House “Blowing the Whistle” Review

House returned with an interesting installment with “Blowing the Whistle”. Also making a big return to network TV is Sharif Atkins, yet again playing a loyal service member like he did as Michael Gallant on ER way back in 2006. Atkins is playing Hayes Macklin, a member of the army whose brother is coming back from the war. However, instead of a triumphant return stateside, his brother Brant returns in handcuffs as a traitor.

One of the funny tropes of this show that you just have to go with has been all of the chatter that takes place in the exam rooms. I mean, they have all kinds of different people in these rooms, and they always discuss with completely seriousness the philosophical and moral implications of whatever it is they do. Be it prostitutes, politicians, or criminals, they’re always moralizing and debating crap in there. However, I think this episode takes the cake in sheer amount of chatter. They just wouldn’t shut up about whether or not he’s a traitor, why he did what he did, and whether or not it was for honor. It’s so annoying. They debate and discuss until the patient yells “I can’t feel my legs”, then cut to commercial.

Speaking of sicknesses, though, we had an interesting little story here concerning House’s health. I’ve seen in promos for the final 8 episodes of this series that House would be sick, so it really got me genuinely excited. Would they have the guts to kill off House in the season finale? Would his dependence on Vicodin and general nonchalance towards his health catch up to him? It looked like it was going to happen, and that we were ramping up to a big reveal that House had a real disease. But then…nope. He was faking. In some stupid, elaborate ploy to see who would rat him out to Foreman, we find out that House was messing with his team yet again. I guess they could still kill him off in the finale, but it would have been cool to have some actual build up to that moment.

What do you think? Will they kill House off in the finale? Or do you want to see him live?

Random Thoughts:

– Do you guys think Hayes talking to his kid about watching wrestling on the weekend was a purposeful reference with Wrestlemania being last weekend? Or was it just a happy accident?

– I’ve never seen or heard the iCarly theme song, but now I really want to hear it to compare it to the hopping frat boy’s rendition.

– Users of the website IMDb.com can rate every episode of television on a scale of 1-10. For some reason, this episode received a 5.0 out of 10, one of the lowest ratings in House history. Weird…