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Huddy Anatomy: House and Cuddy in Season Seven-Part I

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I’ve finally had the time to re-watch House, M.D.‘s seventh season in its entirety, no breaks or commercials). I tried to understand the arc of the House-Cuddy relationship—where and when it is good for them, and how it falls disastrously apart. 

House and Cuddy

Do I wish that House and Cuddy had stayed together longer?Yes. There were many ways the narrative might have gone. Their relationship might have played out behind the scenes to the final episode of the series, with only an occasional reminder.

The story might have ended less abruptly—a mutual understanding that “it will never work out.” House might have chosen something less physically destructive to finally “express his anger.” On the other hand, as both Cuddy and Wilson fear throughout the finale, House’s emotions are so intense and so internalized they simply explode recklessly and dangerously. 

The breakup seems arbitrary, considering Cuddy’s deep feelings for House. On the other hand, Cuddy is not good with relationships, and maybe that’s her pathology. She certainly ended it with Lucas quick enough!

There are many ways the story might have gone, and the creative team at House chose a path with a lot of risk and much controversy. They made Cuddy seem arbitrary and cruel, stomping on House’s heart, justifying to herself that she “has a right” to break up with him, even as she acknowledges that she hadn’t been fair, and that he deserves another chance. The breakup leaves House broken and pining much as he had with Stacy (we surmise), though we only understand that through Wilson’s eyes.

The relationship is doomed from the start. Cuddy enters into the relationship with an ambivalence that really never goes away, and House is too often driven by fear of losing Cuddy, and of his own happiness. The combination cannot bode well.

As Season 6 ends, Cuddy is in love with House despite her best efforts. She knows she shouldn’t be in love with him, or maybe even love him. “I wish I didn’t,” she confesses, explaining to House that she’s jettisoned her engagement to Lucas in order to be with him. And as she tells a police officer in this season’s finale, she’d been waiting for “something to happen” for months. Expecting House to disappoint or hurt her (of course the last thing she was expecting was for him to crash his car into her living room!).

At the beginning of Season 7, Cuddy is living a fantasy fueled by having seen the best and most noble in House in “Help Me.” Yes, House can be noble, self-sacrificing (despite what he says), romantic, and compassionate. But House can also be selfish (and often is), petulant, play endless games that can drive any sane person of the edge. He can be dismissive of others’ needs, sarcastic, mocking and even mean, and even cruel in the right situation. He’ll lie and obfuscate when it serves what he believes to be a greater good, including self-preservation. He’s a complicated guy.

When you get deeply involved with someone that complex (because you never know when the bad behavior is really bad behavior or just a glorious cover-up for actually-noble behavior; whether the game-playing are gratuitous mind-fucks or have some greater nobler reason behind them), you are letting yourself in for a challenging time.

He is high-maintenance, and Cuddy believed that she was ready for all that entails. Clearly she was not.

Cuddy can’t only think of herself here. She has a child, and what effect does her relationship have on Rachel (for better or worse)? When people fall in love, they put blinders on their eyes to see the good, and not expect the less good. But the blinders fall off sooner or later. And, Cuddy knows House well enough to understand his complexities, troubles and personality. Trying to ignore something you’ve known for years, trying to convince yourself “it doesn’t matter” when it has to eventually, is Cuddy’s biggest misstep during the months of the relationship.

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.
  • bigHousefan

    “He hates himself for what love has done to him and does something to prove to everyone (especially himself) that he has no redeeming qualities and is essentially underserving of love.”

    Eureka! Now that’s the self-loathing, self-destructive House I recognize, that’s brilliant! And I love the ‘especially himself’ part. And if that was what he was trying to accomplish, I could totally see him being fairly pleased with himself and smiling in self-satisfaction!

    Yep, I think we’re on to something… ;)

  • ltlearthquake

    season 7 was a waste of time to be honest. cuddy was written out of character so the relationship with house wouldnt work.

    the good thing is, I dont have watch anymore and get angry at the bad writing and the treatment of my beloved characters. season 7, at least for me, never happened. season 8 will definitely not happen, since I wont watch. which leaves me with 6 great seasons to enjoy over and over where the main character finally finds happiness without vicodin and the woman he loves to built a life with.

  • HouseMDFan

    @Barabara and bigHousefan – I’m mainly on board with that explanation. This especially: He hates himself for what love has done to him [...]. Kath Lingenfelter said it in her interview with you: House wanted to move on but couldn’t and so he did something outrageous that would make it impossible for him to look back, not because of his own doing, but because Cuddy herself (and maybe Wilson too, still not sure about his thoughts on that one) would, in his opinion, not allow him near enough again and “tempt” him to give in to love again. (All of that is a mainly unconscious process of course.) We have seen over the season that as much as he desired the human connection, it also put a big strain on him. Certainly after the break-up, but even before (see “Larger Than Life” for example). So yes, he feels free and better after the crash. The caveat: He won’t be able to severe the ties to himself, and I’m quite sure that’s going to catch up with him. Can’t run away from yourself.

  • lobentti

    Wowww! That´s another reason I´d been watching this show: how passionate his fans are – all these questions,all these considerations! It´s amazing!

  • BrokenLeg

    48 @ barbara barnett

    You’ve said:
    “I’ve been called some fairly nasty names since this article appeared, including “sell-out.” Not sure who I’ve sold out to, since, like any fan of the show, I should be entitled to my opinion, and just because I don’t hate the show doesn’t make me a traitor (to whose cause I’m not sure). So I think I’ll take another brief hiatus and come back in July with the second part.”

    I’m sorry you received unkind words for your opinions. People who post here like me are sorry for that, and share your discomfort.

    Here we have a adage ( I ignore if in english there are one similar): Offend only who can , not who want ( probably bad free translation). That people who said unfair words to you want, but can’t offend you.
    Use with them another adage:There is no greater contempt than oblivion or forgetfulness( more or less, and in an own free translation too)

    And thank you for this “speaking corner” you bring to us and for your efforts.

  • maria-eleni

    45@Broken Leg

    Here in Cyprus we do not have House regularly, so I have few friends to talk about it. Opinions are mixed, there are no obsessed haters or lovers (just addicts) and all are interested to follow Se8 developments.
    My 17year old son, a big fan, was a lot more shocked to find House went back to Vicodin than crashing his car. After “the Dig” he decided to watch the last remaining episodes at one go. He actually loved the finale but then he is car-obsessed. He did not fully realise the ramifications of House’s action so asked me to do some explaining: would House regret his action, would he be able to go back, what is the law for such a case?

  • BrokenLeg

    56 @ maria-eleni

    I think your teenager son asks the same questions that everybody ask about ramifications of House’s action. And answers will we there in S8, I suppose. And legal part , in some lawyer’s post in other previous thread of this same blog.

