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Three weeks and counting. Everyone excited about the House, MD season five premiere? It will be a big week, indeed; first, the season premiere, then just a few days later the Emmys. I really do think that this is certainly Hugh Laurie’s year. (But, then again, I say that every year… sigh…)

But this year, Laurie submitted “House’s Head,” a brilliant and brave, emotionally raw and simply stunning performance. As I’ve noted before, Laurie was in nearly every frame, and he hit not one off note. What an emotionally exhausting performance that must have been. If he does not capture the Emmy this year (hear that, Emmy voters?) there simply is no justice in Emmy-land. Greg Yaitanes also undoubtedly deserves an Emmy for directing the incredibly difficult and complex episode. As for the series itself, nominated for Best Drama, whatever you may have thought about the season as a whole, this may indeed be its year with "Frozen." What "Frozen" shows Academy voters is a slightly more accessible Gregory House (and significant exposition about the character, as well as much chemistry between Laurie and guest star Mira Sorvino (as Cate). So fingers (and toes) crossed for wins all 'round.

So, with just a few weeks to go 'till the premiere, I thought it was appropriate to offer my personal wish list for season five. I know you all must have expectations and hopes for the new season — well, here’s the place to let them be known (if only to me and your fellow readers), offered for discussion and debate.

Where we last left off: Amber has died; 13 has discovered that she is positive for the Huntington’s gene; House hasn’t spoken since his last memory recollection (at least not consciously, and except through that incredibly sad gaze at Wilson from his hospital bed). Now awake, post-seizure (during which, according to Katie Jacobs, Hugh Laurie was so physically into the performance, he knocked over an IV and sliced his hand and foot!), House lies in the ICU with Cuddy at his side (holding his hand!).

The big question, of course is how House and Wilson’s relationship will suffer and play out over the first half of the new season. We know (cover your eyes, oh spoiler virgins!) that Wilson resigns his position, and that he needs to “get away,” maybe out of New Jersey altogether (no stereotypically snarky remarks about New Jersey, folks!). At the start of the season, Wilson has been on bereavement leave for several weeks. There are other factoids and rumors out there about what will be, but I’m not going there. Just the facts, guys. But you might want to take a peek at this new season five preview video, courtesy of FOX.

So without further ado, my season five wish list:

More introspective and thoughtful House (you must have known this one): I’ve generally believed that if anything was sacrificed during season four it was those incredible quiet moments — just Hugh Laurie and the camera. I could swear you can hear House thinking in those moments. You can see House feeling, hurting, agonizing… in other words, being human. And I want them back (and I think we’ll get our share this season). House has a lot to think about. As he hovered (again) between life and death, House (also again) chose life. It was a brave move, as the comfort of the white bus (“there’s no pain here”) beckoned him to end it finally, he fought his way out of the coma to face his pain, his misery – and Wilson.

An exploration of House and Wilson’s complex relationship: Way back in season one, Wilson said that his friendship with House is an “ethical responsibility.” Why? What is the origin of that statement? Where did Wilson and House meet? How did they become friends? They are superficially so different from each other, but somehow their friendship works — or it has until now. Is it simply that House is needy and Wilson “feeds on neediness?” I’m intrigued at Cate’s long distance assessment ( “Frozen”) of the (outwardly) nice, affable, and straightforward Wilson, and the complex, enigmatic, and (outwardly misanthropic) House. And I do believe we will get some insights this season.

And, why was House drinking alone at five in the afternoon (“House’s Head”)? The easy answer, of course, is that he missed Wilson. Or that he was drinking himself into oblivion so that he would be forced to call Wilson and thereby disrupt his evening with Amber — a “typical” Housian manipulation. (Which, by the way, I don’t really believe.) I think House was drinking alone and so early in the day because he is terrified of losing Wilson (as a friend). Wilson is House’s anchor into the world and (maybe) the lifeline that keeps him from despair. And as much as he would never admit it (at least up to now) House does realize this, and the thought of Wilson drifting away from him is difficult for House to handle. I’m excited to see how this will play out.

An exploration of House and Cuddy’s layered and uniquely intimate relationship: Cuddy sat at House’s bedside for a long time in “Wilson’s Heart.” And there is much, much more to this relationship than meets the eye. House makes no effort to conceal that Cuddy is the object of his sexual fantasies (made very, very clear in “House’s Head”). But she is also one of the few who can reach beyond House’s bluster and appeal to his better nature. In “Ugly,” House doesn’t want the cameras following the team around while they’re diagnosing (and he has a well-borne out point). But Cuddy zings him with the fact that without the cameras, the boy goes home without the surgery. House immediately relents (although he does, of course, continue to fight the cameras’ presence). House has kept her confidences, even as he makes lewd comments about her publicly, and has been more honest and open with her than virtually anyone else in his circle. But I want to know how they met; how long they’ve know each other — what’s the back story? We know they’ve slept together, but their easy intimacy (no one gets into House’s personal space like Cuddy does, and does it without House backing away) suggests something much deeper. What was Cuddy’s part in House’s original surgery? Was her presence in “Three Stories” real — or an avatar for House’s real doctors? Inquiring minds want to know!

More clinic moments: I love the clinic “beats.” I want them back. (Loved the prostitute with the St. Nicholas medal in “A Wonderful Lie” last season — one of the few clinic patients.) And I do understand that they shall return to their accustomed place this year. Not only do they offer a comedic relief valve for the more heavily dramatic, even tragic, moments, they often provide House with his “epiphany moment.” And (especially when kids are involved) they provide us with genuinely sweet moments from the (nearly always) cynical House.

A real place for Chase and Cameron: I loved season four Chase. He’s clearly found himself (albeit slightly unbelievably, in surgery), and I really like the calm, even demeanor he’s assumed. I also like Cameron in the ER. Okay, so she’s an immunologist, but it can be “fanwanked” into believability, can’t it? I like her as a conduit for new patients, and I like her as a mentor to the new fellows. And, by the way, I love the fact that she and Chase are together — and that it’s part of the series' fabric. But I do think they were vastly underutilized last season and my wish for season five is to see them much better incorporated into the episodes.

Something for Foreman to do other than sneer at House: I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’ve never been a big fan of Foreman. His main task seems to sneer and to scold House. I can see him slowly fitting into the role of House’s assistant, managing the day-to-day dealings with the new fellows. But my wish for season five is that he begin to take his House-blinders off and begin to appreciate House for who he is and what he does — while continuing to be a foil for his wilder ideas.

Continue building the new characters: (Okay, I know I’m going to get some flak from some of you, but here goes…) I like Kutner, 13, and Taub. I know that it’s been argued in the fandom that the new fellows are simply the old fellows “lite.” But I find them to be very different than Chase, Cameron, and Foreman. Kutner is fascinated by House’s maverick brand of medicine; he revels in its unconventionality. He is the first fellow who I can appreciate as a true believer in House and his methods. Taub is an older doctor (maybe even a peer of House, experience-wise); he’s smart and not afraid of House in the least. He’s also unafraid to go around House or above his head, and could provide challenges – and threats – to him. I actually do find 13 to be an interesting blend of tough (and as guarded as House) and fearful. My hope for the new season is that the writers continue to flesh them out and explore the bits of character information we learned about them in “Wilson’s Heart.”

