House Season 6, Episode 8: "Ignorance Is Bliss" - Review

Wow. Nothing says "Happy Thanksgiving" like physical violence and psychological torture. If you were flipping channels last night, you would've seen the How I Met Your Mother crew celebrate "Slapsgiving" by putting Barney through the ringer. Meanwhile over on House, Dr. Chase cold-cocked the show's namesake right after Cuddy orchestrated a particularly devious trick on the poor guy as well. Then again, it's not like he didn't deserve it.

This week, the patient was a child prodigy, a science and math whiz whose superior intelligence left him lonely, depressed and suicidal. As as adult, he made the decision that he'd be happier being dumb, so he figured out a way, through self-medication, to lower his I.Q. His new life earned him an easy job as a courier as well as a loving wife. Neither were intellectually stimulating, but that's not what he was looking for anymore.

The parallels to Dr. House were pretty clear. The doctor's I.Q. didn't match the patient's, but he's still the brightest light on the hospital staff. He's also lonely, depressed and rehabbing from his own bout of self-medication. The whole idea of dumbing yourself down for the sake of happiness is a slippery slope. I'm sure Dr. House would admit his genius is a burden sometimes, (although he'd say it much more sarcastically and throw in an insult or two), and the same frustration might apply to you as well. Who hasn't wanted to yell and scream bloody murder while at the mercy of some idiot doing a menial job? After dealing with naysayers, red tape and brick walls, anyone with drive and inspiration might be tempted to throw in the towel, succumb to the loneliness and take the easy way out. All that trouble, and as the patient says to House, "You're not even that smart." And yet we don't take the easy way out, and neither does the good doctor.

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