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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 5:17 PM

The sword is the second "mention" of House's father (bio or otherwise) recently. Hope this is leading up to something. Has anyone heard rumors of Sean Connery doing a guest spot? :-}


Hee -- that would be awesome casting! Connery is 81 and Laurie is 52, so it would even be chronologically plausible. I know Connery can soften his Scottish burr into a British accent. Trying to remember if he can pull off a decent American accent . . .

I thought Chase's reaction to Park asking him out for drinks was spot-on in character. As sordidheart mentioned, Chase tends to not know how to deal with women with whom he does not want to have sex. But he is also not very good at saying no and sticking to it. When Park called him on his not-socializing-with-coworkers line by pointing out that he'd married someone he worked with, he could have easily replied that the marriage hadn't worked out so well. But he didn't. It's just easier for him to go along and get along. I personally don't care whether "Chark" becomes a romance or a friendship; the only thing I wouldn't like is if it is used as a speedbump on the road to the more conventional pairing of Chase and Adams.

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 5:32 PM

Trying to remember if he can pull off a decent American accent . . .


If Connery's accent in "The Untouchables" was meant to be Chicagoan, or even American, I think it's proved than he can't do a passable American accent, lol. I remember friends and I mimicking the distinctly Scottish burr to "Wha' are yew preparrrred to dew?"

At the same time, I couldn't care less if he sounds American or not - would just love to see him on the show. Or anywhere. And who's to say House' bio dad couldn't be a Scot?

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 5:32 PM

Guns scare me, even when I know they shouldn't. I don't like seeing a gun being used as a dare-you-to-point-this-at-me toy! But it was less cringe-worthy than that car commercial.
It would surely be interesting if House's history came up in any way, because it's always been implied but never prodded in any depth. I felt hopeful about that closet scene at the end. There's been precious little angst for our characters these past few years--in spite of the sometimes destructive drama, it rolls off their backs fairly quickly.
I got such a negative vibe from Adams' expression in the elevator. What does that mean, young lady?
Oh, Hubert! I loved finding out about that, too.

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 7:15 PM

I thought this was generally a boring episode. However, did like the park/chase curveball. Wouldn't it be sweet if Chase learns to like her as a PERSON and they fell in love?

Oh, that commercial for Ford was disgusting!!! Like we wouldn't know???? I honestly thought for a second that it was an actual commercial. Gag. Don't do THAT again.

And now, for my next rant, I may be getting ancient (the knees sure feel like it) but why oh why does every character on a show seem to go out, first date, and immediately they are sweating and slobbering all over each other, falling into bed!!!! I am SO SICK OF THIS! Of course, I'm talking about Foreman and the gym woman. Is this the best that writers can conjure up? "Oh, you're attractive. Let's f***."

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 7:27 PM

When Park mentioned Chase marrying Cameron after he said it wasn't a good idea to go out because they work together, I was really hoping he'd say "And that was a terrible idea."

Park/Chase = OTP

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:22 PM

Chark does sound cute, but so does Phase. Or Parse. Actually, those names have completely different origins.

No, they don't.

Hah! I just got it. /slow

Now that I thought about it, I'm liking the idea of Chase and Park, whether as friends or otherwise. It'd be something definitely different and will also be a gutsy move on the show's part.

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:26 PM

The sword is the second "mention" of House's father (bio or otherwise) recently. Hope this is leading up to something. Has anyone heard rumors of Sean Connery doing a guest spot? :-}

Hee -- that would be awesome casting!

Okay, let's start a rumor!

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:50 PM

I always hate that when a TV show has a gun story, the female is always against it and the man is pro gun...The exception being Fiona from Burn Notice, I know alot of females that are into firearms, it just seems like it is being sexist.

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:33 PM

Park's a female and she wasn't anti gun. She just mentioned she'd rather not have one because statistics said she was likelier to shoot a family member than an intruder.

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Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:43 PM

If Connery's accent in "The Untouchables" was meant to be Chicagoan, or even American, I think it's proved than he can't do a passable American accent, lol. I remember friends and I mimicking the distinctly Scottish burr to "Wha' are yew preparrrred to dew?"

