Monday, November 14, 2011

[H]ouse, M.D. Episode 8x06 "Parents"

Well surely we expected this week's episode to be at least as entertaining as last week's episode, right?
 
Bueller...

Bueller...

Bueller...

I guess since Bueller isn't answering I should get right to the reason I'm here. 

What I did not like:
The POTW case was just not interesting. I wish I could say this case interested me but it was dead in the water. Nothing about the patient, his family or the illness jumped out at me and screamed excitement. I do wonder why the biological father not in jail for molesting his son 12 years ago? And how on earth did House come up with that epiphany? He knew there was some big secret reason the mother would not let her son have contact with his biological father, then the father comes in limping and House notices he walks funny and then makes mention of molestation and syphilis. Normally the way in which House reaches his epiphanies makes sense (except for the one in episode before last where he's looking at the ortho x-ray and the "Y" thing hits him). This one came out of nowhere.

Is too much Taub a bad thing?
Oh come on, what do you think? Do I even have to answer this question? I read somewhere that Shore was considering a Taub-centric episode and I also read that fans were opposed to it.  There's a reason for that. I don't even have to elaborate. 
House's obsession with the paternity of Taub's kids.
Oh we know House doesn't hate babies but for crying out loud when is he going to stop picking on Taub? Ok let me rephrase that. I'm all for House picking on and belittling Taub as often as possible but I'm so over the paternity thing. May we move on?
We were baited. We were also robbed.
We got mention of House's parents and we were all like "Yes! Finally!" (I personally was dancing around in my underwear celebrating LOL!) and then just as quickly as it was given to us, TPTB snatched all hope away. I love any reference to House's parents because it gives me hope that TPTB will finally delve into who he is as a result of his upbringing. But alas, we were disappointed once again that this opportunity was passed over for more what can only be described as obviously more intriguing plots.
Remember when Cuddy was trying to choose a sperm donor and House tried to deter her telling her "who you are matters" and "genes matter"? (When what he was really saying was "choose me") Well I never forgot that, neither have the fans. House is who he is because of two major influences: his life experiences and his genes. They matter! He didn't become a misanthropic, narcissistic pain in the ass after the infarction. He was already one, the infarction only made him worse. His father had a lot to do with the way he is through upbringing and it is possible that his biological father was an influence as well, through genes.  I like what Chase said to Adams, and I paraphrase---about the team doing what they are now and being so good at it, to fill that hole left by dysfunction in their childhood. I would say that really describes House.

TPTB have left an incredible gold mine untapped for so long and it's a real shame. I had hoped in Season 6 with the references to House's biological father as author of that book House was reading and also in the episode Braveheart where House was talking to his dad before he went to sleep (I do hate that TPTB chose to cut out that wonderful flashback scene of House as a little boy with his dad.  However you can click HERE for that deleted scene between  young Gregory House and his father from episode 6x06.)  I hate that we never got any kind of real storyline about House and his childhood, it's so much a part of who he is. It's kinda funny that a man who spends his life solving puzzles is the biggest puzzle of all, one apparently we will never have a crack at solving because TPTB keep the pieces from us. I suppose it's because they think we can't handle it.

I still don't like Adams.
It's not just that I don't like her, I can't like her. Something in my rational mind won't let me. There's this disconnect not to mention she's dry and just not entertaining. As we found out in this episode, the poor little rich girl had a great childhood with parents who loved her and she hated it because all her friends came from dysfunctional families and she felt left out. So we're supposed to believe she's dysfunctional because she was functional? She likes the idea of working with screwed up people like House because it makes her feels normal.  I liked the conversation House had with her on their way out of the hospital. I loved it when he said, "It's normal to be screwed up, it's not normal to romanticize it."  The look on his face always says so much more than the words he speaks. For some strange reason, Adams romanticizes the idea of working with a screwed up person. How screwed up is that? I love though that she's just a puzzle to him and in the end he got his answer. Poor Jessica Adams's little secret is out, the poor little rich girl was loved too much. Boring! 

