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House – Instant Karma Review

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, House on 10/17/2009 at 8:28 am

House – Instant Karma review by Tara

Normally the patient’s are just the ‘means’ they are the case but we don’t normally care much about them. It’s how the team comes together after trial and error (and trial and error, because as they usually do solve the ‘unsolvable’ it isn’t without a lot of miss fires) to fix them that compels us to watch. But this week, our patient, the son of a very wealthy man, excites me in a way no one has thus this season.

“I want House.” Three words and yet I practically leapt out of my seat. Finally. Someone saying what I have been saying. (And I imagine everyone at home, unless they really dig Foreman). So maybe it’s not the patient I love, as his father, demanding the unshaven doctor be the one treating his son. And he’s played by the guy we see everywhere, Lee Tergesen, (most famous in my mind for his role on Oz), so it’s like he really is the voice of the people. “I want the best. And everyone I’ve asked says that’s House. So unless he’s dead, comatose, or insane, I want him treating my son today.” My response to this is, why did the TPTB make us wait this long for you?

The scenes between Chase and Foreman where they are trying to figure out how they are going to cover up Chase basically killing President Dibala in last week’s episode served two different purposes for me. In one sense I felt like I was getting hit over the head with how serious this was and how Foreman could lose his job, etc, etc. I got it writers. But what I did like about the story line was Chase’s way of coping. He could not be present with his wife at all. So distant. And yet he, in many ways, if I were to take last week’s scene correctly, did it for his wife. Numerous times we were shown Cameron waking up alone. Foreshadowing absolutely. Again, I really think Jesse Spencer is showing some great acting chops in these two episodes. (Then again these two episodes is more he has had to do than in the last two years). Not really a fan of House knowing, an in an essence being okay with what Chase and Foreman (since Foreman burned the evidence) did. Wasn’t there something in the past Chase did that House reprimanded him for? And I think it was far less than killing someone.

As I’ve said before I actually like Thirteen, but what in the world was that randomness? I mean, really? I still don’t understand it. This actually made me start to believe those theories that the writers really do just want her in whatever possible, because, seriously what the peanut butter crackers was that all about? House tells her he doesn’t want her back on the team because he wants to save his relationship with Foreman? (I won’t even go into the weirdness that was the cab ride) Then later when Cuddy brings up the fact that Thirteen called about the hacking, (seriously why can’t she just re-book her flight? Am I missing something?) House then says it’s about Foreman staying in charge of the team. I don’t know. The whole thing confused me. Then Wilson got involved. So he did hack it? But for what reason? I still don’t get, or don’t understand. Wow. I could write more about how I feel that was the most pointless storyline, but I feel you get my drift.

Two weeks in with the old team and I can honestly say I don’t really care either way. I don’t have strong opinions one way or the other. I remember when the introduced the new team a few years ago, I thought it was a nice way to literally infuse the show with new blood. Now, as we go back to the old cast, who have been relegated, with the exception of Omar Epps as Foreman, as side players, it becomes even more apparent. It doesn’t matter who is on the team, it’s House that matters. My problem now with the re-introduction of the old team, is having to remember who and where they where. I know there are some out there who could run a list of Cameron facts, but I can’t. I don’t think I knew either her or Chase’s first names until this week’s episode. Again, I find myself not caring, but at the same time thinking, I should know this by now. It’s an odd thing to be thinking in the middle of watching a familiar television show.

A few final thoughts: Again I loved just the little moment between House and Cuddy where they where talking about Foreman staying in charge. “He loves power. And I loves puzzles.” “You love power and puzzles,” Cuddy retorts. “True, but when I had then both..” There’s just that little moment where they look at each other. It’s perfect. It’s not a Wilson/House moment, but it’s close. And again I still like how House is really trying to not fall back into old habits but move in a forward direction, stemming from that first episode.

What made this episode infinitely better than those before it: House actually being involved in the patient’s case. Therefore we are slowly getting are show back.

Glee Season 1 Ep 6 Vitamin D Review

In 2009 Fall Season, Fox, Glee on 10/09/2009 at 5:15 pm

Glee
Review by Michelle Ann

Tonight’s episode is brought to you by the Bad Idea bears from Avenue Q. It seemed that all the way around our favorite cast of misfits could not make a good decision. Well, except Puck, but he was barely on the screen this week.

Terri: She is a walking bad decision, while  I know she is the character we are suppose to love to hate, I am getting tired of her manipulating Will with no repercussions.  When Terri is warned by Sue that she is losing her husband to Terri decides that maybe she can work more than 4 hours at a time and gets a job, that conveniently opened up, at the school as the school nurse.  With her first aid training and defibrillator usage, she gets the job.  Once she catches Will in a special moment with Emma and is now around all the time, driving Will crazy, and, she thinks, keeping her husband. But then maybe it is Terri who makes the bonehead move of the night, but really I doubt we expect less from her at this point. When Finn comes in, unable to get enough rest, she gives him some cold medicine (amphetamines), she calls them vitamins. Since it is over the counter and FDA approved it has to be good for you, or at least that is how she rationalizes it.  This lapse in judgment gets Terri fired, and back to Sheet’s and Things she goes.

