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Discussion Thread for 'House', Episode 8.5, "The Confession"

"The Confession": Chase, Bob and the New Female Doctor Whose Name I Haven't Bothered to Learn Yet.

After weeks of anticipation, it's finally here! Jamie Bamber and Hugh Laurie together on screen! Dueling Awesome American Accents! The return of doctors Chase and Taub! OK, the last one will mean nothing to you if you're not at least a semi-regular viewer, but there has been such a turnover on this show I'm glad to see some old, familiar faces. ;)

This is your post in which to squee (Naked Jamie!) or squirm (Skinless Jamie!) or snark (Skinless? REALLY???). But, most importantly, enjoy!

ETA: Here are some recaps/reviews for you.....

Time Magazine's 'House Watch' has a thorough (and snarky :) rundown of what happened. This would be especially helpful if you haven't been able to watch or track down the episode yet. ;)

Digital Spy also recaps the episode and sites Jamie's strong guest turn as the patient of the week. But also find it hard to accept the American accent after hearing his real one. ;)

Deamon's TV thinks Jamie did a "Great job" and draws a comparison to one of Lee Adama's less desirable qualities.

What Culture! wishes the writers had done more with Jamie's character (I have to agree).

And House's ratings were up last night! Up 8% in the coveted 18-49 bracket and 14% in total viewers. I'm totally crediting Jamie's appearance. ;)


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Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: November 8th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I am hating comcast right now. Looked on their schedule this morning and saw it was on at 9, and made plans to go to my son's to watch it. Then my other son texts me, "I just saw Bamber on House." Soooo, I guess I'll be streaming it tomorrow. Gods damn it!
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: November 8th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Fox streams after a week. Baaaahhhh!
sarmoti From: sarmoti Date: November 8th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Oops, I forgot to watch this. I'm just so used to ignoring House on the program guide, ha. Will check it out on Hulu later.

Did you see Anastasia Griffith on Once Upon a Time yesterday?
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 8th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I did see Anastasia last night! It's been a great week for the Griffith family. :) I also was thinking that Jamie and I may have been watching the same program at the same time. Weird.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: November 8th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Flippin' hell, man. I don't even know where to start and I've got work tomorrow so I'm going to have to sleep on this one. Here are a few screen caps (nothing too icky) to keep you entertained in the meantime. *chortle*

(Yes, they're out of order. I'm exhausted and that Italian clip oblitterated what little brain function I had left. ;) )
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: November 8th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
The shoulder pic definitely just made my ovaries explode!
anamarya From: anamarya Date: November 8th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC) (Link Me)
ok, i should start by saying that even if it is on my list of shows to watch i never got to the point of actually watching a House episode. mainly because i'm sort of OCD about watching shows in order. all the episodes in their order.
BUT, Jamie being Jamie I had to watch this one NOW and not in a couple of months when I would hopefully get to the point of catching up to the show.

the episode wasn't bad. i missed like probably at least 40% of what they were saying because i don't know what are they talking about but I enjoyed the shirtless and not so much the skinless. the acting was ok. the story a little strange but in a good way. and they didn't do what i was afraid that they'll do. they didn't covered his face. but they did make him look very yellowish - which is consistent with liver problems.

i liked the end with him taking back the original confession (the one that was true) and with the martinis (i would to propose the idea of martinis at work to my boss but university rules are going to win as usual).

all in all, after the moment of squirm (i was drinking my second cup of coffee when the skin started to go off) i'm going to remain to the squee.
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: November 8th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I enjoyed the shirtless and not so much the skinless

Me too!

The scene at the end where the confessed to stealing actually made me laugh. For the most part I didn't like the episode because I didn't like the doctors but I liked the martinis.

I was so hoping for a New Jersey accent but I remain in awe of his accent work.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC) (Link Me)
House isn't my cup of tea, but Jamie is so I was excited to see him. Shirtless Jamie is always a bonus. Loved him ..even yellow and skinless.

