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House Review: The Blind Leading the Blind

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"Love is Blind" is what I've been wanting the writers of House to explore for some time now. 

Please, I begged, bring back the House paternity storyline! I want to see House examine a relationship with his father as well as he did in season 5 episode "Birthmarks." But while it was interesting throughout this episode to see House grapple with having his mother and potential father in his life again, albeit briefly, I found myself wanted more depth and less comedy.

After Wilson told House about his mother's terminal illness - which, by the way, was an obvious charade, but still worked because it showed us a connection between mother and son - House dropped the fabricated African drawings into the trash and went to see his mother immediately. Surprisingly, House's skeptical world view doesn't apply as strongly to his parent. And his constant hiding from her could mean that he does respect her and doesn't want to deal with her scrutiny, even if she does mean well.

Michael B. Jordan on House

But onto Vince... I mean, Will! Or Alex, if you're a fan of Parenthood, which I am. I'm sorry to say that although I love Michael B. Jordan, this week's patient didn't really jive for me.  I like that the stakes were raised regarding his blindness and that he had to choose between losing his hearing or death, but the parallels this week didn't hold water for me. 

Maybe I'm taking this too literally, but how should I apply his opinions about feeling like he needs to feel needed. Did House feel like he used to need Cuddy? And now Dominika, his green-card wife needs him? But not for who he is, just for his citizenship... right?! And yes, I know I mentioned Cuddy. Again. Sue me.

Please, writers, don't craft a love story from thin air. What was I supposed to take from this patient? How does his plight help us understand House better? I've stopped paying attention to Adams. Her constant judgmental attitude has been wearing thin for some time. I'm uninterested in her journey as a character. Let her grow up off screen; I already saw Cameron mature; I don't need to witness the world of House through Adams' eyes.

However, witnessing the world of House through Parks' eyes this week was amusing. Was it a cheap gag? Yes. Did I mind because it was a little funny? No. Although after seeing House in a bizarre Elvis wig a couple weeks ago, I think the creative staff on the show might just be trying to fill some kind of bizarre costume quota with the series coming to an end. Luckily, there were some awesome House quotes in this episode, but I mean honestly... Taub in a tooth fairy costume? It was kind of fitting while being absurd and rather stupid.

What do you think Park's version of Foreman would have looked like? 

In the end, Will ends up with Melissa, his original girlfriend who wants him and needs him for exactly who he is. And bonus! Will is rewarded with his hearing for choosing the more optimistic path in his treatment. And Melissa can put a ring on it. Happy endings for all involved. Except, of course, for the girl Will dated on "the break."  But who likes hot copy place girls anyway? If you're not understanding my Friends reference, it's time to start watching TBS reruns. Or Nick at Nite. Or a handful of other stations that play the series around the clock. 

But back to House and his father. Or his biological father. Or not. Turns out Thomas, who was incredibly likable despite every rabbit House pulled out of his hat, isn't House's biological father. So as Wilson and House said by the end of this episode, we learn two things. One, House's mom is sluttier than we thought (Go Blythe!) and two, she's not so boring after all.  Watching House try and solve his own DNA mystery in "Birthmarks" was fun and smart. But can it be again? The show has eight more episodes to try and get it right.

One last gripe: Remember when I said in my review of "Nobody's Fault" that I hoped the show wouldn't just drop the idea of House taking some responsibility like a bad habit? Well, I think they did. And that bothers me. This season generally feels like it's waffling. I know the series doesn't generally build to a final arc until about four episodes are left, but can't we plant some seeds now? Or is that what all the father stuff will be doing? I just want this series to go all in with a storyline. I want some risks that will pay and episodes that aren't so stand alone. 

My House wish list is building and building. Thank you for doing a Chase-centric episode. Thank you for bringing House's father storyline back. Now, let's not drop either and get some forward momentum. Eight episodes left and the next new episode is in two weeks. Hit the comments and I'll see you then!

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I am so tired of LE/Huddy fans poisoning any discussion about House the show. Why don't you go play in another sandbox? I didn't watch S7 because I hated Cuddy/Huddy with a passion even though I thought both were always great in small doses. I did not go to different sites and spew hate for the show because the character I liked spent much of S7 being the Huddy whisperer. I didn't watch. PERIOD. If you don't like the show - fine. PLEASE. JUST. GO. AWAY.

