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House Babble for Post Mortem

Along with the on-line presence of michelleann68 and evila_elf, I was joined in the flesh by Hubby, who was home due to my giving him my cold, since I'm generous that way. He used to love this show as much as I did, back when it was, you know, good. To show how much he's hasn't been following things, during the course of the show, he asked if House was still with Cuddy and what happened to Chase's wife.

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More crap, this but slightly less rage-inducing crap than last last week, mostly because the crack monkeys were barely pretending that these were even the original characters and because the B-plot back at the hospital was actually somewhat interesting. Also having Hubby around tends to keep me somewhat grounded. (Not applicable when something as sucktastic as various bits of Children of Earth is happening.)



We'll do it as call and response. I'll lay out the crapola and you can shout back the only proper response.

1. Wilson has never had a threesome: BULLSHIT!
2. Wilson would need House to line up a threesome for him: BULLSHIT!
3. Wilson would need the "bald cap" ploy to get a woman in bed: BULLSHIT!
4. The "bald cap" ploy would work: BULLSHIT! Clearly the only point of that was to have the post chemo hair look available for a fake out clip in the promo. This also gives the lie to last week's BULLSHIT that Wilson actually did the chemo at House's apartment, but I digress.
4. Wilson has never paid for sex: BULLSHIT! (Hellllooooo, Robin!)
5. He didn't enjoy the threesome: BULLSHIT!
6. The entire whinging, self-pitying line about the girl who looked like Julie Christie: BULLSHIT
7. That Wilson, even if he was trying to be "House-like" would EVER make House do any amount of walking, which would of course cause his leg to hurt immensely, right after House reiterated that his leg hurt: BULLSHIT

Nice to see the motorcycle again, but what happed to the Gangster Car from Mob Rules? We were never told that House gave it us, so clearly he doesn't NEED Wilson's penis car if he wants to cruise around in that kind of thing. (In fact, I believe that's how we know that Wilson can't drive stick.)

Oh, by the way, crack monkeys, nice SUBTLE symbolism there with the hearse. I nearly got a concussion from the falling anvils.

Was there every any doubt that the only purpose for the steak scene was to have Wilson puke? Or that the only purpose of these last two episodes has been to get RSL an Emmy nomination? Oh, the oh so theatrical declaiming in the early scenes, followed by the patented "adolescent voice break" when he did never never unexpected reversion. Sorry, Bobby, I love you dearly but the writers have screwed the characters over too long for me to give a flying Philadelphia fuck. Go back to Broadway and earn yourself another Tony. Get the fuck out of face with your manipulative bullshit. I am not impressed. Not with a single, stupid, coarse, badly written minute of it.

Hugh as House did a have good milisecond on the bus when he acknowledged that he needs Wilson to be Wilson and not (BARF!) Kyle, simply because he needs someone as enabling and co-dependent as Wilson to keep his life going. It's a pretty honest assessment of the "stupid screwed up friendship" and I hope the schmoopers heard the truth of it and didn't go all gooey squeeing about twu wuv. Of course the whole thing went on too long and devolved back into crap covered Twinkie territory.

Despite the look on House's face during the scan, I still, with two episodes to go and oodles of spoilers implying otherwise, say again: WILSON IS NOT GOING TO DIE!

On the other hand, I now think House might. Which would be fine and make sense. His only remotely true and honest relationship has always been with self-destruction and death.

Speaking of falling anvils, it wasn't particularly nuanced, but the stuff with the patient at the hospital at least FELT like a House MD episode and both Chase and Foreman were written in character. THIS was the Chase we know, complete with doubts that have NOTHING to do with his sex life. This was Foreman juggling friendship and trying to do his job.

The patient was a dick, but an interesting one, and the cold open was pretty awesome, if totally gross. I'm really convinced that someone on the staff ordered WAY too many blood capsules, forcing the crack monkeys to come up with new ways to use them. As ways to use them go, that was pretty awesome.

Again, nothing about it was subtle, but I was willing to go with exactly how House-like Chase was being, while still doing his own angst thing. In other words, he has moved up to tortured genius status, but with his own daddy issues, religious issues, etc. He even had House-like scruff, after a few weeks of being clean-shaven.

Hopefully I'm NOT giving the crack monkeys too much credit by noting that his penultimate (or possibly anti-penultimate) diagnosis was porphyria, which was the correct diagnosis for Mark Warner back in Honeymoon, which forced House to force Stacy to make a decision similar to the one she made about him. It was REALLY IMPORTANT in that episode and I would really hate to believe that the crack monkeys only happened to use that one because it came up on the dart board or something.

So Chase does the House-like and he's wrong and does end up making the patient worse (although not as bad as Mark would have been, but whatever) and I called within the first 15 minutes that Chase WOULD end up making the correct diagnosis. I really liked all those scenes, although I kind of wanted to tell the patient to STFU while he was whinging his anvils about what Chase had done with his life.

As always I LOVED the hinted House/Chase bit at the end. Since Dave and Katie don't seem to know that anyone ships House/Chase, their interactions still have the thrill of subtext instead of the stale urine stench of fanservice.

