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I really enjoyed the first 30 minutes of this episode. Then it seemed to devolve in into the typical 'let's throw out a half dozen diagnosis and see what doesn't put the patient at death's door'. Finally, in the last five minutes, the episode totally went off the rails. They turned the earnest doctor, who wanted to go back to Africa to treat the desperately poor and sick, into a nut job? He infected the patient with polio to get research funds?! I'm all for plot twists, but that one felt like it was pulled out of the writers asses moments before shooting began.

It's a shame they went for the twist over logical character development. I was really enjoying Foreman being wrong, repeatedly, and having to face some hard truths about himself. He is arrogant and selfish and cocky and he was looking at killing yet another patient because of that. I also loved that he had left because he feared becoming House, did, in fact, become House, and now was still acting as House would. But while he wants the authority and respect that House has, he really hasn't done anything to earn it. House may shoot down other people's ideas (as we saw him do at the CIA), but he lets his staff run their tests and at least entertains, however briefly or mockingly, their ideas before ruling them out. And Foreman either forgets that these doctors have as much if not more experience than him or he believes his three years with House makes him smarter than all of them put together. So, yeah, I really liked seeing him fall, hard. Sadly, any personal growth was quickly wiped out as he was proven right and his colleague was shown to be a crazy man.

Michael Michelle's character taking House up on his offer didn't make a lot of sense to me. I got the impression that working on top secret cases for the CIA and being able to call in anyone she wants at any time to assist on a case meant she had a damn important position. She gave that up to work for House? Who she knows listens to no one?

Is anyone else getting the sense that Cameron and Chase are no longer a couple? His comments to Cameron about letting go of House didn't sound like those of a jealous boyfriend, but one who realized some time ago that she still had feelings for another man and walked away.

I'm getting really tired of the cancer diagnosis without any actual testing for cancer. If the patient had a rare form of blood cancer wouldn't that, I don't know, show up in a blood test?

Loved Wilson in his brief appearances. First, his reaction to finding out that House was at the CIA and then later trying to decide how much he should tell Cuddy and getting bitten in the ass for telling the truth.

Speaking of Cuddy, is her role now to just be bitchy and ineffectual? Because I don't see what else she is doing.
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Yeah, they've been running such wonderful episodes lately that this one brought me up short. I was really enjoying Foreman being wrong, repeatedly, and having to face some hard truths about himself. He is arrogant and selfish and cocky and he was looking at killing yet another patient because of that. I also loved that he had left because he feared becoming House, did, in fact, become House, and now was still acting as House would. But while he wants the authority and respect that House has, he really hasn't done anything to earn it Nods. My only hope is that all of this really does make Foreman a better and more compassionate doctor. And to tell you the truth, let's decide who's in and who's out now - the scramble to be on House's team is starting to wear a little thin.
And to tell you the truth, let's decide who's in and who's out now - the scramble to be on House's team is starting to wear a little thin.

I agree. I still think it was a good story arc and I've thoroughly enjoyed it, but I thought decisions would be made by now. And they get rid of one and bring in another!
This episode did veer into uneven territory at the end. The young doc drugging the patient to give her polio symptoms so she could miraculously recover through the use of Vitamin C was just bizarre. The poor girl had heat stroke and yet she was subjected to how many different treatments in a short period of time? I often wonder how the patients manage to survive all the erroneous treatments they receive. Still, all the second guessing did take Foreman down a notch or two. It just probably won't have a lasting effect since it turns out he was right from the get-go. Sigh.

Michael Michelle's character taking House up on his offer didn't make a lot of sense to me.

Nor me. House tells her he has "a spot open on his penis," and this makes her want to work for him? She must really hate the CIA job. And why did he offer her a place on his team anyway? Other than her looks did anything about her impress? I didn't see her make any genius (or even solid) medical moves that would indicate she's a good candidate for the team. Granted, she knew the extension number of the room her patient was in but does that really show diagnostic skill? Besides, I feel like we have an overcrowded cast as it is. Enough already!

