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The Much Anticipated House Post

Well, there are at least three of you anticipating it. :p BTW, after noticing a post on the House MD community last week, I managed to find a copy of Vitals Man magazine at the Cleveland airport with the 'House Party' photo spread. Woo Hoo! *Very* nice pics. I highly recommned fans pick up a copy.



Early on in this episode the thought occured to me that doctor's do make the worst patients. House obviously holds responsible the doctors who misdiagnosed him. As well as Stacy for going against his wishes in order to save his life. But, underneath I sense, though he may not be willing to admit it, that he holds himself equally responsible. He didn't catch the mistake either. The interesting question that then arises is he angry at himself because he's, in part, responsible for his current state? Or because Mr I'm Never Wrong was wrong? Or that he, for once in his life, was just like everyone else, accepting/hoping that the easiest and least harmful diagnosis was the correct one instead of digging deeper?

We haven't learned much about Stacy or her relationship with House (yet), but I think we can assume their relationship ended because of her 'betrayal' and he's had a hard time living with that decision ever since. If his anger is not just, it is understandable. He's living with chronic pain and perhaps has convinced himself that without the surgery he would have fully recovered. It's easy to see how that could be his persepective, but it's also easy to see Stacy's, Cuddy's and ours. Unless it's revealed next week that it was conclusively the wrong decision, it seems the chances were about equal that he would have died or ended up even worse off. (Side note: In a recent article I read, originally House was to be confined to a wheelchair - it was FOX's call that he be more mobile. Yes, Virginia, they can make a good decision once in awhile.)

Though the House/Stacy relationship remains sketchy, many other aspects of House's life are revealed. House was a patient in the very same clinic he now runs. Presumably it's Cuddy, his former doctor, who offers him his current position there. Thus meaning she would have known exactly what she was getting herself into having been with him through his ordeal.

I believed early on that, while perhaps not the misanthrope he presents himself to be today, he was never Dr Sunshine. The man had issues long before the leg as we learn when Stacy comments upon his refusal to have his leg amputated that he doesn't believe himself to be worthy of happiness and life. If it wasn't the leg that f***ed him up, what was it? I was a bit concerned having the reveal of how Dr House became Dr House (in terms of the injury) in the first season. Now, we see it's but one piece of the puzzle. There are far more circumstances to be exposed as to how the House persona was formed.

There were numerous structural devices I enjoyed in this episode. The most obvious of which was the three med students mirroring Cameron, Chase, and Forman. Given the silence from the rest of the class, I'll assume they represent the best and brightest. Which makes me wonder if that's how he selected his current staff, they managed to survive taking him on in a classroom, in the hospital, or in an interview one on one.

Then there was the representations of House's memories. Memory is murky under normal circumstances - put two people together in a situation, ask them to recount events seperately, and you're almost sure to get two different recollections. Here, we get memory presented as a combination of fact and fiction. What do we believe? What can we believe? After all, Carmen Electra turns into a farmer. (By the way, kudos to the show for making stunt casting work for a change. )

I could go on and on with the little details.....another poke at Cameron for being too caring and going overboard with patient historys. The writers now seem to be in on the joke regarding Cameron's oversensativity. Did they understand how they were writing her all along or are they trying to correct their previous errors in characterization? House manages to squeeze in one bit of diagnosing as he relizes the doctor he's subbing for is constantly absent due to to his kids toxic coffee mug. And because I'm a big marshmallow on the inside (it's all the sugar I ingest ;), I loved the family feel as Cameron, Chase, Foreman, Wilson, and finally Cuddy, one by one, wander into the room. Sure, they're curious to hear House's version of events, but I also sense they were there to support him. Well, most of them. I still have issues with Chase.

I've probably missed some stuff, but I'm still fairly sleepy and without having the opportunity to watch this again I wanted to get my thoughts down while still fairly fresh in my mind.

Was it just me, or was anyone else not blown away by the Tarantino helmed CSI tonight? 'Without A Trace', on the other hand, did have some surprises in it.

I'm late for some very important dates, but belated Happy Birthdays! to wisteria_ and treacle_a. Hope both you ladies had great ones. :)
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By the way, kudos to the show for making stunt casting work for a change.

I know! I was so annoyed when I saw that she was going to be in the ep, but once it started and I saw how they were going to use her, I thought it was perfect. Exactly how a stunt cast works for a show:D
I know numerous House fans were upset when the news of Carmen Electra's appearance came out. I found it hard to believe the show would sink to the level (at least this soon) of hiring a subpar actress just for name value. Still, I didn't think she was going to be quite so cleverly writtin into the story. And I must give Carmen a bit of credit for having enough of a sense of humor to poke fun at her image.
Some spoilers!
Very nice summary. Not only Did Carmen change into a farmer, but the farmer doubled as the high school volleyball girl.

I truly love the point where House breaks the invisible barrier and starts looking at the camera in telling glances and even conversation aimed directly at us (when he asks about the volleyball player and Cameron, Chase, and Foreman, ask "Who?" and House soliloquies that since that event happens 3 months later than the farmer, they don't know about her yet.

I saw the ad for CSI by QT, saw someone buried in a whole, and said, oh Kill Bill .5, and never thought about it again.

Raoul
Re: Some spoilers!
I truly love the point where House breaks the invisible barrier and starts looking at the camera in telling glances and even conversation aimed directly at us

That was an interesting change in structure. The show has never broken down the forth wall before. And though he was talking to the med students, looking into the camera suddenly drew the audiance into his domain as well.
Re: Some spoilers!
broken down the forth wall

Thanks! I was racking my brain for that phrase, but wasn't sure what wall it was (kept thinking it was the third wall, but knew that was wrong).

