House: 'Emancipation' for All

Every week, House has an interesting, bizarre case that goes along with the characters' personal storylines as well, but this week, it seemed more that the cases were meant to interact with the character storylines as the cases taught the team lessons instead of working alongside their storylines.


There were two cases featured this week - a 16-year-old girl who was emancipated from her parents for some reason she wasn't revealing truthfully for House's team, and an extra case for Foreman as he tried to work a case study while working for House as well, who wouldn't fully allow Foreman the time and freedom to work on case studies.


While Foreman worked both cases in annoyance that House was not "letting" him do case studies, Foreman and the rest of House's team worked through the young girl's case in which it turned out she was lying about her parents being dead, then lying about her father raping her, and surprisingly, the only one who got the truth out of her was House. Who knew House would be someone to confide one's darkest secret to like accidentally killing your brother.


While this was all working out, Taub tried to teach Thirteen a lesson about relating personally to patients by jumping in to tell their patient that he had Huntington's and was dying to try to convince the patient to talk to her parents about a bone marrow donation, then telling Thirteen she should have told the girl that herself. But Thirteen has told patients personal stories before, so I'm not quite sure why Taub felt this was an issue. It may be, though, that the only one Thirteen has really told was the woman she'd hooked up with who was using her to get to House, so maybe that doesn't count since they built up a more personal relationship.


But overall, the cases were mainly about teaching Foreman the lesson that he could figure out a case on his own, even when he thought his own case was bad enough to need to pull in House, who refused to help. Not only did Foreman learn he could do it, but this confidence made him tell House that he was doing case studies, and that was that. And House did not refuse. Why? Because it wasn't a question - ah ha! And Foreman learned that to be a real doctor and adult around there, he has to stand up for himself. And now enters the era of Foreman not around House's cases as much, but finally advancing his career.


So lessons learned, but what about the House and Cuddy issue?? This was dealt with throughout with Wilson-House arguments and silent treatments, but Cuddy herself only appeared for a few moments to chat about House - as a boss only - with Foreman.


While it seemed House knew he wasn't doing the right thing by ignoring his Cuddy attraction, it also seemed like he's going to continue to be stubborn about it, and Wilson has said his piece, and that just may be that from Wilson.


So will anything happen with House and Cuddy? Is this House missing his chance? Cuddy is not a traditional woman who needs to be asked out to make something happen, so I wonder if she'll come around and push this, though it was her who wanted to ignore it in the first place, or so she claimed.


It looks like we won't get more on this next week either, but I'm not actually disappointed about that at all after seeing the preview for the new episode! Now that is an hour of TV to which I planned to be entirely glued!


Now that looks like some serious November sweeps awesomeness! Maybe that's meant to give Thirteen the death scare she needs to get her caring about living, but any way about it, I'm just thrilled to get such an exciting House episode!


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Nov 20, 2008 1:17AM EST

I didn't really find the cases very interesting this week. The main case with the 16-year old girl was so predictable that I found myself guessing what was going to happen next and being right. Where is the crazy zany convoluted medical process I have gotten so used to seeing? Though, next week looks so interesting that I can forgive this minor lapse into mediocrity.

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Nov 20, 2008 7:26AM EST

'luved that episode. 'luved the old team so much. the 3 of them have so much more charisma. 'luved chase cheesiness. 'cant wait to see more of them.

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Nov 20, 2008 9:03PM EST

loved everything though I find the cases have become simple in that instead of finding out a very rare disease its become a very common illness. I miss the days when somebody had a snake slowly killing them inside. thats the only regret. But I guess they had to sacrifice that for character building and stuff

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Nov 21, 2008 5:42PM EST

The limbic system controls so much more than just imagination... like, um memory. The medical advisers on this show seem like they just get bored and say "fuck it, if it works well with the story..."

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Nov 24, 2008 1:25AM EST

Yea, you're right, StreetSpirit... The Limbic System controls more then imagination. Like memory. SHORT-TERM MEMORY. The Limbic System carries out the role of processing information that is Short-term into Long-term. You know what that means? She made it up. Not only that, but that the medical advisers say "Hey. We're medical advisers for one of the top shows currently on television. Why don't we think about simple brain functions so that idiots sitting at a computer don't try to outsmart us?

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