Monthly Archives: October 2010

30:365 – House (Season 2) in 15 Minutes

Ready for round 2?

Season Two
House’s Team:
Eric Foreman
Alison Cameron (Brown hair still)
Robert Chase

Bad Guy/Main Problem to Overcome:
Officer Joe Luria (Bad Cop)
Luria is brought to the hospital when he starts laughing inappropriately and bleeding from the head, two extremely serious symptoms, especially when combined. House is intrigued by the laughing, and the team investigates in that way they do (which involves Foreman breaking into the cop’s house). The cop is living in filth and has a massive weed-warehouse out behind his apartment. As they try to figure out what is causing Luria’s original symptoms, he develops the new and unusual symptom of going blind without realizing it. He gets sicker and sicker, eventually developing intense pain coming from nowhere, and Foreman develops the same symptoms. The cop dies in excruciating pain which makes Foreman a wee bit nervous. In his desperation he stabs Cameron with what he hopes is an infected needle to try to give everyone more incentive to hurry up and figure out what’s wrong, which is totally selfish and seems a little redundant… it’s not like they were shooting pool instead of working on a diagnosis, but whatever. So, extra-long story short, Foreman almost dies but doesn’t because they figure out what’s wrong just in the nick of time, but not before they take out piece of his brain to test. Which somehow mixes up his brain’s ability to control the left and right sides of his body, but don’t worry… everything gets magically fixed before the next episode.

Important Things that Happen (Well, aside from two main characters almost dying):
-LL Cool J, the Office Space guy, and Michelle Trachtenberg make guest appearances
-Chase kisses a 9 year old
-LOTS of House and Stacy drama: House does lots of desperate things, including harassing Stacy’s new husband, breaking into filing cabinets to find out sensitive information about Stacy, and just plain old kissing her
-Chase’s daddy issues cause him to accidentally kill the mother of adorable 5 year old twin girls (told you only the most shocking patients die)
-Team House treats a patient who is not only NOT a girl as she had been raised, but also had “intimate relations” with father along the way WTF.
-House and Wilson live together. Hilarity ensues.
-More babies die
-Cuddy tries to get pregnant and House uses this information to harass her
-House gets shot

Today’s Reading: Morning Coffee: Starbucks Has Wine and Beer? :: My Journey Did Not Come with a Manual – I love Starbucks and I love the name of this blog

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29:365 – House (Season 1) in 15 Minutes

Since Eric got me into hockey and other forms of previously-abhorred entertainment, I retaliated by making him like Law & Order: SVU and House, two of my most favorite shows. I started watching House during the summer of 2008 and somehow managed to watch all four seasons that existed at that time via online streaming, starting with episode 1. YES I’m a geek. And a nerd. JUDGE ME.

So, as one may be able to gather, I looooove House. It’s such a fun show! But since then I’ve hardly watched any of seasons five through… um… what’s it up to now? Seven? I want to finish what I started and watch all the episodes in the correct and chronological order. Which, considering the amount of re-runs I’ve caught on Sleuth and USA, is kind of moot but I will not be deterred!! I bought season 5 at a second-hand movie store and Eric and I shall proceed to watch them all.

But in order to maximize Eric’s enjoyment and understanding of season 5, having only seen bits and pieces of out-of-order episodes, I’ve decided to write a beginner’s guide to House MD to get him, and anyone else who doesn’t feel like grinding their way through earlier seasons, up to speed. Here’s season one:

(Please note, this pocket guide is based on the assumption that you’ve seen at least one episode of the show and/or that you have a general working knowledge of its premise. K? K.)

Season One
House’s Team:
Eric Foreman
Alison Cameron (Brown hair)
Robert Chase

Bad Guy/Main Problem to Overcome:
Edward Vogler (billionaire)
Vogler donates $100 million to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in exchange for being made chairman of the hospital’s board. He sees the hospital as a potentially hugely profitable business venture and tries to run it as such. He’s a MAJOR control freak and instantly dislikes House, as House doesn’t do “authority figures.” The Vogler vs House power struggle puts Dr Cuddy (the Big Cheese of the hospital) in the awkward position of trying to make the billionaire happy (by making House wear a lab coat, stop taking his Vicodin, etc) without having to fire her star doctor. Vogler also thinks the Diagnostics department is a money pit and tries real hard to get it shut down. He demands that House fire one of his team (*dun dun dun!*); he later proves himself to be the baddest kind of bad guy by telling House he doesn’t have to fire anyone if he endorses Vogler’s pharmaceutical company of choice.

