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house460 Show: House (FOX, Mondays)

Character: Dr. Gregory House

On His Chart (I’m HILARIOUS):  You can’t just say the name “House.” You have to bellow it or say it under your breath, followed by a few choice curse words.

He’s not all that likable, our Dr. House. Sure, he’s the very best at what he does (a diagnostician who specializes in impossible-to-diagnose cases) and he’ll be the first to remind you. He’s also a drug addict (mostly Vicodin for his bum leg but last season he eased into heroin which was awesome until his heart stopped and he was forced into rehab), has the aforementioned bum leg as a result of an “infarction in his quad muscles” forcing him to use a cane, serious daddy issues, commitment issues, people issues. House has Issues, period, and he does not suffer them in silence. He’s a Grade-A Bastard, an obsessive narcissist who despises authority and has little regard for the thoughts or feelings of the people around him.

Why We Can’t Help (Loving? No. Liking? Eh. Rooting for? Not really) Watching House:  There’s the vicarious thrill of watching someone with NO internal censor. I mean, who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to tell someone who’s being a whiny drama queen exactly what they’re thinking. Or play vicious practical jokes on his boss and coworkers. And neighbors. And patients. And strangers. And annoying children.

There’s his occasional vulnerability, especially when it comes to the increasingly debilitating nature of his addiction or his useless leg. Or when he gets THISCLOSE to an emotional connection with someone (his best friend Wilson, the Watson to his wasted Sherlock Holmes, his boss/sometimes lover Cuddy, his former love played by Sela Ward who I wish was in everything, honestly) and then blows it because he’s, well, House. For a split second, there’s real regret there that he’s not different, not like everyone else. And then he’ll call someone a moron.

And his passion for solving the mystery, for finding the truth. While it can be cold, heartless and other things that evoke a mental image of Cruella DeVille kicking puppies, like, say, insisting to a loved one that he be allowed to do an “unnecessary” autopsy on the recently deceased, purely to satisfy his curiosity and/or prove his point. Most of the time, it leads him to saving a life, often right at the very last second.

A Very House Moment:

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House is starting to get on my nerves. Worse, it’s starting to bore me. The fact that Kal Penn wanted to leave the show to work for Obama’s White House is far more surprising and interesting. Why couldn’t Kutner just quit to go do that? It would’ve been just as left-field and far less messy.

Maybe the House writers should stop being such drama queens and accept the fact that the premise of the show is just getting old. House isn’t changing and even HE thinks the mean shtick is worn out. “I’m tired of lying to patients to force them to tell me the truth”- yeah, you and me both. His “new” team is super irritating (they couldn’t kill Taub instead? What a baby) and the most attractive player has been relegated to one surgery scene per episode. I even miss Cameron.

If anything, this just reinforced what I’ve thought about House for a while- we don’t need gimmicks and cliff-hangers, we need a shot of adrenaline STAT. (I apologize for the use of the word STAT)

– Judi

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