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House: Birthmarks

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 14th 2008 11:37PM

Greg House eulogizes his father on the most recent episode of House

(S05E04) "Bubbles" -- Thirteen

"Is that your new stripper name?" -- House

And so, one chapter of Dr. Gregory House's life ends and another one begins...again. Together, these life-changing events may lead to a kinder, gentler diagnostician who will befriend his colleagues, treat others on the staff with respect, and prevent him from making constant lewd remarks to Cuddy.

Bwah-hahahahahahahahaha! Oh, I slay me! Kinder and gentler? Bwah-hahahahahahaha!

Okay, okay, I've calmed down now. Seriously, the death of House's father (oh, come on! It's not a spoiler. It was in the previews, for Pete's sake!) could have had an impression on him by lifting a giant weight off his shoulders. One that makes Greg the person he is today. A weight that may allow him to change his ring tone for the staff from 'mmmbop' by Hanson to something a bit more modern.

It was hard to tell if House's reactions while he spoke during the funeral were real or not. Particularly since he ended up taking a skin sample from his dead father's earlobe in the process. It seemed honest enough when he was about to rip his dad a new one for the way he treated those under him as scum. But he did a 180-degree turn and provided some left-handed praise for the man. Looking back on it, they both were.

Listening to the eulogy you came to realize that House was really talking about himself. Voicing his father's faults made him realize even more that he was his son: a hard pill to swallow for any son or daughter. For many children the mantra of 'I will never be like my mother/father/parents' exists the moment they step out the front door with their first taste of freedom. With House it seems like that mantra was never taken seriously.

Course, House would have never made it to the funeral if it weren't for Wilson. We all knew that these two would get back together. Martin and Lewis eventually let bygones be bygones. So, why not the comedy team of House and Wilson? I mean, they are the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby of the medical world. House is the Hope character from all the Road movies: he always ends up getting the duo in trouble. Wilson is Bing: he has to find a way to get House out of his messes. And, on occasion, he ends up singing a romantic solo to Dorothy Lamour.

Their road trip down to Kentucky led to two things. One, it allowed both of them to admit feelings that had not come out during the first episode of the season. Despite his crass harshness, House has a keen sense of humanity and all of the things that drive a person to do something, and he proved that with Wilson, giving both of them a splash of reality. Second, the road trip gave viewers a chance to get the lowdown on how House and Wilson first met. Who knew that Wilson had such an angry streak that he would throw a bottle through a window to have someone stop playing Billy Joel's 'Leave a Tender Moment Alone' (I agree with House...that is a good song). It's hard to see Wilson that angry, even though he provided an example of it right in the middle of the funeral home. Personally, I didn't find the live example of his rage that convincing.

The best part of the road trip came near the end of the journey. After all of the anxiety of getting down to the funeral and the angry reconciliation between House and Wilson, the duo got down to some good ol' fashion differentials. There was something electrifying (low voltage) about the back-and-forth between House and Wilson. Despite the strength of his diagnostic abilities House always needs someone to bounce ideas off of in order to reach that pinnacle of understanding. With this, it looks like the status quo over at Princeton-Plainsboro is back to normal.

Over to the Squints the rest of House's team. When there's an episode that features some other aspect of House the week's case tends to move to second place. So it was this episode. To me, it wasn't that interesting, save for the end diagnosis. Only one significant item came out from the case: scenes with the old crew. It's been awhile since viewers have seen Cameron, Chase and Foreman in the same room without the second team on their heels. It gave us and them time to catch up on their relationships and how they have and have not changed. Perhaps more and more of these instances will signal a return of the old trio to first team status.

House is out for this week. Next week, Thirteen has a one-night stand with another woman. Oh, and there a mystery medical case, and House gets nasty with the staff and blah, blah, blah.

Was House's eulogy honest or all part of getting a sample of his father's DNA?
He was truthful, both during the mean and loving sides.320 (55.4%)
It was all a ploy to get the DNA sample184 (31.8%)
He used nail cippers to get the sample? Eww!74 (12.8%)

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Does anyone know what John House actually died of? I missed the first part of the episode.

December 15 2008 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Does every series have to do a lesbian sex scene now?"

Yes, and yes. What show couldn't be improved by a lesbian sex scene?

I did love how House instantly reverted to a child with his mother. It was fantastic.

October 15 2008 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I miss the detective! Sorry, I like Wilson but meh!

Next week's Preview: Does every series have to do a lesbian sex scene now? Been there, done that.

October 15 2008 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Keller

Thanks for the update about Kutner. I had forgotten that he mentioned it in past episodes. I have updated the post to reflect this.

October 15 2008 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought Wilson threw that bottle like a girl--no disrespect towards girls--there's got to be a little more rage in that and a little more manliness. Otherwise I love the character.

October 15 2008 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i'm pretty sure they've mentioned kutner being adopted by a white family at least once if not a few times.

October 15 2008 at 3:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Moncur

One was the discovery that Kutner was adopted by a white family.

No it wasn't. He talked about in last season's finale. (Explaining why is name is "Kutner"). His (Indian) parents were shot in a robbery at the store they ran.

October 15 2008 at 3:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that Wilson's reactions with throwing things are less about rage and more about an inappropriate response to frustration. He's not prepared for the scenario where he acts appropriately, and yet someone else's inappropriate behavior continues. I think that's one reason he finds being with House so exhilarating -- House has an ability to act inappropriately and not give a shit and Wilson admires that, because he can't do it himself.

October 15 2008 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

House's interactions with is mother was priceless! The mean mofo suddenly became a whiney kid again. I love it.

October 15 2008 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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