Well, the last episode was disappointing to me. Not catastrophic like the premiere, but kind of disappointing. The smallpox episode was pretty decent, but the patients were rather colorless (Maybe that's a good thing: not every patient can be a weirdo or have a dark secret.) However, the crucifixion guy episode was kinda awful for me. It was predictable that House would treat this "House vs. God, part MCCXVII," but this guy was clearly not just a religious patient whom House hates, like the Hasidic Jewish woman and such. He was a guy who was regularly engaging in severe self-harming behavior. It was fine that House neither saw a distinction between these differing degrees of irrationality personally nor had the professionalism to do so as a doctor, but what about the other responsible people around? Couldn't someone have at least suggested "hey, this guy doesn't need an atheism lecture from House. He needs serious psychiatric help."? Like, maybe Foreman or Masters or something?
Second, it was really forced that embryonic stem-cells were the way to cure him. I mean, come on. This is set in 2010, not 2030 or whenever embryonic stem cells are actually a reliable medical therapy.
Third, the soap opera was really forced too. I mean, what's up with making up a marriage in Cuddy's past just so she can pointlessly lie about it so House can catch her in it? What was the purpose of that? They could have developed something with the Chase-being-a-slut scenes, but they punted, just showing it without going any deeper (Is he trying to purge himself of Cameron's memory? Is this something he was always somewhat drawn to but held himself back from thanks to his Catholic upbringing, and his killing Dibala and the priest's subsequent "turn yourself in" command made him lose faith? Is it that he honestly didn't realize he was physically attractive until the speed dating scene in "Private Lives?" Wilson and Sam breaking up also felt really forced. I think that Sam must have really wanted out on that relationship for a while and just used Wilson's remarks as an excuse. I did kind of like the turnaround of Taub's wife chatting with someone else. Still, Taub going through her e-mails should have provoked more. I know that House-and-company do this sort of thing all the time, but that doesn't mean the writers should lose sight of what a shitty thing it is to have done to you. (This is assuming that the Taubs don't have some sort of prearranged spousal help-each-other-keep-up-with-the-mail arrangement.)