No actors’ strike: My greatest wish for the new season is that there is no actors’ strike. Please, AMPTP (Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers) and SAG (the Screen Actors Guild), come to an agreement — and soon — so that not only will we be treated to a full season (selfish, I know), but that actors get their fair share of the new media pie and all will be well as House approaches its 100th episode later this year.

In the meantime, House reruns abound on both FOX (Mondays and Tuesdays) and on USA Network. New episodes return on September 16 on FOX!

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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics, as well as a noted entertainment writer. Author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., her primary beat is primetime television. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality. She is a contributor to the book called Spiritual Pregnancy (Llewellyn Worldwide, January 2014) and has a story in Riverdale Ave Press' new anthology of zombie romance, Still Hungry for your Love. She is hard at work on what she hopes will be her first published novel.
  • Bek

    My wishes: House and Wilson exploration. Loud declarations of love and need would do for me.

    And more Chase. I miss Chase. But mostly I want the House & Wilson love.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Hi Bek. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get quite a bit of realization (on both of their parts) that they are necessary in each others lives.

    More Chase is always a good thing.

  • sdemar

    Barbara, your wish list pretty much mirrors mine. While I do love the House/Wilson relationship and both of these actors, I hope that is not all they center on this year. I agree I want to know how it all began for these two characters and what drew them together. What was it that made House want to open his world to Wilson and vis-a-versa?

    I also really want more exploration of the Cuddy/House relationship and definitely more screentime for LE. I am disappointed when we have an episode with only one scene involving Cuddy. I feel cheated. As you point out, Cuddy is the only one that House will knowingly allow to enter his personal space and seem comfortable with it. I love his sexual remarks to her but I would be happy to sacrafice some of that (I know he lusts after her and thinks she has a zesty bod) for even more insightful and honest conversations between the two of them. This is my ship so I want as much as I can get.

    And I agree with more Chase. I have always felt that Jesse was a decent actor and his subtle acting is what caught my eye. He is not a scene chewer but I always notice him. I also liked the development of the relationship between him and House last year and want to see this explored more.

    With respect to Cameron, I would be happy to see her play more of a role with Wilson and helping him get over his loss of Amber. This is certainly an area where she can relate and could be a comfort for him. No, I am not thinking a any type of relationship other than a friendship. Based on the interaction we have seen with them, they appear to have an honest enough relationship with each other that I think she would be good for him during this time.

    I also enjoy the newbies and don’t have a problem with them but I also enjoyed the old ones. My only fear is that 13 is going to dominate more of the scenes than the other 2. I don’t mind learning about all 3 equally.

    And finally, I would like to see House in a romantic relationship again. You know my wish here and I will continue to wish it. But in any case, it is time.

  • Sue

    Champagne wishes and caviar dreams?

    I wish that either 13 or Taub is gone by the end of the season. If it could be one, I hope it is one of them. They can’t get rid of all 3 at once anymore, so I think they will get rid of one them this season. It is not the characters’ backstories that I don’t like, it is the actors themselves. They haven’t made me care a lick about them yet; I doubt I will care when I find out more about them. It is the job of the actors to make what they are given interesting and believable. So far, they haven’t even come close to doing that.

    Better actors as patients–When the actor is cast well, like the patient in Mirror Mirror, or the magician, the episode is much better. They have to make me believe they have the disease, and make me care what happens to them. That aspect has suffered seriously this past season. I did not like or care about Mira Sorvino’s character this season. Her acting was amateurish. Her gaze at the camera when Wilson said “No wonder he likes you so much” was what I would expect from an inexperienced actor trying to fake an expression.

    More consistency and fewer dropped story lines–Several times, the writers have gotten careless and started themes that just fall flat. Examples are Cuddy’s pregnancy, House’s failed attempt at psychological help in Half Wit, House’s interest in Cuddy sexually, House and Cameron’s attraction, House’s desire to learn about the afterlife, dates and times that make no sense. I understand that in real life these things come and go, but when you write for an audience, loose ends don’t leave the viewer satisfied. Truly great writing doesn’t leave the viewer hanging, wondering what happened with a situation or character they have emotionally invested themselves in.

    More for Wilson to do than just to lecture House and tell him how he should act. We were given a treat when we saw how talented Robert Sean Leonard is. He can add so much to the show if they let Wilson develop into a more well-rounded character. I don’t find it believable that he is always hanging around House and always available for House to torture.

    More development for Cuddy. She became a one-liner this season in many episodes. She can’t just be someone who lectures House and takes all his sexist lines. That was old two seasons ago.

    More atypical episodes. I like it when they shake up the formula like they did in the season finale. They do it only a few times a season. But, they have to be clear in what they are doing when they do it. I still don’t understand the Cameron with the dying patient thing in One Day One Room.

    I hope I am drinking the bubbly and eating lots of fish eggs by the end of the season!

  • Claire

    Your wish list is right on target to me, especially the thoughtful moments for House. One addition: I would like an episode focused on Kutner. He’s my favorite new character, I find him fresh and intriguing. Kal Penn has done a terrific job. His line delivery is superb; his subtle facial expressions give us hints of a fascinating mind and unique world view. Plus, this may be the one mind among all the fellows that rivals that of House in brilliance. But what a filter on the world! My favorite line was to the recent convert to Orthodox Judism, “Does that mean you can never see Star Wars again?” There is something blindingly bright about him with a pragmatism about life’s pain. However, he also has the clueless innocence of the overly focused. I want an episode with his back story.

    Finally, have you noticed that House has near-death experiences in about the same frequency that lead characters in other series have romances? Or for House, perhaps that’s the same thing.

  • Grace

    If I get to see HUGH LAURIE act in HOUSE for several more seasons, that will be enough for me.

    That being said, I have no desire to see 13 ever.
    And NO Tritter-arc-like episodes.

  • Jazz

    My wish list is simple.

    More Chase and Cameron.
    Less 13 and Taub.

    Oh…and clinic patients!!!

  • Barbara Barnett

    Barbara, your wish list pretty much mirrors mine. While I do love the House/Wilson relationship and both of these actors, I hope that is not all they center on this year.
    I think it will frame the first several episodes until they get back on an even keel, but then move on.

