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Of 'Heroes' and 'House'

First House because I LOVED this episode. Yes, I know it's bad form to put reactions outside the cut, but since this is a positive one I think you will forgive me. ;-)



Dave Matthews and Hugh Laurie playing piano together. Wow. As sweet_ali said the only thing better would have been them playing guitar. And they need to work in House playing the piano more because Hugh playing piano is just...I don't know, I actually got lost in the moments when he was playing.

Putting aside the music for a moment, this episode seemed to incorporate everything I love about the show.

So, Cameron is sleeping with Chase and making out with House. Hate her! ;) OK, I wouldn't call myself a House/Cameron shipper, but I do like them together and since Cameron's has stopped mooning over him and putting him up on some pedestal I see the possibility of making a relationship work between the two. I loved that their first kiss was her manipulating him. Not that she hasn't wanted to do that for years and didn't enjoy it, but she had an ulterior motive. And she got to point out that he did kiss her back and perhaps would have done more had the situation been different.

I loved that not one of them can keep their mouths shut. So much for HIPPA. ;p Btw, working in a law office, I can tell you that information can spread that fast if not faster.

Even though we had a House/Cameron kiss, my favorite moment was when Chase announced to House that he was sorry he was dying and that he was going to hug him. Hee! And he was soooo starting to cry. It struck me in that moment that House has become a surrogate father to Chase and Chase was having to face losing another parent.

I actually started wondering if House really did have cancer. It would be a heck of a twist, but isn't he suffering enough? His lying and being completely unrepentant for it was in-character, but the why he was doing it feels off to me. It seems excessively selfish even for him. I thought perhaps the reveal was going to be he was testing them or trying to get them to do work for him. Since I liked everything else so much it's a small quibble and I can live with it.

The ending was one of the best they have ever had. I love it when a show leaves it to the viewer to decide what the character will do next. I choose to think he did go through the door, not because he's taking steps to improve a social life he's never had, but to get back what he's let slip away in recent years. This would not be the first time he sat down with Chase, Cameron, and Foreman during a meal.

The "Are you happy?" exchange between father and son killed me. I actually got a bit teary as Kurtwood Smith broke down. I really appreciated that the writers wrote the father as such a loving parent, trying to do his best for his son, and not someone using his son's talent for financial gain and fame.

And it just dawned on me that Kurtwood Smith has now had to deal with two Eric Foreman's. Hee.



I've been rather 'meh' on this show since the first couple of eps and just as I was thinking of giving up on it we had last weeks episode. I know everyone loves Claire and Hiro and I like them too, but I really think Mr Bennet is my favorite character and I never thought I'd be saying that about the guy from Dynasty! Ok, when he told his wife this week, "I could never love you enough"...damn. As much as I believed he loved Claire and was trying to protect her, I was never certain how devoted he was to the rest of his family. But with that one line it showed me how deeply in love with his wife he is and that all those times he had to erase her memory must have been incredibly difficult and painful for him. Oh, and the bitch who impersonated Mrs Bennet needs to die.

Ando! He's been following Hiro. He can't leave him. That's so cute...and a little slashy.

Grandma Petrelli rocks! I just loved how casual she was with the 'Come in, Claire'. She's raised two boys who just can't leave things alone, why should her granddaughter be any different? I hope Nathan gets to meet Claire soon. When talking to her biological mother he seemed to have a genuine interest in knowing how she was doing, what she was like, etc.

We also discover that Nathan has been working to nail Linderman since the accident that crippled his wife. Whatever Nathan's other faults may be, he seems to have strong ties to his family and is very protective of them.

Malcolm McDowell is evil. Not really a surprise.

Peter finally got his haircut! Woo Hoo! Unfortunately, he had to have his head sliced open to get it, but I'll take what I an get.

I probably should feel bad for Mohinder being tortured, but my only thought was, 'Damn, he's not dead.' Can I hope he bleeds to death when they return in April?

I know many people like Jessica/Nikki, but it's like we are getting the same scenes over and over again with her. And Nikki is verging on whining with her 'It's Jessica, it's not me! Stop me! Please!' Ack.

Nathan Lane is going to be on 30 Rock this week. Nathan Lane and Alec Baldwin together. If you don't hear from me afterwards it's because I died of laughter.
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And they need to work in House playing the piano more because Hugh playing piano is just...I don't know, I actually got lost in the moments when he was playing.
Plus he gave that tiny smile which IMO was a HL moment.
my favorite moment was when Chase announced to House that he was sorry he was dying and that he was going to hug him. That and at the end of the episode when Foreman tells House that he really dislikes him. Hee!
I know many people like Jessica/Nikki, but it's like we are getting the same scenes over and over again with her. And Nikki is verging on whining with her 'It's Jessica, it's not me! Stop me! Please!' Ack.
Not me, I can't stand her. IMO she sucks all the air right out of the story.
IMO she sucks all the air right out of the story.

I have noticed that when she's on screen I tend to tune out. And I'm not even blaming the actress. I just think that for what should be such a complex character they are writng her in a rather one dimensional way. Has she done anything unpredictable recently?
Not really. The closest you could get would be when she was threatening HRG as Nikki and then she was suddenly talking like Jessica. And spoilers I have read at TV Guide don't thrill me about where she's going with this either.
And Kurtwood Smith played a much nicer dad in this ep than when he was RSL's dad in Dead Poet Society. :) They didn't have any scenes together last night but I'll bet they had a few nice conversations off-screen.

I loved the ep too, with the exception of the House/Cam kiss - blech. I don't really ship House/anyone, but if he's going to be with someone I prefer Cuddy. I love Chase and was actually getting all teary when he hugged House. You're right, I saw that too about the father-figure thing. And since Chase didn't get to say goodbye and hug his father properly before he died, he wasn't going to waste any time now. So sweet.

