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House Episode: "Half-wit"

Season 3, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Dave Matthews guest stars as a 35-year-old savant whose hand constricts during a piano recital. As the patient's condition quickly deteriorates at the hospital, House makes plans (unannounced, of course) to go to Boston. The doc has also been furtively ordering blood tests for a patient named Luke N. Laura. Dr. Obyedkov: Kurtwood Smith.
Original Air Date: Mar 6, 2007
Guest Cast Ingrid Sanai Buron: Nurse Bev Dru Mouser: Arlene Scott Weintraub: Stage Manager Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Kurtwood Smith: Dr. Obyedkov Dave Matthews: Patrick Obyedkov
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Season 3, Episode 15
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Length: 44:16
Aired: 3/6/2007
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March 6, 2007: Half-wit Season 3, Episode 15

I'm listening to Dave Matthews as I'm writing this commentary and I'm the teensiest bit disappointed that his role on House tonight was so limited. However, since he is a professional musician and not an actor, maybe it's best that he not stray too far afield. The only other acting I've seen him do was in Because of Winn-Dixie, a movie I recently viewed at the behest of fellow TV Guide blogger Jennifer Sankowski. Honestly, the role was similar, and Matthews was quite good in both. How could you not be touched by the story of Patrick (Matthews), a musical savant whose hand suffers inexplicable muscle contractions while performing in concert? Patrick's incredible musical abilities manifested themselves after he survived a bus accident that killed his mother. Now, at 35, Patrick is a child-like adult cared for by a father ( Kurtwood Smith) who sees Patrick's ability as a gift rather than the medical abnormality it is. But when you pair Patrick's condition with a depressed House who, this week, pretends to have cancer so he can get some really cool drugs injected directly into his brain, you have to ask, who is the real idiot? Despite the melancholia underlying this episode, the show was hysterical. There's no such thing as a secret at P-P Hospital, so I don't even know why House thought he could get away with his scheme. When word that House was dying swept through the hospital, the staff reacted accordingly. Cameron overreacted then used her feminine wiles to try to cure him. Chase brought the comic relief with an awkward, "I'm sorry you're dying. I'm going to hug you now" moment. You would have thought that House would have fessed up right then and there, but no, he stayed in character. He even submitted to a serious moment with Foreman, who declared that he actually liked House, despite the personality flaws. And Cuddy, that little vixen, let House feel her up! "One small feel for man, one giant ass for mankind." The man is truly poetic. Laughs aside, the show was bittersweet. We'd all like to brush aside The Issue that Tritter forced us to look at square in the face, but the sad fact is that House still hasn't solved his problem; he's only employing more sophisticated methods of getting drugs. For the first time since I started watching the show, I thought about the end of the series and recognized that it can't be a happy one. Ultimately, tragedy is the only way for this tale to end. Tonight, House made Patrick's father face the truth about his son's condition and his potential to lead a different life... a happier life. Wilson made House face the same truth about his life choices: stagnation vs fulfillment. Perhaps sharing a pizza with a friend is a much better way to deal with pain - emotional or physical - than pretending to be cancer-stricken. Though difficult, Patrick's father made the right choice for his son. Let's hope that for House, choosing to engage in life can supply the relief he needs. show less
I'm listening to Dave Matthews as I'm writing this commentary and I’m the teensiest bit disappointed that his role on House tonight was so limited. However, since he is a professional musician and not an actor, maybe it's best that he not stray too far afield. The only other acting I've seen him do was in Because of Winn-Dixie, a movie I recently viewed at the behest of fellow TV Guide blogger Jennifer Sankowski. Honestly, the role was similar, and Matthews was quite good in both. How could you not be touched by the story of Patrick (Matthews), a musical savant whose hand suffers inexplicable muscle contractions while performing in concert? Patrick's incredible musical abilities manifested themselves after he survived a bus accident that killed his mother. Now, at 35, Patrick is a child-like adult cared for by a father (Kurtwood Smith) who sees Patrick's ability as a gift rather than the medical abnormality it is. But when you pair Patrick's condition with a depressed House who... read more

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Premiered: November 16, 2004, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: He has little patience for patients, but misanthropic Gregory House is a brilliant diagnostician who probes life-and-death medical mysteries while 'CSI'-style graphics follow each disease's progression. 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer is one of the executive producers.

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