House Review: Hilson, Take Snooze

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So, House is a set of lungs that need to be revived. And by House, I mean the series. No, wait, House is the patient that needs the set of lungs, as he is struggling to breathe given his inability to adapt to an episode without Wilson by his side. 

Or, hold on, House is Dr. Park (Charlyne Yi) who just needs to confront her parents and the attending that harassed her. On "Transplant," we see House struggle for about 30 seconds before getting his way. And we see another fellow comment on his medical metaphors. Do you think I'm stupid, she wonders. I would ask the same to the creators of the series since there is basically no payoff whatsoever for House being in jail. He hasn't changed. He feels guilty. He skipped a year in his middle-aged life and now Cuddy's gone.

Hilson, take 2.

House and Wilson Picture

This episode was quite similar to season 5's premiere, "Dying Changes Everything." In it, Wilson is grieving the loss of Amber after House indirectly killed her. Remember the whole bus accident thing? When this series was still incredibly innovative? We see Wilson walk away from a stunned House and sayung things like "We were never friends."  T

Tonight, it was "I don't like you." I was actually getting into the idea that Wilson and House would be separated for awhile, that Wilson was finally standing up to House.  And then 20 minutes later, Wilson is punching House in the face with forgiveness.

And how about Foreman being the new Dean of Medicine? Does this series have a short memory? Remember when Cuddy wouldn't give Foreman a letter of recommendation because he switched the medication for that Huntington's study? So now all of a sudden, he's Dean? Foreman's newly remodeled office space looks more like prison than House's cell in the premiere, which is, I suppose, a tribute to Foreman's personality.

Out goes strong good chemistry between House and his boss. In comes Dr. Park, the awkward new, and only member of House's team. Where's 13, Taub, and Chase, asks Dorothy, waking up in a black and white Kansas without his Eames chair. "Why, Dorothy," Foreman says, "We couldn't afford to keep your department." 

So we're stuck with the girl who punched out her attending because he grabbed her posterior. Lovely that House and Dr. Park can bond over attacking their superiors. Last year we got Masters, the socially awkward, but genius girl medical student. Is the main difference here that Dr. Park has graduated medical school? And she's Asian? And maybe a little funnier and more deadpan?

I get it. I really do. House is transplanted back into the hospital after nearly a year in prison. It's a bumpy transition for all of two days before House gets his office back.  And it looks like next week, he'll be getting some of his team back, albeit for an episode before Olivia Wilde runs off and makes another movie.  Tell me again why the episode "The Dig" was so vital to the series if 13 is no longer going to be a character in the show? 

And where's Cuddy, viewers might be wondering? Well, she left the day after "the incident" as Foreman so poignantly called it and House is not interested in the details. Shame? Perhaps. Guilt? Definitely. Avoidance? Priceless.

So House admits to being wrong. One step forward. "But I haven't changed." And three steps back. I can't expect anything different from this series. David Shore has made it painfully obvious this is a series about a man who has tried and failed to change. But let me ask this, what is the point of putting him through everything he's gone through if he isn't affected by any of it? It was clear to me that hearing about Cuddy was too much for him. But it doesn't matter. Guilt is something House will always feel. One thing that did interest me tonight was something House said when he was talking with Dr. Park. He seems to have accepted that he's just not a great person. In the past, House has tried to be happy, especially in season 6. Now he's just accepting of his unyielding misery, and I suppose I have no choice but to accept it as well. 

Remember last week when I spoke about there being two types of fans? Let me expand that to the "Hilson" group. The Hilsons of the world are rejoicing tonight since the band is back together again. I will admit to laughing aloud when House brought in some Celine Dion to seduce Wilson into being his one and only friend. Wilson tried to play the angry card, and I would have realistically thought that the show would have dragged it out a bit more, but hey, everyone wants to see Wilson and House up to their crazy hijinks again, right? And lest we forget, it's been about a year since they've seen one another. Maybe now they can play a joke on Foreman, and House can make sinful comments about his suits and...oh, wait.  Maybe I'd just rather watch some old DVDs. 

Next week, the only female character left on the series that I care about returns (promo HERE). For one episode. Any predictions on 13's exit strategy this time around? And oh, by the way, where is Chase? I said last week he was one of the only people left on the series that I liked and he wasn't even in this episode! Hugh Laurie once said he wants this show to go out with a bang, not a whimper. We find out soon if this season is House's last. I'm hoping it will be. 

Leave some comments below on tonight's episode and on the future of the series. 


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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (182 Votes)

I thought the best part of House was when he was in prison,having to deal with the unsavory characters. When faced with the demands of a couple of the prisoners, I liked the way he could "out think" them, due to his intelligence. The only thing House really cares about is saving a patient, and he will do whatever it takes to make that happen, (like spending more time in prison to save a prisoner), or at least make the patient and the family face the truth. I hope House continues after this season, and I would like to see him called back to the prison hospital for some cases. Or maybe the female doctor at the prison will be hired to work with House since she got fired because of him. I thought they did have a chemistry. (Just my humble opinion regarding HOUSE)


Oh look, another bitter and pathetic LE/huddy fangirl who pretends to be a reviewer! Do yourself (and your liver)a favour and find something else to do. Otoh, go on with this kind of behaviour, I'm always up for a good laught.


House is one of the best shows on TV; if you don't like it then don't watch it!


I actually stopped watching the show, it became so predictable, and when my husband and I starting betting on which organ was going to be the one to fail first, well, it was time to call it quits. House went from being interesting to being about a very unlikeable character. No thanks. My shift ended with this show.


Seriously you need a hobby. I hear bowling is nice. Get a hooker anything but stop pretending to write reviews of House. Ratings for the first episode made it the third highest show on Fox and at the top for all scripted shows. May not be what House once was, but most shows would kill for those numbers. Because of the overrun of the ball game this week's numbers are meaningless (as reported by REAL television review sites) so we will have to see how it does next week. And yet, unannounced and with fans not sure if it was even going to be on it still stayed competitive. I am dropping this site from my "to do" list. Huddy sites abound on the internet, I don't go to any of them so why should I come here.


If you don't like the show, please don't recap it. Sarcasm in recaps is OK but bashing everything about the show gets a little old - I didn't even bother finishing the post. I like the new girl- better than Amber Tamblyn by a mile. I am assuming Chase and Taub will be back. Taub (my least favorite character)has the 2 pregnancies to deal with. House at its worst is still better than most of the crap on TV IMO.


Laurie is, if not the best, is one of the best actors on tv. It is more entertaining watching him just throw a ball while thinking than the dead pan mumbling csi "actors" and not funny actors. Hope it makes it thru the season.


Your bitterness is really sad, your precious huddy soap is gone, deal with it or find something else to watch! Plenty of soap operas out there are waiting for you.


I gave up watching this program a while back, although I love Hugh Laurie, and seeing that the conceited, chip on his shoulder, Foreman has been given authority, I definitely won't be going back to it. Come back to England Hugh and do some of the great comedy programs you used to do.


I agree with most of what @immortalfrieza said, although I'll admit I wanted a lot more from "Twenty Vicodin" than what we actually got but i've probably just been spoiled by the immense quality of season 6's opener "Broken" which opened with House in a similar situation. This was a pretty good episode overall and i can't see why everyone seems to hate it.

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House Season 8 Episode 2 Quotes

Prison! Sorry, I thought I heard everyone thinking it.


I specifically requested my wake-up-startle 3 hours from now.