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"House M.D." 97 Seconds (2007)

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The Ultimate High

Author: torsionsfrei from New York
21 October 2007

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Warning: This review -definitely- contains spoilers. First the plot: House continues trying to narrow down the 40 with a patient who "seemingly" has an obvious diagnosis; Chase finds the courage to face House; Cameron is still involved with Chase; Foreman learns that T. V. is not reality. On to something deeper: the afterlife. What reason could House possibly have to consider the afterlife? Well, the patient that tries to off himself at the beginning of the episode gives him the perfect reason: it's the ultimate high. Forget the afterlife. Forget religion altogether! In fact, the last statement of the episode tells us what House found, at least in regards to the whole afterlife thing. In a conversation with Wilson, we find that House has been confronted with the whole, "You haven't been there" argument before, so...he goes there. Religion? Nah, that's too easy. A man who has "...done every hallucinogenic there is..." but still says that being dead is "...way bigger than that"...that's something for consideration. On that note, have faith (har har) that the incredible writers of House M. D. are smart enough to realize that a character as complex as House would not throw away everything he "believes" in simply for the hope that an afterlife exists. In my opinion, a very interesting take on the whole idea; I personally can't wait to see what happens in the next episode.

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Author: InvisableMirages from United States
12 October 2007

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This episode, well.. the ending actually brought a tear to my eye. When the crippled man died his last words to his faithful dog:

"Don't worry.. I'm not scared."

It was just powerful and touching, to be honest.

The acting, once again, fantastic. The story line, awesome. The ending, sad, yet full of courage.

The reason I gave it an 8 then, you ask? Well, the whole 97 seconds of dying thing was a little twist we could've done without. The fact that House DID stick that knife in the outlet...well, I just was hoping that he wouldn't actually do that. His beliefs differ greatly. But it IS just TV.

Another fantastic show from the creators. Keep it up. You're doing great.

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"Something More"

Author: rbrown1205 from United States
11 October 2007

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The paralyzed guy is a really interesting character - I think he made more good points about seeking a good quality of life than the guy who thought he saw "something more". This guy (called "Stark", played by Felicity and Fraisier veteran Brian Klugman) was out there, with his dog, traveling to Thailand to enjoy the beach sand, always cooperative, never grouchy with the doctors, even flirting with the female ones, enjoying what he has of his life - and this paralyzed guy got House angrily venting over life after death, and then House tries the other fellow's knife in socket thing!! I wonder who played the injured drug experienced seeker of what he thought was "something more". I couldn't find his name in the cast listing.

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Religious Nonsense Ripost

Author: Keith Phillips from United Kingdom
3 April 2008

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I mostly agree with kidcrooks, except House is a scientist. Okay, atheism is the logical position for any reasoning person to take. But if you are a practical scientist, you test your hypotheses, usually with well crafted, laborious tests and proper controls. But how many times have we seen House take short cuts on tests. And electrocuting yourself to have an NDE is the obvious (at least in a dramatic context) way to do it. Test is negative. Case closed.

By the way, it's not only the final line that is evidence for House seeing nothing, or at least nothing special (remember he's done all the drugs too). What about when he tells Wilson he loves him? The reason people don't say these things is that they always think there is time. If House had seen an afterlife, he would have known he had infinite time. Instead he now knows for certain that our time is limited and that there is no time to waste. And Wilson just takes it. Any other time, Wilson would have wondered what the hell was going on, or made a joke. I think he knew exactly what House had seen, or rather what he hadn't.

I've only just seen this one, but I'm predicting that knowing for absolute certain this is the only life we have will finally be the thing that makes House a better person. Or at least I hope so.

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Religious Nonsense

Author: kidcrooks from United States
10 October 2007

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I thought that this episode was decent. The plot construction followed almost every other House episode I had ever seen, which made me happy. But I felt that this, along with the episode about the girl who was raped, harped excessively about the "importance" of religious faith for a person to be truly considered a moral being. That is nonsense. As an atheist I am kind of offended by it. House is a character that is renowned for biting back at BS, and when it is spoon-fed to him through the raped girl's assurance that there is an afterlife or that there are such things as true "near death experiences," House should respond with an equal conviction as he always does. Yet, for some reason the topic of religion is the one thing that will cause House to stop and ponder. Why is that? My guess is that members of the writing staff are deeply religious. Stop messing with the story, guys. There are plenty of explanations for NDEs, but in this episode House barely expresses them and then backs down. He even sticks a knife in a socket and seems to believe in the validity of NDEs when he comes to. We'll never know for sure though, cause they killed of the guy that House would have talked to about it ... right.

This is nothing against those who are religious. But if you are going to set up a totally rational character - to a fault - and make him an atheist - as you should - you cannot make him have existential quandaries about the afterlife. A truly rational self-proclaimed atheist wouldn't have them. It wouldn't bother him. He would shrug them off. House has recently done the opposite. And it sickens me.

Keep to the original character and keep creating the same show we know and love. Don't bring faith into it, or if you do, keep House making fun of it. It's what he would do.

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A sense of mystery

Author: xredgarnetx from Connecticut
10 October 2007

Let's clear up that odd title: It refers to how long a patient lies dead after attempting suicide, near the beginning of the episode. Those 97 seconds will figure prominently later in the story, which otherwise has House and the remainder of his original 40 (see last week) dealing with a crippled man who is dying faster than he should. Young (and sexy) actress Anne Dudek is back as a very sassy doctor looking to join House's team no matter what, as is veteran character actor Peter Jacobson as a wily and incisive plastic surgeon. The ending of 97 SECONDS is not for the squeamish, and proof of the brilliance of this show, which admittedly has had its uneven moments. To the show's producers: Just don't bring back David Morse (see last season), as much as I love the guy! That's one horse you beat to death several times over.

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