Oh how I wish I'd never doubted House for this new season! While things are still not back to normal, I think that's turning out quite well for some interesting variation to the plot.
While the show remains medical "case of the week" show, there's a whole lot more going on with the characters than usual, and it's great stuff! And, to make it just right, plenty of that drama for the characters is still intertwined in the story of the patient of the week.
Speaking of the patient, this week's in 'The Tyrant,' as can be assumed from the episode title, was guaranteed to be an intriguing and controversial one. The amazing James Earl Jones guest starred as an African dictator, President Dibala, otherwise known as "the tyrant" for all the terrible things he'd done that had led to him being charged with crimes against humanity in his country.
While it would have been fantastic to see Hugh Laurie and James Earl Jones interact, House not being allowed any patient contact or to "officially" work on any cases, gave Foreman, Cameron, and Chase the chance to have big and fascinating roles in the case.
I had expected it to be a little odd and perhaps dull to have the old team back together since Taub quit and Foreman stupidly fired Thirteen, but the amazing drama that unfolded for all of the old team, plus House's hilarious line when the three of them walked into the room, "Oh my God, it's three years ago!" made it all very worthwhile.
It was very interesting to watch Cameron struggle with treating President Dibala since she knew full-well about all the incredibly awful things he'd done, and it was difficult to imagine working to save the life of someone like him, with the possibility of him walking out the hospital door to kill hundreds more people. Chase and Foreman weren't thrilled either, but until later on for Chase, they both stuck with Cuddy on the focus that they were there to do their jobs, not make or care about any political statements or issues.
I was shocked when Chase changed his mind as he was the one to blow off the poor man who faked an appointment to tell Chase that the President's drunken, drugged soldiers beat and raped his wife, but I suppose the tide turned for Chase after he risked his life when the man sneaked into the President's room with a gun, and then the President dared to threaten Chase's wife. While that made Cameron realize she couldn't/didn't want to kill the man, it apparently made Chase feel quite the opposite. And, by the way, while it was said a few too many times, it was pretty fun to have the reminder from Chase continually calling Cameron his wife that they're married!
That reminder and his heavy-handed use of calling her his wife came in pretty handy to come down even heavier later on after the President dramatically died, then Foreman tried to check into it in the morgue, only to discover Chase's "betrayal" and, well, depending on how you look at it, murder, malpractice, and all sorts of other issues, and Chase told Foreman that if Foreman was going to turn him in, at least tell him first so he can tell his wife.
Now that's some serious business I never expected for Chase to ever be a part of on this show, and I didn't even expect in this episode with the focus on Cameron's discontent with the President.
So it seems it won't be jail time for Chase since Foreman burned the morgue sign-in sheet, but can that be the only evidence of Chase messing with the President's test results, ending in the President's death? I suppose it could be, unless something comes up in the autopsy, but even then, it could easily be passed over as mistakes the doctors made in not figuring out what was wrong with him soon enough. And it does help that House, the medical genius, wasn't officially involved in the case, so it's much more likely they couldn't figure it out.
While all that drama was the focus of the episode, it was also interesting to see House work out his problems with Wilson's neighbor in such a ridiculous way of drugging the man, taping him up with duct tape, then tricking him into relaxing his arm that had been blown off to the elbow in the war... or at least I think that's what really happened after House brought on the confusion about who the guy really was. But war vet or not, it was pretty cool that House knew the man could be mentally clenching that no longer existent fist and that House knew how to fix that - pretty cool stuff!
So now we have House and Wilson back to their apartment-sharing bliss, Chase struggling over his decision to aid in a patient's death, and Thirteen and Foreman struggling in their relationship and if Thirteen will return to the team or not.
What do you think will come next for everyone? Did you enjoy seeing so much focus on the old team again, or do you want Taub and Thirteen back? Also, how long do you think is acceptable and interesting for House to remain without his medical license?