Tonight marks the 100th episode of House (8 p.m. on Global and Fox). Hugh Laurie and the rest of the stars and producers were trotted out before critics last month in Los Angeles on the press tour, where they promoting the milestone. Wrote about it for both The Canadian Press (read that story here) and Saturday's Starweek magazine.
The series remains among the most popular dramas on television, drawing 2,417,000 viewers last week on Global. Laurie remains the reason to watch, staying resolutely true to the character's cranky-but-miserable nature.
Olivia Wilde as Thirteen has also enjoyed a lot of face time so far this season. That continues tonight as Foreman (Omar Epps) continues those experimental tests on Thirteen, who is starting to feel the effects of Huntington's Disease.
Speaking of Foreman, congrats on that Super Bowl win yesterday. Could Omar Epps look any more like Steeler's coach Mike Tomlin? Are these two twins? Also, why is Epps character named after Eric Foreman on That '70s Show?
Just so we wouldn't forget about tonight's TV milestone, Fox also shipped each critic one of those giant, fuzzy red and grey tennis balls House tosses around his office. My son quickly absconded with mine. Written on the ball it says, "100 great episodes. 110 treated patients. 1 sick bastard."
Included in their press kit was a booklet with information on the first 100 episodes, including a list of "House-isms," saying from the good doctor over the years. Some favorites:
"Like I always say, there's no 'I' in team. There's a 'me,' though, if you jumble it up."
"Oh, Level Three. Have you called Jack Bauer?"
"Welcome aboard the good ship ass-kisser. Nice day for a sail."
"If you're considering grabbing my ass, don't start anything you can't finish."
"If I'm a buttload of pain, I need a buttload of pills."
"Go up his rear and get a smear. Which reminds me, kinda feel like a bagel."
"People don't change. For example, I'm going to keep on repeating 'people don't change.'"
"I'm a jerk to everyone. Best way to protect yourself from lawsuits."
"If you life's no more important than anyone else's sign your donor card and kill yourself."
"What they don't confess to is almost always more interesting."
"Thirteen, go stick a needle in your girlfriend's pelvis--and, no, that's not a metaphor. Suck out some marrow. That one was."
"People interest me. Conversation's don't."