Definitely the best episode to date. I still have a problem with Foreman, both as Dean and his 180 toward House; Foreman protecting House, really, when so much of his tenure has been about not being at all like House, about being better than House, suddenly, especially when he has a specific responsibility that conflicts with protecting House that is precisely what he is attempting to do? Perhaps something did happen in that year House was away but I need to see what happened in that one year to so completely change all the years before. I absolutely do not -- CAN NOT -- buy him as Dean. While Carlos makes a great point about the absurdity of the show and that it is not realistic it does need to be true to itself. Too much of Foreman's history precludes his having gotten that job.
Speaking of true, House's saving grace has always been his brilliance, his continuous, consistent ability to save lives. As a character part of his "charm" has been the application of that brilliance to messing with his friends, colleagues, patients, etc. He did not need Taube's DNA to get his answer; there is not disputing the maternity of his children, House need only have compared their DNA to each other. What are the odds that both those women had gotten pregnant by the same man and it was NOT Taub? Only if the test proved they were not siblings would Taub's sample have been necessary. House should have caught that.
However absurd the world of any show, and no show need be true to reality, it must stay true to itself. That does not mean the characters can not or should not change and grow, they must do so in a way that is consistent with their characters and the events of the show. House is on its way with this episode, I look forward to seeing if it can go all the way.
Did Lisa Edelstein write this show, too? She's gone and so is the wit, charm and humor, not to mention continuity! Whether you liked Cuddy or not there's no denying the dynamism between her and House. After everything she went through to get to the alter Cameron's departure was contrived and not true to her character; Cuddy's was completely unbelievable. Talk about a journey (Cuddy & House as a couple), then the first big bump in the road and she cuts and runs -- first from him then from her home and career? Yes, the car in the living room was huge, but since when is Cuddy such a coward? It's moot, she's gone now, and with her goes all the fun of the show.
Without that repartee what have the writers done? They've cut House's scenes with Wilson. Dr. Park is cute and quirky but is no match for House and has no depth. As weak as the writing has been thus far this season at least Dr. Adams has some depth, although they do seem to be recycling what they can of Cameron, Cuddy & Thirteen to achieve it. This could be chalked up to limited time for character development but then why bring in new characters to develop?
Of the original team Chase has shown the greatest growth and has actually become the best doctor of the three -- HE should be the new Dean, or at least have been the head of Diagnostics upon House's return.
As I've stated in a previous review, House is changing, and fighting it. He is losing, and, sadly, so is the audience. The question isn't whether House can see the patients' humanity, the question is whether the audience can see House's.
Most egregious of all is Foreman. The writers really expect us to believe the board is so forgetful or oblivious or inept as to make Foreman Dean? That is the shark they have jumped! With Cuddy at the helm Princeton Plainsboro built a solid reputation, strong enough to shine and include House despite his own reputation. While the Board could, maybe even should, overlook the rumors around Foreman's plagiarism (Cameron's article) and assault (also on Cameron), the audience knows he is guilty; and how can the board overlook that he lost a patient to a staph infection (which any resident could diagnose and which Foreman did without any extenuating circumstances, unlike the patient Chase lost while processing his father's death). Foreman then left the hospital to avoid being like House and was blackballed for being just like House. Ultimately, how many drug companies would be all right with trials being done in a hospital run by a doctor who compromised his own study and was therefore banned from ever running another? That alone has the potential to cost the hospital multi-millions of dollars. Even if the board is run exclusively by business people, with no understanding of Foreman's medically questionable decisions (which the Vogler story line established it is not, but hey, there's just another inconsistency) it still makes no sense that Foreman would be Dean.
Writers -- please, go back and watch this show, read the plots and characterizations! There was much talk this episode of honor. Please honor the characters you have created and developed over these last 7 years -- if you remain true to them so can we.
While I would like to see more originality from the writers I am willing to bide my time. Wilson's forgiveness is in character, though I agree it came too fast, and while House continually insisted he hadn't changed methinks he doth protest too much. In light of his going to prison in the first place (perhaps due to guilt) there is no escaping that he took at least some responsibility for his actions.
