too predictable.. and as for you people who are annoyed by the huddy episodes and the relational drama... what is wrong with you? the show is a medical DRAMA... i dont know about you... but last time i checked.. you need drama to put a show under the drama genre.... honestly if you are soo darn focused on the medical part go watch like untold stories of the ER or something.. and for you who say the writers should be embarrassed.. theyre the same writers who wrote the great episodes that you love.. and they are doing a hell of a lot better than you ever could.. whether you like the episode or not..


Replace the word 'much' with 'soft'


Totally agree @saaaaa People want them together - they are together - people want them too break up That doesnt make sense, they deserve each other after 6 seasons!! Maybe house was a little bit too much and cuddy too bitchy but the show need that


Awful episode. I turned it off. May not ever watch again. It was that bad. Even the acting was bad. Too bad.


I don't hate the episode,i think it is funny. Obviously the writers are trying different things in the series, I get it and well, as a huge fan of House, I support anyway.
And about the Huddy, y r u people always want they to break up, before they are togther, people want them to be ,after six season, they deserve to be with each other, so use some of the show time to build up their relationship, nothing wrong with that, and writing about two argument is always fun, what other plot can anyone think of can be more intersting? it's true everybody know what House is like when you met him or knew him, he is always a jerk, but hey , we are talking about relationship here, who don't want their other half to be better even they know they can't be .... Cuddy want House be perfect, and House want Cuddy to be happy, so he want to change, not only for cuddy but also for their future maybe... people can't hold the same character for the whole life without change, and I like to see this version of House, a man who want to be good, once again , he deserve to be happy after 6 seasons of miseries...


What the hell were the writers thinking? Feb.21 was the worst episode ever! Total waste of time watching. I'm a huge House fan, but I couldn't believe how horrible this last episode was. Everything sucked. And get rid of Amber (Martha Masters) already. She's not good for the show. Where is Olivia Wilde? Miss her. Isn't she supposed to be back? All in all, the writers need to get it together! I am just so disappointed. Get with it!!


I actually liked the episode,
It was not a 'wow' episode, but a 'oke' episode

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House Season 7 Episode 13 Quotes

House: They're all morons and everybody lies.
Gabe: Wait, if everybody lies, then that means you're lying right now.
House: I didn't say everybody always lies... Aristotle.

You are my problem. You are the most selfish, self-centered son of a bitch on the face of the planet! And I'm sick of it! I'm just... done. I can't deal with you anymore.