Mr. Figgins: What besides the ‘Airline yoga’ video does Sue have on him? It has to be something since he keeps allowing her to get whatever she wants. Tonight he hires Terri as the school nurse. With really no good reason, except she did give a sob story about needing money for the not-so-real baby.

Sue: Frustrated by the home-perm-buying Will, she decided that since she can’t destroy the “Clutch of Scab Eating Mouth Breathers that only come back stronger, like some sexually ambiguous creature from a horror movie villain,” she decides to destroy the man, so that the team will be destroyed.  She goes to Terri and tells her to worry about her husband and the man-eater that is Emma. She suggests they move out-of-town before she looses her husband to a “Mentally ill ginger-haired pygmy with eyes like a bush baby.”  Of course all this treachery gets her, at the end of the day, is co-coaching the Glee Club.

Will: Oh Will, so naive at times. With sectionals coming up and the Glee team lacking focus, he gets the bright idea, suggested by Emma in a round about sticker influenced way, to set the boys against the girls.  He asks them both to create a mash up routine, and the winner picks song for Sectionals. But Will comes to his senses and tells Terri that every time he starts a fire in his life she finds a way to make sure it burns the forest down. Will’s judgment comes into question since he emphasizing competition too much. He now has to deal with a co-coach, his arch nemesis, Sue.

Finn: Finn is conflicted with dance steps, football plays, Quinn and Rachel all running through his head, the poor boy is not sleeping. We know he is dense, so it is no surprise that when Terri offers him a way to stop sleeping his life away, he takes it. There was something a little creepy about a manic Finn singing, and his equally manic teammates backing him up. Finn at least realizes that he made a mistake and decides with Rachel to fess up to what they all did and let Will know.

Ken: Ken loves Emma, we all know that. But since she does not let him touch her, or really get too close, it is unclear how much of a relationship they really have. That does not stop Terri from telling him to be a man and propose to Emma to seal the deal.  He buys her the world smallest cubic zirconia ring and proposes in the teacher’s lounge, once Terri panics and pushes him into it.  I feel bad for him, he does not seem like a mean-spirited man, but Emma is just so not right for him.

Emma: Poor Emma, she still loves Will so much, and is still flirting with him, even wiping mustard off his chin with her plastic gloved hands.  Once Terri shows up as Nurse, Emma’s precious Will time is cut short.  Terri confronts her and tells her that there is NO way she will get Will. Emma asks Will what she should do, when  Will gives her no answer, and so Emma makes the poorest decision of the day when she asks Ken: “What would getting married mean exactly? Because I would want to keep my last name, and I’d want to continue living in separate parts of the town, and I think it would be best if we don’t see each other after school.” Ken agrees, but Emma is not done with her list of demands for this non-marriage marriage. “And I wouldn’t want a big ceremony like in a church,  with people. We wouldn’t need to invite anybody or tell anybody, more like a secret, like a secret marriage.”  Ken sees this as a better deal then he expected. Emma does not want to be alone and knows he feels the same way, so they get engaged.

Quinn: Quinn, Quinn, Quinn. Yes, she is still pregnant. A quiver in her leg has Sue concerned about her dedication to the Cheerios.  Quinn stops showing up to Glee, because she has too much on her mind.  Rachel has a little girl talk with her and talks her into coming back, since with child or not  Glee will be there for her. I gotta hand it to Rachel it was a high moment for her. Well, while the rest of the Glee girls get dosed by Nurse Terri, Quinn gets folic acid to help her baby.  Inspired with an idea, Quinn tries to ask Terri for cash to help her carry the child to term and remain fashionable, in exchange for getting the baby once it is born. This made Terri, of course very happy, but she is too cheap to help Quinn, since she will have 18 years of paying for the kid to think about.

Rachel in one of her more rational episodes, makes mostly good decisions and just one bad one. She talks Quinn into coming back to Glee, she tries to get the girls all focused on the competition and then when she finds out the boys all took a stimulant for their competition, the girls do too.  But realizing that copying baseball, everyone does it so if we do too it levels the playing field, gives you a false sense of victory, she talks Finn into confessing to Will. She apologizes to Finn for being too competitive, she decides she needs to compete with the team not against the team.

Only 2 musical numbers tonight, would have been nice to have more.  The boys sing a mash up of  It’s My Life and Usher’s Confession, they do a nice job with the costumes and the songs. The girls do a bright yellow-dressed themed mash-up of Halo and Walking on Sunshine. They do a nice job, but I don’t think it is as strong vocally as some of their other numbers.

New Doctor Who Logo

In 2009 Fall Season, 2010 Spring Schedule, BBC America, British TV, Doctor Who on 10/07/2009 at 1:46 pm

New Doctor Who Logo

BBC unveiled a nifty new logo for forever-running sci-fi hit Doctor Who.  We know it’s not much, but DW fans have been rather neglected the last year or two, what with only a small handful of specials here and there.  BBC America has yet to announce an exact date, but we’re told the next special,  The Waters of Mars, will air sometime this fall with two more specials in the next few months.  A full new season will finally premiere sometime in spring 2010.

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