domingo, 29 de abril de 2007


Third Season Episodes :: #320 "House Training"

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April 24, 2007
Written by
Doris Egan
Directed by
Paul McCrane
Music at the end:
Matthew Ryan's "Follow the Leader" on the Album "From A Late Night High Rise"
  • "trudyj" remarked on Television Without Pity's House Forum about Chase: "the comment that he'll remind her every Tuesday that he's still there reminded me of Lord Peter Wimsey proposing to Harriet on set dates, and warning her beforehand so she could ignore him."
  • "sherlock21b" followed up on this by saying, "I thought of the Lord Peter connection, too... I think, however, the Tuesday selection was just a cute reference to House's airdate."
From Fox:

Charles S. Dutton, Beverly Todd, Jane Adams Guest Star

The team takes on the case of Lupe, a young female scam artist who passes out while working a card-playing scheme on the streets. Lupe suffers from a lack of blood to the brain which had temporarily paralyzed her ability to make decisions or exercise free will. Measuring from her background, Foreman immediately suspects Lupe's condition stems from drug abuse, while Chase looks for other possibilities, such as toxins, in Lupe's apartment. Lupe senses Foreman's disdain for the decisions she's made in her life, and Foreman grapples with his own humble past when his parents come to visit him. When Lupe's symptoms worsen and her organs begin to shut down, Foreman and the team suspect cancer to be the culprit. Meanwhile, Cuddy and Wilson go out on a date to see an art exhibit together, and House probes Wilson's ex-wife about Wilson and his dating habits. When the team learns some devastating news about Lupe's condition, they realize that their own decisions, rather that Lupe's, may cost Lupe her life in the "House Training" episode of HOUSE airing Tuesday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HOU-320)
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase.

Guest Cast: Monique Gabriela Curnen as Lupe; Charles S. Dutton as Rodney Foreman; Beverly Todd as Alicia Foreman; Jane Adams as Bonnie

martes, 24 de abril de 2007

Gail Shister | Biting dust on '24' didn't shock him

By Gail Shister
Inquirer Columnist

He's a sniveling traitor; his brother's a crusader against evil, and his father's a shady arms dealer who smothers him.

For Philly boy Paul McCrane, life on 24 was never easy. Then, in the season's biggest shocker, he died.

Fans of Fox's hit thriller reached for oxygen masks Monday when James Cromwell's Phillip Bauer suddenly strangled his evil spawn, Graem.

McCrane, however, expected to die.

"I knew I'd only be on for a couple of episodes, so I assumed he'd be killed," he says. "On that show, if you're only on for a short time, you're probably going to die."

McCrane, 46, a Germantown native and Holy Ghost Prep alum, debuted last season as the mysterious puppetmaster behind President Logan (Gregory Itzin).

When 24 returned last month for its sixth season, Graem's identity as the treacherous brother of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was revealed.

Too weird? Hey, it's 24.

When McCrane read the script, "it seemed patently absurd, at first. Then I thought it was a riot. Because the show has established this roller-coaster, adrenaline-rush, twist-and-turn genre, anything goes."

Howard Gordon, a 24 executive producer, came up with the Cain-and-Abel storyline.

"I told the writers, 'This is probably a crazy, terrible idea, but what if Jack's brother is Paul McCrane?' It was preposterous, but almost instantly, we all decided it was too good to resist."

Equally hard to resist was the Shakespeare-meets-Bible idea of Graem dying by his father's hand. Other options were discussed - Graem escapes; Graem kills his father - but in the end, it was unanimous that Graem had to go.

"We weren't quite sure how he'd go, but we knew it would have to be in a pretty spectacular fashion," Gordon, 45, says.

"We felt it would describe, in some way, why Jack is Jack. He comes from a family of betrayal, avarice, misguided hubris."

To McCrane, it was business as usual. He's practically made a career of strange, gruesome demises.

On ER, as imperious Dr. Romano, his arm was severed by a helicopter blade. In a play in high school, his character was decapitated. In the '88 remake of The Blob, his Deputy Bill Briggs was pulled through a door. Backwards.

"It seems to be something I specialize in," McCrane says with a laugh. "I don't know what I did in a previous life, karmically, but it can't be too bad because the stuff isn't happening in real life."

With his boyish looks, McCrane began his career playing soft-spoken sensitive types. After his success as a lovelorn gay student in 1980's Fame, he had had enough.

"I was cast as every sort of fragile character there was. At some point in my 20s, I said I wanted to go up for bad guys. My representatives thought I was out of my mind. Then I got fairly successful doing bad guys."

Gordon agrees.

"In the pantheon of 24 bad guys, he's one of the greats, and that's saying something. He's in good company. I actually still think of him as the kid from Fame."

The kid from Fame has a wife (jewelry designer Dana Kellin), a young son and a daughter, and he's making a name for himself as a director. He's done episodes of ER, Jericho, Without a Trace, and House, among others.

In fact, it was a directing job that necessitated a shortened gig on 24 this season, according to Gordon. "It was a happy accident that our situation and his availability coincided."

On another 24 note, Gordon says we haven't seen the last of ex-President Logan, presumably pacing in a prison cell.

"He'll figure into this season in a very interesting and great way. We need him. President Palmer [D.B. Woodside] needs him, and Jack needs him to help stop something very bad from happening."

Back to McCrane, Gordon says there's something about Philadelphians that makes them great at being bad.

"They've got guts. Only someone from Philly could stand up to Jack Bauer."

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