    I agree I want to know how it all began for these two characters and what drew them together. What was it that made House want to open his world to Wilson and vis-a-versa?

    this would be such a great reveal to happen (at least part of the story) after four years, its time imho

    I also really want more exploration of the Cuddy/House relationship and definitely more screentime for LE. I am disappointed when we have an episode with only one scene involving Cuddy. I feel cheated. As you point out, Cuddy is the only one that House will knowingly allow to enter his personal space and seem comfortable with it. I love his sexual remarks to her but I would be happy to sacrafice some of that (I know he lusts after her and thinks she has a zesty bod) for even more insightful and honest conversations between the two of them. This is my ship so I want as much as I can get.

    I certainly know that Sdemar! I’d love to see more of LE as well this season. And I think, again, this first story arc may be the vehicle for it!

    And I agree with more Chase. I have always felt that Jesse was a decent actor and his subtle acting is what caught my eye.

    He’s really gone from my least favorite character to my favorite of the six fellows/ex-fellows.

    With respect to Cameron, I would be happy to see her play more of a role with Wilson and helping him get over his loss of Amber.

    I believe you may get your wish on that one!

    My only fear is that 13 is going to dominate more of the scenes than the other 2.

    I don’t share your fear–although she may get a bit of that as her Huntington’s story progresses.

  • Barbara Barnett

    I apologize for answering these in individual responses, but you guys write long, thoughtful, wonderful comments, and I feel responding to them in one long tome would be too much :) (Re: response to sdemar above)

    Sue:

    Better actors as patients–When the actor is cast well, like the patient in Mirror Mirror, or the magician, the episode is much better.

    I agree. I love when the patient (or is as compelling as House–well no one’s quite that compelling, but you know what I mean :)) Gabe in Son of Coma Guy, Dave Matthews in Half-Wit. The series has had lots of great guest patients.

    I did not like or care about Mira Sorvino’s character this season. Her acting was amateurish. Her gaze at the camera when Wilson said “No wonder he likes you so much” was what I would expect from an inexperienced actor trying to fake an expression.

    Here I would disagree with you respectfully. Mira (or rather Cate) was not looking directly at Wilson, she was looking at a Web cam, so the gaze would look weird. Her “mark” would be different than if she was looking directly at him. I really liked Sorvino. So it’s a YMMV issue sometimes.

    More consistency and fewer dropped story lines–Several times, the writers have gotten careless and started themes that just fall flat. Examples are Cuddy’s pregnancy, House’s failed attempt at psychological help in Half Wit, House’s interest in Cuddy sexually, House and Cameron’s attraction, House’s desire to learn about the afterlife, dates and times that make no sense.

    I think some of that is stylistic of the show. They dropped Chase’s dad, but picked up that thread the following season. I believe that Cuddy finally gave up (like women often do after a long time–especially someone who’s unmarried.) House is still interested in Cuddy sexually, and I think that will continue to simmer this season. Cameron’s crush is over (as crushes do die out). I love her with Chase. I don’t think House went for psychological help in Half-Wit. He did pursue radical therapies in a lot of the latter half of season three, including half-wit, Insensitive, etc., but the episode left him at the brink of the pub’s entrance. Did he or did he not go in? I think house’s fear of relationships and is a hallmark of the series and very consistent.

    As far as dates and times–I’m with ya there, girl! I’ve tried my hand with the timeline and come up with something, but I’m working on something more definitive. But it’s got some chinks in it for sure.

    More for Wilson to do than just to lecture House and tell him how he should act.
    AMEN!

    I don’t find it believable that he is always hanging around House and always available for House to torture. Well, I think they torture each other–But Wilson’s torture of House is less obvious.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Claire:

    I would like an episode focused on Kutner. He’s my favorite new character, I find him fresh and intriguing. Kal Penn has done a terrific job. His line delivery is superb; his subtle facial expressions give us hints of a fascinating mind and unique world view.

    I really am enjoying Kutner. He’s a puppy on one hand, but very, very bright — the staff geek–on the other. I like the reflection of House in him, as well as that unique world view (bred of tragedy)

    Finally, have you noticed that House has near-death experiences in about the same frequency that lead characters in other series have romances?
    LOL!

    Grace:

    If I get to see HUGH LAURIE act in HOUSE for several more seasons, that will be enough for me.

    another AMEN from me!

    Jazz–I think we’ll get more of the clinic this year, I really do!

  • Tina

    I basically agree with your views Barbara. I just don’t want any more out and out sexist, obnoxiously lecherous and rude plot lines for House. I thought it was totally out of his season 1-3 character. I am fine with the usual sexual tension and jibes between him and Cuddy (or others) but it went totally over the top last season – please fix it in season5 TPTB! I also want more angst involving House as in previous seasons, and more “human, caring moments” with lots and lots and lots of close-ups of Hugh’s great expressive eyes.

  • blacktop

    Barbara:

    I agree with your entire wish list, especially the request for more answers about Wilson. Please let’s have some resolution to the question of his long-lost brother and where was Wilson during House’s infarction anyway? If the first few episodes of season five tackle the altered interaction between House and Wilson I will be delighted.

    I hope that the major arc of season five will give us a thorough exploration of the House/Cuddy relationship. I greatly enjoy the fact that, like all the other characters in this great show, Cuddy has evolved from the superficial cliche of season one when we thought she was just going to be another hard-assed administrator set up to constantly foil the maverick hero. We have learned that she has significant character weaknesses, especially where House is concerned, as well as hidden strengths. I hope her character, as well as her complex past and future with House, is explored in much more detail this season. After the brave and delightful fantasy dance in “House’s Head,” LE deserves a major story arc featuring her full range of acting talents.

    I am a fan of the new fellows so I hope we learn more details about their characters and their histories. In particular, I enjoyed season four’s scenes between Taub and Foreman. These two played well off each other with expertly delivered elements of humor, conflict, and respect that I hope will be elaborated upon this season.

    I too enjoy the fact of Chase and Cameron’s ongoing relationship and I hope that this is maintained through season five. Please no break-up drama for these two! I don’t know that the show will go there, but an unexpected but welcome pregnancy for Cameron would have strong dramatic repercussions for Cuddy, House, and of course Chase as they each contemplate the news through their own optics. However, I want Cameron and Chase to remain largely in the background as they did in season four with a few signal scenes alloted to them every so often. I find that with this couple, a little goes a long way.

    I am excited for season five to begin and for Hugh Laurie to win his long-deserved Emmy.

  • Tina

    Barbara I would also like to add that I really look forward to your blogs – and find them extremely insightful and intelligent. I have just been lurking for quite a while, reading and digesting!

  • action kate

    My season 5 wishlist, besides more House/Wilson interaction and more clinic time, would be less Kutner. I find him impossibly boring, and Kal Penn’s uninteresting performance does him no favors. Kutner’s epiphanies are so out of left field they feel painful — the character was literally assigned to say the words; he’s not a person coming up with ideas on his own. There’s no evidence to me that he’s smart enough or insightful enough to come up with the bizarre and creative diagnoses he spouts.

    I like Thirteen as long as she stays a bit mysterious, and Taub’s relative fearlessness is refreshing. Kutner is dead weight. I would much rather have kept Amber and ditched “Kumar.”

