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Posted Apr 8, 2012 @ 4:04 PM

From Zap2it:

After a fight on the ice, a 22-year-old minor league hockey player collapses and coughs up blood; House stuns Wilson; Chase has an offer for Park.


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Posted Apr 9, 2012 @ 11:03 PM

Every contrived story as this series hurtles to its finale.

It's like watching a slow motion car accident. Please crash and burn already.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 2:15 AM

Really, House? A fake son?

At least the medical mystery was plausible...ish.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 7:49 AM

Really, House? A fake son?


What seemed completely implausible to me wasn't the fact that House hired an actor to play Wilson's son -- it was that Wilson believed for a moment that any of it was true. First off, an ex-girlfriend simply trusted House to tell Wilson she was pregnant, rather than telling Wilson herself? And then, 11 years go by and she never once tells him the truth, and Wilson believes that House knew all that time yet he isn't angry at House? None of that makes any sense, so the reveal at the end was actually a relief to me. House's plan worked, as Wilson learned that he really wasn't willing and able to be a full-time father, so now maybe won't regret the fact that he's childless. I thought the end of this was funny, but the lead-up to it made for a very implausible episode in general.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

The son-thing was so obvious. I am surprised that Wilson didn't question it the least little bit. Especially since House involved.

The medical storie lines (which I used to follow closely), just play out now and I have almost given up caring about them. I can't understand most of the medical terminology anyway so the reveal from Taub sounded like so much gibberish to me.

My favorite show for years..... gone. :-(

Edited by yogimax, Apr 10, 2012 @ 8:57 AM.


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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 9:06 AM

Last night I sent a friend the following e-mail:

Ok, Wilson's kid is either one of House's tricks or a precocious little homosexual. I call House's trick. It is 9:38


She didn't believe me -- she thought fakeson was ADORABLE!-- , which meant that 16 minutes later, I got to send this one:

And BAM. House trick. Who called it? [abbottrabbit] called it!


I did love Chase and PoPo, though. They're my new ship. ChasePo 4 Ever.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

Was kinda hoping that Wilson was pranking House right back, they showed in past episodes they would do that.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

I actually thought he was his son for the sole reason that the last episodes have been so soapish, and that the show has become almost less about the illnesses but the characters' problems; plus I could almost see it as a way to end Wilson's story, considering the crappy way have gotten rid of other characters.

I remember reading how Alan Alda wanted to end M.A.S.H. before it got old, sadly HOUSE did not follow suit because the past couple seasons have been bad.

Though I was glad that Taub had his lightbulb moment.

So, any chance we can bombard Fox with Cribbage boards and get ChasePo as a mid-season replacement for January of 2013?

I can see the pilot episode now: Chase and PoPo head for Atlantic City for a Cribbage tournament, and hilarity ensues. Things turn deadly when a gambler collapses, dead, and more follow. The casino is quarantined, and PoPo begins to show similar symptoms. Can Chase channel House and find a cure before it is too late, and cure her before the finals?

Edited by TWoP Nikita, Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:00 PM.
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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

The son-thing was so obvious. I am surprised that Wilson didn't question it the least little bit. Especially since House involved.

The medical storie lines (which I used to follow closely), just play out now and I have almost given up caring about them. I can't understand most of the medical terminology anyway so the reveal from Taub sounded like so much gibberish to me.

My favorite show for years..... gone. :-(



ITA. I miss the magic webcam which would show the viewer what was happening inside the patient's body. I have no idea how the metaphor that House used "playing through the whistle" sparked a light bulb in Taub's mind and I don't even know what Taub's final diagnosis was. The whole diagnosis was rushed through in about ten words of rushed dialogue. If the writers and producers don't care enough to make it clear, why should I care?

Again, another episode full of pointless mind games, where we end up in exactly the same place as we were before. I hated the soap opera convention of the "son he never knew about" to begin with; it reeks of desperation and a lack of real ideas. The writers are dumbing Wilson down - drastically - because he didn't see that this soap opera plot was the work of soap opera fan and known prankster House.

I liked House and Wilson making pizza in Wilson's apartment. I love Wilson's apartment, and this scene, unlike the rest of the episode, felt natural and unforced.

I think that this episode demonstrated the show runner's Canadian roots. The plight of the enforcer - psychological stress, physical injuries, multiple concussions, despression, suicide, etc. - was receiving a lot of attention a while ago in the Canadian press.

Edited by Lollia Pollina, Apr 10, 2012 @ 1:34 PM.


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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 2:18 PM

Wilson asks his putative son if the boy has any aunts and uncles. WILSON HAS A BROTHER! Of course his son would have an uncle.

Yes, I know he meant "on his mother's side." But just another thing that's gone down the plot line cistern.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 2:38 PM

We get to spend more time time with my favorite character but the catch is he's being manipulated the whole time.
Of course Wilson can't have a real son--they wouldn't even let House have a "real" dad! Show, must you press the "reset" button every single episode?

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

And Wilson didn't know whether his ex had parents?

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 5:55 PM

The whole "Wilson's son" thing was so false emotionally. First of all, if your so-called friend told you he had kept your child from you for 11 years,you would break your hand on his face, if you found out he orchestrated the whole thing, you would again break your hand upon his selfish, horrible, face.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:30 PM

Ok, so I figured all along that the kid was an actor hired by House, but when it was revealed I absolutely HATED that the kid was an actor hired by House.

And every time they said "Popo" it pricked up my ears, because when I was a kid "po-po" meant your behind (see the Guy Mitchell song).

