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TV Review: House, MD – “House’s Head”

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All season, I’ve been waiting for an episode to leave me (at some point) breathless. And this is the first time in a while that I’ve been transfixed by the show (and not breathing — much anyway), cursing the television between commercial interruptions.

Brilliant acting by Hugh Laurie (literally in every single scene — this has to be his Emmy submission!), who conveyed nearly every possible range of emotion, taking us with him on House's nightmarish journey. Lisa Edelstein was terrific as well, bounding from sensuous to caring and protective to frustrated and angry. In fact the entire cast put all into this hour. A stellar script by Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend, David Foster, and Peter Blake from Doris Egan’s story and exciting direction and editing created an intense and harrowing journey for the series’ hero. These are the things that make House great.

“House’s Head,” season four’s penultimate episode (part one of a two-part season finale), allowed us access to House’s mind as he tries to make sense of fractured bits and pieces of his memory after serious head injury leaves him with retrograde amnesia. “Someone is dying because I can’t remember,” House agonizes at one point.

At the episode’s start, House finds himself in a strip club, dazed and confused. A lap dancer struts her stuff and it barely registers with him; he has no idea how he came to be in the club in the first place. Leaving before he has his lap dance, bleeding and unable to remember, he wanders aimlessly into the street. All around him, people run and lights strobe — a chaotic scene. As the camera pulls back to reveal a serious accident scene we, along with House, realize that he was somehow involved in it.

As he is treated in the Princeton Plainsboro emergency room by Cameron, House insists that he had noticed a serious symptom in one of the passengers. And he is compelled to find out who it is, and what is wrong.

Wilson is doubtful, telling House that he can’t be certain that this person even exists; that the symptom he spotted may simply be a figment of a blurry imagination. But House is insistent, driven to reconstruct his memories to save a dying person, risking his health — and his life — in the process.

“Why is this so important to you?” both Cuddy and Wilson ask him. But House is at a loss to explain; he doesn’t understand it either. He only knows that he must do this, whatever the risk.

Reality merges with fantasy, visions, dreams, hallucinations as House tries to complete the picture — and save an anonymous victim — using everything from medical hypnosis to sensory deprivation and Alzheimer’s drugs. Along the way, he is haunted by the presence of mystery woman. Part seductress, part spiritual guide (I thought briefly of Nimue from Arthurian legend), she teases House’s memories, seducing him with clues, always just beyond his grasp.

“Who am I?” she asks him over and over again. “What is my necklace made of?” she taunts. And even when the symbolism of her amber necklace becomes obvious to every viewer, it still eludes House. Why? Is his mind trying to suppress the fact that Amber is who he’s trying to remember? Even as he relentlessly pushes his traumatized brain past the point of reason, his subconscious refuses to accept that Amber is the one he hasn't been able to recall.

The seductive mystery woman weaves in and out of "House's Head," and House's head. But she is not the only seductress invading House's subconscious mind. And of course there is that stripper from the opening scene (she is real — we think, anyway).

Cuddy, too, appears to House as a seductress/guide in one of his fantasies. As he sits at the back of the bus, it slowly morphs into the strip club we saw in the teaser. As Cuddy strip-teases, in a suggestive dance that mirrors and expands on the episode's opening scene, she and House debate the case. And the differential is nearly as seductive and sensual as the strip routine itself, the thrust and parry of their discussion mirroring Cuddy's bump and grind. But House knows in the end that Cuddy's dance is too distracting, and while a part of him wants Cuddy to continue, his mind won’t allow him to get carried away by the moment.

A third, thwarted, seductive scene occurs in House’s flat in House’s dream as Cuddy sleeps in the living room. “I’m not sleepy, Mommy,” he says quietly to the sleeping Cuddy. It is not Cuddy who emerges from beneath the blanket, but again the dark-haired mystery woman. She takes his hand, caressing her face with it. House, who is almost a passive spectator in this, wonders where it will lead. Suddenly noticing that she's wearing a red scarf, he tells her, “I need to tie this on you.”

As he ties the sash around her thigh, you wonder if this is sensual game-playing. “I’m cold," she tells him, beckoning him. “Just stay with me,” he replies, gently, caressingly. But the fantasy is turned on its head, and made macabre as blood drenches the scarf. House, startled from his dream, knows this must be a signpost to his lost memories.