There's more to be said, but it's only 7:30 AM and I need coffee. :)
I haven't seen 'Dead Poets Society' in years so that connection escaped me. Yeah, I'm sure they did a lot of catching up on set.

House/Cameron OTP! ;-)

Another Chase moment I liked is when Foreman told House he should be making out with Cameron right now and Chase had this 'Hey Now!' look on his face. I think he's becoming much more invested in Cameron than she is in him.
Ando! He's been following Hiro. He can't leave him. That's so cute...and a little slashy.

And yet, I do not ship them. I see them as bestest best EVER friend forEVER and I think I love them more for it.

We also discover that Nathan has been working to nail Linderman since the accident that crippled his wife. Whatever Nathan's other faults may be, he seems to have strong ties to his family and is very protective of them.

Until someone offers him the vice-presidency... Though I get that his back was against the wall there; we'll see what he does next.

Peter finally got his haircut! Woo Hoo! Unfortunately, he had to have his head sliced open to get it, but I'll take what I an get.

Haha! Yes, I too thought "Poor Peter! How will he be emo now?!" Though I do wonder - Claire seems able to regenerate her hair (at least when she got totally spit-roasted last episode). Will Peter regenerate the lock of EMO? Will Claire ever be able to get a haircut or will she be doomed to increasingly long hair until she's unable to move? Will she regenerate from old age? Am I seriously over-thinking this?

I probably should feel bad for Mohinder being tortured, but my only thought was, 'Damn, he's not dead.' Can I hope he bleeds to death when they return in April?

Yes. Yes you can. And I will join you.

I know many people like Jessica/Nikki, but it's like we are getting the same scenes over and over again with her. And Nikki is verging on whining with her 'It's Jessica, it's not me! Stop me! Please!' Ack.

I wish I liked her less, actually. Because it stresses me out that she's pretty much doooooooomed. Plus, DL - you are very, very pretty, until this episode, I had hopes that you were not also very, very dumb. You know about Jessica! PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER!

Aaah, Heroes. I really am enjoying this show, as little as I ever talk about it on my journal.
Am I seriously over-thinking this?

Um, yes. ;) I seem to recall the actor who plays Peter fussing about how inconvenient the hair style was and hating it and he hinted that something was going to be done about it. But that was a couple months ago and I gave up hope that he'd be making a trek to Super Cuts.

Plus, DL - you are very, very pretty, until this episode, I had hopes that you were not also very, very dumb. You know about Jessica! PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER!

It just hit me. DL is Mohinder 2.0! Noooooooo!!!
Grandma Petrelli rocks! I just loved how casual she was with the 'Come in, Claire'. She's raised two boys who just can't leave things alone, why should her granddaughter be any different?

That was a great moment. And really, I think they're doing something smart (whether or not intentionally) in making a show that revolves around a genetically inherited trait be so anchored in family, and the love and proportional betrayal that family entails. I've come to realize that the Bennets are the archetype for that story as it plays out in all the characters' lives.

Nathan Lane is going to be on 30 Rock this week.

*head explodes* Why do I think there's going to be some prime male bitchery on display?
And really, I think they're doing something smart (whether or not intentionally) in making a show that revolves around a genetically inherited trait be so anchored in family, and the love and proportional betrayal that family entails.

If JJ Abrams, Chris Carter, and Ron Moore have taught me anything is that it's unintentional. ;p

But after reading your comment it struck me that after the Bennet family, my second favorite group of characters are the Petrellis who, because of Claire, are actually an extention of the Bennet family. I'm not sure the intent was to focus so much on these people, but perhaps the writers saw the strength of the dynamic as the story progressed. After the first couple of episodes I assumed that Mohinder would play a huge role in the arc and he's been largely sidelined and now (if we are lucky) could end up dead.

Why do I think there's going to be some prime male bitchery on display?

You obviously have not seen the promo for the ep. Oh, yes, there will be and I cannot wait!
Malcolm McDowell is evil. Not really a surprise.

Malcolm McDowell's nose is especially evil. There is no healthy way that kind of bulbousness can happen.

He was such a pretty boy at one time. Ah, well.
Heh. I noticed his nose too. Seeing him last night reminded me of something he said in an interview several years ago about the physical resemblence between he and Sting when they were younger. Not so much anymore. :/
House was just about perfect in every way. Amen to everything you said.

Same with Heroes - Mr. Bennett is the most complex, interesting person on the show, and I'm worried about him and Mrs. Bennett - I hope she isn't dead! Grandma Petrelli is the best :)
I don't think they will kill Bennet. Torture him and brainwash him maybe, but not kill him. I am concerned as to what happened to Mrs Bennet...and Mr Muggles!
At the end of last week's Heroes, when Claire came out of the house and the family had the big group hug, I was all sniffly and thinking "I love the entire Bennett family So. Much!" Hee. Anyway, my favorite parts of this week's episode were the scenes between Mr. & Mrs. Bennett, even if one of them was fake. My other favorite parts were Nathan-related. I love how he genuinely seems to like Hiro.

Ando! He's been following Hiro. He can't leave him. That's so cute...and a little slashy.

You know, I don't see them as slashy at all because they strike me as kind of asexual, but -- and I'm embarrassed to admit this -- I thought the Peter/Nathan scene was *totally* slashy. The Petrelli brothers put Wincest to shame.:)

Peter finally got his haircut! Woo Hoo! Unfortunately, he had to have his head sliced open to get it, but I'll take what I an get.

OMG, I laughed and laughed at the Lock of Emo dropping to the floor.