  • Barbara Barnett

    Tina–thank you for your kind words, welcome out of lurkdom–just in time for the new season!

    I agree that House was a bit over the top in his comments (especially in Whatever it Takes). He was just acting out his adolescent male side, which then translated into his teenage boy problems in Ugly! But yes, yes, yes—more thoughtful moments.

    Blacktop–
    I do think we will at some time get some Long Lost Brother answers (if you recall from my interview last season with Lerner and Friend, this plot point is far from forgotten.

    I so agree about Lisa Edelstein. That fantasy scene was great. House is so into Cuddy! And Hugh is adorable when he’s not snarky to her. That whole sequence in his apartment in HH was great!

    Hi, actionKate. It’s interesting how people have such divergent views of the characters–who they like of the new (and old) fellows and who they’d just as soon have done with.

    In my opinion, I think Taub might be a real threat to House (not as far as leading the department) but to his job and livelihood. He is fearless regarding House. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

  • sue

    I know that Cate was looking at a webcam. What I found amateurish was that Mira Sorvino’s facial expression looked “pasted on” rather than “natural.” She did it again at the end when she thanked House. What does “ymmv” mean?

    I would like Foreman to poop or get off the pot. This season he became dead weight on the show. He lost what made him unique, showing no emotion or interest in the patients. He did not contribute to the DDxs. He did not represent any challenge to House that was worth having him there for.

    I agree that in life things come and go in life, but in television, viewers like to see resolution to story arcs, be they major or minor. The Tritter story could not be dropped; it needed a resolution. They complete the major arcs; they leave the minor ones hanging.

    If you can make sense of the Hector/Wilson/House timeline, have at it. According to TPTB, House and Wilson have been friends since House came to PPTH, about 8 or 9 years ago.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Sorry. My bad for using Interet-ese. YMMV–Your mileage may vary. It’s a sort of “we all see things from differing points of view.” Sorry, bout that Sue.

    I agree about Foreman. I’d like to see him better utilized. Why did he come back on House’s service? Why is he happy to be back as he confessed in Mirror, Mirror. What does that say about how he really feels about House and medicine?

    I will (when I have time and energy maybe undertake that one — complete with every twist, turn and machination necessary to make it all fit. It’s what the fandom call a “fanwank.” :)

  • Sea

    I wish for Cameron to find another position far from the ER, she’s an immunologist and a diagnostician, she’s being misused. I want Cameron playing a doctor again and out of those pink scrubs.

    More House/Cameron moments, TPTB are wasting away their chemistry.

    For Wilson to have a storyline that has nothing to do with House.

    For Thirteen, Kutner and Taub to disappear.

    For Chase to run his own department and out of those ugly yellow scrubs.

    For Cuddy to take charge of the ER and wear the ugly pink scrubs in every scene and finally realize there’s life beyond House.

    And for House to grow up and be the man he was in season 1 and 2.

  • Judith

    I want more Cameron.
    Seriously. :( As I see it, Chase will have his coming out and is getting married with Kutner in LA. Wilson realises that Cuddy is his new Amber and they will end up together.
    House will get the insight, that he is just as damaged as Cameron and that Cameron IS indeed the female Wilson, so they will end up together. Cam gets pregnant and after a mysterious disease he diagnose her and saves the love of his life and his unborn daughter.
    Ah, and they will find a cure for Huntington’s disease so even 13 will have her happily ever after. And she can marry Foreman who gets his own department at Princeton General.

    Something like this would be perfect. ^^ Welcome to real life~!

    Lovely greetings from Germany

  • Barbara Barnett

    Hi Sea,

    Personally, I wish they’d all get new scrubs! I think the colors are keyed to the sizes somehow. (although I’ve seen House wear yellow — and pink–scrubs, so who knows?)

    House and Cameron’s scenes have been pretty frosty on her part this season. don’t quite know what that means, but I’d like to see them work together a bit more–and more civilly. As far as wilson and his own storyline, we may have one yet…but pretty much everything revolves around House anyway, since that’s the focus of the show.

    House was pretty childish in one and two, but I have to admit, he had some pretty wild moments last season (and I think because he was a bit at sea — no pun intended.) I’ve been watching again from the beginning, and I’m intrigued by how childish he was in the first season in so many epsiodes.

    Judith–thanks for your lovely grettings from Germany–same back to you from Chicago.

    Interesting scenarios! Kutner and Chase? so, in the fandom, that would be dubbed “Kase?” “Chutner?” Cool.

  • Sea

    Barbara,

    House and Cameron’s scenes have been pretty frosty on her part this season. don’t quite know what that means, but I’d like to see them work together a bit more–and more civilly.

    I think this is the first time that I agree with you on something. And watching the promos, Cameron’s bitter behaviour towards House keeps going on season 5.

  • HOUSE-fly

    Barbara I would also like to add that I really look forward to your blogs – and find them extremely insightful and intelligent. I have just been lurking for quite a while, reading and digesting!

    I couldn’t have said it any better!
    Now when someone asks why I like HOUSE so much I can point them in your direction.

    Barbara thanks for putting my thoughts in to words!

  • Barbara Barnett

    Hey, Sea! Agreement. Yay! I definitely don’t like Cameron’s “I don’t care”-almost nastiness towards House, and I’m not sure where it’s coming from. I hated when she said to House that she missed the job but not him. She’s supposed to know House so very well–she had to know that it would really hurt him (even though he would never admit it).

    House-fly–thanks for your kind words. It’s always a pleasure to read everyone’s thoughts (and know that someone’s reading mine).

    When I posted that trivia quiz a couple of weeks ago and no one took (seemed to) have taken it, I thought everyone had stopped coming by here!

  • Robin

    I was really pissed with Wilson for putting House thru the DBS. I hope its not ignored, and House will have a good reason for wanting Wilson back as his BFF after he was willing to electrocute him. My feeling is the first 3 shows will be emotionally hard for several characters, but will have a lighter touch than the Tritter Arc. Which I am glad of. Then a slow rejoining of H/W that is suppose to be satisfying. It will be quite a feat since it seems so impossible at this moment. I think Huddy will be fun. And there needs to be a drastic change for Forman. He is just dead weight taking up space.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Wilson asked House an impossible favor, playing on his guilt–and his friendship. That was actually built up subtly during Wilson’s Heart. When Wilson comes in telling House he can’t raise Amber’s temperature (when Cuddy’s there too). House shoots Cuddy a look asking for her help silently. House turns away subtly, unwilling to say no to Wilson, and asking Cuddy to intervene. it’s subtle and done with a look. But House can’t say no to him. When he comes back into the office (and Cuddy is no longer there), House is stunned that Wilson’s asked this of him (as we saw), but couldn’t say no to him.

    Wilson cannot forget this. I agree that the first three or so eps will be very hard emotionally on both Wilson and House.

