Amber Tamblyn: Before Leaving House, Masters Will Have a 'Juicy' Encounter with Thirteen

House‘s titular diagnostician won’t have med student Martha Masters to push around much longer. As first reported by TVLine, Amber Tamblyn‘s run will wrap up by season’s end, if not before May sweeps. And the actress’ decision to discharge herself from Fox’s hit medical drama didn’t come easy. “There is a reason I’m leaving,” Tamblyn shared as part of this in-depth interview with TVLine, “and it’s a really good reason.”

Read on for more about that, the big Joan of Arcadia reunion she enjoyed before checking out of Princeton-Plainsboro, and how “juicy” things will be when Masters gets Thirteen’s number. (House airs Mondays at 8/7c.)

TVLINE | How has it been for you, vying to be the voice of reason against Dr. Cranky Pants all season long?
You mean Dr. Hottie Pants? Dr. Sexy Face? I shot my last episode, and I’m sad to be done, but it was a really fun experience, something I would never take back.

TVLINE | You’ve had some really great verbal volleys with Hugh Laurie.
Yeah, they were really cool in writing me some great stuff when they didn’t have to do that. I could have just been the background doctor person, but they were great to me as an actor.

TVLINE | And wasn’t Masters fired once or twice along the way…?
Masters has been fired so many times by House, I can’t even keep track. [Laughs] When someone asks about that, I’m like, “Yeah, which time?”

TVLINE | Toward the end of last week’s episode, Masters said, “I was wrong, ” to which House said, “Not yet.” Was it your interpretation that he realized he went too far by “blowing up” that guy’s heart?
No, I don’t think he ever feels like that. [Laughs ] I think he was not being the champion that he usually is about himself. Normally he would be, “Ha-ha, I told you so. Idiot.” This is just a darker way of him expressing that he’s right without being egotistical about it. It was interesting to see, leading up to that, how he’s off of his game because of what’s going on with Cuddy, and his inability to make that work. He can get everything else in his life to work exactly the way he wants it to, but he’s pretty much handicapped in the relationship department — much the way Masters is in the social department.

TVLINE | At the end of the day, will Masters be better or worse for this experience?
I think she’ll be both. When characters leave House, they are forced to grow exponentially — whether it’s in a good way or in a bad way. [In the end] it’s a pretty fascinating thing that happens for her. It’s pretty unique.

TVLINE | This Monday’s Patient of the Week is played by Chris Marquette (Joan of Arcadia)– someone you know just a bit.
Yes, indeed! That’s actually happened twice now, because Sprague Grayden was on House [in mid-January]. But Chris and I worked pretty heavily together on Joan of Arcadia, so it was clearly as if nothing had ever changed. Like, I was making an inside joke that only he and I would know. Chris has an infectious laugh the way that Jason Ritter (The Event), who played my brother on that show, does, and it makes you want to make them laugh harder. Chris’ character is a pretty serious one for House, but still, we would get each other to laugh.

TVLINE | Was it pure coincidence that he was cast?
Total coincidence. In fact when I told the director, he was like, “Oh my god, I wonder what that would have done to my choice in casting him had I known that?” But we’re totally different characters than we were on Joan of Arcadia [playing boyfriend/girlfriend].

TVLINE | Before you leave House, will there be any overlap with you and Olivia Wilde?
We have two episodes — one where we actually work together — and it was super, super fun.

TVLINE | Does the fact that Thirteen is back (starting April 11) have anything to do with why Martha leaves?
No, it had more to do with us the actors. They really wanted me to stay, but there are reasons I have to leave, because of other things I’m doing. It was my 13th episode, and that’s when Olivia had finished her film and was due back. But I was glad — I was going to be real peeved if I didn’t get to do something with her, because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things. My boyfriend (actor/comedian David Cross) has worked with her, and I’ve heard she’s a really rad chick that I would get along with well. If they hadn’t given us at least one scene, with me being the only other female team member, it would have been a missed opportunity. I think they knew better than to pass that up, so they gave us some really cool scenes together. It will be definitely juicy for House fans.

TVLINE | So what are your plans for the spring, if not House?
I am taking a little break and adapting a book that I worked three years trying to buy the rights to.

TVLINE | So although leaving was a difficult decision, it was the right decision.
House is such a great environment to work in, exactly what every actor wants – good writing, steady work, great actors and great producers. I was the most sad to say goodbye to Hugh, because he’s the most incredible and giving actor to work with.

House fans, will you miss Masters when Tamblyn’s time on the show runs out later this spring?

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  1. Noita says:

    Sucks she’s leaving. I like her character and haven’t really missed Thirteen at all.

    • bruna cora says:

      yep. me too!

    • O says:

      can’t agree more!

      • Valindrix says:

        Wait, 13 was gone? I always thought that whole story was very awkward, and I thought maybe we were going to a new well for female characters on house, but saddly seems more of the same….

    • michael says:

      i agree with you. i wish she would stay

    • i’m really sad that Masters is leaving. she hasn’t had a chance really to make a power of influence on people. i will miss Masters. she is much better than Thirteen will ever be.

