Everyone has his guilty pleasures, and "House" is one of mine.
I suppose one would have to describe it as a "quirky" medical drama. Hugh Laurie as the Vicodin- addicted, brilliant and ornery Dr. Gregory House, cute young Australian guy as the cute young Australian doc, Selena Ward as House's married ex-girlfriend ( a lawyer, of course- all actresses Selena Ward's age seem to play lawyers), other actors I enjoy.
I like it in spite of the silly graphics that supposedly show us what's going on inside a patient's body, but in fact just waste time and money.
I like it in spite of the fact that the scripts have gone downhill lately.
I like it in spite of the fact that when Laurie, a wonderful British actor whom I've admired for years, does an American accent he sounds like he's constantly choking back a sob.
But the other night "House" even got on my nerves. An episode involving a sick nun and her companions from the monastery.
Now we all know that when television writers write episodes involving nuns there are bound to be some howlers.
Like the wide-eyed young nun staring at girls in bikinis on TV for presumably the first time. This is in spite of the fact that the nun is around 30 years old, could only have been a nun since 1995 and bikinis have been around for forty years. Even thongs have been around for thirty.
Like Dr. House hanging out in the monastery kitchen having tea with the Mother Superior. It is possible, I guess, that as a physician he could have been admitted to the cloister. But since his patient was back at the hospital it was hard to see how canon law would justify that one.
But what really got me was the tea set. Dr. Greg and the Big Momma were sipping tea out of cheerful yellow and white glazed earthenware with a cheerful pattern of cartoonish white sheep on a sunny yellow background.
Ceramics that anyone who loves china could spot a mile away.
Those dishes were Campagna, by Vietri. "Montone," if I'm not mistaken. Made in Italy, imported to the US, available online and in a few shops.
And that teacup and saucer the doc was sipping from easily costs , what- 65 bucks?
The dinner plates alone run $29.
If that monastery is dining off $29 plates, remind me to cancel my donation this year.
Hello, "House" staff, props department! Are you listening?
MONASTERIES DO NOT THROW MONEY AWAY ON RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE DISHWARE! You know, that whole "vow of poverty" thing???
All right, so television is written by kids in their 20s who are very talented but don't know very much about anything, especially about the Catholic Church.
But you'd think they could at least get the props right.