    Agreement about Cuddy and Foreman.

  • HOUSE-fly

    “And there needs to be a drastic change for Forman. He is just dead weight taking up space.”

    I have never been a big Forman fan and this season didn’t help any. Two of my least favorite episodes are the Euphoria ones. Way to much Forman!

    I like Taub much better. He doesn’t agree with a lot of what House does but he’s more grown up about how he handles it.

    Why does Forman have to stay in the Princeton area? He could go back to California and work with that Dr from DNR.

    Something about Cameron gives House a feeling of hope. When she’s around the world doesn’t seem so dark and heavy.

    13 is to bland and boring for me. I don’t see how she contributes much to House. He seems to just want her to deal with her situation and then just go away.

    I loved the scenes where Chase didn’t feel he had an obligation to House. If House asked him for help he would be there but otherwise don’t bother him.

    I guess my dream team would be Cameron, Taub and Kutner. With Chase on standby.

  • Melanie

    OK Here it goes!!!

    I would love Season 5 to explore more of the House and Wilson and House and Cuddy friendships. I would like to know more about when they met, how they became friends, etc…. A little bit more history on them.

    Next, I would love to see more clinic patients like in Season 1 and 2. They just add so much humor to the episodes. Who could forget jelly girl!!!???

    I would also like to have a little bit more history on the relationship between House and his parents. Maybe have them on the show more for him to interact with so we can see the reason he is not close to them. What he went through in his childhood, why he is the way he is…

    I want more Cameron, Chase, and Forman onscreen and less Taub, 13, and Kutner. I miss the old team working together. It’s just not right them working apart from each other!

    I absolutely love House and Cuddy together, but I would like to see them remain JUST FRIENDS. I think that they have a great respect for each other and they feel comfortable with each other. Making them more than friends will ruin the true friendship and admiration they have for each other.

    I would LOVE to see the old flirting between House and Cameron return. I think that Cameron is good for House. She sees the good in him as well as the damaged in him and I think that she could make him see that he can be happy and is worthy of being happy. It’s obvious that they are both attracted to each other. So, bring it on!!

    Last, but not least, I would love to see Stephen Fry as a guest on the show. How cool would it be to have him onscreen with Hugh Laurie. He could be the patient of the week named Mr. Jeeves!!!

  • barbara barnett

    Hi Melanie. Nice wish list, and I do believe that you’ll get at least some of what you’re hoping for.

    A lot of people would like to see Stephen, so who knows?

    I loved Jelly girl (was that in Deception??? I think so.) More clinic! I agree.

  • Buds

    Great list BB. And I’m sure a lot of these people took your quiz! I know I for one did.

    What I would like to see –

    Forman getting kicked off the team. I actually think I would have appreciated him more if he had died in “Euphoria”, but now all he is a nasty thorn in House’s side.

    Hadley (13 was so much better) either dying or resigning from the team.

    Chase and Cameron back on the team, along with Kutner and Taub. Chase and Taub will be hard-edged, while Cameron and Kutner provide us with our quota of “Stuffed bear”. Though I want the old Cameron back, the new Cameron just snaps at House, there are none of the old emotions there anymore.

    I would also love to get some history on House, Wilson, and Cuddy. There is so little we know about their past and beginnings.

    And finally, the thing I want most of all is – great articles and discussions like these throughout the new season!!

    -Cheers

  • Buds

    btw: Jelly girl was from “Deception”.

  • sue

    Barbara, I would love to see you do an article on the House/Wilson friendship, specifically what kind of friend they are to each other, how important they are to each other compared to other things and other people in their lives, how they have helped, hurt or sabotaged each other, how they try to mend each other, how much they really know about each other (medical histories), is one more like a family member or family-member replacement for the other, what are they willing to sacrifice for the other, and so on. Who needs the other more, who depends on the other more, who trusts the other more, who is more honest with the other, who “loves” the other more, who relies on the other more and in what ways. It is a good time to really analyze this relationship so we can approach the new season with a better grip on what has been. This should keep you busy for a while. As I listed each category, a instance came to mind where one or the other did or said something that made me think of it. Who was hurting more at the end of the season? House had some affection for Amber, so her death was a loss for him as well.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Buds–Thanks for the kind words. Except for 13 (I’m not sure yet that I don’t like her…I have to see where the huntington’s story leads her) I like your list. And agree entirely about Cameron. I hope she does loosen up with House. He doesn’t quite deserve to be the brunt of her snapping (unless she thinks that the harsh, hard edge will somehow be appealing to House–which I don’t think it is: I think he like smart and sassy, but not mean).

    One thing I can guarantee is a season of more articles, reviews, essays, interviews, etc. The discussion part I leave to my good readers to provoke, debate and have fun (and of course I’ll respond–as always). Yeah. I knew the jelly one (it was on the quiz!)

    Sue–funny you should mention that. I’d been working earlier in the summer on an article about House and Wilson and their “bromance” and I stopped writing it cause I hit a wall with it. I’ll probably pick up on it soon though. Thanks for reminding me ;)

    I also agree that Amber’s death was a loss for House too (although no one is likely to see it that way–and House will full-bore deny it).

  • http://z9.invisionfree.com/Huddy Eve

    I agree completely with everything you said about the Cuddy/House relationship!

    I think Cuddy is the female Wilson or even more. I’ve seen House be closer and more intimate with Cuddy than he ever was with Wilson.
    With Wilson it’s more an old boys club thing, playing practical jokes and talking about women.
    At least I believe that this is what House wants out of this friendship. I don’t see him turn to Wilson for advise or help.

    Cuddy is the one he really confides in. She is the one he trusts the most. (in my opinion of course)
    I would love to know some more background on all three friendships. How did they meet, and how long have they know eachother.

    I Especially like to see more background information on Cuddy! When you think of it, we hardly know anything about her. We know Wilson’s been married several times (even met his ex), we saw House’s parents, Chase’s Dad, Foreman’s Parents, Camerons history with her dead husband. but Cuddy ? No idea !

    LE should be used more in Season 5, episodes like ‘Frozen’ and ‘a Wonderful Lie’ only had one Cuddy scene. What were they thinking !!?

    oh and Barbara ! I’ve always loved your reviews and insights on House.
    I can’t wait for season 5 to start!

    Greetings from The Netherlands !

  • http://www.kitotoole.com Kit O’Toole

    Barbara, I always enjoy your “House” articles, but this one was particularly right on target. I’m glad that the clinic scenes will be more frequent this season, as they are hilarious (and show what a great actor Hugh Laurie is). Your thoughts on Foreman are interesting–I liked him in the beginning, but his “I don’t want to be House” mantra is getting tired. As you said, it would be great if he could finally see the positive aspects of House, and recognize that he resembles House more than he cares to admit. It will be fascinating to see where this season goes.