Also, if the CIA doc is on the team Cutthroat Bitch is going to be pissed that she still has to eliminate three people to secure a spot instead of only two. ;)

Is anyone else getting the sense that Cameron and Chase are no longer a couple?

Yes. I wish we could find out a bit more about what is going on with them. Just for clarity's sake if nothing else. It seems as if some of the interpersonal and character development has disappeared this season as all the newbies try to impress House and solve the medical mystery of the week. And we have learned things about all the newbies but I would also like to find out a little more about how things are going with the characters I'm already invested in.

Loved Wilson in his brief appearances.

He was fabulous as always.

Speaking of Cuddy, is her role now to just be bitchy and ineffectual? Because I don't see what else she is doing.

She doesn't appear to be doing anything else which makes it hard to buy her as a foil to House and his insanity.



The poor girl had heat stroke and yet she was subjected to how many different treatments in a short period of time?

How is the hospital not sued more? The patient and her dad were rightly outraged. They knew they were making her sicker and that's without even realizing that one of her doctors gave her polio. And what if the cure didn't work? And did it really give her 100% use of her legs back?

Nor me. House tells her he has "a spot open on his penis," and this makes her want to work for him?

Exactly. That line actually made me cringe. There is a fine line between innuendo and harassment and House crossed it there.

I didn't see her make any genius (or even solid) medical moves that would indicate she's a good candidate for the team.

She really just went along with whatever the other two said. And I'm still trying to figure out why she kept trusting House over the other doctor. The other guy had to be pretty damn good to be at the Mayo Clinic and flown in by the CIA.

Also, if the CIA doc is on the team Cutthroat Bitch is going to be pissed that she still has to eliminate three people to secure a spot instead of only two. ;)

Maybe Cutthroat Bitch will kill her and then we can get rid of both of them at the same time!

And we have learned things about all the newbies but I would also like to find out a little more about how things are going with the characters I'm already invested in.

Foreman has had some character development, but Chase and Cameron seem like they have little more than glorified cameos each week. Kind of like Richard Dean Anderson in Season 8 of SG1. ;)
I pretty much agree with all your points. I had hoped that the writers had learned their lesson with bringing on unnecessary outsiders (Vogler, Tritter), but now we have CIA doctor. I hope it doesn't last long. As for Foreman, he wants to have his cake and eat it too - he wants House's authority and respect, yet he also wants to be liked, whereas House doesn't care if he's liked, and therefore gets more respect because he isn't trying to kiss up to anyone.

I just love Wilson :)

As for Cuddy, I wouldn't be surprised if Lisa takes this strike opportunity to get some new writers hired ;)
As for Foreman, he wants to have his cake and eat it too - he wants House's authority and respect, yet he also wants to be liked, whereas House doesn't care if he's liked, and therefore gets more respect because he isn't trying to kiss up to anyone.

Good point. Foreman worries about what others think of him, even if he won't admit it, whereas House doesn't give a damn. House just cares about results and not being respected in the course of obtaining those results.

As for Cuddy, I wouldn't be surprised if Lisa takes this strike opportunity to get some new writers hired ;)

I am really shocked Lisa hasn't spoken up about how Cuddy is being written. She wouldn't have the power on set Hugh has, but I think they would at least consider what she has to say.
I think that Cameron and Chase are still together, but that he has just accepted her thing for House, and has gotten past it.

I don't get MM's character working there either. It seems like just a reason to have her be a guest star for a series of episodes that will probably annoy us.
I don't get MM's character working there either. It seems like just a reason to have her be a guest star for a series of episodes that will probably annoy us.

Gah! She could be this years Tritter or Vogler. NOOOOOOO!!!
Unfortunately, I'm way behind on my House viewing. I just wonder what you will be doing when HOUSE runs out of new episodes if teh writer's strike doesn't resolve itsself soon (I read at Zap2it that the sets for HOUSE will shutdown soon).
I have shelves full of boxsets to watch, Razor to analyze, and fanfic to write so I think I'm pretty well covered. But I will still miss my shows. :/