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House of Love

The bad puns are back! Yes, I know you've missed them and I was inspired tonight. I took notes during the episode people. Notes! And I don't think I've taken this many since Buffy ended. Unfortunately, due to extreme exhaustion and a stuffy head, my observances, theories, etc. are not going to be nearly as well formulated as I'd like. I also know if I don't get this down now, well, I'm a slacker and who knows when I'll get to it.


"I don't need to watch 'The O.C.', but it makes me happy."

Was it House's best line? No. But, damn, if I don't like the idea of myself and Dr House both spending our Thursday's amused at Seth and wondering why the hell Marissa hasn't died yet. (And, yes, I know Dr House is a fictional character, but I'm still greatly amused so let me have my moment. :p)

We got Wilson snark tonight ("In Swedish, friend can be translated as limping twirp"). Sure, we've had a line or two in episodes past, but this was a lot of snark. And Foreman thought it was bad when just House was on his case...

As most of you know (I say most since I know I have a few new folks reading this ::waves:: ), I'm not really into the whole slash thing be it 'House' or any other show. But, damn, even I'm starting to pick up on it here. I didn't bother to list all the moments because I knew no_detective would do a much better job ;). The "Just because Wilson asked" line does stick in my mine though.

I have to admit, I was disappointed to see, yet again, Foreman make a snap judgement/diagnosis. He wants to know why House keeps pushing him it's because of that crap. Foreman is probably a brilliant doctor if only he'd remember he's at a teaching hospital (in other words, learning hospital) and would stop accepting the first and easiest diagnosis that pops into his head.

But, this nagging trait of his to come to quick conclusions provides us with the jumping off point for what will be somel interesting parallels. House assumes (and we all know what they say about assuming) that Foreman's disregard of the homeless must be do to some personal experience. Right idea about personal history forming ones perspective, wrong person. Mr I Like To Dig For The Truth soon discovers how much he doesn't yet know about his closest friend. Meanwhile, two med students charged with the task of getting a patient's personal history come up with wildly different reports because of their own lacking observational skills.

Whether it was charts, files, drawings, photos, etc we were constantly confronted with a lot cursory information that provided pieces of a person's life but couldn't reveal the bigger picture of who that person was.

Speaking of House, I had an epiphany though I'd hazzard to guess many others have already had this realization (thus far my reading of posts about the show has been relegated to my Flist). I think it's evident that House likes to solve a good mystery. I use to think that that mystery was the illnesses of his patients. Not so much anymore. It's not the 'what' that's causing a patient to be sick that interests him, but the 'why' of this particular mystery needing to be solved. In this case, why Wilson was so interested in seeing this woman cared for seemed to be the trigger. He's a man who would like to make you believe he abhors human nature, yet is endlessly drawn to it.

One other thing that struck me tonight that unlike other medical shows, 'House' deals with the ambiguities of life and death. I have no idea at what point it becomes too late to treat rabies, but had they figured out the symptoms a day sooner, could they have at least attempted to treat her? We don't know. And while we do know that for two years she lived with the guilt over the death of her husband and son, should she have? Was it the fact of 'simply' being at the wheel at the time of the crash that made her feel responsible? Or, was she drunk or driving recklessly? In the end, for her and for us it didn't really matter. And am I the only one who was weepy?
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Another great House episode. They didn't get to save the patient, but it is like that sometimes. Can't wait to see next week's episode when House goes off...
Next week's ep should be interesting. I just hope they don't cross the line into melodrama. Regardless, I smell an Emmy nod for Mr Laurie.
Wasn't this ep absolutely terrific?! I love the balanced way the characters are revealed/constructed before our eyes; and I especially love that we get to "investigate" everybody from House's point of view, yet we still know so very little about him. Feels more true and more mysterious, somehow.

And you're right, House's curiosity defies categories such as public and private; he approaches everything as a whole, be it a disease, a patient, or a colleague. I noticed that about him when he took into consideration personal issues of each of the Ducklings before hiring them. I think that's what I respect about him the most - this willingness to go beyond the fake, imposed, politically correct but ultimately often 100% useless boundaries, and look for the truth in the bigger picture.

And I love that he is shown to be wrong every once in a while. (Wilson actually calls him on it a few times, and very reasonably so - not angrily like Foreman in the previous ep.) The way House accepts being wrong tells volumes about the actual state of his ego.

And am I the only one who was weepy?

I cried like a baby. The whole scene reminded me too much of Wes, and how Illyria turns into Fred to give him that final moment of peace... even writing about it now is making me cry.
And I love that he is shown to be wrong every once in a while. (Wilson actually calls him on it a few times, and very reasonably so - not angrily like Foreman in the previous ep.) The way House accepts being wrong tells volumes about the actual state of his ego.

Exactly. And it speaks volumes about Foreman who seems to be under the impression that House believes himself to be some sort of god. It's another indication that Foreman isn't really seeing everything around him and instead relying on snap judgements. House, week after week, has admited to his mistakes it's just that he doesn't allow them to cripple him emotianally thus preventing him from coming to the correct conclusion
I've just started ep 6. I am catching up, I promise. And then I have to try to find the first three. I wonder how long it'll be before they come to UK terrestrial.

