Asta 2

Why I'll Never Be Able to Hear "Whole Foods" Again Without Laughing...


How I loved this episode, let me count the ways. One, two, and three being taken up by the absence of Vogler. Five minutes into this ep and it just felt different, yet different as in it being as it was before the asshole was intorduced. Character imperfections and some small writing issues aside, these are the characters I know and love. Even Cameron. Shut up. :p

The show started off well by suckering me. I didn't take my eyes off the girl waiting to see what tragedy was about to befall her. Then she nails the dive, rises victorious to the surface...and we see the judge has collapsed. Cool. :)

Next scene is, sing it with me, she's baaaack. I still think the writing of her character is a bit off kilter (more so in the closing scene than this one), but their scenes together provide some very telling (and cute, sue me) moments. It didn't dawn on me before, but Cameron is quite literal. And House is quite the BSer. Vogler bowed down before him? More like Cuddy saved your ass, but play the conquering hero. ;) And Cameron notices the new cane. The point of which is she notices, especillay the little things about him that no one, besides perhaps Wilson, would. I'll get back to the closing scene between them in a bit.

So, House IS making Chase suffer. MUWAHAHAHAHA!!! Thank you! This is exactly what I wanted to see. I love ya Wilson, but firing him is just too easy. Not to mention it would probably feed into some deep seated belief he has that he is the most expendable in House's eyes. It's interesting to see that House won't fault him for saving his job. His disappointment/anger is possibly a result of House expecting better from him. Yep, make him toil with tedious work and remind him who is boss now that his protector is gone. I hope this continues for the rest of the season, at least. Yes, I'm vindictive.

Ha! They addressed Cuddy's cleavage. It's not very professional for the hospital adminstrator to be showing that much of it. Now, I didn't catch this on first viewing, but I noticed upon watching the scene again that RSL was trying *very* hard to stifle laughter while Hugh was hiding behind the folder and delivering his "produce department at Whole Foods" line. I say RSL and not Wilson because on the subsequent shots of Wilson, while he's definitely trying to look at everything but her breasts and failing miserably, I don't sense him being overly amused. Considering how much I was laughing during that scene, I can imagine it was difficult for the actors not to.

Petra scared me. Forget the shoes, she was far too prepared for that interview. She said exactly what she thought House would want to hear. She was too perfect. I hate kiss asses. Though it gave Wilson THE line of the episode - "That's our Hitler!". They quoted 'The Producers'! I love it when my worlds collide. :)

Because, over the years, I've given FOX a lot of crap - all of it deserving - once in while they do something right and I feel I have to give them a small pat on the back. They allowed an episode to air that involved a pregnant twelve year old and her undergoing an abortion. Granted, there was a medical necessity to having the pregnancy terminated, but they still said the word, they still showed the aftermath of the procedure. It's shocking and disturbing and, sadly, it happens. The girls emotional coldness followed by a breakdown seemed pretty realistic. And I'm glad the writers had it be the result of bad judgement and immaturity rather than something more sinister. I was a little concerned that we were going to find out that the coach wasn't just a nice guy.

Back to Cameron and House...if you want to blame anyone for the date, blame Wilson. :p The H/C relationship is quite a mess and I'm trying to determine if it's an intentional mess or the result of ill conceived storytelling. It makes sense, professionally, that House would want Cameron back rather than hirer someone new. She not only puts up with his crap, she'll also call him on it. She is a good doctor. And, perhaps most importantly, she's a known commodity to him. House likes to be challanged, I'm not so sure he likes surprises.

The thing that confuses me is how Cameron faces the issue. Logically, she should make a decision as to which is more important to her - her job or a potential relationship with House. Allowing herself to combine the two and forcing him to make an all or nothing decision will only lead to the above mentioned mess.

