Review: House - Known Unknowns
by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 10th 2009 1:40AM
(S06E07) "Well, I feel bad. I haven't named your testicles." - Cuddy
We're all thinking it, and unlike euthanasia, I see no reason to keep mum -- House is firing on all cylinders right now. Actually, let me clarify that -- House the character, not House the show, is firing on all cylinders right now. Anything going on in Greg's periphery at the moment is sensational, absolutely electrifying drama.
Everything else? Not so much. If anything, "Known Unknowns" did nothing more than highlight something we've seen countless times already. Namely, the paralyzing effect House's absence has on his team. They're inept without him. What did I glean from the case du jour? Some annoying teenager got sick from eating oysters. However, I gleaned plenty from the rest of the hour.
Ever since the season premiere, most episodes this season, while good, have been lacking to some extent because we know how much better it can be when Princeton-Plainsboro isn't the focus. House out in the real world is riveting stuff -- he's like the fork you accidentally drop into a blender. So not only was the pharmacology conference a nice change of scenery, but it also allowed for some seriously good moments between House/Wilson and House/Cuddy.
When it comes to Greg's relationship with Wilson, it's always been give and take -- generally with House taking more of what Wilson's giving. So it's always refreshing when House finally gives back, even if it is in his own back-handed, semi-insulting, selfish way.
Obviously, he made the right move. Wilson's career would not have survived a "pro-euthanasia for terminal patients" lecture, regardless of the fact that everyone thinks about it. House, rather "Dr. Pearlwater," took the hit for Wilson. No injury to anyone's career and now Wilson's thoughts are at least out there, floating around in academia. Yes, he drugged Wilson to achieve all this, but it proves what Wilson has been trying to tell Cuddy -- House is growing as a person, becoming more selfless and caring.
As for whether or not Cuddy truly believes that, we got our answer there, as well. She hired Lucas (Michael Weston) to look into House and see how he's been. She ended up hitting it off with the guy and they've been seeing each other. Doesn't seem like too much of a stretch. As I recall, Lucas and Lisa flirted quite a bit during his last visit to PPTH.
The key here? Cuddy's wry smile as Lucas began to rattle off everything he knew about House since his time at Mayfield. Her curled upper lip? Confirmation that she feels the exact same way about House that he admitted to feeling about her during med school. Way back then, he was going to call, but then he got expelled. Now? She was going to call but she ended up sleeping with the private investigator instead. It'll happen, just not yet.
A few more thoughts on "Known Unknowns":
- For those of you playing along with Fox's Simpsons Scavenger Hunt game, House referred to Cuddy's breasts as Patty and Selma. Why? Because "they're always smokin'."
- Here's my one concern about bringing Lucas back into the fold. He had a great story the last time he was around and thus far, his presence is less about that and more about the shock value. The same effect would have been achieved had House walked in on Tritter holding the baby. All I'm saying is that there had better be more than what we've seen in terms of Lucas and why he's back.
- So Wilson actually aided in a patient's suicide. What's next? I'd love to see Wilson become addicted to this and have some sort of Angel of Death plot unfold. Not nearly as dark as it sounds, but seeing his reaction to ending the suffering for multiple patients and how it affects his own guilt could be really cool to explore.
The only other big development? Chase finally told Cameron that he killed Dibala. It was a long time coming and unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely heard what it leads to. However, if the previews for next week are any indication, Thirteen and Taub are gonna be back in the mix. Hopefully, they won't be as inept this time around.
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