      • denisemc says:

        I’d like to see her stay or maybe come back at some point,leave it open as an option…. she is good against house (I love him!)

      • anne nisch says:

        MASTERS on HOUSE has been as annoying as a small stone that gets in your shoe…but I guess that was the intention. She did bring a sincerity and search for honesty- in her “bedside manner” not capable or braved by the other cast; On the other hand- seemingly . not having ability to be “PC”;with poor timing and discernment in her communication skills, it’s clear why her comrades felt her to be very childish and inappropriate; yet she often played the role of “tough love” necessary to get to the heart of the matter… she did keep it interesting, although uncomfortable won’t miss her childish comment-I know it was the writing ; anyway “13” is much smarter- maybe just in her writing- but a more mature though complex and feisty and keeps the pace going, in a typical HOUSE way;

        • Valerie says:

          I totally agree with you. Don’t have anything against the actress which did a good job but I can’t stand her character

          • johnnyh024 says:

            Was it just me or anyone else annoyed by Masters hyper-ethical approach to medicine? Perhaps it was a counter-balance to the amoral House character, but if this were real life she would be headed for a fall. Just a thought.

        • Carol says:

          I did not feel that the character of “Masters” lived up to the caliber of the show, but she provided a change of pace, which which was effective for short duration. Likewise, “Thirteen” was a diversion and shift from the usual cast; however, I feel that neither “Masters” nor “Thirteen” could provide the dimension that Cameron provided. I applaud the friction and continued inner struggles between House and Cuddy, the sense of forbidden love, the “can’t live with him, can’t live without him” type of relationship. I hope that the writers don’t try to pretend the entire romance never occurred because I always sensed a romantic tension between them.

        • ter says:

          i agree with u 13 was the only one who could match wits with house thry just need to write few shows where msters shows up and camron to to do the whole conscience guilt trip. im glad she has returned

        • ummm says:

          Masters was a little annoying bitch should have never been apart of the cast in the first place soooooo! happy she’s gone….nice rack though.

    • Kristy says:

      I totally agree, plus it is pretty neat how experience is changing this young doctor!! Hopefully she’ll be back sometime in the future, cuddy did express how much she wanted masters at her hospital

    • wilma says:

      I think the character is a twit. The only good scene was her falling for the cowboy. I don’t like 13 either. They need new blood in the show.

      • Tara says:

        I think Masters was boring. This is the first time I found out what her name was. Haven’t known since she got on the show. Thirteen is also boring. It’s like they don’t know what to write for her. She needs to stat gone as well. Cuddy and House need to break up because his character is pretty lame since they got together. I liked the wise cracking jerk he used to be.

        • Jill says:

          House and Cuddy already did break up…do you even watch this show?

          • DebbiM says:

            I’m glad she’s leaving, no offense to her personally as I think she’s a good actress, I just don’t care for her character on the show.

          • Valerie says:

            Yea it was about time. House’s relationship made him boring and cheesy

        • anne nisch says:

          The on-off again relationship between House and Cuddy,makes this show more than two dimensional. It does change or actually reveals a more complex and rounded guy as House; maybe it tempers his smartass ways,but brings an arc and depth to this series that it really needs to be a “story” It is a bit like “extreme” ping pong- hey, life is more complicated than having a story with the same cardboard characters who ALWAYS say the same typical, predictable dribble- right?

      • LK says:

        I agree Masters really annoys me. I love House but I don’t think she brings anything to the show. I have no other way to describe her other than annoying. Glad she’s leaving!

        • Pam says:

          House is one of my very favorite shows..The writing is fantastic but I totally agree about Masters..I thought her character was totally annoying. I like 13 but I never caught the purpose of Masters being written in the show..

          • Ange says:

            The point of Masters is to have someone stand up to House on moral and eithical concerns. Since Cameron left and Cuddy became stupid, there is no one else to do that.

      • M says:

        Both Martha & 13 are BORING characters.but if I have to choose I’ll choose Martha over 13 any day. I am sick of 13 tragic storyine & now I hear she is coming back with yet another tragic story. Is this the cool story David Shore said about her return. Oh please ,the actress clearly lacks acting range & it shows more clearly whenever she’s given emotional scenes. Next episode looks boring with House yet again not in the hospital & only dealing with 13. The HUGH LAURIE Vs Olivia in dramatic scenes ? REALLY?

    • steve says:

      glad to see her go , she is not sexy enough or show enough skin and she just dont fit in with the whole theme of the show at all , very boring and not very pleasant to look at either.

      • RhetoricCamel says:

        That’s a dumb statement, who cares if the person is hot, she had a good role. She was cute though, I’ll miss her.

        • bob says:

          Um Masters was the worst part about season 7…. she’s a whiny med student who never fit into the team. I’m glad thirteen is coming back. Not only is she way better eyecandy but she’s actually intelligent and works with team way better. Hope they explore a Chase/13 relationship.

