Of course the S.O. and I have maintained our TiVO Season Pass to Fox medical drama House, and of course we continue to be completely enamored of Hugh Laurie and his performance. I think it might be time, though, to broaden or change the supporting cast. Some of them seem to have run their course.
My episode recaps and thoughts are in the extended post...
The season premiere featured LL Cool J as a death row inmate who nonetheless had to be treated for his life-threatening symptoms. The sub-plot involved a patient with but a slight cough...that turns out to be terminal lung cancer.
Week #2 featured a nine-year old leukemia victim with extra mystery symptoms. And just for fun they featured 10 seconds of a guy who comes into the clinic suffering after an attempt to give himself a circumcision. Yes, you read that right. This episode seemed to oddly mirror the story of real-life nine-year-old leukemia victim Haley Knutsen that I've been telling here on HealthyConcerns. Only with a happy ending. (Well, make that temporarily happy, since they didn't cure her underlying cancer problem.)
Both episodes featured perfectly entertaining banter and bickering between House, Sela Ward as his ex, Lisa Edelstein as the hospital chief and Robert Sean Leonard as House's oncologist best friend. What lacks a bit for me are two out of three of House's team. I can dig Omar Epps as neurologist Dr. Foreman, but Jennifer Morrison as Cameron and Jesse Spencer as Chase give pouty-lipped, doe-eyed performances more suited for a soap opera than this sharp drama. And in each episode there was behavior that seemed downright inappropriate. Dr. Cameron delaying and procrastinating giving her cancer patient the bad news seemed almost cruel to that patient. Dr. Chase agreeing to kiss the nine-year old, however chaste Chase may have been, was really creepy. And yes, thank you Dr. House, you said just what I said: would a nine-year old really be most focused on kissing boys? I mean I know we're all maturing earlier, but 3rd grade is still pretty innocent from what I hear.
I think it's time for a shake-up on House's staff. Or at least an addition to mix it up a bit. Could we have a woman on his team who isn't a) all whiny, dour and pouty and b) isn't hot for him?
Over on my personal blog I occasionally give full recaps of shows. Full, meaning I sit down with a notebook and make notes, so I can be thorough. I just may do that for you House fans. What do you think?