And House allows himself to be sucked into all of this. I don't imagine the date going well next week. At the same time, it's clear he has some feelings for Cameron. Ultimately, he allowed Wilson's words to guide him in his decision. Maybe Cameron isn't THE one, but rather the first step in a potential relationship with SOMEONE. Wilson made two important statments to House. First, that House looks for flaws to push people away, specifically "every woman you've given a damn about". Secondly, he's going to end up alone. House may outwardly exhibit behavior that would make you think he wants just that, but does he really? Do any of us? Dating Cameron, even one date, is him attempting to connect with another human being. It's why I found him extending his hand to her so poignent - he's trying.

My only criticisms tonight have to deal with the medical stuff which I know is pretty preposterous on a weekly basis anyway. I found it hard to believe that even with the crisis the hospital was facing they couldn't provide proper testing facilities for Mary. And while I understand the importance of patient confidentiality, considering the parents have to sign off for their daughter, a minor, to have surgery, wouldn't he have to tell them what the surgery and subsequent treatment was for? No way I'd allow a doctor to haul my kid into surgery and not tell me why.

BTW, I determined tonight how to tell if you are addicted to a show.

May 2003 - Tuesday Night on UPN.

"Basketball! Who the Hell cares about basketball?! Damn those @&%#$!!! programmers and their stupid $&@!%!!$! sporting events. How am I suppose to wait until Saturday?!?!?!"

May 2005 - Tuesday Night on UPN.

"Basketball? Eh, they'll show it Saturday."

Yes folks, my name (sort of) is Asta and I am *not* a 'Veronica Mars' addict. :-)

And a *slightly* belated Happy Birthday! to a woman with exceptionally good taste in TV shows ;) sal101010. Hope you got lots of nice prezzies and a fast download tomorrow/today. :)
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oh! she shoots! she scores! beotch (said with love and affection). just for that i'm gonna burn all of vm season 1 for you. then next May it'll be my turn to say "MUWAHAHAHAHA!!!" and we can cry together:

"Basketball! Who the Hell cares about basketball?! Damn those @&%#$!!! programmers and their stupid $&@!%!!$! sporting events. How am I suppose to wait until Saturday?!?!?!"

and i'm the one who told you to watch battlestar galactica, so you know i ain't kiddin'.
Well, if I'm crying next May it will more likely be over 'House'. :p Smart, sexy, snarky doctor or overachieving, meddlesome teenager? The House always wins. ;)
Yes folks, my name (sort of) is Asta and I am *not* a 'Veronica Mars' addict. :-)

*stands firm beside you*

We must resist. It will be like resisting Jersey Perms in the 80s. Everyone thought they were the hip happenin' thing in '86, but they regretted those senior photos come reunion time. :D
I won't regret loving VM right now just as I will never regret loving Buffy. Just won't.

Hey! Are you typing this from a brand-new laptop? Whee!!!
I see a new icon in the future. "Veronica Mars. The Jersey Perm of TV".

::dies laughing::

Do it! Do it!
That's ok, Wis. You can sit by me. ::slings arm around Wis in sisterly solidarity and waits for next week's finale::
Yay! I couldn't ask for better company. How am I supposed to wait another whole week? I'm all discombobulated and stuff.
I will never be addicted to VM like I am other shows, but I can't say that it's not well made and entertaining at times. I still have huge issues with some of it though. I'm willing to continue giving it a chance for now, but if I only had one VCR and it was taping that or 'House', no contest for me.
I have decided to read your comments after seeing the show today, but thank you for my birthday wishes! They're all making me very happy!
I'll be interested in your thoughts after you've seen it. I thought it was a very good episode. :)
The thing that confuses me is how Cameron faces the issue. Logically, she should make a decision as to which is more important to her - her job or a potential relationship with House. Allowing herself to combine the two and forcing him to make an all or nothing decision will only lead to the above mentioned mess.

When it comes to people you care about, logic can go out the window. I seem to recall a BSG episode where Starbuck is interrogating a Cylon and against all logic, begins to show compassion.

Back to House, I to was concerned about the coach. Especially as House is making the observation that boys seem to avoid the girl, and there has to be a reason for it.

Very good review and analysis.
I seem to recall a BSG episode where Starbuck is interrogating a Cylon and against all logic, begins to show compassion.