"A dream is an answer to a question you have not yet learned how to ask" is my favorite quotation from the X-Files. But what is the elusive question? When House's memories come flooding back, in heart-stopping (literally) clarity, we (and he) are only left with more questions.

And how does the bus driver figure into the mix? He certainly keeps popping in and out of House’s subconscious. What is his purpose here? I think the bus driver is a diversion, created by House's mind to keep him distanced from a truth that House is too emotionally raw to deal with. House has concocted around him a conventional medical mystery: What are the symptoms? What are the possibilities? What treatment do we try next? Very straightforward for House. As his mind stays busy with the driver, House is unable to tap into the real clues and cues provided by the mystery woman. “I know what’s really bugging your subconscious,” she tells him. She is trying to lead him past his own emotional blockades. And as insistent as he is about getting to the truth, his subconscious won't allow him access.

And what about the time line of events? House leaves his office. Presumably he ends up in a bar, drinking. Getting drunk — drunk enough that the barkeep confiscates his keys. Why would he get blasted at five in the afternoon? Was he drinking alone? Drowning his sorrows? If so, why? Wilson astutely asks him what he’s running away from. House responds by getting defensive and evading the question.

Was he brooding about Wilson and Amber, or did something happen before House left his office? Is Amber in the bar, as House imagines in one of his visions? Or is it a hypnotic suggestion caused by Wilson’s presence in it? More questions. No answers, lots of possibilities (this will teach me to never again try to write a coherent review of the first part of a two-part episode).

There were so many moments that made this episode memorable, seamlessly brought into the whole. But I have to make special mention of the crash itself. Intense and tension-filled, it was heart-stopping and heartbreaking as House's memory comes flooding back. We experience it along with him as tries desperately to reach and then aid the badly injured Amber. We experience the real meaning of House's dream as he ties the tourniquet — the red scarf that had appeared in a dream to him. Finally losing consciousness himself, House awakes to see Amber being removed from the bus as he reaches out toward the light. Or is it Amber he’s reaching for?

House has his answer, at least a small part of it, but at what cost? Collapsed and heart stopped, House is resuscitated by Cuddy (another sensual image, the kiss of life she imparts to him) and Wilson (who is violently pounding on his chest). Sigh. Is it Monday yet?

In the end, we are left with the answer to only a small part of the mystery — the “who.” We don’t know why House and Amber were together on the bus; we don’t know if they were together elsewhere (like the bar). And we certainly do not know “why.” And clearly those are the questions impelling us to next week’s episode, “Wilson’s Heart,” and what will be certainly a summer’s worth of discussion and debate (and fanfiction).

One final note: I spoke with episode scribes Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend Tuesday afternoon, who gave me a couple of nice tidbits for next season and maybe a very, very small taste of what to expect next week. And told me about a very, very exciting addition to the House team. (Nothing really spoilery, if that’s what you were thinking. Sorry.) I look forward to publishing the interview on Monday morning.

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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.
  • Mary

    After this astonishing and wonderful episode ended, I felt absolutely drained, and still frustrated that I will have to wait until next Monday to (I hope) learn the answers to the many questions it raised: what was Amber doing on that bus, and why was she there in the first place? The promo following didn’t help me any, but I have learned not to trust that the promos for “House” do anything but deliver a big plateful of red herring to entice and confuse me.

    Despite my frustrations, I cannot think of any television storytelling that is better than this. And after a season with too much reality-TV inspired malarkey, we have been brought back to the dark and complex medical genius of this character who, thanks to Hugh Laurie’s incredible performance, we all care about so much. May the Emmy voters this year PLEASE give this man the award for his acting that he has so justly earned.

  • Ann

    Barbara, I have literally been dying to read your review. thanks for not waiting until after part 2. This was one of the most riveting hours of television I’ve ever watched. I’m certain they’ll leave us wondering something at the end of the second part, but I do hope we get some of the answers. All that participated should be nominated for an Emmy- the writers, director, special effects team, and for goodness sake, Hugh Laurie. I thought all of the actors were terrific. I love that it’s the original ducklings that House trusts to treat himself. And not that I necessarliy want her to stay, but who is Cameron kidding? She doesn’t care about House anymore? Right! I was on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait to watch on Monday. I don’t know how they can possibly top this episode, but if anyone can this team of writers is up to the task.

