Thanks to an intriguing plot synopsis, theTVaddict decided to tune into last night’s episode of HOUSE on FOX (Rest assured I PVR’d VERONICA MARS and will watch it sometime today!). As expected, Hugh Laurie and Co. did not disappoint, providing me with an entertaining and intriguing hour of television. That is, until the episodes final minutes.
As HOUSE fans know, each episode generally follows a similar pattern. The team is baffled for an entire episode until Dr. House pulls a MacGyver and realizes that the patient is actually suffering from some rare problem that only House could diagnose. Subsequently the patient either lives, or tragically dies, House makes a few smart comments, and we return again next Tuesday to see it happen all over again.
Last night’s episode followed pretty much the same pattern, with one exception. I learned that the Doctor’s of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital forgot ‘Medicine 101’ and maybe aren’t as smart as they think they are!
Now I’m no Doctor but one of the things I’ve learned throughout my twenty-something years of existence is that the first thing a Doctor SHOULD ask a patient is ‘Where does it hurt?” Had Dr. House thought of this last night, I’m pretty sure the episode would have lasted a mere ten minutes. The patient (who’s name escapes me) would have said, “Wow, my butt really hurts,” which would have led to the Doctors quickly discovering that the [generic] patient had a toothpick stuck in him — case closed.
Of course this being TV, I obviously don’t really expect cases to be solved with ‘simple logic’, but I just thought I’d throw it out there as an observation as to why HOUSE isn’t Must See TV for me. While it’s a very well acted and produced show, the same thing happens week after week.