[House] S04E13: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Watch Date: late June 2020

Watched on: Prime Video India

IMDb link.

Prime Video summary:

House suspects an emergency room patient has a bigger problem than the E.R. initially diagnosed based on the fact that the patient is too nice. A skeptical House question’s the patient’s sunny disposition as the team tries to get to the bottom of his illness, but disagrees with House that niceness is a symptom.

Notes:

  • Now this I enjoyed. I don’t think its exploration of House’s jerkhood came up with any kind of insight that earlier episodes and seasons hadn’t already done; but it went over previously covered ground very, very well. And getting to see Wilson be a doormat and not just be called a doormat by House was also fun.
  • Since I’ve been rereading Anna Karenina and its retelling; the whole bit about House resenting people who’re nice reminded me of the Anna Karenina line: I have heard it said that women love men even for their vices,” Anna began suddenly, “but I hate him for his virtues.
  • And a long time ago, searching for a particular PGW line ended up taking me into a Google Book search result of an academic book of essays on PGW which talks about how Aunt Agatha only wants Bertie to get married but Dahlia embroils him in criminal endeavours; and yet Bertie calls Dahlia the good one. Perhaps Bertie too loves Dahlia for her vices and hates Agatha for her virtues. Paragraph in question: Yet, despite being capable of this very shrewd assessment of Dahlia, he continually refers to her as his ‘good and deserving aunt’, as opposed to Agatha, who gets damned in the strongest terms, with Bertie suggesting that she is a werewolf who eats her young. Yet what does Aunt Agatha ever do to Bertie? All she wants is for him to make a good marriage, get a respectable job and take his family responsibilities with the seriousness that she takes them. Wheras at Dahlia’s hands Bertie suffers all forms of degradation and anxiety, and she requires him to do things which risk his going to jail. Indeed, one of his sojourns with Dahlia ends with him spending a night in the cells.
  • The last scene, with the wife’s almost-but-not-quite panic but definitely oh-shit moment when the husband no longer likes ketchup and wonders what else he won’t like… priceless.

 

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