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Where House is NEVER safe...
Aiming a cannon at canon 
3rd-Oct-2007 09:01 am

Last night's episode of House left me cold.  Had "The Right Stuff" been my introduction to the series, House would not currently occupy highest priority on the DVR; nor would Tuesdays be the highlight of my week.  It would be like Law and Order--fine if I happen to catch it.  Also fine if I don't.

Three scenes that I enjoyed:  Wilson convincing House that Cameron and Chase were in Arizona, the wonderful 'cane' scene when House busts Wilson about his lie, and--the one I most enjoyed, and was most moved by [which is amazing because I could care less about any of the Fellows]--the operating room scene, with Chase speaking from the Observation area, and the questioning, almost pleading look House gave him when one of the new kids asked if House was going to hire Chase instead.

The rest of the hour?  Eh.  Neither the PoTW nor the diagnostic gymnastics grabbed me.  The antics of the 'contestants' were... predictable.  Cuddy was under-utilized.  Wilson was overly analytical [and not in a concerned way], and I'm with House on that one--it's tiresome, and beginning to verge on annoying.

But.  BUT.  The biggest problem for me came after the show ended, with the preview for next week.  It appears that the writers have [yet again] conveniently "forgotten" canon.  I ended the preview with my mouth open--and not because House was lying on the floor, apparently in cardiac arrest.  My mouth had already fallen open when Wilson preached, "You don't know there's nothing; you haven't been there!"  Uh... what?  

That one line blasts a hole in canon big enough for all forty fellowship applicants to waltz through.  Hey; Three Stories ring any bells, writers???  You know, that little episode where House recounts his clinical death, complete with descriptions of what he "saw" while he was dead?  Remember that whole "I find it more comforting to believe that this isn't simply a test" speech?  Visions, white lights, the whole nine yards.  Is it starting to come back to you, writers?  You guys been into the Versed again???  

Eh.  Go ahead; kill 'im next week.  Then, why don't you have Cameron awaken him with a kiss--it'll be just as plausible as expecting us to disregard the existence of Three Stories.

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4th-Oct-2007 11:10 am (UTC)
i'm certain you're correct about the [usual] overhyping of next week's episode. still can't get around that one canon-blowing line from wilson, though.
3rd-Oct-2007 06:12 pm (UTC)

I enjoyed the episode considerably more than you did, and seemed to enjoy at least some of the parts you hated and vice-versa. I will say that if they are trying to get RSL to listen to the advice of others and bail, they should just keep on the way they are going. As much as I enjoy the glimpse into the larger world that they are showing us right now, still... there is only so much time per epi, per season.

To answer your main point b/f I run away into the sun, I think he was speaking in a larger sense. That is, yes, House stuck a toe into the water during the infarction, but no, he's never gone all the way to the Other Side. Or at least that's how I justify it, since I initially had the same response that you did. We've already seen that Wilson is a master of exaggeration as well as lies, in addition to having a certain critical lack of imagination and a huge fear of abandonment. All of which color both his speech and his speaking.

Overall, yet another point in favor of having a show bible. Worship that book as much as you do your own Holy Texts, writers! Please. :-) And remember, if you would as well, the meaning of the blessed word 'consequence'. My husband and I were ranting on this particular subject the other night and he pointed out a show where they remembered five years later to put in a tiny detail that just made it so strong. It's possible. And not that hard. Just do it! A phrase not just for footgear.

4th-Oct-2007 11:13 am (UTC)
well, if house's previous near-death experience wasn't "large" enough for wilson, then perhaps wilson's suppressing an unconscious death wish for his bestest bud? still not buying it......
3rd-Oct-2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Given the general decline of medical plausibility on the show, I actually have a theory - POTW has pain or pain syndrome before shock, big jolt "reboots" all circuits, not just cardiac, and House is trying to reboot himself pain free (not at all saying I think this would or could work). That is really the only thing I can think of, sort of another permutation of ketamine or the cancer trial. There is no way it is at all in character any other way.
3rd-Oct-2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
House is trying to reboot himself pain free

now that is a plausible theory. as a matter of fact, i recall reading a blurb a couple of years ago in Scientific American about a chronic pain patient who fell victim to a lightning strike--and that's precisely what happened--no more pain. dare we hope that the writers read the same blurb, and that's where they're going with this? [which still, however, doesn't explain wilson's amnesia about house's previous near-death experience. sigh....]
4th-Oct-2007 07:11 am (UTC)

Pleased to see you... that's all.

