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House Episode: "Living the Dream"

Season 4, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: House believes that an actor (Jason Lewis) on his favorite soap opera is seriously ill after observing his symptoms on television, so he decides to intervene; Amber and Wilson have their first fight, much to House's delight; and Cuddy tries to keep up appearances when an inspector shows up unexpectedly at Princeton-Plainsboro.
Original Air Date: May 5, 2008
Guest Cast Jason Lewis: Evan Greer
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Season 4, Episode 14
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Length: 44:00
Aired: 5/5/2008
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Living the Dream Season 4, Episode 14

Tonight's episode didn't follow the normal House format where Patient X mysteriously falls ill and is brought into Princeton-Plainsboro under House's care. Instead, the featured patient arrived by town car as opposed to an ambulance and House was the chauffeur! Turns out the good doc was worried his favorite daytime soap star, Evan Greer (guest star Jason Lewis, better known as SATC's Smith to millions of women across the world), had been suffering from a brain tumor and took it upon himself to kidnap the celeb to run some tests. How he was able to determine anything based on this guy's acting is beyond us, but this is House we're talking about here, is it not? Whatever you do, don't assume House went out of his way to save a man's life. Oh no, because if that were the case, that would have involved some form of caring. All he was concerned about was if Evan were to die, then so would his favorite actor Broc - and he just couldn't have that. Evan agrees to one vision test, but when everything looked fine and he refused an MRI, House took matters into his own hands yet again and drugged the actor to run the exam. Normally House's antics do nothing more than get the staff bickering and Cuddy clip-clopping down hallways at light speed, but this week the pressure was on because an inspector had arrived to the hospital for its annual review. Needless to say, this guy wasn't the type to let so much as a faulty water fountain slip by his radar, let alone House's insane methods of practice. Cuddy places his team in charge of playing damage control to keep House out of trouble, and Cameron in charged with the task of getting House's back-logged patient charts situated. As always, House was right about an ailing Evan, which became clear after his feet suddenly went numb. Good thing, because House was chomping at the bit to hit up the actor's set and dressing room for any clues into the mystery as well as sitting his team down for a soap viewing party for "diagnostic purposes." His theory that B-6 toxicity due to one too many sunflower seeds (mental note: stick to almonds) was to be blamed proved false after porn put the patient into cardiac arrest. Meanwhile, on the Wilson-Amber front (or Wilber, if you will), the two were out shopping for a decent mattress and Amber put Wilson to the ultimate relationship test - all unbeknownst to him, of course. His task: to purchase either the mattress he wanted, or the one she wanted. Either way, her poverty sob story to haggle the salesman down $500 was impressive none the less. Back at the hospital, House is ready to break every rule in the book (including eating stolen food in the morgue), but actually got Cuddy to agree to give him the big-screen plasma TV from the lounge in order to get House to play nice with the uber-anal inspector. Once Cameron finished her assigned paperwork mission, she and House shared a semi-heartfelt moment where she admitted to missing her old job, the puzzling cases and all that other good stuff - but she makes it crystal clear that one thing she doesn't miss is House. Ouch! To continue on with the mattress drama, Amber came home to find that Wilson had purchased the mattress she originally wanted and was pretty pissed off Wilson wussed out. Apparently, she didn't want him to buy what she wanted and ultimately resent her like with all his exes. So, Wilson not only got the bed he wanted, but got the waterbed he had always wanted. Of course, he hated it and back to the store it went. Honestly, her "testing Wilson with wasn't exactly a positive move either. God forbid they try communicating their concerns prior to calling the moving truck three times. As for the patient, Grave's disease was out of the running and House was 99.9 percent sure Evan was allergic to chrysanthemums. He was so sure that he was willing to risk the patients' life by giving him steroids (not out of the norm), but also risk his job as well as Cuddy's because if the inspector got wind of this lack of protocol, it'd be all over for both of them (not to mention the hospital's credibility). In a slight turn of events, all tests came out negative for floral allergies, meaning House was wrong. I was concerned bad things were about to happen for a split second, but by some miracle House's decision was right, even if it was for the wrong reasons. The steroids worked because Evan did have an allergy, but not to flowers. Instead, it was tonic water. Even though the patient lived and was treated, the hospital was still fined $200K for House's reckless actions. I wasn't exactly blown away by this episode, but it did have its moments. Cameron's role tonight felt more fitting than usual, and it was refreshing to see her tossing out diagnostic theories for the nostalgia factor. Amber and Wilson didn't do it for me because it's usually the interaction between House and C.B. that really make for good television. These two just don't seem believable as a couple to me, so these lover's quarrels are a bit hard to swallow. The whole side story with the actor not being satisfied in his job and chatting with everyone about it started to annoy me a bit. I feel it was as though they were overemphasizing that that Cameron isn't happy (nor some other staff members). I think we're bright enough to pick that up on our own without it being crammed down our throats. And lastly, Cuddy. How she lets him run the show, even the one time she asks him to behave, is beyond me. She must really be more in love with him than I thought! What was your take on tonight's episode? Were you a fan of Jason Lewis' performance? Were you glad to see Cameron "back in action," so to speak? What do you think of Wilson and Amber's little tiff? Do you think Cuddy will ever lay down the law with House? We want to know! And be sure to check out clips and full episodes of House with our Online Video Guide now! show less
Tonights episode didnt follow the normal House format where Patient X mysteriously falls ill and is brought into Princeton-Plainsboro under Houses care Instead the featured patient arrived by town car as opposed to an ambulance and House was the chauffeur Turns out the good doc was worried his favorite daytime soap star Evan Greer guest star Jason Lewis better known as SATCs Smith to millions of women across the world had been suffering from a brain tumor and took it upon himself to kidnap the celeb to run some tests How he was able to determine anything based on this guys acting is beyond us but this is House were talking about here is it notWhatever you do dont assume House went out of his way to save a mans life Oh no because if that were the case that would have involved some form of caring All he was concerned about was if Evan were to die then so would his favorite actor Broc and he just couldnt have that Evan agrees to one vision tes read more

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