House M.D.: Season 6, Episode 15

Black Hole (15 Mar. 2010)

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Physics student and his father, Artie, bring in the kid's lover Abby Nash, who nearly suffocated in foam during a planetarium lecture. The team eliminates everything except an allergy to something in her body. House presses Wilson to buy furniture as a way to express his personality. Written by KGF Vissers

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In the scene where, House and Wilson discuss the furniture, House turns to the empty table behind him. His entire head interlaces as he turns. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: You are what you sit in. Your friends, your job, your furnishings. All define you.
Dr. Wilson: You don't really believe that. You just don't want to do the shopping.
Dr. Gregory House: Buy some furniture, or admit that you're empty inside.
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The one where the writers went off the deep end
29 May 2010 | by (the wild frontier) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with the usual "House, M.D." title card overlaid with a bizarre computer-generated image taking us way, way out into space, letting us know that we are now in an alternate universe where the show's normal earth-bound science no longer applies and where House and Wilson are actually (not just ambiguously) a gay couple. Although every season has its clunkers, I used to reassure myself that no episode could ever be as awful as the one in Season 4 where the writers made up their own non-existent medical condition ("Giovannini's Mirror Syndrome"). I didn't foresee that they might top this with a TECHNOLOGY that doesn't exist. But yes, in this episode, House throws established science out the window and decides the only way to diagnose his patient is to view her inner thoughts using "cognitive pattern recognition", i.e., using a supercomputer to recreate images from her mind (what's next? The patient is an alien?). Meanwhile, in the subplot, House criticizes Wilson for not knowing how to "furnish a home," which somehow bothers Wilson enough that he has to complain to Cuddy about his home-decorating shortcomings.

Greg House is so out of character in this episode, it's shocking. Why would this super-skeptic, Mr. Rational, suddenly resort to using a patient's repressed memories as symptoms and be up in arms about his friend's poor *feng shui*? It's like the Body Snatchers got to him. Only Foreman remains rational, and by the time he begins to criticize the episode's ACTUAL PLOT, it's as though the writers and producers are attempting an over-the-top self-parody. It wouldn't be the first time they've done such a thing (see the ridiculous Christmas episode from Season 4), but it's never been quite so obnoxious and unfunny.

There's nothing redeeming about "Black Hole," but it's a good example of the show's main weakness: too many damn episodes. I think 12-16 episodes should be the limit for a formula-heavy show like "House." Any more than that, and whatever themes and story arcs the season as a whole conveys are diluted, and the writers are forced to throw in irrelevant, stupid filler just to make the quota. I thought Season 6 portrayed House's struggles with his willpower and conscience quite effectively -- other than the handful of completely out-there episodes that added nothing.

Worst episode ever. 1/10.


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