House “Better Half” Review

House is back, everybody! That’s right, everybody’s famous grumpy diagnostician has dramatically returned in 2012 with “Better Half”. So is the episode itself in the better half of installments? Or does it fall into the lower half? Read on to find out!

Now I may not have an encyclopedic knowledge of House episodes, like some fans do, but I can’t remember any other patient in the show’s history that was foreign, un-attractive, and not a celebrity. It was a great choice of casting, and I also loved Melanie Lynskey being cast as the doting wife. I guess most people would know her best for her role on Two and a Half Men, but she was wonderful in The Informant opposite Matt Damon. She’s very believable and enjoyable as the put-upon wife, which is great since the focus of the story was much more on her than her husband. The actual case wasn’t all that interesting, and followed the classic House formula. Patient is sick, gets really sick, gets close to death, miraculous diagnosis found in the 11th hour. Hooray!

The secondary case of the week (Because there must always be a secondary case of the week) focused on a girl that didn’t like having sex. The girls didn’t think it was that unbelievable that she wouldn’t want to have sex. The guys couldn’t believe their ears. Insert pithy comments from House here. Blah blah blah, you know how it goes. I will admit that I laughed when Wilson muttered that he didn’t know where to put “Asexual” on the form, but the rest of this case really didn’t ring true. I’m not sure why Wilson agreed to a bet with House to find a medical reason for her “orientation”, and then got all bent out of shape when he was talking to her husband. Then he was all offended when House actually figured it out! Make up your mind, Wilson!

The only story line of the episode that I actually thought was funny was House hiding cue cards all over the hospital to make himself look like a genius. I hope they keep bringing that back as a recurring gag.

Random Thoughts:

– Can somebody please make an animated GIF of Dr. Park making that creepy hand gesture? Make it happen, internet!

– Um, House speaks Portuguese? Whaaaaa?!

– Why did the wife have to be cheating on the poor guy? Her boyfriend didn’t even factor in to anything! It just made her look petty and she came off a lot less sympathetic.