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Discussion Thread for 'House', Episode 8.5, "The Confession"
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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::
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: November 8th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I was just pleased that the final diagnosis was a disease I had heard of. *chortle*

The wiki page for Kawasaki disease isn't particularly clear on the breadth/limitations of onset symptoms. But it does make it sound as though they really pushed the envelope on the severity of the skin-peeling thing. And it mentions coronary artery aneurysms many times, but nothing about brain aneurysms at all. Oh, show.
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: November 10th, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I liked how his skin is shedding profusely over his entire body, except his face, which had a few patches of minute scaling. That was highly appreciated. And it healed with miraculous speed, to the degree that his wife flinging herself across his body at the end didn't seem to hurt at all. (I'm guessing that was the actress's choice. I can just hear the director were I any actor on the set: "Cut, cut, cut! This isn't an appropriate time to be making out with the patient!")
anamarya From: anamarya Date: November 10th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
And it healed with miraculous speed, to the degree that his wife flinging herself across his body at the end didn't seem to hurt at all.

i discovered over the years that TV medicine works sort of different than the RL one. so the fact that the skin was shedding all over except for his face and that he recovered strangely fast was no surprise for me.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: November 8th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
(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."

i'm in a total agreement with you on this. it was really ok. CSI:M wasn't hard for me to watch even if that particular story was lacking because i watch that francise, but last night episode could have been very bad for me but it wasn't.
rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: November 10th, 2011 07:08 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, LOL, someone else who watched that episode of Ghost Whisperer! Totally ridiculous, yes.

My brain was mostly looking at Jamie in a hospital bed and going "Matt Devlin RECOVERING from those two damned bullets thankyouverymuch." I just ignored the skin peel (bet that took more makeup time than Fat Lee!) and tried to appreciate the Gorgeous Shirtless Back while ignoring the cheating going on.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: November 10th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, LOL, someone else who watched that episode of Ghost Whisperer!

I think you'll find that not much on the Bamber CV has gotten past most of our regulars around here. ;)
rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: November 10th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
My housemate made sure we tracked down nearly everything we could find. This has led to in-jokes like us retitling that episode of Cold Case as "Not On That Album" because, of all the Dylan songs they used, only "Idiot Wind" was actually FROM Blood On The Tracks.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: November 10th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
You should probably catch up with the Character of the Month posts, sounds like you might enjoy them ;) (They're on hiatus now, but we're going to bring them back eventually!)
rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: November 10th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thank you!
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