'House' - 'Black Hole' Recap
by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:22AM
(S06E15) I couldn't find a really good quote to transcribe or even characterize this week's episode, because the whole turn of events are a jumbled lump of clay in my head.
Normally, a show that goes by so fast that I need a drag chute just to figure out what's going on would turn me away from it, but the dramatic tension that 'House' creates kept me velcroed in front of it all the way to the end.
Sure my head still hurts from trying to understand the science of it all, but the dramatic and even comedic angles makes for some fine-tasting Advil.
This week, House and his jolly band of medical investigators have to decipher the strange case of a teenage girl who suffers some sort of heart infection that causes blood to foam out of her mouth. Then it switches gears into a neurological disorder when she starts having strange hallucinations from a black hole to a ghostly image of her younger self imploring her to tell her boyfriend her big "secret."
As usual, the case is intriguing from start to finish. This one almost sucked my eyeballs right out of my sockets because of the bizarre psychological twist it took during the first third of the episode. It had me scratching my head, even if the ending seemed painfully obvious when it came to light.
The backstory of the doctor's usual personal trails left me wanting a little more than what we got, but that should pass in the subsequent episodes. We were treated to House and James' usual 'Odd Couple' antics. This time, the medical mismatches get into a huff-fest over James' choice of furniture, or lack thereof. What seems like House's usual pranks turns into his underhanded way to get James to express himself and, God forbid, learn something about himself. His purchase of an organ (a musical organ, sickos) for House to make him feel more at home in his condo was a nice touch.
Chris seems to be having marital troubles over something completely trivial like going to yoga with the missus, but House manages to defer something much bigger out of him: the possibility that he's looking to have or already is having an affair. It doesn't mine the truth by the closing credits and leaves another interesting teaser to look forward to. It also gives House another chance to get up to his old tricks when he starts sexting his wife on her iPhone, a moment that seemed like the most bizarre product placement since the 'Seinfeld' "spongeworthy" episode.
Part of me also hoped we would get to learn more about House's father after last week's episode revealed he had been reading his religious self-help book. Then again, the drama of the situation made for some tasty chum to keep me invested in the rest of the season. After all, 'Jaws' didn't become one of the most enthralling movies of all time by revealing the shark in the opening scenes.
- Do doctors really possess the technology to see images of what their patients are thinking? And if so, why hasn't Nintendo harnessed this awesome breakthrough to make the most awesome "Metroid" sequel ever?
- Part of me really wanted the science teacher to pronounce "planetarium" without the "T."