House: Season 4, Episode 6 Wednesday, November 7, 2007Posted by gordonshumway in gordonshumway, House, hugh laurie, Reasons why I am single, Television.
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Well, I’m back. After a trip to the World Series to watch my beloved Boston Red Sox and a promising job interview, I can finally resume my House recaps and feel like I’m justified to write “Dr. & Mrs. Greg House” all over my notebooks. So let’s get to this week’s episode. You guys have waited long enough.
Episode 6, entitled “Whatever it Takes”, opens on the track where two drag racers are waiting for the green light. Casey, a female driver, is checking her controls and talking to her dad, Biff Tannen. Yes, that Biff Tannen. “I feel like throwing up my guts,” he tells her before she gets into the car. “Are you sure you don’t want to go to law school?” he asks. “No, I hate lawyers,” she responds. Excellent! This makes them prime candidates for potentially botched medical treatment at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.
The music swells–either My Morning Jacket or the theme song from Nintendo’s “Toobin’”–as she accelerates down the track. I briefly thought that Casey was a character created as an homage to ovary-bearing IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, but that idea was dashed when Casey actually won a race. (more…)
House: Season 4, Episode 3 Thursday, October 11, 2007Posted by gordonshumway in gordonshumway, House, hugh laurie, unhealthy obsessions.
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This week’s episode, titled “97 Seconds”, opens on a handicapped man in an electric wheelchair waiting at a crosswalk (which I believe was also the name of Primitive Radio Gods’ mid-1990s hit). He tells his service dog that he’s cold and the dog hands him a blanket. The man suggests heading to the ice cream store to check out “the new girl who’s not too fond of buttoning her top button”, which answers my lingering question about whether, um, all of his parts are disabled. It still leaves me curious whether the dog would have to move that into place as well.
The light changes and as the man begins to cross the road, he falls unconscious. The dog barks, trying desperately to wake him. Meanwhile, a young woman is driving her giant SUV toward the crosswalk, paying no attention to anything beyond the radio dial she’s fiddling with. She flips through a number of stations before settling on one playing “Let Me In” by Hot Hot Heat. She glances back up, just in time to slam on her brakes and avoid the still unconscious man, narrowly avoiding a tragedy and disproving the adage that guns don’t kill people, people who listen to indie rock kill people. (more…)
House: Season 4, Episode 2 Wednesday, October 3, 2007Posted by gordonshumway in gordonshumway, House, TV shows.
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When I heard that Episode 2 was titled “The Right Stuff”, I had high hopes that it would somehow involve the New Kids on the Block. That scenario became less likely when the episode opens in the cockpit of a jet. The pilot is having difficulty navigating, and before she can voice her concerns, everything turns all psychedelic like she just flew through the poster rack at Spencer Gifts. The plane spirals out of control, crashes, and the screen goes dark. Out of the blackness, a metal door slides open to reveal that the pilot has been working in a flight simulator. She has a list of complaints that she gives the technician, everything from the gyroscope to the communication system, but she fails to mention her giant teeth. He assures her that he will fix the problems, pats her on the head, and gives her a carrot.
Meanwhile House is addressing a classroom full of potential team members, all wearing what appear to leftover race numbers from Michael Scott’s Rabies 5K. He gives them the challenge of determining why Buddy Ebsen’s makeup allergy prevented him from making movies and why this same affliction couldn’t strike Dane Cook. House is interrupted when Cuddy comes in and needs to know why he’s interviewing thirty candidates for three positions and honestly I stopped paying attention here because Hugh Laurie’s shirt is unbuttoned just far enough to conjure thoughts that involved the two of us, a crackling fire, and a jar of Nutella.
House: Season 4, Episode 1 Wednesday, September 26, 2007Posted by gordonshumway in gordonshumway, House.
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So last night was the season premiere of House and I couldn’t be happier to again share my Tuesday nights with Hugh Laurie, the sexiest thing with a cane since Mr. Peanut. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t spend the last four days watching Season Three in its entirety to prepare myself for tonight’s premiere. I’d also be lying if I said that I didn’t eat Cool Whip for breakfast, so who knows if I’m a credible narrator.
Last night’s episode, titled “Alone”, opens with a young man standing in the parking lot of an office building, trying to convince his girlfriend to leave work so they can go see Star Wars (Episode 4) in the theatre, which makes me wonder how this guy has a girlfriend in the first place. When he starts to apologize for getting upset with her, perhaps relieved that he’ll have the freedom to masturbate in peace, the building starts to tremble and eventually collapses.
It’s never really explained why the building caved in but suffice it to say that I added “Freakish Building Collapse” to the list of reasons I’m glad I’m unemployed, right above “Can Spend Weekdays Pretending Neighbor’s Springer Spaniel Is My Own”. Oh sure, I don’t have insurance and I’m out of so-called “solid foods” but at least I’m not going to be buried alive under a pile of rubble and rebar and toner cartridges.
Cue the Massive Attack, opening credits, and commercial break. (more…)