House: Instant Karma
(S06E05) "I understand you're a fan. I'll have my guys send over a signed glossy." - House
We're getting deeper into the fall TV season, so it was only a matter of time before even the good shows started to falter a little. Not every episode is going to be an instant classic, and House is no exception. You know it's not a good sign when the only thing you find enjoyable is House comparing himself to Kobe Bryant, which, by the way, is dead on -- especially since he's no longer in charge. Foreman is the Phil Jackson to House's does whatever he wants and still wins #24.
Unfortunately, that might be the problem now. As much as I've loved this season thus far, House's pill-free winning ways have created such a rift in the show that things are starting to feel really disjointed. It's different from when Cameron and Chase moved on and Thirteen, Kutner, Taub, Amber and the rest of the fellowship wannabes showed up. That was smooth and logical. This time around, it's starting to feel messy.
It goes without saying, and I know I'm not alone in this gripe, that I didn't even care about the case of the week this time around, and it's mainly because President Dibala's death is clearly the only case that's going to matter for the time being. Lee Tergesen did a great job here as the troubled dad, but once he used his son's illness as proof that he's getting some sort of karmic smack for his billionaire status, it felt just too in your face, especially considering what Chase and Foreman are going through as they cover up Dibala's death while accounting for consequences. Having the patient so closely mirror the doctor's issues like that is bush league. I expect to find that on Grey's Anatomy, not House.
Dibala's death is obviously going to echo for at least a few more weeks, and I assume it'll culminate with Jennifer Morrison's exit from the show. How that will play out, we don't know, but I can't see Chase being able to keep it bottled up and I can't see Cameron accepting his choice. It will get out, though. House knows and now he's complicit in the cover up since he found those old medical records to help mask Chase's choice. Plus, Cuddy almost found out since Chase seemed ready to spill in her office. Even though he didn't come out with it, if House can figure it out, she can, too.
This would also explain why Thirteen is being kept in the story but very much on the periphery. Shit is gonna hit the fan and she'll end up being one of the first to come in and help shore up the ship. That being said, I can't imagine she'll agree with Foreman covering it up either.
A few more thoughts on "Instant Karma" --
Any guesses on why Thirteen was heading to Thailand? I'm betting she's signed up for some wacky new treatment for her Huntington's disease.
Remember the conversation between House and Cuddy where he talked about puzzles and power? He used to have both, but with Foreman in charge, he's only got puzzles now. What's the point? Seems as though House has finally attributed not all, but some, of his pill addiction to the stress that came with being the boss.
Why would Wilson bother lying about canceling Thirteen's plane ticket? Wouldn't it just have been easier for him to make his case to Thirteen about staying instead? In some regards, it almost seems selfish. Thirteen keeps House in check and that in turn makes things easier for Wilson, right?
Not much else to talk about. For the most part, I feel like I only discussed last week's episode, but again - nothing else really matters right now. Maybe that's karma, though. House is too good so it has to suffer now and again?