I laughed, I cried. OK, I didn't cry, but coughing up about a litre of blood freaked me out. And I certainly sympathized with the patient. Blood clot, heart attack, liver cancer all while suffering from schizophrenia but not really. Geez. But, unlike other medical shows that heap one trauma upon another with no relief, 'House' has found a way to balance it all with humor so you don't feel numbed to the soul at the end of the hour.
There were so many great little moments in this ep, I really wish I had taped it to watch it again. How many shows today captivate you with the use of language? Granted, most of the medical babble is lost on me, but there are so many inspired plays on words or witty retorts. Made all the more wonderful by Hugh's delivery. Tackling a runny nose to get it walking again. Refering to the earth as the "little planet that could" - managing to complete another circle around the sun successfully (yeah, sometimes I'm surprised too).
It's a hard to pick my favorite LOL moment. Tough call between "I have a cane and I know how to use it" or hearing him try to fake a British accent. I have to wonder if the humor of that moment was sadly lost on a lot of people.
I'm appreciating the tiny reveals into the personal lives of the characters. It's like real life, you seldom get to know all about someone in one sitting. We already knew he played piano to relax, but why does House want to avoid his birthday? Does he just not like celebrating it like so many of us do? Or is there a more personal reason? Chase seemed single minded in his diagnosis of sirosis caused by alcoholism and seemed more than a bit wistful at seeing Mom and son together. So, was it his mom or dad that was the drinker in his family? And Cameron seems very intent on reaching the softer side of Dr House. Is it just some need to get at the root of what makes him tick or something more?
The show has shown a real knack for hiring good people for guest starring roles and, really, for those forty some minutes, the patient and/or family is as much of a star as the series regulars. The kid (well, for all I know that actor could be pushing thirty! ;) was a real standout conveying the strength he needs to show for his mom's well being one minute and then crumbling as he walks away from her the next.
I *knew* House would take the blame and allow the kid to believe it was he that called social services. But, it was refreshing that the writers didn't have the mother come clean out of guilt. She had done the right thing, but her son just wouldn't understand, at least not now, so, yeah, let him hate the guy he'll probably never see again and not the mother that loves him.
FOX is publicizing the show as a "new hit drama" that means they'll keep it on the air right? ::crosses fingers::