Rate It: Was House's "Living the Dream" Up to Par?

While it was fun to see Sex and the City's Jason Lewis on this week's House and the usual craziness of House himself, the case didn't seem to give its usual wow-factor.


This one gets a 7/10 for me when they're almost always a 9 or 10!


Did you love this episode or think it was just so-so?


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RachelLEditor
May 6, 2008 3:49PM EDT

House has really been sub par for me since the return of the strike (and honestly for about half of this season).
While I really enjoyed the mixing up of things during the beginning of this season, with the introduction of all of the new characters and the many weeks of House's games until he finally narrowed things down to Thirteen and those other two (their names escape me)...I find it interesting that I feel like those new characters had more development when they were competing against 30 other people for screen time as opposed to now, when it's down to the three of them (plus occasional appearances by Cameron, Chase and to a slightly greater degree, Foreman).
The only new character that has had any growth recently is Amber, and while I am a fan of the Amber/Wilson relationship, last week's Amber/House antics were a little too childish for my liking.
So, for me the main problem with House is that all of the supporting characters are just there, without really contributing anything.
Thus, I feel like the episodes have been lacking some depth lately. It is just the medical mystery of the week with little to no other character development or side stories (except the Amber/Wilson thing), and since I've seen a whole lot of medical mysteries of the week over the course of these 4 seasons of House, I'm started to get a little bored...
Verdict on this week's: Even hot Jason Lewis did not raise the episode above a 6.
Another random thought: Did House pop any Vicodin last night? Is it me or have the writers been downplaying/ignoring this aspect of the show recently?

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May 6, 2008 4:43PM EDT

Can't say the "No More Mr Nice Guy" episode last week was one of my favorites but this week, I'm fully pleased.
Kidnapping his favorite actor, diagnosing him by watching his acting change, risks, being right or "sort-of" right against all odds. House was on top of his game again.
Loved the House-Cuddy banter and the phone call in the end. Making her call him "sweet souce"... Priceless!Moreover, Wilson and Amber are really growing on me, I thought the whole mattress-thing was really funny. Especially when Wilson was desperate enugh to aks House for relationship advice.
As for character development, I think having Cameron "back on the team" for a while again showed just how much she has changed since the very beginning of the show.
Icing on the cake was this particular housism:
"I don't believe we've met. Dr House.'"Yes, I've heard that name.""Most people have. It's also a noun."....
Reminds of the part of the show I really, really miss. The clinic scenes!
So, rating of this week's episode 9 1/2 (only for lack of those clinic scenes)

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May 6, 2008 5:53PM EDT

I do agree with the fact that they should start moving back towards their roots. More clinic duty, more focussing on the case and definitely a grittier House (who's become far too cute of late).
I do love the new characters ands the Wilson/Amber device but, like Rachel said, they do need to tighten up their act and not just waste time with them. There is little intensity between the new characters as opposed to Foreman/Chase/Cameron and while the jokes are still top-notch they are few and far between.

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May 6, 2008 9:41PM EDT

to be honest with you all, i never thought i'd say thig but, i wasnt actually satisfied with this weeks episode. i wasnt really getting into it and it didnt seems too interesting to me. but next week is a definite yes. that'll bring in viewers for sure. when something bad goes on and our favorite star Greg gets hit by a bus and gets partial amnesia... well thats just the case of where we all stand. we love dr. house and the show HOUSE but really, in september these writers better make some more interesting drama to go along with the show.
and haha to wilson getting a waterbed. HEHE

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May 7, 2008 10:16AM EDT

I'd have to say that while this week was definitely better than last weeks show, it has been sub par since the strike. I remember bitting my nails until the show came on, and then biting them some more while it was playing. The tension was high, the characters developing and the clinic scenes were hilarious. These last few episodes have been kind of flat, especially since "don't ever change" was aired. I had no complaints until then. Lets hope this partial amnesia thing won't end up feeling like house has actually become House's favorite soap.

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May 7, 2008 11:16AM EDT

House is definitely slowing down, which had to happen one day or another. The problem is season 4 doesn't contain enough drama, but too much superficiality. Some episodes were good, but that's not enough. I think the new characters if they're good are quite plain, and are not as interesting as Cameron, Chase and Foreman, even if he is still in the team. I liked their relationships, the confrontation between them. Now, it's just plain diolog.
About the scenario, this episode had interesting ideas, but I wasn't that interested... Some House's jokes were great though ! (Most people have, it's also a noun : hilarious !).
I really hope next episode will get better.

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May 7, 2008 4:21PM EDT

i can not wait until next weeks episode... where house gets hurt

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May 7, 2008 5:52PM EDT

At least I'm not the only one that feels season four is lacking... Don't get me wrong, I have appreciated the change with the new characters, added comedy and cuteness, but as the season 4 grows older the shows grows colder. They lack the drama and mystery that used to really catch my attention; especially the latest episode "Living the Dream"; I found myself lost in thought looking for better things to be doing when I tried watching that episode. If they could maintain the drama and mystery then mix it in with the comical cuteness, that's be great. Though, there have been a few really funny episodes in season four...
Oh well, maybe it's time to start considering some new shows to get addicted to...maybe... definitely if the shows don't start to improve...

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May 9, 2008 5:48PM EDT

I agree. The episode was okay, but it wasn't as good as normal. Probably because there wasn't as much as House's crazy antics, besides in the beginning, and the whole kidnapping the actor thing.
There really wasn't any oh my god factor to it like it normally is. No complete surprises.It was just so-so

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May 10, 2008 3:59AM EDT

This definitely was not amongst the top 20 episodes but entertaining nevertheless. I miss the old team and I wish they were back driving the bus.

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