HOUSE “A Pox on our House” Advance Review

HOUSE (FOX) A Pox on Our House

HOUSE “A Pox on our House” Season 7 Episode 7 – A girl becomes ill after diving with her family at the site of a wrecked slave ship in the “A Pox on Our House” episode of HOUSE. The team has to contend with both the clock and the Center for Disease Control as they try to determine exactly which disease is the culprit. I saw the episode early, and it’s an enjoyable, twisty ride with some nice emotional depth.

I think this is the best patient of the week story so far this season. In addition to the normal twists and turns, we have the addition of interference from the CDC in the form of Dr. Broda, whose presence frustrates and inspires House. Dylan Baker (can someone give this guy a show, already?) elevates what could be a very stock role, giving it forcefulness and nuance. My favorite medical cases are the ones who have emotional punch in addition to an intriguing disease, and this one delivers both. That some of the impact comes from House himself is a bonus.

No more hiring and firing: Martha is very much a part of the team now, even as House treats her as a potential narc. This is one of the better cast introductions I’ve seen: Martha is likable, funny, not overwhelmed with drama, and able to hold her own with House (and keep him on his toes) and the rest of the team.

We get to spend some quality time with Sam and Wilson, and I really like these two together–she’s a good balance for him and she makes him smile. Wilson has his own patient of the week, an adorable young girl with cancer who needs her lambie and who affects Sam and Wilson in a way I didn’t expect.

The Huddy relationship jumps back to the forefront since Cuddy learned House lied to her about the Hepatitis C blood test at the end of “Office Politics.” There have been times this season that the Huddiness felt forced, but I think it’s handled well here, and I like that I can so easily see both sides of the argument. The emotional scenes are well-played, giving Lisa Edelstein in particular a chance to shine.

Favorite, out of context, lines: “Why are you in the building?,” “I have to deal with a very sick man,” “Sure thing, sexiest American man,” “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” “Actually, I was just trying to fill the awkward silence,” “You do realize we don’t all live together,” “Is that a sad aw or a cute aw?,” and “You really are annoying.”

This is another solid episode of House, and I think Amber Tamblyn is just what the doctor ordered. Martha fits into the team quite well, she continues to entertain and interest me, and I love how drama-free she is. The medical case kept me guessing while the Huddy relationship touched me in a way it hasn’t. Throw in a good dose of Wilson, and I’m a happy camper.

After you’ve watched House on FOX tonight at 8pm/7 central, I hope you’ll come back and post what you thought about the episode. How do you feel about how Huddy is being handled?

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