House Review: En Garde

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No immediate weekly theme to House jumped out on "Perils of Paranoia," but 'll take a stab and say the episode was about breaking out of one's comfort zone.

Let's start with Foreman, just to get him out of the way. Congrats, House writers and producers for giving Foreman a storyline. Granted, it's another one in a series of storylines that don't make women look so great, but so what? He's got more screen time! And a hot skinny former America's Next Top Model runner-up as a girlfriend! 

I'll try to give the show the benefit of the doubt here and say that Foreman is definitely stepping out of his comfort zone to date/sleep with this married woman. And that for Foreman, maybe that's a step in a positive direction. He's not exactly the riskiest of guys, which is how he earned his "Boreman" nickname. 

With a Fake Gun

So if this House was about stepping out of one's comfort zone, perhaps Park might have also been victorious. Throughout the hour, she went to House to discuss the others in her differential clique and if they liked her. Park wants to be respected, and is just that, but is she liked? 

By the end of the episode, she doesn't seem to be swayed either way necessarily, but she does seem to accept her colleagues' treatment, so much so in fact, she flat out asks Chase out right in front of Dr. Adams. Gasp! One of the only times I laughed tonight was when Chase was attempting to weasel his way out of a date with Dr. Park. Turns out Chase's game isn't good enough to get him out of an unwanted date, and I couldn't help but enjoy Dr. Adams' discomfort in being bested by her awkward coworker. 

Not sure if that elevator shot was accidentally made to look like Chase and Adams were Park's parents, but it did.

But where does the patient fit into this? Everyone except for Park assumed he was paranoid. Instead, he had a disease that easily could have been prevented with a vaccine. So not-really-paranoia plus idiot-who-didn't-get-vaccinated equals...? Again, going out on a limb here and saying that this man's wife wanting them to leave their home without protection (arsenal) and the patient coming with her showed us that the patient is leaving what is safe to him. 

Are we supposed to recognize that everyone should leave what's comfortable at times? If so, I can accept that message, even if it was muddied up with some rather bizarre Hilson hijinks this week.

I know that House and Wilson have their own relationship and that everything they put the other through typically has a deeper meaning. And, by the way, Wilson in that net was the other moment that made me laugh aloud. But is there a deeper meaning to House saying he doesn't have a gun, Wilson saying he does, and then pranking each other repeatedly to find/hide said gun? By the time these two had finished torturing one another, Wilson produced a gun that House owned. But it was a prop; it wasn't real. So House isn't "protected?" Or House is actually being smart and not risking owning a real gun on his parole?

Was pulling out the sword at the end of the episode showing us:

  • He misses his father, the former owner of the sword?
  • He misses Cuddy, since the last time we saw this sword was when House used it to destroy that bottle of champagne last season in "Now What?"
  • He is outside of his comfort zone, owning a sword (weapon) that could put him back in jail?
  •  He feels safer with the sword around?
  • None of the above?

Honestly, this was the House fall finale? What are we supposed to be excited to come back to? Park and Chase's awkward date? Foreman's infidelity? House's sword? I sincerely wish the people over at House would have laid out some kind of arc for House at the point. Instead, I feel like I have no idea where he is mentally or physically. 

It was a weak ending to a mediocre eight episodes. Bring back the laughs. Give me some kind of window into House's soul beside him staring indiscriminately at a sword owned by his father. And give Adams and Park personalities I care about. Stop drawing on their opposing looks for substance. 

I'll be back in January. And I'm ready to be impressed. So please try this time, House


Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (113 Votes)

House has always had some type of arc in the previous seasons. Besides from the main focus of the show with the medical cases it always had background drama. I stopped watching the show this season and don't plan to go back. It was my only show of interest in FOX and I'm glad to be done with them.


@madfashionista: The gun you 'recognized instantly' from Euphoria is actually a different gun than the one in this episode. See? Apart from the fact that they are both guns they are not alike at all. You might want to work on your observational skills a bit.