        • congaplyr says:

          I agree with you. Master’s was cute in a “safe” way. She had a high level of self respect and didn’t back down on her morals. The tension this created between her and house was something the show had been lacking ever since Cameron left, when, what with Chase’s little medicine swap, “moral” had become a major question in the plot. Master’s was the first real attempt to answer that question. That’s not to say she was always right, but she didn’t back down. It made House’s decisions more meaningful to the audience because there was something else to compare them too. And honestly, I feel that 13 was never an asset to the show. If I wanted to watch House for “eye-candy,” I’d have gotten tired of it 4 seasons ago and started watching porn.

      • Alaina says:

        Women don’t just exist for you to look at, douchebag. Amber is a fantastic actress. If you want to see some skin why don’t you go look up porn like I’m guessing you do the other 90% of your pathetic time.

      • michelle says:

        glad to see her go , she is not sexy enough or show enough skin and she just dont fit in with the whole theme of the show at all , very boring and not very pleasant to look at either.

        Steve Im sure YOUR no brad pitt. so stop being a hater!!!!!!!

      • sashay says:

        Why, aren’t Houses hookers enough for you? I counted at least six in the cowboy episode.

      • teri says:

        wow, you can see what is on your mind, and it sure isn’t the show. I like everything about House and I don’t think they should change.

    • Aldermeer says:

      This. A million times this.

    • Jessica says:

      She will be missed. I enjoyed her quirky personality on the show.

      • Toni says:

        i agree i will miss her, i hope she get the chance to go back to house in the future and i like 13 glad she coming back, and i wanted house and lisa to stay together, he could have made it work

      • tigger says:

        I loved Masters. If you have ever lived through an intensive study, such as surgical technology, nursing, or anesthesia school, you totally get this kid. The character was beginning to really develop, and I was very interested in the offer for the internship with House. The character earned respect, and in “Last Temptation” had gone waaaayyy over the lines for the consent form. I am truly sad to see her leave the show.

    • Deb says:

      I Totally agree!! I will miss her

    • connie says:

      Bummer, I really like her on the show, and would have loved to seen her character develop more as see grew as an individual. Loved they way she stood up to House and what she believed in. Hopefully she will come back in the future. Good Luck-

      • Pat says:

        I couldn’t agree more!!! this and the fact that she is as smart as House shouldn’t let her leave… her character shoud be better exploited and I’d say that’s the writer’s job if you’re looking for someone to point at … I’m sad that the smart always looses against the dull but pretty, and especially on this show, I thought would be more supportive on this regard. Shame on you

    • Sandie says:

      Totally agree….I like her and liked her in the Joan show. Forgot about 13 and thought the Masters character was fresh for this show…I look forward to House every week!!!

    • sashay says:

      Completely agree, and the feeling was made much worse by seeing the photos of the respective actors above. Masters was an interesting character, also thought 13 was interesting initially, but I am more than sick of her now. Also that is a wildly unflattering photo of Olivia Wilde – I’d begun to think that they’d kept her on the show because she was great eye candy, but she looks horrible there. Guess the divorce is taking a large toll on her looks. Now if she’d been working on her acting meantime I’d feel more optimistic, but instead she’s been working in blockbusters. Good for her bottom line, but will do nothing for her monotone delivery and emotionless face. Too bad. I’ve been watching House every week since Amber Tamblyn joined the cast, and I think this switch will drive me back to being just an occasional viewer.

      • Shasta says:

        I am almost certain that the picture of Olivia Wilde came from the episodes in which House was picking candidates for the team, not from anything recent or pertaining to her divorce.

      • Pitchblack says:

        The thing about 13 is she needs to be free of emotions… She is like a women version of House itself. It is not about her look, her acting is good for me…

    • Jack Meoff says:

      I think she is great, was really good having her, I hope that one day in the future she will might come back. Having 13 back will be great also!

    • gemini says:

      Oh no she’s leaving. ÷( I prefer her over 13. Maybe she’ll be back.

    • Lynne Pardi says:

      I will miss Masters. She is a good actress playing an interesting character. You sense so much going on just beneath the surface in Masters! I wish she would stay with the show–so much they could do with her character.

      • Roberta Van Haag says:

        I agree with Lynne Pardi — just when she was developing as part of the team, she is leaving — bummer! She and Olivia would have made a formidable pair.

        • brian says:

          I miss watching house!! My fav. Show but with dish tv. Have no local channels!! It sucks!!! I have 2 wait for USA. 2 play new show every once in a while!! Or just buy the seasons when there over. I try 2 keep up on what’s happening through my phone. Never thought id say it but I miss mediacom!!! DISH NETWORK SUCKS!!!

    • Kiki says:

      no love loss hear with 13 gone … i like Masters and wish she stayed instead …

    • Maer says:

      Noita. I agree, Thirteen is a great character, but she’s been gone so long, and Amber has been a wonderful diversion for everyone to fill the space. I was kind of hoping she’d ride off into the sunset with the bronco rider from last week.

      Sad she has to leave.

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    • PB says:

      Olivia wilde is a better actress and fits better with the cast. Amber tamblyn is awkward ,adds nothing to the show and can’t be leaving soon enough!

    • Gina says:

      Ohh what a shame… ‘loved when she started to talk back to House. Dr 13 is the really boring one with all that “mistery” around her.

    • fddf says:

      Que se quede, que se quede!!!

