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Review: 'House' - 'Moving the Chains'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 2nd 2010 8:26AM
Foreman's (Omar Epps, L) already difficult relationship with his brother Marcus (guest star Orlando Jones, R) becomes worse when House (Hugh Laurie, C) gets between them in the HOUSE episode 'Moving the Chains.'
(S06E13) "Hey, I don't care where an idea comes from as long as it makes sense and embarrasses someone." - House

I've long wondered if Foreman's brother Marcus was someone we'd eventually meet on 'House.' That being said, it's been six and a half seasons and even though we'd heard bits and pieces about him, I had reconciled that he just wasn't going to show up. If anything, the timing felt a little odd.

But if you think about it, the entire plot featuring Marcus (Orlando Jones) was just about as generically evergreen as plots on 'House' get -- this could've fit into any previous season had the writers felt like telling this story sooner. I wish they had, especially if you consider the fact that after all the cast shake-ups this show has been through, Foreman has been one of the few constants. It's about time we found out more about the guy.

We've long known about Marcus's criminal history, his battle with drugs, and that he and Eric stole a car when they were teenagers. But it took Marcus actually showing up at Princeton Plainsboro (after he got out of jail) to illuminate what that all did, and meant, to Eric. Ever since the grand theft auto charge, Eric's entire life has been about never disappointing his mother like he did that day.

It's why he's a doctor and why for so long he's held such disdain for his brother's seedy life. And, as we learned, it's why when his mother died three months ago, he didn't even say anything at her service for fear that his eulogy might somehow not be good enough. He's clearly been going through a lot and he told no one, not even Thirteen, about his mother.

House's decision to hire Marcus as an assistant was clearly a ploy to force the two brothers to explore their strained relationship, and as Wilson pointed out, it worked once House became the common enemy. It was odd, though, that his blatant attempt to help a family in that instance didn't translate to his consult with the young soldier trying to get out of duty because his wife was pregnant.

House has always been a fan of shirking responsibility in your own self-interest yet he didn't extend that belief to the soldier. Yes, it was contradictory to what he did with Eric and Marcus, but it did force the soldier to stop riding the fence and prove he was committed to his family by getting his infected foot amputated.

By far the most interesting plot of the hour, though, was Lucas pulling those pranks on House and Wilson. He and Cuddy found out who they lost their dream condo to and Lucas decided to have a little fun. Once he was done, Cuddy told him to stop to ensure House didn't retaliate.

Lucas is no fool and he hit the nail on the head even though he won't admit it -- Cuddy cares for House and doesn't want to see him suffer more than he already has. It's just a matter of time before that fact becomes a bigger issue. Hopefully, in next week's episode (it's entitled "5 to 9" and presents a day at PPH from Cuddy's point of view) we'll get some more clues about her real feelings.

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

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Foreman is both the worst character AND actor on television. If we get another foreman-centered episode I will stop watching this show altogether.

February 03 2010 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin Chase

Interesting ending how House is considering to cut off his leg... And if was funny when Lucas confronted House and Wilson... House thought it was funny too, when he gave a little smerk after Lucas gave his little speach...

February 02 2010 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it%u2019s really super cool

I also couldn't believe how Foreman spiked the kid's water!!

It's fun to see Cuddy, Wilson and House prank each other because of their friendship. Lucas doing it? Just vicious.

February 02 2010 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked that Lucas was the one pulling the pranks. I think Cuddy's better off right now with Lucas than she would be with House. House still has some growing to do before him and Cuddy could actually make it work. And it shows that Lucas is really invested in the relationship and won't let her go that easily which I like.
I also liked the insight on Foreman. I'm not a fan of his character, but for the past 2 weeks I actually like him. But I actually don't think this story-line could have happened earlier, because before House would have just used Marcus, instead of ultimately helping the two bros get together.

February 02 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the fact that Lucas was the jokester was funny, but how do you make someone else's sprinklers go off, LoL? I also couldn't believe how Foreman spiked the kid's water!! Where did his ethics go?? For someone who wants to be less like House, that didn't happen this time!

February 02 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was I the only one pissed that Lucas was the one pulling those pranks AND he got the last laugh? Now Wilson and House can't retaliate. I am finding Lucas and this arc really annoying. It's fun to see Cuddy, Wilson and House prank each other because of their friendship. Lucas doing it? Just vicious.

February 02 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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