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TV Review: House, M.D. – “Knight Fall”

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A jealous king, a brave knight-wannabe (with a couple of secrets that could get him burned at the stake), and a soon-to-be wedded queen: there’s intrigue at Court. Is this the latest installment of The Tudors? No, my liege, it’s “House goes to the Renaissance Faire.”  

I admit to being a Ren Faire aficionado, and to see my favorite television show craft an episode around one—and seeing House (Hugh Laurie) garbed for the period to boot—made me fair swoon. But there was much more to this episode than sword and sorcery, hemlock and witches brew.

Young knight William (Noah Segan) feels himself unworthy for the Ren Faire queen, who is about to marry the king. But it’s clear from the teaser that the queen has feelings for the young man, whom she chooses as her champion in a swordfight. The much smaller (and geekier looking) William prevails against the king’s hulking captain of the guard (who reminded me a bit of Darth Vader, somehow), stunning the King, the queen—and the captain of the guard. But William falls, his eyes demon red.

House and the team are perplexed and without a diagnosis even after investigating the young man’s home (where they find he’s into witchcraft and potions) and the Renaissance Faire campgrounds at which he spends most of his time. There’s plenty of evidence and sources for environmental and organism-borne illness in both places as the team considers everything from the sanitary conditions and crowding of the faire grounds to the possibility of his being intentionally poisoned by the troupe’s king with hemlock. But alas, the answer to the mystery is of more modern witchcraft. The young knight beefed up his jousting muscles by taking steroids. Combined with a little bit of hemlock and it’s “double, double, toil and (big) trouble” time for our young knight (with apologies to Shakespeare).

And speaking of trouble, it also seems to threatening House and Wilson’s (Robert Sean Leonard) domestic bliss as Wilson reconnects with his first wife Samantha (Cynthia Watros). We all know how House is going to feel about that. And predictably, House begins to do his best to nip this relationship in the bud. Wilson perceptively realizes that whatever House is up to, it’s ultimately his way of being a protective friend. But he asks his best friend to please give it a chance. Interestingly, Cuddy sees House’s interference as less House’s protectiveness (although she sees that as well) than House’s fear, advising him not to push it, because if he forces Wilson to make a choice, he may end up losing.

The final scene of the episode provides a good starting point to talk about House, Wilson, and Cuddy in the context of “Knight Fall.” At his desk, obviously in more pain than we’ve seen him all season, he seems resigned, defeated, and depressed.

All episode, he’d been popping ibuprofen tablets as it was clear he was sitting more, rubbing his leg; even his team noticed. House rarely raises his voice, but he was screaming at them, aggravated with the fellows—and in obvious distress. But in the final scene, after a meeting that clearly got him thinking (about the patient—and his relationship with Wilson), he takes a fistful of the tablets. They may help the pain in his leg, but House’s distress is double-edged.

After weeks of having made peace with Cuddy and dealing with his pain (at least enough to make it tolerable), his anxiety over Wilson and his new squeeze may be exacerbating things. This is not a good sign for House.

At this point in the series, Wilson is House’s anchor. As House confesses in “Wilson,” if Wilson is gone, he’ll be alone. It terrifies him, undoubtedly. But now there’s a new threat: Samantha. House sees the threat in terms of what it might do to Wilson, but as with Amber, House is also afraid of what it will do to his only real close human relationship. Will Wilson, like Cuddy move on—and away—from him?

After House has tried for two years to begin making human connection, is the rug about to be pulled out from under him with Wilson too? We know it won’t, even if Wilson becomes deeply involved with Samantha, but House doesn’t know that, and his default position is always to push—and push hard. So, for whichever motivation fits, House acts on instinct and rather than flee, he fights.

But as Cuddy counsels, sabotaging Wilson’s relationship will only backfire. You know what happens when you try to interfere in others’ relationships, she warns. And House slowly acknowledges that she may be right. “If you make him choose, you may not like the answer.”

So House is stuck. He has to trust that should Samantha and Wilson get serious enough to marry (for example) that Wilson cares enough about him to not leave him isolated and abandoned. (Of course House can’t articulate this, because he can’t acknowledge that this is what it’s really about.) House is also concerned about Wilson’s well being, and he doesn’t want to see Wilson getting involved again with the “harpy” that destroyed him many years earlier. (Yes, I know. The timeline is wiggy; I’ll get to that in a moment.)

But House can’t help himself; he tries (without telegraphing it to Wilson) to make clear to Sam his position on the entire thing. He will not allow Wilson to go through Hell as he did the first time ‘round. I loved House’s scenes with Sam. We don’t often see House as a genuinely menacing figure. His menace is usually mitigated by how obviously he does it. But there’s serious menace in House’s tone of voice, telling Samantha that he’s not going to let this relationship really, really happen.