I hope to see more of Michele Marsh's Betty. Does anyone else recognize/remember her from Fiddler on the Roof?
Foreman as the new Dean is completely unbelievable -- maybe Vogler is back quietly and has anonymously underwritten him -- I always did want to see House save his (Vogler's) life. No official inquiry was made but Foreman's stealing Cameron's article was common knowledge around the hospital. No secret was made of him stabbing Cameron with an infected syringe, either. Rumors by the time those stories made their way to the board, probably, but enough rumors of that nature do add up. Then, of course, there was his departure on the grounds that he didn't want to be "like House," and his blacklisting everywhere else that forced his return. Cuddy called him "House Light," and pointed out that the only administrator that would hire him at all was the one that had hired the original. The fiasco with the Huntington's trial followed that, and in light of all of this we are to believe he's the Dean? Foreman is not a good doctor and House, Cuddy, Wilson et. al continually stating that he is does not make it so.
House is just a TV shoe, and while I do not necessarily expect reality I do expect it to be true to itself, its characters, and, in this case, its own history.
Is the theme that people cannot change, or that growth only comes when one is open to it? The world around House in constantly changing. Cameron and Chase have both grown. Foreman changed, too, though I can't call it growth. House, the show, has certainly changed; House, the character, is working harder and harder not to change. Time will tell.
I'd like to see Cuddy return for the series finale having been pregnant when House rammed the her house and having born his child.
Where's the writing?
The funeral worked because of the cast -- the only thing that could have made that better would have been if Lisa were among them. We've seen Evelyn make the funereal sales pitch before, Holland Taylor is so much better than that.
Whatever had gone on between Rose and Charlie he had always found a way to forgive her and welcome her back into his life. I do not believe she'd have gone this far, nor do I see any way the family can welcome her back. We (the audience) has now therefore lost both Charlie AND Rose. On the other hand, ironically enough, the great effort to kill Charlie Harper in such a way as to ensure he can never come back has actually opened the door wide for his return.
The attendees of the open house were a hoot, again owing more to the casting than the writing.
My heart goes out to Mr. Kutcher. He played his role earnestly but was a poor fit. Walden Schmidt's appearance at the house and back story are far too contrived. It is not believable that Charlie had 3 mortgages on the house, nor that he would, if he did finally leave the house to Alan, that he wouldn't also leave his residuals to him to ensure the bills would be paid. Can you say "continuity"?
The cast could and should have simply continued. If the title demands a second man there are a world of possibilities that would better serve the story, the characters, the comedy and therefore the audience. (What if Herb and Judith split -- suddenly Alan is the more worldly of the two men. A gold mine for the writers and an opportunity for the audience to see how fine and actor Ryan Stiles really is.)
In his zeal to show up Charlie Sheen Mr. Lorre has done more damage to this family than Charlie Harper's death ever could.
The script was full of holes. For one, Rachel didn't just plan to cheat, she discovered his secret by having actually set that ball in motion.
Jessica called Mike on his softness and naivete -- I didn't buy it. Did everyone already forget it was his "softness" that won the client Louis could not land? Harvey's advice to "play the [people]" includes juries and judges -- or should have. How could Jessica not have appreciated the potential of a good closing and not wanted to at least observe the possibilities? Wasn't that the point of a mock trial, to observe the associates in action? A powerful closing would have shown the partners, the whole firm, a side of Mike, a talent, a winning ability, that the more cutthroat associates -- not to mention Louis and yes, even Harvey -- lack. We've seen Harvey's ability to play the people and Jenny had told Mike to be himself, to use his natural charm. I don't believe he'd have simply given up. He should have reapproached Rachel gently then closed powerfully, the flip side of Harvey's manipulative coin. fortyseven is correct in saying Mike's "'kind of person I want to be speech'" while nice was immaterial." Jessica's verdict without allowing closing arguments went against the point of the mock trial and as well as other points made by the script. That's just not good storytelling.
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