House Review: Multiple Personalities

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What did I learn about House in "Dead & Buried?" It's a question I ask myself after each episode, and, this season, there hasn't been a huge rush of new information on a character we've all been watching for eight years. 

However, this installment did demonstrate that House is a compassionate man, which is the reason I continue watching the series.   challenge the writers, producers and actors to make me like House. Show me his humanity. We all know he can be an entertaining jerk, but the real accomplishment of the drama is showing us that his joy in puzzles is not always just about puzzles; helping people come to terms with their own problems is where the blunter-than-thou House often succeeds.

Park and Adams

Here, House sets out to solve two mysteries: one he is deeply invested in, and the other is his team's case, the one he is required to take. House wanting to solve the mystery of a four-year old's death seems like typical House. Solve the case and release the tension of House's obsession. But the circumstances of House's particular obsession are different this week; it's more than clear he wants to help his anger management friend overcome the mysterious death of his son. 

So while House's explicit goal was to diagnose the dead, his implicit goal was to help a man in the most concrete way he knows.

House has done this a number of times. He'll go to the ends of the earth for a patient who he feels needs to see the truth, he'll lie to the transplant board if it fits into his definition of what's right, and, this week, he'll break his parole in order to diagnose the deceased Drew and his living older brother and mother. As for the 14-year old patient, I found her condition interesting mostly because of the traumatic experience she had when she was young: witnessing her father's death and blaming herself for the accident in which his death occurred.

Maybe it's because she was talking to Chase that I found this interesting, but when Chase said that it was because of an early trauma - she exhibits multiple personalities and can become one person without realizing it - I immediately thought of the obvious connection with Chase and his Aussie/Steve Irwin-esque persona on television. House is correct; we understand whey Chase is so well groomed, but why does he want to be on television? Was there something traumatic that happened to Chase that he's reacting to? 

In a less direct connection to the patient, we have House, so clearly showing his compassion to the man in his A.M. group. House typically goes as far out of his way as possible to let anyone know he is actually being benevolent, so it seemed odd to me that he wasn't coming up with some excuse to help this man. It was simple. People need answers. And we do! 

Typically we don't get them, so a show like House where difficult diagnostic questions have answers is a relief to viewers. Sometimes complicated problems have simple solutions. Albeit, they always have complicated consequences. Regardless, the point I'm trying to make is that House seems to be helping someone here in a much cleaner way than usual. He handled each interaction as respectfully as he could muster, even telling Drew's father that his son looked "peaceful" in his grave.

So what happened to traumatize House and insight his own version of "Multiple Personalities?" Jail? The break-up? Being confined to work and his apartment? Granted, this change is subtle, but I see a marked difference in the way he helped his group mate this week. It reminds me more of season sic House, the one who was coming off therapy and truly trying to face himself and become better. Granted, last week House was trying to break off his ankle monitor for a good boxing match, but this week he proved he was willing to go to bat for a person who he could concretely heal, even at the risk of prison. 

I enjoyed seeing House solve someone's puzzle even after the patient died. The risk was all House's and he took it all on to help someone. It certainly makes me wish someone would go to bat for House and help him, even after all the fruitless efforts from teams and friend (one) past and present. House can't be the only genius in the Jersey tri-state area. Bring back the therapist! 

Finally, I enjoyed seeing Foreman struggle with managing/controlling House. Wilson put it perfectly when he clarified Foreman's job description by invoking Cuddy's name. Foreman's position is to manage House, not control him. As such, Foreman gave House three times the amount of clinic hours Cuddy would have, making him the tougher of the two, at least in that moment. 

Next week doesn't promise the same insane drama, but it looks like we'll get some fun bromance scenes between House and Wilson. I'll take it.

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more depth into the house character plz this is realy borring.

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That was a good episode, I had not watched any from the previous ones, but I read the review and thought I would give it a shot.

