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post #211 of 5037
I missed the first half of the season,and was reluctant to watch.
I'm happy I gave this program a shot, it's become my second favorite after Lost.
This was a great episode.
post #212 of 5037
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Originally posted by taz291819
Yep, I noticed that also. It looked like more and more doctors from the hospital were sitting in on the lecture.

Look up the Feynman Lectures. Feynman was an amazing Physicist who gave a series of lectures at Cal Tech., that had the weird effect of fewer and fewer students showing up (didn't help them solve the homework problems, and more and more professors showing up (the lectures were great at giving the whole picture of physics).

Then again maybe everybody knows, House is where the action is.
post #213 of 5037
Last episode of the season tonight. Looks like this episode is going to be a good as the others!

Paul
post #214 of 5037
Fortunately, the first episode of next season will be in August!

House Season Finale
Fox to Start New Season in August

By David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

It's hard to imagine a more disagreeable TV doctor than the title character of Fox's quirky medical drama, House. Gregory House is brusque, cynical and misanthropic. And that's when he's in a generous mood.
Hugh Laurie, who plays this toxic New Jersey infectious-diseases specialist, describes House's bedside manner as "nonexistent."

"A large part of his day is spent avoiding being bedside at all. There have been a couple of shows where he hasn't even spoken to his patient."

Certainly, no one would accuse House of being a workhorse. "He's just plain lazy," Laurie says. "There is a streak in him, a rather adolescent avoidance of responsibility."

The show wasn't much of a self-starter, either, languishing after its November debut. But since acquiring American Idol as a lead-in in January, House's average viewership has vaulted from 6.5 million to 16.2 million per week, an increase of 149 percent. That audience will probably increase for tonight's 9 p.m. season finale, preceded by the performance half of Idol's two-part season-ender.

With the series now a consistent Top 10 Nielsen performer, Greg House has become one of prime time's favorite antiheroes. In each episode, he and his team try to cheat death by curing fast-developing illnesses that defy diagnosis.

What makes the brilliant but brackish House so compelling, despite his many flaws?

"I think the audience senses his unhappiness and can tell he is tormented by various demons," Laurie says. "That mitigates his cruelty. He dislikes himself as much as he dislikes his fellow man."

Laurie, 45, spoke last week from a hotel suite in Manhattan where he is about to take part in the network's unveiling of its fall schedule. "I do the beauty parade this afternoon. I see there's a half-hour allotted to grooming. That's intriguing."

With his mellifluous Oxbridge accent, the urbane Englishman is an unlikely choice to play an abrasive American, especially since his forte has always been light comedy, such as Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder.

He was in Africa making the film Flight of the Phoenix when he got the audition pages for House. "When pilot season comes around, all the actors on the set are getting scripts sent to them," says Laurie, who enlisted a castmate to help him tape his House scene.

"I held the camera for him while he did his audition for something else, then he held the camera for me."

He wouldn't have gotten the part if his American accent weren't so convincing. The show's executive producers, creator David Shore and director Bryan Singer, had already seen an army of actors.

"It attracted a lot of people, and, oddly, we saw a lot of English actors," Shore recalls. "Bryan got tired of it, because they couldn't sustain the accent. 'I can't see any more foreign actors,' he finally said. The next day we got Laurie's tape in the mail and Singer said, 'Why can't we see more actors like this?'

"I waited a few days before pointing out that Hugh is English."

Laurie picked up his Yankee diction from the telly.

"In England we get a huge amount of American TV shows," he says. "It's pretty grim but that was my schooling. I still have good days and bad days. On the bad days, I'm really struggling with the accent. Anything with an R is a big problem. Federal court order is very difficult. Coronary artery is almost impossible."

American TV is far more demanding because the season is three times as long.

"It's a similar work schedule on British TV, but we only make six shows," he notes. "Being on a show that goes on for nine months - that is a strange concept for an English actor. I've never worked this hard, but the fact is I love it. Of course, there have been some days where the thought of taking off for Rio has become very appealing."

In fact, Laurie is about to head home to visit his wife, Jo, and children, Charlie, 16; Bill, 14; and Rebecca, 11. He has had little time off because he recently finished tonight's finale. And Fox wants an early August start for the series' second season.

"This doesn't qualify as the term hiatus itself," Laurie says of his break. "It's more of a hi."
post #215 of 5037
Mr. Laurie (and others) isn't getting much of a break, that's for certain. Hopefully, the creative momentum will continue without inducing burnout.

Paul
post #216 of 5037
wow got pretty intense there tonight...
post #217 of 5037
I didn't think they could top last week's episode, but they did. House is now my official favorite show and has toppled Lost. I'm not sure where they can go next season, but having Sela Ward as a regular is a great start. I really feel sorry for Cameron.
post #218 of 5037
Another great episode. I don't think the story with Cameron is over yet. If anything I think its given her a glimmer of hope.

Paul
post #219 of 5037
I thought it was a great episode as well; one of the few medical shows I like (mostly based on Dr House's sarcastic personality).

I have to say that FOX, or at least FOX OTA in Tampa, is nowhere close to the pq of either CBS or ABC (NBC is between). Been very few FOX shows that blow me away pq-wise.
post #220 of 5037
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anyone know when this is going to b replayed? my local fox is goofing up the siganal stengths, and its unwatchabel on my tivo.
post #221 of 5037
I liked last week's episode far more than this week. Last week was truly a cut above the norm, whereas, this week while good, was pretty much formulaic.

I really hope the addition of Sela Ward next season doesn't ruin the style and direction of the show. IMO, unless someone else drops off the show, she may be one character too many.
post #222 of 5037
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

I really hope the addition of Sela Ward next season doesn't ruin the style and direction of the show. IMO, unless someone else drops off the show, she may be one character too many.