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:41 PM

The Chase-Park dynamic is pretty amusing, I was kind of hoping they would end up as roommates. As the ridiculous Wilson and Son storyline(really James? You've known House for how long and you're taking him at his word that he's your son?) plodded along I found myself wishing they would go back to Chase's apartment so we can see more of him and PoPo. Are they now living together? Park apparently went back to her parents. At any rate this show has fallen so dramatically in quality that I don't know what I am hoping for anymore. Maybe a zombie outbreak rips through PPTH in the season finale?

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:50 PM

What parent would give permission for their pre-teen to act a part in House's deception, especially since it involved the kid going alone to a strange adult's home for dinner? If anyone still cared at House M.D. anymore, this nonsensical story would never have gotten out of the writer's room.

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Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:23 PM

At least the medical mystery was plausible...ish.


According to PoliteDissent's Scott, it was one of the better episodes recently mystery wise (Although the medicine was sloppy in parts):
http://www.politedis...m/archives/8885

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 1:05 AM

I liked the ending scene with House and Wilson making pizza cut with Chase and Popo playing cribbage. It was a nice 20 second feeling of an old school episode. I did love the moment House found out Park had moved it with Chase. The amusement,wonderment and curiosity on his face was so funny.

As soon as Wilson's faux son mentioned the jungle I knew it was a trick. I am ashamed it took me so long.

It was an alright episode, but I have also had to adjust my expectations for the show in the last couple of season so I can still enjoy it. The bonus to that is it without Cuddy it's gone up a bit. Although any episode where Taub figures out the real diagnoses just feels off.

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

Horrible, just horrible. May be the worst episode I've even seen of any show. Sad.

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

Not nearly as bad as Season 4's "One Day, One Room", but still pretty awful. Wilson is ridiculously dumb for falling for that, I called it before they even showed the son. I snoozed through the medical stuff while I chatted on IRC because, really, who cares anymore? If the show hadn't been ending this season, it would be the last one for me.

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:39 AM

I didn't mind it. The show stopped being suspenseful years ago, now they are just marking time until their next gig is ready. Still, I always enjoy House/Wilson, and I loved the Chase/Park/PoPo bits, so I'm happy. It's no Game of Thrones but it's not Jersey Housewives either.

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

I thought the non-child of Wilson was a really cruel thing for House to do. Yes, I understand his motivations, but it's a lot meaner than some of the other stunts he's pulled.

It was nice to see Taub in a situation that didn't revolve around his love life or children. I also thought the Chase was great in this episode. Still can do without what's her name -not Park, but the other one.

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 1:31 PM

It's like they've given up. So much for the finale buildup so breathlessly promised in every promo. I expect House's separated-at-birth evil twin to show up any day. Or William Daniels: "House, I am your father."

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 1:31 PM

I thought the non-child of Wilson was a really cruel thing for House to do. Yes, I understand his motivations, but it's a lot meaner than some of the other stunts he's pulled.


I thought it was awful too, and was baffled that Wilson was only mad for five minutes.

I completely agree with the comment about being tired of "resets." Nothing sticks anymore! House can drive a car through Cuddy's house, and while he does go to jail, none of his friends or employees hold it against him. Chase is paralyzed and is then fine a few weeks later. House finds his real dad, except wait, he doesn't. How are we supposed to care about the characters when the producers don't care enough to actually develop a lasting storyline?

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 5:29 PM

It was the same twist last week episode (House faking his disease). Wilson doesn't have any memory !

Edited by Doxa, Apr 11, 2012 @ 5:29 PM.


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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 5:31 PM

Holy product placment, Batman! We all know that Wilson drives a Volvo but suddenly he's in a Ford Taurus? I know next to nothing about cars but when they flash the car maker and logo at me that much, even I catch on.

Poor Wilson. I guess being Head of Oncology doesn't pay as much as it used to.

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 8:06 PM

The writers are clearly phoning it in but it's nice when I can catch a glimpse between House and Chase or House and Wilson. Where there is actual mutual respect for each other, no matter how hard House makes you work to see it. Wilson and Chase are the only ones he actually likes as friends as well. For the last few episodes just push them together on cases and let Taub go home to his kids. Today was the exception to the rule, he never gets the diagnoses right. Park and Adams can go to the clinic and help out.

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Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 8:34 PM

There really is such a lackluster feel to the show at this point -- a tired, been there, done that sense. I wonder if things might have been different if they'd known that this was going to be the last season earlier in the process? Probably not. I guess I'm being a fool to hope that the last couple of eps restore some dignity?

Anyway, the Chase/Park/Popo was, without a doubt, the best part of this one. There was so much awkward, plus weird sweetness, I was laughing out loud.

Edited by Kabota, Apr 12, 2012 @ 1:24 PM.


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Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

These days I even lack the energy to complain about the quality of this show. I have spent years with its variable quality, what's a few more weeks? Anyway, the most unbelievable parts (aside from the 11 year old secret) is that Wilson didn't ask for a face to face meeting with the mother, let alone DNA testing. The lack of the mother onscreen is what clued me in, so why not Wilson?

Edited by Boundary, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:51 AM.


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Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 6:57 AM

I think Popo was the best part of this episode. And that's a sad indication of how bad this show has become.

The son thing was way too obvious. Really, Wilson, you're meeting your 11 year old son for the first time and mom sends him there alone? Really?

I have a medical background and even I had no idea what they were talking about most of the time. It's obvious they had no idea either. I can't even remember what the diagnosis was, that's how much I didn't care. The hockey player was a nice bit of arm candy, though.