Review: House - Brave Heart
(S06E06) "I've crossed some line and I'm having trouble getting back to the other side." - Chase
Another week, another case that no one cares about... well, almost. Ever since House's visit to the Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, it's been tough to get invested in anything other than what he's going through. Each week, the case du jour has been largely disposable (save for Dibala) as nothing really relates to anything else. However, it seems like David Shore and Co. must've realized that too because "Brave Heart" made a good attempt at bringing what's become a very segmented story back together.Notice how I said "attempt?" There was still a lot not even worth bringing up because like I said, it has no bearing on the rest of the plot, but here goes anyway. The case focused on a cop named Donny who's worried about turning 40 next week because his father and grandfather both died of heart failure at that age. Doesn't sound like much and even House said it was merely coincidence and passed on the case initially.
While there were some interesting parts to the case - most notably Donny waking up during his own autopsy after he "died" - there was little to take away except for Chase's epiphany. Donny is a cop and Chase asked him about shooting someone. Donny had the same answer anyone would have - you either deal with it just fine or you don't. We already know which side Chase falls on and after the priest told Chase exactly what he didn't want to hear in confession, the subsequent bender wasn't much of a surprise. Even though House is on a brief hiatus until November, I can't imagine it'll take much more than another episode or two before Cameron finds out the truth.
The part that's come as a surprise is how much of an interest House has taken in Chase's well being. He's forcing him to tackle his demon head on and even encouraging Chase to talk to someone. This doesn't strike me and something that the Vicodin fueled House of yore would have done.
It's interesting to see House acting all high and mighty about the value of speaking with someone simply because it apparently worked for him, even though for a large part of this episode, we were led to believe that it didn't. The set-up was believable - House starts sleeping in a room filled with pictures of the person he hallucinated (Amber) and he starts hearing voices and whispers. Turns out that he was just hearing Wilson talk to Amber before bed via the bedroom's heating vent. It wasn't a shocking reveal, but it was nice to see that a.) House is indeed getting better and b.) Wilson is proof that those who are better still need to make time to cope.
A few more thoughts on "Brave Heart" --
"That's not hate, it's foreplay." Good to see that the House/Cuddy plot hasn't been forgotten completely, especially since she "makes him feel funny."
If House hadn't pushed, does anyone think Wilson would have really let him believe that he was hearing things? Seems like he might've been willing to keep quiet.
Maybe I missed it, but was there a explanation as to why Donny woke up during the autopsy? I assume it had something to do with the bleeding relieving pressure on the aneurysm? If that is the case, shouldn't the same thing have happened to his father during his autopsy 30-ish years ago?
As I mentioned, we have a few weeks to talk about what comes next for Chase. Even though it's looking like it will ultimately lead to this, it still leaves plenty of options for Chase. Will he lose his job? Or at least be demoted? That could lead to the return of Thirteen and Taub. Or could he actually take the advice of the priest and turn himself into the police? Who's got predictions?[Watch full episodes and clips of House, as well as other shows, over at SlashControl.]