House – “97 Seconds”

“97 Seconds”

October 9th, 2007

This will be fairly short as I was admittedly not entirely paying attention to tonight’s episode of House. However, there are a few observations I wanted to make about it. Because the episode tried to do a lot of things, and I wasn’t entirely buying it.

House with a death wish was just bizarre, and I still don’t entirely “get” the situation with the car accident victim. I know there’s the obvious connection to House’s own past, but it felt too arbitrary and pulled House out of the episode’s reality. The storyline had no connection to the rest of the episode, and its purpose was not clear by episode’s end.

As for Foreman’s attempt at pulling a House, I think that is actually serves to point out one of the show’s glaring flaws: no one would ever let House do what he does. While this is supposed to drive Foreman back to House, all it did for me was confirm that Cuddy would never have kept her job this long without firing him, results or no results. House’s apparent immunity to what Foreman experienced is a flaw the show has never really addressed in a real fashion.

And while it was actually a strong episode for the potential cottages, I find that the suspense is gone when I know who they cast (I won’t spoil it here). It is interesting to see how they try to mess with our heads, and one of them was pretty well decided within this episode (I’ll let you assume who you wish to assume), and their case drama certainly made for some interesting elements.

But in the end, it didn’t feel like a cohesive episode of House: I would have almost rather they left out House’s storyline altogether and simply let him terrorize the fellows with more great Survivor-style tribal councils. Going for the death wish just felt…false.

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