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?

Review

Editor Rating: 1.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 (222 Votes)

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Totally agree. The writers should be embarrassed by this episode. I was thinking the same thing while watching it... It was as if the writers suddenly realized they had a deadline the next day and cobbled together this dreck.

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@Susan:
Personally I've never been fond of Cuddy (a mediocre administrator and she treats badly those who aren't her pets) but I thought she was a good character in the first two seasons when she did a better job of keeping House in line. But since the show started putting them together in a romantic relationship at the end of season 3, first Cuddy and then House have been severely hurt as characters.

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Just awful. The kids were cute but it was annoying that they were all about Huddy once again. The medicine has become an afterthought. I don't know if the show can recover from the bad Huddy episodes this season but I do know it never will unless they end the Huddy relationship.

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you can only vote once. just tried it. i gave this episode three stars, because of the kids in the classroom. their disbelief that there was a doctor like house, and that he would do the things he says he did was enjoyable because as a viewer, you knew he did. but that was it. the little love-thing between the kids at the principals office was sweet but other then that it was boaring. there was no medical case, just some strange mood-swing on cuddys part. giving her and house a pregnancy-scare would have been better, given he was already surrounded with children. but nope. we ended up in an argument about the garbage and toothbrush. thankfully the next episode with the serial-killer seem to be an improvment

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I hated it. Almost no time spend on the diagnostic stuff or in the hospital. Tons of time spent on a bench. Huge % of the talking being two kids in a pointless, boring boring boring script asking House to talk about why a girlfriend is annoyed and why a laptop was stolen. Hated it 1/3 of the way through, thought surely it would get better, it didn't. Complete waste of time. Was it writer's week off? Actors unavailable week? WTF? Awful. If it was a pilot, it'd be a show that didn't get past the first episode.

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House asking the pubescent girl "who put sand in [her] vagina" was the for sure, 100% Jumping the Shark moment.

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I disagree with almost everyone here (and the review btw. I liked the ep, alot. For those that want the old House back, i'm sorry, but i dont think you comprehend the point of the series. He is growing, and this is what i expect to see in season 7..A House who is actually trying to be better..people progress in real life, if they are lucky they become better. This is wht we're seeing this season (which begun last season). Also, please keep in mind that 1) Cuddy was not breaking up with him, she just needed a little space. and 2) alot of that was told from House's POV so he probably exaggerated some of it..either way, the concerns Cuddy had was perfectly legitimate and House showed how far he has come by acknowledging that. i may be in the minority here, but again, i think the ep was well done, quite entertaining, and showed great strides in the Huddy relationship. And no, im not some silly little fangirl, im just a longtime fan of the show, whose been paying attention over the years and who happens to believe the the natural progression has been spot on

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I disagree with almost everyone here (and the review btw. I liked the ep, alot. For those that want the old House back, i'm sorry, but i dont think you comprehend the point of the series. He is growing, and this is what i expect to see in season 7..A House who is actually trying to be better..people progress in real life, if they are lucky they become better. This is wht we're seeing this season (which begun last season). Also, please keep in mind that 1) Cuddy was not breaking up with him, she just needed a little space. and 2) alot of that was told from House's POV so he probably exaggerated some of it..either way, the concerns Cuddy had was perfectly legitimate and House showed how far he has come by acknowledging that. i may be in the minority here, but again, i think the ep was well done, quite entertaining, and showed great strides in the Huddy relationship. And no, im not some silly little fangirl, im just a longtime fan of the show, whose been paying attention over the years and who happens to believe the the natural progression has been spot on

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I'm afraid that what we are seeing is a gradual watering down of both House and Cuddy. We all love them, but can we love them as a couple? Not sure about that, especially with the wishy washy type of dialogue we were treated to this week. The thing about House that I love is his innate snarkiness. The thing is to figure out a way to retain the character's integrity while letting him grow through some of his organic effed-uppedness! Not an easy trick to pull off.

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Yeah, what she said (Kim). Completely agree about Cuddy but with a slightly different angle, ie I don't want them to break up. I wish the writers would just follow the characters instead of taking these strong, independent personalities and put them into a standard tv relationship even though it makes both Cuddy and House almost unrecognizable. I said it and I'll say it again: House sounds more and more not like an intelligent person, but like a stupid person imagines that an intelligent person sounds. Unrelated: I would totally dig an NPH cameo as a now adult Doogie Howser.