    • paul says:

      I’m just glad she didn’t end up in bed with Wilson, or

    • Carol says:

      I have to agree: I’m really going to miss Amber. She’s a better fit than Thirteen (whom I didn’t miss at all), and I’m hoping that The Powers That Be find a way to convince her to come back for the remainder of the House run.

      Amber is a perfect foil for House.
      Thirteen is wooden, two-dimensional.
      “The Bitch” from last season is missed.
      Glad Camerson is gone. She drove me batty!

      Please bring Amber back!

    • Craig says:

      Nope, never liked her, wanted her gone from moment one. Glad to see you go…1-2-3-4…:)

    • Dawn says:

      I for one will miss her as well, she was fresh, as intelligent as House and forthright causing a good balance and reflection in the team to not always run away with House’s outrageous sometimes illegal ways at solving the cases. hahaha I think she was an important part and a great counterbalance to House. Kind of good House and bad House constantly challenging each other.

      I am sorry that they have let her go, even though I was aware this was a temporary role.

    • Mikael says:


      not me…i don’t have such moneys!!!!!!

    • bme says:

      I DEFINITELY AGREE WITH YOU. I MISS “MASTERS”. I REALLY LIKE HER CHARACTER. I like watching her and Chase, I think they’ll click together. WISH SHE WOULD COME BACK ON THE SHOW. PLEASE LISTEN FOX!!!!! MAKE HER COME BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ryan says:

    I actually like both characters, 13 and Masters. I was really hoping they’d both stay on the team longterm, but sadly not to be! Does anybody else have any suspicions that her character will be killed off, or is that just me?

    • Jay says:

      I agree Ryan. I like both 13 & Masters, well, 13 is my favorite. But Masters was a foe to be reckoned with to House. I don’t know what everyone has against Olivia Wilde, i miss Jennifer Morrison too (now i’d love to have a caring doctor like her), & a lot of people didn’t like her. I think there’s a lot of women haters out there. I’m starting to wonder about the ones running the show, always killing off or getting rid of the women…..I’m surprised no one is trashing the very gorgeous!! Lisa Edelstein….now she is such a great looking lady & smart. I love her as Cuddy, but they did dumb her character down. Only now that they’ve broke up as a couple on the show, it was nice to see her get some backbone back when she told him something he couldn’t do or have (can’t remember) & then said, “I want the tv back too”. I was sitting there saying, “Yes, Cuddy!!! Way to go!!” Finally the Cuddy from the early years! And did anyone else but me notice that the way Hugh kissed Lisa was rather unbelievable when you seen the way he kisses some of the ‘hookers’ he always has? In my mind, if he wanted a chance to win Cuddy back, he’d already blown it by having hookers not even no time into the breakup. Oh yeh, that’d win her back. I’d be on my knees begging her to take me back, i sure wouldn’t have went his route! Anyway, can’t wait to see Olivia back. I just wish they’d have at the minimum, no less than 3 women on the show. Anyway, having 13 back will be great, & even tho i wasn’t a big fan of Masters, there was a few scenes (which i forget at the moment), that really made her shine. Good luck to you, Amber, in whatever roles you get in the future.

    • Tab says:

      Yeah… I’ve got a feeling that the cannible serial killer might come looking for her. Sad.

  3. Sam says:

    I’ve missed Thirteen, so it’ll be good to have her back, but Masters was such an interesting addition to the team that it’ll be sad to see her go. Amber Tamblyn has done such an amazing job on the role and I wish her all luck in future endeavours

    • Susie says:

      I totally agree with you…She is a really great actress and she will be missed..I have missed 13 tho, and I hope both of them are doing exactly what they dream about !!!!

    • beej says:

      agree with sam. happy to see olivia wilde back after her break for movies. and sad to lose amber tamblyn. imagine what a terrific mentor thirteen would be to masters. not since cuddy & cameron has the show had any real female interplay. heavy doses of testosterone, yes. and if true fans had been paying attention, we were warned from the start that house would screw up the relationship with cuddy. question remains is he really back on vicodin or screwing with his team & downing OTC pain meds.

  4. Lily says:

    She’s been enjoyable in an awkward way. I haven’t missed Olivia Wilde at all.

  5. Liz says:

    I prefer her over Olivia, Olivia can’t act at all. Sad to see her leave! :(

    • Kris says:

      Olivia’s a great actress. It’s one thing not to like a character but don’t take it out on the actress. People who hate actors because they don’t like the character they play (I’ve found Olivia Wilde and Lea Michele particularly get this a lot) are just too immature to separate the two. I can’t stand Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill but that doesn’t mean I have any negative feelings towards Hilarie Burton.

      • maggie says:

        Why do you assume that because someone doesn’t think Olivia Wilde is a good actor it must mean they really don’t like the character 13, and it has nothing to do with her acting? Liz made a comment about Olivia’s ACTING, not the character she plays on “House.” I’ve seen her in “The OC,” “The Black Donnellys” and “Tron” and I agree with Liz that Olivia can’t act.
        Just because someone has a different opinion than you it doesn’t mean they are “too immature.” It simply means they don’t agree with you.