    I’m not a lawyer, but if car crash happened here, as far as I know, House will be prosecuted by state attorney at least as four attempted murder, one felony charge or injuries, private property damage, aggravated with perfidy and maybe more. And due to Wilson injuries, it will begin at criminal Justice, but probably ended at civil Justice with a big amount of money to be paid by House.
    I suppose he will lost or be suspended of his medical license, at least some time once condemned.

  • Eloise

    Barbara
    sorry to hear some people have been so nasty to you, there seems to be some really horrid stuff going down out there. Nobody is safe and I just dont really understand it, its a tv programme, I love it but to be unkind in RL is so uncalled for.
    Their disappointment is no excuse. I felt the finale to be very in character in a way, from someone who had just had enough and very excited to see where its going. Huddy was obviously doomed from the start and anyone who expected any different is watching a different show to me, extended happiness will only be in the final finale if at all!

  • Creeda

    Some of us feel like Season 7 wasn’t even about House. It was a slap in the face to shippers, and an intentional plan to destroy ships. Which is fine. The show isn’t about ships, it’s about House. What’s crazy is that most people watched House and became hooked on House because of House. They only became “shippers” because the writers lead us down the path. The NYTimes said it best when they said House was written with consistent and intentional relationship ties so strong no one could seperate the character from the relationships. The fans followed their piper song and then they got angry because so much emphasis was on the ships. They forced Huddy on us, then they say they can’t sustain it. Well, that doesn’t say much for your confidence in each other and your creative abilities, but okay.

    The show is about House and I hope they do bring this story around. The problem is, it will be a different show. They will not “go back to simpler times” because the show has always focused on House and his relational co-dependencies. Now, they want to change that. It could work, it may not. But it is upsetting to many to see it’s not just the story, but the foundational approach that has crashed and is now hiding on a beach.

    We can speculate and hope, but really that’s all we have. There’s not a lot of nuggets to take from this season, as much as we try to talk ourselves into it. Everything we have is built on an interpretation that has no backing or support and a hope that even TPTB don’t act like they have. House may have been right. Hope is for sissies.

    You shouldn’t be attacked for your opinions Barbara, but then TPTB and the FANS shouldn’t be attacked either. The breeding of contempt between interdependencies is part of the collateral damage.

  • Dorinda

    I like the idea of House fighting what love has done to him and smiling at proving to himself that he’s not redeemable. Of course, feeling that and really facing the consequences of his actions are two very different things. The writers said it was meant to show him breaking free and perhaps removing some of his burden, but the cost to do that was actually everything good in his life. In destroying his remaining hope so he could be free, he also destroyed his life. That makes for a very dark character. House has always been dark. Did he really need to go darker? It’s just painful to watch.

  • FlowBEE

    I wish that one day we’ll know how Shore really wanted the story to go. Between behind the scenes changes and disruptions, network involvement and failed contract negotiations, the original vision was adapted and in fact changed. I long for the real story. Just a pipe dream!

  • maria-eleni

    • 57 – BrokenLeg

    In the previous thread “Looking Back on Se 7 and Ahead to Se 8” there were several posts about the legal consequences: 110/115 Stan, 112 Channel Surfer.
    As for Wilson, the car never touched him; he was a few meters away from its route. He tripped and fell.
    However I find the legal side the least interesting. What I would like to be explored is House’s reactions as he realises what he did and whether this cutting away from Cuddy will really help him move on. Actually my son was also more sensitive about the moral and psychological issues than the legalities.

    In fact I do not wish House to get back soon to PPTH. He needs time to consider his actions and what he is. He should first be able to come to terms with himself and clarify his future goals. He will never be able to do this in that environment full of traumatic memories and enablers: leg muscle infraction, Stacy, Wilson and mostly Cuddy.

    BARBARA BARNETT

    It is evident that Houseian bad manners have rubbed on some fans! Just by the fact that you have created this free space where we can exchange thoughts should have silenced those dissonant voices.

    To get back to the subject of Huddy I find that one of the major negatives in that affair was working together. They never had a simple employer/employee relationship. Apart from the distant past and their mutual attraction, there is another element that created a less sane aspect. After he recovers from the infraction Cuddy is there offering him a job, functioning as a protector for House and at the same time keeping him on a leash. After his convalescence (rebirth in a way) Cuddy functions as a mother.
    House, when facing Cuddy, reverts to childish behavior -childishness is in his nature anyway-, and not just by pulling pranks and making faces. When thwarted by Cuddy, he uses all kind of underhand methods to circumvent her.
    They never faced down this issue in their professional relationship even before considering getting together. Cuddy, for all House’s successes, prefers to follow the bureaucratic route and does not have the courage to support his unorthodox but effective methods and House, as a child who is not trusted by his parent, lies to subvert. They should have solved this as it was creating problems in their working environment. Of course this situation was a premise of the show to provide suspense, conflict and funny moments.

    Whatever the reason for this unresolved situation, it poisoned their relationship. Hence the issue of lies and whether lying as an employee was different to lying as a lover. But lying, a constant theme of the show, is a catastrophic recipe for a couple.

    To her discredit, Cuddy is not averse to lying either, and long before Se7. What is more her lies affect House directly as a person and they do even have the excuse House invokes – to achieve a diagnosis and help save lives.
    In a personal level House –a man who found it easy to lie- was more honest with Cuddy whereas Cuddy – a seemingly balanced person- was a more hurtful liar. e.g.: the case after the Ketamine treatment, the fake Thanksgiving invitation, the secret marriage and more importantly her affair with Lucas. The reason for keeping it secret so as to protect House is lame. She is protecting herself from having to face him and explain the situation.

    To conclude, I do not find Cuddy’s character particularly damaged in Se7. All the elements were there since the beginning of the show. For all her attractiveness and her protectiveness towards House, I always found her self-serving. House was an asset to her hospital and by enabling his addiction she keeps him tethered in her area and prevents him to move on professionally. She is not averse to hurting him even for petty reasons. She is also a malicious liar. And, -though it may seem be irrelevant but it is an indication of shallowness – her dress code is inappropriate for a Dean of medicine and a doctor. The revealing blouses aside, tight skirts and high heels would be a big hindrance in emergencies. In addition heels so high are medically unacceptable as they create health problems, mainly in the spine and legs, so they are to be avoided in a doctor as giving a bad example, almost like cigarettes.

    On the other hand I consider Cuddy justified in breaking up with House.