But in the end, House allows love to prevail, along with Wilson’s new hope for happiness; he does what he did with Cuddy and Lucas. Samantha appeals to House’s better angels and asks him to give this relationship a chance. She doesn’t threaten; she doesn’t yell. She appeals to something she may not have known existed in the apparent misanthrope: his romantic nature. And in the end, with potential evidence (procured at some cost through Lucas) in his hands to destroy (or at least interfere with) Wilson’s nascent relationship, House chooses to discard the confidential information and let nature take its course.

Whether House backs off because he’s afraid that he’ll drive Wilson away or that he honestly has come to believe Wilson deserves this chance at happiness re-found is completely ambiguous. Either interpretation works. 

I’m also reminded here of the first episode or two after House finds out that Wilson is involved with Amber Volakis in season four. House’s interference eventually leads to Amber’s tragic end (and nearly his own). And you have to wonder if any of that is playing in House’s head.

Our fallen knight William describes what being a knight is all about: loyalty, courage, and living by a set of ideals. He gives up a chance to be with his lady love to adhere to his notion of knightly noble behavior.

House isn’t quite so noble when it comes to relationships, but once proven to him that they deserve a chance he does resign his position (Amber, Lucas, and even Mark Warner with Stacy). House is loyal, that’s a certainty. He is willing to look (and act) foolish to protect someone he feels needs his protection (sometimes misguidedly). As for courage, House has that in abundance. Living with chronic pain alone takes much more courage than House’s friends and associates can imagine. Like Knight William couldn’t allow the queen to really know the level of pain he was experiencing mid-episode, House tries to conceal it as well. But House exhibits another sort of courage in “Knight Fall.” He is now willing to risk losing Wilson to Samantha—something that must be terrifying to House (and certainly affects his pain level).  

Like William too, House may feel himself unworthy. William feels unworthy to woo the queen, with whom he is secretly in love; House has never felt worthy of Cuddy—for all his leering at her breasts. And all the more so as he sees Cuddy happy and involved for months now with Lucas. With four more episodes to go, there are many open questions: Wilson and Sam; Cuddy and Lucas—and most importantly, House’s relationships with Wilson and Cuddy.

There were many things to love about this episode outside the main and subplots: the Ren Faire settings; the music; House wielding a sword; House in full period costume. The episode was written by a new House writer John C. Kelly (NCIS). He did an excellent job of capturing the character nuances of the main cast and brought into the episode an intriguing medical mystery. I loved the lengthy teaser, and Oscar-winning film director Juan J. Campanella’s (Best Foreign Film, 2009) artful direction. I loved the little references to Medieval-ish pop culture: Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings. A really fine episode.

Okay. So, one quibble—and it’s a big one. It’s been often stated by the show’s producers that House, M.D. operates without a series bible. That’s mitigated by the longevity of the writing staff and collaborative nature of writing House episodes. But the writers (and David Shore, whose stamp is on every episode) occasionally goof — sometimes with minor timeline impossibility; sometimes with something completely irreconcilable with what we know of the series. It’s always dangerous ground for the writers to implant a time stamp on something that occurred in the lives of the characters from before we met them.

For example, in season one ("Histories"), we learned that House had never met Wilson’s brother, who had gone missing more than nine years earlier (but whom we learn has been missing a lot longer than that). In season five, we learn that Danny went missing while Wilson was in medical school and that it’s (now) been 13 years since Wilson last spotted brother Danny on a Princeton street. That time frame jibes with what we know. By season five, Wilson has been out of med school longer than 13 years. By this season it’s been 14 years.

We know from “Birthmarks” in season five that Wilson and House met just after Wilson graduated medical school and was newly divorced from wife #1: Samantha. But we learned last week that Sam and Wilson were married from 1990 to 1991 (getting divorced 19 years ago). And that House and Wilson have known each other nearly 20 years. That all makes sense. But now we’re to believe that Samantha and Wilson were married only 12 years ago after “Knight Fall?”

Oops. Is there an official errata page for House scripts? Oh well. I’m chalking it up to bad math. (And to be honest, it's confusing to reconcile the idea that 1990 was 20 years ago!) But matters are made worse when House and Cuddy reminisced about how bad off Wilson was after the breakup of his marriage. But it’s impossible for Cuddy to have shared that time with House and Wilson. Didn’t House bring Wilson to Princeton-Plainsboro after he notice that Wilson had been spending a lot of time scoping out Princeton (looking for his brother) as was noted in “Social Contract” (season five)?

The narrative chronology of the show has long been debated by fans, and usually it’s possible to “fanwank” new bits of series “fact” into the timeline and have it make some sense. But I’m lost here. On the other hand, I’ve never been very good at math. It’s a minor quibble, annoying to die-hard House fans, but it doesn’t diminish Kelly’s nice debut writing gig on the show.

Speaking of writers, I’ll be chatting with House scribe/producer Doris Egan after episode 21 (which she wrote). She’s always got interesting things to say about the series. So stay tuned.

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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her debut novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse comes out October 11 from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."
  • andree

    Barbara, is Cuddy preoccupied during her conversation with Wilson (about Sam) because Cuddy is pregnant and noone knows? Cuddy not reaming Wilson seemed well out of character especially after we learned Wilson shared Cuddy’s secret to House about Cuddy sleeping with her father’s best friend?

