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'House' Season 7, Episode 16 Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2011 8:35AM
Lisa Edelstein and Hugh Laurie on 'House'['House' - 'Out of the Chute']

So, after a full season of the kind of lovey-dovey loving that eventually seems to permeate every drama, comedy and mystery show on the dial, we finally get some classic 'House'. All it took was a little heartbreak and a whole lot of pills.

Cuddy hands his heart back to his bad Vicodin-popping self and because House treats all personal news with the decorum of a coked-up rhino, he goes on his usual self-centered bender (hookers, high priced hotels, more hookers).

And while a return to House's old form sounds like an excuse for the writers' room to lay off the medical know-how, it actually does a good job of blending two stories into one seamless episode. Wait, we are still talking about 'House,' right?

Of course, the main reason we're tuning in (other than we need something to do while the cable is out) is to see how House handles the break-up, and based on the usual spoiling promos, it not only addressed those concerns, but did it in a way that didn't feel like watching whatever airs during the credits would ruin next week's experience.

The opening, however, did a nice job of introducing the case of the week with a slow frame camera shot of a bull rider breaking the traditional eight seconds, together with an internal monologue of how he does it. The style might be a huge TV stereotype, but it works. It didn't just show how much research the writers did for this tiny section of the script but it actually melded nicely with the theme of the episode and House's problems.

Then we cut to House, who'd taken up refuge in a very posh hotel suite, living off room service and whatever booze hadn't been bolted down in the mini-bar. It was followed by a never-ending line of comely, high-priced (I would assume, silicone ain't cheap these days) hookers. Normally, my mind would be screaming at the TV for letting House be such a typical bastard and abandon his job and his patients for something so self-centered but, actually, it was a welcome return. It was like hooking up with an old drinking buddy from college, minus the hangover we never got after a night of Jack shots and Flaming Dr. Peppers.

Getting dumped by Cuddy and doped on drugs again was easily the best thing that could have happened to him this season. Sure, he experienced some growth (no pun intended, sickos) with his relationship only to fall back on crutches because he couldn't find the gumption to stand by her side when she needed him most, but it still didn't feel like the lessons he learned or learning how to love was only diluting the things that make him fun to watch. And, believe it or not, the true jerk in this episode wasn't House, but Cuddy. She didn't just act surprised when he failed to show for work, but she spent the whole episode avoiding him and facing up to her choices, even if they were for her best intentions. She felt a little written out of the episode, as if the writers either couldn't think of a way for her to address the break-up, or just physically didn't have time to work her into the show. Only time and the deleted scenes from the Season 7 DVD will tell.

Even the case was interesting and didn't feel like an afterthought that was distant from the central story. The rodeo rider who seemed to suffer a symptom on every conceivable part of the human body has to endure some very graphic and intrusive surgery and procedures from his sudden and distant bout with seizures. The cause didn't feel totally explained, at least for those of us in the audience who didn't spend a semester dissecting cadavers for college credit, but it did set up a nice solution for House, and it made for an even more interesting plot line for Martha, who was starting to feel like just another interchangeable member of House's team. The slow build up to her eventual heartbreak was a nice surprise.

The same can be said for the rest of the episode. It actually made me look forward to the final episode for a reason other than it's the final episode and I can go back to having my Monday nights to myself again.

'House' airs Mondays, 8PM ET on FOX.

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I expected a longer Huddy romance and am disappointed that is not the case. Cuddy has known what House is for many years, and, as a doctor and his friend, she should have known that House might relapse. I don't see why House can't be his miseable self and still have a relationship with Cuddy. I actually thought the romance would be alluded to while giving Wilson (whom I adore as House's only real friend), Foreman (not enough story lines), Chase (lovable ass kisser that he is), Peter Jacobson (love the idea he's living with Foreman), and the returning Remy (13) more interaction. All shows have a "thing of the week." See any L&O or other police dramas?? Same stories, different MO's. I hope the writers get real and allow House at least some time for a kiss. Sheesh!

March 19 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I find that I only watch the series now for the mystery-illness-of-the-week. My drinking game: Anytime Cuddy is in a scene, anytime Wilson is in a scene, anytime House is popping pills, and anytime House is portrayed with a prostitute. Yes, I'd be very drunk if I drank each of those times, instead, I hit the FF button, so I end up watching maybe 20 mins of a 42 min show. In other words I think the House character is WAY off the rails and is a juvenile caricature and the Cuddy/Wilson characters are throw-away enablers. I probably shouldn't watch anymore but it's a fast 20 mins that usually has an interesting medical twist.

March 16 2011 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Character developement should go forward not backwards. Some slippage would be one thing but that was ridiculous. He learned nothing? We're expected to believe that? I could understand "problems in the relationship" but come on. If this is the way House is going to go on I for one am out.

March 16 2011 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I kind of agree with kagacins; why is TVsquad so bad at reviews (they're rarely true recaps)? Either they start coverage on a show and quit, or their continuing coverage only serves to lambaste and ridicule the series, only ever occasionally talking about the good points. The only reason I even read the reviews (aside from "Bones", "Vampire Diaries", "Nikita" and "Community" reviews- all Thursday shows... weird) is because other people's comments are actually well thought out and criticism is constructive instead of thrown out as snide one liners.

Don't get me wrong, you don't have to love the show, but at least keep a level tone when reviewing and don't put the series down every other comment. Not everyone feels the same way you do, and I for one find this season of house much better than the last one, though its still a far cry from the good ol' "Ducklings Days" of seasons 1-3.

I diverge with your opinion again on this episode. I thought the House/Wilson moments were the only even slightly good parts. Medically, I'm no doctor but even I know that blowing up someone's heart to help them in any way is ridiculous. The episode was only barely amusing- House has been much wittier, and though Masters' probably could carry a subplot on her own, this particular subplot was kind of lame.

March 15 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I agree with kagacins and carrliz too. I'll even take it a step further. It seems all the TVSquad recaps have been a little lazy recently. When Greek was still on, they did one half ass attempted at a recap (4 paragraphs with breaks in between to make it seem like it was longer) and I called them out on it and right after that they stopped doing them. Which was a shame cause when a reviewer is really into the shows, TVSquad generally puts out good recaps. But it's not the case with Greek and doesn't seem to be with House either. It would be nice if we got reviewers who actually liked watching the shows.

March 15 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I totally agree Kagacins. If the person is only watching the show because he "has" to; then his recaps and reviews are biased.
Personally, I thought last night's episode funnier than h**L! Especially the balcony scene....totally caught me off guard.

March 15 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Why is this person reviewing House as he is a clear uninterested party and non-fan of the show? His obvious disdain and the fact that TVSquad has not changed this assignment really contributes to me devaluing what content comes from this internet destination. Please, please do something about this.

March 15 2011 at 11:39 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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