        • marie says:

          I totally agree with you maggie , I dont rate OW as an actress at all , she has but ONE expression and it tells us nothing , to be working alongside Hugh who can say more with an expression than most actors with a two page script makes it even worse and more noticable , Amber had a lot of expression and great timing,….AT and OW are worlds apart.

          • mik says:

            Maybe she’s not the BEST actor in the world, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t play her character well :/ Tron was a kid’s movie and OC is…well, OC, so you can’t really blame her for the acting in those movies/shows. Otherwise, I really love Olivia’s character and think she is a real genuinely kind person

      • Rob says:

        I agree that Wilde is a good actress/presence, and also with the sentiment of not taking out your dislike for a character on the actor/actress. That being said, having never watched a single episode of Glee (i.e. I’m not familiar with the characters beyond what I’ve seen elsewhere in the media), I find Lea Michele to be obnoxious and cloying, and I’d bet money right now that Glee will be the highest point in her career by a long stretch. I’m talking CW sitcoms and Lifetime movies after this. Olivia Wilde at least has the chance to have a great film career if she plays her cards right, and it seems like she has so far. Just my opinion.

  6. tahina says:

    When I read “juicy” then Masters and 13 many things came to mind, wonder if anything “happens” between them that promts Masters to leave. Anyways, good luck to Amber. Good job.

    • Chris says:

      That’s an interesting point, Thirteen is supposed to be bisexual, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that she’s going to hit on Masters…

  7. pangolin says:

    I’m sorry she’s going, Masters was a great character, added an interesting dynamic to the show. Thirteen wasn’t missed by me, she doesn’t challenge House in the same way as Masters.

  8. Rory says:

    Hope they have sex tbh, this show is already screwed up anyways.

  9. JohnDoe says:

    Never really thought they developed Masters all that well, so I wouldn’t care if her character got hit by a bus on the last episode, even though the actor did a good enough job. Just glad that 13 is coming back, honestly.

  10. Mark says:

    I’m really disappointed Masters/Tamblyn is leaving. She’s been one of the highlights of the season and brought a fresh take to series. I really hope she returns in the future.

  11. Barbara B. says:

    Amber Tamblyn is a fantastic actress and I am sad she is leaving House. She was definitely a highlight of this season for me. Will be interesting to see how Masters exits.

  12. SnazzyO says:

    Loved her on the series. I would have preferred her staying but I’ll enjoy her while she’s there!

  13. Maryanne says:

    noooo keep her and ditch 13

  14. Ace says:

    I’ve lost interest in House lately, but I might have to tune in Monday just to see Amber and Chris share the screen again. They were so great together on Joan of Arcadia.

  15. Jenn says:

    Honestly, I HATE Masters & cannot wait until she’s gone. I love Hugh Laurie, but I would have stopped watching altogether if she had decided to stay any longer. Good riddance.

  16. Ellen in NYC says:

    Ambler Tamblyn’s addition to this season’s cast of House has made it all worthwhile. I might have given it up as I was not a fan of the House/Cuddy relationship (I Tivo’ed through their scenes together when I couldn’t take it anymore.) But Masters was always a bright light. I’ll miss her.

  17. DanT says:

    I was really happy when I heard Amber Tamblyn was going to be on the show, especially when I read the details about her character, but when it came down to it I did not find the character very interesting or engaging at all, except for brief moments. I think she was really underused by the writers. Mind you the writing has been really bad this year. At least the Masters scenes were a break from the Huddy soap opera. I enjoy Olivia/13 and am glad she is coming back and look forward to the overlap of the two characters. I hope the writers managed a decent script for them.

    • Rebecca says:

      I agree. I’ve always loved Tamblyn and was really excited for her arrival on the show. However, I thought the writing for the character of Masters just fell flat. It’s not a discredit to Tamblyn, she did a great job with what the character was, I just feel Master didn’t fit. I’m looking forward to 13 coming back and bringing things back to life a bit. I’m hoping they write in enough “va-va-voom” in the interaction between Masters and 13 to give a exit worthy of an actress like Tamblyn.

      • akacalgon says:

        That was part of the charm of Masters character—she didn’t fit in. Masters was awkward and immature and socially challenged and I loved her character and I think A.T. did a great job portraying that. Almost reminded me of a genius young doctor show from the late 80’s-early 90’s called Doogie Howser. But Masters character was much older-in her 20’s. Anyway I will miss Masters and I hope once Amber Tamlyn is done with her other obligations she can come back for some more episodes of House.

  18. Tophu says:

    This makes me SO sad.
    Honestly, I think Masters was amazing all series long. She was like… an uber-Cameron, who I still miss. But Tamblynn added something special to the show, and I was really hoping that 13 and Masters would both stay on the team longterm. She will be missed!

  19. @natalia_sousa says:

    Thirteen rules.

  20. M says:

    Juicy scenes between masters & 13 ? how boring. Looks like another snooze worthy episode.