    It appears Wilson was unaware of Cuddy’s preoccupied state. Please tell me if I’m on the wrong track? I know you’re privy to much that you can’t share in your column but am I starting a panic among Huddy fans?

    It appears that if the presumption that Lucas proposes to Cuddy, it has to be due to some major turn of events. Lucas hasn’t been seeing Cuddy long enough to suddenly propose. A pregnancy between Lucas and Cuddy makes sense for him to pop the question and ultimately help push House off the vicodin avoidance wagon.

    That, plus the fact that it is reported that Cuddy is super happy to be asked to marry him. Why would she feel that way now? Its too soon, unless she is pregnant. I’m hoping to be wrong but something in my gut tells me that Cuddy isn’t playing low-key with Wilson to help him with his relationship with Sam but because she truly is preoccupied.

    Looking forward to your response.


  • Jen

    BB, loved, as always your review! As for the timeline, no big deal, I just love House and I get past it! Kind of like mile 1 in a 5K race! I am worried that House will go back to the vicodin for his pain, and maybe losing Wilson and Cuddy at the same time will push him even further than when Amber died and he felt responsible! Yikes! I am a huge NCIS fan so I love Kelly joining the crew. Can only hold on to my seat and watch what the final 4 eps have to say about this season! Yikes again!
    Jen aka just4paws17

  • Jeffrey K

    “If you’re happy, then I’m…” That’s what I was reminded of this episode.

    And that Ibuprofen… he’s going to get serious stomach ulcers and bleed to death someday. Isn’t any much better than vicodin. But again, he’s probably on omeprazole or something to protect the gastric.

    I also like that they are bringing back the intensity of a good medical mystery. I don’t care about the timeline.

  • Meena


    I really love reading your column every week, and offering my two cents when I can, but the comments section is becoming too spoilery.

    Andree, many of us avoid spoilers and gossip – I can understand if there is an interview, or casting choice that is officially publicized, but what you wrote about is not that. PLEASE at least put some sort of warning as a courtesy next time. I know other readers feel this way which is why I’m speaking up.

    I am not a “shipper”, I don’t really understand that world but I know a lot of readers do feel strongly about certain relationships, and I would never want them to feel that they can’t share that information here. So I mean no disrespect regarding the pairing you are focused on. But one thing I love about this unique blog is that we delve so far beyond speculation, that we can discuss House in graphic detail without revealing anything crucial regarding future episodes. Think of it like the drawer just barely covering HL’s “essentials”, but revealing everything else (and boy, was that enough;) ) So you should have plenty to contribute!

    Sorry, Barbara, but I had to say my peace. If this site continues to be so spoilery, I’m so sad that I will have to wait and read your wonderful reviews (and everyone’s astute & fiesty comments) during the summer.

  • Michele1L

    Really enjoyed this episode. Very interesting. Someone who unwittingly turned this on would never have guessed in a million years it was “House”, that medical show. It played like a film in the beginning.

    Is it just me or was Cuddy reacting a little oddly to Wilson’s asking for her advice. He asked her, “am I out of my mind”? Her response was, “you never know what could happen. You should give it a chance”. I’m sensing possibly some threads of regret developing in Cuddy. After all, she just readily assumed her life with her child would be of no real interest to House without giving it a trial run to see if it could work out. — Also, maybe House’s mention of Lydia in the previous episode is suggestive of a future re-appearance of her. I know the actress had an option to return. Who knows, perhaps Lydia, a woman with children, might be used to convince Cuddy that she may have jumped the gun. ?? It’ll be interesting to see how all of this unfolds.

  • barbara barnett

    Thanks all for your comments. Just a reminder all to please avoid spoiling upcoming episodes if at all possible. I know the end of the season is nigh and we’re all anticipating it and wondering where it’s all leading, but…

    I agree with those of you who’ve noted Cuddy’s strange attitude. I also believe she was preoccupied with something. Is there trouble between her and Lucas? Or is it something else. But she was definitely preoccupied.

  • I got lost somewhere. House did indeed attempt to break up Wilson and Amber. However, the phone call he made when he got stuck at the bar was to WILSON. Amber made the decision to go pick House up, THEN decided to hop aboard the bus. Had she not done so, she might still be alive. The crash caused her to not digest the pills properly.

  • PH

    Great Review Barbara.

    I think the odd behavior from Cuddy, when Wilson tries to speak with her about Samantha, is due to Cuddy trying not to meddle in his affairs. She just finished warning House not to lob his grenades into Wilson’s relationship. Now, it appears that she is truly biting her tongue when Wilson poses his questions. After all, Cuddy is just as versed as House in speaking her mind concerning other’s relationships. (Recall Cuddy’s “Are you sure she’s not going to hang you upside down and deposit her eggs in you” comment to Wilson in Season 4.)

