House took a turn for the better last night with the episode “Family Practice”. Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn), by being completely incorruptible, forced House to confront Cuddy and resolve all those silly relationship difficulties with which the show has been plagued for the past several months.
Much credit for the effectiveness of this episode goes to whomever directed it. (I have been unable to locate this information.) The excellent use of light and shadow in the filming of this one was effective in illuminating the characters (especially Martha M. Masters). House was given an entirely new image. He is now sort of jocular with frizzy hair evoking the memory of wise old Dr. Zorba from Ben Casey. But the interaction between House and Masters calls up thoughts of Dr. Who, and the companion with whom he travels. Dr. Who brings a human companion along with him to serve as his conscience.