Oh, House. I love this show, I really do. I even still love the character, but this season just killed me. I hated it so much I barely care about tonight's finale, and not even a tease that a staffer will be leaving PPTH in this episode has my interest piqued, because normally I'd root for Thirteen to leave (even though that will never, ever happen), but I'm so ambivalent about everything House these days I don't even hate Thirteen anymore! And what do I have to live for if not hating Thirteen?
After last week's brief diversion into Huddy-playing-hooky-to-hump-each-other-night-and-day-while-not-taking-care-of-Cuddy's-baby, we are mercifully back to the standard format, featuring a patient who is mysteriously ill, and it takes all episode to figure out why. Hooray?
Season 8 of House picks up exactly where you think it would have left off -- with the misanthropic doctor behind bars after driving his car through Cuddy's house (no wonder she left the show). He won't be in jail forever, though. So what's new for Princeton-Plainsboro?
The plot synopsis for tonight's episode starts out with "Cameron takes the lead," and I had to do several double takes. Cameron takes the lead? What the hell show is this? Apparently, following the death of Kutner, they're shaking things up in other ways as well. I'm just sorry Kutner had to die in order for the Thirteen show to stop. Anyway, tonight Cameron puts her vacation with Chase on hold -- because the show randomly chose this week to remember they're a couple for some reason -- to treat a radical environmental activist who collapsed at a protest. House, of course, hates this guy, so he has Cameron run all the tests on him while he tortures Wilson about some new healthy diet he's on. Because if Wilson stops eating fries, then House can't steal any from him, and then what would they talk about? Anyway, welcome back to a prominent presence on the show, Cameron! I've missed you!
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House officially moves to Mondays tonight, where he can party with that other Fox crankypants Jack Bauer and make my Tuesday night viewing schedule a little less stressful, DVR tuner wise (seriously, why do they only have two tuners? I need like 9). Tonight's case is a man whose chronic and severe pain may just be psychological, and House actually identifies with a patient, because he too is crazy and in constant pain. So they deal with that.