Gregory House seems to be snapping out of it. I noticed the preview of next week’s episode, though, and it was not necessarily encouraging. What was encouraging about last night’s House episode RECESSION PROOF was the development of Martha Masters (Amber Tamblyn).
She did the awkward, fumbly thing for the first part of the story, trying to fit into her job, seeming out of her element. Then, as she is watching (through a glass partition) the dead patient’s wife she sees her own reflection very clearly. This is a cheap theatrical trick but it conveys the notion that she is identifying with the woman by the sickbed who, because Masters misled her, had desperately tried to communicate with her husband when he was in a coma because she was unaware was also deaf. Masters is a female on a team that is otherwise male. She realizes at that moment that, in order to do her job effectively, she needs to get the rest of the team to listen to her.
So she focuses on the weakest of her co-workers, Chase, and presents to him a vulnerable and cute image. And when the team goes to the charity event she dresses the part. Once Chase accepts her as a member of the team, Foreman and Taub fall in line.
There is apparently a classical guitarist named Martha Masters. It might not be a bad idea for Tamblyn’s Masters to discover this on the show, or have it pointed out to her by another character who is into classical music.