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Taking my little notes: House S3

It took me forever to finish rewatching this season, but this is not a reflection on its quality, only on my inability to transcribe episodes while balancing my work and fic writing life. In fact, this season might well be my favorite, especially in terms of the writing - well-constructed episodes that expertly interweave the POTW with the subplots and the catchy title ("Lines in the Sand," "Merry Little Christmas," "Half Wit," "Act Your Age"). Although "One Day, One Room" is probably still my least favorite episode ever. David Shore, you are Chris Carter, not Joss Whedon.

I adore the Tritter arc despite numerous events that strain my credulity. Tritter is such an interesting foil for House - it's tempting to see them as a sort of chaotic good vs. lawful evil confrontation, although that's far too simplistic. It's also chock-full of House/Wilson angst and fierce loyalty from the team and Cuddy (and Wilson in his own way).

I also love how much the Cottages develop during this season. Chase proves himself capable of filling House's diagnostic shoes ("Finding Judas," "Airborne," "Half Wit"), providing justification for his mentor to tell him that he's learned all he can and is being forced to move on. He's also become almost as adept at reading people and figuring out their motivations. Foreman, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be able to emulate House in those respects, only becoming more like him in his arrogance, in taking huge risks with patients' health, in deciding what's right for his patients and coercing them into cooperation. Cameron doesn't get many opportunities to show off her medical chops, but she's lost the naivete of earlier seasons while retaining her compassion and even helps a terminal patient to die. And of course I'm a huge sucker for the Chase-Cameron-House triangle, most fully fleshed out in this season.

The season finale, as most of the House ones are, was excellent. It felt, in fact, like a series finale, certainly like the end of an era as the old guard departs (although of course, as we'll see, they don't go far). As strongly suggested by my fic Three Months, a large part of me wishes that the show HAD ended there, before the Next Generation got on board and House's character became a caricature. On the other hand, the two part S4 finale might well be my favorite House episodes of the series, and the S4 opener, "Alone," is awesome. More on that next time.

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menolly_au
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
Season 3 was great, that was when I changed from being a casual viewer to an obsessed fan :) I think the series started to go wrong with the dispersing of the team in the season 3 finale. They should have either let the actors go or kept them in their old positions.

The Tritter epsiodes were great even if they made little sense in places, shame there was no real followup to the issues raised.

I will confess I liked One day One Room (minus the Cameron subplot) but sometimes I think I'm the only one who does :)
flywoman
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Season 3 was great, that was when I changed from being a casual viewer to an obsessed fan :)
Same here! I remember it very clearly because after that I brought my S4 DVDs on a road trip with a friend and was desperate to get my House fix whenever we had a chance to watch.

I think the series started to go wrong with the dispersing of the team in the season 3 finale. They should have either let the actors go or kept them in their old positions.
THIS. I loved the original Cottages, both as individual characters and as a well-balanced trio of foils for House, but I think that keeping them around as regulars was a mistake. Logically, it was time for the fellows to move on with their careers, and it did seem to me that they had learned what they could from him. And then the last part of S3 was used to make some important points about House and fear of change and loss... which were then effectively negated by the fact that his old team members never really went away.
cuddyclothes
Feb. 16th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think the series should have ended, but the consequences of losing the old team caused a lot of thrashing around in later seasons. I wish Cameron had stayed, even if she and Chase got divorced. Besides, what does it mean that Chase is still there after seven years?
flywoman
Feb. 16th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
It means writer FAIL. It doesn't make any sense for him or Foreman to still be fellows. But I agree, I would have preferred for Cameron to stay, at least as long as the others did.

I think it would be okay for all of them to stay on at PPTH or semi-locally and put in their two cents once in a while, but not to have them on the team.
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flywoman
Feb. 16th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
I don't transcribe line for line - I know I can always reference Clinic Duty and TwoP. These are shorter summaries of the episodes including my own favorite quotes so that I can pull things quickly for fics I'm working on.

Now that you mention it, at least I managed to rewatch "One Day, One Room," which is more than I can say for "5 to 9," even when I was writing my multichapter Cuddycentric story...
barefootpuddles
Feb. 22nd, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
I am one of the few people who dislike the Tritter arc. I feel that in terms of credulity it is even less believable than this current Huddy arc (and that is saying a lot).

Sure, a cop can act like a bully, but to people with no connections, not at an Ivy League University's teaching hospital. Not to the heads of two departments. And no, they cannot impound a material witness' car in order to make him talk or random employees bank accounts without being able to convince a judge that the bank accounts were earned through illegal activity. No freakin' way. In the real world Tritter's bosses would pull him off the case based on the fact that he had a run in with House earlier. That alone would mean that the case would be passed to someone else. And the lawyer who tells House he is in deep shit? He should have told House that he had a lawsuit against the police he could win for him. Also, why didn't House ever call Stacy for a lawyer recommendation? She was one smart woman and would have gone to bat for him.

The stuff between House and Wilson was okay, if a bit melodramatic. One ironic thing is that that season caused a lot of House/Wilson people to get angry with eachother. Some felt that Wilson was a real Judas to House and sold him out and mistreated him. Others thought Wilson was the one who got the raw end of the deal. Funny how fans see things through their favorite characters eyes only.
flywoman
Feb. 22nd, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
I feel that in terms of credulity it is even less believable than this current Huddy arc (and that is saying a lot).
ITA that the events themselves were unbelievable, particularly those that you go on to outline. On the other hand, the characters still felt genuine to me, which is more than I can say for the current season.

Also, why didn't House ever call Stacy for a lawyer recommendation?
My understanding is that they are completely out of each other's lives after the events of "Need to Know."

One ironic thing is that that season caused a lot of House/Wilson people to get angry with eachother. Some felt that Wilson was a real Judas to House and sold him out and mistreated him. Others thought Wilson was the one who got the raw end of the deal. Funny how fans see things through their favorite characters eyes only.
Yes, it's funny how strongly folks will come down on one side or the other. I saw House being angry with Wilson for not taking his returning pain seriously and trying to keep him humble, then testing their friendship to the breaking point. It seems obvious to me that both men were at fault.
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