House

Season 7 Episode 20

Changes

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 02, 2011 on FOX
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The team treats a lottery winner who is stricken with partial paralysis. Meanwhile, Cuddy's mother sues the hospital, and Chase and Foreman make a bet with each other.

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  • 5/2

    7.5
    "Changes" was a very enjoyable episode of House. I am loving this new relationship with Thirteen as House's female equivalent. This is something that a lot of shows have tried to do, to have that character that matches up with the star and happens to be of the opposite gender, but few can match what Olivia Wilde and Hugh Laurie are doing right now.



    The whole lawsuit thing is a little stupid though. But the guest appearance by Donal Logue, one of the more underappreciated actors on TV of the last 10 years, was very good. Nice for the show to nab a big name for this role and a good storyline it was.



    Strong episode here.moreless
  • Trying To Put the "M.D." back into House M.D.

    8.0
    Well, the first 15 or so episodes of this season dealt with the House-Cuddy relationship, and the first couple of episodes following the breakup in "Bombshells" were about House's attempts at moving on. Season 7 has been a mixed-bag in terms of quality, as episodes like "Selfish," "A Pox On Our House," "Family Practice" suggest the writing staff is still perfectly capable of churning out quality episodes, while other episodes like "Now What?," "Bombshells," and "Out Of The Chute" seem to suggest that the writers are running on fumes. "Changes," falls right in the middle, or at least for me it does. House found success with its intriguing medical mysteries, but once the show found an audience, it started tinkering with its formula a bit. I still haven't taken a liking to Taub or 13, but that's a whole different argument. The fact of the matter is, that House has lost a bit of its intrigue. No longer, or at least not on a consistent basis, are there interesting medical cases fueling the show. House seems disinterested in solving medical mysteries now, and the writers seem more interested in delving deeper into the personal relationships of the characters now. "Changes" was a pretty solid hour of entertainment, and the guest star, Donal Logue, made for an interesting patient-of-the-week: something House hasn't had for awhile. There was some medicine involved this week, but the writers couldn't help themselves from exploring bits and pieces of "Huddy" again here as Arlene (Cuddy's mom) tries to get House and Cuddy back together. I could've done without those scenes, but what can you do? At least this episode tried to balance medical mystery & personal drama. The interactions between Foreman and Chase we're also pretty funny. House had a couple of funny scenes as well, with one coming in the clinic, and the other in a patient's room. Overall, "Changes" was a solid episode of a show that used to be the "uncommon cure for the common medical drama."moreless
  • Hard to describe...

    9.0
    this is the very first time I give a 9 to an episode of one of my favorite shows. It's really hard to write a review for this week's episode, because House wasn't really there. I mean that he was there but...



    The medical mystery was okay. A guy who won the lottery with 42 million $ is looking for an ex-girlfriend, thinking that she is the one, with his brother on the side who turned out to be a mooch. We found out that he has a rare condition (well, that's about it about the medical mystery).



    The funny stuff wasn't there, except for the 2 cases, where we see House in the clinic, and in a coma patient's room, lying down on the coma patient's bed, while the coma patient is lying down on the floor.



    Plus, there was more to Huddy. Cuddy's mom was trying to get them together by threatening to sue the hospital for malpractice & mistreatment.



    One good thing (at least for me) was to see the interaction between Foreman and Chase. It was kind of funny.



    All in all, an enjoyable episode.moreless
  • Superb writing..House in Charge seems mroe natural

    9.5
    Well written, interesting, thought out well in terms of interaction and story progression, and very funny. Several HOUSE lines of dialogue were hysterical (what he said to Foreman in the exercise room is classic House) Very REAL writing, House back in reality mode. ALL characters were revealed. Chase is who he is, Foreman and Taub the lesser men, and 13 seems more House--like everyday in her opinions and attitudes.

    Harsh, real and seeking TRUTH. Well done all around. My first 9.5 in a long time.



    The settlement Cuddy's mother wanted was about in line for an out of court settlement where no actual physical damage ocurred 20-30K. I thought this was a tight episode with almost nothing out of character or place. The patients ailment was in intersting one as well. only two episodes Left and then WILSON departs. He was vital to this episode but he has not been so vital in a lot this season so I can understand why he is leaving (although I have not rwead any articles giving a full explanation..has anyone?).moreless
  • Green on the Other Side

    8.5
    A lottery winner collapses after being turned down trying to find his lost true love. House and Cuddy face a possible lawsuit at the hands of Arlene for mistreatment and damages for her hip replacement after an argument with Cuddy but House refuses to play by her rules. Wilson tries desperately to play peacemaker and his "keep cool" attitude as mediator between the three is humorous and boasts how much Wilson actually avoids conflict with a grin. The patient develops three types of cancer at once and the team boosts it to give him more so that they can treat. Things are not as they seem when the patient's long lost love arrives but doesn't know certain details about their get together and his friend may have betrayed him. Chase and Foreman try to prove the other is full of crap with Chase claiming to be celibate and Foreman claiming to not be repressed in a rather chuckle inducing scene involving a rigged blood pressure machine in the middle of a differential. Not the best episode of House but certainly an improvement over the past few offerings and hopefully this will be a sign of good things to come. One thing's for sure, House's writers need to change the game in order to keep things interesting because after 7 seasons you can't keep pulling the same stuff.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Taub: Sure, some people will screw up anything, but some won't. That kind of cash, he has a chance to turn a miserable life around.
      House: Miserable stays miserable. Happy doesn't buy lottery tickets in the first place.
      Thirteen: Our level of happiness is set. It's in our DNA. No cash payout's gonna change that.
      House: It's like there's two of me.

