House: Treat a Dictator or Not?
House: Treat a Dictator or Not?
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
You know what, no matter how many times I see/hear someone ask the same question repeatedly without knowing they just did, it just doesn't get less creepy. On the recent episode of House, after several wrong diagnosis of the tyrant, James Earl Jones' character did so, and it still sent shivers down my spine.

The case of the week was an interesting one, regardless of House's side antics in trying to help but just stopping short of meddling (including, at one point, doing a game of charades). Here is an African dictator who was wanted for several crimes against humanity and may or may not be planning the next genocide. You even have someone who risked his life to get to his hospital bed and kill him. What do you do?


For methodical and ethical Cuddy, the case is simple. You need not love your patient, she tells Cameron, just treat him. It is, of course, easier said than done. After all, if you do manage to save him, at the back of your mind, you know that you just saved a life that can potentially extinguish thousands of others.

By the way, Foreman was still being a dick. Good thing Cameron told him he's insecure deep, deep down.

But as a whole, the episode still lacked something, and it showed that the Princeton Plainsboro team just couldn't function well (medically as well as in the other aspects) without House. You still look for House the whole time in this episode. And while there's a gripping moral dilemma going on, making it House-less made it less gripping. On the other hand, House going all Dexter on the neighbor, that was gripping and funny - like House was when the team was complete.


- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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