The new DDX room.
My philosophy is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" which could essentially apply to the entire show after Season 5 but I digress. Couches? Stocked bar? Seriously? Cuddy never would have allowed that, which could be why House indulges in it. He knows he can pretty much get whatever he wants out of Foreman, I don't care how much Foreman claims otherwise.

House as an ex-con.
It still doesn't resonate with me that the guy we've known for so many years, who, despite being a lonely, misanthropic jerk, really does have a heart that he shows in the tiniest, most unusual ways,  is an ex-con on parole wearing an ankle bracelet.  I still cannot grasp the idea the House I knew before is the House that's being given to us now. Sorry, I will never accept that change. Oh wait, according to David Shore, people don't change. So either the House we have now is the same House we had in the past seven years (not!) or people change. Ha!

What I liked:
House attempting to remove the "lo-jack" on his ankle.
Did any of us think there wouldn't be an episode where House didn't try to get this damn thing off? When the red light started beeping and that ex-con ran out of House's office with his tools I was laughing my ass off. Yes, I laughed. I loved when House attempted to cover up by soaking his legs in the hot tub. My only dislike about that scene was that House had too many clothes on in that tub :)

Referencing House's parents.
Which only happened what--twice? A girl can dream right? At least we got something. Well that....and House eating like a pig. Speaking of....

House steals Wilson's food.
Longtime fans know that Gregory House has probably not paid for a meal since...since...well since never. He's always stealing everyone else's food especially Wilson, who just lets him do it. I love it when Wilson cuts up one half of the sandwich into two pieces to share it with House but House just reaches over and takes the other half that is not cut. So typical House. Good Times. Sort of. Would have been better if Cuddy had been there with them but I digress.

The hooker reference.
Seems like old times--almost. Wouldn't be a House episode without a reference to hookers now would it? Does not mean I approve of the the debauchery of late S7. Just sayin'.

The Boxing match & Wilson being manipulated by Foreman.
What do you expect? As Cuddy once told Foreman, he's "House-lite". He threatens to send House back to prison but seriously he's just like him. Remember back in Season 3, House told Foreman, "you've been like me since you were eight years old". Hello? Foreman is going to try and use House any chance he gets just as House will do the same to Foreman and Wilson. Speaking of Wilson,  my goodness it is still so easy to pull one over on him. Will he ever get wise to it? I have a feeling in the next episode he'll be seeking revenge.
When I saw House/Foreman at the fight I thought "Oh hell no! House would never choose Foreman over Wilson!" and then I realized "Oh hell yes he would!"  Given that Shore has turned House into an even more selfish bastard that he used to be, of course he's going to continue to do whatever he wants whenever he wants. (Generally the only person who could keep House on a short leash was Cuddy and seriously, if anyone thought Foreman would be able to do that, they're an idiot.) In House's world, it didn't really matter to him who he was going to the fight with or how he got there so long as he was there. The only way he was going to that fight was with Foreman's blessing so he did what comes naturally and manipulated Wilson...through Foreman of course. Because no matter what, House is still the master manipulator, the diabolical (yet benevolent) puppet master and even though Foreman is the Dean of Medicine (*hack hack*), he is still one of House's minions. He always will be. 

Overall, the episode wasn't bad, it's just that it wasn't that great either. There were a few good moments with Wilson and Chase and of course, Hugh is always memorable as House, but the episode just didn't do anything for me. It's not one I'd speak of at the water cooler the next day, and you know there have been many many episodes talked about near the water cooler!  

Alas, the problem here is that I am spoiled rotten. I have been spoiled by the excellence of what I affectionately refer to as "Classic House MD". I expect so much from this show because of the absolute brilliance we've been given in the past. Shore and his writers are capable of giving us so much more than they have given us recently. Hugh can take good writing and turn it into a masterful performance, it's what he does, and we love him for it. We just don't like the writing. The writers give us the "what" and the actors give us the "how" and really the "what" is seriously lacking here. It wasn't that long ago that [H]ouse, M.D. was a show that we could not get enough of. I compare it to that really great book you can't put down because it's so good you don't want to miss a thing. The show has kicked ass in syndication because people can't get enough of it. There's a reason for that. Although I'll add in here that a lot of people are finding it hard to watch the old episodes knowing how the direction the characters are headed. Took me awhile to go back to watching it in syndication on Cloo Channel. I just had to separate the "then" from the "now".