  21. Sally says:

    I’d rather have Cameron come back instead of Masters or Thirteen (yes, I still miss Cameron, always have, always will), but if I had to chose between Masters and Thirteen, I’d rather have Masters staying. Although I think it’s way too unrealistical to have a med student on the team (where can I apply? LOL). But okay…

    • Jill says:

      I wish Cameron would come back. Her being backburnered and then dropped left a huge hole in the show.

      Masters has been the saving grace of this season with the awful Huddy mess. She’s a Cameron-lite but at least she’s her own character, unlike Thirteen and Taub who are variations on Foreman and add little but sex (Thirteen) and comic relief (Taub). I think the show’s biggest mistake was to get rid of the original team.

      • Rob says:

        I think the show’s biggest mistake was killing off Kutner. I get it — Kal Penn was going to work for Obama. But they still could’ve left the character alive with the possibility of returning. Him and Taub were a great balance for each other, and Taub is WAY less interesting without Kutner around.

        Cameron’s arc was played out. She’d gotten over House. She’d married/divorced Chase. She moved on. I think it was right to end her story.

        • sashay says:

          I completely agree about Kutner. It was such a sloppily written episode. If they absolutely wanted to kill him off, then they should have offered it to Kai as a tour de force, and made his death meaningful to the audience. Or if he wasn’t awailable, already left for Washington, then they should have had him leave for family reasons. I do find Taub much more boring than Kutner, and would have preferred him to leave the cast. Nothing against the actor, of course. Just some of these characters are very one-dimensional, and stand out in such strong contrast to Hugh and Robert.

          • Craig says:

            The door has been left open for something to happen with Kutner still. He had a gunshot to the right temple but the gun was found next to his left hand. Go back and look at the death scene. Either it’s a ‘red herring’ or someone left a door open.

        • Ange says:

          Cameron could have stayed and been a kickass attending, something the show doesn’t have at the moment. The advantage to Cameron as a character is that she was a rational opposition to House, something he doesn’t have any more since they started putting Cuddy in a relationship with him, and she cared about the patient, unlike everyone else on the show except for Wilson. She was also someone who grew as a character, unlike Foreman and Thirteen who are stuck where he was 4 years ago, and Chase who has moved backwards.

          Cameron is a character for medical stories and too hard for these writers to write.

          Martha with her ethics and her inability to lie is a Cameron V2 but I’d like to have the original back because she could stand up to House.

    • Roselynne says:

      Agreed. It would make my week if Cameron came back! On the other hand, I would rather have Thirteen back on the show than Masters, since Masters reminds me of Cameron and we need some diversity. Last week’s episode with the bullrider, Masters fell for someone who was “damaged” and it made me miss Cameron that much more. I’m still very curious about Thirteen’s story and how that will all play out. Glad to see her coming back, and okay with seeing Masters leave.

    • Beverly says:

      I agree with Sall. I liked Cameron and wish she would come back. I missed the season when Cameron left. So, I dont know what happened to her. The show tonight was the best one, since new season started. I think Masters is boring.Glad to see her go.

    • Jay says:

      I agree totally Sally, i have so missed Cameron (Jennifer Morrison). She was the kind of doctor anyone could hope to have,kind, caring & listened. Cuddy’s character is the same when she does jump into a situation. Yep, was totally disappointed in them canning her. Why couldn’t they have bumped one of the men (the little one as House’s hooker called him! haha) instead of the women all the time? And everyone run Olivia down, have you all watched Foreman’s expressions? He is just like her if you want to compare; never smiles, always looks like he’s mad, Olivia just looks like she’s not happy. I don’t know, but i dread to think how they will end this series when it does wrap.

  22. maggie says:

    I was hoping that the character of Masters would stay. She’s a great addition to the show. Amber Tamblyn is a terrific actress and hopefully will find other interesting work in the future.

  23. Marie says:

    I loved Masters , ten times better than……. the ever boring, expressionless ,arogant, know it all 13 , I am dreading her return , but I suppose we will have to put up with her taking the lions share of the script and camera again every week, in my opinion it was the “shoved in our faces every week ” 13 that started the rot on this show ,I have loved the time she has been away because Hugh, Lisa, and the other cast members have been on more , its a far better show without her.

    • ChiChi says:

      Yes! You have perfectly described what is wrong with 13/Olivia Wilde. I don’t know how much responsibility goes to the writing & directing versus the acting, but I do know that time wasted on 13 is time I will never get back in my life. Guess I’ll be putting my PVR to extra use when she returns.

    • Sacha says:

      Totally agree about the Thirteen overkill. I hate her character (not the ‘actress’, if you want to call it like that), and she doesn’t add anything to the show with her uber-presence that she used to have before she – thankfully – left. I dread her return. It’s going to be SUCH drama about her and she will be such a MAJOR part of the show again. I grew to like Amber Tamblyns character and she did a great job. She’s far more likeable than Cameron ever was and she can outdo OW anytime. This was the FIRST credibly written female character on the show and it’s sad to see her leave. I also had high expectations for the rest of the team (Chase, Foreman, even Taub) when Thirteen was gone, but they had to put them on the backseats again and now Thirteen is going to be SO super important and she’ll be getting all the attention because, well, that’s what she always does. If there ever was a parody of a Mary Sue on television, it’s got to be Thirteen.