  • Robin

    My guess is the next part will be straight and simple. House got drunk at a bar. Called Wilson to pick him up and got Amber instead. She came to the bar and he noticed something odd about her. They were on the bus back to the hospital to have it checked out when the accident happened. That sounds more like typical House behavior. The doubts are present because of House’s still muddled memory overlapping with his other fantasies. The show was great. Only House could make me laugh while he is killing himself. Cuddy’s protectiveness was wonderful to see.

  • Toni

    I’m one of the slow people who didn’t pick up on the amber necklace clue *embarrassed grin*. Funny thing is that my boyfriend picked up on the amber necklace but didn’t get the significance since he’s more used to Wilson’s girlfriend being known as “Cutthroat Bitch”.

    I’m also dying to know why Amber was riding the bus with House. House’s keys were taken from him since he was drunk, but what would Amber be doing on the bus? Perhaps he ran into her at the bar and she also had her keys taken away? She doesn’t seem the type to get silly drunk, considering how she scolded House for doing that to Wilson. Or did they purposefully meet for some reason? Aaahhh, speculation, speculation!!

    And I wonder what ever happened to the nose-picking emo kid? :D

  • Barbara Barnett

    I am only glad that I am preoccupied this weekend by my daughter’s college graduation out of town. I will be so busy running around Boston that i won’t have much time to rumminate on what will and will not happen. We land in Chicago only a few hours before the finale.

    the tension is positively killing me :)

  • Sarah

    Sorry Barbara, but when I read this sentence “In fact the entire cast put all into this hour” I had to laugh. Who are we kidding with the entire cast? Cameron was barely in it. This is the season finale and the writers didn’t bother to give her a more significant presence in the episode. The Cameron we know would have shown more concern for House. In No Reason, House dreamed of Cameron staying at his bedside for two days while he was in a coma. And now my instincts tell me that she’s not going to be in next week’s episode.

  • Amanda

    “My guess is the next part will be straight and simple. House got drunk at a bar. Called Wilson to pick him up and got Amber instead. She came to the bar and he noticed something odd about her. They were on the bus back to the hospital to have it checked out when the accident happened”
    But if Amber picked him up, why would they go on the bus?

  • Barbara Barnett

    Sarah, there were moment with each cast member I enjoyed and thought were well played. Cameron stitching up House; chase’s hypnosis was a beautiful moment, well acted by JS; Kutner and Taub’s moment with the bit from Fantastic Voyage,and the scene regarding Altered States. All well done bits.

    This show was about House. I understand that people like who they like, but I think the writers were able to give each player a nice scene with House. HL was in every single scene, acting his heart out. RSL and LE were also terrific.

  • Sarah

    The whole season is about House and still every other character but Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison get to have more screentime in an episode than the amount of screentime they have had the whole season.

    Of course LE were terrific, she was all over the episode. They could have just cut out the strip-tease scene and just give that time to Cameron or Chase.

  • Tigerfeet

    Thanks for a great review, Barbara! A fantastic episode that has taken some time to sink in.

    Absolutely agree with you on the great acting from the whole cast, even the one who played the ‘Dark Angel” with the amber necklace. She was mesmerizing. But the Oscar (read Emmy) clearly goes to Hugh Laurie, as you rightly point out.

    The season finale cannot come soon enough! I can’t believe I just said that…

  • http://blogcritics.org/ Phillip Winn

    Sarah (#9), they most certainly could not!

  • Barbara Barnett

    Philip–
    I agree with you…and not (I think) for the reasons you’re probably thinkin!

    But stripper!Cuddy served an important function in showing House’s memory issues as he conflated his real experience with the stripper and his hallucinatory encounter with Cuddy. His hallucination was even set in the same strip club. But it also showed the way their relationship is an intertwined mix of the physical and the cerebral. Their medical debate was practically a seductive dance all by itself.

  • http://blogcritics.org/ Phillip Winn

    Well, Barbara, that’s what I meant, too. Mostly!

    Seriously, the level of writing in this episode blew me away. Then, just when I thought that Hugh Laurie had turned in the best performance of House, MD ever, Robert Sean Leonard knocked it out of the park. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

  • Barbara Barnett

    It was a real delight getting to speak with two of the writers the next day, and telling them how much I loved their script. (And pumping them for info on the finale–which they would not give much of)

    Robert Sean Leonard was terrific. But HL gave such a spectacular performance, in nearly every frame, and letting us see what is going through House’s mind. Phew.