    The heroic image of House, strong enough to overcome his inner fears and take on a leg amputation saving her from the trouble, that made her to finally reveal her love for him and embark on an affair with him, is negated by the unheroic image of House weakened by love and unable to both love and save lives at the same time. He is no more “the most extraordinary man.”
    Add to this his inability to face her illness and possible death or share her anxieties and pain without vicodin and the matter is clinched. Cuddy is the vicodin substitude. He will always need a crutch to overcome pain, whether physical or emotional, and she does not feel capable to be that crutch. She needs a crutch for herself.

    Frankly I do not blame her. And I can feel her pain and delusion. She is in love but staying with House will only bring further disillusionment and bitterness, not a good atmosphere to bring up a child. Neither do I blame her (or the writers) for the abrupt ending. Prolonging the end with futile discussions would have been more painful with the added danger of House winning her over again. And it might have gotten soapy.

  • Linda

    Everyone on this show is both victim and villain. That is why House chooses them to be in his circle. It causes damage on both sides, and it’s never anyone’s fault. That’s how the writer’s keep it open to interpretation. The last few minutes of the finale just tipped the scale more than usual and that unbalance created a like inbalance in the fandom. I feel like there were just as many incidents in the past of positive Cuddy as negative. Just like with Wilson. And certainly with House. The Huddy this season didn’t feel as real, as passionate, disfunctional and sassy as in the past. There were definite changes, and maybe it was meant to show how different they are in relationships versus the hospital, but it didn’t work for me and the ending certainly didn’t work for me. That said, have no choice but to move on.

  • 60 plus

    61 – FlowBEE
    “I wish that one day we’ll know how Shore really wanted the story to go. Between behind the scenes changes and disruptions, network involvement and failed contract negotiations, the original vision was adapted and in fact changed. I long for the real story. Just a pipe dream!”

    A pipe dream that I share. Part of that dream is that I would like to know how David Shore saw the fallout from the car crash affecting House personally and the ongoing House-Cuddy relationship, for better or worse. I said in an earlier thread that I don’t envy the writers and the other Powers That Be. I am sure in my own mind that when they planned and wrote Season 7 and then the season finale they had at minimum a general idea of where Season 8 would pick up following the car crash, etc.–and it definitely included Cuddy’s presence. I also suspect that a part of their thinking involved the very real possibility that Season 8 would be the last for House, and so they also had a broad vision of how they would bring our journey with House to completion.

    But since then, Lisa left, the network probably got involved and, in a development they did not expect, some viewers–rightly or wrongly and for a variety of reasons–have become very disenchanted with either/both House the character, House the show and/or in some cases, anyone involved with the show from David Shore on down to and including the production team and the actors.

    Just as you said, these factors undoubtedly made them change their original concept, especially for what would happen at the beginning of Season 8. Added to that, the expectations from different segments of the fandom go from one extreme to the other. Even if TPTB wanted to (which I hope they don’t), it would be impossible to please everyone.

    I am looking forward to Season 8, without any expectations. For me, that has worked for seven years.

    But, like FlowBEE, I’d love to know what the original vision was. Perhaps someday, if and when David Shore writes his memoirs, he’ll give us the Alternative Universe version! :)

  • Oversimplified

    @ 62 Maria-eleni

    ‘To conclude, I do not find Cuddy’s character particularly damaged in Se7. All the elements were there since the beginning of the show. For all her attractiveness and her protectiveness towards House, I always found her self-serving. House was an asset to her hospital and by enabling his addiction she keeps him tethered in her area and prevents him to move on professionally. She is not averse to hurting him even for petty reasons. She is also a malicious liar. And, -though it may seem be irrelevant but it is an indication of shallowness – her dress code is inappropriate for a Dean of medicine and a doctor. The revealing blouses aside, tight skirts and high heels would be a big hindrance in emergencies. In addition heels so high are medically unacceptable as they create health problems, mainly in the spine and legs, so they are to be avoided in a doctor as giving a bad example, almost like cigarettes.’

    For starters every single character has self-serving traits in House. Even the resident martyr Masters learnt to be selfish and do what was right for her in the end, so to single Cuddy out is a tad unfair. I don’t agree with what you said about her keeping House tethered to the job by enabling him either. Both she and Wilson know that if House sets his mind to taking the Vicodin then there’s pretty much nothing they can do about it. That’s true for any addict. Her letting him get away with it is a combination of guilt over her part in the infarction, ‘what the hell else I can do?’, and it actually being safer if they have an idea how much vicodin he’s taking, rather than him being forced to take it in secret. Let’s not forget that a. she was the one who wanted him to go through with the methadone treatment to get him off the vicodin before he went into rehab, and b. it’s been canon from the get-go that nobody else would employ him. Think how much worse he would have been had he not had the puzzles to distract him. The clothing thing baffles me too. I’ve seen a similar reactions in other fandoms as well, where a female character has been attacked for wearing clothing that’s too ‘provocative’. First of all it’s been established that Cuddy’s position as Dean is predominantly administrative and I don’t see her wearing anything unacceptable or inappropriate for that role, in fact it’s almost like a suit of armour or a mask. Where you see shallowness I see a woman who’s saying to all her detractors ‘I work just as hard as you do and I do it in 4 inch heels’. It’s one hell of a hard job for a women to take on a position mainly held by men without either losing their femininity or using it. Sad, but true. Just to back that up look how differently she was dressed at the end of ‘Joy’ when the barriers are down and she’s out of that work environment, and then throughout ‘Help Me’ when that medical emergency does arise. Clothing is often a front or a means of assuming another identity, rather than a direct window into the soul. (Also, as an aside, the number of medical professionals I know who smoke is ridiculous, one of whom deals with lung cancer patients on a daily basis. Setting an example is usually the last thing on their mind in my experience.)

    This season I felt they dropped certain traits and exaggerated others in both Cuddy and House for the sake of the plot, and ultimately to put House in a worse place than he’s ever been before. Her sense of humour seemed to have evaporated and she became even more uptight, whilst there was little sign of the multi-lingual, thoughtful, piano playing medical genius, who tempered the prank-playing, emotionally-handicapped jerk. (Jeez I even missed House’s interaction with the whiteboard!!) This is the first season where the protagonist really started to get on my nerves, whereas in the past I’ve always felt for him.

    Like others have mentioned, because the writers set their stall out regarding the inevitability of the break-up and their incompatibility with each other from the start, the fallout and House’s subsequent actions just weren’t that convincing. The moments where they were actually making each other happy were too few and far between for House’s absolute devastation to ring true in my opinion, and because of it much of the season felt flat and forced. I actually think this is where the original, scrapped ‘Thunder Roadtrip’ idea or something akin to it MAY have been better than ‘Now What?’ as a season opener in that they would have been allowed a ‘honeymoon period’ before the real doubts set in, and an opportunity to appreciate why they’ve been pining after each other for so many years. In that case the highs would have been higher, and made the crushing low all the more realistic. It just strikes me as a waste of a build-up of a relationship, to use it as means to an end rather than something organic ‘in it’s own right’ to explore what’s under the hood of these two characters.