The House teaam of guys were okay but the ladies' acting skills were lacking. I kept seeing Thelma and Daphne from Scooby Doo.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 8th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I kept seeing Thelma and Daphne from Scooby Doo.

HA! And the hair on the one actress certainly doesn't help!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: November 8th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
OK, after sleep and subsequent heavy caffeine dose...

It was fine. It was, like CSI:M, more or less what I expected; both shows kind of do what they say on the tin, although House is considerably more watchable IMO. It used to be extremely more watchable, though I agree with everyone who feels the quality of the writing has gone down. (I don't really watch the show, though I've seen episodes several years back and I definitely had deja-vu from when I tried watching ER once after a long absence. Duuude, what happened?)

What Culture! wishes the writers had done more with Jamie's character (I have to agree).

There was a lot of information lacking that made it hard to really determine how to feel about the character. They sort of make it seem like this is the first time he's ever cheated on his wife, but then after the aneurysm is diagnosed and he stops confessing to everything short of the Great Train Robbery, he decides to weasel his way out of what landed him in the Skin Peel From Hell in the first place by using that to his advantage and lying to her *again*. So who is to say he wasn't lying about it being a one-time thing? It's the sort of writing that drives me nuts because it's clearly meant to make you think, and normally I really enjoy it when shows do that, but because he's a POTW it will always feel like it straddles the line between lazy writing and thoughtful misinformation. (Plus, despite the initial relief of the fact that we didn't add to the Bamber Death Count grand total, being a weak-willed putz to your wife in the last scene doesn't rocket you to the top of bestest guest characters, either. ;) )

Still, he got to show range (again), and be rather convincingly in agony for a spell. Any time it's a script/episode I'm not crazy about, I do my best to be as objective as possible when actors I like are involved. Sometimes it's easier to do that (Ghost Whisperer was NOT his finest hour), but last night, even when certain lines made me cringe, mostly it remained in the cozy realm of "Damn, Bamber. You're good."
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 8th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Given Bob lived in a one gas station town and everyone seems to know everyone, if he had cheated before then I suspect his wife wouldn't have been surprised by his infidelity. So, I'm inclined to think it was really a one time and will-never-happen-again thing, but, I agree, the plot point was poorly written. As was the progression of his disease. Can Kawasaki Syndrome trigger symptoms *that* fast? And cause an aneurysm to go into overdrive like that? I seriously wonder if they ever consult an actual doctor!

House was awesome in it's early seasons and one of my favorite shows on air. I would spend hours analyzing it. Now? Not so much. ;) But it still has it's moments. I especially liked the Chase stuff last night. And the show is definitely viewable, unlike GW or Ultimate Force. ::shudders::
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
The biggest problem I had with the whole episode was the "What was really wrong with him?" part. It has strong bearing on whether he had cheated before. Was the aneurysm a prior condition or was it a result of what I decided (because the writing certainly didn't seem clear to me)was poisoning from the carpet in the motel?

If he had the aneurysm before, yeah, Bob could have had loss of impulse control and cheated for the first time.

On the side of Bob being a habitual cheater are 2 things:

The look on Bob's face while hugging his wife after telling her he would never do that to her. It suggested to me that he was back to lying to protect her (and his (lovely) ass).

Then there was House's comment that "playing flag football" was a euphemism for having sex. It doesn't sound like something you would use for marital relations.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 8th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
The Kawasaki Syndrome apparently caused the aneurysm to kick into overdrive, which I don't really buy. Not that it didn't happen to Bob in their fictional universe, but that it can't happen in real life. And it's pretty common for House to discover there is more than one thing wrong with the patient, usually after four wrong diagnosis, one of which being cancer. ;)
ddt73 From: ddt73 Date: November 9th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC) (Link Me)
First of all if you want to see Jamie's appearance on House I have it on my LJ on my filmography post. Keep in mind, I just show his parts and not much else, so if you want to see the eppy in its entirety you'll have to look elsewhere.

I liked it. Jamie was very good in it. Was great to see him on a show I have watched regularly.

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