    I also think that Cuddy is speaking from her own experience with her boy-toy Lucas. I think she was driven more into his arms due to her friends questioning her involvement with him. (But have heart, somewhere along the way, possibly with the help of some alcohol and her own frustrated loins, Huddy will commence.)

    With this epi, I was brought back to House’s final rejection of Stacy. His “I can’t make you happy” turmoil, paralleled William’s.

    My favorite scene in this epi was, of course, the ‘Cold Hearted Bitch’ scene. HL’s cold deliverance was MASTERFUL, only complimented by RSL’s intuitive rendition of “Is it safe to leave the two of you…?” I cannot wait to see further battles between these two strong characters.

    IMO the opening teaser was a tad drawn out. But the next scene, after opening credits, was quite the eyeful. I could only mutter the mantra OMG, OMG, OMG. (That, and remind myself to breathe.) 🙂

  • Anderson Smith

    I have got to be completely honest. I was a huge fan of House, MD, for the first five seasons. Somewhere at the end of season five, I just lost it. I had no desire to even start season six. I cannot put a reason behind it, as the show had always been a favorite of mine. The main reason is that I can relate to the character of House. My demeanor is somewhat the same as his and I felt connected to the show, if only through Hugh Laurie’s portrayal of House.

    With that being said, I for some reason or another did watch this episode and I think I found where I left my desire. I am now going back and watching season six that was TiVo’ed!

  • PH

    Oops, one more comment.

    I found it interesting that Wilson failed to pick up on Samantha’s distress after the CHB accusation. And even more interesting that Wilson deferred to House, instead of his date, when he posed his “Wanna see what’s on TV?” question.
    It should have been a big clue to Samantha of the tumult that lay before her in her pursuit of this relationship. House’s “I’ll outlast you” comment only served to shore up the mountain that lay ahead.

  • barbara barnett

    Nancy–You are right in that House did not cause Amber’s death, but his meddling (and constant testing) led however indirectly to the situation. It did end tragically and had House not been testing Wilson’s loyalty by calling him out to pick him up from the bar, Amber wouldn’t have come.

    I also believe it’s very indirect, but it leads directly into House’s self-assessment throughout season five (and his eventual breakdown).

  • ann uk

    I ‘m sorry to be behind the times but I have only just seen ” Lockdown ” and it was such a moving episode that I can’t resist commenting . Isn’t it significant that when House and the patient discuss lost love it is Lydia House regrets , not Stacy or Cuddy ? When he was at his most vulnerable she offered him love, freely given, not shadowed by failure or regret and House clearly wants it to last, but then she rejects him.
    So when he says “she changed me ” what does he mean ? Perhaps that she enabled him to recognise his own needs and admit his own feelings but at the same time made him less able to be alone ?

    House says ” We suffer alone , we die alone ” but he doesn’t leave the patient to die alone but gives him comfort and companionship – one of those moments when we see the fallen angel in House.

  • Felicia

    Re timeline: They have to have lost 10 years somewhere and this is definitely a mistake. It’s not like they said “1990” somewhere in the depth of season 2, it was last episode and it fits with everything else we know reasonably well. So yeah. I’m going to ignore this epi timeline-wise. It’s just impossible.
    The other problem is Cuddy remembering, which isn’t much better. When I saw it first, I somehow took it as “Do you remember what he was like after Amber?“, but thinking about it and watching a second time, it doesn’t seem to make much sense.

  • tata

    I m with Felicia about the timeline,,it’s a mistake. About House/Wilson/Danny , the timeline before Knight Fall was right:
    In Histories Danny was not gone missing 9years before, Wilson says that the last time he saw him it was 9years ago and then in the Social contract are 13 years ago,,so it s right.
    Here the transcript:
    In Histories(S1) Wilson says:
    “This was the last place I saw him, nine years ago. I don’t even know if he’s alive”
    In the Social Contract(S5)
    House:”You told me you saw your brother once. After he disappeared.”
    Wilson:13 years ago. I used to go to Princeton whenever I could…” and yes he says danny had dissapeared while he was in medical school. So it s all right i think, and in Birthmarks i remember Wilson says:
    “I was fresh out of med school…” . So if Histories is 2005 and the social contract 2009 the last time wilson saw danny is 1996.
    The timeline with Sam is all wrong 🙁

  • simona

    barbara, beautiful review. For now I can only say that this episode touched me a lot.
    House in the role of an “errant knight in his shining armor” is always very very moving. He is really touching and melting.

  • Anna

    >Speaking of writers, I’ll be chatting with House scribe/producer Doris Egan after episode 21 (which she wrote). She’s always got interesting things to say about the series. So stay tuned.

    Please, DO make it in Q&A form. Without your own explanations, interpretations, “analysis” and mixing up or cutting down phrases (or quoting them only partially).

    Let us make our own conclusions

    With all due respect

  • Flo

    good episode except for the timeline.
    Married 12 years ago???? Seriously?
    However don’t have much trouble with Cuddy remembering the post Sam thing because she already knew House and they were already friends. We don’t know since when she is at Princeton Plainsboro. House met Wilson and made him his friend. It is something that he might have tell Cuddy at that time and they could have met.