  • a small microbe

    i am curious, but not hopeful about s8. if s7 is a taste of what is to come, i don’t think i will stick around.

    i have this image in my mind: house is acquitted because he “lost control” while driving. the man just had surgery in his leg for crying out loud! of course, they’ll take his license away, all right: his driving license.

    cuddy will leave a letter saying that she is off in a sabbatical never to be heard from or dealt with again. wilson will do an amber tantrum, but will return soon enough and all is well in our dark side of paradise.

    i was recently re-reading an italian author: pirandello. he wrote a play called 6 characters looking for an author. this is what house reminds me of these days. in the play, these characters are in need of, and maybe even actively looking for, a writer who will put to the page what they think and feel. they feel unrepresented and want a say in their lives and how they are portrayed. not a new concept, mind you, but an interesting one nonetheless.

    characters are created by a writer, he/she has their development in mind, but then they come to life with ideas and feelings of their own and the writer loses control over his/her creation. they have a life of their own and demand to be portrayed as truthfully as they can be.
    an provocative concept, don’t you think?

  • ann uk

    Musing on the House/Cuddy relationship, it struck me that the real cause of her retreat is that she is scared by the intensity of House’s passion. She and Wilson persistently nag House to “open up”,to express his feelings, but they do not realise how powerful those feelings are. House knows and fears what may happen if he once lets them off the leash.What they may do to him and to others.
    He begins the affair with an explosion of love and ends it with an explosion of hate. And Cuddy is the fuse that lights both.

  • BrokenLeg

    66 @ small microbe

    Woww!! Brilliant idea that comparison between [H] with Pirandello’s play “Six characters in search of an author”!! You portrait just the moment [H] is now!!!

    I’ve always thought that characters come to life first thanks the previous baggage that creator gave them, along with its own growing patterns through their development, and along with the view of them added by audience. It’s altogether and at once.

    I’ve posted in other threads that sometimes their life, and the life of a TV show, is like a building one. It’s created initially by an architect, but only come to real life through its users, through how they use it, and through the interrelations that they set with the building. Sometimes those interrelations modify a little or quite a lot the initial creative pattern. And always independently the bad, good or excellent quality of the architect and his/her work. And that it’s good. That indicates that users have made the building their own. That they’ve been able to understand it,comprehend it from their own approach. Doing so they add life. Without them and their “touch of life”, only remain a deedless bad, good or excellent academic work.( I hope I can express it and make myself be understandable, if not sorry, it’s my bad English)

    Again, Small Microbe, to me your post is a brilliant one!!

  • lobentti

    Small Microbe,
    you´ve brought something new to this forum; so, I´ll dare to bring something different too: it comes to my mind 3 different famous love couples in classical literature, that are diferent facets of ‘Huddy’ romance: The Romeo/Juliet as their feelings, the Abelard/Heloise for their intelectual briliance and Tristan/Isolda for their sexual atraction – all in a couple, is too much to handle, isn´t it? :)Even for many writers!

  • Oversimplified

    @ 66 small microbe

    That’s a really interesting comparison with Pirendello. I got a similar feeling when House was screaming into the nanny cam that ‘It means nothing.’ It seemed like the protagonist’s creator was saying something to his audience regarding House’s journey over the past 7 years, which of course David Shore is perfectly entitled to do, but it’s little wonder that many have become disillusioned. If you invest in a character for so long and then they end up back at square one, in fact worse than square one then I think a degree of disappointment is understandable. How House and Cuddy’s relationship materialised is just part of that. I was really surprised when I read in an interview that David Shore said that he didn’t know how the show would ultimately end. I always got the impression he had a general idea where House would end up in the past. Evidently not and this may be a huge part of the problem.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com barbara barnett

    small microbe: very interesting idea. In a way, the characters have dictated some of the storyline since the middle of Season 1. Like Mulder and Scully in The X-Files, the characters came across differently on screen than Chris Charter really intended (romantically, anyway).

    ann uk: I agree that those who live in House’s universe don’t see the level of emotion beneath the surface, therefore don’t realize what their release (whether love or hate or self-loathing or whatever). Foreman saw that at the end of season 6 and it completely changed how he viewed House in Season 7. In many ways, he actually became protective of House, for example.

  • HouseMDFan

    ‘It means nothing.’ It seemed like the protagonist’s creator was saying something to his audience regarding House’s journey over the past 7 years

    If I may jump in here: I utterly disagree. That was a character saying something he believed was true in that moment. And I’m using the word “believe”, because the episode shows that it doesn’t even hold up within that one hour, later on House very much admits that the patient’s work does mean something when he rails against her decision.
    The point is: He always critizises constructed meanings, but he also always said that what you do here and now matters (see “Three Stories” and “One Day, One Room”, both written by DS!). Also, in “Moving On” he wishes that nothing, especially not his own journey, would mean anything to him, because of course that would hurt a lot less. His statement tells us something about his state of mind in that moment, about what he wants to be true. But of course it isn’t. I never understood why everyone seems to think that we have to take anyone’s word on the show as a given. One of the things DS has said over and over again: he does not want to give his audience all the answers, they are allowed and required to think for themselves.

  • a small microbe

    thanks to all of you for your comments.
    i have had this idea for quite a while. the x-files is an excellent example. chris carter swore up and down, left and right that mulder and scully would NEVER be together, and yet he had the insight to realize the characters themselves took the story in a different road, and he had the good luck to let then take that path without making then any other characters or losing what mulder and scully were. even in the last movie, with all its problems, they are mulder and scully, in a relationship, but true to themselves.

    house is an other thing all together. maybe it is more tightly structured- cc admitted to making it on the go- or maybe they could not or would not listen to their creations.

    i think this is why we are now faced with writers having to explain minutiae such as was the room empty when house crashed the car in cuddy’s living room. i remember reading in my literary theory classes this: if you have to go back and explain yourself, something in your premise is not thought well.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com barbara barnett

    small microbe: the difference between House and a novel is that we’re not finished “reading” it yet.

    I had an interesting conversation with a good friend today. I hadn’t really spoken to her about House since last summer. Every summer we get together once a week for lunch and then watch a couple of House episodes (she doesn’t have a DVR and had only ever been able to see the eps once until the come out on DVD).

    Over lunch I asked her what she thought of Season 7. I was curious because she’s been watching since Pilot, she was into the idea of House-Cuddy, but never active online (she doesn’t even read my column consistently).

