House Review: Cuddy 2.0

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Halfway through "Risky Business," I started looking at my watch. 

Typically I only care about the time to see if House is coming up with his routine epiphany at five to the hour. But tonight it was purely out of boredom. Here's was the problem with the episode: I only care and know about Wilson and House. 

Not only did I learn nothing new about House this evening - he's an ass, he's conniving, he's dishonest, he's brilliant - I also noticed that Dr. Adams is quickly moving into a type of role with which I'm uncomfortable.

House v. Foreman 

First, she's trying to control House in a similar way Cuddy did. Remember that episode way back in season three that the writers have clearly forgotten about? It was called "One Day, One Room" and in it, Cuddy gave House more clinic hours in the hopes that he might actually feel something for people and spark some humanity in him. 

And here we are, five years later presented with a cleavage-y, smart, slightly naive character (minus 15 years of age) that is Cuddy's poor stand-in. Also Thirteen's, because she is so clearly willing to go to bat against the patients. Or was that Cameron? Sigh... I've lost track of young, sexy female doctors that have come through the series at one time or another.

Also, did House and the patient share any other quality than "asshood?" I'm just a bit confused on his role in light of the rest of the episode. Typically there's something tying the two together. At the beginning of the episode, I thought the parallel was that the patient missed his dead wife and was trying to move away from his grief by doing something a bit insane. 

Was House's "insane" parallel that he went to jail? Does a patient parallel count if it's paralleling House's actions in a different episode? Or are we supposed to just take a look at House and how he conducts business among his staff and understand that it's quite risky and could have gotten Park fired just as the patient's business was also risky, for his investors and for his family life?

What House and the patient lacked in loyalty in a backwards way, they made up for in the pushing people away department. The patient risked his relationship with his daughter and House continues to test those around him that choose to care about him, no matter how futile the task is. Bottom line, this episode was a filler and I could have used some laughs if it wasn't even pretending to be dramatic.  

And how about that last scene? House manages to get everything he wants (again!) including: revenge on his neighboring doctor, the satisfying feeling of manipulating Wilson, money for his department, and his version of foreplay, i.e. Dr. Adams destroying everything with House's guidance and permission. I suppose it's nice that House is imparting his destructive wisdom. It takes baby steps to reach the point of driving one's car into an ex's house. But I digress. 

Maybe the destruction of the other doctor's office was more like a Monster Truck Rally high, rather than a deeper, "I'm angry and hurt" explosion.

Any way you slice it, I will never watch this episode again. If someone wants to comment about any part of the installment that was truly worthy of analysis, please let me know. And while you're at it, tell me what you like about Dr. Adams. I'd like to like her. And Dr. Park. But I'm having trouble. 

Next week, Chase and Taub return! This show is sorely lacking in the familiar face department. At this point, I'm happy to see Taub and his nose. Desperate times...

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Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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I hope in the spirit of good art they realise they have finished telling the story, Decide to wrap it up this year and release these great actors to new creative tv and theatre productions. Time to stop the roller coaster.

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I really don't understand why people who so obviously have lost interest in a show continue to review it as their bias in going to get in the way. This was not my favorite episode but it certainly by no means was bad. House did not make the guy move his company to China, it was stated quite clearly earlier on that he had made the decisions for his own reasons which had nothing to do with House. Yes, House made money off of it but he also used it for funding his department not to pad his bank account. People need to remember that House has always been devious in his methods to get things; this is not new. I guess all I can say is that if you can't get past your favorite character leaving the show than you need to just move on and let the rest of the fans enjoy the show. It's still a smart show with the same character that we have loved for years. Yes, it has different elements to it now, but change happens all the time in life so either roll with it or get off the ride.

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I don't think even a good actor as Lourie is can save this show now. IF they get the old group together and the writeres wake up maybe.

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hahhahahha it´s funny how some hilson morons are trying to blame Cuddy for the crap the show is now. Wake up. Cuddy is gone and the show is crappier than ever and no one is watching it. Maybe you should start blaming your boring hilson relationship no one cares about.

2lolo

HOUSE can be a better show only if HOUSE "Hugh Laurie" who plats Dr. G. House STOP Being a DICK-HEAD!!!!
I HATE DICK-HEADS!!!!!

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"Halfway through...I started looking at my watch." Well, halfway through, I turned this episode off. I don't recall ever having done that before. I am tired of House's miserable demeanour and the fact that people put up with it. It is beyond me.

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Actually, I began to dislike House the minute he handed his testicles to Cuddy at the end of "Help Me," and she shellacked them and stuffed them into her panty drawer. Its hard to start liking a character again after losing respect for him. I'm a woman, but I still don't like the way their boyfriend/girlfriend dynamic was written, and Cuddy's constant threat of "no sex" as a weapon to manipulate House. I don't know ANY woman who does that, and I don't know any man who would tolerate that behavior. It made me dislike both characters so much that it is difficult to enjoy the show now. Its like being married to the same man for 20 years and trying to fall in love with him again, and being unable to do so.

Jlc

ROFLMAO @ 20V's line: "I personally choose to think everything in Risky Business was a small step to change for House. Which only means Shore may try to destroy it around the midpoint." He writes his character in a (possibly) positive manner and then destroys it. How friggin' masochistic (for lack of a better term) is that? No? As to character development, damn isn't it a little late to be developing your permanent characters in the final season? Any writer knows you develop your characters early on, you don't wait till the last chapter. However, we're not talking normal writers here. We're talking Shore, he's the boss, he's the HMFIC and it doesn't matter what his writers write, it's going to go his way or no way. I also wanted to add in something that bothers me. In "Charity Case" House told the POTW it was healthy for him to choose his family over money. In "Risky Business" he convinces the POTW to choose money over family. House is nothing if not consistent no? He's getting hard to read here. I'm getting mixed signals. WHO IS GREG HOUSE ANYMORE? BTW has anyone seen the ratings yet? My guess is they will be low. I'm sure Shore will attribute them to Halloween. What will be the excuse next week?

Blu

I fell asleep on the episode. And I'm an insomniac..so that speaks volumes right there. So maybe I will watch again, one night when I'm still wandering around the house at three in the morning because I can't sleep. Just what the Dr. ordered. Park is slightly amusing in that she's like an Asian Velma from Scooby Doo, but outside of that, not invested. I watch House to see it through at this point.

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I am giving House one more chance with the promised return of Chase and what's-his-name and if it hasn't gotten better, I'm gone for good. The new characters are stupid, boring and add nothing new. Even Wilson has lost his spark and don't get me started on House himself. The writers have removed any spark of humanity and humor he used to have and now show him as a total narcissist without humor or humanity. G'bye Greg, it's been good to know you.

House Season 8 Episode 4 Quotes

House: You're an irrational patriot. I'll put that another way: you're a patriot.

[said to Dr. Park] Oh, you don't want to bet me.

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