All caught up with House

The latter part of season 3 is significantly better than the middle third. Strongest episodes yet, I think. And some of them quite painful. It's interesting that with the big arc out of the way, the writers are settling in to real character exploration.

The Tritter plotline, once over and done with, must have released them to write interesting scripts. The core problem with plotlines like the Vogel one in season 1 and the Tritter/Vicodin addiction story is that they come up hard against the basic premises of these television shows: The setup is static. House cannot be fired from PPTH, because the moment he's gone the show ends. House cannot be in jail for more than a day, because the moment he's not doing his medical detection the show ends.

Threats of big changes aren't taken seriously by the viewing audience, because we all know the producers can't deliver on them. When you're JMS and you're writing Babylon 5, you can deliver: the premise of the show allows for change and development. But not these situation dramas.

But character exploration can happen, as can slow development of the relationships among them. And that's what these scripts do.

House/Cameron kiss: Hawt. Guh. I'm with House on this one: no women should die without that experience.
Wilson/Cuddy date: Cute! Doomed!
Cameron/Chase fling: Are the fans beating up on Cameron about this? I bet they are. I'm just envying her. Chase is cute. Also, patient.

"House Training" and the Foreman story in it was moving. Wrenching to watch.

Also moving was the rape victim episode, "One Day, One Room". House's philosophy must stand on its own. And we get a bit of his personal history.

And the episode with the photographer, at 21 weeks pregnant, "Fetal Position", ur, was difficult for me to take. She gets the unlikely fairy-tale ending, lucky her.

And now I go home from work in time to watch Heroes.
hey! rainne was in car accident (she wasn't her) and therefore was unable to do her post for giles_watchers.

Right, so at the end of one of the Tritter episodes, Wilson comes to see him and says, "I'm gonna need 30 pieces of silver." which I thought was a fantastic line. They had a poll about it on Fox's website. Well over half of the people didn't understand the reference! *headdesk*

Then this past week with House saying, "Loss of free will, too bad we can't get Thomas Aquinas for a consult." I totally thought that was a great line, but I'm betting it went over the heads of lots of people.

Also, and this sounds horrible, but I'm glad they finally had a patient die. The formula for the show was getting a bit stale.

I loved the Aquinas line! I barked!

And "thirty pieces of silver" is... an incredibly non-obscure reference. I mean, they titled an ep "Finding Judas". How much more obvious can you make it?
You can do arcs like that in a situational drama, but only if you've got a true ensemble cast. ER can do stuff, because it's about the ER not about any particular doctor--they can replace people relatively easy. But you can't replace House on a show titled House.
Or this show could replace someone like Chase after giving him an arc like this... provided they made people care about him enough first.
I only watch the series occasionally, and only read fic if it comes with a really good rec. Having said that, the only time I've ever really felt sympathetic to/liked Chase was an X-men crossover called Mind Over Matter. Which I highly recommend.