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House: The Jerk

by Tom Biro, posted May 16th 2007 2:01PM
House - The Jerk(S03E23) Well, I guess we don't have to worry about Piper Perabo for the moment, at least. But seriously, folks. With revelations (both here in Spoilers Anonymous and in the comments) that Omar Epps' character, Foreman, wouldn't be leaving House next season, combined with what happened this week, are we thinking that he'll actually stay on board as a doc on House's staff, or will he only remain as just a recurring character who works at the same hospital, or elsewhere? Inquiring minds want to know, and cliffhanger or not next week, I'm presuming we'll get the answer to that question. I mean, how long can one show stretch out someone's two weeks' notice?

As for this week's episode, it's great when a character shows up - typically sick in a hospital bed - that will give House a good run for his money. This week, Nate Harrison is the young man who has had a bit of an incident over a chess match that he was the victor in, following that up with a smash or three to the head of his opponent with the chess timer. Anger issues aside, he managed to develop some symptoms that led to not only various treatments that this team is so used to handing out, but House's haranguing of Foreman, who seems disinterested and waiting for the day to end so he can head to one job interview or another. But a little thing happened that is the "minor" character development thing that makes me enjoy this show, actually. Chase started off the diagnosis by writing "Rage" on the marker pad in the office. Sure, it seems simple, but I get a kick out of any of the team taking charge on anything, even if it is a simple thing like that.

After Foreman's job interview was seemingly "canceled" by a member of the team, we knew we'd be in for a fun little inquisition, and we even knew where it would start. What we still don't really know if it were really House that was behind the cancellation, or if Foreman made up the story or just canceled on his own. I'm not sure it absolutely matters either way in the grand scheme of things, as what we were supposed to get out of that was how the fun game of telephone would make its way through the hospital's staff, from House to Cuddy to Wilson to Cameron and back to Chase. Everyone had their suspicions for a good reason, mainly the character traits of those individuals. In some ways, that kind of summed up how everyone feels about the other, but in way too of a roundabout way. And while we're talking about how characters feel about one another, I'm guessing that Chase's standoffish refusal to provide peer feedback to Foreman's potential employer was just a response to Foreman saying how he didn't like Chase anyway. Though i'm not sure the payback there is quite as effective as the initial jab.

As we now have two weeks to mull over what this monster season finale might be trying to get us all up in arms about, I've gotta say that I'm amazed at how quickly it feels like we got through three whole seasons. At the end of the day, not a ton has changed, as loves have come and gone, random one-off guest stars have come and gone, and the biggest difference is that House, Cameron, Chase and Foreman are all, at least a little bit, different because of their working together. This is one of the only shows I watch where I actually care about the characters - still - and am actually interested in what they're thinking and doing, which I think is pretty rare for television these days, or television at all, frankly.

When this week's case came down to it, House almost had the tables turned on him in what he tried to do to solve it all. Getting the kid stressed out playing chess not only proved that the kid was a jerk, but a brilliant one, if not totally on par with House's jerk-ness. After losing the match and dropping his king, he was not only able to save the guy, but was proven to have been outsmarted, as clever as he is. He definitely takes these things in stride, as he's clearly aware that he won't see this kid ever again, but every time one of these little digs takes a piece out of him, it might have a slight change to his overall approach. What it didn't do is change how he approached working with Foreman. Giving his staffer an all-nighter's worth of work after hearing Wilson and Cuddy tell him how he needed to speak to him was a pretty big jerk thing to do, proving that the title isn't just meant for Nate, now was it?

I'm all out of personal predictions at this point, and would much prefer to hear what you all think is coming next. I'm thinking that Foreman will stay on in much the same capacity he currently is in, because House might have been right by saying that the young doctor wasn't ready. Plus, at the end of the day, I'm sure he somehow appreciates what this opportunity means. Oh, and Cuddy potentially offering him a bigger gig at that same hospital probably pays off, too, no? What do you think we'll see, House fans?

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Finally, a show that challenges the social and poltically correct norms we are all supposed to adhere to, like them or not.
As for the moron that has to use profanity on this site to express himself....buy a dictionary you blithering idiot!
This is exactly the personality type that House exposes and attacks with an intelligent and yes somewhat abrasive style but, you gotta love it! I'm surprised that Mr. Profanity is intelligent enough to follow the show.
In case you're too challenged to know of whom I write (David) try reding this very slowly!

July 29 2007 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Nobody see how chase is becoming House? his deduction of who made the call in this episode is so bright, almost house-kind-of bright.."

Alright, I didn't watch this show until just recently, but that's kind of interesting. Cameron did the same thing though, piecing together that Wilson's story was a lie designed to find out if she did it.

May 18 2007 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think House leaving Foreman in the lab all night was him *just* being a jerk. I mean, yes, House is a jerk. But House was confirming his theory, and making Foreman realize it: Foreman wasn't ready.

If Foreman were ready, he would've stopped retesting for the same thing and told House he must've been wrong. But even after testing the same thing a dozen times overnight, he *still* keeps retesting it when House tells him to do it again. That, more than anything, demonstrates that Foreman's not ready to leave. And now Foreman knows it as well as House does.

That was the moment where I knew Foreman stay on the team for next year.

May 17 2007 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hay, House is a great show. I love that House say's just what he is thinking, because I think Doctors really feel that way about people they just don't say it (outloud) but House is a great mind, what do we think he would say and do. My daughter said that if she was as sick and the people on the show are went House gets them, just let her die, because he would kill her(ha ha) she very funny. Donna

May 17 2007 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

JD fuck you. I will watch the show if I damn well please. This is a fucking blog, it's opinions. Get off your damn high horse thinknig your opinion is fact and go fuck yourself.

May 16 2007 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris w

I LOVE HOUSE. Greys ABORINME(from day one)and it always will. Thank "geezy creezy" for CSI on Thursdays, because the boring bastard children of ER that ABC schedules(GREYS ABORINGME) are Childrens Tylenol fodder. YAWN..so sleepy..what was I talking about? Oh yes, GREYS' a...SNORE, snoring deeper....

Anyway...HOUSE is SUPREME!

May 16 2007 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

On "Lost" 22 eps are 30 days so I guess "House" could go on for at least another 9 Episodes with that story :-)

May 16 2007 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
el forastero

Nobody see how chase is becoming House? his deduction of who made the call in this episode is so bright, almost house-kind-of bright..

If anybody have to be afraid of becaming house is chase.

May 16 2007 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nothing ever happens to these characters??? What about Cameron and Chase doing the nasty every chance they got this season??? I thought that was a bit of inspired writing (even if the two of them are getting hitched in real life) and added a new twist to the team dynamic. Great stuff!


May 16 2007 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nate Harrison = a younger House.
I am sure this was the real point of the ep.
Both are highly intelligent, deceiving and angry. Just that House has the experience to use his intelligence in a useful manner. I wonder if this character will appear again?

May 16 2007 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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