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House: Family

by Tom Biro, posted May 2nd 2007 11:08AM
House - Family
(S03E21) Well, what a tangled web has been woven on our favorite doctor show now? "Family" was the title of this week's episode, and the prospects of a different family were essentially the topic of discussion for everyone involved. After last week's horrible course of events involving Foreman's decision to give chemotherapy to a patient only to have her die as a result, you wouldn't have thought that the team would go down a similar road without pondering the consequences, would you? Wrong.

Well, not so much that they "didn't look before they nuked," as was said during the show, but they were put in a unique position of having a marrow donor (the younger brother, Matty, to Nick, the kid who underwent the radiation treatment) who just so happens to show up to help out when he sneezes in a clean room. What ensued was nothing more than out of control and utterly frustrating. And that's just about House's experience with Wilson's old dog.

[Possible spoiler below if you haven't watched the show yet!]

So, I'm only about 50% surprised as to which doc it turned out to be, but I definitely saw it coming that one of the team would depart (or at least threaten to do so) at the end of this season. As it turns out, Foreman turning more and more into House (although House says he was always like him, or at least since age 8) has put him in the position of giving his two weeks notice. He makes a strong point by saying that in leaving he won't "save as many" patients, but he won't "kill as many" either. He might be right, might be wrong. So this show goes. That being said, does Foreman's departure absolutely destroy the group? He's obviously been a solid head check for the team as a whole, and as much as House gives him crap for every little thing and take digs at him for the color of his skin (Blackpoleon Blackaparte ring a bell anyone?), I'm guessing he knows what he's doing. It just throws me for a loop that Cameron has Chase chasing her on Tuesdays, which could just drive her batty in the long term. Can they be as successful without Foreman, even if his commentary only made them all, at some point, think twice about what they were about to do?

I really like how Wilson has become more and more integrated to the actual caseload this season. While he kind of just cropped up in seasons past, and even for much of this one, he's definitely been a valued member the last few weeks, and his relationship with House seems to have even gotten a little bit better. I mean, it's not every week that House apologizes to him - or well, anyone - while making him purchase a new cane that Wilson's ex's dog chewed up.

Speaking of that dog, I think that House is definitely going to miss him, even after only having him a week. Wondering if that will make him think twice, yet again, about being alone at home with no love in his life and no man's best friend chewing up his sneakers, either. Then again, I guess he wouldn't have to worry (as much) about a girlfriend eating his stash of meds.

Seeing Foreman do what he had to as the show got closer to the end was one of the more intense things we've seen in awhile. And, to his credit, he realized it and said so. I don't know if it was more traumatic hearing the kid scream or hearing Foreman talk about how he felt after just going through with it and not even thinking about; what he was inflicting on the young man, and how that helped him make his decision. The only problem, as I see it, is that won't the medical community look to him to be what House is to his team? Obviously they're going to know where he came from and a lot of the doctors know one another very, very well (as we've seen when House has met up with docs from elsewhere), so is Foreman's life really going to change, or is it just that he wants to be out from under House's thumb?

I'll give it a six this week for great drama, a nice big huge plot twist, and average jokes and one-liners.

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hope this helps...the song at the end is "so much more" by brett dennen =)

February 04 2008 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought this was a very tense, yet exciting episode. And to those who wonder why we watch it, well, I'd say that good acting and good writing win out over all the other slop that is on TV. Reality shows suck, in my opinion, and I really enjoy watching talented actors and actresses tear up a good script for an hour, or 22 minutes, whatever it is without commercials. And yes, Hugh Laurie is a Brit, and fine actor as well, as anyone who has watched Jeeves and Wooster or Blackadder Goes Forth can attest. The guy that plays Chase is supposed to have an Aussie accent, but in real life, he's putting on an accent just as Hugh Laurie is putting on an American accent, heaven bless him. He's said in print that the accent is very hard for him to maintain. But that's why he gets the big bucks. I am sorry to see the wonderful Omar Eps leave, but I imagine they will fill his spot with someone else whom House can abuse, and who will find him a frustrating boss. I thought the thing with the dog and the vicodin was cute, but a bit heavy-handed.

May 03 2007 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kelsea Park

does anyone know the name and the artist of the song that was playing at the end of this episode?..... it was playing as house had his not so sad parting with the dog hecter

May 03 2007 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Heroes is not reality-based. House is. Therefore, it's not beyond the pale to expect the show to follow some semblance of what would happen in real life.

I buy the whole bit -- the unconventional doctor who's given a lot of leeway in his treatment methods, and how he handles his team, but the show has a pact with the viewer not to strain credulity to the point where you say, Oh please. That would never happen.

Also, just because Foreman resigned doesn't mean he's actually leaving. I expect he'll change his mind, or House will convince him to stay. After all, if he really is like House, he won't be able to tear himself away.

May 03 2007 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

anyone know the name of the song at the end of the episode?


May 02 2007 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best part of the episode, by far, was the new cane. It has flames! It makes it look like he's going fast! They played Highway to Hell while he and Wilson walked in slow motion! It had flames! My mouth dropped in sheer glee.

May 02 2007 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand why people write comments complaining about how "it would never happen in real life." Everyone knows that it wouldn't happen in real life. That is the single reason why this show is so great to watch. It's television. It's not real. I doubt people are leaving comments like, "There is just no way anyone can cut open people's brains with his mind and steal all their super powers for himself" when they watch Heroes.

Oh please...

Oh, and Foreman is definitely one of the best parts of the show. I didn't really care for him in season 1, but ever since than he's been one of my favorites. If anyone should leave it's Cameron. She's been annoying all along!

May 02 2007 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The was very hard tk understand ,why did doctor for forman care so much about the kid liveing when he just put in his two week notice and doc patiants die every day he shouldnt be a doc

May 02 2007 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Foreman wasn't going to be fired for his behavior when he acted like House - he was going to be fired because he was timid. Timidity, in House's opinion, is the worst trait a doctor can have.

Seriously, they made that a huge point on the show, talked about it and everything. It was the lynchpin on which the ENTIRE EPISODE hung and some of you people seem to have missed the entire point. Were you knitting while watching or something?

May 02 2007 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This may sound strange, but House's "adventures" with the dog reminded me of "A Fish Called Wanda", where the animal-loving Michael Palin character kept trying to off an old lady, but wound up killing her Yorkies instead. Only House isn't a dog-lover, and his intention was to get rid of Hector, first with Vicodin, then by leaving his front door open. But what ultimately happened? His stereo was stolen.

May 02 2007 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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