Unfaithful: Oh Dear God

There was never a chance that I was going to like this episode. I will admit my bias up front. I read the one line description and my distaste was solidified. To paraphrase: "A sick priest comes into the hospital and House tries to come to terms with his religious belief." Sound familiar? That might be because THERE'S ALREADY A HOUSE VS. GOD EPISODE. IT'S CALLED "HOUSE VS. GOD." It aired in the second season and guest stars Thomas Dekker. And it was a hell of a lot better than this episode.


Usually when House challenges the beliefs of his patients, I'm either on the edge of my seat, it's so tense, or I'm laughing my ass off. During 'Unfaithful' I was clipping my toenails. And yawning. And yearning for the days when the patient conflicts were actually important and not a vehicle for continuing the horrible soap opera this show is becoming.


Case in point: The House-Cuddy-Wilson stuff in this episode was PATHETIC. Omg, House wants to go! Omg, Cuddy doesn't want House to go! Omg, House doesn't want to go! Omg, Cuddy does want House to go! Omg, Wilson is trying to fix things! Oh my oh me! Please. I feel like my intelligence is being insulted when I watch this show now. That baby has ruined Cuddy forever.


And Cuddy isn't even my main complaint. Wanna guess what that is? (Hint: read my review of last week's episode.)


SINCE WHEN DO FOREMAN AND THIRTEEN GET TO OUT-SMART HOUSE?! NOBODY OUTSMARTS HOUSE!! THAT'S THE WHOLE FREAKING POINT!!!! If I was furious about Foreteen before, I am beyond outraged now.


This show has taken a serious dive. The patients/cases are no longer interesting, and even when they are, the debauched shenanigans of the Princeton Plainsboro staff takes up too much screen time to really develop anything on the medical side. Sure, the show used to be more formulaic, but that WORKED. Newsflash: House is a procedural, not a romantic drama. The interpersonal character storylines NEVER supersede the hospital side of things. EVER. Not even when a critical cast member is sick. REMEMBER?


The only part of this episode that was even remotely close to the former quality of House was the very end, where Hugh Laurie plays the piano and drinks all on his lonesome while everyone else has a grand old time. I know it should pain me to even consider the possibility that House could end or be canceled but...I just don't love this show anymore, and that is a pity. I want it to get better, and I really hope it will. But right now I just feel like I'm digging to find minuscule bits of quality in the big pile of crap that is each new episode.

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Feb 17, 2009 9:14AM EST

Foreman and 13 outsmarted house? I must've missed that bit. I'd say you're wrong but it's your opinion and you're entitled to it, but you clearly aren't able to look past the surface of a story and see what's actually going on. I found it quite interesting.

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Feb 17, 2009 11:56AM EST

you're right that nobody outsmarts House and that is why its going to be even sweeter once he discovers their pretend ruse (and he IS gonna find out) all hell will break loose and Foreteen will never survive it. Way to thank a man for saving your undeserved license, Foreman.It is true that they are very annoying though but we were treated to the same medecine with Cameron and Chase...
Personnaly I see it as a good set up for an even better future, the calm before the storm, after all the end of the season is coming, right?

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Feb 17, 2009 3:31PM EST

I couldn't disagree with you more! The House/Cuddy thing has gotten to the point where it is a little bit annoying and the priest thing was not at all as interesting as it should have been -- perhaps because the priest himself is so listless that there really isn't much else to be done with that whole scenario after the one-line description: Priest who struggles with his belief.But other than that I found this episode titillating and very exciting, the end bit was so stimulating! FOREMAN AND 13 outsmart House???! And I was touched (but could have cried if they'd tweaked it a bit more) by the fact that House was by himself in the final scene. I think we should give the writer's a break. It's a good comeback after a bad round of cookie-cutter storylines, and the shock factor came back around the time when the patient held up the hospital some episodes back.When we've gotten to know House after so many seasons, the shock factor dies a little but I still get that warm fuzzy feeling when watching House so that's enough for me.

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Feb 18, 2009 4:18AM EST

there have been several house vs. god episodes, your really ticked about that? the rest i agree with one way or another; only thing to add: BRING BACK CLINIC DUTY (part of the whole medical thing needing to have more weight then the drama)

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Feb 19, 2009 1:06AM EST

I couldn't agree with you more. House MD. used to be my favorite show. I waited every week to see each episode. Now, the show definitely has become less attractive, and I might quit watching it for some time, thanks to those writers. My first guess is that 13, Olivia Wilde, has slept with each one of them to get all this glory in the show. I have never been wrong about any actor, she is not qualified to be in House MD. She doesn't even know how to give the right face gestures. I wonder what's going on with the show's director! Moreover, her relation with Foreman is one of the big mistakes in this season. Can't they see that all over the reviews on the net?!
You're right about the last scene. It reminds me with the old Dr. House. Now we have the used-to-be-genius Dr. House being fooled by 13 and foreman! and got confused by some people and patients' opinions! Cudy's intelligence is way undermined as well. Seriously, It becomes difficult at this point to restore it.
Dr. House's clinic duties should be brought back again, at least, if they want to make a good change. I'm not optimistic about the rest of this season.

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Feb 19, 2009 2:42AM EST

I still like House, but I think these recent episodes are the result of a handful crying for more DRAMAZ. The reason House worked was the same reason Lost works, because it was different than the other shows. House was about the medicine with a small bit of drama on the side. The interaction between the team and House, and the team and each other, along with interesting cases is what kept me tuned in. I still watch, but it seems like Taub, Kutner, Wilson, and Chase could just be phoning their parts in and the Dramaz with Foreteen are superseeding everything else. I don't mind the match, but I would like it to take a back burner and bring back the reasons House was good, the medicine!

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