One of the biggest questions I have is why in Season 8 (and in Seasons 6 & 7 though I will say that 6 was much better than 7 in regards to House's character) are we not getting the same brilliant and exciting stories that we did in earlier seasons? We know it is possible because it's been done!

Alas, before I end this, I will say it wouldn't be right to post my review without giving a great big old shout-out to my #House pals Michelle, Veronique, Anne, Iane, Kelly, Claudia, Katie, Andree, Anthony, Lisa, Max, Mindy, Meg, and Maya for mucking through the good and bad with me and for the banter, laughter, tears and screaming that we have endured! It would not have been the same without you!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Still learning from Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement...

A few recent class lectures prompted me to write about my thoughts but I've been too busy to put them down on paper. They taunted me in my head long enough to convince me I needed to take the time and just get them out.

On April 16, 1963, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter to his fellow clergy, while incarcerated in a Birmingham Alabama jail. He was jailed because of his participation in the Birmingham anti-segregation protests.  The local clergy had come out against King leading protests in their city. Dr. King was a man who could not sit idly by and watch injustice take place in cities across this great nation and when his fellow civil rights activists called upon him to help them in Birmingham he would not turn his back on them. When the Birmingham clergy denounced the demonstrations, King politely admonished them, expressing his sorrow that they chose to address the non-violent protests but never once the reason for the protests. When I read this I thought "surely if you could count on anyone to support freedom and equality, it would be the church, no?"  After all, how can one be a Christian, Jew or any person who believes in God and not support freedom and equality for all mankind?

In his letter Dr. King referred to the mindset that blacks in America were expected to wait for their freedom, that they expected too much too soon. The truth is they were expected to wait until whites were ready to accept it. That reminded me of Eisenhower's response when asked if he thought it wise to use federal intervention to enforce desegregation in southern schools. His reply was,   
"I personally believe if you try to go too far too fast in laws in this delicate field that has involved the emotions of so many millions of Americans, you are making a mistake. I believe we have got to have laws that go along with education and understanding, and I believe if you go beyond that at any one time, you cause trouble rather than benefit."
While I understand Eisenhower's statement, it just angers me. The reason blacks had to fight for equality is because the white establishment refused to acknowledge them. Why did blacks have to wait to enjoy the same God-given rights and freedoms that whites enjoyed? Every American deserves equal protection under the Constitution. Eisenhower and his administration knew that blacks were being treated unfairly, that they were being denied the same protection and rights as whites and yet he wanted them to wait. Now, I don't think that his intent was to make them wait but rather prevent serious violence  on the part of those who would not accept it. I think he knew the violence that would ensue and was hoping to avoid it by encouraging a slow and steady progress. But really what he did not understand, because he was not black, was that blacks had waited so long for whites to give them what they had no right to give, what was actually  God-given. As leader of this nation, Eisenhower had a responsibility to act, to demonstrate leadership and represent and defend the ideals of the Constitution. His administration's lack of leadership in this area made things much worse for this nation in regards to civil rights.

Now I digress to discuss one important thing historians learn early on and that is history can only be judged within the context of its time frame. While I am angry now reading statements like that of Eisenhower back in the 1950s, as a writer and historian I cannot judge it within the context of my own time. It's nearly impossible to be able to apply any logical reasoning based on current experience to events of the past.  In the context of his time, did Eisenhower do the right thing? Only someone who experienced the era firsthand can explain it.  

