House Review: "Recession Proof"

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If I had to choose between saving everyone and loving you and being happy, I choose you. I will always choose you.

Oh, House. You really know how to make a girl feel special, and conflicted.

On "Recession Proof," the typically cantankerous, hard-shelled doctor opened up like never before, sharing with Cuddy the sort of grand, life-altering words that many women long to hear. While also saddling her with the responsibility of possibly costing patients their lives, of course.

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The dilemma of Cuddy weighing her relationship versus her job as a doctor and her morality as a human being might be more interesting if this concluding scene/admission felt earned. But it simply came across tacked on.

Have we seen any evidence to date that House is distracted at work because he is in love with Cuddy? Yes, he listed a number of deceased patients to Wilson, but the occasional patient has always died on this show.

And, prior to dating Cuddy, it's not as though House had been zeroed in on diagnostics and nothing else while in the office. He's often treated patient while playing pranks on Wilson. Heck, his weekly revelations almost arrive during moments that have nothing to do with the case at hand.

Since House and Cuddy have gotten together, the show has clearly been unsure how to handle the relationship. One moment, they are fighting because House lied at work; the next second House is bonding with Rachel. One second Cuddy dumps House because he's selfish, the next he's telling her he can change and, hey, look, he got his own toothbrush!

It's been an uneven season any time the focus has turned to Huddy, and that was reinforced this week. There was an opportunity to actually build a storyline from the premiere, one that we saw House falter at work occasionally, be thrown off his game, actually lose more patients than usual due to his unfamiliar state of contentment.

But I've never sensed that's been an ongoing problem. Have you? The result was a revelation from House that felt rushed and random, as opposed to well-developed and interesting. We'll see if it's even picked up upon next week, as the show has struggled with consistency in the Huddy department.

As for the bonding between pairs on the team, it was entertaining enough. I've thoroughly enjoyed the addition of Masters and it's been fun to watch the odd couple-like exchanges of Foreman and Taub. Less fun to watch a scene with them on the toilet, however. Amber Tambyln should totally win the Emmy for Best Grossed Out Facial Expression While Still Making a Diagnosis.

Overall? A better showing than last week. But I would have said that if I had watched a blank screen for an hour. But I still don't feel invested in Huddy because the series has yanked the couple around in so many under-developed directions. What did everyone else think?

Recession Proof Review

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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If I had to choose between saving everyone and loving you and being happy, I choose you.