Hi Shane! It took a friend to point out to me yesterday that I had missed your point COMPLETELY! So I wanted to come here and apologize and say that I agree with you now that I have reread it. I don't know how I missed it but I read it quickly and missed a few important things apparently. I thought you were attacking those of us who were upset that every episode was NOT as good as it once was and that we were throwing the tantrum LOL. Lots of folks have come out and blasted those of us who dislike the recent eps because they think it's all about Cuddy but for me it's not. Yeah I think her being gone really negatively impacts the show but they could still write a good show without her and they haven't done it yet. I have read posts by people who believe every episode this season has been great and I have to shake my head in wonder. The last time I "salivated" over a season was probably Season 5. By that I mean I could NOT wait to tune in to the next episode. Season 6 I really enjoyed aside from the Lucas thing which made no sense to me (Cuddy with Lucas? Seriously) and Season 7 had me tuning in because I'd been a fan of the House-Cuddy duo (even before their romantic relationship) and hoped it would still be full of angst, arguments, banter, and fireworks just like in the old days. In S7 I'd hoped they would have approached the relationship intelligently and made it part of the story's background. But no, it was made the focus of nearly every episode and after all those years of buildup it was simply used as a device to blow the relationship sky high and as Yaitanes calls it, KABOOM! Seriously? What were they smoking that day? I really do apologize for not reading your comment more carefully, you are exactly on spot with your remarks! Jess


Rabid huddy/LE fangirls are always so funny in their bitterness, and you Miss Palmer don't disappoint me. Frustated bloggers pretending to be critics, amusing indeed.


With all due respect Jessica, that was my point. If you consider every episode an excellent episode worthy of an emmy then you really haven't set a standard at all. These episodes have not been of the same quality of previous seasons and people have a right to express their disatisfaction. The "fans" who are throwing tantrum feel that every episode is perfect and HL can do know wrong, so any negative review becomes a personal attack. That's ridiculous. You are attacking your own team and that doesn't help the side of logic.


The gun wasn't House's. The gun and the sword were his father's (a marine). That's the reason he was hiding them and why he won't get rid of them, even though he is a convicted felon (as Wilson pointed out, a convicted felon can't own a firearm legally.) The gun and the sword are so important to him because they were his father's that he is willing to risk his freedom to keep them.


The gun wasn't House's. The gun and the sword were his father's. That's the reason he was hiding them and why he won't get rid of them, even though he is a convicted felon.


I believe that Foreman's storyline is going somewhere. The girl's husband will end up being someone we've met before, either Edward Vogler or that black dude who got Cuddy's panties during the "House becomes a reality competition" storyline. As for the review, it's obvious you don't like the show at all so stop watching it. The episode followed the same dynamic as early House episodes. Present the POTW, have the team use the POTW as inspiration to reflect about their own lives and present an interesting diagnostics case while House tries to stir up drama. I liked the episode, but if you're expecting a different show, then go watch a different show, because House will keep being House and I love it that way. And the gun was real, what's wrong with you? Were you even paying attention? *By the way, I think the sword means that House misses Cuddy, but that's pure speculation from my part.


"Ok, so apparently I missed the whole "real gun" thing. My fault. Or perhaps it should have been made clearer? Either way, my complete lack of knowledge regarding guns doesn't help this either. Neither does being called a retard, Mike.
Regardless, not sure this real gun helps my theme, although it does create more mystery regarding House. Thanks for the correction, all." In my opnion it was clear enough because House explained the difference between a real and fake one with the pencil. I have no knowledge about guns neither and understood it. It was not so difficult.
And you`re still not sure if it helps your theme. I have several explanations handy in context of the episode and Houses past.
And with all the love in the world since Cuddy has left the show your reviews clearly give the impression that you refuse to understand the episodes. You even leave out important details only to trash the show.
I enjoyed your reviews in the last seasons. I can`t explain the lack of quality now any different that you`re just a bitter Fan. I`d recommend to move on.


All this criticism always ends up at the same point.
"what i think house should be" for example, if you watch house because you think it involves realistic people who, both out of profession and personal drive, orbit around a "heightened" character *house*, then you should be satisfied with this "fall ending". And you should in turn be upset with the previous finally.. You know, the one that involves a very prestigious doctor launching his car through a wall at people.
Because this episode ended with nothing hyperexistent, it should be very suitable to you watch this show because of its' realism.
if you watch it the show because you find it to be UNrealistic, then maybe, just maybe are allowed to mildly let down by this finally, and in turn, should love the previous finally.
However, it remains your opinion of "what i think house should be".
A show is not good in and of itself. It's a medium, an art, and all art yields interpretation.
You can't possibly know whether a show is good or bad. However, you can know if you enjoyed it or not. And everyone knows, not everything is fun every time.

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House Season 8 Episode 8 Quotes

[simultaneously] I'll take Taub.

Chase and Adams

She probably also believes that Salma Hayek's breasts are too big.