As to the concept of waiting until whites were ready, and the idea that blacks were trying to go "too far too fast", King wrote, 
"when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness" --then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair."
It's easy to encourage people to wait when you're not among those waiting. Why should any Americans be forced to wait until the majority is ready to allow them their God-given rights--rights which are protected from government infringement in the Constitution? It's baffling that we actually had a federal government which for so long violated the Constitution of the United States by allowing states to deny Constitutionally protected rights to citizens of those states. After all, the race problem was a white problem, not a black problem. By this I mean whites caused the race problem by denying blacks the same equality and protection under the laws of this nation. Black Americans didn't cause the problem so why should they have to be the ones to sit back and wait until whites were ready?  

Mississippi Governor and Segregationist Ross Barnett participated in secret phone calls with President Kennedy about the situation in Mississippi in which Barnett personally intervened and refused to allow James Meredith to register for classes at Ole Miss. Even when James Meredith was flanked by US Marshalls, the Governor stepped in personally and refused him. The situation in Ole Miss was escalating to violence and during these calls Kennedy made it clear he did not want to send in troops, rather he wanted to find a political solution to the problem. Kennedy desperately wanted to maintain the support of Southern Democrats while at the same time he had an obligation to take a firm position in this matter and that position was to support the Constitution. Barnett told Kennedy in one of these phone calls that the people of Ole Miss just needed time to adjust and when Kennedy asked how much time Barnett would not answer. Kennedy asked if a one or two week cooling off period would be enough and Barnett still could not give an answer. The fact is that Barnett was just trying to hold the federal government off as long as possible. Barnett must have known that eventually the President would win but he did not care. He put every effort into denying Meredith and other blacks the ability to get an education in Mississippi, even going so far as to personally stand at the door of the University Registrar's office to turn Meredith away. No matter how long Barnett claimed the people would need in order to adjust, it never would have been enough time.

It makes no sense that this mindset existed but that was our country back then and I can't explain it. I can't even try to explain it because I don't understand it myself.

In his letter, King also talked of the difference between just and unjust laws and I particularly enjoyed this part of the letter because I've often pondered this very issue. Dr. King explains it in such simple terms. Basically, a just law is one that "squares with moral law or the law of God" while an unjust law does not. He explained it referencing St. Thomas Aquinas "An unjust law is a human law not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just, any law that degrades human personality is unjust."

I would say that is a reasonable way of interpreting laws that exist in society today.  And speaking of laws, we must also remind ourselves that just because something is legal does not make it right. Many injustices have been perpetrated on societies since the beginning of mankind under the guise of being legal but morally they were wrong. Since America was founded there have been laws on the books which have legally banned groups of individuals in this country from participating fully in American society. The civil rights movement was led by the black community but it was no means limited to them, it was a fight to ensure no American was denied freedom, liberty, and equal opportunity. 

Dr. King believed strongly in non-violent protests and was frustrated by the two extremes on either side of him. On one hand there were those blacks who were so frustrated with the system they had just given up and accepted their second-class status, no longer bothering to fight. On the other hand there were the extremist black nationals like the Black Panthers whose violent ideology clashed with the non-violent methods of many civil rights groups. The militant groups believed non-violent protesters were appeasing whites while non-violent protesters knew no good would come of violence as a means to gain in their struggle.  (Do you see any similarities between these groups and groups today? I certainly do!)

Another group King believed hindered the civil rights movement (even more than the KKK and similar groups) were moderate whites, those individuals who, for the sake of peace and tranquility, chose to ignore the problem. (Another example that also applies to politics today). These individuals were more concerned with keeping peace and order than achieving justice. King believed that moderates whites understood and believed in law and order as a method of establishing justice, and their support would be a great benefit to the social progress of blacks. This did not prove to be true because while many whites did come out in support of the civil rights movement, as a whole, mainstream white America stayed out of it. Who knows what might have happened if the millions of moderate whites in this nation stood up to the segregationists and the government that supported them? King described moderates whites as preferring a "negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice."   

While Dr. King's letter from the Birmingham jail was written during the black civil rights movement nearly half a century ago, its message still resonates today. Every young person in this country should read this letter and discuss its meaning, both in the context of the time it was written and how it applies today. The ideology and methods apply not just to civil rights. Maybe if the younger generation can understand the message, learn from it, and teach it to others, a lot more good may actually come from it. If you've never read Dr. King's letter, you should. It is a valuable piece of American history that deserves to be passed on from one generation to the next.