Who cares!! Some of us just like looking at Sela Ward! (are there other people on this show now?)
post #223 of 5037
I don't think there are too many people in the show. They will have to bring new people once in a while just to keep the show interesting. Plus I really like the fact that Sela knows House so well and can predict what he is going to do (like the snack in the fridge). She also has the same save-the-patient-despite-himself attitude as House.
post #224 of 5037
The Sela Ward character helps to bring down the House character in my eyes. He's the "devil may care" guy we all want to be which is a big part of the style of the show. She is the woman who will make him more normal. Not a good decision. Darn, there is always a woman making us behave and House has found his. I don't see how it will be the same.

Now to the real issue, there was a scene toward the end of the show, in Houses office with Sela that was awful from a technical standpoint. No detail for what was supposed to be HD. It looked like it was shot with an SD camera. Either D* downgraded the signal or Fox shot it crappy. Anyone else notice that?
post #225 of 5037
I'd have to agree, I think adding Sela Ward permenantly is a bad idea. I also thought last week's episode was far superior to this week. I just didn't like the pacing, and I didn't like the idea that House would do to the husband what he so strongly fought against for himself. It was very out of character. I also thought Cameron's declaration was a bit abrupt.

My local Fox signal was crappy as hell also.
post #226 of 5037
drgolf, I did notice the degraded segment. At first, I thought they were trying to soften the focus so the actors would look better, but then it just started looking like SD.
post #227 of 5037
I don't like the idea of the Sela Ward character becoming a regular.
Her husband has the whole summer to recuperate, she doesn't need to be there in the fall.
post #228 of 5037
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Her husband has the whole summer to recuperate, she doesn't need to be there in the fall.

She is taking a job with the hospital. Cuddy asked House at the end of the show if this was OK and he said yes. I like her addition as long as she is not in every episode. I suspect she will only hang around for part of the year like the billionaire this past season.
post #229 of 5037
If they're tossing her in to be a temp like Vogler, that might be OK. Could be a few interesting stories there -- just don't want it be a focus that drags down the show.

Paul
post #230 of 5037
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Originally Posted by Paul Bigelow View Post

If they're tossing her in to be a temp like Vogler, that might be OK. Could be a few interesting stories there -- just don't want it be a focus that drags down the show.

Paul

I concur!
post #231 of 5037
did anyone think there was something odd with sela ward's nose. sister pointed this out to me, and once she did, i kept noticing it too.

she's still hot, though.
post #232 of 5037
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Originally Posted by drgolf View Post

Now to the real issue, there was a scene toward the end of the show, in Houses office with Sela that was awful from a technical standpoint. No detail for what was supposed to be HD. It looked like it was shot with an SD camera. Either D* downgraded the signal or Fox shot it crappy. Anyone else notice that?

I think they were tryin to go with the wrinkle removing guaze filter with all the close ups. Unfortunatly I don't think they've quite figured out filtering with HiDef quite yet. Didn't work at all. The scenes on the rooftop were nothing short of spectacular tho.
post #233 of 5037
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Originally Posted by madpoet View Post

I'd have to agree, I think adding Sela Ward permenantly is a bad idea. I also thought last week's episode was far superior to this week. I just didn't like the pacing, and I didn't like the idea that House would do to the husband what he so strongly fought against for himself. It was very out of character. I also thought Cameron's declaration was a bit abrupt.

My local Fox signal was crappy as hell also.

But that was kind of the point. House didn't want it done to himself, but it's something he would do in a heartbeat to another patient, that's the hypocrisy. It would have been out of character if he didn't do it.

And I agree, Sela's character shouldn't be permanent, maybe just enough to make Cameron jealous.

I loved the scene where Cameron was imitating House. Her trying to be funny, unsuccessfully, was funny.
post #234 of 5037
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Originally Posted by madpoet View Post

I also thought Cameron's declaration was a bit abrupt.

My local Fox signal was crappy as hell also.

I also didn't like her asking Sela and her husband how it must feel having House work on him, how freakin' unbelievable was that? This episode had some terrible writing in it and didn't hold a candle to last week. Last week's episode is Emmy material.

I also noticed the very bad PQ when the two of them got close in his office, looked like crap.

And I'll repeat, Sela being added to the cast better not ruin this show, FOX can ill afford to lose any hit show that they have. With her in the cast I can see this show ending up like the crap you see with The OC, just another soap opera.
post #235 of 5037
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

Who cares!! Some of us just like looking at Sela Ward! (are there other people on this show now?)

Sheesh, go get one of those magazines, you know, the ones in that special section at the newstand....
post #236 of 5037
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Originally Posted by nakedeye View Post

anyone know when this is going to b replayed? my local fox is goofing up the siganal stengths, and its unwatchabel on my tivo.

I'm already putting pennies in a jar so that I'll be prepared when the HOUSE on - First Season DVD comes out!
post #237 of 5037
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

Who cares!! Some of us just like looking at Sela Ward! (are there other people on this show now?)

She's going to take screen time away from Jennifer Morrison, 'nuff said.
post #238 of 5037
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

I liked last week's episode far more than this week. Last week was truly a cut above the norm, whereas, this week while good, was pretty much formulaic.

Last week's episode was truly one of the best written hours of television I've ever seen.
post #239 of 5037
I agree. Last week's (5/17/05) show was the best I've seen on TV. If it doesn't win an Emmy something is wrong. Did anyone notice that Quentin Tarantino directed that episode?
post #240 of 5037
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Originally Posted by DanQ View Post

I agree. Last week's (5/17/05) show was the best I've seen on TV. If it doesn't win an Emmy something is wrong. Did anyone notice that Quentin Tarantino directed that episode?

Are you sure you are not thinking of CSI?
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