House's 'Instant Karma' opened up in a disappointing way as we didn't get the usual exciting case-of-the-week intro where we see a person doing something normal, start to twitch, then their significant other/child/friend collapses or pukes blood.
This week, all we got was a rich man staring at his dog, doing some big business deal, then running off to check on his very sick son. The son's case ended up being complicated and interesting, so despite that lame intro, the kid and his rich dad who demanded Dr. House unless House was "insane or dead" made for a good episode. As soon as the dad said that line, I was thinking well, yes, House could be called insane after all he just went through, but I guess Cuddy decided House didn't count as actually insane, and she'd rather have a satisfied rich daddy along with continuing to play the "Foreman figurehead" game while House called the shots.
We then proceeded with a pretty much normal House episode where House and his team tried and failed to find the true bizarre diagnosis until they discovered the right one... and then House had a revelation in the nick of time that they were wrong, and finally hits that nail on the head.
In this case, it had a little extra intrigue as House still doesn't have his license, so his interaction with the case was not as full-on, plus when he did get involved in-person with the man and his child, he found the man blaming himself for what seemed like the final diagnosis as it was fatal and the guy had all the luck when it came to business, and none when it came to his family.
This would have been the perfect opportunity for House to give the guy a humiliating speech about how he was a moron for thinking karma had anything to do with this, but all we got was a few comments from Cameron trying to convince the guy his luck had nothing to do with it, and House popped in after the actual correct diagnosis to tell the guy selling his business and going broke didn't save the kid, the medicine did. But when the dad clearly didn't accept House's statement, House didn't care.
What I'm liking about that kind of new reaction from House is that he didn't suddenly switch to being this very caring doctor with excellent bedside manner, but he has slowly shifted, and seems he will continue to shift, into a non-people person doctor who does an amazing job, and while he doesn't bond with the families, he doesn't horrifically insult them either. It's an interesting new place to be with our fav genius doctor!
House was up to a few old tricks, though, around the rest of the plot. As they worked on the little boy's case, Foreman and Chase also worked on the presentation they had to make about the "the tyrant's" case. Just when it seemed all was lost for explaining away a few differences between tests where the blood was the President's and the blood was the person's from the morgue, a "mystery person" left a helpful file behind. Meanwhile, a "mystery person" also canceled Thirteen's trip to Thailand, making her stay and hopefully eventually decide to return to the hospital.
So now I'm getting curious as Taub hasn't reappeared, Thirteen is still acting like she's not coming back, and there's another actor meant to leave the show who... okay, spoiler alert... isn't either one of them. But that doesn't mean they won't leave too.
What do you think? Who will stay and who will go? Also, is it time to rev up that Cuddy-House romance again? She was a little flirty this week... maybe this new House will be able to have a real relationship after a few more months of adjustment?