  • Veresna Ussep

    Thank you so much for your review. I have been reading enough spoiler threads and combing over each and every pic released from both parts that I have to admit I would have been surprised if it HADN’T ended up being Amber and yet from the moment House uttered “Amber”, I found myself (like so many others) holding my breath and unable to take my eyes off of the screen. Just when I think HL can not top himself, he always does! It was really a shattering experience for me, so much so that when my husband came home three hours later, I made him sit down and watch it with me again! I can only add that I think the final episode will answer some questions but leave us with lots to discuss as we anticipate the next season. (And I can only hope that the actors don’t go on strike so we can be treated to a full season next time!)

  • Marjohn

    Barbara:
    I recently found your reviews and find them outstanding. I’ve gone back and read through them, and I admire your insight and perspectives into my beloved House, as well as your responsiveness to all the reader comments.
    I’ve been waiting for your review of House’s Head to post so I can run something by you. I go to House’s first clear images when Chase first hypnotized him. Faceless crowds, ‘Beer’ brand beer, etc. The first moment of clarity is Amber, obviously recalling a bit of a conversation they had had regarding Wilson. Wilson interrupts the process, distracting both Chase and House from the goal of accessing more memories. In trying to redirect the focus, Chase tells House to ignore Amber and Wilson, at which point they both disappear from House’s consciousness.
    I believe that all House’s subsequent attempts to access any memories of Amber were blocked by Chase’s hypnotic suggestion to “forget Amber”. The seductive woman was representative of Amber, yet not her – only House’s best attempt at materializing a blocked memory. The seductress’ clue-dropping was the only way to break through the barrier to the blocked image of Amber. It is interesting to note that the woman resembled more of a Stacy/Cameron/13 blend (dark hair, high cheekbones) than she did Amber.
    My question in anticipation of ‘Wilson’s Heart’ is whether the hypnotic block has been removed entirely with House having identified Amber. As far as House’s memory loss, it seems to me that it will be difficult to make a distinction between resulting from the trauma or the ongoing hypnotic block – perhaps even irrelevant.
    As close as House and Wilson have been, Wilson has repeatedly done less than respectable things to House, colluded with Cuddy to teach him humility, considered testifying against him, and also lied about dating Amber until House deduced it on his own. As Cate Milton observed in ‘Frozen’, Wilson is not nearly as nice as people perceive him to be. I anticipate that his suspiciousness of the House/Amber bus scenario will not facilitate House’s recovery of his memory or recovery from his traumatic injury.
    If you recall in the last few seasons, House has been near death or had cardiac incident (1) following the removal of the thigh muscle infarction, (2) following the shooting in ‘No Reason’, (3) after electrocuting himself in ’97 Seconds’ [when he chose to page Amber to resucitate him], and (4) OD’ed on Alzheimers meds. There may be other incidents – these come to mind immediately. That said, he is a man in his mid-40s with a narcotics habit, he drinks, smokes cigars, and engages in all manner of risky behavior. How much more could he take? And from the previews, it seems that Wilson would put House at risk in favor of Amber.
    I’ve got more thoughts on this, but have to leave it at this for now. Will check in later, and I’d love to get your response, B.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Only a few more days to go! Maybe we’ll get some sort of preview clip (although I have to confess, I can’t find any, even on the FOX press site).

  • Barbara Barnett

    I believe that all House’s subsequent attempts to access any memories of Amber were blocked by Chase’s hypnotic suggestion to “forget Amber”. The seductive woman was representative of Amber, yet not her – only House’s best attempt at materializing a blocked memory.

    Thank you so much for your very kind words. You’re not the only one who is thinking along these lines, I’ve seen this theory brought up in some of the fan communities that I watch. It’s an interesting idea, that the “forget Amber” is significant. Does Wilson appear in any subsequent hallucinations? Because he was supposed to “forget Wilson” too. I can’t remember clearly. If yes, you may be on to something.

    I agree that Wilson is not anywhere as “good” as he suggests he is. He’s done House a lot of harm–more, I daresay, than House has done to him over the four seasons.

  • Elizabeth

    Has anyone noticed that at the end of every season there is one episode that doesn’t fit the usual format? And those episodes almost always show House in a vulnerable position or as the patient, which, being overly proud, he obviously can’t stand but makes him gain perspective and insight and makes us think, wrongly, that he will be a little softer and less crude in the next season. The episodes I’m thinking about are, of course, “No Reason” and the amazing “Three Stories.” Now that “House’s Head” and “Wilson’s Heart” are airing, I’m wondering whether this idea isn’t as new as some reviews are saying it is. I did love the episode, however, and can’t wait to see part two. Hugh Laurie is an incredible actor.