At the same time, I couldn't care less if he sounds American or not - would just love to see him on the show. Or anywhere. And who's to say House' bio dad couldn't be a Scot?


Oh, and he played Indiana Jones' dad (delightfully, I might add). He didn't really sound American there, but he passed for someone born or educated in the UK who had lived in the States for a long time. And, yeah, there's no reason House's bio dad must have been born in the US. I think Connery has retired from acting, so I doubt he would be up for the role, but we can dream . . .

I always hate that when a TV show has a gun story, the female is always against it and the man is pro gun...The exception being Fiona from Burn Notice, I know alot of females that are into firearms, it just seems like it is being sexist.


I didn't really see that dynamic playing out here. The wife wasn't so much upset that her husband had a gun, as that he had an arsenal . . . kept in a secret room he'd built in their house without her knowledge. That's kind of freaky, whatever her basic attitude about firearms was. With regard to the other characters, Park saw the patient's collection as somewhat reasonable and Adams was his most strident critic -- two females. House presumably has a gun and Wilson disapproves (though likely his objection is against House having a gun, not guns in general) -- two males.

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Posted Nov 30, 2011 @ 4:12 AM

I always hate that when a TV show has a gun story, the female is always against it and the man is pro gun...The exception being Fiona from Burn Notice, I know alot of females that are into firearms, it just seems like it is being sexist.



I didn't really see that dynamic playing out here. The wife wasn't so much upset that her husband had a gun, as that he had an arsenal . . . kept in a secret room he'd built in their house without her knowledge. That's kind of freaky, whatever her basic attitude about firearms was.


That's what I took from it, too. And Park wasn't against guns, as has been noted. She just didn't want to own one. I'm sort of tired of the "women with guns are really sexy" thing, but maybe I'm watching the wrong shows.

I loved House & Wilson in this. More House and Wilson, I say. A whole lot more. Put 'em back in a house together.

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Posted Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

I really didn't see any division of the doctors into pro- and anti-gun groups. Nobody was all that gung-ho about the right to bear arms and nobody was passionately pacifistic either.

Although on the surface, Park and Adams seemed to have different opinions about the patient's diagnosis (and the rationality of amassing a personal arsenal), the heat with which they argued suggested to me that more personal issues were involved.

Adams assumes that she and Chase are the "alphas" of the group and that they will be calling the shots. Not surprising, since she is rich, pretty and smart and, because of those advantages, has probably been the "alpha" in her clique since kindergarten. Park isn't giving her the deference Adams expects. She isn't willing to let herself and her ideas be dismissed because she's geeky, has no fashion sense, and goes to a bad hairdresser. These factors just aren't relevant when it comes to the value of her ideas.

The writers could have written the elevator scene with just Park and Chase. Adams doesn't really have anything to say. She's there for a reason - to witness the cracking of the social order when a "geek" asks the "captain of the football team" out for coffee and he is forced to say yes.

Chase seems to be pretty passive here; he's the trophy the two are fighting over, and he accepts just because he can't think of a good reason to refuse.

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Posted Nov 30, 2011 @ 1:38 PM

I see Park's pursuit of Chase to be more of a "Survivor"-type alliance. They both want to tweak Adams and House, and Park sees this as an opportunity to establish herself as more than the token geek. It would be an awesome twist to have Chase show up the next day in the same clothes, House to comment on it (he would notice, of course), and Adams to fret about "what might have happened" between her rival n00b and her presumed logical sex-pairing.

They could milk the "did they or didn't they?" rumor mill for a few weeks at least.

Adams is way too formulaic for my tastes. How many babes are diagnostic specialists for training hospitals? Cameron, 13, and now her? That's why I like Park. Annoying voice, geeky haircut and glasses, and bitter attitude = real person.

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Posted Nov 30, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

I see Park's pursuit of Chase to be more of a "Survivor"-type alliance. They both want to tweak Adams and House, and Park sees this as an opportunity to establish herself as more than the token geek.