    Cuddy really looked preoccupied in her scene with Wilson. I thought of two things:
    first, she is rather cold with him because she is a little mad at him for telling House her ‘sleeping with dad’s best friend’ secret.
    Second, I think the fact that Wilson reconnected with his ex-wife makes her think about her own situation.
    Giving another chance to a person you know for a long time and you already had a thing with? Rings the bell?
    Wilson is doing something that Cuddy and House weren’t ready or failed to do. Wilson has the courage to take a chance, he is taking a risk that House and Cuddy didn’t dare to take. It is interesting that Cuddy encourages him by saying sadly “you never know what can happen. Might as well, give it a chance”. Is she beginning to regret not having done the same thing with House? Especially seeing how happy and hopeful Wilson looks like now?
    The past two years, Wilson is the one that moved on the most. He broke the “pleasing you until resenting you” pattern and was able to finally overcome Amber’s death to move on with his life and giving himself another chance, with someone who broke his heart of all people. Huge step.
    Cuddy and House can be a little disconcerted by this because it sends them back to their own loneliness and failure at relationships.

    I must admit that i wasn’t very impressed by Campanella’s filming of the teaser. looked like a bad B movie.

    Otherwise good, witty episode. Interesting case which brought fun and insights.

  • Alexandra

    >and had House not been testing Wilson’s loyalty by calling him out to pick him up from the bar, Amber wouldn’t have come.

    No, it was a pure accident and though disastrous, but only coincidence. House could have never predicted bus crash, and all the decisions Amber had made (to come pick him up, to have a drink), she’d made by herself.

  • barbara barnett

    Couple of things I wanted to address in this great conversation. Regarding my interview with Doris Egan: I rarely do Q&A’s. My interview style is conversational, so it’s not all that adaptable to a Q and A style like a conference call can be (but even those are very random). I’m sorry you don’t like that, but I do not take quotes out of context, nor do I parse them.

    Alexandra: I’m not saying it wa House’s fault. Not at all. Because the tragic course of events led to Amber’s coming to get him (for her own reasons), House blames himself even if no one else does. It’s like he blames himself for Kutner, although that wasn’t his fault. He took on that guilt of not being able to foresee his suicide.

    House talks a good game about not feeling guilt or blame, but we know he takes on a terrible burden from his guilt. His belief that words cannot reverse an act and no one’s ability to right every wrong both play into his psychology. It was a fundamental thread in “Broken,” which led (in my opinion) directly from Amber’s death through season five. So that’s all I meant.

    In my reviews of Wilson’s Heart through the early episodes of season five, I believe I make your exact argument several times. So, we’re not disagreeing at all 🙂

  • janine

    I liked this episode a lot, and was only thrown off by the timeline (the minute Wilson said twelve years ago, I said out loud, “that’s not right”. Perhaps is was even more engrained in my brain since we had a big discussion about timelines here last week). The timeline did not affect the episode overall though.
    One of my favorite things about the episode were the parallels that you mentioned. When the patient gave that speech about loyality to Thirteen at the end, I immediately thought about House and Cuddy. Like the patient, House did not think he was worthy of his woman, so he let her go. Perhaps House feels the same way about Wilson, that he does not deserve such a good friend and that Wilson would be happier and better off with Sam. Also, when House was talking to Sam about hurting his friend, I immediately thought of season 2 when Wilson asked Stacey if she was serious about House because he couldn’t deal with House getting hurt again.
    I really liked the fact that House threw out the file at the end of the episode, it showed that he is really making an effort to change and be the bigger man. If House had had Amber’s file two years ago, there is no doubt in my mind that he would have not only read it but used it against her.
    I think the thing I enjoyed most about this episode (like most of the season) is that it was able to blend in the hysterically funny (the transvestite for example) with the seriousness of House’s changing and the forshadowing of what may be to come. Its interesting you mentioned that the writer of this episode used to work for NCIS because I felt that this episode had a certain quirk too it, like and episode of NCIS or Bones. It worked though, and was very entertaining (although I do agree that the teaser was a little too long).
    I am definately placing my bet that House will take vicoden by the end of the season (in fact for a portion of this episode, I was convinced that we were going to find out that the bottle of ibuprofen was filled with vicoden, especially since the wikipedia description of this episode said that Wilson would find a bottle of vicoden in House’s pocket when doing his laundry, and since it wasn’t taken down, I assumed the poster had had some evidence for this. I guess we now have yet another reason to never believe internet spoilers!)Anyway, I only believed that it was actually ibuprofen when, at the end, we saw House break the seal off of a new bottle, which brings up another issue; the amount of pills he is taking. The episode took place over the span of a couple of days, and yet House managed to use an entire bottle of pills. This is definately a sign that House may desire,or physically need to go back to a stronger drug.
    Without being too spoilery, I am going to ask a question, but real spoilerphobes may want to stop reading now (even though this is not a plot spoiler). I know that two characters whom we met at Mayfeild will be back, but any word on when and if they will be in the same episode?

