Monday, March 21, 2011

House 7.17: Deadly Healthy Diet

Top-notch House 7.17 tonight - with a fine medical mystery, and a shocker of an ending which fits in with the mystery in more ways than one.

The mystery:  In what way could a derelict's life be healthier for him - a diet of garbage and scraps from dumpsters - than the care and nutrition given in a hospital?   Allergies and microbes are ruled out.  What's left?   As House eventually realizes, it's the good, healthy hospital food.   The patient is having a reaction to all of these green vegetables.  A diet of fatty, sometimes raw scraps of meat is his best medicine.

And the shocker?  After the patient, mostly cured, leaves the hospital, the FBI descends on the place.  The patient's DNA matches to a serial killer - who eats his victims.  No wonder he had a taste for raw meat and his body is used to it.

This is thus an episode about a deadly health diet in two ways:   The healthy diet almost killed the patient in the hospital.  And the diet which kept him healthy out in the street was deadly - for the victims he consumed.

This also raises the time-honored ethical quandary - once again on House - about whether it's right to use medical knowledge to save a human monster.   Chase and Cameron broke up over this last year.   And now the team has unknowingly cured a serial killer, and set him loose again in the world.  Life ain't easy, and doctoring's even tougher.

Meanwhile, House marries someone more or less to hurt Cuddy, which it does, but she can cope with it.   Doesn't matter - the best part of tonight's story was in the plot.   Could be a good cross-over to Criminal Minds, if such were possible between networks.

See also House and Cuddy on the Other Side in Season 7 Premiere ... House 7.2: House and Cuddy, Chapter 2 ... House 7.3: The Author and the White Lie ... House 7.9: The Vilda Chaya ... House 7.11: The Patient's Most Important Right ... House 7.14:  House, Death, and Cuddy ... House 7.16: Broken Hearts and their Repair

And see also House Reborn in Season Six? ... 6.2: The Gang is Back and Fractured ... 6.3: The Saving Hitler Quandary ... 6.4: Diagnosis vs. Karma ... 6.5 Getting Better ... 6.6 House Around the Bases ... Four's a Crowd on House 6.7 ... House 6.8 and the Reverse of Flowers for Algernon ... House 6.9: Wilson ... House 6.10: Back in Business ... House 6.11: Making Amends, Mending Fences, and a Psychopath  ... House 6.12: The Progression to Mensch ... House 6.13: Cuddy's Perspective ... House Meets Blogger in 6.14 ... House 6.15: About Taub ... House 6.16: Revealing Couples ... House 6.17: Socrates on Steroids ... House 6.18: Open Marriage

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