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Just watched "Office Politics," and I have to admit that I enjoyed it quite a lot. Of course, if I were rooting for House/Cuddy, it would be a different story, but since I'm not, seeing her call House to heel so outrageously didn't bother me. I just wish that I had known that they were going to be in this situation when I decided to set Precautionary Measures right after this episode - there would have been plenty of fodder for angst without me making anything up. Hopefully that look on his face after she smacked his ass signaled the return of his spine.

Overall I felt like we were finally seeing a bit of the old House again, and I mean the good man underneath the asshole, even if I disagree with his disregard for patient autonomy short of death. I'm also relieved that Masters seemed much as I imagined her in PM, although I wish I'd known to throw in some math and architecture references. House DOES respect people who stand up to him, as Cameron figured out eventually, and by the end of the episode, he clearly likes Masters, and we're going to get to see beneath his facade through her eyes. I'm with Chase - this should be entertaining.

Oh, and the campaign manager and the senator? Clearly more than coke buddies. Last season a parallel would have been drawn with House and Wilson. This season I just don't see it, which makes me sad.

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cuddyclothes
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Was Wilson even in this episode?

Yes, I think most fic writers would be better off writing "missed scenes", since I've seen a lot of speculative fic thrown off by the show's events.
flywoman
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Wilson was in it just long enough to look annoyed when his supposed best friend interrupted his paperwork and to advise him not to lie to his girlfriend in order to save a patient's life.

And yeah, except in the case of obvious wish-fulfillment fanfic, I think I'll be sticking to earlier points on the timeline from now on. (Oh, I could have just exercised more patience with PM, I suppose, but I was so ready to be done with it.)
cuddyclothes
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I don't have much of a problem rewriting canon, myself, but then my stories usually have NOTHING to do with what's actually going on.

Although tonight I wrote a post-ep ficlet, "A Pox On Our House: A Few Hours Later."
stenveny
Nov. 17th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
Honestly, I preferred your angst to the angst in this episode. There seems to be no point to the angst in the episode. And yours included a nice juicy dollop of righteous anger, which is a huge improvement over this gloating followed by pouting silence business.

I was so caught up in the unhealthy power dynamics between House and Cuddy and the POTW and his boss, that I hadn't noticed the absence of the H/W parallels to the POTW and the senator. That's another missed opportunity. This season seems to abound with those.





flywoman
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
Righteous anger? Do you mean Cuddy's over the alleged billing error, or House's over the birth control? I was thinking of the latter. Based on the comments I've read for this week's episode, I definitely called the wrong play there.

Cuddy's certainly never been above gloating, but it's painful to see her take advantage of the fact that she controls more than House's paycheck now.
menolly_au
Nov. 17th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
I thought the last two episodes have been a bit less dire than the first few. I must say I don't like the new character much though. House is supposed to be the genius of the show and now they bring in another genius? She just seems a bit Doogie Howser to me. At least she isn't another ravishing beauty I guess.

The other thing I don't get is the fuss Cuddy is making over this Lie. Unless I am mistaken the lie saved the patients life? And enabled Cuddy to stay out of the way of any potential legal fallout. If things had gone wrong House would have been in a whole lot of trouble. It was a very brave thing House did, if unethical and it showed his dedication to the patients. And you are right - it was very much old school House :)
flywoman
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I'm curious to see what they do with her - whether she's just a younger, smarter version of Cameron, or will turn out to be a more interesting foil for House. I did not get her connection with Taub, by the way. He interviewed her for Johns Hopkins four years ago? Wasn't he an established plastic surgeon in private practice before he joined the team?

Yes, this Cuddy is not the Cuddy we know. Apparently we're supposed to believe that her expectations of House in the workplace have changed drastically now that they're dating, as Wilson predicted. Q.E.D., they're doomed.
menolly_au
Nov. 17th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah I thought the John Hopkins thing was strange but then i've never been able to work out why Taub is there in the first place (or continues to stay as he gives every appearance of hating it)
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