House: The Tyrant
(S06E04) "I thought I had detected the sickly sweet smell of maple syrup and socialized medicine." - House
Early on in this episode, House exclaimed "It's three years ago!" when he realized that he was working with the old team - Foreman, Chase, and Cameron. It became apparent rather quickly, though, that things at Princeton-Plainsboro are still very far from normal. He may be back, but House isn't back. Right now, he's more like the little kid that your co-worker brought to the office and he just won't leave your cube. That and the little kid is way smarter than you are.
Since House doesn't get his license back for another month, that leaves Foreman in charge with House, per Cuddy's request, "advising." Of course, we all know that means belittling and undermining Foreman's choices and deductions every chance he gets. It didn't help that the first case with the old gang together again featured what's arguably one of the most polarizing patients they've ever dealt with on this show. African dictator President Dibala, wonderfully played by James Earl Jones, certainly didn't win anyone's sympathy here and it was amazing how his character continually caused shifts in the team - especially with Chase and Cameron.
With the potential of releasing someone with plans to start a genocide vs. just being a doctor and doing your job, the answer isn't all that easy to arrive at. Initially Cameron seemed in favor of letting Dibala die and then her stance softened. Chase was the exact opposite and his stance solidified after Dibala essentially told him he'd do whatever it takes to protect his country, even if it meant killing half the population.
Now here's where House's absence plays a role. With House around, Chase never would have considered fudging that blood-work and sealing Dibala's death. However, with Foreman in charge, it's an option. Foreman is a pushover and Chase and Cameron both see that. He has no faith in his own medical opinions and being in the presence of someone like House, whose deductions are right 99.9% of the time, doesn't help. It's doubly frustrating, as Foreman experienced here, when it turns out that this happened to be an instance of that 0.01%.
As for Foreman and Thirteen, things don't look so good. Yes, he was able to get her a job interview at Princeton General, but when she pressed him about his job and why he didn't risk his career to save their relationship, he buckled and laughed it off. Whether Foreman wants to admit it or not, his job is his priority. He should get used to working with Thirteen though, because with Jennifer Morrison's impending exit, there's going to be an opening on the team again and I'm guessing Remy will get it. As for Taub? Well, Peter Jacobsen's name wasn't in the credits and it was reaffirmed that he quit at the top of the ep, so who knows if he'll actually be back. I've yet to see any news though.
A few more thoughts on "The Tyrant" --
House's little mystery romp as he dealt with Wilson's crotchety neighbor was fairly mundane. Bottom line - I just didn't care about Murphy, which is too bad, because I loved David Marciano as Billings on The Shield. Wilson made an excellent point - House doesn't know when to not get involved and in this case, it was to the viewer's detriment. The guy needs his job back ASAP.
- Two fun homages - Wilson doing his best Bill Compton (True Blood) impression and House pulling a Dexter when he injected Murphy with the syringe.
- It's not just the fact that House was still in charge the whole time, it's the way he does it. Rather than yell out answers like an underling, he still made the other three work for the solution. Then he took it one step further and mimed out his suggestions. Very funny stuff. Well... funny if you're not Foreman.
Two big things to look for as we go into next week. First off, is Foreman going to be able to deal with his House complex? He can't keep supporting wrong decisions just to prove his authority over his former, and soon to be again, boss.
More importantly, though, is Chase. This guy is not a killer and he just fudged a world leader's blood-work, knowingly watched him receive the wrong medication, and then half-heartedly tried to save his life as he choked on his own blood. The amount of guilt that's going to come with that is gonna be way above Chase's threshold. I don't know how he's going to handle it.