Next year? 2007? Hmm, I feel an Isohunt search coming on...
I'm so glad you are enjoying the show. And while I highly recommend tracking down the first three eps (especially the pilot) the best episodes have been the most recent ones. :)
That WAS a really good show wasn't it? In answer to your question, by the time they saw the patient it was already too late to save her. She already had full blown rabies for which there is no cure and in fact, they were lucky to have discovered it in time to save the doctor.
I only know this because of my fondness for an extremely nasty work of fiction called A Cold Mind by David Lindsey which is about a serial killer who kills with rabies. Creeeepy.
I figured it was too late to save her, but most medical shows play pretty fast and loose with the medical facts so I can never be 100% sure about what I'm seeing. Thanks for the clarification. Now it's scary to think how close Foreman came to being another victim. :(
I just grow to love this show more and more. And your favorite line is my favorite line too. It amuses me to no end to know that House watches the O.C.. But, hey, he loves General Hospital so, of course, he's a genius.

Your analysis of our antihero seems pretty spot on to me. He's a doctor, illnesses intrigue him, but it isn't so much the "what" that excites him as the "why." He may discover what ailment a patient has but he's not done until he understands how they got it and why. He has to search until he has everything clear in his head. As evidenced by his need to go through all the drugs in the pharmacy in the episode where the young man's cough pills were killing him because they were the wrong ones. House figured it out but still had to continue on until he had definite proof for himself. He's interested in solving the puzzle completely. And hells bells, if he's not good at it.

Strangely enough though, he doesn't strike me as an egomaniac. He's assertive and assured (as you noted) but when he's wrong he doesn't stomp his foot or argue the point or attempt to lay blame. He acknowledges the error and goes on. He's not overly concerned with who answers the necessary questions correctly, only that they are answered.

He's a man who would like to make you believe he abhors human nature, yet is endlessly drawn to it.

House is not an overtly friendly guy. Have you noticed? If you don't have a mystery to solve, then you don't hold much interest for him (or so it seems). He's a sharp, observant, curious man. And this leaves him with a need to express those traits. So, what better subject to focus all that brain power on than his fellow humans. We're all great big balls of physical, mental and spiritual chaos. An endless amalgam of emotion and environment. House points out one of the things that makes us so interesting to him all the time, "Everybody lies." And we lie because we're human. We're made up of so many varying elements that we cannot be understood fully from second to second, even by ourselves. So, House is captivted. Not only do the patients offer a medical mystery to be solved but they thicken the plot by presenting this mystery in a package that is wrapped in layers of hidden meaning and misdirection. How could he resist?
He has to search until he has everything clear in his head. As evidenced by his need to go through all the drugs in the pharmacy in the episode where the young man's cough pills were killing him because they were the wrong ones. House figured it out but still had to continue on until he had definite proof for himself. He's interested in solving the puzzle completely.

Excellent example. I think most people (his staff included) would be "Hey, we solved the case, the patient is getting better, let's grab a beer". But, House needs to have every question answered, every detail accounted for. He goes beyond saving the one person and tries to stop whatever happened from happening again.

He's not overly concerned with who answers the necessary questions correctly, only that they are answered.

House definitely has a healthy ego, but it's his confidence that's key to him being as good as he is. When a patient may only have a few hours to live, do you want a doctor filled with self-doubt questioning himself? And I haven't seen him yet get pissed off when he's wrong and someone else is right. Cameron tends to retreat into herself when she fails, Chase tends to look for guidance as to what should be done next, and Foreman will tend to seeth and look for anyone else to absorb the blame with him. House is the only one that will acknowledge that, yes, it was him not lets move along and find out the correct answer to this puzzle looking to all of them for support.

We're all great big balls of physical, mental and spiritual chaos. An endless amalgam of emotion and environment.

That makes me wonder if House chose the field of medicine because of an interest in healing the sick? Or a fasciantion in seeing how people - both the patient and doctors around them - choose to deal with that illness?

Good review, hunny. You're making me believe that this show is not just high-quality entertainment, but that it repays critical inquiry. And I love Wilson. Though it sucks as a jewish name. (that is the sean leonard wossname character, yes?)

Which brings me to my favourite line (the O.C. was my second fave). Predictably it was the exchange in yiddish. I can't remember what Wilson said, but House replied, "kein ahora." Roughly translated that means "the evil eye shouldn't fall on you." If you can remind me of what Wilson said to prompt it, I would be grateful. And possibly insightful.

It was such a throwaway too. There for people who would get it. But not getting it wouldn't wreck the show for people who wouldn't get it. Much like the OC line.

And I cried like a baby too.
I was kinda 'Eh' on Wilson when the show first started. I didn't see him as having a reason for being there other than the token friend who put up with House's crap. Maybe the show didn't really know what to do with him at first either. Only in the last few weeks has the Wilson/House relationship really started to be explored shedding a lot of light on both characters. I'll never be in the slash camp, but the dynamic is becoming very intriguing to me.

I completely missed the line you spoke of so I'm afraid I can't tell you what prompted it. I did record the ep and when I have time I'll try to see if I can catch the context in which it was said.
::waves::

Wandered on here from no_detective's journal. Cool insights. From everyone!

Re: evil eye:
If you can remind me of what Wilson said to prompt it, I would be grateful. And possibly insightful.

I remember this! House had said that Foreman's parents had been married for 40 years, to which (an already pissed-off and snarky) Wilson replied, "Mazel tov." Prompting House's "kein ayin hora."

It was cool. :-)

Huh. Thanks for the clarification, now House's response really has me thinking.....as if I don't think enough about this show! ;)
No problem. :-)

Yeah, I found it very interesting, too, for all kinds of reasons. This is a typical call-and-response type behavior for Ashkenazic Jews of a certain generation, but why would *House* even know about it, let alone do it? (Of course, I realize as a Holmes-type, he's going to know all kinds of cool things, but this is an example of something particularly arcane.) Interesting . . . .