I don't see anything romantic happening between Chase and Park. Park's realistic and she knows that Chase is shallow, so I don't think she expects romance.

Despite appearances, I think Park and Chase are similar in that both think in unconventional ways. Park noticing the difference in space and the magnet on the fridge and putting it together - that was very Chaselike (or Housian.) An alliance between the two people who actually have talent against the two plodders would make sense. IMO, neither Adams nor Taub pull their weight.

Edited by QueenofCups, Dec 1, 2011 @ 3:33 PM.


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Posted Nov 30, 2011 @ 2:22 PM

I would prefer that they avoid romance because this show has a history of being absolutely horrible when it comes to writing romantic relationships, but a friendship between Chase and Park could be highly entertaining because they both have that dry, sarcastic wit, both of them seem to get House and both of them have that unconventional thinking. If they really teamed up, they could rule the world! (or, at least, the diagnostics department, maybe the hospital)

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Posted Nov 30, 2011 @ 3:51 PM

This brings up a good point. I think if Park & Chase team up they could really throw House off his (controlling) game. I would love for the 2 of them to fake an affair and end up being good enough friends to pull it off effectively. Hell, let them fall for each other in the end after they develop a solid friendship base. I think it would be a hoot.

Not to mention Adams being thrown for a loop.

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Posted Dec 1, 2011 @ 9:24 AM

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but the impression I got from the last scene was that Chase was already on his way to get drinks with Adams when Park asked. And so the extra awkwardness was due to them covering it up.

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Posted Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but the impression I got from the last scene was that Chase was already on his way to get drinks with Adams when Park asked. And so the extra awkwardness was due to them covering it up.



I don't think so. He would have just said that Adams already asked him or that he already had plans.

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Posted Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

I always hate that when a TV show has a gun story, the female is always against it and the man is pro gun...The exception being Fiona from Burn Notice, I know alot of females that are into firearms, it just seems like it is being sexist.


I didn't really see that dynamic playing out here. The wife wasn't so much upset that her husband had a gun, as that he had an arsenal . . . kept in a secret room he'd built in their house without her knowledge. That's kind of freaky, whatever her basic attitude about firearms was.

She was also upset because they have small children living in the house. At least there was no infidelity. Oh wait, there was.\sarcasm.

I just don't understand why each week we have to have some married person cheating on their spouse. Are there really no other original plots left?

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Posted Dec 1, 2011 @ 7:25 PM

I’m enjoying the show a lot more since they switched out the House/Cuddy bits with the House/Wilson Slashfic.
This was quite a good episode. I liked the actual realism of the lawyer trying to be discreet about his illness. When most people feel ill at work they leave quietly and quickly or ask one person to help them not make a massive public scene. I find it interesting that this show often takes positive characteristics and turns them into symptoms (altruism, having a special talent, being kind) but the negative behaviours like paranoia or being a jerk turn out to be how that person is.

I think it would be hilarious to have a Chase/Park pairing where they are both completely awkward with each other but it somehow works.

I liked Park and I think it would be interesting if she ends up dating Chase. However shut up about London Park, that was kids nicking things not the collapse of our entire country ;-) It would have been a lot worse if the rioters had had access to guns with which to steal stuff and threaten people.

Just curious: Since when did asking a co-worker out for a drink sometime mean that anything romantically was supposed to happen?

She didn’t include Adams or Taub in the invite and she didn’t tell Chase it wasn’t a date when he said “just you and me?” So Chase seemed to think it was a date even if Park was just trying to get to know him.

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but the impression I got from the last scene was that Chase was already on his way to get drinks with Adams when Park asked. And so the extra awkwardness was due to them covering it up.

Ooh I like that idea. It would also have been a subtle progression from that scene where Chase guesses Adams’ stance on guns and she seems impressed. Also they both looked quite smart and dressed up although as with most American shows most characters dress for work the way I would dress to go out to a club.

Edited by Beatriceblake, Dec 1, 2011 @ 7:26 PM.


