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'House' - 'The Choice' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2010 11:11PM
(S06E19) "Like so many things, you were born that way." - House to Ted, the patient, about his completely treatable condition

There's only two more episodes to go for this season of 'House,' and it seems that his pain is acting up and Gregory House has sublimated his need for meds with liquor. Waking up on rocket ship sheets was a dead give away that something was definitely off with the doctor. More on that and how lactating nipples don't make good coffee creamer.

On the home front, House's response to Wilson and Sam's reconciliation -- and she does seem to be staying for the foreseeable future -- is what -- excessive drinking? The fact that he had no idea how he wound up in the four-year-old's bed was disturbing, but not as disturbing as it might have been if Esteban was still in the bed.

Wilson's prescription for House -- and himself -- was getting the team to engage House in social activities. While the trip to the lesbian bar with Thirteen was playful, the karaoke with Chase and Foreman was more entertaining. We got to see Foreman and House playing Pips to Chase's Gladys Knight for a pained version of 'Midnight Train to Georgia.' The most fun, though, was watching House mess with Taub.

A week after all the open marriage talk and Taub clearly lying to his wife to pursue a blonde hottie, it was great to see House put Taub together with Rachel at a dinner just so he could manipulate Taub. Taub deserved to be put on the spot about his dalliance with the physio, and to his credit, House never revealed anything to the wife. Instead, House forced Taub into saying he was in a pottery class, a ridiculous lie made funnier when House drove up the bid on Ebay crap to fool Taub's wife into thinking he had made the tchotkes. In the end, Taub claimed that he made the choice not to cheat -- thus giving House the napkin holders -- but was anybody convinced that Taub could be faithful?

The case of the week was Ted Taylor, a bridegroom who insisted he wasn't gay, but the question came down to this: is homosexuality a choice? His choice to not be gay involved conversion therapy that included a chemical assault and electro-convulsive therapy to knock the gay out of him. Despite his protestations, Nicole also made a choice -- not to marry him.

The most significant development remains House's inability to deal with the pain in his leg. The ibuprofen isn't working anymore. He's not even trying to use them. House has moved onto booze. This is not a step in the right direction. It's trading one addiction for another, and since the previews show that next week House is back with his therapist, Dr. Nolan (Andre Braugher), it's pretty clear that House is in serious trouble again. Ultimately, aside from learning to live with unrelenting pain, there doesn't seem to be any solution for House.

Dialogue We Like

-- House to Wilson when he guessed that he'd arranged House's social life: "Taub asking me out was quirky, but Thirteen doing it is a barking cat."

-- Thirteen to House: "My self-pity's optional. What about yours?"

-- Cuddy: "I just want us to be friends."
House: "Funny, that's the last thing I want us to be."

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No, wulfn1, that still isn't the correct spelling.

It's "tchotchkes."

May 04 2010 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to itsy's comment

cool, thanks! Can say it just fine! lol, but it irritates when I can't be sure of the spelling , when typing.

May 04 2010 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone else notice that House had a reaction when Thirteen's hand shook as she downed that drink in the bar? Is this a clue that we may be dealing with her illness sooner rather than later?

May 04 2010 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Asherbean's comment

yep, but I wasn't sure if it was the tremor he was reacting to , or something he was seeing in his mind that connected the patient's diagnosis to what he'd seen as the glass tipped.

May 04 2010 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

first, thanks for the correct spelling of tchokes always wanna type it chachkis. Go figure.

House waking up in another apartment , especially in a kids bed is creepy no matter what. What parent leaves the door open anyway?

At this point , it seems the drinking issue is more to do with his frustration over Cuddy than the issue with his leg, which is acting more like a psychosomatic reaction to his frustration.

Wilson forcing House to suffer through a night of each of his employees was interesting, but I don't get the point beyond giving him a couple nights with his ex. Not usual House writers m/o.

Taub and his cheating issues , as Alicia says, is old and it's time to move away from the issue. He is obviously not going to change (of course they never do,just ask my ex's second wife who thought she could break him of the habit).

The homosexual issue seems to be the social stigma issue of the night.(seems like there's always an agenda with this show anymore, from the dictator,and unscrupulous doctors to this. it's always something that must be "said" to push the writer's views)

Gross lactation issues. And they could have done better moulage with it, that wierd curdly white stuff just made it all that much more disgusting.

House with the collected "milk" was even more disgusting, though it was funny watching the group's morbid fascination with his cup on it's way to his lips. Though I have to say, this was the first time in a while that I can honestly say the writers threw me off the official diagnosis , wondering if the guy was a hermaphrodite initially and assigned the incorrect gender, which could have explained his vaccilation between hetero and homo.

the last scene , with Cuddy's comments and House's response showed that maybe my thoughts on house's pain might be closer to accurate. His leg didn't start giving him trouble till after the conversation. THEN he pulled out the bottle.

May 04 2010 at 6:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When House is with Dr. Nolan in his office, am I the only one who kinda half expects House to spit out a murder confession?

May 04 2010 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sick of Taub's personal life. Can we move on from his pathetic need to screw around while keeping his wife on the hook?

The karaoke scene was priceless. House and Foreman make lovely back-up singers. Are they free for a summer tour?

May 04 2010 at 2:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thirteen's reaction to Ted saying "I'm as straight as the rest of you" was priceless.

May 04 2010 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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