House Season 6 Episode 3 The Tyrant featured a rare television appearance by the great James Earl Jones. It also featured the return of House the jerk and the original diagnostic team of Foreman, Chase, and Cameron.
Some spoilers follow.
There had been some worry that House’s sojourn in the mental institution was going to create a kinder, gentler House, House seemed to be trying to be a nice guy in the previous episode, taking up cooking for example.
Fortunately, the old House is starting to fight his way back in House Season 6 Episode 3 The Tyrant, which finds Dr. House is a kind of limbo between being a patient and being who he was born to be, Chief of Diagnostics at a major, teaching hospital.
Besides getting back his medical license, there is one obstacle remaining between House and his birthright. That obstacle is Dr. Foreman, a doctor almost as skilled as House is, certainly as mean, but not quite as entertaining. The need to rattle and unnerve Foreman brings out the old House, sarcastic, a little childish, and an ego as wide as the clear blue sky.
And it’s just in time too. This week’s patient is General Dibala (which sounds similar to “General Diablo”; get it?), played by James Earl Jones. The whole mystery of what is ailing him is rather beside the point next to the ethical dilemma Dibala represents. If Dibala were, to say, die in the hospital, he would not go back to his tin pot, African hell hole to make it even more hellish by ordering the massacre of the local ethnic minority. Think of the blood bath that happened in Rwanda and the gentle reader will get an idea. It’s sort of like having Hitler under ones care and knowing that the moment he walks out of the hospital he is going to order the Final Solution.
But the Hippocratic Oath is rather clear on this point. It is not the Doctor’s business to make moral judgments about his or her patient. It is the Doctor’s role to heal, whether the patient is a modern day Idi Amin or whether he is Gandhi.
Dibala is not making things easy. He is quite unapologetic about what he has done and what he plans to do. It is necessary, you see, for the sake of stability.
Oddly enough, House is not even involved in the wrestling of this moral dilemma. House has a role in a side problem concerning a former Canadian peace keeper who is making life a living hell for Wilson because his lack of one arm is hurting. House fixes the problem in typical House fashion, being one part an angel of mercy, one part felon. The guy is suitably grateful and stops taking out his dismemberment on Wilson.
The whole African dictator dilemma is solved, somewhat unethically, by Chase, after Cameron makes a stab at it by trying to convince one of President Dibala’s cronies that the old monster has lost both oars in the water (hint hint, nudge nudge.) Foreman is horrified, but can do nothing because the news that the beloved President Dibala had died unnaturally would plunge his country into blood. But can Chase do murder and not suffer consequence? demands Foreman. The look on Chase’s face suggests that the answer is, of course not.
There is a way that one can solve the dilemma and still not annoy Dr, Hippocrates. One does ones best to cure the old monster. Then one waits for him in the parking lot of the hospital with a Glock, locked and loaded. Or one wires the Presidential limo to explode. Or maybe one makes a call to Dexter in Miami. In any case, put the old monster down after having done ones duty as a doctor.
Source: House, The Tyrant, TV.Com