I started watching House again this season after a hiatus of about a season. Thirteen’s gone (yay!), Cuddy is also gone (not so yay), and Foreman is the Dean of Medicine (Seriously? They couldn’t find someone who, I don’t know, has at least head a department for a while to do the job? Wilson? Some other department heads we’ve never seen before? No one?). I like the two new female doctors, Parks and Adams better so far than Thirteen and Cameron. I’m getting really excited for Episode 11 (“Nobody’s Fault) and Episode 12 (“Chase”). The press release for “Nobody’s Fault”:
When a violent incident involving a patient has serious consequences for one staff member, House and the team are placed under review by Dr. Walter Cofield (guest star Jeffrey Wright), Foreman’s former mentor and current Chief of Neurology. As House and each member of his team recount the details of the dramatic and life-threatening incident, Cofield must weigh the team’s unconventional brand of collaboration against their ability to save lives in the all-new “Nobody’s Fault” episode of HOUSE, airing Monday, Feb. 6.
The press release for “Chase”:
Chase takes on a patient, Moira (guest star Julie Mond), who is a cloistered nun on the verge of making her life-changing vows, and through the treatment process, he and Moira form a unique connection that tests their faith and reason. But when Moira’s condition worsens and requires a risky surgery, Chase’s judgment is compromised. Meanwhile, House and Taub try to remain one step ahead of each other’s pranks in the all-new “Chase” episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Feb. 13.
From the promo photos for “Nobody’s Fault”, I think it’s safe to assume that Chase is the staff member facing serious consequences from a violent incident with a patient (life-threatening injury?) He and Adams are seen wrestling with a patient in one photo; then in the photo where Jeffrey Wright meets with House’s team and Foreman, Adams is there, but not Chase. The format of the episode will probably be similar to season 2 episode “The Mistake (the one where Chase caused a patient’s death because he was too distracted by his father’s death to ask an important doctor-ly question).
What’s interesting is that even though the press release said the incident is “life-threatening”, in the very next episode, Chase is already back treating patients. A few possibilities come to mind:
1) The injury isn’t actually life-threatening and the press release is just hyping up the episode.
2) Months have passed between the event in “Nobody’s Fault” and “Chase”, and Chase has recovered.
3) The events in “Chase” are actually Chase’s hallucination/dream while he’s unconscious/in a coma after the life-threatening incident (similar to House hallucinating treating a patient after he was shot). The not-yet-nun seems suspiciously similar to Chase himself – pretty blond, interest in taking a religious vow, faith versus reason dilemma. Chase could be the one needing risky surgery to save his life after the incident with the violent patient.
4) I’m completely misinterpreting the press release and the promo pictures and it’s actually some random nurse or doctor we’ve never seen before who is hurt.