  • Barbara Barnett

    I Especially like to see more background information on Cuddy! When you think of it, we hardly know anything about her. We know Wilson’s been married several times (even met his ex), we saw House’s parents, Chase’s Dad, Foreman’s Parents, Camerons history with her dead husband. but Cuddy ? No idea !

    That’s a great point. I would as well. Thanks, also Eve, for your very kind words!

  • Barbara Barnett

    Eve–hi back to the Netherlands from Chicago ;)

    Thanks, Kit. I’m so excited for this season–I can hardly wait for the 16th!

  • T.L. Kellam

    Barbara, love your House blogs. You are always on the mark with this show, and I have one more thing to add to your wish list, which is terrific by the way. I would like more topless Hugh moments. Now your list is complete :)

  • Barbara Barnett

    T.L. You guys are great. I am positively blushing. (what? you all giving me some good vibes for my birthday? Which is Saturday.

    Topless Hugh. I’m good with that. And my list is now truly complete.

  • EC

    My wish list is for there to be more Chase and Cameron and less 13, Taub, and Kutner. I agree with the statement that Foreman is like dead weight. With Taub’s attitude and House’s attitude, it’s like having three miserable jerks in the same room and it’s too many. There are four miserable jerks if a 13, as a female, can be considered a “jerk.”

    I would love to see Chase become more of a friend to House since it appears he’ll never be back on the team. It’s obvious that House immensely trusts Chase as a doctor since he let Chase mess with his mind both through hypnosis and surgery. Chase has always respected House in a way that no one else on the show seems to. He’s the one who doesn’t try to change House. He speaks to House rationally and doesn’t scold him like Wilson, Cuddy and the others.

    I also enjoy Chase and Cameron as a couple like you do. If they do explore House/Cuddy, it would be nice to see Chase/Cameron as a functional couple in contrast to the dysfunction that is inevitable in a House/Anyone relationship.

    I don’t really like the idea of a lot of front-and-center romance with any couple, but most of all I hope there will never ever be further exploration of House/Cameron. I’m a House/Nobody shipper to be honest. I don’t think he’s the type of guy who’s good for any woman.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Chase has always respected House in a way that no one else on the show seems to. He’s the one who doesn’t try to change House. He speaks to House rationally and doesn’t scold him like Wilson, Cuddy and the others.

    You make a good point EC. and maybe that’s why I really like what Chase has become. House responds best when people dont’ attack, don’t make assumptions about him and don’t try to change him.

  • Orange450

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m such an undiscerning fan that all I need is a guarantee that Hugh Laurie will continue to play the title role, and I’ll continue to watch :-) But your wish list question reminded me that I was just a little less than satisfied with the way House’s character was written/developed during parts of S3, and early S4. (From Frozen on, S4 was little short of perfection, IMO. What I call “vintage, classic House”.)

    About six months ago, I posted the following comment on another forum. Although I realize now that as of the end of the season, most of these have been resolved, I figured I’d add them to the wish list, just to make sure!

    “During S1 and much of S2, House’s character had more depth and richness than it has had lately. He was acerbic, snarky and impatient, but also very human. Reflective on occasion, truly funny, often wise, sometimes very kind. Seldom cruel for no reason. He was a guy dealing realistically with his limitations. He was the guy who addicted us to the show. Bring back that guy, and I’ll be satisfied.”

    The following is taken from my reaction to Wilson’s Heart, on the same forum:

    “The conversation on the bus seemed to feed us sweeter, creamier spoonfuls of awareness than we’ve ever been served before. House referring to himself as going from self-loathing to self-destructive? House mentioning that he doesn’t want to be miserable any more? House musing on the essential unfairness of a life in which the misanthrope gets clear and the young do-gooder has to die? If Amber did nothing else for the season – and I personally think she was the most valuable addition the show has had in a long time – she certainly did her share as a catalyst for more auto-analysis than I could ever imagine House doing at any one time, if at all. It remains to be seen where he goes with it – and I for one will be very disappointed if such a promising direction goes nowhere.”

    I’d really like to see House struggling with issues of growth, change, and self-assessment that to me, seem almost impossible for him to avoid now, given the situation between him and Wilson. I know David Shore’s and House’s opinion on change, and I don’t completely agree with them.

    And I’d also like to see the dense, overstuffed, almost manic pace of some of the episodes earlier in S4 slow back down to a pace at which it’s easier to recognize and appreciate the layers of nuance, and the complexities of thought, expression and emotion that used to get more attention in previous seasons.

    The ducklings – old and new – are always secondary for me, but since we’re wishing – I really like what Jesse Spencer has done with the little he’s been given to work with this past season, and I’d like to see much more S4-style Chase. Quiet, confident, and right on target with his lines.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Orange, I would heartily agree with all three of your last paragraphs (I would copy them, but it’s bedtime and I’m emotionally still drained from Barack Obama’s speech tonight).

    Dense as the first half season four eps were, they were a little too densely manic (IMHO)–possibly reflective of House’s state of mind during the first part of the season. And, like you, I hope that this season will bring the things that you also desire.

  • Tammy

    My wish for season 5 is that there is definitely a lot more Cameron and Chase back into the mix, and a lot less of the new team, in particular Thirteen. I understand that you haven’t made up your mind about her (from what I’ve read here, but if I have misquoted/represented what you said, sorry about that), but I have made my mind up and I don’t like her.

    I seriously do not like how we are going to get another season full of her struggle and her whole Huntington’s thing. I get it, she’s dying but the fact that already we are going to get more screen time for her is annoying and rather frustrating. In the short season 4, we got majority Thirteen everywhere and she obtained more storylines than any of the the other newbies, heck even from the original team in the same amount of time. I find her character to be very bland and boring with the same expression and monotonous tone. Thirteen’s portrayal is very unbelievable and I don’t buy a minute of it.

    My other hope is that Cameron’s interaction with House isn’t so hostile towards him. I want to see light-hearted interactions between the two such as in ‘Guardian Angels’ and ‘Frozen’. I hope maybe they explore their relationship further and evolve it to a friendship on both sides.

    Overall, I want more Cameron and Chase interacting with House and a general increase in their screen time and storylines, and a lot less Thirteen *sighs* Like that would ever happen…

  • Susanne

    I like your wish list Barabara! I like all of them
    I agree with Orange on a lot of things. I want to see the classic House that I knew and loved from season 1.

    I also want to see less of the new team (except for Kutner) but you can’t always get what you want.

    I want to see more wilson/house and I hope they don’t press the reset button and go back to the way things were after this arc.

    I want to see chase become more freindly with House and I would like to see more of cameron as well. I like when both her and House are playful but I don’t like it when she is mean to him but I can understand why. I think she is leaning towards wilson’s side.

    I want to see an exploration of Chase/cameron. Even though I prefer House/cameron I do like what Chase has done to cameron and how he seems to be the voice of reason and stops her over-bearing attitiude sometimes. I love Jesse Spencer and as a fellow Australian who has seen a lot of his talent I am proud of the work he has done.

