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Old April 18 2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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House: 7x19 "Last Temptation" - Discussion and Spoilers

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House and the team treat a teenage girl who collapses just before embarking around a potentially record-breaking boating trip around the world. Meanwhile, Masters must decide if she wants to continue her schooling in order to become a surgeon or accept an offer to stay on House's team permanently. She then makes a decision regarding the patient's treatment that shocks even House.
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Old April 18 2011, 01:41 PM   #2
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Great picture. Talk about temptation...
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Great picture. Talk about temptation...
My thoughts exactly when I saw it.

I'm pretty sure that's what Eve would've looked like.
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If you mean the Biblical Eve, I imagine she would've been more Middle Eastern. And naked. And imaginary.
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If you mean the Biblical Eve, I imagine she would've been more Middle Eastern. And naked. And imaginary.
Yeah, but Olivia Wilde has a beautiful, perfect, beauty to her that clearly seems of ultimate womanly beauty which I imagine the first woman would have had. And we all know that if she were portrayed in modern concepts of religion she'd be white.

And going back to last episode:

House, I think she's well past a training bra.
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Loved the episode, until The Rolling Stones bit at the end. That was completely unnecessary.
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Loved the episode, until The Rolling Stones bit at the end. That was completely unnecessary.
I liked that part, a nice call back to the pilot and the series as a whole where "You can't always get what you want" is used almost as often as "Everybody lies."

Excellent episode and it actually makes me want to miss 3M. What she did was pretty bold, though. Wow.

Also interesting to see her absurd wardrobe was apparently an intended character trait.

And colorful paper airplanes? Really Masters?!
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I'm gonna miss that adorable, pouty little face.
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It was a nice sendoff, but I wish it hadn't been a sendoff. I mean, sure, I can see it being hard for her to live with what she did, but still, she did it because she knew it was right. Feeling bad about it is just the price she has to pay, but it doesn't change the fact that she saved the patient. It just felt a little abrupt for her to arrive at the decision to leave, like it was motivated more by the actress not being needed anymore than by internal story/character logic.
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It was a nice sendoff, but I wish it hadn't been a sendoff. I mean, sure, I can see it being hard for her to live with what she did, but still, she did it because she knew it was right. Feeling bad about it is just the price she has to pay, but it doesn't change the fact that she saved the patient. It just felt a little abrupt for her to arrive at the decision to leave, like it was motivated more by the actress not being needed anymore than by internal story/character logic.
Indeed. But she was probably more shocked to learn how far she has to go to do her job. House preaches as much as he can to his fellows to disconnect themselves from the patient and their lives and even Wilson himself has shown this. You can't be their doctor AND be their friend, it makes it that much harder to tell bad news. Because 3M had gotten such a bond and connection with the POTW she felt guilty for crushing the girl's dreams and forcing her into a crippling surgery.

If she was as disconnected as House is with his patients, as the Doclings tend to be, and even as Wilson is with his patients she wouldn't have felt so bad. She wasn't upset because she crippled the girl she was upset because she got too close to patient and felt bad for ruining her dreams. Basically she had the same problem Cameron had in "Acceptance" (the second season premiere where Cameron got too close to a clinic patient and found it difficult to tell her that she had terminal cancer) but couldn't deal with the results of it as well.
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"Crippled?" Come on. They do wonders with prosthetics these days. It's not like the girl will never sail again; lots of athletes with disabilities have achieved similar or greater feats. It's just that she lost her chance to break that particular world record by being the youngest person to sail around the world. By the time she's recovered and adjusted and able to sail again, she'll be too old to break that record.