::shakes head::

We'll talk tomorrow.
Yep, make him toil with tedious work and remind him who is boss now that his protector is gone. I hope this continues for the rest of the season, at least. Yes, I'm vindictive. Me too. I loved the whiny, scrunched up face he made at him as well.
Ha! They addressed Cuddy's cleavage. It's not very professional for the hospital adminstrator to be showing that much of it... Hugh was hiding behind the folder and delivering his "produce department at Whole Foods" line. You may love the "whole foods" line but I just about fell off the bed at "fun bags".
Maybe Cameron isn't THE one, but rather the first step in a potential relationship with SOMEONE. Which may tie into a spoiler I've read about in TV Guide. And you are right, he's trying to connect and it's wonderful and painful to watch.
You may love the "whole foods" line but I just about fell off the bed at "fun bags".

There was so much to love about that scene, it really was hard to pick a moment. I think Hugh's overexagerted expression at trying to avoid eye contact with her 'fun bags' is what I found most amusing. And poor Robert looked like he was suffering to keep it together. :)

Which may tie into a spoiler I've read about in TV Guide.

TV Guide has become so evil lately with spoilage. I may be a little spoiled myself, but I couldn't be sure if what the poster was posting was accurate or based on wishful thinking.
Pretty much "word" to what you said, but I am disappointed with the way they appear to be handling Cameron. But I was mostly overwhelmed with the bit about the girl having the abortion and the way she reacted to it, which seemed very realistic. Astonishing to have TV handle it that way, and interesting since it aired the same day the 13-year-old in Florida was in the news.
Considering I wasn't even thinking about sex at twelve, it always shocks me when I hear about such cases, even fictional. And the more I thought about it, the episode did have subtle message about kids being allowed to grow up to fast. The coach made a mention of how grown up/mature kids are today and when her teamates visited her you were confronted with how young she was compared to her 16-18 year old counterparts. So, you ended up with a child surrounded by adults/older peers probably desperately wanting to fit in and making a disasterous and near fatal choice.

I recall watching a movie on the BBC a few years ago where a girl, 18 or 19 maybe, was gang raped and became pregnant. She ended up having a very open and honest conversation with the detective investigating the case about what her choices were. An abortion actually was advocated given the circumstances and that she had her whole life ahead of her. I thought I'd never see that on American TV. And while the scenerio on House was not as extreme, I give them credit for addessing it at all.
*claps hands* Yay for your review!

What I found especially astounding is that the girl actually HAD a choice: House clearly says that she can get a certain kind of treatment, OR she can have an abortion. All I can say is: FOX is never going to show a repeat of this ep AGAIN.

I had a bit of a problem with Wilson being so pushy about House needing a relationship (a bit of projection, methinks, from a guy on his third marriage?), but I'm trying to find consolation in the fact that Cameron might just be someone to crack the ice slightly, so House can have a better chance of having a semi-normal relationship with a person I don't dislike as much. *cough* Sorry, my inner (and outer) feminist just can't stomach her. And you're right, that final scene was very poignant because he seems to be willing to try - even though he's totally freaked out about it. Awww!

And I caught the moment of RSL cracking up too! (But on the second viewing. I'm a bad, bad fangirl. *feels guilty*) What a hilarious scene! One of many, actually. It was a pretty amazing ep, overall.
Isn't it great to be excited about an ep, after the weeks of Vogler making us dread the next scene? I am so looking forward to the remainder of this season. Though, I'll be out of town for the second to last ep. Hmmm, maybe I can arrange to be back where we are staying when it airs or have my friend download it to her laptop. :)

And I caught the moment of RSL cracking up too! (But on the second viewing. I'm a bad, bad fangirl. *feels guilty*) What a hilarious scene!

I did not catch it at first either, don't feel bad. ;) I soooo hope they do deleted scenes/outakes when DVDs are eventually released. I bet some hilarious stuff happens on that set.

At least you are polite about your Cameron dislike and your reasons are well founded. I've seen some really nasty stuff and it's spilling over to the actress. It reminds me too much of my Buffy fandom days. :(