They’re back! Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Dr. Taub (Peter Jacobson) return to Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital on this week’s episode of “House” and they are a welcome addition to the anemic team of Park and Adams. And, just as before, House continues to relentlessly harass/torment Taub about his romantic past through trickery and mind games.
“The Confession” focuses on a man named Bob (Jamie Bamber) who is the pillar of his one gas station community. At a fair, he is being honored for his philanthropic efforts, all around good natured personality and personification of dedicated father and husband. Later that night, though, we see Bob have a seizure while having sex in a motel with Cindy (Carlie Casey), the town’s beauty pageant queen.
After checking into Princeton-Plainsboro, it is quickly discovered by the team that Bob’s story (that he had a seizure while sitting at his desk) is a lie as evidence by the fresh rug burns on his knees. When he confesses he was having an affair, the doctors promise to keep his secret, but Bob knows he has to tell his wife, Denise (Heather Stephens).
Chase and Taub arrive at PPTH and meet with the new Dean of Medicine, their former colleague Dr. Foreman. It’s uncomfortable for all of them, but none more so than Foreman who asks his two “friends” to spy on House for him. They of course say no, pointing out he would have refused if he was in their place. House of course makes everyone uncomfortable when Chase and Taub join Park and Adams and House points out that Chase has been staring at Adams’ cleavage and, well, so has every guy she talks to.
Taub is House’s real focus, though, because he has arrived at the hospital a week early with his two infant children…from two different mothers. Last season, Taub wanted to have an open relationship with his wife which led to a nurse at the hospital getting pregnant. His wife also became pregnant and now Taub is the father of two young children. But House isn’t convinced they are both his and so he does everything he can to perform a paternity test against Taub’s wishes.
As Bob’s condition worsens and he deals with his wife’s anger at the revelation of his infidelity, the team realizes Bob’s kidneys are shutting down which means he needs a donor fast. A large number of his town’s population shows up to be tested for a match, but Bob insists on telling everyone about the affair so that they are not duped into giving a kidney to a man they don’t like. He also begins telling people that he has been ripping people off when they bring their cars into his auto shop, doing unnecessary work and/or overcharging them. Finally, he reveals he stole $10,000 from the scholarship fund for which he was responsible and lost it gambling.
Later, Taub finds out House has set up a betting pool for which, if either, of the infants is biologically his. Eventually, Taub folds and decides to do the paternity test himself. House is way ahead of him, though, and processes the results himself which Taub decides he doesn’t want to see because he loves both children and has faith that they are both his.
Back in Bob’s room, his skin has started shedding, painfully, as a result of the treatment. The team isn’t sure what is happening, but things get stranger when Bob confesses to Chase that he killed a former business partner and at least three or four other people. To test whether or not this actually happened, the team makes up a story about a missing shoe to which Bob confesses. A brain malfunction was convincing Bob he had done these things when in fact he hadn’t. House solves the case and Bob gets better.
“The Confession” reinforces the fact that House is never as fun as he is when manipulating others or playing mind games with his staff. It also highlights the fact that “House” has become too reliant on the medical mystery procedural and that the show needs to evolve or viewers will soon begin tuning out.