The mystery of who would be the new Dean of Medicine was solved last night: It’s Foreman! Omar Epps talked to TV Guide about his thoughts on his character’s promotion.
On what kind of leader Foreman is going to be:
“I think it’s going to be a combination of a lot of things. The Foreman of old is pretty thorough and pretty much a hard a– and just pays attention to details. But at the same time, when you’re running such a huge operation, it’s hard to micromanage.”
On why he brought House back (because he seems to be the only person who wants him there):
“Obviously Foreman cares about the guy, not to mention he has a lot of respect for him. He basically puts his neck out on the line…This is the last guy they want back in the hospital. But at the end of the day, he’s still the best doctor. Foreman’s playing the politics and the reality at the same time. But in terms of the friendship between them, it’s just the best place for him to be. House is sort of rebuilding his life and coming back into the hospital is good for both of them in the long run.”
On whether House is going to behave himself (for once) for his new boss:
“I think there is some tension there but it’s sort of balancing itself out. The bottom line is, Foreman is the boss, and he’s running the hospital. And I think that there’s a mutual respect there. I think that House realizes the magnitude of the risk that Foreman is taking. When the student becomes the teacher, that’s just sort of a weird dichotomy. But I think House realizes the error in his ways. And it’s been a year, so life has completely moved on. [Foreman] is one person from his past that’s reaching out to say, ‘Hey, I care about you and let’s help you rebuild your life.’…This is not just about Foreman putting his neck out. House can go back to jail at any given time. So he certainly doesn’t want that but, he’s still going to be himself.”
On whether Foreman will be able to rein House in when he misbehaves:
“I think he’s going to put his foot down, but it’s going to be a battle. You put your foot down with House, he tries to find a way around it. But Foreman used to work for House, so he knows all of his tricks. He helped facilitate half the madness. So in that sense, he’s sort of a step ahead and he feels confident in being a step ahead. At the same time, he knows House is going find a new bag of tricks, so Foreman has got to stay sharp. They both know that the stakes are high. So, I think the reins are as tight as they have ever been. It’s one of those things where it’s both of you guys’ last chance. If this guy messes up, you’re both out of here.”
On what Foreman sees in newbie Dr. Park:
“I wouldn’t say she’s a Foreman protégé, but… Foreman has a soft spot for her and thinks she’s definitely capable. I also think part of that camaraderie between Foreman and her will be that Foreman will have some eyes on the inside. He might expect that loyalty, but I don’t know if he’s necessarily going to get it.”
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