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'House' Recap: Unfaithful

Dee Doyle Dee Doyle
February 18th, 2009 2:58pm EST
HouseGregory House is a mean, sarcastic, brilliant, and caustic individual. For some reason this charms and fascinates the viewers, but there are times even for the biggest fan that you kind of wish he'd get over himself already. Maybe change just a tiny bit; bend a tad or progress or show real emotion. The best thing about House is for all his inhumane behavior, he is a very human character with endless flaws and insecurities. But sometimes it is hard not to want to slap him in the face and say 'go to Cuddy's party already!'

This week's episode, "Unfaithful," is about a discouraged priest who lost his faith after being 'falsely' accused of abusing a teenage boy. Whether or not he actually did the deed is left up to question until later in the episode, but it has made him the kind of priest that House can be best friends with. He's a cynical drunkard who loses consciousness after seeing a creepy image of Jesus Christ. House decides to take his case as something to pass the time while he forces Foreman and 13 to quit or break up. Yes! Break up! Quit! Either one is acceptable! Except of course by the end of the episode everyone knows they'll still be here with zero chemistry and taking up plenty of screen time. Anyway, the two decide not to let House mess with them, so they refuse to make a decision and he fires Foreman.

This gets better when Foreman goes to Cuddy for a recommendation and she flat out will not give him one. Hahaha. That's what you get when you illegally mess with an important life-saving trial to protect your girlfriend. This leads 13 to get another job and give hers up to Foreman, and then he gets all angry over it for whatever reason, and then they break up. Yeah. Right. Come on, not even House would believe that. By the end of the episode they are happily chuckling over how they fooled their acerbic boss. Foreman should have lost his license.

Meanwhile, Cuddy is having a Jewish baby-naming ceremony and invites House … only she was just inviting him so he wouldn't come. But then he says he will come because he doesn't want to come. It's their usual set of games, with both refusing to admit they really want to get together and stop this madness. It wouldn't be "House" if the lead character actually changed his personality and professed his love for Cuddy, but couldn't he have showed up just this once? Oh, and Wilson, Cameron, and Chase were on the show for about five minutes total. Remember when they were actual characters? Aw, those were the days. Quick, Wilson, start sleeping with Taub, then you'll get a lead role again!

Oh right, there's a patient. He loses sight in his right eye and starts having disgusting boils all over his body, and he also loses one of his toes randomly. Ew. Taub hates the pedophile priest and decides he must have AIDS, so he goes to tell the former abuse victim to get tested. Only the boy surprises everyone by showing up and apologizing to the priest. Does that mean he lied all along? Harsh. This, plus House's discover of the real illness, leads the priest to finding his faith. House mocks him, but the priest may have just gotten under his skin a little by suggesting that House wants to believe in someone too. Could hope and faith and change be hiding underneath that bitter exterior?

Nah! "House" is on FOX Monday nights at 8 PM EST!

House cast: Hugh Laurie / Lisa Edelstein / Omar Epps / Robert Sean Leonard / Jennifer Morrison / Jesse Spencer / Peter Jacobson / Kal Penn / Anne Dudek / Olivia Wilde / Edi Gathegi


Dee Doyle
Story by Chelsea 'Dee' Doyle

Starpulse contributing writer


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