House Review: Making Like Charlie Sheen...

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That was actually very well done.

For a few moments near the conclusion of "Out of the Chute," I feared the episode would conclude on a cliffhanger that showed House standing on his hotel balcony railing, contemplating suicide, viewers left to supposedly wonder about the fate of the show's main character.

Even though such fate would never be in doubt, of course.

House and the Team

Fortunately, House really did leap... but only into a pool. It was a wild action, something symbolic of how far into the mental deep end House has fallen, and it took place in front of Wilson. It capped a solid episode that didn't merely give us a glimpse into House's wounded psyche, but offered a look into the helplessness felt by his best friend, as well.

And I'll take all the Robert Sean Leonard I can get.

I'll also take all the Charlie Sheen mockery I can get, intentional or not.

For the second consecutive episode, the show made references to that troubled actor, first by having House don a wacky golf shirt during one of last week's fantasy sequences; and here by having his meltdown highlighted by time spent drinking, doing drugs and hanging out out a hotel - with an endless steam of prostitutes in his bed. And his mantra in the end? All about winning.

Based on House's shooting schedule, it seems hard to believe the show could have actually planned such a spoof. But, wow. What timing, huh? Were you taking notes, Charlie? This is not a healthy way to live.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by an installment that didn't simply wallow in House's broken heart. We got some more of Masters, which is always welcome; a lot of Wilson; and an admission from Cuddy that she thought she could be with House just as he is. But she was wrong, and she summed up her basis for dumping him with the following, apt quote:

Cuddy: When things go wrong, I don't wanna hope I'm not alone, I wanna know it. | permalink

Pretty hard hard to blame someone for feeling that way, isn't it?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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sadly my life is very similar to this at the moment
:( good ep however, next few should be intresting
:)

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loved the similarities with the POTW Only House knew how to mend his broken heart, and he did it in a way that nobody else thought of or would dare to try. But House knew what had to be done and he had the faith in himself to do it. Old school House mojo. this was a great episode

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What song was playing during the opening scene with the bull? I have looked everywhere online and watched the credits carefully and cannot find it. I like it and want to know who it was and the name of the song so I can get a full version of it. Thanks for any help.

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What was the name of the actor who played the cowboy on "Out of the Chute"?

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The "suicide" scene was probably the greatest House scene yet. I thought it was brilliant. And it just so happens that I was listening to the song that was playing (Peter Gabriel's cover of an Arcade Fire song titled "My Body Is A Cage") the night before I watched the episode. (I recorded the episode and watched it the next morning, so it would have actually been that very same night.) Interesting coincidence.

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I was not as impressed as I might have been because the writers' thought processes seemed transparent. At the opening, with the bull rider celebrating while still in danger and then catching the horns, I thought: there's the parallel with House. Guys tend to think they've won a prize when a woman accepts them and are shocked to find they're not "home free". And I was first confused, then realized all House's wanton "therapy" was a reversal. In the past we've seen him wallow in drunken misery. Now he's wallowing in self-indulgence instead. That beatific smile under water seemed significant - like a baptism? Maybe we're going to find that his now-healthier, more easily healed psyche is going to be free of Cuddy - or be worthy of her.

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Best episode this season... (about time)

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Yay! The breakup is real and Cuddy is sure about it and convinced Wilson too. Loved House's jump off the railing and the "What do we do when we lose?" PARTY HARDER!! House the perpetual Peter Pan with the dark soul. This is the real House (where does he get all the money he wastes?) House the addict with the brilliant medical mind, House who taunts Cuddy for caving into his will about extreme medical procedures, House who thinks extreme behavior on his own part will relieve his anguish and House who always, always, always has his injured leg to use as his addiction excuse. So much for self awareness, sobriety and therapy. You can never trust an addict and Cuddy knows that. Light relief with Masters and her crush on the great physical specimen of a cowboy, LOL. Light relief with Foreman and Chase bickering for leadership. I liked this episode.

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The only reason to watch this train wreck is to see how much more American Laurie can act. There is no way any hospital would keep this dope attic jerk on staff in the real world. Ahhh entertainment.

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I was in a relationship much like House and Wilson's. The other one was House, and the relationship being always about the other person gets old, fast. Then you get the good times, and before you know it, six years have passed and it's still about the other person. I think Cuddy did the right thing. She made a mistake thinking a mother could date a drug addict, and she dumped him when she realized her error. The only reason people think everybody should love House is because he's on TV. In real life he'd probably have very few volunteering to be his friend.