I also do not believe that Chase is really leaving. At this point, I'd go with Wilson NOT dying, House dying and Chase coming back to lead the team, which isn't really the team, so unless there is some remote chance of Jennifer Morrison coming back, it's not perfect, but it at least gives us some resolution and continuity. They referenced Cameron running an ER in Chicago, so I'll probably never get a pure FCC back, but at this point I could settle for Chase is the new House, and we end with his fondling the ball as "You Can't Always Get What You Want" comes over the soundtrack and maybe he does a hall-walk with Wilson.



Two to go. See ya next week. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.

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cuddyclothes
May. 8th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, by the way, crack monkeys, nice SUBTLE symbolism there with the hearse. I nearly got a concussion from the falling anvils.

Anvils. What would the House writers do without them?

When Wilson said the threesome, I thought, "whatever happened to Smooth!Wilson who gave House dating advice? When did Wilson regain his virginity?" And I disliked the bald cap joke.
karaokegal
May. 8th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY! Yes, Wilson had his "nice" persona, but it was made clear in the first two seasons that he was genuinely a philanderer, which was one reason House was so obsessed with his sex life. They've been trying to re-virginize him the last few years, mostly (I think) to play up Taub's cheating credentials, but unfortunately for them, I have NOT taken the retcon.

I think if I were a cancer patient or survivor, I would have been deeply offended by this episode, BUT since I'm neither, I didn't feel comfortable making that point in the main body of the post.
lilithisbitter
May. 8th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
House giving Wilson tips on how to score is along the lines of Holmes teaching Watson astronomy. It does not compute.
karaokegal
May. 8th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! I honestly wonder what kind of House/Wilson fan really gets any gratification out of believing in this woobie Wilson who is virtually a nun, rather than a manipulative bitch and a womanizer. If that's the Wilson you think you want, what the hell show were you watching for the first three years?
lilithisbitter
May. 8th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
The Wilson of prior season would argue that he could do the whole one week to live play with just a cough and a pitiful look into his drink.
karaokegal
May. 8th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Amen, Sistah, AMEN!
cuddyclothes
May. 9th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
In C-Word (for me) a certain amount of woobieness was okay, given how ridiculous the basic conceit was. But this? When did Wilson turn into Gomer Pyle?
karaokegal
May. 10th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
NO WOOBIES! Even in Histories, Wilson was NOT a Woobie. I think it's almost a memetic mutation where the crack monkeys got hold of too much fic where Wilson is woobified and started thinking that was a valid characterization.
evila_elf
May. 9th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
I could settle for Chase is the new House, and we end with his fondling the ball as "You Can't Always Get What You Want" comes over the soundtrack
I want this ending so bad now. Guh!
karaokegal
May. 10th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Which means we'll never get it. :(
evila_elf
May. 10th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That was my thought as well. Missed opportunity *sigh*
sharp2799
May. 9th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I agree with almost all of it. I do believe Chase is leaving. If the series weren't ending then I know he'd be staying, but they're trying to do different things for the wrap-up. *rolls eyes*
karaokegal
May. 10th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
This show has done too many cheap "farewell" scenes only to have the fare-wellies come back when needed for another cheap scene. Their departures have no credibility with me.
chocolate_frapp
May. 9th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
you might like my version better. it's not OOC or anvilicious or shmoopy. I even have House mock threatening to break Chase's arm.
daasgrrl
May. 10th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Yes. Chase IS the new House, and when I keep mentally correcting RSL's line delivery to something that sounds like an actual person and not someone on a Broadway stage, it means it's really, really not working for me. If RSL could just pull back ALL his acting so that it was of roughly the same subtlety as the scene on the bus (voice breaks optional), I would like Wilson a whole lot more. At this point, I've really had it. But that's why I haven't been watching, I guess.

However... I could kind of get behind the Chase/Foreman again.

Patient was unusually awesome too.
karaokegal
May. 10th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
There was a time when Wilson could walk into House's office and RSL's theatrical delivery somehow worked. Maybe it was because Wilson was a believable character with a sense of humor, so we knew he was spoofing on himself when he did that. That's just one of the qualities that has been lst through the coarsening of the writing.

I honestly would have thought House would be more interested in a patient who tried to cut his own head off than in indulging Wilson's angst.
hansolo5
Aug. 3rd, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I really didn't like the whole episode, except the part Chase was on. And it turned out Chase left. No comment.

I should watch the last two episodes now, but I've an issue with letting go. really, i am not ready yet. I think I will watch them tomorrow - hubby is VERY angry with me about that :-)
karaokegal
Aug. 3rd, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what your drinking status is, but you might wish to employ some intoxicating beverage to get through the last two. And ANGRY HUBBY should be warned that things may be flung across the room.
hansolo5
Aug. 5th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Angry hubby's been warned :-)
We decided to set a day of next week to watch it. I know I can get exasperating sometimes (this is just the case) , but luckily hubby even if he does not understand has accepted the thing.
I don't understand myself as well: I am angry with what the show has become, but at the same time this season is reminding me the first ones a lot and it's difficult for me to end an era. If it had ended with season 7( which I refused to watch, after the first couple of episodes) , for example, I would'n have been that involved.
karaokegal
Aug. 5th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
I still think that if the ratings had been shit and Fox had pulled the plug at the end of Season 2, House would have been the greatest cult show ever. Every single episode would have been a gem and we could all be weeping over what could have been instead of the horror of what was.

Much love to your hubby. Our significant others do put up with a lot in the name of our fangirl madness.
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