All in all it was a very "Thomas Magnum" moment Hugh presented.

Blender
It was an amazingly well crafted hour (well, 42 minutes) of television. no_detective did a terrific job of pinpointing where issues addressed in this episode were originally conceived in prior episodes. With the exception of the Vogler arc which I feel was a big mistep, I now see how the momentum of earlier plots and characer moments were building towards this. The minute the 'drug addict' grabbed the needle and jammed it into his leg, desperate for relief, I knew for sure that was House - another example of his extreme behavior.

I think Sela was an excellent choice for the role of Stacy, *but* I am still skeptical of how large a role she should play on the show. Right now, she's helping to provide insight into House's past and how he came to be the man he is today. And while I understand why she did what she did, I'm not sure I agree with it either. With House isn't able to take orders from anybody and then to have his choice taken away from him - I can see how, no matter how much he loved her, he could no longer live with her. My main concern now with Stacy back is Love Triangle melodrama spilling over into next season. At this point, I'm choosing to reserve judgement.
Think that girl's just a depressed teenager? Are you willing to flout the rules about approaching medicine in an economically efficient way to prove that there's more?

What I found interesting about this is that House mocked Cameron's overenthusiasm for taking patient histories, yet, if she didn't go above and beyond, they may not have found the tumor. And if they hadn't have found it when they did, she may have lost her leg or, worse, died. Of course, Cameron's problem with patients isn't her diagnostic approach, rather, her emotional attachments.

This episode is going to be a definite "must-see" for my Medical Anthropology class in the fall.

Now, why couldn't I have had cool instructors who showed eps of my favorite shows in class? :(
Wow, great writeup!

Thanks for pointing out House's possible guilt and anger over misdiagnosing himself for three whole days. Not only is it crucial in determining how he relates to others in his life, but it can also be the force behind his professional drive. (In the pilot, when the patient asks Wilson about House not being nice yet being a good doctor, Wilson says he has found different motivation. I bet that's it.)

I read the same article, btw, about House having been originally envisioned in a wheelchair. It would have seriously changed the dynamic - not to mention marked the lead quite visibly as disabled. I'm glad FOX made David Shore change this, as it would have been a very different show, and definitely a much harder "sell" to the viewers.
(In the pilot, when the patient asks Wilson about House not being nice yet being a good doctor, Wilson says he has found different motivation. I bet that's it.)

Ah Ha! I didn't think about that. Wow. I can't wait for next week's ep because it would seem they are doing an excellent job of tying together plot points introduced earlier in the season and slowly revealing how House became the man he is today. If not for that stupid Vogler arc, the season would have had magnificent momentum.
I think I want to watch this ep again...

Putting House in a wheelchair would have been Ironside all over again. And I never have worked out whether he really was disabled or not. Unless I have seen him in something else and he was walking. (I'm such a Dimebar sometimes.)

I remember Cuddy saying when she hired him that she'd set aside a legal fund so I think she knew exactly what she was setting herself up for. I also really liked the dynamic between the two of them right at the beginning of the ep. They seemed to be on good friendly terms. I think they do both like and respect each other. That just doesn't meant that they don't clash horns every now and again.

I commented on my journal that now we'd had the story of his leg played out for us, what would fill the gap, but I was aware at the same time that there was so much more to dig around with.

I loved the Carmen Electra bit - it was just funny and played as such. Combine that with Cameron's overhistorising and House's talking to the audience and I think you have an episode written for us. Hello, they've woken up and smelt the fans! (Ewww)

House's diagnosis of the coffee cup was ace. It was so just thrown in, especially after the big revelations. Also ever since Cameron crept in don't you think that he knew the others would eventually follow? He does have that kind of staff and friends. I noticed that Chase was the only one who didn't comment. He's still being kept as a loose cannon. Good.

I'm definately going to watch this one again this weekend. There must be so much more to notice. Now I've just got to force myself through the rest of Alias. Please tell me it's not been renewed...
I remember Cuddy saying when she hired him that she'd set aside a legal fund so I think she knew exactly what she was setting herself up for. I also really liked the dynamic between the two of them right at the beginning of the ep. They seemed to be on good friendly terms. I think they do both like and respect each other. That just doesn't meant that they don't clash horns every now and again.

I'm definitely going to have to watch this again too - there was just so much territory being covered it was hard to absorb it all in one viewing. And I'm a little unclear if it was just Cuddy breaking the bad news to him and apologizing for the hospital's blunder or if she was the one who caught the mistakes. If it's the latter, he'd have to have a level of respect for her for saving his life.

Also ever since Cameron crept in don't you think that he knew the others would eventually follow?

Considering Cameron can't keep a secret for longer than five seconds, I'm sure she was sending out text messages as soon as she had her revelation. ;p

Now I've just got to force myself through the rest of Alias. Please tell me it's not been renewed...

Um, it's been renewed. But, I would assume it to be the last season what with Jen's pregnancy and Vartan making comments about wanting a film career. I still haven't gotten to watching this week's two hour episode.
Excellent summary, as usual :) I've watched it twice, and I still missed some of the things you caught.

I'm still confused as to why House and Stacy broke up; near the beginning of the ep, House tells Wilson that Stacy hates him, and Wilson says, "She doesn't hate you. She loves you; she just can't stand to be around you." Still makes me wonder who dumped who.
Still makes me wonder who dumped who.

That's what Part 2 is for! (Hopefully ;)