  • Buds

    Barbara – Love your reviews. I anticipate them almost as much as I anticipate the episodes themselves. Also enjoy the lively discussions that always come soon after your reviews. Keep it coming ppl.

    Just wanted to add my 2 cents with some what if’s.

    – What if House is wrong about how he came to find out about Amber’s illness? What if it wasn’t something he saw or noticed, but rather an illness that Amber told him about? Something she wanted to get his opinion on before telling Wilson.
    – Along the same lines, what if Amber was pregnant? It would explain House’s sudden concern for her (and child), without them having to be in an affair (which I don’t think House would do to Wilson). Maybe they were heading to the hospital to give Wilson the good news. She might have come to him to ask him how to break the news to Wilson.

    Another thing that perplexes me is why doesn’t anyone on the show care about where House was going on the bus? Seems pretty relevant and important to me considering that he has amnesia. If they were heading to the hospital, it would fit with what I said above. If they were going somewhere else, then there is something else going on.

    This has been the best episode ever so far. I just hope they can carry this level of excellence on to the finale, otherwise it is going to ruin both of these episodes.

  • Robin

    I think there must have been some event that brought them on the bus together but I don’t believe there was an affair. They were sitting across the aisle and not together. And I don’t think Amber would have been offended by House staring at her breasts if they were having sex. Another speculation I have concerns a comment that Jess Spencer made about the last 4 shows tying together. What if the dream House has of Amber climbing on his lap and kissing him was actually Cameron making a bold pass. And House’s muddled memory is replacing one blond with another. It would explain why Cameron didn’t answer Chase about sleeping with House. Just an interesting speculation.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Hey Buds, welcome! I also love the lively discussion here. You raise some good points, and fortunately we only a few days to wait until we find out.

    Robin, you also ask some good questions. So much to speculate about. My brain is about to explode from all of the ideas.

    There are so many reasons why House and Amber were together: did she contact him? they were sitting in opposite seats, so the weren’t “together” in that way, certainly. (Phew on that). Was it a medical reason? Something to do with Wilson? With someone else? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Susanne

    Barbara Excellent review.

    OMG, OMG, OMG FANTASTIC episode!!!!

    I swear to god (if there is one) if HL does not get an emmy for this one I will go down to academy and kik their butt all away to Antartica and back! (just kidding)

    I thought it was a great piece of work involving all of the actors. I do not believe that house and Amber was having an affair. She was wearing all red in the promo and Amber doesn’t wear all red and the type of clothing that she wore throughout the eps doesn’t match the outfits on the promo. It could have been cameron and house just mixing her up with Amber.

    The pole dancing also showed House’s true personality. The medical puzzle will always come first. The pole was also the pole that went through Amber’ leg.

    Great ep. I can’t wait.

  • hl_lover

    In response to the question up above as to whether Wilson continues to appear in House’s hypnosis-dreams/hallucinations, yes, he does, which makes the idea of Chase’s suggestion blocking House’s ability to ‘see’ Amber rather weak.
    Something serious happens involving House and Amber, something that would make House drink heavily,’have feelings’ for Amber, and then, after the accident, block recalling it and her.
    What could this be? I’ve read much speculation about the nature of what transpired between House and Amber, and all of this is fun and exciting, but ultimately we have to wait for part II to get some of our answers.
    I suspect that not all of our questions will be answered, however, carrying this storyline over into Season 5.

    Thanks for the awesome review, Barbara! Look very much forward to your interview with Lerner and Friend on Monday! :)

  • Barbara Barnett

    Susanne, I have to agree with your “OMGs”!

    HL_L–yes. I totally agree with your assessment. what would cause House to go on a bender at five in the afternoon. did something happen just before he left for the day? Clearly something has happened that causes him to care about Amber. That scene at the end as they reach for each other and House tends to her before collapsing himself it heartbreaking. Darn! I want to know!

    Interview will be up on Monday. Early (I hope). It’s actually just about done now.

  • hl_lover

    ETA:
    I had scenes reversed in my head. Wilson doesn’t show up in any further hallucinations either, after Chase banishes him and Amber.
    Still not sure that explains fully why House appears to be ‘blocking’ Amber, however.

