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::Taps LJ:: Is This Thing On?

I expected my Flist to be all a flutter with House discussion and I find one post?! Maybe everyone else encountered delays too. I think my posting schedule has been permanently disrupted. It use to be friends calling as soon as the credits came to a close on a show. Now, 10:01 it's my mother. Considering the first two comments out of her mouth were regarding Cameron's status and "I really liked this episode. You know why? Wilson. They really need to find a way to work him in more. He adds so much to the show" I think the woman qualifies for fandom status, don't you?



Joe Morton, as usual, was a terrific guest star. Ever notice how House hangs out longer with the really smart patients? The ones that actually can see through the facade he's created and make him revaluate not so much what he's doing, but who he is?

His presence also allowed the show to once again tackle the topic of race which so many shows choose to skirt. At the same time, his initial diagnosis confronted stigmas that still exist in our society. Primarily, he was adament that he did not have AIDS because, well, he was right, but also because while fighting cancer may get him some sympathy votes, fighting AIDS would lose him far more.

As if I didn't already have enough reasons as to why Vogler's chairman position and free reign over the hospital were improbable, now we find out he owns a fricken drug company! I'd let the wrongness of it all get to me if not for a) him going bu-bye soon and b) the preview we got of what I am sure will be the fireworks to come. House's 'speech' was so perfect. He did as ordered, including throwing in a joke. And the thing is, every word he spoke was true. Makes me wonder if the new, improved Vioxx will be back in a year or two.

I'm glad we got confirmation that House was on to Chase who I am also anxioulsy waiting to see get his due. I wanted to take House's cane and bash him over the head when he informed House he "doesn't have a choice". Then I thought, while he doesn't have a choice to not keep him on staff that doesn't mean he can't make his time there a living hell. :)

OK, now for the part that I'm sure will cause furor on a thousand LJs...Cameron. Her words and actions *overall* didn't bother me. I understand her wishing to thank him for sacrificing a bit of his pride to save her/their jobs. And the once eyerolling "Do you like me?" has provided some interesting continuity as well as eliciting from House something I've been wondering "Why?" Becuase if we are to question what the heck he sees in her, I think it's fair to question the same of her. House points out they are very different people.

However, there is one line Cameron utters that is still nawing at me. I actually cringed upon hearing it the first time, "to be grateful for what I receive." So, she'll just take any small kindness, even if he were to turn around five minutes later and tear her to shreds, and be happy with it? It infuriates me seeing women show that type of weakness. The type where women's IQs drop or resolve fades because some guy is involved. She might as well have told him that she'd be waiting there for him to throw his table scraps at her. Say thanks and move on, don't look so frelling pathetic.

I'm still undecided about the ending. "You do it because it's right" which I took to mean she feels that he believes the right thing to do is not move beyond a working relationship. So, she leaves to 'protect herself'. On the one hand, she's actually showing some backbone by realizing, hey, this is going to be incredibly self-detructive to both of us so I'm ending it now. On the other hand, I'm looking at a women giving up a prestigious job because she can't get past mooning over her boss.

And while that tiny rational part of my brain tells me I should hate her and her potential romantic coupling with House, I can't. Dramatically, I like the angst that I'm sure is to ensue. I also like what it may reveal about House. The senator's words about being scared to take chances with people seemed to hit home. Physical intimacy, even on a basic level, seems to be an issue for him. Walking away from Cameron when she took a few steps toward him; unwilling/unable to take her hand.

So, how many of you H/W folks were, uh, wetting yourselves over Wilson's "Do you wnat to come over tonight, watch old movies, and cry?" :p I did find the scene telling in other respects. The reaction off of Wilson's "What makes you think I haven't put the moves on her?" was a clear cut indication of House's feelings towards Cameron. But, it was also may be an indicator of other issues...which I can't discuss now...moving on... And we get the twice divorced, currently married Wilson having no problem admiting he may have made a move on another woman. It's one thing to be unfaithful, it's another matter to be unfaithful and pretty damn open about it.

Second favorite line of the night - "Afternoon Delight. She just loves the hard wood."

And favorite line - "...and Vicadin sales in Jersey will triple." :)
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Nice post, review and analysis.

But have you formed any opinions? ;-p

Raoul
to be honest I don't know if i'm laughing more at the message you left or the icon with the message.

Mr. "parking cars in the back forty"
I caved. I've read your post before I've seen the show. Bad me...
I'm shocked! Well, not really. ;) Eh, I don't think it ruins much of anything for you. This isn't exactly a show filled with huge plot twists.
I also like what it may reveal about House. The senator's words about being scared to take chances with people seemed to hit home. Physical intimacy, even on a basic level, seems to be an issue for him. Walking away from Cameron when she took a few steps toward him; unwilling/unable to take her hand. "Nods" He just seems really afraid of making the first move or any kind of move so clearly either someone really did a number on him or he just can't conceive of anyone being interested in him so he does nothing.
I'm glad we got confirmation that House was on to Chase who I am also anxioulsy waiting to see get his due. I wanted to take House's cane and bash him over the head when he informed House he "doesn't have a choice". Then I thought, while he doesn't have a choice to not keep him on staff that doesn't mean he can't make his time there a living hell. :) Second nod. I'm waiting for House to take him apart piece by piece right after he's taken Vogler apart.
Best line for me : woof,woof,woof or possibly Well, it's obvious. Start a religion.
He just seems really afraid of making the first move or any kind of move so clearly either someone really did a number on him or he just can't conceive of anyone being interested in him so he does nothing.

