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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.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Eleven babes worth watchin'

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 13th 2009 10:39AM
Olivia WildeOn the eleventh day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... eleven babes worth watchin' .

Festivus is here, and is there a better way to celebrate than by taking stock of all the alluring TV hotties we've been obsessing over this year? I think not. (It's sure a beats counting down the year's stinkiest shows, anyway.)

For this year's list, we decided to stray a little from last year's Maxim covergirl-friendly tally to highlight the small screen starlets who charmed us not only with their hotness, but also with their talent. So head after the jump as we celebrate the 11th day of Festivus by counting down 11 babes worth watchin'.

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Review: House - Wilson

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 30th 2009 11:58PM
Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard, L) discusses treatment of a patient with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein, R) in the HOUSE episode 'Wilson.'
(S06E10) "They're all dying. They're all your friends." - House

Episodes like this are why I've faithfully stuck with House after six and a half seasons. Sure, more often than not, House can get stale -- it's the same thing, week in and out, and even something shocking (like Kutner offing himself last year or Cameron saying good-bye two weeks ago) isn't enough to take away from the fact that it's just another episode with another wacky case. But episodes like "Broken", and now "Wilson," are proof that there are so many more layers that need exploring in the world of Princeton Plainsboro.

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Review: House - Ignorance is Bliss

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 24th 2009 8:03AM
House (Hugh Laurie, R) makes Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein, L) an offer in the HOUSE episode 'Ignorance is Bliss.'
(S06E09) "There's no point in putting a band together if we're not going to play any gigs." - House

I'm torn over the best way to tackle this review of "Ignorance is Bliss." I have far more bad things to say about the episode than I do good things, yet I loved it. The outcome I (and presumably most other fans) want to see (House and Cuddy together) is hopefully going to be achieved. This just isn't my ideal path to get there.

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Review: House - Teamwork

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 17th 2009 2:06PM


(S06E07) "I'm living my life. For the first time, I'm not going to change that because of how it might affect him -- or you." -- Cuddy to Wilson, who asked her what she sees in Lucas

I just want to shove House and Cuddy into a room together and let them figure out their relationship. It's clear that even though she's trying to be happy in her current relationship, she just can't get House out of her head, no matter how much she declares that she has or is going to.

I feel for her, because once they end up getting together -- if they don't by the time the series ends, I'll be ticked -- she'll have a long road ahead of her. Or not. People change. There's a good heart beating inside House's damaged psyche. It could work.

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Review: House - Known Unknowns

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 10th 2009 1:40AM
Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard, R) and House (Hugh Laurie, L) have a heated exchange at a medical convention in the 'House' episode 'Known Unknowns.'
(S06E07) "Well, I feel bad. I haven't named your testicles." - Cuddy

We're all thinking it, and unlike euthanasia, I see no reason to keep mum -- House is firing on all cylinders right now. Actually, let me clarify that -- House the character, not House the show, is firing on all cylinders right now. Anything going on in Greg's periphery at the moment is sensational, absolutely electrifying drama.

Everything else? Not so much. If anything, "Known Unknowns" did nothing more than highlight something we've seen countless times already. Namely, the paralyzing effect House's absence has on his team. They're inept without him. What did I glean from the case du jour? Some annoying teenager got sick from eating oysters. However, I gleaned plenty from the rest of the hour.

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Review: House - Brave Heart

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 20th 2009 8:31AM
(L-R) Foreman (Omar Epps), Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) run tests on the skeletal remains of the father and grandfather of a patient who believes he's inherited an illness that kills the men in his family at age 40 in the HOUSE episode 'Brave Heart.'
(S06E06) "I've crossed some line and I'm having trouble getting back to the other side." - Chase

Another week, another case that no one cares about... well, almost. Ever since House's visit to the Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, it's been tough to get invested in anything other than what he's going through. Each week, the case du jour has been largely disposable (save for Dibala) as nothing really relates to anything else. However, it seems like David Shore and Co. must've realized that too because "Brave Heart" made a good attempt at bringing what's become a very segmented story back together.

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House: Instant Karma

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 13th 2009 12:50AM
House (Hugh Laurie, L) works with his original team (L-R: Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps and Jennifer Morrison) in the HOUSE episode 'Instant Karma.'
(S06E05) "I understand you're a fan. I'll have my guys send over a signed glossy." - House

We're getting deeper into the fall TV season, so it was only a matter of time before even the good shows started to falter a little. Not every episode is going to be an instant classic, and House is no exception. You know it's not a good sign when the only thing you find enjoyable is House comparing himself to Kobe Bryant, which, by the way, is dead on -- especially since he's no longer in charge. Foreman is the Phil Jackson to House's does whatever he wants and still wins #24.

