House: Lines in the Sand
by Tom Biro, posted Sep 27th 2006 9:30AM
(S03E04) Quick question: a) is House getting a little bit unrealistic this season or b) am I just off my gourd? I'm not usually one to nitpick at television shows, because c'mon, they're television shows, and only partially reality in the case of a show like House. I've got to say that there were a couple things last night that bugged me, most prominently Foreman's quick-to-grab attitude when he wanted to bring Adam, the autistic child, into a scanner, and he was complaining about only having half an hour to do so, and grabbing at the kid's PSP unit to try and take it away and move him along. If there's anything on this show that is just not going to happen, especially in the case of an autistic child, it's that. Just seemed a little out of place, though not necessarily out of character for Foreman. Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't to say that I'm in any way frustrated to not be watching this show, it just seems to be a bit "different" to me.
What I *loved* about this week's episode was how Cameron kept trying to diagnose what House was doing by having his meetings with his team in various rooms in the hospital, since he said he would not work in his office until the old carpeting was back, with his bloodstain from last season's finale. Additionally, it was fascinating to see Cuddy and Wilson discussing the possibility that House could have Asperger's Syndrome, which is a "mild and rare" type of Autism, so perhaps that was why he took the case in the first place. Wilson's primary belief for this was how his pal reacted to not being able to have the carpet in his office, and how he was compensating and "fighting back" elsewhere, such as taking the conference room at the same time Cuddy was set to have a meeting. Best of all, this week, we have the return of House's teenage stalker.
It's absolutely hysterical to me that I'm not at all really bothered by the fact that House has a teenage stalker who is calling the hospital more than a dozen times in a day, and showing up at his clinic hours to be treated, going as far as taking off her shirt when he wants to check her heartbeat. Of course, this is followed quickly by Foreman coming in to report on the status of Adam, which left a funny look on his face. Doesn't anyone knock at this hospital, anyway? Finding out that the young woman is actually obsessed with House not because she has something mentally wrong about her, but that she inhaled something when she was around an earthquake in Fresno, California was kind of a downer, I've got to say. Hell, House said "Damn!" about four times when he figured it out, and the girl almost seemed more disappointed then relieved. "So it's just the spores talking?" And who didn't love House quoting movie lines that the young lady had never heard before, that probably left her totally confused, especially the line about Victor.
Either Cuddy has gotten more and more flirtatious, or everyone's just going to hook up in a prototypical hospital drama at the rate things are going. Wilson asked Cuddy if she wanted to make out when they were hiding from House in the stairwell, Cuddy mentioned to House that she was ovulating when she was kicking his stalker out of the parking garage, and said "let's go" to him. What's up with all that? Maybe Cuddy really is looking to have a baby.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with a bit of a hiatus here, while FOX takes care of business with the Major League Baseball post season for the next few weeks, but I guess we'll have to grin and bear it. The show will be returning to its 9PM timeslot, and I guess we should know sometime in November whether or not the 8PM start grabbed some viewers and brought them along. Let's leave it like this. I'm still in love with this show, I still think it's underrated, but something's just a bit different this year, and it's beyond the character evolution that's necessary to keep things moving. Hopefully we're not eroding what's been an awesome two+ years so far.