This week’s episode began with the Senate re-election race coming up and campaign manager Joe Dugan (Heroes‘ Jack Coleman) falls ill mysteriously.
Typical enough. Yet, still, so intriguing, as House promises to deliver another season of that addictive, mysterious, and partly educational story line.
The show moves into the office where the team of doctors are dissecting the possibilities, when Cuddy abruptly introduces a new member of the team, a brilliant med student named Martha Masters (Amber Tamblyn) is introduced to the “Sausage fest” as Cuddy (who seems to be learning how to bang back on House) calls it.
Who better than House’s team to start off your medicine career off with right?
Master’s is then barraged with impossible questions, in which she answers no later than the periods on House’s sentences can arrive.
Despite her brilliance, of course, the presence of a figure like House isn’t exactly an invite to relax – especially when names like “boring, bimbo and bite-size” are thrown your way.
The story line seems obvious right?
He gives her a hard time… she has an opinion…House disagrees…the bicker a bit… until it turns out that they were both correct in someway, and both House and the opposition learn some subliminal lesson right?
This new character, Masters, has a high moral standard, and doesn’t see the value of House’s well-intentioned, yet, dishonest methods.
She struggles with the team’s uninformed break-in of the patient’s house, she struggles with the mind games they play to get answers, or results from the patients, she struggles with almost everything that makes House’s team so good at what they do.
Do they come to an understanding?
Not at all, House sticks to his unorthodox thoughts, “Rules are helpful guidelines for stupid people,” and “contemplates” firing Masters, but as you should know by now (and I’d think Cuddy and the team does too)… House’s madness is precisely calculated.
All the while, the patient is tested for E-coli, then Foreman and Taub discover that not only is Joe’s liver messed up, but now his kidney’s are bleeding.
Masters says chemo and steroids are both treatment options, but House tells her chemo is the more effective one and says they shouldn’t even mention the steroid option because it’s less scary and the patient would more likely go that route.
Martha is shocked that House would withhold information from a patient (shows how much research she had done before accepting that job), and tells House that she knows she can convince Joe to do the chemo by telling the truth-she fails. He wants the steroids anyway, despite the option being less effective.
The episode goes on with this same back and forth between this battle of life and death, and what’s moral and what’s not.
The irony of the show is, eventually Master’s beliefs turn out to prevail, yet House’s lying ways turn out to bite him in the butt.
House needs be taught, never to lie to your woman. Cuddy is not at all pleased folks, and it doesn’t look good.
Tune in to see this show if you didn’t and definitely stay tuned for the next show to come. What will happen between House and Cuddy?