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"House" Doctor Heads to White House


I didn't see that one coming. The big surprise on Monday's powerful episode of "House" wasn't that Meat Loaf (credited as Meat Loaf Aday) did such a fine job as a patient on the medical series..

It was that Dr. Lawrence Kutner, played by actor Kal Penn, apparently committed suicide. I say apparently because Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) was skeptical and thought he might have been murdered.

But a Fox release today confirmed it was suicide.

Kutner didn't die before our eyes. His body was discovered in his apartment alongside a gun by two members of the House medical team, who didn't see suicidal tendencies, either. The actor didn't have a role in the episode, which (from next week's preview) may complicate the relationship between Dr. House and Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison).

It is only natural to wonder if Penn left in a contract dispute or because of unhappiness with his role.

But according to Entertainment Weekly, the actor is leaving to work for the Obama Administration. The magazine quotes him as saying he will become the associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.

What did you think of Kutner's death and Meat Loaf's performance?

-- Alan Pergament

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