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'House' recap: Working it out

Thirteen has to get past some childhood guilt as she moves forward with her clinical trials, Kutner and Taub learn to never try to pull one over on House, while the man himself reminds Cuddy why she can't trust him with her heart

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‘House’ recap: Working it out

How come I never get the “Cake” prescription for whatever ails me but the lying fitness guru who came out as a gastric bypass surgery patient got to eat fat and sugar to cure her illness (even though she chose a pill option instead)? Because life is unfair, of course.

Last night’s episode of House featured a lot of unfairness deals. Cuddy found it completely unfair that House hurt her office during the hostage siege, which meant it needed renovation, and so she camped out in his space and cramped his style. House retaliated by giving her work environment a hostile makeover. This silly repartee reminded me of a bad ’80s movie where couples don’t get along, like the Tom Hanks and Shelly Long gem (kidding) The Money Pit or Danny DeVito and Bette Midler’s Ruthless People (though I remember liking that film). House and Cuddy just need to play doctor with each other already so we can get on with some kind of direction for this show. I do think it would be interesting for this ol’ House scenario to move on a little bit faster. Instead I feel tricked into watching a whole season waiting for this drawn out hookup between Cuddy and her soon to be biggest regret.

Princeton-Plainsboro’s Doctor Boss Lady got a huge dose of pain administered to her heart when she witnessed House and the tattooed actress — whom he hired to catch Kutner and Taub impersonating their boss on the Internet — flirting in his office. I suffered a huge dose of annoyance when the “lime in da coconut” song was injected into my brain, where it is now stuck in a hopefully impermanent loop. Thanks. At any rate, Dr. Cuddy sashayed away quite sadly from the object of her infatuation. She said nothing, but if this scene came with subtitles it would read “ouch.”

More “life is unfair” themes were explored as Thirteen continued with her drug trials for the treatment of Huntington’s disease. We learned that when she was actually around 13 years old, her mother was severely disabled by the same disease, and that Mama Thirteen was also a very mean woman. Thirteen hated her mother and never said goodbye. We witnessed Dad’s repeated disappointment over his kid’s actions, which evolved into a grownup’s regret. Too sad.

NEXT: Kutner’s side business