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House: The Tyrant

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 6th 2009 1:50AM
House (Hugh Laurie, L) presents Cameron (Jennifer Morrison, R) and the team the case of President Dibala (James Earl Jones), the leader of an African nation who is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro, in the HOUSE episode 'The Tyrant.'|
(S06E04) "I thought I had detected the sickly sweet smell of maple syrup and socialized medicine." - House

Early on in this episode, House exclaimed "It's three years ago!" when he realized that he was working with the old team - Foreman, Chase, and Cameron. It became apparent rather quickly, though, that things at Princeton-Plainsboro are still very far from normal. He may be back, but House isn't back. Right now, he's more like the little kid that your co-worker brought to the office and he just won't leave your cube. That and the little kid is way smarter than you are.

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House: Epic Fail

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 29th 2009 1:02AM
House (Hugh Laurie, L) convinces Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard, R) to take a cooking class with him.
(S06E03) "House was an egotistical, pill popping, lawsuit magnet... and a genius." - Foreman

Change doesn't come easily for House. Fresh out of his stint at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital and you'd think he'd be craving his old routine. Instead he quits his job. As we learned, though, it was more about coping and less about change. Ironically though, House, the one character who had the biggest change and now has the most to cope with, seems to be doing the best out of them all.

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The greatest picture from House that you'll ever see

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 23rd 2009 5:32PM

House
Are you kidding me?!? This is quite possibly the greatest promotional picture for any series ever. I mean, just what the hell is going on? Wilson is golfing, Chase is grilling, Thirteen has a crossbow, Taub is shaving, Foreman is pumping some iron, and Cameron is working on the RV's engine?!? Assuming this whole delusion is in House's head (his trucker hat does say "I'm in charge"), it makes perfect sense then that Cuddy would be sunbathing on the roof in a red bikini.

More than anything though, it does get me excited about seeing the whole gang again on Monday night. As amazing as the House two hour premiere was, I do miss the rest of the Princeton-Plainsboro staffers. Lots of questions still up in the air - Thirteen's health, Chase and Cameron's relationship, and Cuddy's reaction to House's return are all at the top of my list. Oh and if you're looking for a better look, check out a hi-res version of the picture here.

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House: Broken (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 21st 2009 10:03PM
Dr. Nolan (guest star Andre Braugher, L) works with his patient House (Hugh Laurie, R) at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital in the HOUSE two-hour season premiere.
(S06E01/S06E02) "Oh, I'm sorry, is suicide taboo? Gosh, if I've broken a rule on my first day, I will kill myself." - House

This is not the House we know and love - both the show and character. While the lack of any resemblance to the typical medical procedural we're used to might have been a turn off to some, I feel pretty confident in saying that tonight's premiere will likely go down as one of the best episodes of House ever - regardless for how long it runs.

After seeing House check himself into a psychiatric hospital after last year's hallucinations and subsequent break-down, there's been one big question bugging us all and I pointed it out earlier today in my preview - is he or isn't he crazy? While we got our answer, it really doesn't matter because there was a whole lot more at stake than House's mental prowess in "Broken."

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House season six -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 21st 2009 10:02AM
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
Dr. Gregory House has problems. This is not news. We know this. His colleagues know this. He knows this. The issue at the core of tonight's two-hour season premiere of House ("Broken" airs at 8PM ET on Fox), is waiting patiently for our favorite curmudgeon to admit what he knows.

Ever since last season's finale, we've all wanted to know one thing - is House really crazy or has the Vicodin finally done enough damage that he's hallucinating dead people and having imaginary sex with Cuddy? The answer is finally revealed, and despite Fox's viral marketing campaign that presented the possibility of someone having done something to House to cause his problems, it turns out that Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital is precisely where he belongs. Or is it?

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G.I.Joe as it should have been

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 13th 2009 10:28AM
Olivia WildeI don't know how many of you caught the G.I. Joe movie this past weekend that is based on the cartoon and toy franchise of the 80's. I didn't, but even without seeing it, I think this sketch from Funny or Die called The Ballad of G.I.Joe is far better. Even the costumes are more accurate (if a little, but not much, cheesier).

Of course, there are quite a few television and movie celebrities making up the cast: Tony Hale, Olivia Wilde (pictured as the Baroness), Alan Tudyk and Julianne Moore, to name a few. And whatever you do, stick around for the end of the song to see a special guest star that SHOULD have been in the movie.

I remember watching the cartoon while I was a young lad, and it seems obvious that the creators of this cute sketch knew the show, possibly even more than the people who made the movie. Video is after the jump.

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House: The Softer Side

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Feb 24th 2009 12:24PM

(S5E16
) First off, a thanks to everyone who wrote in telling me what the music playing at the end of last week's episode was. Who knew that Hugh Laurie was a composer, too? Apparently, everyone else but me. Also last week, a few of you wrote in expressing frustration with the slow development of House's character. I feel like we've seen other characters on the show evolve and develop, yet House has remained frustratingly stagnant.

Well, this week, I think we got our first peek at what a new and improved House would be like...and, I gotta say, I was not pleased.

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