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Review: House - The Down Low

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 12th 2010 1:22PM
House (Hugh Laurie, C) and Thirteen (Olivia Wilde, L) reveal some interesting information about their patient, Mickey (guest star Ethan Embry, R), in the HOUSE episode 'The Down Low.'
(S06E11) "You're OK with that right? You're not gonna put a pillow over his face?" - House

After a short hiatus, House was back last night with one of the better episodes this season that still followed the old "mystery patient" formula. However, it expanded upon just the patient du jour with three very entertaining storylines and the hour made a good argument for why Thirteen and Taub deserved to come back.

While the show can still be nerve-wracking at times, if only because you know it's all building up to House's light bulb moment at the end, it's good to know that the journey to that moment doesn't always have to be the same.

With Ethan Embry on board as a sick undercover cop who's trying to maintain his alias while bringing down a drug ring, there was reason to be excited about the episode before it even began. I had visions of Declan Giggs from Brotherhood running through my head and Embry didn't disappoint. While his subplot was the weakest of the three, it was still a solid tale and it ended well as we watched him die, feeling satisfied that he was still able to nail the bad guys without wasting his last breath by blowing his cover to save himself.

House's machinations were the highlight of the case though. Channeling both Jack Bauer and Jimmy McNulty, House yelled and screamed during an interrogation and he even planted a bug under his patient's mattress. Very funny stuff.

As for the team, it was incredibly enjoyable to see Taub, Thirteen, and even Chase try and knock Foreman down a few pegs. For Eric, someone who's been riding his high horse so long his ass must be blistered, seeing him get knocked off was long overdue. But his status as team leader was more than justified when it was revealed that he had been on to their scam for some time.

While Chase hasn't had much to do since Cameron left (House's "haircut" and "pillow" comments were great though), this really highlighted Taub and Thirteen. Like 'em or not, those two are funny together, period.

By far, though, the best plot of the episode was everyone in Wilson and House's new apartment building thinking the two of them were gay. While it became annoying very quickly that 3B (Nora, right?) didn't just believe Wilson in the first place, her lack of common sense led to some incredibly funny scenes as House did all he could to act gay in an attempt to "touch her boobs."

Because it doesn't always happen, seeing Wilson stoop to House's level was hugely rewarding and the only thing that would have made the scene at the restaurant better would have been House accepting the proposal and trying to make out with Wilson.

However, no explanation as to why exactly Wilson knew what coolots were. Hmm...

[Watch full episodes and clips of House over at SlashControl.]

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Prhime

i was rolling when he did his Jack interrogation!

January 15 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sm

I loved it! My favorite line of the episode was House asking Chase "Did Cameron get your hair in the divorce?".

January 13 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C C

This was by far the best episode of House since the season premiere. Strong "case of the week"; House + Wilson as "faux gays" = comedy gold.

January 13 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leslie

Steven, did you ever watch the series finale montage from "Six Feet Under"? It was extremely well done. As for the lastest "House" episode, it was witty and had some clever moments. I noticed Hugh Laurie was one of the producers for this episode.

January 12 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leslie

Steven, did you ever watch "Six Feet Under"? The montage for the series finale was extremely well done-brought tears to my eyes. As for this "House" episode, it was entertaining. I noticed Hugh Laurie was one of the producers. Some of the dialogue was witty especially House asking if

January 12 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeffrey

Your comments were that "Taub and Thirteen. Like 'em or not, those two are funny together, period".

Well, yeah, considering that Thirteen couldn't act her way outta a paper bag and was just added on to the show for her obvious "good looks". Her acting is an embrassing commentary on why the character of Cameron was ever left from the show. Cameron is obviously a FAR MORE SUPERIOR ACTRESS than Thirteen will ever be, period! Yet, she remains on the show. When does a person's looks count more than their acting ability? Ask this to the producers of the show.

January 12 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Happy Steve

What did Wilson call themselves at the end... Vendatious jerks? Vendacious? I'm having trouble trying to look it up.

January 12 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mblum42

"Mendacious." It means they're liars.

January 12 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Happy Steve

Aha! Thanks so much.

January 13 2010 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven Rubio

I'd also note what might be the first time in the history of House ... maybe history of TV ... where the now-mandatory closing montage worked. A tip of the cap to the great Eddie Hazel.

January 12 2010 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CA Swim Mom

OMG... this episode was so funny. I kept having to rewind to catch the dialogue because we were all laughing so hard. This was a GREAT episode.

January 12 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam the Deaf

It was too funny at restaurant when Wilson proposal House.

January 12 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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