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I never contemplated giving up on House. Hugh Laurie is on that short list of actors that I'd sit through dreck for and while Season 3 hardly qualified as that, it was a very uneven season. Some weeks I found myself bored, others irritated. And I know we are only three episodes into the Season 4, but, man, I am loving this season so far. I was totally engrossed in tonight's episode and my renewed enthusiasm is making the BSG Hiatus from Hell a wee bit easier to take.


Foreman has his own ducklings! Who happen to resemble Chase, Cameron, and himself! And there's a white board! The copycatting doesn't end there. Foreman wanted to get away from House because he feared becoming House, yet that is exactly who is trying to be. He even goes so far as to blatantly break the rules because he's convinced he's right. Of course, House has years of experience and Cuddy to protect his ass; Foreman the newbie gets his ass canned. Let me guess where we'll see him visiting his old colleagues in two weeks?

And how are the other graduate(?) ducklings fairing? I was disappointed to see Cameron get played by the, um, let's call her Backstabbing Doctor. While I still feel she's toughened up, she apparently can't shake that patient empathy. Chase apparently grew a pair in his time away. I like him this way too. ;) And I liked that he let House know that he's there if he needs his help, but he won't be his whipping boy anymore. (Side note: would they really let a surgeon in the operating room with long hair like that?)

I was not a Cuddy fan in this episode. Let's start with the way too low cut top. Enough already. I work in a professional environment and while are dress code is lax that would not fly. She was also easily shut down by House. She had barely finished saying she'd stop the competition when I thought he could just fire everyone, start over, and make her life (more) miserable and, oh, that's what he threatened to do. However, what really irked me was her blaming House for the patient's death because he was in a hospital bed at the time. Um, what? Yes, what House did was stupid and, as Wilson pointed out, he's had two near death experiences already. I thought him trying for a third was the one bit of bad storytelling...but back to Cuddy and her assigning blame. Correct me if I'm wrong, but, with one exception, these people are doctors, some for years. Do they require constant supervision? And when House felt he needed to step in, he did. Even if he hadn't electrocuted himself, I don't know what more he could have done. Not to mention, Wilson played House (sorry, had to say it) while House was unconscious. Cuddy can't have it both ways. She can't tell House he needs a team, then lay all the blame at his feet when one of them makes an error. And, hey, if they investigate they'll find it wasn't just #13's fault. #6 pushed the table away with the pills on it so he could perform his tests. He interfered with another doctor's treatment.

I agree with House's decision not to fire #13. She did make the correct diagnosis originally and, he's right, she's going to work harder than anyone else to never make a mistake like that again. It was also a nice parallel with Foreman, still struggling to come to terms with his fatal mistake.

I think this may be the first time that the patients in the A and B storylines died, which I didn't see that coming. Nor did I anticipate that the right diagnosis was made about ten minutes in and that the patient would die for lack of follow through.

There were so many little moments I loved too...

- House cluing the patient in to the competition (and my shock that House went to talk to the patient!).

- All the nicknames House came up with accept for #13 who he can't quite figure out.

- Tribal Counsel. Hee!

- House and Wilson both taking a moment to watch Cuddy walk down the hall. I expect many icons of the mutual head tilt.

- "I love you." I envisioned the heads of a substantial portion of fandom exploding in that moment.

- I *may* have gotten a little chocked up when they carried the dog over to the bed and had to lift the patient's hand so he could pet him one last time. It's a cheap emotional play, but, damn, that dog could act! (Though, having to suddenly carry the dog over to the bed maybe should have been a clue that something was wrong with him too.)

One last thing. I really like the actress playing Backstabbing Doctor, but the character is just not going to work out in the long term. She's too focused on herself and getting what she wants. House is as much of a bastard as she is a bitch and neither cares much about the patient. But there is one big difference between the two - House is consumed with the illness and how to beat it, he's not seeing it as a way to career advancement.

Happy Birthday! to thomasina75 who I continue to learn I have much in common with besides the Jamie adoration. ;) And Happy (a tiny bit early) Birthday! to the new mommy, avrelia. I know you'll have a wonderful day. ;)
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I've been so enthused and invigorated by just these three episodes of the 4th season, I'm so afraid of a crappy episode because it's going so strong, it's just gotta happen. Maybe this is what the show needed, a real shakeup. I actually don't mind seeing the original ducklings when they are in completely different settings. It's odd. Plus, no real vomit-inducing Cameron/Chase scenes!

I love Foreman's role as House 2.o, especially since the reason he claimed to have quit was because he was so afraid of becoming exactly like House. And here he is, with his own set of Ducklings and doing things exactly the way House did. I really look forward to his return.

And I liked that he let House know that he's there if he needs his help, but he won't be his whipping boy anymore. (Side note: would they really let a surgeon in the operating room with long hair like that?)

I usually am not a Chase fan and I can count on one hand how many times he's really impressed me. I think I may need to add another hand. And I thought about the hair thing too! I'm not sure. I can't remember how covered it was.

I was not a Cuddy fan in this episode. Let's start with the way too low cut top. Enough already. I work in a professional environment and while are dress code is lax that would not fly.

Cuddy has been the one wrong note this season and I felt it last season to. I feel like they've kinda lost the plot with her character. her characterization isn't really all that consistent and her antics have become so...shrill and illogical, almost. On the other hand, everything Wilson has been awesome. Just really really awesome.

