House, "Private Lives": recap

Quick Take: House, "Private Lives"
(S0614) House is one of those shows for me that I've seen and truly appreciate all of the things that it does well. It's fairly engaging, the writing is sharp and compelling and strong for the most part, the performances – led of course by Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House himself – are pretty damned great. But I've never felt the gnawing need to "get on board," by either picking up mid-stream and delving deeper into the House-averse, or by going further and heading back to the beginning to take in its full run.

Maybe it's because I'm more of a soap opera and story arc-junkie when it comes to drama. Mad Men and Breaking Bad and even The Sopranos were shows that I caught somewhere down the line and said, "whoa, I need to go back and see everything." Maybe it's not fair to compare House to shows like that, but like I said, it is a pretty good show (in a landscape of duds) by any definition, so it's interesting to look at why.

In any event, this week features an "avid blogger" so anything bloggy in my book is worthy of getting at least a little attention. Plus, there's Laura Prepon of That 70s Show Fame as Patient of the Week, so that's got to be something, right?


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Recap: House: "Private Lives"
House and the team treat an avid blogger.

From Around the Web: "Private Lives"

  • IGN: I thought "Private Lives" was a solid episode, less due to the patient of the week and more because the House/Wilson rivalry continues to escalate and amuse. Plus, we got a chance to see the normally stoic Dr.Chase broaden his range in one of the funniest montages in recent history as he, House and Wilson all tried their hand at speed dating. 
  • TV Squad: House and his merry band of medical misfits moved through the motions of another baffling case, this time a vegetarian blogger called Frankie, played by 'That 70's Show's' Laura Prepon. She starts exhibited some kind of strange rash, but within a few minutes, she's given one bit of bad news after the other until she's just a giant sadness pile who has less than a week to live.
  • Give Me My Remote: T he House/Wilson friendship is the backbone of this show, so I was predisposed to enjoy the heavy dose of Hugh Laurie & Robert Sean Leonard in this episode. When the two best friends trade biting insults and caustic barbs, viewers are given the chance to laugh heartily. Whether trading tips on porn etiquette or discussing the merits of attending a speed dating event, House and Wilson make me chuckle in a way that most mainstream sitcoms do not.
  • Fox Source:  It was so worth it to see Wilson in the caveman wig.  Oh, Robert Sean Leonard, how far you've come from Much Ado About Nothing (but we love love love you as Claudio! For reals. Even if every time we're astounded that Claudio could be hoodwinked so readily. But we digress.)
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