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And this is why I don't watch House

Exhibit A: The ep that ran on USA last evening, which I left on out of inertia, in which Cuddy sets out to prove that House needs a team by taking him up on a bet that places a patient's life in the balance. The writing is clever. The characters are interesting. None of this can overcome for me the fact that NOBODY IN THE OPENING CREDITS SHOULD BE ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR AN ACTUAL LIVING PATIENT EVER.

Exhibit B: I can't remember the drug names my brain made up in the dream I had, so I don't know if they were as plausible as they seemed at the time. It's entirely possible they were real ones, though it's unlikely they're indicated for what the dream had them prescribed for. (There's an awful lot of odd stuff stashed somewhere in the back of my brain from occasionally helping my mom study for nursing school a couple dozen years ago.)

For the record, horsechicks? I love you all, but we should never take a camping road trip with all of us in two RVs. Especially if three of us are already sick. It won't end well. I don't recall much in the way of details, but that much is clear. %-}

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amilyn
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
NOBODY IN THE OPENING CREDITS SHOULD BE ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR AN ACTUAL LIVING PATIENT EVER.

Oh, TOTALLY.
wiliqueen
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
While I was yelling at Cuddy, brainiacfive said flat-out "You know the patient always comes last in these things." And I had in the back of my head that this was the problem I had, but I hadn't really processed before how blatant it is. I'm kind of baffled why more people don't find it creepy as hell.
amilyn
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, the whole SHOW is creepy. These people have no ethics...and often when someone stands up to HAVE ethics, they are put "back in their place" by the show and the other characters (*cough*Cameron*cough*).

And yet...Hugh Laurie...

But you're totally right.
diannelamerc
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Because some of us have had enough experiences with similarly asshole doctors to fantasize about ones that were actually this brilliant as well as this crappy to patients? [Ooops, I think my issues are showing again.]
maiac
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I've watched about half a season of House. I quickly noticed that the episodes follow the same formula:

Patient collapses, House's team argues there way to a diagnosis, treatment is administered, patient gets better, and just as the team are congratulating themselves on successful diagnosis and treatment, all the bells and whistles go off because the patient is suddenly dying. Um, hello? How many times does this has to happen before they realize they shouldn't be quite so complacent?
sventhelost
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!!!! This!!! I mean, for people who are supposedly so smart, they're rather STOOOPID. Nyah!

The main reason I really don't watch the show is that House is never the one that suffers for his addiction. Other people are put through the ringer for it, but he never accepts the consequences himself. That, and he's a jerk, and I deal with enough jerky people in my life without having to deal with it in my fiction.

The one thing I like about House is the mystery element. I have actually stuck with crappy episodes just to find out "which-disease-dunit."
amilyn
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah...the mystery thing keeps me. That and the brilliance of Hugh Laurie, who, despite House's jerkiness, continues, for reasons difficult to pin down, to amuse me.
sventhelost
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
It seems that he gets away with a lot of his crap because everybody else around him (except Wilson, who is cute and adorable and totally doesn't deserve to have a jerk like House for a friend) is even more obnoxious and jerky than House.

Meh, if I want my entertainment to include super-intelligent men with personality disorders, I'll just go read Sherlock Holmes. Or watch the Jeremy Brett episodes.

Also, Hugh Laurie should totally play Sam Vimes in any adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Guards series.
wiliqueen
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
If the Sherlock Holmes thing isn't intentional, I'll eat... um... something inedible. And it's entertaining in small doses, not least because of Laurie. But I can't see watching more than one ep in, say, two or three months.
amilyn
Apr. 2nd, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
The Sherlock Holmes thing is TOTALLY deliberate. House/Wilson::Holmes/Watson, vicodin::cocaine, House lives in Apt. 22B, etc., etc.
wiliqueen
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I have actually stuck with crappy episodes just to find out "which-disease-dunit."

Same here. And yet the payoff is invariably pretty "meh" for me. The question is hung out there in such a way that I need to know the answer, but the answer doesn't really mean anything.
wiliqueen
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
This too. Yes. Even people that arrogant should not do that when they're that smart.

Of course, I think part of the problem is that so many people, including most writers, don't seem to grasp how "that smart" actually works.
havocthecat
Apr. 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
love you all, but we should never take a camping road trip with all of us in two RVs. Especially if three of us are already sick. It won't end well.

Why is the only thing that I can get out of this "that would make a great horror movie plot?"
wiliqueen
Apr. 2nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Because that is how you think. Which I totally understand, since it is also how I think.

Come to think of it, it's possible I should be concerned by the proportion of my dreams that could be said about.
havocthecat
Apr. 2nd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Come to think of it, it's possible I should be concerned by the proportion of my dreams that could be said about.

Given that two nights ago I was dreaming about trying to put the spirit of a ten year old boy named Nathaniel to rest in the middle of an incredibly haunted hospital used for unauthorized medical and psychiatric experiments? And there were other ghosts surrounding us waiting to see if I could help them, and the consequences if I couldn't were going to be kind of dire? I possibly should be concerned myself.

On the other hand, I could probably spin that into an awesome story.
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