by Tom Biro, posted May 2nd 2007 11:08AM
(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.