  • Mary

    Barbara: Have a wonderful time in Boston (my home town) and at your daughter’s graduation. And watch out for those Boston drivers; they really are as idiotic as you’ve heard.

  • Barbara Barnett

    Mary, thanks for the regards. We have enjoyed many trips to Boston (and Cambridge, and Waltham, where our daughter’s college is) in the last several years and will miss it.

  • C.

    “I agree that Wilson is not anywhere as “good” as he suggests he is. He’s done House a lot of harm–more, I daresay, than House has done to him over the four seasons.”

    I have to take issue with this. Wilson being not as “nice” as he appears to be does not have anything to do with Wilson being a “good” person. Of course he’s a good person and he’s flawed and perhaps as drawn to ethically cross the line as his own best friend but I’ve always found that to be a similarity between the characters. House is willing to do everything it takes for his patients regardless of social or moral conventions. What is so compelling to me is that Wilson is willing to do the same when it comes to House, because as much as House’s biggest passion is his puzzles, Wilson’s biggest concern has always been House. I think what we will see in the finale will be Wilson perhaps allowing House to endanger himself for the sake of Amber.

  • http://sweetiethesmartestdog.com sue

    Did the bus driver jerk his body, as House thought? Or, did House see a symptom in someone else who is dying? The accident could have dislodged the bubble in the driver without showing symptoms. I think Amber is dying and she has the symptom. Maybe that is why she met House at the bar. Maybe she wanted House’s medical opinion. Maybe House got drunk because he knew he would have to tell Wilson that Amber is sick, and he couldn’t handle it. We don’t know if Amber was drinking.

    It did not appear that there were any empty seats on the bus. House and Amber may have taken the only available seats, and they ended up sitting across from each other.

    I am most curious why House would have to risk his life to save Amber. The only reason I can think of is that House’s skull fracture caused a clot that is keeping him from being able to remember what Amber told him about her condition. If House doesn’t remember, Amber could die. It will probably be a risky operation for House.

    Flashback episodes are hard to pull off and and make real. This was well done. It will seem even better when we get the answers we are craving.

  • Kit O’Toole

    I think this was the most original, creative, and moving episode since “Three Stories.” As you point out, Barbara, there is much to analyze, and it will be interesting to see where they take these relationships next week and, even more, into the next season. In any case, I’m anxious to see all the blanks filled out in Monday’s episode–why was House drunk, what was Amber doing with him on a bus, what symptoms was she showing before the accident (if any), and why House was in that strip club. :) Compelling story, fantastic acting by Hugh Laurie–this episode had it all. Great review, Barbara!

  • Grace

    VERY good episode!! No way do I think that House would have an affair with Amber. He would NEVER do that to Wilson and besides, I don’t think Amber wants House. She seems very happy with Wilson.
    And, I can’t believe that Wilson would expect House to risk DEATH for Amber!! Not unless House did something bad to Amber, but I don’t know what that would be for Wilson to expect House to risk his own life for hers.
    A+ on this episode and an EMMY WIN for HUGH LAURIE or I swear I will put a concrete block through my TV screen!!!!! WHAT DOES THE MAN HAVE TO DO????
    Looking forward to meeting here next week. Hope they don’t leave too much hanging……
    don’t think I could take it! :)

  • sassydew

    Thank you for another wonderful review, Barbara! I could hardly wait to read what you would say about this episode, as I still, days later, haven’t been able to put all my thoughts together and still become breathless when I even try!

    I can’t help wondering if being so close to Wilson’s pain over potentially losing Amber will make House reflect on his own situation with Stacy and the infarction. I thought that the “mystery woman”, with the exception of her pale blue eyes, looked a lot like Stacy. (Also, a brilliant friend pointed out that the key was in Amber’s necklace and Stacy wears a cross as her personal talisman – don’t know if that’s significant or not.)

    In any case, it certainly cannot be a coincidence that the metal pole punctured Amber’s upper right thigh (or that House hallucinated that it had). Since the more obvious similarities between House and Amber were illuminated in previous episodes, particularly “Don’t Ever Change”, it’s hard not to compare their situations here as well. Though I think that House forgave Stacy for the debridement by mid season 2, I’m not sure that he ever really understood what motivated her decision. Maybe seeing Wilson willing to do whatever it takes to save his lover will help House understand. Also, this ties back to similar themes in “Frozen” (House’s comment that Cate’s friend loves her enough to do anything to save her – even drink her urine) and “Don’t Ever Change”.