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'House' recap: Kindness is its own reward

House and Wilson are back to their old tricks, Foreteen becomes a reality, and Cuddy's connection to a teenage patient leads to her own Christmas miracle

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‘House’ recap: Kindness is its own reward

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What a very special episode of It’s A Wonderful Hospital…er…House. I have to confess to suffering from a case of sudden onset hyper-emotionalism at the end of last night’s story. My tear ducts overflowed with the sadness of it all when Cuddy showed of her new baby to House after finding it miraculously alive in the arms of the junkie squatter. The babe’s dying 16-year-old chubby mother had hidden her pregnancy and thought she’d had a still birth. What a sappy show it was, but I really had a good time watching the whole thing.

First of all, I just loved watching House turn into a nice person. I could have watched several hours of clinic duty where the man pretended to have good bedside manner. When he politely asked the moron patient to demonstrate how she used her inhaler (turns out that she sprayed it like a perfume atomizer) his grin grew so Grinch-like that I thought Cindy Lou Who would be poking her head in the door outing Santy Claus to the other believers.

House tried to be a good boy to win a bet with Wilson. Wilson told his gambling pal, “it’s too bad you can’t be nice to people, you could get a real present that way,” and I had my aha moment as I realized that the whole hour would be about people being good to one another and getting stuff in return. Cuddy was so loving to the dying teenage alkie and ended up getting the kid’s kid (which is a nice addition to the story line. Will House and Wilson take turns babysitting?) A grateful Thirteen thanked Foreman with a spa treatment that evolved into a lip massage by the end scene because Foreman is ultimately trying to save Thirteen’s life. And finally House got a gift from the cheating “virgin” for lying to her husband and explaining this immaculate conception with the idea of human parthenogenesis (I believed House too, alas).

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