Friday, May 18, 2012

[H]ouse, M.D. Episode 21 "Holding On"

I'm late in my post because I wasn't going to write one. I mean, you saw it, it was emotional, it was well-played and frankly being this close to the end was too emotional to write about but..I'll say a few words.

The Good:
  • Hugh and Robert knocked it out of the park. 
  • House and Wilson in the restaurant talking and laughing about good times.
  • House telling Wilson "I need you" yeah okay House your best friend is DYING! Hello? Time to focus on HIS needs right now!
  • Wilson in the car yelling at House and telling him he's making him go through this alone. Terrific!!!
  • House playing the piano = win! Been waiting for a piano moment for nearly two seasons!
  • The scene where Wilson goes to House's apartment to tell him he would do the chemo and then House says "no" and he accepts that it isn't what Wilson really wants to do. OH WOW! JUST WOW! God that was an emotional moment.
  • Park hitting House on the back of the head with the cane was a win in my book.
  • House screaming in the hallway to Taub about being in pain every single day. It's a shame the writers have forgotten House has a real pain problem, would have been nice to see more of his battle with pain, and not just taking pills either. His pain is part of who he is, it deserved to be addressed more in these last few years!
  • While I am not happy about what is sending House back to jail because I think it's yet another plot device that makes no sense, I will say that sending House to Mercer County Jail for six months to finish out his sentence knowing that Wilson has only five months to live is really -- wow! Think about all the shit House has ever done, this prank is the one that he wishes he's never pulled. He finally decides to abide by Wilson's wishes not to undergo chemo, they begin planning their adventures for the next five months and some stupid prank lands him in jail. Talk about actions having consequences. Thing is, I'm just annoyed by how they are doing this....again, the whole tickets thing just didn't work.


  • Seriously, who's flying the plane? Is Lucas Douglas the technical advisor on this show? Even my cat knew you can't get fingerprints off of wet hockey tickets. In fact, a few of us talked to real police officers and we couldn't find a single one who said it was possible. I'm of course not surprised by this lack of attention to detail considering these are the same writers who tried to sell us the idea that Dominika was able to get a Green Card and US Citizenship all in one.
  • Foreman telling Wilson "Enduring pain to do some good for someone you care about. Isn't that what life is?" Huh? Let me get this straight: Wilson is dying of cancer in five months but he is supposed to undergo painful and brutal chemotherapy so his best friend won't be alone? This is not the Foreman of earlier seasons. What happened to the tough "in your face" Foreman? The one who didn't want to be like House? The one who, in an effort to save a boy's life, strapped down his brother and without anesthesia, stuck a biopsy needle into the kid's leg, not once, but twice, to get bone marrow? Where's the Foreman with a set of balls? Oh wait the married ex-girlfriend must have taken them with her.
  • The idea that those hockey tickets would cause commercial grade hospital plumbing to back up to the point where it floods...seriously? This is a hospital...all kinds of shit goes down those pipes. 
  • House hiring actors to play Wilson's former patients. Seriously? It was touching but predictable. Like House would actually do the work required to track down Wilson's real living patients.
  • Sorry but I did not find Olivia Wilde's return poignant to the story. The "prodigal daughter's return" fell flat.  I know why she was brought back, obviously the voice of reason for both Wilson and House because of her experience with terminal illness. But was she necessary? I don't think so.
  • House faces going back to jail for six months for shoving wet tickets down the toilets but not for trying to choke a patient? I'll have to remember that next time I'm in the hospital, I'll try it and let you know.

The finale is coming up next week and we can only wonder what we'll get. Shore talks about the finale being "true to character". The House I have known all these years is a fighter, he's a truth seeker. Even when the truth SUCKS, he understands it's still the truth. I am not sure anymore what Shore's vision of "true to character" is.  I am quite sure Hugh will be amazing in this finale but frankly it isn't him I've been concerned about, it's been what Shore will throw at us. So until Monday, May 21st.

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