The battle for civil rights in this country is an important part of our history, who we are now and where we are going. We cannot dismiss nor forget the contributions made by those who sacrificed so much for freedom and equality in this nation.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you to the military veterans in my family: 1754-2011

My dad Larry Gene Clackum, Kennesaw GA, (1946-2009), US Air Force

My uncle Raymond Clifford Clackum, Kennesaw GA (1939-1981), US Army

My uncle Kenny Schlussler, (1934-1985), US Army

My uncle Miguel Angel Ortiz Jr., US Army

My cousin Eric Schlussler, US Navy

My grandfather William Murray Hersh, Trenton NJ, (1915-1984) served two tours in the Army, one of them during WWII

My grandfather's twin brother Arthur Abraham Hersh, Trenton NJ, (1915-1945), served in the Pacific Theatre in WWII and died as the war was ending. Click here to read some of the letters Arthur wrote home from the Pacific.

My great grandfather George W. Wallace, Marietta GA (1893-1963), US Army, WWI

My great uncle Virgil Young, Michigan, (1920-2004), US Army

My great uncle Grady Clackum Gibson, Marietta GA, (1918-2002) US Army, WWII

My great uncle Roy Harold Hogan, Marietta GA, USMC

My great grand uncle Joseph Michael Mangiere, NYC, (1888-1955), Lieutenant, served in Verdun in WWI.

My 3rd cousin Dylan S. Jennings, Sgt. USMC

My 2nd cousin Bernie Schatz, NYC, US Army

My 2nd cousin twice removed Nolan H. Clackum, US Army, WWII

My 1st cousin once removed Barry Rosenson, Elizabeth NJ, US Army Dental Corps

My 1st cousin twice removed Ugo Viggiano, NYC, US Army Medic, WWII

My 1st cousin once removed Fannie Mae Clackum, Georgia, US Army Reservist, 1940s & 50s. You can read her US Court of Appeals Case here.

My 1st cousin twice removed Warren Norville Clackum, Marietta GA, (1925-2003), US Army WWII

My 2nd cousin twice removed James W. Clackum, Marietta GA, (1917-1979), US Army WWII

My 2nd cousin twice removed John Henry Clackum, Kennesaw GA, (1921-1995), US Army

My 2nd great grand uncle Reverend Nathan Jay, Georgia, Served with the Georgia Infantry, Civil War

My 3rd great grandfather John C. Hogan Marietta GA (1839-1880), Served with the infantry in the Civil War

My 3rd great grandfather Joseph Dunn, Union SC, (1828-18920, served with the Confederacy in the Civil War

My 3rd great grandfather James Johnson Spears, Union SC, (1848-1927), served in the South Carolina Regiment of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

My 3rd great grandfather Richard Blackstock, Hall GA, (1832-1906), served in the Confederacy, taken as Prisoner of War in 1864, paroled 1865 in Elmira NY.

My 4th great grandfather Josiah Spears (Union, SC & Cherokee, GA), served as a Private & Corporal in the Cherokee Legion of the Georgia State Guard during the Civil War.

My 4th great grandfather James Hogan, South Carolina, (1790-1854), served in the War of 1812

My 4th great grandfather Jefferson L. Howell, Hall GA, (1817-1900), served in the Confederate Army.

My 4th great grand uncle George Lee Spears, South Carolina (1826-1865), served in the Confederacy and died in a Yankee prison

My 5th great grandfather Joseph Hogan, Tipperary Ireland, (1744-1814), served in South Carolina infantry during the French and Indian War.

My 5th great grandfather William Wallace, born 1754 Ireland, died 1800 North Carolina, served as a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War.  Battles included Battle of Briar Creek, GA and campaign at Orangeburg, South Carolina.

My 6th great grand uncle William Berry Blackstock Jr., born 1750 Ireland, died 1841 South Carolina, served in the Revolutionary War. Battle of Blackstock's plantation fought on his family's farm.

