Thursday, September 21, 2006

Season 3, Episode 3: "Informed Consent"

One of the things that most struck me about this episode was its ending. I'm not going to go into what, for those who might not have seen it yet, but there are two things that grabbed me:

1) ANOTHER musical montage. I'm normally a big fan of these things -- when I'm working on a screenplay, I have playlists, sometimes for each individual character or relationship -- but there is such a thing as overkill. I'm pretty sure House has hit that point. We've had musical pieces in at least two of this season's three episodes (I can't remember if there was one in "Cane and Able" or not).

2) The ambiguity. You can infer what happens, but for me at least, it took me two viewings to see it. It's never quite explicitly stated what happened and on the first try I was completely confused. But this kind of "make or infer your own ending" is not a new practice. There's a Without A Trace episode that deals with a man on death row, and the episode ends as the Missing Persons team is waiting for the phone to ring to see what happens to him. Fade to black. You never know if the man lives or dies. Most of the time, in my humble opinion, these kinds of endings are a letdown...we want to know what happens to a character or plot we become invested in, not just sort of guess. We want to know for sure that little Timmy lives or somebody gets the girl.

Also, am I the only person who found the whole subplot with the seventeen-year-old hitting on House quite disturbing and gross? Granted, Hugh Laurie is an attractive man, but this girl doesn't even know him. She sees him once (it could be twice, I'm not sure if this is the same blonde who was ogling him in "Meaning") and she's all over him. Even if she were legal it just seems creepy. And they have the sort of implication at the end that he may be amused (if not interested, despite his remarks to her). I so hope they drop this and we never hear about it again. I have enough problems with having both major female leads on the show having (or once having had) things for House, I don't need some teenage attention whore in his life, either. But that's just me saying. David Shore's the man in charge, and we've already gone through three potential love interests -- Cameron, Cuddy, Stacy -- and a hooker, so...who knows.

All in all, I wasn't impressed.


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