Important Things that Happen:
-We find out that House is cool with making his team do stuff like break into patients’ homes to get clues to help figure out what’s wrong with them
-Baby dies, foreshadowing to viewers that the only deaths in this show will be babies or other shocking patients
-House tries to prove he’s not addicted to Vicodin by betting Cuddy for a week off clinic duty that he can stop taking it for a week
-Chase has an important father and seriously deep seeded Daddy issues
-Cameron quits. For a little while. Oh, and goes on a date with House. Wtf.
-Chase sucks up to Volger and Vogler tells House he has to fire a team member, but one who isn’t Chase. Chase is a douche. But SOOOO sexayyy.
-House’s ex-wife, and his only soft spot, arrives on the scene with her new husband who needs House to treat him. Drama ensues. Cuddy makes the ex-wife, Stacy, the hospital’s lawyer.

Today’s Reading: Never Stand on the People Mover :: A Peine For Your Thoughts — I have to say thank you for this post for re-motivating me. I was all but ready to give up on my 365, but I read this and decided not to call it quits.


28:365 – Blogging Is Hard

That’s all.


27:365 – Stuff and Things and Babies

I’m an Aunt… again!! My older brother’s third child was born yesterday around noon. I have a new baby niece named Bella. His other kids are almost-13 and almost-9 and they are super excited about their new sister. Despite the fact that they didn’t find out until Thursday whether they were having a boy or a girl, my nephew messaged me the day he found out about the baby saying, “I’M GOING TO HAVE A BABY BROTHER!!!!!!!”

So…. yeah, so much for that. But he’s still excited. My mom is excited too because today is her birthday and baby Bella decided to get borned about two and a half weeks early to be my momma’s birthday present.

 

 

She’s adorable and I love her. I just hope I get to meet her soon.

Had a birthday party for one of Eric’s nieces today. Her 2nd birthday was last Monday (so many October birthdays!). Eric has five nieces, the oldest of whom is 6, and I somehow found myself helping four of them decorate a Halloween gingerbread house. For everyone who thinks this sounds cute and fun, it’s not. I do not recommend it, unless you enjoy finding icing in every crevice of your body and home. The little house didn’t look very much like the picture on the box by the time the girls were done with it, but it definitely had a spooky quality to it.

 

Today’s Reading:What’s So Special About Nebraska :: Veronica Twizzler — A fun and quirky blog!


25:365 – Dallas! Stars! Dallas! Stars!

Tonight is the Stars’ first home game of the season!! So of course they’re playing the Red Wings, which is of course the team that picked up Mike Modano… who writes this stuff? Man I wish we could be there!!

Last year when Eric got back from Iraq he bought himself a coming home present which was half a season’s tickets to the Dallas Stars home games, second row behind the bench. Since we started dating around the beginning of the season I ended up getting to go to my fair share of games, which is how I became a hockey fan. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. There is very little that is more fun or exciting than a hockey game. Gives me goosebumps (although that might just be the fact that it’s effing freezing in there, but I digress). This year the season ticket prices are half what they were last year, but whereas we’re currently trying to purchase a home we’re not in the position to drop a few grand on some hockey games. As TOTALLY WORTH IT as it would be.

I thought I would be excited to see Mo back at the AAC but it’s really just kind of painful to watch him try to score against his former colors. Why can’t we all just get along?

As a side note, apparently Mikey Mo ate dinner last night at the same place Eric took me for Valentine’s day. Along with Jamie Benn, James “The Real Deal” Neal, and Tony Romo. Have I mentioned I love living here?

So here’s hoping for an amazing season, and here’s hoping I find my butt somewhere next to the rink while they’re playing. GO STARS!

Today’s Reading: Tips for Taking a Really Great Travel Portrait :: WanderLust — Because I am also a lover of the visual arts.


26:365 – Oh, and Another Thing…

I am behind at least one post, so I’ll do a double today.

This blog needs special attention as a “Today’s Reading,” for a couple of reasons:
1 – It’s a hockey blog
2 – It’s a well written hockey blog
3 – It’s a well written hockey blog about my hometown team.

Some fodder for your hockey-hungry soul:
BruCrew


24:365 – Ummm…

I got nuthin’.

Today’s Reading: Thanks, NFL; I’m Now Aware of Breast Cancer :: The Unpersons — Because I had this EXACT SAME THOUGHT.