House Episode 23 Season 5 "Under My Skin" Review b...Rating: 4 likes, 0 dislikes
House Season 5 Episode 23 "Under My Skin
Review by Connie Norberg
The beginning ballet performance captured my attention when the young ballerina lady was dropped by her co-dancer and all of a sudden could not breathe. Meanwhile, poor House finds himself in recognition with his imagination, "Amber." You could tell he wanted to be free from this chaotic embrace he shares with her so much so that he argues with "her" about being rational. It was unusual to me that House wanted to take a personal day from work; it's just not like him. His persistence to remain at home, unbothered, is not outweighed, because the young ballerina now needs a diagnosis. He humors the audience by going into work anyway, possibly to get mental help from his "rational" thoughts, "Amber."
House seems so lost when he tried to explain his hallucinations to Dr. Wilson. I think that's why he agrees to help him. Besides, he does seem to care about House, personally.
So while he attempts to diagnose the young lady who is obviously suffering, he seems to carry the weight of "Amber", unwillingly. It's enjoyable to know that House has his patients' needs placed before his. Although, living and breathing the nightmare of hallucinations, minute-by-minute, does not seem to be easy.
As House continues on with the reach for a diagnosis of the young ballerina, he reluctantly admits to Wilson that he carries conversations with Wilson's deceased girlfriend, Amber. But I like the fact that House opens up to him here. It now has me guessing what is really going on with House. Could it be MS? Or is it side effects from too much vicodin? The mystery for a diagnosis now turns me to House.
The scene where House gives himself an insulin shot give me straight goose bumps. I am now on the edge of my seat as I carefully watch how his misery will unfold. As he wakes up with Wilson at his side, he looked around and did not see Amber and assumed she no longer holds his mind captive. Now my attention falls back to the young lady who is suffering from an undiagnosed problem. But my shock comes after finding out that House brilliantly figures out that the young ladies boyfriend must have and STD and therefore he was not able to cure the young lady, properly. It turns out; she had it first, then the boyfriend. Then he figures out, he got lucky by seeing guilt in the boyfriend, but because the idea was not his own, he looks around to find "Amber" singing to him. This now has me more confused than before. His greatest mystery diagnosis of all is himself.
When the removal of the young ballerinas' abscess on her heart collapses blood flow to her hands and feet, she is told that they must be amputated in order to save her. My heart goes out to her as she insists, "No, I'm a dancer. No."
House's realized that he is now suffering from the vicodin side effects and knows that he needs therapy so Wilson supports him every step of the way. But when House realizes that he will just cheat at the rehab center, he seeks out Dr Cuddy's help. And when he confesses to her about his hallucinations, she knows it is from the vicodin. She offered him to get help through the hospital, but he insists she help him secretly. The connection the two of them share is passionate and quirky. So when Dr Cuddy cleans House's apartment of all the vicodin, it was touching to see House admit another stash of pills. You can clearly see that he really wants to overcome this predicament. So as the night progressed and House struggles with Amber cheering him on to give up, it became a battle that House decides he will win.
The next morning he awakes with Dr Cuddy and seems to be feeling better. Not to mention, "Amber" is nowhere to be found this time. My excitement for House is overloaded, especially when he takes Dr Cuddy into his arms, kissing her passionately as she was leaving.
I must say, House never ceases to surprise me with his charm, overconfident and mysteriousness. So I'm sure watching the next episode will only be another treat.
Review posted on Thursday, May 7th 2009 at 5:23 pm