Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pardon the Interruption: House 8:12 - Chase

Overall: 7.8

Honestly? It could've been much worse. Much, much worse.

Plot Synopsis: has a recap here.

The Skinny:

SABR Matt is right: Chase's attempts to lure Moira away from the convent are incredibly self-serving. Still, I have to give the writers credit for halting Chase's decent into complete douchebaggery at the very end. And actually, I think the way they bring about Chase's final change of heart is extraordinarily fascinating. Think about it: Have you ever imagined in your wildest dreams that House would one day strongly urge a colleague to respect a patient's religious beliefs? Yeah, me neither. One might as well imagine a green sky or rainbow grass. Yet here, the show's wily scribblers pull off the well-nigh unthinkable, and they manage to keep House in character in the process. For their next trick, I expect they'll juggle six swords while standing on their heads.

The magnitude of House's breakthrough in this episode really can't be overstated. Sure -- House has always known he's miserable and that his attitudes have made him that way. The frequent trips we've taken into his subconscious reveal that pretty conclusively. But to admit that he's made a mess of his own life out loud to another person? That's utterly new -- and something I've been pining for ever since House quite literally drove Cuddy out of his life. The only question I have now is this: Why now? Why didn't we see these glimmers of remorse sooner? If we had, the first half of the season would've been much easier to slog through.

Writing: 8.0

Nice save at the end!

Acting: 8.0

The performances generally buttressed the script.

Message: 7.5

I know, I know -- this mark is surprising given that this is an episode in which Chase tries to tempt a girl to abandon her faith. But I think it matters a great deal that he ultimately failed.

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