Monday, February 7, 2011

House MD (Episode: Family Practice)

Lisa Cuddy, Sister, and Mom (Candice Bergen) are out shopping when Mom complains that her heart is doing that funny thing again. Cuddy at first brushes it off, but after mom insists it is serious she goes over to examin her and says that they should go to the hospital.

Cuddy assigns House to her Mom's case and makes House wear.....wait for it.........a doctors coat so that he looks like a real doctor and more legitamate. 

But Mom dismisses House because of his origianl diagnosis of lead poisoning (and because he pisses her off) and Cuddy is forced to assign another doctor with House acting as a type of shadow doctor without her mom or even the other doctor knowing about it.  This arrangement becomes an ethical (and medical) nightmare, with  House mis-diagnosing again in the form of Alcoholism and ethical Martha putting herself on the line against House. The scenes between House and Martha are extremely well done with an interesting and insightful outcome for both House and his third-year medical student.

Not wanting to court her mother's disapproval, she backs away from confrontation. Instead of insisting that no matter what she might think of him, House is her best bet for survival, Cuddy backs off. Not only does this force House into a terrible ethical dilemma, it also keeps House and Mom apart, which delays the real diagnosis.

In the meantime, Martha tells House she's going to tell on him to Mom in the best intrests of the patient, but House replys that if she does he will get her expelled from medical school and destroy her future in medicine. She, tearfully says she's has considered that but thinks that because of his reputation, no one will believe him. But guess what? House has set her up by tricking her into drawing the moms blood without the patients consent thereby assaulting her. Martha is in disbelief at what he has done and how she was tricked to the point that she has to go and throw up.

At the end, House does confront Cuddy, insisting that she finally face her Mom and take control of her medical situation with the final diagnosis being metal poisoning of some kind (can't remember the term) from a hip implant that has begun to degrade to leak inside her body.

House also tells Martha that she is unfired and he needs her around to prevent him from doing somthing stupid because he figues Cuddy will let him someday because they are in love and she trusts him to much.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

House MD (Episode: Wilson)

I do think that House is my favorite show on television right now. Its such a brilliant combanation of writing and acting that I regularly watch reruns of it so since i'm not into sports, thats what I'm watching now instead of the super bowel. Crazy I know, but thats the way the cookie crumbles with me.

This episode deals with House's buddy Wilson who is out hunting with his buddy when the buddy of course collapses in pain. Wilson has treated his buddy before for cancer which is now gone, so naturally he enlists House's team to help him figure out whats going wrong. House is convinced its cancer again, but Wilson doesn't want to believe it. Naturally, House then brings him a test result proving it is indeed cancer, again.

A possible remedy is 90% effective, but guess what? The buddy is in that 10% bracket that is resistant to the treatment. The only option left is a partial liver transplant but with no one with the buddys blood type alive and/or related around, he askes Wilson (who is his doctor as well as his friend, HELLO?) to donate part of his liver to save his life.

House tries to talk him out of it using various arguments (all very good) with no success and refuses to go with Wilson into the surgery area to be with him during the procedure because he can't bear the thought of being alone in the world if Wilson should die.

In a side note, this is why doctors should not (and ethically aren't supposed to) treat friends and family. To prevent this kind of thing from happening.

Wilson gets through the procedure just fine and says he feels good about what he did.

It ends with House and Wilson walking into a home that Cuddy had put a bid on (you have to watch previous episodes to understand) and Wilson says Cuddy hurt his friend (House) and that she should pay. He calls the realator and puts in a higher bid than Cuddy's.