    Told me that she thought a couple episodes were over the top (she noted Two Stories and Fall From Grace), but said that on the whole she liked the season. Then I asked her about what she felt about the finale. Again, she surprised me by saying that she really liked the finale, and that she was curious about how they were going to deal with House left as he was–in very deep trouble. She thought it opened up a lot of interesting possibilities.

    We sat down to watch “Now What?” and “Selfish.” As we watched we talked about how much the issues that lay before House and Cuddy played out over the season. Cuddy asks House to trust her that “it will be fine.” It doesn’t matter that he won’t change. He is who he is. And as much as she wants to believe it, she never really does throughout the season. No matter that House leaps in and trusts Cuddy, he does so with his guard up so that he doesn’t make a mistake–and he fails. She believed that the Season came to an inevitable conclusion, and while she didn’t like what House did in the finale (hated it), she felt that it was consistent with a man who keeps all emotion inside and suddenly blows up (she’s a therapist and educator of kids with behavioral disorders).

    It was interesting watching discussing the season with a fan who isn’t a fandom fan.

  • Lisa

    Yes, it is interesting to talk with fans who are not really actively involved in the fandom, but even beneath that blanket are those who felt it OOC and hated it. I’ve spoken with many and the opnions are split and very much reflect what is in the fandom. In every arena, there is a polarization. That is what’s fascinating.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com barbara barnett

    Lisa–there is indeed a split, but I think the most vocal part of the fandom (as would usually be the case in such splits) is the group who hated the season, thought it was poorly done and want nothing more to do with the show.

    Of course last season was nothing if not controversial from a lot of angles, but some commenting on this thread suggest there is near consensus of opinion among fans, critics, etc. That’s simply not true.

  • Flesh And Bone

    I really sympathise with those who beleive that there’s potential for s8. Everything with this show had potential (medical cases, character development etc.) but the writers that have remained are so utterly lazy and have fans fanwanking to justify their blunders over and over again. House and Cuddy were never really explored. A lot of people always described House as the Phantom Of The Opera and the writers threw in that parallel in s6. But they went to the other extreme and depicted the House/Cuddy relationship like the one in Dario Argento’s version of the Phantom: the Phantom repeatedly rapes Christine and she because she is brainwashed by his mental attributes, sucks it up like everyone on this show. But when she dares to take a stand which sends the Phantom into a kill frenzy because noone really understands his pain and woes, she is blamed and then we have the parting of the ways. Such a breathtaking and innovative journey of two supposedly intrinsically flawed characters.

    The show had an agenda to put House back on drugs and they succeeded. End of line. There won’t be any repercussions like there were none with Vogler, Tritter, Amber and the suppossed fallout with Wilson and Dibala and so many other cases. Wait! The emotional fallout! Silly me. *shakes head* Yes, the show is called House MD but that has always been it’s blessing and curse at the same time. House will get another whack on the wrist and life will continue like nothing has happened.

  • Lisa

    I feel for both sides. No matter what opinion you have you are patronized and categorized. And both sides continue to justify their thoughts, beliefs and even their numbers. I believe it’s time for me just to go back to being a casual viewer. I watched for years and never participated online. I started in season 6 and enjoyed it for a while. This fandom is imploding and it’s very sad to witness. No matter what this show does with the story, it’s a shame the dynamic fan DDX cannot take place anymore with the polarized opinions and corresponding hostility and arrogance. Pity.

    I’m out! Good luck, all!

  • lobentti

    Just watched ‘Moving on”, and as I said before, a perfect, healthy outburst of a hurted, sensible man; also I saw a development of an old episode – “The itch”. Then, while House still idealized Lisa´s life, he went to her door and came back without calling her; this time, he knows her, so he did what he had to; the conversation with the patients of both episodes seemed to push him to do something to make a change in life; first time, he failed, now he did. In real life, terrible;as fiction, just perfect.

  • Oversimplified

    @72 HouseMDFan

    You are right in that what House says shouldn’t always be taken at face value, but I still maintain that there was an intra- and extradiegetic message right there in that scene: a sort of ‘you thought we were going in a certain direction, but we’re not really.’ That, like everything else, is open for discussion.

    The crash is still making me rather uneasy. Not just because of it’s rather blasé portrayal of a violent act, but because they seem to have justified it under the ‘well House is rather ‘crazy’ hat. Mental illness does attract enough stigma as it is without adding to the stereotypes of the lunatic being capable of any act. To be fair the House writers aren’t the only ones who perpetuate these myths, but this hasn’t helped. It’s especially disappointing after they tried to deal the subject matter sensitively with ‘Broken’. I do hope they take House’s depression more seriously in season 8, without using it as a free pass for him to do increasingly ridiculous things.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com barbara barnett

    Oversimplified–You say that they’ve dealt with House’s act in a blase manner. but we don’t actually know how they plan on dealing with it at all. That chapter hasn’t yet been written.

  • Oversimplified

    @ 81 Barbara

    I did mean within the episode itself. It was played for laughs as a number of people mentioned in other threads. The writers reactions to irate fans was also telling. In abstract it almost was an amusing act, but then we live in a society where women are killed by jealous partners on a regular basis by just such an act and that’s when it becomes distasteful. Viewing a narrative within a vacuum is unrealistic, as when we all sit down to watch something we bring a hell of a lot of baggage with us. You are right though Barbara. The story hasn’t been played out yet, and I really do applaud your optimism for Season 8. I’m actually gutted that mine has turned to morbid curiosity.

  • HouseMDFan

    @Oversimplified, the crash certainly wasn’t played for laughs or as an amusing act, I don’t know where you would get any evidence for that theory.

    You are right of course that there is always a extradiegetic message as well, but if you look at my statement (72), there is one there, albeit badly differentiated on my part: Constructed meaning vs. what you do, which is very much in keeping with the show. And this: ‘you thought we were going in a certain direction, but we’re not really.’ That’s the show’s specialty as well, just look at last year’s finale. They will always undermine conventional ideas of meaning, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. It also doesn’t mean that the journey is useless just because it doesn’t reach the destination you envisioned. Everything falls apart in the end, so all there is is the journey.

    Oh, and @Lisa – although you are probably not reading this anymore – I think I can understand your frustration, I have been drifting in and out of fandom for a long time because of that, but I always come back, because there are some interesting discussions to be found. The polarization isn’t new at all – it just is here at this place. If you looked at other places after last year’s finale for example, the viciousness vs. happiness was even more pronounced.

