HOUSE “Small Sacrifices” Review

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HOUSE “Small Sacrifices” Season 7 Episode 8 – The existence of God and the value of honesty are debated once again while some chickens come home to roost and others fly the coop in the “Small Sacrifices” episode of HOUSE.

The crucifixion reenactment is quite creepy. It’s odd that I can watch Kill Bill without blinking an eye, but that makes me shudder. This isn’t exactly our first time watching House go up against someone devout, and it also isn’t the best–it is much too shallow a treatment tonight, but the patient does get a few good jabs in, and someone willing to be nailed to a cross every year certainly is original. “You‘re either crazy or you’re atoning and crazy.” I think it was too obvious early on that House would eventually save the patient by lying to him and the X-ray show at the end falls flat.

Martha Masters fades into th background this week, though she does get a reality check about how her honesty could have killed the patient. I hope the writers keep Masters drama-free for a while yet because there’s enough going on around her.

This is a rough night on the romantic front–well, unless you’re named Chase. Foreman is hilariously alone with his champagne, and he’s probably counting his blessings. I wasn’t expecting the Wilson-Sam break-up, especially not such a random and clumsy one. Last week we’re teased with the image of little Wilsons running around and now-poof!–they’re done? Was it really over the sudden trust issue or was Sam scared and looking to escape? I can’t decide.

Chase has a point that a support group for adultery victims is pretty much a dating service waiting to happen. “I’ve heard of that group. it’s called irony.” I should probably muster up some sympathy for Taub because Rachel is clearly emotionally involved with Mr. Oregon, and at least subconsciously punishing him, but I’ve got nothing. On the up side, he can use this as an excuse for his next affair. Yes, I’m kidding. These two should probably just call it a day.

House’s games with Cuddy are exhausting. How could he not remember a single time Cuddy lied to him? Has he chosen to forget Cuddy’s relationship with Lucas? There was a whole lot of lying going on then, as I recall. Cuddy’s insistence that they keep work and personal is laughable given the root of their fight, and I’m shocked that Cuddy believed that ridiculous apology. Shocked to the point that I wonder if she’s trying to play him because earlier in the episode Cuddy clearly knew exactly what House was up to and then she falls for House talking about a leap of faith? My mind is boggled and I don’t like how House, Cuddy, or Huddy are handled here. Oh, and am I wrong, or have we been given different ages for Cuddy before?

Favorite funny lines: “What do you have against chickens? One got choked last night because of you,” “Another hole in him should really make God’s day,” “You don’t need to buy her a new ring. Isn’t the first one good for all you can marry?,” “I’m sure your wife’s just seeing a dude.” “Either you’re naïve or you have scruples. I’m not sure which is worse.”

This is a bleak and disappointing episode of House. The entire episode feels off to me and I’m bewildered by the full-scale massacre of relationships here. I’m especially disappointed because I enjoyed the last two episodes so much, but here’s hoping this is just a blip. Of course, you may have loved the episode, in which case you can tell me why I’m completely wrong-headed in the comments.

On that note–what did you think of the episode? Do you think Cuddy believed House’s apology? Let me know in the comments.

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