Yeah, I think his reactions to Cameron aren't simply based on the fact she works for him or her naivete that he mentioned. It may be tied into his damaged leg, then again it may be emotional damage that he's suffered. I think there are a lot of complex emotions going on there and they've only begun to scratch the surface.

Best line for me : woof,woof,woof or possibly Well, it's obvious. Start a religion.

Those are excellent choices as well. I wonder if those folks on the elevator thought about getting off and away from the crazy man. ;)
Of course, seeing as we don't actually GET this show yet, I've only just cottoned on to the fact that HOUSE is someone's NAME. Not having read anything about it, I had absolutely no idea what kind of programme it could possibly be as drama based on interior decoration, or possibly real estate, didn't sound appealing enough to keep the Asta I know so enraptured - with or without Laurie-lust.
If I ever start doing long-winded posts analyzing the details of home improvement shows ("OMG, can you believe they used a 1/4" screw instead of a 1/2"!") please feel free to call the nice men in the white coats to come get me. :) As for 'House', as in Dr Greg House played by the fabulous Mr Laurie, I hear that you Brits will actually be getting to see the show on your very own TV screens in the near future. I will then expect you bow to my will and become an obsessive fan like the rest of us. :p
The affiliate I watch House on doesn't show previews. Because it's Canadian and therefore SUCKS.

What was in the preview.

BTW, my thinking: a) they can't write a woman (Cameron) to save their lives + b)the actor doesn't have the chops to transmute the material has only been reinforced by this ep.

And don't even get me started on the reign of Vogler the Improbable.
Hmmm, I'm sensing a pattern with your anlysis of 'House'. ;)

As for the promo, let me see what I can recall....

The patient of the week is a pregnant woman, I think 28 weeks along, who ends up being diagnosed with, surprise, cancer. It's a fast spreading type (again, surprise) so they want to induce labor and begin treatment. She refuses wanting to bring the baby to term.

Now, the good part should be the House/Vogler showdown. All I remember was a lot of shouting and Vogler informing House that he was out of the hospital. Considering the show is entitled 'House' and Chi McBride's contract is up, I think we know how this is ultimately going to turn out. :-)
Laurie was insane as House last night and I loved him for it. The thing about the drug companies sounds so true. Too bad Cameron quit. I wanted to see more tension between her and House. Dang.

House barks like a dog and everyone is throwing sarcasm at each other. Love this episode. I wonder when the first season hits DVD (I hope they start working on the set soon since House is back for a second season at the end of August after this season ends).

Now that brings me to Missy Crider (I loved her in the sorely missed gem THE OTHERS). She sleepwalks and goes to have sex with her ex-husband. I wonder if she will get back with her ex-husband now to prevent the sleepwalking sex.
Too bad Cameron quit. I wanted to see more tension between her and House. Dang.

Oh, I have a sneaking suspicion we'll be seeing a lot more tension in the future.

As much as I picked on some aspects of the episode, I really did enjoy it. Hugh and Robert have such amazing timing and delivery. And maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but it would be great to have the DVDs out in July to give newbies time to catch up and us time to freshen our memories before the new season starts.
I've actually seen a few people genuinely concerned that Cameron is gone forever. She simply quit working at the clinic, it's not like she announced she was moving cross country. Plus, they only have one other female on the show so I consider her safe. :)

Someone at work asked me today what the ending of the episode meant. I was confused because he was so confused (he ultimately agreed with my interpretation). It wasn't just what she said, but how she said it (holding back tears) that lead me to believe it was more about tryig to protect herself emotionally rather than professionally.
I thought it was a combination of both.

If he fires her, is it because he likes her? Or is it because she likes him? Or because she isn't his strongest employee?

And if he doesn't fire her, is it because he likes her? Or is it because she likes him? Or because she is his strongest employee?

If she quits, she's protecting herself from getting hurt by the loss of the job, but also from having someone else making that invisible decision for her. It's bad enough to lose your job, but it's worse to never be sure why you lost it. And while it's fabulous to keep your job when it's on the line, it's hard to get over the feeling that it's not because you do it the best.

Which, to me, was why it was so important that she talked about realizing that he doesn't do things because he cares about people. Because once she knew that he may make the 'right' decision about who to keep, she was more vulnerable. Not necessarily to losing her job, but to what either decision could mean.
I'm still undecided about the ending. "You do it because it's right" which I took to mean she feels that he believes the right thing to do is not move beyond a working relationship. So, she leaves to 'protect herself'. On the one hand, she's actually showing some backbone by realizing, hey, this is going to be incredibly self-detructive to both of us so I'm ending it now.

I don't really think the "You do it because it's right" comment had anything to do with their relationship. It was the answer to his question: "Why?" - Because no matter how abrasive and obnoxious he is, he's a good person. A very good person. Who will do something that others might find distasteful for the simple fact that it's the right thing to do. Like the speech. She "loves" and respects that quality in him. That no matter what - he 'fights' for what's right. He's like... the Slayer. :P

-- Me
He's like... the Slayer.

Considering what an entertainment junkis House seems to be, I think he would take that as a compliment. ;)