I keep adding shows to my list of reviews which, at some point, is going to bite me on the buttocks. And that right hard. But for now, I don’t mind doing little reviews of the shows I watch, when I watch them.
House is a show I started watching late last season. And for most of that it was more filler than anything I was particularly interested in. If it was on and I was bored I watched it with detached interest, but if I missed it, I didn’t really miss it. As per usual with my writings on television these days, it was the summer that made me a fan.
I was anxious for this season to start and then I became nervous after the preview for last week’s episode thinking House had already jumped the shark and landed in X-file territory. It didn’t and we all were relieved.
What I like about House is that it is a mystery that pretends to be a medical drama (or is that a medical drama pretending to be a mystery?) Each episode brings us an patient with unexplained symptoms. House and his team spend the episode trying every test imaginable to figure out the problem. Hugh Laurie, as House does a magnificent job playing the cantankerous doctor who just happens to be brilliant. Truly he is the reason to watch.
Tonight’s mysterious illness lied in a young autistic boy who suddenly begins screaming and is seemingly in pain.
Everybody but House suspects that there is nothing to be worried about and that it was simply an autistic boy acting out. But House makes the team run a series of tests anyway.
The tests come back negative, but the kid coughs up fluid.
In a very enjoyable sub-plot, Cuddy replaced House’s blood stained carpet to which House complains and promises to never enter his office again until the blood-carpet is returned. It is a great showdown between the two and one that seems so silly and petty in its foolishness it would be hilarious were they both not so serious about it all.
Also the young jail-bait hottie from last week is back. She pretended to have the same chest symptoms of her father so that House would examine her (naked) chest. House plays along in his own little way and the girl continues to come to the hospital, and call him repeatedly until Cuddy is forced to issue a restraining order.
In a nice, intimate, and helpful moment, House, in order to get the autistic lad to breath in a sleeping agent, begins sucking on the tube himself and then putting it to the boys face. By doing this, the boy learns to trust House, and House gets high. But in his usual manner, House destroys the moment by telling the boy’s parents that it is a case of monkey see/monkey do, relating their son to nothing more than a primate.
Throughout the episode, House and his team set up shop in a variety of places including the main ward of the hospital, Dr. Wilson’s office, a conference room reserved by Cuddy and eventually Cuddy’s office. All of which is part of House’s plot to make Cuddy give in and give him his carpet back.
We discover that House has an affinity for the child for he never has to deal with all of the social niceties that House deplores so much.
During a basic biopsy of the autistic child’s underarm they discover that the cells located there are in fact liver cells. This brings up many other issues such as the possibility of cancer and more tests are run.
The tests lead the team to believe the kid may have ingested something harmful. House immediately suspects the parents of poisoning, but this is ruled out through some tests. This lead to accidental ingestion and the team scours the house to see what may be a threat without anyone knowing it.
Sure enough there is jimson week on location and House takes pictures of it and various other items in the yard to the boy. Without treating him like a sick kid, House demands the boy show him what he has been eating, but the boy only points at the sandbox.
Finally having enough of the Lolita, House breaks up with her using lines from Casablanca. Looking into her eyes while doing his best Bogart impression, House notices her milky tears – a symptom of some type of simple disease – to which he subscribes a drug and leaves her alone. As often happens this small symptom leads to House discovering the large problem in the main patient. After looking into the autistic boys eyes, house discovers small worms. Worms that would be received through eating sand and could have cause all of his other symptoms.
The worms are removed and the boy is well again.
The bloody carpet is returned.
Man, House is a difficult show to cover. It has so many complexities that a plot analysis gets tedious, and I’m still unsure how to cover it critically. We’ll see if I can keep it up.