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House Recap: “Family”

May 2, 2007 by  

House Recaps

Title: Family
Original Airdate: May 1, 2007
GMMR Recapper: LaLa

Wow. That was quite a dramatic ending, wasn’t it?! I do not think I will soon forget the image of Foreman stabbing that poor, brave, screaming-in-agony kid in order to get a bone marrow sample from him. Yikes. But, in the end, if Foreman hadn’t done that, the kid’s brother would have died from his leukemia. And in addition, if Foreman hadn’t forged ahead in trying to figure out the kid’s infection instead of just using his dying brother as a Petri dish (like House wanted to), then the kid might ALSO not be alive. Dude: Foreman rules.

Which is why it was very shocking to me that Foreman suddenly gave House his two weeks notice at the end! “In order to be like you as a doctor, I have to be like you as a human being,” Foreman explained, “I don’t want to be like you.” Ouch. Dr. Cranky Pants was not expecting that, especially since he was considering firing Foreman only days ago because Foreman was still upset over accidentally killing that woman last week. Wow. I guess Foreman really is a good man, who is so afraid of turning into a heatless, pseudo-sociopath like House that he would rather keep his gift to himself than save more lives and be a jerk. Here’s hoping, though, that Foreman’s resignation doesn’t stick. Methinks that it won’t… especially since Omar Epps is still a regular on this show. He just can’t leave now… not after the writers have made him so awesome! Can he?

As for the rest of the show, I have to say, the writers are really on a roll lately. Last week’s episode was fantastic and profound, and now this week’s episode was excellent as well! From the complex decisions that the parents of the two boys were forced to make, to Foreman’s wrestling with his conscience, to more great House and Wilson interaction (like House apologizing to Wilson for calling him a coward, and then immediately insisting that his apology wasn’t sincere). Heck, even the subplot with House and Wilson’s ex-wife’s annoying dog that destroyed House’s home was hilarious, especially the ways in which House kept trying to “accidentally” kill the dog. Normally, I don’t like animal abuse, but this was just funny. So I say: You go House writers! Show em’ how it’s done.

The ONE thing, though, that I didn’t like about this episode – and last week’s, for that matter – is how poor sweet Chase keeps asking out Cameron on Tuesdays, and how she in turn keeps refusing him that cold, condescending way. Seriously, why have the writers turned her into such a cold cold beyotch? She didn’t used to be that way – she used to be the caring, sensitive one. Now she’s rivaling House as the Jerk of the Hospital. And Chase keeps getting hurt every week too! Not cool. Either Chase needs to get over her fast, or Cameron needs to get hurt really bad soon, courtesy of Instant Karma. I think that’s a plot development that Earl Hickey would approve of – I know I would.

LaLa is a writer who currently resides in LaLa Land, aka Los Angeles. LaLa also likes to sing. LaLa also knows some lawyers in a law office. LaLa is also prone to making bad jokes, like this one. And of course, LaLa also loves her some quality television shows with quality actors on them, like House… and The Office… and 24… and, well, pretty much any smartly written show that doesn’t include a fat guy with a hot skinny wife or the words “two and a half men” in the title.


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5 Responses to “House Recap: “Family””

  1. Kelli on May 2nd, 2007 10:01 am

    Hector ‘limping’ away and giving House one final look goodbye was SO hilarious. I was dying. Which was great, cause about ten minutes prior, I was in tears for that poor family.

    I love shows that can do that.

  2. Emily on May 2nd, 2007 10:42 am

    I didn’t like this episode nor last weeks very much. I mean, its still good TV, but, not the normal amazing House that I came to expect. Oh well.
    But I did love that subplot with the dog. I mean, seriously, its like, how could animal abuse be so funny!
    Chase is awesome this season, I think its sweet the way that he reminds Cameron, but I agree with what happened with Cameron this season!!! She is so different from the Cameron from S1 and S2. Although, during all of those scenes, I just can’t help but think how the actors are engaged in real life.

    Oh, but also, I was totally haunted by the image of Foreman stabbing the kid with the bone marrow needle and him screaming in pain. I mean, I have always been scared by bone marrow and the needles they used (thanks to a book I read when I was in a child), and actually seeing it…. wow. Terrifying. I mean, I am glad that both kids survived, but, WOW.

    (oh, and one last little side note, the older brother, when he was in pain after the unsuccessful transplant – he really really looked like an alien. Haha)

  3. Jake on May 2nd, 2007 3:05 pm

    I thought it was an awesome episode. Great drama, with just the right amount of comic relief in the right places. But one thing I’ve noticed this season that is a bit disturbing is that whenever House, Foreman or any of the doctors recommends a drastic procedure that could be fatal or at the very least, leave the patient not as they were before (replacing a heart valve, full body radiation, using a patient as a petri dish, amputating a limb), they are almost always WRONG. I wonder if the writers are doing that on purpose.

  4. Sara on May 5th, 2007 12:42 pm

    Honestly I think all you people who said House injuring Hector was funny are sick. He tried to kill him w/ Vicodin, which is not like a ‘go to sleep scenario’ he would’ve suffered. Then he leaves his door open and HOPES he will get hit by a car, then he closes Hectors paw in the door and smiles about it. THIS IS FUNNY SOMEHOW?!??!

    Yes House can be mean but this was pure sadistic treatment of an animal.

    is this really what entertains people? Cruelty to animals?

  5. Emily on May 5th, 2007 6:45 pm

    Cruelty to animals is not funny at all. I mean, it heartbreaks me anytime I even think of an animal not being loved. Like, my dog, I can’t go like two minutes without petting at her or anything like that.
    But, it is just House. Like, normally, you think a guy like House would be a complete ass. I mean, he is arrogant and rude and everything. Yet, you love him. In this universe, it isn’t what it seems like.