house 5×22: house divided

Here are my thoughts about this amazing episode.

  • This was the first time I felt any glimmer of interest in Thirteen as a character.  Watching her and Foreman check out the strippers together was hilarious, and when she dug happily into the booze-flavored ice cream, I actually said out loud, “I love Thirteen.”  And then I had to stop and check whether I’d gone insane.  I hadn’t.  She actually was entertaining for once.
  • The scene where Chase turned on the kid’s cochlear implant was really striking, kudos to whoever came up with it.  It really made you feel how chaotic it must be to experience sound for the first time.
  • I am TOTALLY ON BOARD with the dead!Amber plotline.  House has been having hallucinations and dream sequences and near-death experiences since season one, so it seems perfectly natural at this point.  Her comments gave us real insight into how House’s brain worked… until the whole suddenly went from amusing to really creepy.
  • Bachelor party = FUNNIEST SCENE ON HOUSE EVAR, Y/Y?
  • Cuddy said to House, “Talk to me,” and he did.  Not the hallucination part, not yet, but still, OMG.
  • Promo for next week = aslkdjfalsdfjasodigu.  My brain just exploded.
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house 5×18: here kitty

Hugh Laurie.  With a kitty.  HUGH LAURIE HOLDING A KITTY.  Be still my heart.  Also Judy Greer.  Judy Greer + Hugh Laurie holding a kitty = a House episode that Rebecca thoroughly enjoys.  And that opening with the Hot Racer track was pretty sweet.

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catching up

Yep, I’m back, and my break was fabulous, thanks for asking.  And as an added bonus, I now have an entire week’s worth of new TV episodes to watch in one marathon sitting!  It’s like having a great meal at a nice restaurant, and coming home to find that your roommates had a party while you were gone and left you an enormous slice of chocolate cake to eat for dessert at your leisure.  Join me while I have my cake and eat it too.  (This post is just the dramas, but I might do a separate one for Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock, and The Office.  Castle will get a post all its own.)

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chicks making out ≠ diversity

Maybe it’s just my imagination, but it’s seems like there’s a growing number of bisexual women being portrayed on TV recently.  Some examples:

  • When Angela broke up with Hodgins on Bones last fall, her rebound was an old flame named Roxie – which was a bit of a surprise to some fans since she’d never been portrayed dating a woman or mentioned being bi on three previous seasons of the show.
  • “Thirteen” on House has slept around with quite a few women, though she’s dating a man (Foreman) at the moment.
  • Callie on Grey’s Anatomy – yes, I KNOW that strictly speaking she’s a lesbian, not bi, but this is something new she discovered this season after previously being involved with men.

My first thought when I noticed all this way, hooray!  I am all for diversity on my TV shows – I want to see men and women, gay and straight, black, white, Asian, I want to see a reflection of the actual world.  But I gradually began to realize there’s something else entirely going on here.

When these sort of characters are added to TV shows, network executives can pat themselves on the backs for their positive portrayals of homosexuality.  But the thing is, all of these characters are women who also sleep with (or have slept with) men.  They far outnumber gay men, or women who never sleep with men.  They also all tend to be hot and promiscuous.  And in the end, what’s really happening is increased objectification of women.

Hot chicks making out with each other is not diversity.  Hot chicks making out with each other is an adolescent male fantasy.  And when the women in question have also been involved with men, the fantasy is even better, because a guy can daydream about getting some of that himself.

Has anyone else noticed this??  I’d love to hear other examples.