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I loved this episode. I thought it was very interesting. The blind POTW took a 5 mo break at the behest of his GF and planned to dump except it was gonna be hard cause they were friends. Lesson learned for him? The GF need and want him and would take him blind or deaf and blind. I love Blythe and her manipulative ways. She knew House had been in prison all that time cause she's been checking the Plainsboro police blotters ever since he's been there. The nobio father was great and I liked the way House and Blythe used "I want to be honest with you" revelations to sort of dig at each other. House brings his fake wife and then goes on to describe in detail just how fake it is. I loved Parks; hallucination, the rabbit couple, the rainbow brite fairy who flits above it all and House, who she cannot imagine as anything other than himself. What I found really fascinating is the degree to which House and Wilson are married. I mean Wilson is the one who picks up Blythe, brings her to the hospital to have breakfast and see House. He arranges for them to have dinner and tells his mother it was House's idea. Wilson does not seem to like House's wife Dominika and he shows it. I loved the last House/Wilson where we learn that Wilson has the GOTTA KNOWS just as bad as House. They are both very possessive of each other and protective. According to House, Dominika is going to pay him $30,000 once they pass INS evaluation. Supposedly she's gonna make the money selling knishes. I don't think so. She's either tied to the mob or she's selling her knish on the Internet or in person. The last 8 episodes will be Hilson centric so I am looking forward to that, HL's ep - 19, the retrospective, and of course the season finale. I hope House doesn't die but I am not hopeful.

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Zees show ees sheet! Eenstead of vatching zis dreck, jou shouls all bow down and pay homage to my mighty deek, as eet ees beeg. Jou must also show proper respect to my sensual and aromatic nuts, as they are, and always shall remain, most beeg.

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Can the producers bring back Jennifer Morrison for the finale?

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Part two of my comment since i got cut off on the first one! .....I did like Fairy Tub and thought Park was much more talented and funny when tripping on acid. I was disappointed in this ep though, could have been so much more than it was. Love Diane Baker and Hugh Laurie together. Have no idea what purpose the Green Card Wife served. Can't believe we're down to eight eps. Going to miss this man and this show even with all the crap they gave us last season and now. Just please make it worth our while.

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Once again, great review Lisa. I had high hopes for Blythe's return and then this? Are mother and son so distant? No touching, no hugs, nothing between them. However...she did defend him to Thomas and that I loved. Shows that the ONE person in the world who has unconditional love for House and will accept him for who he is, is his mom. Why does she NOT berate him and go all out on him? Because she's as messed up as he is. Gone is the perfect military wife and mom who was doted to her family and in comes the real Blythe, the war protester who screwed around on her husband more than once. Remember House in Birthmarks saying "she hated him too" makes you wonder? I like that House and Blythe can connect. Wish it had been more. I seriously think the entire LSD thing was concocted just so they could put Odette Annable in a sexy costume exposing skin. Ok I don't really think that but it sounded good. Why did that particular scene annoy me though? Not sure. But I did like Fairy Taub and thought Park was much more talented and funny when tripping on acid. Can't believe we're down to eight eps. Going to miss this man and this show even with all the crap they gave us last season and now. Just please make it worth our while.

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Everybody's expectation level for the final episodes and especially the series finale are reaching a fever pitch. The problem is that I don't think the writing staff is up to giving us anything even remotely spectacular. So far, every plot device they've tried has been less than stellar. The show is at its best with good, solid stories without a bunch of ancillary nonsense thrown in to either ramp up the drama or attempt to provide comic relief (such as Park's "acid trip" - WTF was THAT all about? It was just embarrassing and contributed nothing to either Plot A or Plot B). I don't need to be blown away by the last 8 episodes or the finale, I just want to walk away satisfied that the writers did their best, without any dicking around and especially without any ridiculous "kabooms."

House Season 8 Episode 14 Quotes

Ugh! [spits out food] Sugar free!

Park

He's always been a complicated child.

Blythe
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