    • noemi gandaras says:

      I agree with you, Marie. Thirteen never, ever , made me feel anything.
      On the contrary, Masters kept my attention all the time, because, although this character could look boring, stupid and predictable, she is the ONLY one who confronts House. One may think she is a freak or that a person like her could never exist, but I feel there’s still a lot writers could explore in her personality. Besides, she may have some problems but I’m really fed up with Thirteen’s tragedies. Also, better a plain face that sounds human than a beautiful one that seems robotic.

  24. Gwen says:

    I love Amber’s character, and I enjoy her interaction with the others. I didn’t miss 13 at all.

  25. Toby says:

    I like Masters. She made 13’s absence not so noticeable. I’m glad they’ll have a few scenes together before she leaves.

  26. Dj says:

    I am going to miss her. The show has been so much better with her on it instead of 13. I wish 13 would leave and Amber could stay ):.

  27. Pat says:

    I wish they would drop Thirteen and bring Cameron back. Olivia Wilde is too busy making films and Thirteen was a one note character anyway.

    I liked Masters. Good luck to Amber Tambyn on her new projects but I would rather have Masters than Thirteen and Taub.

  28. jaded says:

    Don’t tell me 13/MMM are doing the nasty??! ewwww

  29. Liana in San Diego says:

    I may be the only one delighted- nay, THRILLED – that she is finally going to be off the show. Her character irritates me, and the portrayal of that character bugs me even more. I do NOT think this gal can act her way out of a shoe box. She is one-note. I for one am really glad she will be gone. Maybe I’ll start caring about the show again.

    • Paula Letch says:

      Totally agree. Couldn’t stand the character after her first ten minutes on the screen, the only thing which has been bearable about her right from the start was TPTB made it clear she was only temporary while 13 was gone. Such a wooden actress. The only character/actress on the show I disliked more and couldn’t wait to see go was Amber/Ann Dudek!

      • Andrew says:

        I tried, believe me I tried, so very hard to like Masters, but she is just sooo very bland. She brings NOTHING to the show. 13 may not be the best character, but at least she’s an adult in an adult drama.

      • Kelsey G says:

        While I agree with you and Liana that Masters was a terrible character (ugh! me and my mom have hated her from day one) it wasn’t Amber Tamblyn’s fault, and it’s wrong to say that she’s a terrible actress because of this one arch. If anything, unless you’ve seen anything else she’s done, you’d know that it’s the writing in this case that is to blame, not the actor.

        Masters came off as incredibly bland and annoying because she never changed. That’s not Amber’s fault; that’s the writers’ fault. For some reason the writers decided that Masters shouldn’t develop… at all. The character was flat, not dynamic in the least. I blame the writers for that, because I know Amber is an amazing actress and that she probably had very little say in the matter of whether or not Masters would be able to change and get better about her obvious flaws (such as her inability to see the world as it really is.)

        • Liana in San Diego says:

          Don’t agree that Amber is an “amazing” actress. I have seen nothing of hers that would persuade me otherwise. She is simply wooden, with facial expressions that a 10 year old could easily duplicate and probably improve upon. A good actor overcomes bad writing… witness Hugh Laurie surging through some really crappy writing of late. Sorry folks, Amber is just NOT a good actress.

      • ChiChi says:

        Don’t agree with you at all, Paula. I loved Amber and feel the same about Masters. I could easily do without Taub and 13, maybe even Foreman. Their characters are kind of boring and simple, and I really don’t think much of Wilde’s acting.

    • Trina says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more Liana! I’m glad to see that 13 is coming back, watching Amber Tamblyn attempt to act on my favorite show has been painful,to say the least. Sayonara!

    • Lee says:

      Wow. Know much about acting? Doesn’t seem like it…..

      Have you ever even SEEN her act in anything else? SO MUCH NOT a one note. I’ve seen her in a couple of different independent films and you would never guess it was the same actress, the characters were portrayed THAT differently. And convincingly.

      Did you ever think maybe you don’t like her because you don’t like Masters? I think she is great as Masters….and portrays all the awkwardness, moral high handed-ness, and goody two shoedness so well that we (the viewers) DON’T like her.

  30. Kel says:

    Glad she is leaving, I absolutely dislike her charactor! Sort of a female Foreman.

  31. Jayne says:

    Girl-on-girl scene with 13 and Masters? *crosses fingers*

  32. Constance says:

    Well she was an interesting character I thought that her and one of the other characters would make a nice couple. Have not missed 13 too much but I have missed the other character they killed. House seems a little off but who knows where he is headed. Love the show and love House together with NCIS and the Mentalist my favorites now that Monk is gone.

  33. Leigh says:

    I will really miss her character. But like everything, all good things must come to an end. I hope House doesn’t!

