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House: The Itch

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 12th 2008 1:26PM
House: The Itch
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S05E07) I always enjoy watching House, but later, when I am thinking about it to write a review, comes the true test of whether or not I really liked the episode. Or, more accurately, then comes the true test of whether the episode can stand up to scrutiny. So, the answer in last night's case is that I didn't think it was a particularly strong episode. Sometimes shows seem to put in these place-holder episodes right before sweeps, and that's what this episode felt like to me. Strong hijinks, a little progress for more minor characters, but everybody else just sort of treads water.

Let's start with Cameron being highlighted in this episode. House quizzed her on her symptoms during the discussion of the patient, much to Thirteen's annoyance. Cameron assured her that things go faster this way, which they assuredly do not. So, does that mean that Cameron trusts House's diagnostic skills on her love life? I mean, he's a brilliant doctor with some great insights, but that doesn't mean he knows everything about everything. And yet, he hands out these surprising comments to people ("It's a control issue. I don't know whose.") that show some sensitivity and they take his words to heart. Even though he can't heal himself.

Did anyone besides me think that the whole itching scenario (even the episode title) with the mosquitoes and Wilson was really annoying because it was so obvious? It's not very fun as a viewer to draw the same conclusions about House's "itch" being more about Cuddy than an insect when the show beats you to its own analysis. Being meta about it doesn't make it less obvious or less annoying. Especially when it is only after House actually sees the mosquito biting him that he decides to stop hiding behind his own excuses and go to see Cuddy.

That leads me to another annoying thing about this episode: I would have liked the whole montage at the end with House heading to Cuddy's, Cameron and Chase, Taub and his wife, except that the patient, Stewart, is taking his first cautious steps out into the world in the dark. Maybe you could argue that there are fewer people around at night, so this is logical, but he is afraid of everything! Except the dark? Except someone lurking in the dark? I didn't buy it.

Annoyance number three: They would NEVER do surgery in a patient's house. This episode kept reaching into the absurd and pulling out rabbits. That is a lawsuit so waiting to happen. I know that House has done a ton of things that would warrant lawsuits if his brilliance didn't pay off, but the surgery happening in the bedroom-- I can't suspend my disbelief. I did find it amusing that they got Taub to perform it though: Talk about shaky ethics. I can't believe that Cameron is more okay with doing a surgery in someone's home than she is deceiving a patient who is unconscious. Sometimes Cameron is so ethical I want to have a Come to Jesus meeting with her about The Big Picture.

So, what do you think of Cuddy and House's assessment that they would be a dating disaster? I think they are kind of spot on. But, like Wilson, I want them to give it a go anyway. One of the things I did like was that House saw Cuddy sitting so peacefully in her house, and he didn't knock. I found that poignant-- whatever their relationship will be (would be), it won't be peaceful, and so the fact that he didn't want to interrupt that-- at least not for a little while longer-- was quite lovely.

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Jennifer

These Cameron/House shippers are so irritating. They're holding on to one episode that happened ages ago. The storyline has moved on, why can't you?

I like that they're not immediately jumping into a relationship between House and Cuddy. That wouldn't be too believable and might just ruin the whole thing.

I have to agree about the medical plot this episode had. Tedious and way too out there.

November 13 2008 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kluz

Not a great episode.
At least it was good to remind me how hot Cameron is , and that I like her chemistry with House.
I'm "afraid" I'd watch "House" no matter what , but I'd prefer if they'd change something , do something new.
Starting from the cast : I would keep House (yeah , surprise!), 13, Wilson , Cameron .
I would cut , first of all, Foreman , than Cuddy and at least one between Kutner and Taub.
Then change something in the scripts , scenario . I still enjoy the show , but , honestly , it's 4 years that 90% episodes follow , more or less, the same scheme.

November 13 2008 at 5:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

cant they just kill of cameron and chase, god i HATE those 2.

November 13 2008 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

It isn't that out of no where to do surgery in someone's house. It's certainly not normal in the U.S. but is quite common elsewhere in the world.

Don't get me wrong, it's unrealistic. But no more unrealistic than House's previous stunts (which have included several felonies such as drugging people against their will, multiple kidnappings, etc...)

November 12 2008 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela

Cuddy and House do not have any chemistry together. I miss Cameron and House. They have great chemistry.

November 12 2008 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
amy

The patient going out into public in the dark wasn't that much a stretch... was it? he is also afraid of people...so when its dark out there are less people out...that's my theory anyway.

November 12 2008 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bart Smith

"Sometimes shows seem to put in these place-holder episodes right before sweeps, and that's what this episode felt like to me."

November Sweeps started on October 30 this year.

November 12 2008 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bart Smith

"Sometimes shows seem to put in these place-holder episodes right before sweeps, and that's what this episode felt like to me."

November 12 2008 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
superbagman

The patient was agoraphobic, not afraid of the dark, he's afraid of people and social interaction. Going out at night probably would be the best for him to interact less with people.

I wasn't watching the episode very closely so I might have missed if it was mentioned that he suffered from anything other than agoraphobia, so if I did I apologize. But I'm actually agoraphobic myself and his actions at the end made sense to me.

November 12 2008 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yesenia

agoraphobia is not a fear of people and social interaction (that is social anxiety disorder) agoraphobia is fear of open spaces (it could include a fear of others and be comorbid with social anxiety disorder, but in itself agoraphobia is purely a fear of open spaces)

November 13 2008 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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