  • Ted

    Barbara, I think it would really help if you could include at the end of next episode’s review a plea for commenters to avoid or at least warn us of spoilers? I noticed that most spoilers come from new commenters and while they may not have read the repeated complaints from the rest of us, they would definitely read your review before posting anything. Thanks.

    For this episode, I haven’t organized my thoughts about it. But I’ve been dwelling on some other issues so if you don’t mind my side comments… Ps: I have no intentions of distracting attention from this wonderful episode, so subsequent commenters, please do not dwell on my side thoughts too much. I would love to hear more discussion on this episode than what I’m sharing below.

    I am also rewatching season 3 at the moment and realized that the focus then was more of House’s worldview and reactions to different forces; His ideals and integrity to stick to them when facing a variety of issues from medical to social, professional, ethical, philosophical, religious issues, etc. They were intriguing and inspiring. I’m not suggesting or complaining that season 6 is boring or shallow because it is everything but these two qualities. But the continuing and zooming into mainly relationship issues may have lost that sense of… “biggerness” (for lack of a better word).

    He was the hero who did as he deem fit, gave no damn what the rest of the world think and defied authorities if need be. It was liberating to see somebody who could do that which we in real-life often fail to. His pains and limitations gave him a humanity that allowed us viewers to identify with him and live through him. In season 6, however, House is becoming more human, mature, restrained and… ordinary. And I suspect (I may be wrong and it is only for myself) that many of us suck equally or worse than House at relationships and subconsciously don’t want and so consciously feels a disconnect with the new House who is trying hard to right his life.
    Hence, I was most thrilled to see the return of a fast-pace and more engaging diagnosing process, which signals to me the return of an intense and heroic House.

    But having said all this, I admit that when I put on the objectivity of our famous “chessplayer-viewer”, I cannot deny the continuing excellence in the writing of the show. Yes, there is more writing on House’s emotional side, but it is a jolly well written one. And yes, his intellectual and philosophical side have been neglected, but that is not without good reasons; because it would be absurd for House, who is just walking out of the darkest patch of his life, not be become more introspective and attentive to issues and people most immediately relevant to his life. I also realize that this House who is attempting to better his private life can be just as inspiring as House the doctor in previous seasons if only I’ll let that happen to me. After all, it is common knowledge that audience pick up what they want to hear more than what the writers want to convey. As W.H. Auden put it: “the interests of a writer and the interests of his readers are never the same and if, on occasion, they happen to coincide, this is a lucky accident.”

  • barbara barnett

    Janine: LOL about the spoiler being wrong! I think it was actually intentional that we saw House removing the seal from the IB bottle. We are not to believe that he’s lying about the ibuprofen at all. House is really hurting and as usual emotional turmoil tends to enhance (or should I say exacerbate) pain.

    House is stuck here if the pain continues to get worse. Go back to Vicodin and risk hallucinations or don’t an eventually become too disabled to work.

    I notice that we didn’t see him taking antidepressants. I wonder how long ago he stopped taking them? If he ever took them at all once back in the saddle at PPTH.

    He’s heading for a crash of some sort (and this time maybe without his Wilson/Cuddy safety net), if he’s decided he can’t trust either of those relationships.

    About Janine’s spoilery question. I don’t take spoilers seriously, so it’s hard to answer. I’m not sure we’ll see either of those characters again for sure. What I am finding out is how much I’m enjoying being surprised and not having any pre-existing expectations for the episodes. I’ve been trying to stay away from some of the bigger spoilers (or read them and immediately forget what I read!) But I’m not sure at all about those two.

  • madfashionista

    Barbara, that was a fantastic review. I love knowing that the new writer is from NCIS. NCIS is a far more formulaic show in content, but the interplay between the characters is consistently funny and interesting, and that definitely perked up this already well-done episode. For instance, “they call that breakfast in Australia” and Chase’s reaction.

    The timeline stuff was very distracting; first it was twelve years, and then in House’s office Sam says less than ten years. HUH? I even wondered if the actress was unwilling to say twenty years, it was so farfetched. I loved DE’s LJ entry, “Mr. Continuity,” in which she said the writers comb through scripts to keep the continuity straight. This was so far off for a show as relatively consistent with these things as “House” is. (Many shows don’t even know what continuity IS.)

    I had to watch the show a second time to get a good sense of it (I often do that anyway to ff through the commercials), because I’m writing a long fanfic set in the 18th century so I was more attuned to similarities (i.e. “FUCK! Cow eyeballs! FUCK! Apothecary!” than the actual content).

    Seeing angry, in-pain, suffering House made me feel better about the show, in some sense the same way Ted mentioned. I identify with the character, more early on than now, and I was truly worried for much of this season if the character was going to go off-the-rails entirely. (House Lite, as many were calling him.)