Childish-gambino

@immortalfrieza
I dont really see how Cuddy, let alone anybody else could do a worse job. [nothing personally against foreman, just that his role of pseudo-being above house makes absolutely no sense and just flat out doesnt work]
i dont think anyone could do any worse than drawing a line in the sand and saying "if you cross this line i will send you back to jail," watch house unabashedly cross the line and then go, "well here's 30 clinic hours."
You cant really come back from that. you cant pull your biggest baddest card, have your bluff get called and then act like you have any kind of authority left.
And im not saying give house 25 to life but there has to be some consequences to his actions...some real observable consequences or else this whole House-on-parole thing is pointless Also just a side note it seems like some think chase was able to illicit the Patient's alters just by talking to her, but im pretty sure the show was trying to imply that Chase had hypnotized her [something he also did to house in the ep. when amber died] and that's why/how the alter came out

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@Childish Gambino Actually, I think Cuddy did a much worse job of managing House than Foreman has been doing. With Cuddy, she'd argue with House for a while but eventually then let him have whatever he wanted anyway, while Foreman has gotten House to do more of what he wants in this one season than Cuddy has the entire series, which I'll admit that isn't hard to do. Foreman also doesn't waste time making any real effort to stop House's antics, because he already realizes that they pretty much always succeed despite this, which is another plus he has over Cuddy. Besides, this show's title is House, he's always going to get his way regardless of who the Dean of Medicine is.

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Great episode. Loved the fact we got to see the difference in House and Chases's approach to solving the puzzle. I think this will become important in later episodes. I loved the Wilson/House/Foreman triangle. Wilson couldn't stop himself from doing what he could to keep House from going back to prison even though the previous week he had rejected Foreman's request for assistance. We also saw Foreman back off from his promise to send House back to prison for doing parole-violating stuff. I love the House women. They're authentic, smart, and don't have this sort of worship of House or miniHouse (Chase). The writing was great, the cast perfect, and the POTW's interesting and powerful.

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Hugh es muy grande el mejor de tv

Childish-gambino

I thought the final scene made it ABUNDANTLY clear that Foreman is pretty much useless. As the dean of medicine pretty much his only duty is to manage house, but this episode has made it clear that House will always do whatever he wants whenever he wants. Even with actual jail time looming over his head he still went ahead. And Foreman from "you are going to go back to jail" to "do 30 clinic hours"
whats going to happen if house "decides" to not do clinic hours?

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Loved your review again Lisa. Right on the mark. Can't believe I'm saying this but that episode was probably the best so far this season and not because of the POTW either but because of "House" himself. IMO this episode was all about House's soul, his humanity and what he was willing to sacrifice to get it back--by helping someone else. That case DID remind me of the episode "All In" where House stopped at nothing to solve the case of Esther and the little boy. House showed an incredible amount of humanity in this episode. Yes, part of it was about solving the puzzle of the dead little boy but the other part was about him helping the guy in his anger management group who couldn't get over the death of his son. There were some great quotes in this episode that described not only House, but his POTW and the dead child and his parents. One of my favorites is when the mother of the dead child says to House: "There are two kinds of people: those who can move on and those who can't" Those who can move on described the POTW's mother, the dead child's mother but....we don't know if that applies to Cuddy or House. Have either of them moved on? We don't know. House may seem like he's moving on but I think part of him is stuck back with Cuddy. Also loved the quote from Wilson to Foreman about managing House. Because it pissed me off the way Foreman is trying to control House, as if he needs to show House who is boss. "Your job is to keep this machine running. It's your choice to make House a useful tool or a monkey wrench. Cuddy's way didn't fail because she didn't try to control House, she managed him. She knew better than anyone what a tool he can be. What would Cuddy have done?" I like the dual meaning of tool here. First, it refers to House as a tool which in reference to one of the things important to keeping the machine running. Second, though tool can also mean someone who can be taken advantage of and used by people. Now House is clearly not but the only person who could really get House to do whatever they wanted using certain methods (because she just knew him so well) was Cuddy. Hugh did an excellent job in this episode. I found his obsession with the dead boy absolutely brilliant and the highlight of the episode. It made me forget there was a POTW! I think House wants to redeem himself, but he's not setting out to do it specifically, he just feels the need to make something "right" and the only way he can do it is through his gift. He helped the divorced parents of the dead child deal with their pain and come to terms with their loss. He was even willing to go back to prison to do it. He gave them closure. It was truly a bit of the old Greg House I had missed so very much. House needs redemption, I think deep down inside he craves it, he just doesn't know how to do it. And maybe he's afraid. On another note, that Chase was great and I liked that he led the team while House was out solving his own medical mystery.

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Is the "doctor" still popping pills? I don't watch anymore because of that.

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i did like the fact that house did help and father find out how his son had died. still don't like park. do like the otheer new girl though.

House Season 8 Episode 7 Quotes

Park: Why would you lie about that?
Chase: To avoid conversations like this.

Death is a consequence, not a symptom.

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