House “Here Kitty”

Caroline Babula (‘09) / Eastside Entertainment Editor

Interestingly, this episode does not open with a scene presenting a patient with their illness for the first time. Instead, it shows House creating a looping track out of assorted medical supplies for a matchbox car. But when Cuddy interrupts, steals his car and gives him a patient (Judy Greer), it is time for House to work and for the writers to cue in the first presentation of disease: a seizure and green urine. But, turns our Taub was right and House was wrong – she took too much phenol, of which green urine is a known side effect, and faked the seizure. However, she says a cat predicted her death. “Cats make terrible doctors,” says House in response.

She brings the cat, Debbie, into the hospital. Debbie sits beside people before they die, and has done this for 10 patients in the last year. The cat sat beside the patient last night. Just when the patient asks House to watch an evidence-filled video, she gasps for breath as she goes into a bronchial spasm.

To confirm the psychic abilities of Debbie, House takes her into the coma patients’ room to conduct a simple test. Debbie chooses one of three patients and sits on his bed. If this patient dies, the cat is psychic, if not, it’s all a lie.

Taub reconnects with a former classmate who is the CEO of a company that makes medical supplies. He invites Taub out for dinner and drinks, and shows him a prototype of a new gadget. When he holds the gadget, Taub makes a suggestion to make it better, and the CEO greatly appreciates it.

House cares more about disproving that cat phenomenon than he does about Morgan, the patient. Through a recorded video of Debbie sitting with an elderly woman, House has a breakthrough about both Morgan and Debbie.

 

Spoiler Alert!

“Here Kitty” was almost the epitome of a perfect episode of “House”. Personally, I think it focused a little too much on Taub’s doubts of being a doctor and nearly escaping a scam. But, House himself was perfect. He played pranks (like using cranberry juice as fake blood because “it’s cheaper”), took a case no one believed in, and concentrated on an obscure fact (or, in this case, animal) that, naturally, cured the patient in the end. I will, however, say that “Here Kitty” was also lacking serious House-Wilson time, especially since last week had so much.

Goodbye lupus; hello quality television.

Rating: A