    I’m trying to stay away from spoilers, so I’ll only say that showing the ibu bottle so much, and Chase breaking the fourth wall by saying, “I liked him better on Vicodin” does not portend well.

  • madfashionista

    P.S. I got completely confused by two things: where did the witchcraft come in? (And why was the room still fully lit?) And why was William the only one who got the hemlock poisoning?

  • tara

    @madfashionista I think I at least solved the “almost a decade” vs. “12 years” problem. Wilson was referring to the beginning and Sam to the end of their relationship.Of course they still forgot 10 years-_-

  • barbara barnett

    I also loved the “hmm, can’t do that with a pen” comment from House. (i.e. the pen–isn’t–mightier than the sword). Sly little quips throughout were delightful.

    I can imagine HL smiling inside at all those gloriously fake British accents (being fake British accents). I’m a total renfaire whore. I admit that freely. I was once a strolling troubadour back in the day singing the ancient balladry (which usually came 24 verses at a time) a capella in full costume 🙂

  • Maria

    @Barbara I found a little mistake , you wrote:
    in season one (“Histories”), we learned that House had never met Wilson’s brother, who had gone missing more than nine years earlier (but whom we learn has been missing a lot longer than that). In season five, we learn that Danny went missing while Wilson was in medical school and that it’s (now) been 13 years since Wilson last spotted brother Danny on a Princeton street. That time frame jibes with what we know. By season five, Wilson has been out of med school longer than 13 years. By this season it’s been 14 years.

    In Histories (S1)we discover Wilson has seen Danny for the last time 9 years before. So the timeline of Histories and The Social contract fit.

  • RobF

    Barbara, I think I liked your review better than the episode.

    Apart from some development of the House/Wilson/Sam triangle, this episode seemed to do very little other than set the scene for coming issues.
    — we are shown Cuddy is preoccupied with something (about which I wish I had not read a spoiler, ahem)
    — we are shown House having increasing pain issues. We have previously seen House being falsely accused of being back on Vicodin, so my best guess is that the other characters will avoid accusing him again when/if he actually starts taking it again.
    — we are shown the team trying to deal with a patient on their own, while just humouring House. They were hung out to dry by his collapse last season, and learned they need to be able to do things themselves. This undermines his authority and could be a big deal in the final episodes.

    One other comment: Thirteen has become quite the little matchmaker lately, hasn’t she?

  • Meena

    Tara, I really like your idea that Wilson would refer to the start of a relationship whereas Sam to the end – that seems so fitting for their characters. Well, for Wilson at least, because the jury’s still out on Sam; but I do feel it fits what we know of her so far.

    I am very confused as to the timeline with the rest of you, but one potential ‘out’ for the faulty writing might be that they were referring to when they were de facto divorced, rather than when they just broke up. I am still not sure where Bonnie would fit in, or wife #3. I realize that this is a very bad band-aid, one of those that is not even remotely close to the color of your own skin.

    I do like the historical mysteries on this show, especially of not knowing exactly when and how House became head of Diagnostics, because that too is different – early in season one, he says he went through 4 different heads of the hospital, though subsequently Cuddy has always been the one to hire him. I chalked that one up to an early change in direction, but now the show is in its sixth year, and things just need to stick more.

    Barbara, I noticed the pen comment too, almost said under his breath and as an afterthought. I personally find those little asides some of the funniest and wittiest comments in the series. It reminded me of a line from Top Secret, at the end when House, after discovering the real reason for Cuddy making him take the case, confronts and taunts her. Cuddy taps his chest, aware of the other ears in the room, and whispers something to the effect like ‘This is why I didn’t mention our date a few years ago’, and House says, ‘It’s because of my shirt?’ hehe.

    The pen comment fits perfectly into the feel and wit of House, and I hope they keep this new writer. Timeline issue aside, I feel that he has a great handle on the characters and was able to inject some needed vivacity and pep.

    Finally, the ibuprofen. I really loved how they handled this. In the opening scene, I completely thought that was vicodin, especially in the way that House took it. It would also be just like him to have vicodin in a common, public drawer in an ibuprofen bottle – hidden in being too obvious. But at the end, when he takes it just like vicodin, and looks at the pills so sadly, knowing that it just won’t have the effect he wants, was so completely sad. Sobriety has never looked more forlorn. What was a funny moment in the beginning is now serious at the end – great bookends to the episode.

  • barbara barnett

    Maria–right. Social Contract absolutely fits with Histories. Perfectly. I was just extrapolating the math.

    RobF–Interesting points–and you’re right. We are being set up for the last four episodes. And yeah. How about 13 and her recent matchmaking. Hmmm. She actually seems like she’s come to some sort of peace with herself.

    You’re correct about the team almost always now seeming to ignore House as the mad scientist. They do his bidding, but also act on their own–possibly for the reasons you suggest. For much of the season (until a few episodes ago) House seemed seriously disengaged from the medicine, and they’ve had to fend for themselves. I do think this may come into play as we go along.

