House M.D.: Season 8, Episode 20

Post Mortem (7 May 2012)

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The team treats a fellow doctor wary of their skills -- Episode Directed by Peter Weller ("Dexter," "RoboCop").

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The team treats a fellow doctor wary of their skills -- Episode Directed by Peter Weller ("Dexter," "RoboCop").

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Post Mortem
9 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The beginning of this episode pulls out all the emotional stops. A very tragic and sad moment as the patient is pronounced dead and transported to the morgue. Then a surprising and confusing moment when the pathologist turns the scalpel on himself. It's kind of interesting to see hospital happenings through the eyes of the pathologist. It's also interesting that he only trusts House, because of House's diagnostic rating. And that he believes Chase to be the best surgeon. I love Wilson. And as I say over and over again, he and House are perfect together. And so fun to watch. This episode is no different. This episode leaves us on a cliffhanger, wondering what will become of Wilson after his CT scan, in which we deduce from House's look that the cancer did not shrink and is therefore not operable. Is this episode positioning Chase to move on from House? Good for Chase, back for the show. Besides those with Wilson, some of the most genuine interactions occur between House and Chase. Interestingly, House lets Chase leave with nothing more than a handshake and an anticlimactic, "It's been fun." This is the second team member he's let go this season, both done with zero fanfare or temper tantrums on his part. Maybe House really is changing after all. He's being decent to his best friend in his time of need, and he's being supportive of his team members as they do what's best for themselves. On the issue of medical errors, a nasal cannula is never to be worn around the head like it is in this episode. It is to be worn around the ears and under the chin. Wearing it as in this episode is a huge risk for strangling the patient, a risk no caregiver would ever take. More good directing, this time from Peter Weller, who makes a brief appearance in the beginning. As with previous episodes, the medical case takes a backseat to the non-medical story lines. The case in and of itself is not particularly interesting. It is used well to set Chase up for his departure, finally spreading his wings and leaving the nest. And it presented in a way that was interesting. At this point, there isn't much more we can ask. As this series continues to move toward an end, the Wilson storyline is amping up. With Dominika out of the picture, and Chase now out of the picture, and only a couple more episodes to go, I worry more and more about what end the writers might have in store for us.


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