  34. Chase Carter says:

    I love Amber!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! <:-(

  35. Pamrojo says:

    She was a breath of fresh air because she never allowed her ideals to be compromised. I know her character was a fictional one the writers made up and fleshed out (and they could do this to any and every character but seem to pick and choose who to give good story lines too. But because they made her strong and vulnerable at the same time – she became a very close ‘friend’ on the show. I’m sorry to see her go but wish her the best in her personal life. I hope at least she’ll make some guest appearances to keep the fans happy :-)

  36. rhiannon says:

    I agree with panglolin that Masters challenged House in a new way that I will definitely miss. I was unaware ’13’ was returning and I’m kind of ambivalent to her character. I thought Masters was one of the few bright spots of the season. I thought the Cuddy/House relationship fell flat and I’m finding his relapse painful to watch in how raw and real the decline looks. Ouch. I love Hugh Laurie. I think he’s a phenomenal actor. I thought Masters and Talb might hook up and I thought that was going to be a really interesting plot twist… Sad to see her go.

    • Cobie says:

      No no, don’t you mean you thought Masters and CHASE might hook up? Remember the gala where Cuddy was getting her award, and how Masters gave Chase a hard time for sleeping around? There was definitely some sexual tension there, and I think both of these actors are pretty good looking. Taub on the other hand is quite a bit older, and frankly, looks like he was hit by the ugly stick.

      • Jay says:

        Haha!! Cobie, you cracked me up about Taub getting hit by the ugly stick!! hahaha!! SO TRUE!! Not that looks matter….that’s the one thing about this show that is funny, almost everyone is good looking. Believe me, when i go to the doctor anywhere, i’ve never seen any good looking doctors!! My P.A. is good looking but she’s a rare one! Next time anyone goes to a doctor, take a good look & tell me how many HOT doctors, nurses, etc. you see! haha!! Thanks for the laugh, Cobie!

  37. Kris says:

    I’m so confused. The title alludes to them having a “juicy encounter” and then it’s never mentioned again.

    • Jay says:

      Prob because they don’t want us to know the ‘juicy’ details. And it prob is just a ploy to make us think something sexual! With the character of Master, i can’t see nothing too exciting happening! But then again, you know what they say about the quiet ones! lol!!

  38. Mummi Guyer says:

    Will miss the tension between her and House…. always thought provoking as it is…

  39. Jasmine says:

    Dude, this sucks. I like Amber’s character a bit more than Thirteen. Thirteen’s just… way too stuck up and bitchy. Masters is pretty awesome because she tries to do the right thing and ends up failing at it 85% of the time. But it’s funny when she does. Funny, but also kinda sad.

    • Frances says:

      This comment sums it up just about perfectly for me. I can’t help but like her -Masters- even though (or maybe because) she makes me cringe! 13 is just plain irritating without any redeeming qualities.

  40. IceMetalPunk says:

    I like Masters, but I really want the writers to clear up the mystery of where the hell Thirteen went in the first place. Unless I missed something, she started by saying she was going to a Huntington’s trial, but when the other doctors looked into it, the trial runners had never heard of her. Then, incredibly, House didn’t even care where she went; he just dropped it. Completely out of character, which means either House knows where she went already or House expected her to leave. Which means… I don’t know, I just wanted to go on a logical rant like House :P .

    -IMP ;) :)

  41. jaime says:

    I found her charactor annoying even though she played the part well. I can’t wait until Olivia is back!

  42. luis angel says:

    i love her!!!! also 13

  43. George says:

    The heck with masters I love 13 she is hot smart sexy and funny. Masters is to much of a goodie girl and I can’t stand that. House is supposed to be edgy.

  44. Nicole says:

    I will not miss Tamblyn’s character at all. I was so happy to read that she is leaving! Her character is horrible and the whole time she’s been on the show I’ve been hoping that she was just temporary. Thank goodness we don’t have to put up with her annoying truth/honesty and tattling on House for much longer. That and her mousey appearance didn’t lend any help to her naive personality. I have to say that I think Martha Masters is the worst House character ever.

  45. CTB says:

    Amber should stay forever as House’s girl duckling and Thirteen should just stay where she was. She was not missed anyway, whereas Masters was a piece of art.

  46. Elizabeth says:

    Olivia Wilde is not only gorgeous, but she can act as well. In Tron, she wasn’t supposed to be human. She was a creation. Look at Jeff Bridges as CLU. Can you call that good acting? They aren’t human, therefore you cannot criticize them for their roles. Also, the OC…really? Everyone was horrible in it and they were supposed to be because the show in and of itself is cheesy. Olivia Wilde was delightful in her small role in Conversations with Other Women. Have faith.

  47. Aimee says:

    I’m glad 13 us coming back. Masters was way too much of a pain and not as dynamic as the other characters. She never fit in. 13 on the other hand fit right in with the team, why else do you think House picked her and why do you think they would bring Olivia back if she wasnt doing something right??

  48. Evelyn says:

    I am so sorry to see her go. Her youthfulness & honesty was very refreshing & comical to see on the show. I have missed 13—I’ve always liked her & will be glad she’s back but too bad they both couldn’t stay so the girls wouldn’t be outnumbered. Good luck to Masters in whatever she’s doing that’s more important than being on House…This show is #1 all the way!!!!

  49. Mariana says:

    YES we will miss you Amber!!! I loved ur outfits and your kind heart! believing in people! Enjoy your new adventures!!

  50. Adam says:

    At least Chase is still on the show :)