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.
Martha Masters (Tamblyn) reacts to House's perfidy
Overlooking the obvious is not what one expects from House, but he must have been preoccupied with domestic drama this last episode. I think the writers need to be a little more concerned with the medical puzzle of the week than with mother-in-law cliches. House has been reduced to plotting to get a night alone in front of the TV. And after watching House’s three sidekicks engage in their usual round of petty bickering and self-flagellation, one is thankful for Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn) and her self-confident reasoning (wrong in this instance, but still valid).
According to AfterEllen.com, Amber Tamblyn will not be rejoining House after this season. She will instead be working on a project of her own.
“I just bought the rights to a book that I’m adapting into a screenplay. It’s Janet Fitch’s book, Paint it Black,” Amber said. “It’s really about two women and about who controls someone’s memory after they die and how you can change that and pervert it based on what you want your memory of that person to be. I’m the girlfriend of the son, and the mother of the son who does, come together and I start wearing his clothes and it’s really a psychological film about these two women.”
House needs Martha M. Masters. Bring her back next year.