  • Oversimplified

    @83 HouseMDFan
    There has been discussion of the scene being played out as black comedy on Barbara’s blogs. In my opinion the hairbrush played into that, but it wasn’t funny because, well, House isn’t a Laurel and Hardy comedy and at least on some level tries to simulate reality where people can be harmed by other’s reckless behaviour. I’m still surprised that TPTB were so surprised by people’s reactions. It’s clear there was a gap between what many viewers saw and what they wanted them to see. I understand the reasoning behind it, don’t get me wrong, but I think they pushed too far with a character who walks a very thin tightrope between tortured, witty genius and an outright jerk. David Shore’s explanation of House’s behaviour was in classic abuser’s territory too, and I speak from personal experience there. There are ways and means to express anger without a violent act that both intimidates and puts lives in danger. I’m still not happy with the assertion that this violence was ‘inevitable’ on the protagonist’s part. It seems like a weak explanation, and goes hand-in-hand with the ‘oh he’s crazy and capable of anything’ excuse which I discussed earlier.

    Sorry we crossed wires by the way. They are generally good at subverting expectations, but I do think a good deal of the audience were hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel, and now that seems more unlikely than ever. The overall narrative appears to be going round in circles in a cycle of House hitting rock bottom, bobbing up to the surface for a brief respite, before being pulled back under again. Understandably that’s quite draining for people to watch for 7 seasons without there being some hope of a reward. Cuddy was built up to be that redemption, no matter how certain parts of the fandom felt about it, and with her gone and their professional and personal relationship destroyed it’s perhaps not surprising that some people are starting to back away from the show, and question why they’ve been so invested for all these years.

  • a small microbe

    barbara:
    that is precisely why they are so similar: we have not finished “reading” it because it has not been “published” in its entirety. tv is the technological era’s response to episodic novels. it works the same way and attracts the reader/viewer with the same premise.
    i still think the pirandello analogy holds. when a writer starts writing he/she has an idea of what he/she wants to tell, but it also need to have the wisdom to listen to what the characters are saying. a character cannot be forced to be anything other than what it is, and a medias res change doesn’t work. like my professor said, if it needs to be explained, it needs to be reviewed.
    i am not talking as a fan, but as a reader- or in this case watcher.

  • HouseMDFan

    @Oversimplified

    Oh, I’m actually more or less with you when it comes to the crash, that’s why I objected to seeing it as “funny” in the first place. I don’t think it was “inevitable” as in “the only thing he could do”, but I do think it was very much in character and I liked it. Not sure where the assertion that it was inevitable comes from, I didn’t get that impression.

    The overall narrative appears to be going round in circles in a cycle of House hitting rock bottom, bobbing up to the surface for a brief respite, before being pulled back under again.

    I actually think that’s a rather superficial look at it, at the very least it was a different rock each time ;-) I think the content is more important than the pattern, otherwise we would be bored to death with the formula already.

    without there being some hope of a reward

    See, and that’s where I so very much disagree. The point isn’t that there is no reward at all, the point is that no reward lasts forever! The bad times don’t negate the good times he had, they are just another part of the journey. And as I said, the journey is what interests me.

    And finally, I disagree with this: Cuddy was built up to be that redemption

    That’s what the fans wanted to believe. That’s also what House himself wanted to believe of course, but that doesn’t make it true or good. That’s also why I’m still fighting for the opinion that his declaration in “Recession Proof” was problematic, because he put all the burden for his happiness on her. I’m actually very happy that the show subverted the trite “redemption through romantic love” idea. (I know parts of fandom that were complaining very loudly after last year’s finale, because they thought the show had gone down that route, and I didn’t buy it then either.)

  • Oversimplified

    @86 HouseMDFan
    I do respect your opinion, but I’m still not buying that it was in character. I always think that where a character isn’t prepared to go, is just as interesting as the boundaries they are prepared to push or breakdown. House has never been violent towards women before and hates bullies because he can identify with their victims, often in spite of himself. For me that was what the whole Tritter arc was about. He was trying to punish a bully and ended up taking it about 20 steps too far: I’ve always felt he has a really deep-seated sense of morality which is unwavering and is often his greatest asset and his biggest downfall. Right now I feel like House could sprout wings and his creator would say, ‘Deep down I’ve always felt House was a fairy.’… Well maybe not, but you get my drift. I’m disappointed that such talented writers felt the need to add a new facet to his character that jars with who he essentially is. There was enough scope there to not have to resort to shock tactics. If he’d have been on that beach smiling having removed himself from the situation and NOT driven his car through Cuddy’s house I’d have still been pretty much with him. It achieved nothing. I will accept though that the rest of that story is still to be played out.

    Eventually all rocks look the same and hurt equally when you’re bashed over the head with them repeatedly. ;) It doesn’t make for a healthy relationship with one’s audience however. Seriously though that’s why I adored the end of season 5. That particular rock bottom was imaginative and completely believable, as trippy as it was. This one- not so much.

    Yeah I see where you’re coming from on on the whole subverting the idea of the romantic relationship as the ultimate goal thing, and to an certain extent I agree with you. The problem is they spent so long building up the relationship that when it came to actually exploring it they kind of buckled. It didn’t really work for the shippers in the fandom, nor did it work for the non- shippers because regardless how people felt about the two characters being together it played out more like the writers were trying to prove a point rather than laying out an honest exploration. Actually I think they could have kept them together and still subverted the romantic goal ideal. It didn’t have to be all the pieces to the puzzle, but just one of them. Having House ultimately do what he did because he saw himself as the wronged lover brought them down a whole new path of cliches, and I can’t help but feel that ending Huddy for good had a lot more to do with bowing to the network’s wishes, who thought it was affecting ratings, than it did with taking the characters down a path they needed to go.

    With you on the declaration of love in ‘Recession Proof’ by the way. It was just as loaded as Cuddy’s at the end of ‘Help Me’.

  • HouseMDFan

    @Oversimplified

    I’d say we are quite at the end of this conversation since we both explained our reasoning and are not going to change each other’s minds, but if you don’t mind I would like to comment on two things regarding House’s character:

    1. I don’t see what House did as “bullying” AT ALL. To me, that word requires a pattern of behaviour and a level of deliberateness that House just didn’t have in that moment. This wasn’t about picking on someone or stressing his own power over someone. I also don’t agree that he did this because he saw himself as “the wronged lover”, but I explained that before.

    2. No, House hasn’t shown violence against women directly, but he has shown that he has a big capacity for physical outbursts, in reality and in his mind.

  • HouseMDFan

    Just curious, do we agree on the “rock bottom” incidents – Tritter, Amber’s death, delusion, self-surgery/crash? And two times his fall was halted, at the end of S2 by the ketamine treatment, at the end of S6 by Cuddy?