    • Dr. Cuddy: My mother's lawyer called. She's threatening to sue the hospital over our mistreatment of her. Says it slowed her recovery.
      House: You know, I was just thinking how much I want a relationship with no sex, but where I still have to deal with your mother.

    • Dr. Cuddy: My mom and I got into a fight, Because of our replacement hip replacement, she can barely get around her own house. I told her she has to live with me while she recovers.
      House: Oh, I'm starting to get the connection. Yeah, she has a house. My name is House.
      Dr. Cuddy: You're the doctor that treated her, that illegally switched her meds after she fired you, that went behind the back of her actual doctor.
      House: Those beads from Thailand. If we're listing all the things that you pressured me into.

    • Thirteen: She won't let us make a move until you agree to a sit-down with the Godmother and her consigliere.
      House: Bitch to King Four.
      Taub: Checkmate. Patient can't use his leg. You have to concede.
      House: Or I could just knock all the pieces onto the floor.

    • House: What are you doing? We got a patient with a walking disorder, who can't seize. No, wait. I'm close, though, aren't I?

    • Dr. Cuddy: No clinic hours for the next quarter.
      House: Yeah, three parking spots, next to each other, so I can park diagonally. And three pairs of your underwear. I'm thinking of taking up sailing.
      Dr. Cuddy: Treat your patient, don't treat your patient. Come to the meeting, don't come to the meeting. I'm done playing your game.
      House: You realize the game is automatically over when the loser loses, right?

    • Dr. Cuddy: He is being an ass. if I could join you in suing him...
      House: She's like this in bed, too. Always scheming to get the lawyers out of the room.

    • House: Down on the patient's romance because your own lifespan is shorter than dinner and a movie?
      Thirteen: You're the one who said miserable stays miserable.
      House: You keep saying it. Several times a day.
      Thirteen: I love being back, having every theory you and I share used as proof of my own personal damage.

    • House: I'm happier without her. I'm not stupidly expecting her to make me happy. I'm happier with my unhappiness.
      Dr. Wilson: Do you listen to what you're saying? Because I have to.

    • Thirteen: I think if she said yes after 14 hours, even he'd be suspicious.
      Taub: You're lucky you're hot and smart, because... well, you're just lucky you're hot and smart.

    • Dr. Foreman: (in a yoga position, legs over head) I need a hooker.
      House: Not if you can make that work.

    • Dr. Foreman: Chase has had his eyes on this one for months.
      Taub: Meaning... he has eyes?
      Dr. Foreman: I paid her $100. When he hits on her--might be tonight, might be next week--she's going to slap him and storm off.
      Taub: So your plan is to prove you're both full of crap all in one move.

    • House: You lost your mother. You euthanized your brother. You got the life expectancy of a pretty good sitcom. If you can convince yourself that you'd be miserable no matter what even without all that stuff, then maybe you don't have to hate the universe for dumping a giant turd on you. Fatalism is your survival mechanism.
      Thirteen: And you? Dumped by everyone you've ever loved. Rehab was a bust. Your leg feels like somebody took a giant bite out of it. We are who we are. Lotteries are stupid.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 2, 2011 on Global
      UK: May 5, 2011 on Sky1
      Australia: June 6, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Germany: November 22, 2011 on RTL
      Poland: January 19, 2012 on TVP2
      Sweden: February 21, 2012 on TV4/TV4HD
      Czech Republic: February 27, 2012 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 2, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: July 1, 2013 on MTV3

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • House: And I'm not just saying that 'cause I'm scared you'll turn green and rip through your own clothes.
      Referencing the long-time Marvel superhero (and occasional super-villain), who first appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Scientist Bruce Banner transforms into his monstrous green-skinned super-strong alter-ego when he becomes angry or in various other circumstances.

    • Dr. Wilson: You had to go all Wile E. Coyote on me.
      Referencing the animated Warner Brothers character who is typically seen hunting his nemesis, the Road Runner. The coyote never speaks, and hunts the Road Runner primarily by ordering implausibly complex equipment from the Acme Corporation. Inevitably, the seemingly indestructible Coyote ends up squashed, burnt, or at the bottom of a canyon after falling.

    • Taub: As opposed to the same, Starfleet-issued tunic?
      Referencing the exploratory and military organization which is the basis for the various shows in the Star Trek franchise. The organization handles all facets of space travel, involving diplomatic, defense, and scientific missions.

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