    Not so keen on House/cuddy but I am still looking forward in getting more background information on their relationship and I hope Cuddy has a balance like in season 1 and 2. I hope she doesn’t get fed to the wolves. I also want to learn more about Cuddy separate from House. There is so many burning questions in my mind about her character.

    More background on wilson, House, cameron and Chase.

    Less toilet jokes and juvinine behaviour

    More ethical issues being raised and more clinic patients.

  • HOUSE-fly

    I guess my dream team would be Cameron, Taub and Kutner. With Chase on standby.

    Earlier when I posted this I didn’t have a reason why I thought of Kutner.

    Now I know why, he is House before “the leg” before losing Stacy or any thing had dampened his spirit or out look.

    I believe that House like Kutner found joy in learning and trying new things.

    House has found out that real life rarely works out like we hoped and dreamed it would.

    Kutner still hasn’t had the experiances to lower his expations of the real world.

  • Barbara Barnett

    You raise an interesting idea, House-Fly. I do think that Kutner may, indeed, represent House as (maybe) Wilson, Stacy and Cuddy knew him before the leg was damaged. I can’t imagine that House would have gained an international reputation, sought after and written up in journals, as a reclusive misanthropic doctor who seems only to shirk work. But a curious, athletic, boyish and brilliant (but shy and socially awkward) man, whose entire world exploded socially and professionally the day that procedure was done on his leg. Maybe House knew that his life would be shattered and that his life would be in ruins when they contemplated amputation. maybe that was his great fear when he refused Stacy’s tearful pleas.

    I like this.

  • Veresna Ussep

    I’d like to comment on the ‘brought up but dropped plot points’, like Wilson’s brother, Cuddy’s pregnancy, etc. I’m amazed that no one else who has listened to the commentary on “House’s Head” has talked about the fact that Katie Jacobs comes right out and says something like, “Gee, David are we actually gonna do anything with 13’s bisexuality?”, and they both laugh. I couldn’t help but think that it indicates that the shows creative minds behind the show are apparently quite willing to bring up and drop these kind of plot points with no compunction to ever follow them up with any kind of resolution. Now, I’ll admit that, in real life, lots of things may never get resolved. But in real life, people don’t tend to have carefully scripted dialogue either, or close-ups or dramatic music, but they are nice things to have in a tv show. I guess that’s why again I am still not convinced that they needed the three new cast members, I believe they had quite enough material to cover for the run of the show as it was without expanding the cast.
    On another note, I too have thought that it’s weird for Cameron to be in ER and Chase in Surgery, just because you would think people are doing a fellowship in “Diagnostics” for the purpose of pursuing that field, particularly if 40 candidates are willing to fight for three positions.

  • Orange450

    “Earlier when I posted this I didn’t have a reason why I thought of Kutner.

    Now I know why, he is House before “the leg” before losing Stacy or any thing had dampened his spirit or out look.

    I believe that House like Kutner found joy in learning and trying new things.

    House has found out that real life rarely works out like we hoped and dreamed it would.

    Kutner still hasn’t had the experiences to lower his expectations of the real world.”

    This is interesting, House-fly. I’d always thought that Amber represented a younger, pre-infarction House. Whip smart, confident, ambitious, wily, and fiercely competitive, full of piss and vinegar – yet with an endearing, vulnerable and very human side as well. (Which helped explain, for me, why his feelings towards her were so ambivalent – I thought that she reminded him of himself before he actually came out and said so.)

    In fact, back when ROF was still around, I once mentioned that they reminded me of the Ghosts in Dickens’ Chrismas Carol – House past, House present, and House yet to come (assuming some age-related mellowing on House’s part :-))

    But I really like Kutner too, and will enjoy seeing more of him. And thinking about your comments – I have to give Kutner credit for dealing with personal tragedy more effectively than House did (IMHO). He seems to have maintained his joy, enthusiasm and collegial spirit in the face of adversity to an admirable degree!

    Happy Birthday Barbara!

  • sue

    I find it ironic that fans begged for back story on the well-liked original ducklings, and they didn’t get it, yet they force three un-liked new ducklings on us and they give us more back story than we need or want. TPTB say fans don’t really want what they think they want, like we don’t know what would make the story good.

    Is it that fans don’t like 13, or they don’t like the way Olivia Wilde plays her? I think it is the latter. 13 does not treat House any different than every other character has at some point in the series, so it is not really the relationship between 13 and House that is at issue. OW has not given fans a reason to care about her character, and the responsibility for that lies directly on the actor. She is not engaging in any way in her portrayal of 13. Fans just don’t like Olivia Wilde. It almost seems that the more we dislike a character, the more we get.

    I don’t think Kutner is like a young House. Kutner did not have an abusive parent who ridiculed and belittled him, as far as we know. I see Kutner as somewhat open to possibilities and exploration than House ever was. House’s personality issues existed before his leg. Someone asked either Cuddy or Stacy what House was like before his leg, and the answer was “about the same.” I think the leg just gave House an excuse to hide more from the world. Kutner had a loss, and he adjusted from it. It did not form his world view.

    I do think Amber was like a young House. She said she did not get the approval she needed from her parents. She had a greater emotional need to be right than House did. House recognized that quality in her, and he felt it tainted her behavior and guided her behavior too much. House knew where to draw the line. He was afraid Wilson would try so hard to mend her that he would lose himself in the process.

    David Shore might like the way the old ducklings react with House now, but I don’t. He stripped them of their emotions and their souls. They are more robotic than feeling, empathetic people like they used to be. I would like to see Chase and Cameron more like they were in earlier seasons.

  • ann uk

    Dear Barbara, Great review as usual and I agree with all your wish list, especially a development of the Cuddy / House relationship, which has always seemed to me to be more fundamental to House’s needs than Wilson. Remember, she gave him the job ( after he had been sacked from four )and she protects him, often at some cost to herself.I think she is a more interesting character than Wilson and I want to know more about her.

    I have never been a Wilson fan and even less so after “Wilson’s Heart”. It is hard to think of a crueller way of telling your friend that he no longer counts in your life while at the same time exploiting his loyalty to the limits.

    I like Chase too and I agree with whoever it was said that he was always the one who appreciated House even when House was bullying him and he always saw House’s jokes.His being Australian has a special flavour for a Brit as we have a love/hate relationship with them and ( as I have said before some where )I feel House is in many ways a very British character.

    IF HUGH DOESN’T GET THE EMMY THIS YEAR, THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP IS A DEAD DUCK .

  • Barbara Barnett

    Orange–thanks for the birthday greetings. Triple chai (if you understand my meaning ;)!

    I don’t think Kutner is like a young House. Kutner did not have an abusive parent who ridiculed and belittled him, as far as we know. I see Kutner as somewhat open to possibilities and exploration than House ever was.
    That’s true, but we don’t know what possibilities House was open to before the infarction. He seems to have been social (golfer–a very social sport, other team sports, paintball, being very much in love, speaking at conferences, etc. those are canon) He is now reclusive, incredibly guarded (which he may have always been), wary and cynical. I think that House’s cynicism is the sort of disillusioned idealism/romanticism that occasionally still peeks out.

