Monday night is the finale of the successful, long running TV drama, “House”, starring Brit Hugh Laurie. He certainly qualifies as one of the most obnoxious characters ever appearing on TV, radio, or big screen. But unlike his pretty boy predecessors, he is the only one I would want to diagnose my complex diagnoses. And I have worked with my share of these prima donnas. But my favorite character on the show is Dr. Allison Cameron, played by Jennifer Morrison.
It is hard to believe the scruffy, badly dressed Dr. Gregory House was voted the second sexiest TV doc of all time (George Clooney from ER wins first place, by a mile, I might add). To say he is unorthodox is totally unfair. He obviously thinks that he is the Sherlock Holmes of medicine and the universe. But I think the real reason for his popularity centers on his indiscriminate use of Vicodin, much like the rest of society. As they saying goes, I will take smart over bedside manner.
Of course, he went to a top-notch medical school, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. I almost went to grad school there back in the 1970s, until I found out the school was in the middle of a ghetto. He was kicked out of school, allegedly for cheating. He ended up at the University of Michigan, where he met Dr. Lisa Cuddy, later his boss and lover. His best and only friend on the show is Dr. James Wilson, himself a big bag of messy personal issues and indecision.
Dr. House plays the piano, as does Hugh Laurie. He also owns a huge vintage electric guitar collection. His favorite line, and the name of the very first episode is “Everyone Lies”. In contrast, the finale this evening is called, “Everyone Dies”. Tonight’s two hour finale will be shown on FOX, Channel 2 in the Bay Area. Everyone Lies is probably as good a place as any to start a differential diagnosis.
So, why would I let Dr. Cameron be the only female physician to examine me? For one, she plays an immunologist, a specialty that I respect. Far down the totem pole, of course, is that she certainly looks better than all of the female physicians I have ever met, in real life or the TV screen. She is also immensely talented, having appeared in numerous television shows and movies, as well as a producer of Glee in its early days. She was actually engaged to co-star Jesse Spencer in 2008-07, but called it off.
But I will miss the show, playing on Monday nights opposite Monday Night Football. Reruns already populate the weekend TV schedule. In fact, one station runs a “House marathon” some weekends. Hours and hours of House just seems to be sensory overload. He will be numero uno for me until another better doctor show comes along.