House: Act Your Age
by Tom Biro, posted Apr 18th 2007 1:01PM
(S03E19) "Work smarter, not harder." If those weren't the words that summed up Dr. Gregory House's way of doing things, then I'm not sure what would be. That said, when he uses them on Dr. Chase - the least likely candidate of his team to get a compliment like that - it's even more proof that his way of doing things, from the straight diagnosis down to his habits, rubbing off on the team. Strangely, I think that's a good thing.
This week, we had a fantastic combination of a very cool medical case, drama between Cameron and Chase, and some interesting developments with Cuddy and Wilson, even if some of it is being driven by House. And remember what we'd been talking about a few weeks ago regarding how this show was (hopefully) not going down the too-much-sex route as far as plot goes? Well, this week sex was behind the medical issue going on, but not in the way you might have thought.
After some relationship "issues" have put Cameron and Chase on the outs, it was pretty apparent to House and Foreman that the pair had quit their hookup situation. Strangely, it was the noticing by those two that might have "fixed" at least some of the problems, even if it didn't end with their colleagues back in bed together. In between those two settling things, it was at least fun to see Cameron return the flirtations of a little boy, and I'm so very surprised she didn't smack him when he grabbed her backside.
"You did not play the dead husband card," by the way, may be one of the better quotes that has come out of this show in a long time, IMHO.
Yet again, I'm amazed at the tolerance that Wilson has for House. After House sent his pal flowers following a "date" that Wilson had with Cuddy the night before, and he found out about it, it could have ended very badly. Instead, just a simple "good night" between the pair and we move on. As far as Cuddy goes, however, her frustration with need for a relationship with someone clearly stood out as the show closed, as she pondered the father of the two children that had just left her hospital's care, and how he was dating their teacher. I swear that every other week I think she'll end up with House in one way or another, and it's just not clear what's going to happen there for me right now.
I'm wondering if there's a correlation between love and relationships that are taking place between the individuals coming in as patients with House's team and the amount of love/relationship content that happens in the hospital staff on any given week. This is something I almost want to go back and take a look at, to see if it makes any sense. In any case, the happy ending that was this week's closing probably spells some trouble for us going forward, no? I mean, how can we have something end so positively, with flowers, smiles, and jokes all around, and not have turmoil rear its ugly head on House and the team?
As far as rating this week's episode, I'm going to give it a six. It wasn't "perfect" by any means, but had a great mix of dialogue, one-liners, plot and some semi-resolution as far as Cameron and Chase go.