Fall from Grace

Season 7, Episode 17 -  Air Date: 3/21/2011
5 Ratings
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From FOX: A young homeless man who is a former drug addict is found in a park showing signs of olfactory impairment and horrific scars and burn marks on his chest. With an uncertain identity and the patient‘s severely worsening conditions, the team looks to the patient‘s personal records and family history in order to understand his detachment.

‘House‘ Fan Columnist: Back to Normal?

Well, that was a charming episode.  If you like mock weddings, gadgets and a Law and Order: SVU type of ending. With every episode of House, there is something redeeming, but for this one, I didn‘t find much. It may not have been the worst of the season -- that still goes to "Massage Therapy" and "Unplanned Parenthood" -- but it certainly wasn‘t the best, and coming off of last week‘s poignant ending and amazing musical moments, this one just didn‘t do it for me.  POTWWe‘ve got a homeless guy as the POTW, and he‘s a liar that‘s been abused by his father.  Can you hear House now? "Everybody lies," is what he would say if it wasn‘t wholly unnecessary and obvious this week. Is this episode about redemption? Forgiveness? Moving on? Or the beginning of the point of no return? It‘s entirely possible that the POTW, whose name we‘ll never know was there to prove that there are some mistakes that we make that we can‘t and shouldn‘t be forgiven for. Has House already gone past the point of no return with Cuddy? Does her dumping him mean that she can never be forgiven? House played on her guilt during this episode and she let him until Wilson came around and told her to take the reins back. Does the patient feel guilt? And what are we supposed to draw from his fatherly abuse? That he is similar to House? We get it.   
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