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Posted Dec 1, 2011 @ 10:52 PM

I never really watched House before but since the whole killing Charlie off debacle on the show that was all about Charlie Harper I am boycotting CBS on Monday nights. I really like Park. I think she is cute and adorable. I like the interaction between House and Park. I kind of feel that he likes her mindset and is kind of shepherding her.

I don't like the little nebbishy guy, or the pretty girl. They could drop both of those characters and it wouldn't bother me a bit. Omar Epps used to be hot and now he is kind of dull. The Australian hottie and Wilson can stay.

I have to admit the best part of the show for me is watching Wilson and House try to one up each other.

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Posted Dec 2, 2011 @ 8:20 PM

caseylane~

This brings up a good point. I think if Park & Chase team up they could really throw House off his (controlling) game. I would love for the 2 of them to fake an affair and end up being good enough friends to pull it off effectively. Hell, let them fall for each other in the end after they develop a solid friendship base. I think it would be a hoot.

Not to mention Adams being thrown for a loop.


Excellent plotting! I wish you wrote for the show, seriously.

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Posted Dec 5, 2011 @ 8:54 PM

That's why I like Park. Annoying voice, geeky haircut and glasses, and bitter attitude = real person.


Imagine that a character that could pass as a real human-being being portrayed on network television - will wonders never cease.

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Posted Dec 7, 2011 @ 3:40 PM

It looks like Foreman is getting bored with the administrative job. I wonder if TPTB will have him quit and end up working for House again. It also looks like he would never send House back to prison because in spite of everything he does bring credibility to the hospital.

The role of Park has really grown on me. I do hope that a relationshiop with Chase doesn't go down the romantic road. It's more fun with Chase being nervous around her and not wanting to offend her as he tries to be a nice guy.

As a music fan I really appreciated the reference to master guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen.

Edited by MRMO, Dec 7, 2011 @ 3:41 PM.


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Posted Dec 10, 2011 @ 12:16 PM

When the elevator doors opened on Adams and Chase, I immediately got a vibe that they were going out. The awkwardness IMO started as soon as Park got in between them. Then her asking Chase out upped the awkward. I can see Chase not wanting to say that he and Adams were already going out, because he seems not to enjoy hurting other people's feelings. This would also explain the looks Adams was giving. Actually, with the way the interrelationships have been played up over the past few episodes (House egging them on), maybe neither one of them felt they could publicly embarrass Park, and the only other option would be to include her. Personally, I don't care to see any romance plots this season, as the show has returned to some of its original flavor. It's IMO a much better show without Cuddy. That is, Cuddy the way they wrote her into a corner starting in S5.

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Posted Dec 14, 2011 @ 12:06 PM

I always hate that when a TV show has a gun story, the female is always against it and the man is pro gun...The exception being Fiona from Burn Notice, I know alot of females that are into firearms, it just seems like it is being sexist.


White Collar too. Neal hates guns and Diana loves them. It must be an USA thing. ;)

I think Chase is the kind of guy who is just cocky enough to think anyone asking him for drinks is a date. Although he did seemed surprised about his looks when he went speed dating.

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Posted Dec 16, 2011 @ 10:41 PM

I cannot stand Park. The actress is terrible and cannot deliver lines. I really hope they don't decide to pair her up with Chase because I will have to stop watching this show if they give her even more screen time.

Was the woman that Foreman met at the gym YaYa from ANTM?

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Posted Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:03 PM

Funny how tastes vary. I hate Adams and like Park. If Chase has to hook up with someone I would much prefer Park because it's at least different.

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Posted Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:41 PM

Another who likes Park but not Adams. I would enjoy Park and Chase hooking up, or pretending to as a puzzle for House.

Also I'm bothered by the TV trope that "nerds" wear glasses with heavy frames. Adding that to medical inaccuracies etc., how stupid do TPTB think viewers are? (No need to answer that.) I just checked a big online eyeglasses place, and even the cheapest dark plastic frames are better looking than Park's. The studio must have bought thousands of Clark Kent glasses in the 1950s.