@Tyler The machine only spits out social security numbers, it's the only thing the two protagonists can get their hands on, so they don't know who the people are until they look them up, don't know whether they're the victim or the perperator, and thus can't really know if one number has something to do with the other.
This is a great episode, as always, but I really think they dropped the ball with the rescue Flores part. Her rescue was easily the most anticlimatic thing to ever happen on NCIS. The tension of the first part just wasn't there, it felt more like they originally intended for it to be a single episode, but for whatever reason it ran long so they turned it into a two parter but they couldn't come up with a satisfying and tension filled way to rescue Flores that would last a whole episode so they just when with the standard talk down the hostage taker scene.
Surprisingly though, the stuff around the rescue was easily much better than the rescue itself, the interrogation scenes, the stop the insane bomber from killing a bunch of kids for no reason, Tony's greatest fear being kids, etc. If it weren't for those scenes I would have written this episode off as the first mediocre NCIS episode, but thankfully they did.
Yet another review this season from someone who doesn't understand this show and never liked it to begin with, that's the only possible explaination why anyone, not just Palmer, could hate this or any episode of House. This entire episode is classic House, and the delivery of it as good as ever. It's all here, a patient or their loved ones with a secret that if they told House he could have had the case solved in minutes, House needling his team about their personal problems based on whatever problems the patient of the week is having, a incredibly minor problem House is having and resorting to absurd methods to solve it, screwing with the administrator (I don't care what anyone says, Foreman is not only a great administrator, he does a better job of being one than Cuddy ever did) and so on.
What's best is they manage to follow the series formula and STILL BE UNPREDICTABLE. There's only one thing in this episode I saw coming, House going to the fight with Foreman, (I figured that out when Foreman says "I'd like to go to the fight too) otherwise pretty much everything took me by surprise, in a good way, and the fact that this show can still do that when I've seen every episode is saying a lot.
@Joe This is a pretty common part of cartoons. If time passes at all it's very, very slowly, usually the next episode might as well have occurred on the same day as the last episode, it's called a "floating timeline"
You know, I was tired of Klaus long before he ever physically appeared, his plots and his action were far too predictable and too cliche evil mastermind for me by the time he possessed Alaric.
While he has redeemed himself somewhat during season 3 he's turning back into predictable for me. While I was genuinely surprised by everyone else's actions this episode, I knew practically every move Klaus was going to make during this entire episode.
Have someone, probably Tyler, disrupting and moving the dance? Check.
Show up there unexpectedly and at a very bad time to screw up whatever plan the Heroes have? Check. This one is a cliche the entire series has been milking to death, I admit I can't blame Klaus for this one.
Predict the Heroes are planning something probably before they even called to start it? Check, and another series staple.
Have hybrids that obey his every word as backup? Check.
Have the heroes' plan very nearly succeed and kill Klaus ridding us of him forever and thus leaving room for a new and much better villain to fill the gap, but someone conveniently shows up out of nowhere to save him so they can stay with the same boring old villain? Definitely check.
This one is a staple of Klaus specifically, no matter how little sense it makes (and it made no sense at the beginning already) the writers will make sure Klaus survives no matter what because they can't be bothered to come up with a better villain. At this point the whole "Klaus is an unkillable hybrid" thing doesn't hold any water whatsoever, they killed like what, a dozen hybrids in this episode alone? They could just rip Klaus' heart out, throw a wolfsbane grenade at him or just go with the old standby CHOPPING OFF HIS HEAD!!! Heck, they could have done any of those except the grenade his first appearance.
Don't get me wrong, I still love the Vampire Diaries as much as ever, but it's because of everybody except it's main villain. Before, VD was average in everything but the villains, they were it's strongest aspect, they used to jump from villain to villain on an almost by episode basis, and that was a good thing, it kept them from getting stale and predictable. However, now that everything else is great the villain has become it's weakest link, the one thing that prevents the Vampire Diaries from becoming perfect, and everything else about this episode was perfect except for Klaus.
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3. House is a TV show, this means that people are not going to act realistically in it unless the plot requires it. House is always going to get his way, anyone that tries to change House will never succeed, House's crazy plans will ultimately work out, etc. People need to stop expecting realism from House or any other show for that matter.
I could go on, but that's enough.
I will say one thing though, I hope that House is on for a long time, in fact if they could pull it off right I wouldn't mind if they pull a Doctor Who and have this show on in one form or another for ages. For those people that think House is worse, you're lying. You've either never watched it and are just slamming House because it's popular to do so, or are still watching it but decide to come to places like this and complain about how bad it's become. Hint: House hasn't become bad, you're just on the "it changed now it sucks" train, which is fan dumb. My advice would be to stop watching House if you hate it so much, the rest of us will enjoy this Golden show better without you.
I just don't understand why so many reviewers and commenters just seem to despise House, especially since the show is just as good now as it was when it started, if not better. Here's a few things that people that watch House just don't seem to get:
1. One of the central themes of House is that people don't really change, personality wise. They can fake it for a while or get a little better at hiding who they really are, but ultimately people don't change, which is true to life. By this theme House learning nothing in prison and becoming friends with Wilson again is only natural.
2. Let me make something perfectly clear, House is the main character of this show, as such he will always get his way eventually like just about all main characters do, which leads me to:
3. House is a TV show
I don't get why they fired Charlie Sheen to begin with, he decided to to be an idiot and descend into drugs, alcohol, and womanizing (which BTW is why he worked out so well as Charlie Harper, he WASN'T acting) like EVERY other actor on the planet past and present worth mentioning has, so what? It's not like Sheen was unable to do the show or anything, and it was only a problem because of all the media that wouldn't SHUT UP about it and mind their own business like they always should.
Besides, they had no reason to kill off Charlie Harper at all. If they're dead set against bringing Sheen back, there has to be at least ONE actor out there that looks and sounds like Sheen enough to just step in and replace him without a hitch. Sure, it would take some getting used to, but contrary to popular belief, ACTORS ARE NOT IRREPLACEABLE, including for live entertainment, and if they tried hard enough they could have replaced Sheen, even if they did a crappy job it couldn't have possibly ended up worse than with this new guy.
An excellent episode, as always. I must admit that I didn't care much for Klaus ever since his introduction. I saw him as a cliched evil manipulative a$$ and I've been calling for the series to kill off since he finally appeared on screen. However, Klaus has been redeeming himself all of season 3, becoming deeper as a character, and along with everyone else getting more of a history, he's not that boring "I do bad things for no reason because I'm just evil! RAAAAGGGGHHHH!!!!" character anymore.
I for one applauded when House drove his car through Cuddy's house, after how and for the amazingly petty reason that Cuddy broke up with House right after he SAVED HER LIFE I felt she definitely deserved it. As for the people complaining that House could have killed someone, he didn't, pure and simple. The way House just casually said "yeah, I'll feel better" and walked away after that made me laugh too.
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