All that said, I still don't get American Idol. I mean, if I wanted to listen to Van Halen, why wouldn't I just go, uh, listen to Van Halen? I've never listened to a single thing by Clay Akin. CDs are expensive enough, thanks. It must be that whole personality-star thing, which frankly, I don't get either.
Anyway, House was on next and it was one of the single best episodes of House and of television I have ever seen. Excellent writing (set-up, pay-off, dialog, especially the line, "Because I hope this is more than a test."), excellent acting (I love the part where Cameron answers Dr. House's question with the correct diagnosis, "Dead muscle" and for just a moment, House realizes that his team is well trained enough, they might have saved him); the cinematography (the auditorium which gets more and more full as the lecture continues; the image of House's team and Dr. Wilson sitting beside each other), the movement from humor (gotta love that snake) to pathos. The "point" which is made so swiftly and profoundly at the end, you almost miss it. Excellent. Absolutely magnificent.
Good old Fox, except baseball starts up next week, so there goes the summer. I enjoy going to baseball games--the cheering, the food, the sun--but watching it on television is worse than watching golf which is at least soporific.