  • Oversimplified

    @ 88 HouseMDFan

    Well I thought it was. Wilson described his behaviour towards Cuddy as ‘kicking her whilst she’s down’ in ‘Down the Chute’ didn’t he? Picking a fight with someone who is unwilling or incapable of defending themselves is victimisation, whether you hurt their feelings or their property. He’s never been that cruel before, which is why his best friend picked up on it.

    Sure he’s shown bouts of aggression before, but he’s often shied away from violence too. That restraint WAS an important part of who he was. Now, in a sense, he’s no better than the man who abused him.

    And yes I think we are in agreement over the rock bottom incidents. There should be some sort of grading system. ;) Rock, rock, rock bottom will of course be his death….

  • Oversimplified

    Also I think it’s important to note that he did what he did to make himself ‘feel better’, by his own admission. Reading something altruistic into his behaviour might be jumping the gun at this point.

  • HouseMDFan

    I didn’t read anything altruistic into his behaviour, so that’s a strawman. Also, I believe you were talking about “Fall from Grace” and taking Wilson’s words as the only truth. And finally, I would prefer a system that looks at the different meanings of the different rocks over a grading system any day.

  • BrokenLeg

    84,87,90,91 @ Oversimplified

    I agree on mostly of your posts, but this part specially:

    “….but I do think a good deal of the audience were hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel, and now that seems more unlikely than ever. The overall narrative appears to be going round in circles in a cycle of House hitting rock bottom, bobbing up to the surface for a brief respite, before being pulled back under again. Understandably that’s quite draining for people to watch for 7 seasons without there being some hope of a reward.”

    That’s excatly my feeling!!! I feel myself drained, exhausted, and many times I ask myself why I’ve watched all these seven years, and if it will be worth seeing next season. And if the only reason to watch [H] is HL great acting, or even if that is not enough….

    And , as seem on this journey to the darkest side, the end rock bottom is House’s own death or not.Hopeless.

  • Amie

    Barbara, you did a terrific job in trying to put 2 and 2 together, but I’m still not convinced it was well done. I love myself a good Romeo-and-Juliet or Rick-and-Ilsa (Casablanca), but this isn’t what we got.
    I still come here, even though I’m dissapointed in [H] and don’t know if I’ll tune in next season, in the hopes that I had been dreaming.
    Of course it’s not a dream, but I’m so glad my feelings are expressed here by others, in a most cordial and intelligent way, so much more than I would have been able to.
    And I’m sorry, Barbara, you haven’t always been treated respectfully. People shouldn’t lash out on you.

    Some excerpts I completely agree with :

    Lucy (1)(8)(14)(17):
    “but I was only a resigned Huddy because they kept pushing that Cuddy was the one for House, that she was his heart. They wrote that very clearly as a build up since Top Secret with “I’m Always Here” all the way to The Choice (…). I feel that telling the audience it’s invaluable and then writing it as a means to break House further was a cop out and the weaker choice.”
    and
    “Taking the ambivalent/fear approach may have ensured a break-up and projected a less than passionate relationship, but it also ensured a less powerful break-up and an exaggerated fall for House.”
    and
    “Using this relationship as a means to break him and place him in an situation where he’s unburdened and feeling a little better but will tomorrow face the tragedy of a destroyed life doesn’t really reflect well against the arduous path of growth he has been taking, it disregards the journey so far and undermines the relationships, history and canon”
    and
    “My reasons for saying shallow are not tied into the number of episodes, but the lack of exploring the questions of “why,” or “when,” or “what.” I didn’t expect a long, deep conversations, but the one sentence or on interchange that suddenly gave a little more insight into what was beneath the surface, what is behind the emotion. House and Cuddy working on a relationship would be a fantastic arena for these kind of wonderful moments.” + all the examples she gives
    and
    “I think viewers expected more depth than they got because TPTB said they were going to explore, and because they had been building it up for so long to suggest it would be through his connecting with another that he would begin healing. It was suggested since Mayfield that his opening himself up to vulnerability with another would begin the process of getting to the bottom of his issues. Since the show moves at a glacial pace and the character deflects and denies, it was expected to be a very slow unveiling, with only a clue dropped here and there, a fact revealed, or an emotion exposed. The ambivalence and fear route prevented the “exploration” that was promised – many feel – and just left a relationship that went through a checklist: explain they want to be together, check, establish you can’t but will still lie, check, Bond with kid, check, fight over mundane life, check, etc.”
    and
    “Cuddy has always called him on his behaviors and thoughts, while House has always diagnosed her. Had they been doing some of that exploring in the relationship it would have felt more true to their characters”

    Stan (2) (16)(37):
    “The ambivalence and fear may be something true to character, but their reactions to those feelings were not always in line with what they had shown us in the past. Cuddy’s response to her own ambivalence has traditionally been much of a fight mode; Just as House’s response was usually a complex deflection and reckless phase that proved to be a fight for right. It just didn’t ring true for their characters for many of us.”
    and
    “I think most fans expected and knew that exploring these characters inside a relationship would have meant a certain amount of misery in itself. They are both miserable and screwed up. Together, they would have still been that way, just not alone in figuring it all out. In the end, their dealing with their own issue together probably would have produced an exlposive break-up and made his downward spiral feel more real. Ironically, they could have still ended up in a very similar place, but with much more powerful results. IMO”
    and
    “I agree with ParadoxHugh. There were instances the showed House was opening up, and they also have shown in the past how Cuddy read him in spite of his walls and lack of being open. This season they chose to ignore the past. I definitely see they were trying to accent his failure at being open and vulnerable with Cuddy, but it just fell short.”

    Oversimplified (9)(84) :
    “All in all the relationship felt incredibly shallow, and at times House and Cuddy appeared to be shadows or even exaggerated parodies of the characters we’ve grown to know and like over the past 7 years, which is something I continue to lament over.”
    and
    “… but I do think a good deal of the audience were hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel, and now that seems more unlikely than ever. The overall narrative appears to be going round in circles in a cycle of House hitting rock bottom, bobbing up to the surface for a brief respite, before being pulled back under again. Understandably that’s quite draining for people to watch for 7 seasons without there being some hope of a reward. Cuddy was built up to be that redemption, no matter how certain parts of the fandom felt about it, and with her gone and their professional and personal relationship destroyed it’s perhaps not surprising that some people are starting to back away from the show, and question why they’ve been so invested for all these years.”
    and
    “Eventually all rocks look the same and hurt equally when you’re bashed over the head with them repeatedly. ;) It doesn’t make for a healthy relationship with one’s audience however. Seriously though that’s why I adored the end of season 5. That particular rock bottom was imaginative and completely believable, as trippy as it was. This one- not so much.”

