Edited to add: I had intended to mention that this is only the third episode of the show I’ve seen, so I don’t have the context of the whole series. From this thread, it sounds like maybe Cameron just repeats her mistakes instead of learning. If I find that to be the case, this show will be joining SG-1 on my shit list.
Last night’s episode of House started to annoy me. Foreman (Omar Epps) had stolen an article from Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), and House (their boss) didn’t care. In fact, he’d initialed Foreman’s article without bothering to read it, but he’d never gotten around to looking at Cameron’s.
Basically, Foreman knew how to get his article pushed through House, and Cameron thought like a girly-girl she could just rely on the normal procedures to work.
I started calling her names on the screen. I know we girls are taught only the ostensible rules, while boys are secretly taught the actual rules that lurk behind them, unspoken and unwritten. I know this is how we’re kept out and ill-equipped to compete. I know the glass ceiling comes complete with four walls, just to be on the safe side. But this babe in the woods Cameron didn’t seem to get that, and she was incensed that Foreman had taken advantage of knowing how House works in order to get what he wanted. It wasn’t fair, you see.
No; that’s why the world isn’t fair, you see. Because it’s full of unfairness. Do you need a diagram or something, Cameron?
Then something wonderful happened, and I realized the writers were actually on the same page with me. Just after it became clear that House did care, and intended the whole situation to teach Cameron a little lesson about the real world, Cameron talked to Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) – House’s female boss – about Foreman’s deceit. Cuddy surprised her by wondering why Cameron had expected anything different. Then Cuddy offered her some advice: write another article, and another one, keep your mouth shut, and persevere until you’re sitting behind a big cushy desk and when someone calls to ask about Eric Foreman’s resume, “you can say whatever you want”.
Cameron made one further mistake. She suggested to Foreman that they mutually apologize so they could remain friends. Can you guess Foreman’s response? Of course you can: they’re not friends, they’re colleagues, and he has nothing to apologize for. Cameron was, again, taken aback. But with any luck, she’s wising up.
What could have been a dreadful stereotype – Girls Just Don’t Get Workplace Competition – turned out to be an examination of why girls don’t come into the workplace understanding the system of cheats men have put into place, and how they learn. And Cuddy is the show’s living proof that we do indeed learn it.