I agree with House's decision not to fire #13.

What's a bit distracting to me is that I feel like I know who won't be fired and who will be just because of the actors I recognize. It's like watching an episode of Law & Order with a special guest star. 20 minutes in and there's some unknown up for murder and you know it just can't be him. It's the special guest star! Um, sorry, that was a bit of a digression ;)

I think this may be the first time that the patients in the A and B storylines died, which I didn't see that coming. Nor did I anticipate that the right diagnosis was made about ten minutes in and that the patient would die for lack of follow through.

And I think that's what made the episode also work so well for me because it was even more steps away from the regular formula. I mean, it was sad too, but satisfying.

Tribal Counsel. Hee!

Loved that. All the burners going, I loved that.

I *may* have gotten a little chocked up when they carried the dog over to the bed and had to lift the patient's hand so he could pet him one last time.

I definitely did. I mean, I always have a more tender heart when animals are involved, but aw... Plus he looked so much like my very first dog. *sniffle*

(Though, having to suddenly carry the dog over to the bed maybe should have been a clue that something was wrong with him too.)

Heh, yes! I actually wondered that too at the time, and actually thought, "Is the dog depressed or something?" Heh. Oops.

She's too focused on herself and getting what she wants.

Completely agree there. She wanted to get the answers because she really wanted the credit, not because she was so determined to find out what was wrong. That will definitely be her downfall. Plus, you know, I don't know that actress ;)

(and wow, I posted a lot. House is making me chatty again. Yay!)
I'm just hoping that Survivor: Princeton Plainsboro is this season's arc and we will be spared a series of very special episodes with a very special guest star that explore one House's weaknesses.

I think I may need to add another hand.

Hee! Chase has always been my least favorite of the three, but if his character remains as he is now he may end up on equal footing with me.

Cuddy has been the one wrong note this season and I felt it last season to. I feel like they've kinda lost the plot with her character. her characterization isn't really all that consistent and her antics have become so...shrill and illogical, almost. On the other hand, everything Wilson has been awesome. Just really really awesome.

Her character has never been completely consistent and she really pissed me off during the Vogler arc, but the Cuddy I've seen thus far this season seems to have no connection to the Cuddy I've seen before. What happened to her wanting a baby? I don't expect that to be a focus right now, but House hasn't even cracked a joke about it. And she's frustrated with House who is doing exactly what she wanted him to do, but, no surprise, not going about it the way she would want him to. At this point, his crap shpuld not be getting her so flustered.

Wilson was awesome. :) I love how he stepped in to supervise when House was unavailable.

What's a bit distracting to me is that I feel like I know who won't be fired and who will be just because of the actors I recognize.

Yeah. As soon as I heard about casting I was pretty certain who would be sticking around and who would only be there for a short time. So 13 keeping her job while the rest of her team was fired was no shock.

wow, I posted a lot. House is making me chatty again.

Me too! I kind of gave up posting on the show last season and last night I felt compelled to get my thoughts down as soon as the ep ended. :)
Nods. While Heroes is leaving me tepid, House is got me on fire. Chase apparently grew a pair in his time away. I like him this way too. ;) And I liked that he let House know that he's there if he needs his help, but he won't be his whipping boy anymore. Yes, I like Chase much more this time around. And I love House's expression after Chase gave him that little speech.
The Ducklings have turned out to be House clones in a lot of ways, except that Foreman forgot that he isn't working for Cuddy and the new boss already told him not to try the risky treatment. And she was right, he would do it again because that's what House would do.
And btw, did you notice who the guest star is next week. Once again, House seems to be the gathering place for former Buffy actors - and she's still all psychic!
Azure Skye (?) who played Cassie in Help. She's got dark hair this time around but it's her all right and she's seeing dead people.
Oh! Now you mention Cassie I do recall her in the promo. It looked like an interesting ep too.
The Ducklings have turned out to be House clones in a lot of ways, except that Foreman forgot that he isn't working for Cuddy and the new boss already told him not to try the risky treatment. And she was right, he would do it again because that's what House would do.

Foreman seemed shocked he was fired, but I saw it coming. Yes, House follows his judgment no matter what he is told, but he has years of experience and is right far more often than he is wrong. Foreman's been in that job for a mere weeks and he's already ignoring his boss. That's a quick way to get to the unemployment line.
What you said. I never contemplated giving up on the show for all the reasons you cited. I'm completely loving this season, but I'm damned if I know what they're doing with Cuddy. Dressing like a tramp, acting inconsistently - I hope they have an actual reason for this. If not, Lisa should start complaining.
I'm rather shocked that Lisa hasn't complained. I could understand if it was the first season being worried that speaking up may cost you your job, but it's year four and she's earned the right to fight for her character. At least her wardrobe. ;)
You did a good job describing what's been bothering me about Backstabber that I just couldn't put my finger on.

That dog *was* a good actor; that was great work by whoever was wrangling him.

(Side note: would they really let a surgeon in the operating room with long hair like that?)

I'm curious about when Chase became a surgeon, cause he's an intensivist, which I didn't think was a kind of surgeon. And Cameron's an immunologist who's suddenly an ER doctor? I should not be overthinking this, and yet I am.
I've thought a bit about how Chase and Cameron came to be in their current specialties. I think Cameron moving to the ER is easier to buy, but both transitions are a bit iffy without additional training and certification. Ultimately, I just tell myself these are TV doctors and handwave it.