    Cheated (18) :
    “also forgot to mention that everything that was unique with House and Cuddy was negated by the writers.(…) Everything that made them them were erased by the writers and their histories were ignored for the sole purpose of pushing House back on vicodin and into a dark place with no humanity left just as David Shore wanted.”

    ann uk (20):
    “And Cuddy too is made to look unreasonable and fickle. So House takes a vicodin to help him face the possibility of Cuddy’ death–one can imagine many people resorting to drink or tranquillisors faced with such a catastrophe.

    sneaky microbe (25) : LOL
    “Thank you for the relationship analysis, but the voice in my head keeps saying, “I just don’t care anymore.” Obviously I do a little bit, because I keep reading on the subject.” Me too!

    paradoxhugh (30) (40): everything you said but especially this : “I have to take real acception to this point. Save for small moments in the first few episodes, did I blink and miss this alledged joy? There was never a complete episode that did not negate any joy with the storm clouds of doom. It was always blighted. I will agree that Cuddy fooled herself early on but in light of the honesty in which she entered the relationship, the subsequent portrayal only made her character look selfish and foolish.”

    flesh and bones (77) :
    “The show had an agenda to put House back on drugs and they succeeded. End of line. There won’t be any repercussions like there were none with Vogler, Tritter, Amber and the suppossed fallout with Wilson and Dibala and so many other cases. Wait! The emotional fallout! Silly me. *shakes head* Yes, the show is called House MD but that has always been it’s blessing and curse at the same time. House will get another whack on the wrist and life will continue like nothing has happened.”

    Lisa (78) : “I feel for both sides. No matter what opinion you have you are patronized and categorized.”

    ok, I feel silly only quoting other people. But it’s my way of saying they’re not alone…

    I have to add I feel the crash was totally in character for House. But I didn’t like his smile, the same way I didn’t like what jerk he was to Wilson during the Tritter arc but thought it was in character. Hopefully it didn’t last.

    As I already mentioned in a previous thread, the lightness in which the relationship was treated and the breakup would have felt true to me if they had decided to give a go at the relationship after Joy. At that time, Cuddy was still looking for the perfect man and House didn’t want to make any effort in being happy. Then we had for House : the slow decent into mental break-down, hitting rock-bottom, Mayfield, the realization with Lydia and Nolan that he does want to be happy and does want to be with someone, pining for Cuddy for a year. And for Cuddy, we got : a baby, House being a jerk but her still caring for him (Under my skin and Both sides now), a year with the “perfect boyfriend” Lucas, 5-to-9 when House was more helpful than anyone and really did care for her – in his own way.

    One could think that Cuddy knew exactly what she was going into when starting this relationship with House.
    I suppose she struggled with the perfect boyfriend vs exciting boyfriend dilemna during all season 6.
    It felt therefore out of character for me that she expected him to not lie (“ever!”) to her at work, to babysit after 2 months of dating (how did she manage all the other unexpected times? Was House really her only option for babysitting Rachel) and to attend galas with her.

    And House, who always sparred with Cuddy as an equal, suddenly was this little boy saying “I can be better”? He who does everything consciously, and owns up to it? Either he didn’t do as best as he could and he has a reason and should own up to it, or he should have done as best as he could. Remember, he’s the one who tries to do “the right thing”.
    Given Mayfield, and Lydia, I would have thought the latter.
    On the other hand, I think the end of Recession Proof (which I thought was so in character for House to say something so nice and so awful at the same time) would have been reason enough for Cuddy to break up.

    However, as they are both portrayed as fighters, I don’t get how easily Cuddy dumps him. She would normally have fought, be the optimistic one, wanted to help (as she has a god complex) House through his demons.
    I mean, she seemed, at the beginning of Bombshell to enjoy his playfulness. And she says more than once that she admires him. She tested the “perfect” boyfriend (Lucas) and prefered the “exciting” one.
    One could suppose she knows she’s past forty, and is not likely to find the perfect boyfriend she is looking for.

    I was on team Arlene “who else will put up with you guys”!
    My team lost but the dice were rigged.
    I don’t think it was a bold move from the writers to do this, rather, I’m becoming bored. My reaction at the new rock-bottom : “not again”!

    Oh well! Time to move on.

  • maria-eleni

    • 68 – BrokenLeg
    “(A building) created initially by an architect, but only come to real life through its users, through how they use it, and through the interrelations that they set with the building. Sometimes those interrelations modify a little or quite a lot the initial creative pattern.”

    I absolutely agree with you.
    As an architect myself and an art historian as well, I consider successful buildings those fully exploited by the users, even if certain functionalities evolve differently from the original conception.
    The “academic” buildings fail because aesthetic values are more important to the architect than the interactions of the users with the spaces created.
    My theory is that in a building beauty alone without functionality loses its value in the way a soulless person can never be really beautiful for all the perfection of its features.

  • Oversimplified

    @92 HouseMDFan

    Yep you’re right it was indeed ‘Fall From Grace’. Still think Wilson was calling a spade a spade, but ho hum.

    I do believe we’ve unwittingly created a whole new academic strand though: ‘philosophical geology’. :) We’ll never agree, but it’s good to throw a few thoughts and ideas around with someone.

  • yjust a thought

    I put House MD behind for the summer a while back. Ready for Season 8 to see what is next;
    Meanwhile I watched the tv series Mad Man and Damages, and I was amazed how good they are, and I guess I have 2 questions:
    1. How can a small tv channel (AMC, FX) finance such a great series?
    2.- I never paid atention before, but why does each episode have a different director, you hear that, the actors work all year with the same crew, I though that that meant not only costum, hairdresser, advisers, technicians, writers, etc
    How come the directors are not included?
    PS
    I love their work schedule, they all say that they work 18 hour days, and at the same time they have several monthly breaks, time to do other shows, proyects, etc
    Only in Hollywood you work 18 hour days and at the same time you have 2 months off,….. you figure!

  • The Other Barnett

    I promise to be quick on my thoughts….

    Broken Leg’s last commentary hit in on the spot at the end….Cuddy knew what she was getting into, knew what House is, and knew what House is not – so either she is a woman who is retarded emotionally/romatically or the writers did not put much time into considering her when trying to play the story-line of “domesticating House”.

    Either way, the next season holds promise if only because it frees House from the romantic entanglement(or hurt former lover entanglement)with Cuddy to solve puzzles and maybe work on being happy without someone who romantically vitalizes him.

    And if anyone has the ear of David Shore….HIRE MAURA TIERNEY! AND BRING BACK ANDRE BRAUGHER!

  • Diane

    Barbara, I purchased your book a few days ago and I love it!!! I love the show – all seasons – and your book is helping me get by until Season 8 starts. THANKS!!!