There’re only a handful of episodes left to the series House, so it makes sense that we’re entering a last phase where storylines get tied up. One storyline I’m sure everyone was waiting for the outcome of was the one centering on House’s (Hugh Laurie) Ukrainian bride. Wait, you weren’t? You’d forgotten she even exists? Ah, well. Lucky you. You get to be reminded.
Our episode begins with a marriage counselor/motivational speaker addressing a seminar crowd on the differences between men and women. I actually found myself getting slightly caught up in what was being said, but then the guy had to turn into the patient of the week by stumbling over his words and fainting. Spoilsport.
We go through the opening credits and then to the diagnostic room where the team is trying to figure out what happened, and Chase (Jesse Spencer) is completely back to normal. Yes, no limp and no beard. Probably for the best, since neither one really worked well for him.
Anyhow, as they are working on the case, the wife shows up. It seems that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is trying to schedule an interview and home visit so they can make sure the marriage is legitimate and not just a scam to get the woman a green card, which it most certainly is. House is initially reluctant to do anything to help her, but then she offers him thirty-thousand dollars, and they’re off to the races.
Meantime, back at the hospital, House announces that he’s trying to find a new assistant to replace Foreman (about time, really). He plans one of his usual competition-type schemes, and Chase, Adams (Odette Annable), and Park (Charlyne Yi), all immediately jump at the bait. Taub (Peter Jacobson) prefers to remain above it all and largely ignores the competition.
The team goes through their usual series of diagnostic efforts on the patient. They eventually determine that he might have low testosterone caused by a couple hard kicks to the junk during a bar fight. They give him testosterone injections, which seem to improve his mood, but also elevate his sex drive, his aggression and his overall levels of jerk-assitude (it’s a word, look it up). His main problems continue, however.
As House continues to study up on his wife’s past, the team begin to suspect the patient may have MS, so they begin investigating that while the man’s wife gets more and more concerned that her husband is turning into someone she can’t love. Then things start to get really bad as the patient begins to develop liver problems.
Meantime, things reach a climax with the wife situation when the INS investigator turns up to interview the “happy couple”. He’s initially pleased with the way everything goes, but then as he’s leaving discovers the fraud (I won’t spoil it by telling you how). This leads to a meeting in his office, the final outcome of which is…interesting.
This was a good episode, but not a great one. While I did like the eventual outcome to the INS thing, the lead-up to it felt a little forced. I also wasn’t even remotely invested in the patient or his case, since frankly neither one were even remotely gripping.
I also had a tough time getting into the race to be House’s assistant. The outcome of it was pretty obvious, and House’s usual antics weren’t nearly as entertaining as they have been in the past.
Still, it was a good episode, and given that we won’t have many more episodes period, I’ll take what I can get.