Anyone watch this week's House? I enjoed the Rashoman-like look at what went wrong with a particular patient.
But I really didn't like the ending. In the end we discovered that the reason Dr. Chase (the callow Aussie doctor) rushed his consult with the patient and didn't ask the appropriate questions is because he just found out his father had died.
Aw, the poor little puppy. Suddenly our sympathies are meant to turn, and we're supposed to cut the guy some slack (as opposed to when the red herring false revelation was that he was hungover.)
Look, the first argument they presented was that human beings make mistakes. And I can accept that. I used to have a boss who, if you made a mistake of any kind, would ask "why did you do that?" And sometimes there just isn't an answer to the question.
It probably doesn't make the person on the receiving end of the mistake feel any better.
But I can also tell you that I wouldn't feel any better that a doctor made a fatal error over someone I love because they were upset vs. they were hungover.
And P.S.-does anyone else think it's totally unrealistic that they would take one of House's lackeys and suddenly make him the supervisor, rather than corral some other senior level doctor to do it?