Hey all! Thought I'd introduce myself before jumping in to the goodness that is
House. My name is Gina, and I'll be taking over for Nina/Erin on the remaining four episodes of the season. Ok, good. Now that we've gotten those introductions out of the way, let's talk shop!
So as most of you may remember (or may not considering it was almost three months ago), we left off in February with the big news being that sweet, innocent Wilson was secretly dating Cutthroat Bitch/Amber. When we stopped to think about the situation, she is, after all, House in a woman's body, so it explained a lot as far as Wilson's interest. But her motives are still a bit unclear (we hate to jump to the obvious, so we'll wait and see if she truly has softened up a bit).
Now, tonight's episode. We have to note how fitting it was in the first few minutes, the location where the patient falls ill just so happens to be a picket line. Well played,
House writers, well played indeed.
The episode begins when this particular patient piques House's interest when he stumbles across him in the ER while hiding from Cuddy. Why? Because this man in ridiculously nice. Clearly House can't accept that this is just the way the man is, so he rallies the troops and off they go find out what exactly what horrid disease could possibly be causing this "niceness" symptom (even though the team isn't buying it).
Meanwhile, as his minions are off running tests, House hits up the bowling alley with Chase - a fill-in for his usual partner, Wilson, who's now off with C.B. somewhere. The whole scene seemed a little forced in trying to work Chase into the script, but either way, their conversation served as the catalyst for what would become the House-C.B. face-off for quality Wilson time.
House demands "joint-custody" of Wilson with C.B. but they can't settle upon the terms of the agreement. So who resides as judge in this custody battle? Cuddy, of course! But she strikes up some terms of her own when she says she'll only make the call if House finally gets performance reviews of his team done - but ultimately, everyone gets what they want out of this new "contract."
Meanwhile, House and Co. continues to try to get to the bottom of what's ailing Mr. Nice Guy, but to no avail. But wait, they finally make some progress when the patient tests positive for syphilis which could explain his disgustingly happy persona. Kutner has an interesting rationale about the situation: In order for someone to be suffering from a disease that causes niceness, there must also be one causing jerkiness, aka House. Then there it is - the light bulb moment! Could House also be suffering from syphilis? Turns out there's a vial of House's blood that proves Kutner correct. House is genuinely speechless when confronted by his team about his little STD. But more to come on this.
Prior to the team's discovery, House's man-date starts off on the wrong foot when C.B. drops Wilson off 16 minutes late. But he gets back at her by getting Wilson liquored up on dirty martinis so that he won't be able to ... ahem ... perform for her when he gets home. Needless to say, she's less than thrilled about it.
Now, back to the syph. So House finally reveals to Wilson his personal secret - but it's not what you think. Turns out he switched his blood so the tests would be positive and he's started acting nicer to his team because they think he's taking penicillin to treat it. Love how he messes with them so! But Wilson isn't able to keep the secret quiet and winds up telling C.B. - and let's just say that after dropping Wilson off wasted, she isn't into playing along and squeals to the team.
Things aren't all that bad because House's little ploy sparks light bulb moment number two in Kutner for the evening, and this time he manages to figure out that the patient is suffering from a disease that tests positive for syphilis, Shagas disease. The disease causes brain swelling which is what has altered his personality. The patient is treated and will be fine ... gold star for Kutner.
But it's not over just yet. Judge Cuddy has deemed both parties in the custody battle in breach of the terms of agreement. Punishment? Both House and C.B. are faced with adult diaper duty.
So that wraps up this returning episode. All in all, I thought it was pretty good. They actually had me going for a minute that maybe, just maybe, House's jerkiness was all because of a disease. And I'm not going to lie, the thought of House getting cured of his bitter sarcasm made me shudder a little. The only thing about this episode that I wasn't big on was the fact that I felt they were really forcing Chase and Cameron into the script more so than organically writing them in. As far as the custody battle for Wilson, I'm loving the showdown and want more!
What was your take? Do you think the episode delivered after all that time off? Did you believe that House's heartlessness was symptom of syphilis? Or did you know from the get-go that there was no way? Do you feel C.B. is using Wilson to drive House nuts? Let us know!
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Hey all Thought Id introduce myself before jumping in to the goodness that is House My name is Gina and Ill be taking over for NinaErin on the remaining four episodes of the season Ok good Now that weve gotten those introductions out of the way lets talk shopSo as most of you may remember or may not considering it was almost three months ago we left off in February with the big news being that sweet innocent Wilson was secretly dating Cutthroat BitchAmber When we stopped to think about the situation she is after all House in a womans body so it explained a lot as far as Wilsons interest But her motives are still a bit unclear we hate to jump to the obvious so well wait and see if she truly has softened up a bit Now tonights episode We have to note how fitting it was in the first few minutes the location where the patient falls ill just so happens to be a picket line Well played House writers well played indeed The episode begins when this part