Havn't seen the said episode (I live in Australia)... but will keep in mind everyone's discussion.

4th-Oct-2007 11:08 am (UTC)
friended you; you'll now be able to see the [pitifully few... and boring] entries i've made in the last couple of months. good to see you as well!
4th-Oct-2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Can I be your friend? I don't do much on live journal, so I don't really understand how it works.
4th-Oct-2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
done! all it does is allow you to see the entries i've got marked as 'friends only.' the entries are fairly boring, usually, but you're welcome to read them, comment on them, and/or ignore them entirely!! :)
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5th-Oct-2007 11:50 am (UTC)
I did very much enjoy the Schrödinger's Cat reference.

oh, yes! i'm with house on that one--don't hear enough physics jokes! :)

Great to see you back, KidsNurse! Mind if I friend you? :)

please do!

5th-Oct-2007 08:01 pm (UTC) - Dr. Fantabulous
How long until the sequel to the More things Change? I'm excited to read it!
5th-Oct-2007 08:11 pm (UTC) - Re: Dr. Fantabulous
okay, tell the truth-- misanthropicobs put you up to asking The Big Question, didn't she?? ;-) and the answer is... i wish i knew. i know it's a lousy answer, and nobody wants to see me write the sequel more than i do. the moment my muse returns from her [overly long] vacation, i'll have a much better answer!!
6th-Oct-2007 11:08 am (UTC) - Re: Dr. Fantabulous
I live in hope of your muse returning - and in the spirit of this, can I please be friended?

6th-Oct-2007 01:27 pm (UTC) - Re: Dr. Fantabulous
done! [not the return of the muse, but the friending thingy!]
6th-Oct-2007 09:12 am (UTC)
I'm sooo happy to see you're back ! I've missed you, really.

I really liked the Right Stuff. And loved Alone. To me those two episodes are just great.
Just like you I startled when I heard Wilson's line : "you've never been there". Wait ?! What ?! there must be an explanation to this or it's like the writers act as if they're talking to a totally different audience.
I'm eager to figure it out.
Hope your muse will be back soon...
6th-Oct-2007 10:36 am (UTC)
ps : you're a nurse right ? I have a question...when someone goes into cardiac arrest after an electrocution and is rescucited by an over-competitive blond (ok, that's not relevant) does he just wake up fine and that's it or are there problems ?
6th-Oct-2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
this is an off-the-cuff answer from a pediatric nurse who hasn't yet had her first cup of coffee, so take it in that spirit, but-- if i recall correctly [and perhaps i don't] there is a risk of sequela; neuropathy comes to mind. but if the electrical shock is not sustained, and the cardiac or respiratory arrest is witnessed, and thus treated promptly, i believe that recovery is fairly uncomplicated, and complete. the patient would probably be monitored in a hospital for a day or so. they'd be watching for further cardiac arrythmias, and other symptoms [for example, neuropathy] which mightn't immediately evidence themselves following the incident. but don't take this as an expert answer [or even a particularly knowledgeable one!].
6th-Oct-2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
thanks, you can have your coffee now...;-)
looks to me that, as the patient did that with House being present, House proceeds while he's ALONE...This, plus Wilson's remark, seems totally preposterous. Fox is playing with our minds...
6th-Oct-2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
i am, as a matter of fact, just now having my first sip! took a while, as i first had litterbox patrol, dog-who-thinks-vinyl-floor-is-a-toilet clean-up, and the usual umpteen pills to swallow. oh--and i also fed the cats, so that i can continue my ultra-important litterbox patrol.

but now i have my coffee, and my world is righting itself! :-)
6th-Oct-2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
oh ! you've just added me to your friends list :-))))
I'll try to behave then...
Cheers *with a cup of coffee*
7th-Oct-2007 08:50 am (UTC)
I haven't seen any new episode yet , but tomorrow I'm going to have a House party with some friends, and we'll be watching the first two eps... I'll let you know!
9th-Oct-2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Hi Kidnurse,
Glad you are back love your stories.
Maybe House thought he was not dead long enough the first time? Still doesn't explain Wilson response though does it? I don't know I love this show but sometimes it drives me crazy.
I hope you don't mind that I added you to my friends list