HOUSE “Office Politics” Advance Review

HOUSE (FOX) Office Politics

HOUSE “Office Politics” Season 7 Episode 6 – House gets a new team member, whether he likes it or not, while the patient of the week is a manipulative campaign manager played with gusto by Jack Coleman (Heroes‘ HRG) in the “Office Politics” episode of HOUSE. I was able to watch the episode early and I’m happy to say the show comes back strong after a two-week run of repeats.

The big news of the episode is that there’s a new team member: Martha Masters, a third year medical student who almost immediately annoys House. Some of the push-pull between House and Masters covers territory we’ve seen before, but it fits perfectly into the classic House structure and works well with the characters, who share a fun platonic chemistry. Amber Tamblyn is terrific as the brilliant, awkward, and–horror of horrors, at least to House, who calls her the “love child of Einstein and Mary Poppins”–moral Masters.

Masters also has an invigorating effect on the other team members. She’s a breath of fresh air and just what “Boring, Bimbo, and Bite-Sized” (as House introduces them) need. Taub has the most extreme reaction to Masters, leading to some classic Foreman-Taub moments. I don’t know how long Masters will be sticking around, but I think there could be some very interesting long-term development here.

The medical case is nothing earth-shattering, but Coleman’s campaign manager is a different, more pragmatic patient than most and there are some good and timely political jabs thrown in for good measure. There is also a nice parallel to the ongoing ethics debate between House and Masters.

My favorite lines, given out of context so as not to spoil anything: “I smell a sausage fest,” “Are you a vampire?,” “It`s like watching a bunny walk into a buzz saw,” “Is he grunting? I think I hear grunting,” “Pippi Long Division,” “That’s also true of five morons,” “You have my deeply flawed word,” and “Is this grandma’s tea cozy?”

“Office Politics” is one of the funnier House episodes in a while with some terrific team interaction and snarkily awesome one-liners. It’s nice to see the House-Cuddy relationship take more of a back seat while staying relevant, especially with its interesting and possibly far-reaching ending twist. I do wish the medical case were a bit more compelling and that the episode had more Wilson, but, really, this is a solid, fun outing.

After you’ve watched House tonight on FOX at 8pm/7 central, I hope you’ll come back and post your thoughts. What do you think of Amber Tamblyn as Martha Masters? Is she a good addition to the team?

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