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    House Returns on Fox

    As I have said before, Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie) is an irreverent, angry but brilliant diagnostician and doctor.

    The series premier of House for the 2007 season found him without a team to bounce his ideas off in order to solve medical mysteries. His boss and often nemesis Dr. Cuddy, played by Lisa Edelstein, is a constant source of dramatic amusement within the confines of the show.

    He begins the show by playing an electric guitar while Cuddy is trying to talk to him. The more frustrated he becomes, the louder he plays.

    Ultimately in the show, his guitar is held hostage by his friend Dr. Wilson (played by Robert Sean Leonard) in order to get him to hire a team to work with.

    House is not one to follow rules or take orders well, so he uses a janitor to bounce ideas off in order to show that is all he needs-anybody will do.

    But the problem of identifying the correct diagnosis for a victim of a collapsed building becomes too complex until he realizes he is diagnosing the wrong patient.

    In a bizarre mix-up of characters, the partner of the woman presumed dead in the building collapse is overjoyed to find she has been misidentified by the dead girl’s fiancé and family since they look a bit alike and the disfigurement from the collapse causes confusion as to the identity of the patient.

    By the end of the program, Cuddy and Wilson have pushed House to the point of considering interviews with applicants for the team positions open for diagnoses at his hospital, but as usual, House can’t do things in a normal way.

    In the final scene, House is shown ranting and insulting the entire group of applicants just to see who will endure his wrath. He makes it clear that most of the applicants will not make it to the end of the year.

    This quirky show based mostly on the irascible Laurie has brought new meaning to the idea of medical dramas as well as Emmy nominations for Laurie. If any viewer would like to see just how well Laurie is able to act, they should view his interviews on the Internet when he speaks in his normal British accent. It totally blew me away because his American dialect is so believable. I was amazed to find he was British.

    Although he has appeared in 101 Dalmatians with Glenn Close and Jeeves and Wooster on PBS, his portrayal of House on Fox is his best known and the role most deserving of accolades yet.

    I highly recommend it to you. It’s on 9 p.m. Tuesdays on FOX.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com