    House’s personality issues existed before his leg. Someone asked either Cuddy or Stacy what House was like before his leg, and the answer was “about the same.” It’s true that both Stacy and Cuddy said it, but it’s also different than how Wilson remembers him. Stacy speaks from a sort of cynicism herself (yet she was in love with him), and Cuddy’s answer to Stacy was about how he was after she left him (“the same”). But would he really let Cuddy see the sort of anguish that Wilson clearly saw–enough so that he would warn Cameron about opening that wound in “Love Hurts?”

    I think the leg just gave House an excuse to hide more from the world.

    totally agree with you here.

    Yes, Kutner’s loss didn’t make him bitter or cynical, House’s experience has shaded his world view, but we don’t know the young House and how he might have been. maybe we’ll find out this or next season. That would be very cool.

    AnnUK, Agree about the Emmy! He must get that emmy!!!!!! There are times I’ve liked Wilson and times I’ve really hated what he’s done to House (even if it’s out of love). I loved that Wilson lured House from his in-house exile to bring him Rebecca Adler; his easy repartee with House; his understanding that a lot of House is bluster and not true mistanthropy (and his urging that House reveal that to people). I’ve even understood the confrontations of “Detox,” and some other episodes.

    On the other hand, I’ve never quite understood how someone who knows House so well could have been so cruel in “Need to Know,” and failed to understand that House’s genius is not “luck.” His behavior at the beginning of season three was unforgivable (yet House forgave him)– first about the patient in the opener (we don’t know the effect of that on House’s recovery)and then in forcing him into withdrawal (and convincing Cuddy they had no choice).

    Yes, House is needy. And Wilson feeds on it (it’s called symbiosis). But it was clear in Wilson’s Heart that House could not say no to Wilson (House did everything that Wilson wanted–he needed Cuddy to tell him to “go be with the patient.”) House was in an incredibly vulnerable position to be asked (as much as Wilson was to ask)and Wilson must’ve known that House would not refuse him.

    2 weeks and counting!

  • Grace

    Couldn’t it be that Cameron is still angry at House for firing Chase? Or, could it be that she is jealous that he hired 13? Or, maybe the writers just want to remind us that she still has feelings for House even though she says she doesn’t? Maybe she’s mad at herself for still having feelings for House.
    Ok, Wilson asked House to risk his life for Amber. If the situation were reversed, do you think that House would ask Wilson to risk his life for someone that House loved? I wonder.
    I don’t think it’s fair of Wilson to put any blame on House. Afterall, for all these years WILSON has been House’s enabler. Maybe he should have a bit of guilt about that?!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARBARA!! And thanks for all of your hard work here. I didn’t see the quiz…where is it?
    Oh, Hugh is on LENO on Fri. Sept. 12th! YIPPEE!!

  • Orange450

    Ad me’ah v’esrim, Barbara. I’m triple chai minus three :-)

  • Barbara Barnett

    I get a strong vibe that Cameron is angry with House for firing Chase. I think that’s where her nastiness comes from. But she’s really in his face about it.

    thanks for the birthday greetings, everyone :). As far as the quiz–if you click on “.Welcome to the End of the Thought Process at the top of the column and then scroll down just a few articles, you’ll find the quiz.

    Thanks Orange450! ;)

  • Robin

    I think Cameron is pissy with House because of the slip she made in “UGLY”. She is covering her tracks.She was bantering with him in the beginning of the season then changed gears.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Robin–hmmm. Interesting. She bantered in “The Right Stuff,” but then got pretty snarky with him (if I recall correctly).

    That “I like him better this way, you?” regarding Chase, I thought was intended as a swipe at House. (Jennifer’s delivery suggested that, in my opinion). I saw that as an “ouch” moment, and it continued from there.

    I thought her slip in “Ugly” was funny and JM played it perfectly. I especially loved the scene in the locker room with Chase.

  • HOUSE-fly

    Sue

    “I don’t think Kutner is like a young House. Kutner did not have an abusive parent who ridiculed and belittled him, as far as we know.”

    I’m not so sure this is true about House. We don’t really know what the relationship with his father was like. In ONE DAY ONE ROOM we heard him tell the patient his father made him take ice baths and sleep in the yard. But this was when he was trying to talk to the patient. At the end when he was really ready to talk we didn’t here any of the conversation.

    House likes to use move references. This stuff about how he was being abused sounds an awful lot like what happened in THE GREAT SANTINI. I wouldn’t like to think that the writers couldn’t come up with some thing more original.

    He’s used movie references at least two other times. In LINES IN THE SAND he used lines from CASABLANCA when talking to the teenager that had a thing for him. The most recent one was in HOUSES HEAD when he was using references from ALTERED STATES and 13 said she wasn’t old enough to get them.

  • Barbara Barnett

    House-fly–

    I see what you are saying. I do believe that House was abused as a kid, but perhaps by other means. I could see House doing that. But his sharing with Eve was too reluctant until the end. and when he was lying to her it was obvious. Also, House’s reaction during the foosball game at the end suggested that his own “talking about it” did no good for him–or by extension the girl. I just think his reaction was too visceral for it not to be true in some sense.

    By the way–new article posted about House and Wilson. Hot off the presses.

  • Sue

    Didn’t House ask Cuddy to give him a shot of morphine in his spine in Skin Deep? Twice? I think House is more likely to cue Cuddy in on his pain anguish and Wilson on his personal anguish. House has known Cuddy a lot longer than Wilson, and he knows that he has her trust regarding how his pain reflects on him professionally. House will let Wilson in only so far regarding his pain because he knows he will get a backlash from Wilson regarding how he manages the pain and how the pain affects him. House still has some feelings for Cuddy romantically, so he will not let her in regarding his feelings for Stacy. House knows Cuddy has feelings for him as well.

    Cameron is trying to convince herself that she has no feelings for House. She may just be trying to cut out the sexual banter he initiates by telling him she doesn’t miss him. Things usually happen for a reason, so that comment may come up later and be more relevant.

    I don’t think House would have even considered asking Wilson to risk his life to save someone he loved. House acts more pragmatically in these situations. House needs Wilson more than the reverse, but regardless of that, House respects the friendship and would not jeopardize it in that way.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Wow! Sue–a world record. I do believe I agree with you on all three of your points! Cool.

    Nice points, all!

  • Maytee

    I don’t think 13 is going anywhere she is the Cameron replacement in House new team she is a little bit like Cameron at the beginning but I don’t mind getting rid of Taub

  • Samia

    I think Taub should go. He is not at all fitting into the scene and after a season or two the old team should definitely ome back. Whatever u do just keep the seasons coming!