TV Recap

'House': The Need To Know

Thirteen finds her will to live after a man desperate for a diagnosis tries to get one at gunpoint and House applies his special brand of reasoning to the process

House | COVER ME House, Thirteen, and the rest of the hostages helped shield their captor on the way to the CT machine
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COVER ME House, Thirteen, and the rest of the hostages helped shield their captor on the way to the CT machine

'House' recap: What is it they say about curiosity?

Who knew that Princeton, New Jersey had its own SWAT team? I was obsessed with that idea throughout the entire episode of House, during which I felt tethered to my seat like the hostages were at one point tethered to the crazy nerdish perp (played by Damages' wonderful Zeljko Ivanek) who took House and some patients hostage so that the best doctor in the hospital could diagnose his illness.

The intro was directed like a Radiohead video, with quirky jump cuts and slowed sequences of patients perambulating through the hospital waiting room while music much cooler than Muzak played over the footage. As always, the show looked very sleek — I even coveted the wintergreen colored sheets Thirteen rested upon in the final scenes. Princeton Plainsboro is not very plain at all; the hospital is spotless, the doctors are all good looking, and the furniture looks like the showroom for Design Within Reach. I find it easy to become immersed in the fantasy of the setting, and yet I continue to find it a struggle to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow when it comes to the story lines.

Am I the only one having trouble staying with these increasingly outlandish plots? I'm eager to witness intriguing unsolved medical mysteries puzzled out by my obnoxious Holmesie, Sherlock House and his trusty sidekick Watson/Wilson, but this particular setup really just didn't work for me.

In last night's episode hostage dude was very sick and nobody could figure out what was wrong with him, yet not one TV-land doctor referred him to House. Right. So this sick psycho with a handgun ended up in the best hospital in the country with the best diagnostician on the planet by accident? Our perp could have just looked House up on the internet or diagnosed himself on WebMD like I do every time I feel an ache that portends my immediate demise.

NEXT: House goes all Patty Hearst

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