Masters was upset because she cares deeply about honesty and felt bad about the lengths she had to go to in order to save her patient. Even though she knew she did the right thing, it still weighed on her -- literally kept her up at night. Yes, ruining the girl's dream was part of what upset her, but the alternative was letting her die. Masters accepted, finally, that sometimes compromising her integrity was necessary to save a life, but she wasn't sure she wanted to continue doing a job where she might have to make that choice again.
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Yeah, but Olivia Wilde has a beautiful, perfect, beauty to her that clearly seems of ultimate womanly beauty which I imagine the first woman would have had.
From the pictures angle that's what I imagine waking up to her would be like


I can't help but feel bad for Masters. House broke her in the nicest way. At least she didn't kill herself.
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"Crippled?" Come on. They do wonders with prosthetics these days. It's not like the girl will never sail again; lots of athletes with disabilities have achieved similar or greater feats.
They have and are quite capable. But being "crippled" is defined as having a disability that impairs a person in some manner (I did not mean the term as pejorative.) We can do amazing things with prosthetics these days, indeed, but the best prosthetics around these days will not give her the same dexterity as her natural arm did. Her ability to interact with the world would be even more compromised if she was left-handed.

People with the loss of the use of their limbs, their senses and even parts of their mind do achieve amazing things, incredible things. There's no doubt about that, but losing that limb, that sense or that part of their mind does take something away from them that a person is "supposed" to have.

Losing an arm, in my mind, (more importantly a hand) does make a person "crippled." They may still achieve great things, she can still achieve amazing things in her life -just not her goal of being a young sailor- but she's still going to get a disability tax credit. (Or her parents will.)

I didn't mean "crippled" as an insult to people who are one-limbed or to imply she's incapable, just maybe using a bit of literary drama to punctuate the severe operation she had to endure. I couldn't imagine waking up and being missing an arm, one of the most chilling scenes I remember from "The X-Files" was a dream-sequence when Mulder wakes up having, apparently to him, lost both his arms.
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Even so, it's part of a doctor's job to sometimes do things like that to patients in order to save their lives. It comes with the territory, and anyone who was unable to cope with it would've probably dropped out of medical school well before completing it. So I can't believe that alone was the thing that pushed Masters over the edge. It was the right thing to do medically and she knew that it was. And Masters is all about doing the right thing.

But that's the problem. She had to do the wrong thing in order to get the right result. That was very hard for her. It undermined her whole sense of identity and purpose. Maybe for the first time in her life, she didn't feel good about doing the right thing. She achieved the right end, but still felt bad about it, because the means inform the ends. So it left her uncertain whether she wanted to continue in a profession that had so many gray areas, that would put her into that position again. At the very least, she knew she'd have to live in that gray area pretty much full-time if she stayed with House's team. And that wasn't the person she wanted to be.
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Even so, it's part of a doctor's job to sometimes do things like that to patients in order to save their lives. It comes with the territory, and anyone who was unable to cope with it would've probably dropped out of medical school well before completing it. So I can't believe that alone was the thing that pushed Masters over the edge. It was the right thing to do medically and she knew that it was. And Masters is all about doing the right thing.

But that's the problem. She had to do the wrong thing in order to get the right result. That was very hard for her. It undermined her whole sense of identity and purpose. Maybe for the first time in her life, she didn't feel good about doing the right thing. She achieved the right end, but still felt bad about it, because the means inform the ends. So it left her uncertain whether she wanted to continue in a profession that had so many gray areas, that would put her into that position again. At the very least, she knew she'd have to live in that gray area pretty much full-time if she stayed with House's team. And that wasn't the person she wanted to be.
Which goes back to something House said way back in season 1:

Cameron: This is Dr House, you son's attending, you haven't met him yet.
POTW Father: You're the one HE hasn't met yet. Tell me how you treat a patient without ever meeting them?
House: It's easy if you don't give a crap about them. ... Which is good, emotion clouds judgment.

That was 3M's problem, and a problem Cameron had, she got too close to the patient, cared about her and thus cared that she ruined the patient's dreams. If she didn't get so "close" to the patient she wouldn't know, or care, that she crushed the dreams and would be satisfied that she did what was in the best interests of the patient's life and health.
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