My 7th great grand uncle General Robert Irwin, Pennsylvania, (1740-1802) Served as Colonel and later General during the Revolutionary War. Also served with General Thomas Sumter.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

[H]ouse, M.D. Episode 8x05 "The Confession"

I must admit that this is the first episode of the new season I felt was worth watching. I still love the character House, it's the direction the show has taken that bothers me and so I blame that on TPTB, not the actors. TPTB give us the "what" while the actors give us the "how". Hugh is phenomenal in his delivery, as always. 


What I liked:
"The boys are back". I never realized how much I missed Chase and Taub until I had to watch Park and Adams. Welcome back BOYS! You were missed!
House was his usual snarky pain in the ass self but he was not mean in this episode! Yes, House is a jerk, a lonely, miserable, misanthropic pain in the ass but we loved him for a lot of reasons, one of them is because we felt his pain, we rooted for him, we wanted him to be a survivor and prove the odds were wrong! The just plain asshole House in last few eps prior to this were not the House I'd come to know and love.

Wilson's statement to Foreman about Cuddy going to him when she had problems with House. I believe he said something to the effect of "see where that got me?" and I took that as Wilson's admission (finally!) that maybe he doesn't know it all when it comes to what's best for others, especially House. How many times did he insert himself into House and Cuddy's relationship over the years? How many times in the past has Wilson attempted do teach House a lesson or do something he thought was best for House?  Wilson may be learning that he just can't continue advising people on how to deal with House nor can he give House advice on how to deal with people. This is a huge step for the enabler Wilson. Of course he'll still enable House but I like that he admits in so many words, his advice sometimes sucks. :)

Wilson/Taub in the cafeteria and Wilson attempting to secure some of Taub's DNA only to be busted.

House searching Wilson's office for the babies, eventually finding them in their twin stroller on the patio outside Wilson's office. LOL at Wilson's comment about eating babies!

House's look. He looks good, I like that the hairpiece is gone and he even seems to have more color and looks younger. The L'Oreal for Men is doing wonders for his skin!  Given that, I don't like him all tucked in and hair combed because that signals insecurity to me. I like House when he's a little rumpled because he seems more secure and confident and sure of himself. 

House and the word "awkward" in response to Park's comments about Taub's "twins"       

There's finally someone on the team shorter than "tiny Taub"

The POTW, sort-of. I guess I liked some aspects of the POTW story ut not others. For instance, I really liked when he started confessing all the bad things he'd done to the people in his community so that they would know exactly what kind of person he was before they donated. I didn't like that this turned out to be part of his illnessI . I had mixed reactions on him lying to his wife about his indiscretion with that girl. He got a second chance thanks to his illness, he saw what the indiscretion confession did to her and he got a second chance when it turned out the illness could be blamed for his "fake" confessions. 

I thought it was interesting that Chase and Adams disagreed on the confessions. We see where Chase's confession about killing Dibala got him...Cameron divorced him. On the flip side, Adams seems to indicate she would have wanted to know her husband was cheating on her.  I do hope that at some point we can revisit Chase's feelings about killing Dibala because I think that hasn't fully resolved yet.

The big unveiling at the end. Of course I had no earthly idea what could have been behind that curtain but when he took the curtain down, and there was nothing there, I said to myself "well that's like House to string them along and play them like that" and then...........the rolling door! When that door went up and from the DDX room point of view you could see Wilson just sitting at his desk reading a file, as he would do on any normal day...and House offering him a martini and Wilson's firm "no" followed by the incredibly blank and confused stares of the team and House's adorable smirk. Well played, sirs. See, the rolling door was just another natural step in the progression of the House-Wilson friendship. For years, House has always had to bang on Wilson's door, be it at the office or home and now....he doesn't have to bang on the door and wait for permission, he can basically "see" Wilson anytime he wants.  Now I can't believe (ok, yes I can) that House  was able to have that door installed right under Foreman's nose. But then this is Foreman and he can still be played by House, he will always be played by House. However, if Cuddy were still DOM, House never would have gotten away with this, oh no way. And by some miraculous feat of ingenuity, House had been able to get this done without Cuddy finding out till afterwards, she would have taken funds out of his department to pay to have the rolling door removed and the wall put back. And she would have told him that point blank then walked away with a victorious swishing of the hips.

