“She’s like the love child of Einstein and Mary Poppins” is how the character Gregory House, MD describes the newest member of his diagnostic medical team on the hit FOX television show “House, MD” which aired on November 8th, 2010.
Amber Tamblyn plays Martha Masters, a young medical student with an IQ that rivals the great Doctor House’s and brings to fore front many of the ethical questions that have been glazed over in the pervious seasons. Taking the Hippocratic Oath as literal as possible, Tamblyn’s character forces house to explain why it is he makes the choices he does.
Oddly enough, Tamblyn’s Einstein/Poppins mix also makes House look at his level of honesty in his newfound relationship with Dr. Lisa Cuddy, played by Lisa Edelstein. This is shown as he chooses to lie to her in order to save the life of his patient, a political advisor with questionable ethics of his own. The trouble with lying to those we care about and know us the best…they always find out. This was theory held true as at the end of the episode as Cuddy hears that House disobeyed her direct order and not only angers her from an employer standpoint, but hurts her from a lover’s prospective.
Unfortunately, the arrival of Martha Masters and her overly enthusiastic ethical views puts the other members of the crew at odds with Taub, played by actor Peter Jacobson. While this could have brought some interesting dialog, sadly this side story felt disconnected and offered little other than filler outside of the occasional one line zinger.
It will be interesting to see how the Martha Masters character matures in her role. Although her appearance with the show may be limited to just a few episodes before the beautiful and complicated “13” returns, one thing is for certain, House will have a run for his ethical money, and maybe, just maybe help an eager young medical student graduate.