Foreman being played by House. Foreman stays at the hospital for four nights straight because he's afraid of what House (who has also stayed for four nights) will do if he leaves. The man Cuddy once referred to as "House-light" still doesn't get his boss after all these years? It took a revived post-surfing vacation and well-rested Chase to point it out to him.  I guess I'm resigned to the fact (and ok with it) that Foreman will never ever be able to best House, ever.


What I didn't like:
I still think Adams is boring as all hell.

Park still doesn't move me. Even that innocent little voice of hers. 

Any (even the tiniest) reference that Chase might have a thing for Adams. What we don't need is another relationship between two members of House's diagnostic team. We saw where it got us with Foreman/Thirteen and the divorced Cameron/Chase. 

Foreman's office. I think Greg Yaitanes is doing it on purpose just to piss me off. It's the lack of color and character in that office that kills me. Of course, the lack of color in that office is a reflection of Foreman's personality, or should I say lack thereof?

The confessions (all but one that is) made by the POTW were false and caused by his illness.

No vicodin, no leg pain. We know he's not clean because him being clean was a big deal in Seasons 6 and 7. He has attributed his grief and misery to his leg pain, so it deserves to be part of the show. Considering how much of the series has involved House's vicodin addition and his leg, it's surprising that it is no longer a part of the show. Honestly, it's helped shape the character into who he is and it deserves its place in the show. I know Shore and Yaitanes said they didn't want to focus on it this season but seriously....they gave us 7 years of House and his addiction and House and his leg, it's their fault that it moved us. You can't just take it away now.

This is the first episode of the season that I actually liked. It wasn't great like it's former self, but it was ok. This doesn't mean I forgive David Shore, Greg Yaitanes and the writing staff for what they have done to our favorite characters because I don't. But since I can't do anything about that I have to go with what we've been given this season. This episode was a huge improvement. I laughed. I actually liked some aspects of the POTW case. I also actually liked the character of House again.

I am not going to venture to guess what is in store for us, nor am I going to assume I know what TPTB are thinking, we've been down that road and been rewarded with great disappointment for our excitement and anticipation so I gave up on that. We all did. I'm just sitting back and watching and taking it all in for what it is without questioning too much because then it will all just drive me crazy.

One last thing.  I want to give a big shout out to Michelle, Katie, Anne, Andree, Veronique, Claudia, Maya, Max Weiss, Mindy Peterman, Anthony Ocasio, Adam Wright, Lisa Palmer and the rest of the #House peeps for the banter, laughter, tears, frustration, and everything else we've shared. You guys make the good times great and the bad times better. XO's

Thursday, November 03, 2011

It all began when Frank Burns asked Radar to make a phone call back to the States (LOL!)

Radar: I can't reach them now sir, I'll be calling them yesterday.

Frank: That's ridiculous!

Radar: Oh no sir, they're sixteen hours behind us. Our today is their yesterday.

Frank: It's five o'clock in the afternoon!

Radar: Well that's here sir. Back there it's one o'clock yesterday morning. Everyone's gone to bed and said, see ya tomorrow. Which, by the time their tomorrow comes it will be our yesterday.

Frank: Isn't it sixteen hours later there?

Radar: No, sir.

Frank: Well, what if it is? When would it be now here if it was our today there?

Radar: You see we don't have the same now, sir. By the time their now becomes our now this'll be then.

Frank: Ok. I think I got a bead on it. In order for me to talk to them at nine o'clock in the morning their time what time does it have to be our when?

Radar: Uh, one o'clock our tomorrow morning will get you nine a.m. their today there, sir.

Frank: Then that's what we'll do.

Radar: Yes, sir. As soon as I get a circuit, there's a two day wait.

Frank: I can't wait two days, that'll be three days ago!

Radar: Right.