  • Michele1L

    Meena – when House said he’d been through four heads of hospitals, he was referring to how many times he’d been fired from other hospitals.

  • janine

    @ Barbara
    without being too spoilery again, Iknow the two characters will be back based on an Aussielo cofirmation on one and released (or leaked) pictures of the other, however both just mentioned an episode in may. I too got a good laugh at the spoiler being wrong, especially since wikipedia pulls down comments that don’t have some sort of backing to them. It makes me wonder how many of the other spoilers people heard are untrue. I had almost forgotten about the sword/pen comment. That was one of my favorite lines of the whole episode. It was so witty and said so quickly that you almost could have missed it. I also liked the Harry Potter reference.
    I love your observations about House’s expression when he took the ibuprofen and the idea of the bookends.

    In the naked scene of this episode (which was hysterical) I find it odd that Sam did not make any comment about House’s leg, its pretty hard to miss and I know for a fact that when I first saw it in season 2 (I can’t remember the episode name, the one with the teenage model who had sex with her dad) it had a big effect on me. Do you think Sam was just keeping her eyes on House’s face to aviod akwardness or that the writers just didn’t want to go into that story on their first meting?

  • janine

    addition to my last comment
    I find it a little strange that House wasn’t uncomfortable with Sam seeing his leg (he didn’t make any effort to cover it up until she gave him the apron). In season four it was said that House would rather show his soul than his leg (or something to that effect)

  • Orange450

    Wonderful review, Barbara. And on your vacation, too. You deserve extra special credit for that!

    Given the stellar, not-to-be-improved-upon job the staff writers do, it’s pretty amazing that a guest writer can show up, in the sixth season no less, and do such a seamless job that I didn’t even realize the episode wasn’t written by one of the regulars until afterwards. In fact, the episode had a kind of a familiar, comfy feel, like slipping on a pair of well-worn mocassins. Quite a few of the themes and tropes have been explored in previous episodes and seasons, i.e., worthiness; doing the right thing; giving someone up for their happiness, not one’s own; reading shrinks’ notes – or not; House tossing away documentation unread that could give him info on someone. And House worried about his own position, yet also simultaneously feeling protective of Wilson’s love life; playing the guileless guy on the surface and doing his own thing underneath – well, we may have seen that before, but it never gets old, and no one does it better! And Cynthia Watros is great, even if no one could ever take Anne Dudek’s place as a sparring partner for House.

    This felt to me like a transition episode: House’s pain obviously increasing, his attempts to deal with it in a benign manner, the pain having enough of a noticeable impact that Foreman calls it out to the team. Sam entering the mix, starting to tangle with House, House overcoming his initial impulse and deciding to let it play out, Lucas still in the picture, and even having an amicable – if businesslike – interaction with House!

    I can’t help but wonder what sort of guidelines Mr. Kelly was given. Show House taking ibuprofen for his steadily increasing pain? Introduce Sam and have House draw the battle lines? Provde a glancing indication the Lucas is still around. These are significant issues that’ll (hopefully) have to play themselves out sometime before May 21, but I wouldn’t expect a writer who hasn’t been around for a while to actually work on any of the denouments. Somehow that just doesn’t seem right!

    I also loved the “try doing that with a pen” comment! Even tho’ I consider myself a die-hard fan, somehow the timeline discrepancies don’t bother me all that much. I’ve been suspending my disbelief for this show for six years now (long may I have reason to continue to suspend :)). I think that some of the writers, eg., DE, are passionate about accurate character histories, while others are more broad-brushed in their approach, and that’s ok with me.

  • Val

    Barbara, great review. I haven’t commented much here lately, but I have certainly read with great interest about ‘Lockdown’ and felt so many had expressed my thoughts that I didn’t know what to add 🙂

    I enjoyed ‘Knight Fall’. And, despite the timeline, I enjoyed the first shot for this new writer. I admit to not being a NCIS fan, so am not familiar with his work, but I felt the grasp of the characters was still there and the POTW story was the first one in quite a while that intrigued me.

    I usually watch a couple times to get a full story, but some first impression items struck me. Some have mentioned Cuddy’s seemingly preoccupied state and I agree. It particularly struck me in both her conversations with House and Wilson. Particularly with Wilson, I felt as if she was talking about/to herself rather than Wilson. Cuddy has been distant from House this season. Perhaps she didn’t leave him physically like Wilson did in the first half of season five, but she certainly has distanced herself from him emotionally and even professionally, which has arguably been harder on House. I like their seemingly comfortable demeanor with each other this episode, but it was re Wilson…a neutral topic.

    I have mostly been in a minority of liking 13. But, the past two episodes she continues to impress. I really enjoy her scenes with House and this episode was no exception. They are similar in character; look how 13 was able to get the “bad boy” in Wilson to come out, much like House can. In many ways, she is much like a female House though not as outwardly so as Amber.

    I enjoyed the medieval themes and think that House is also quite knightly (that could also be with a capital K, lol) as he is romantic. I liked the parallels brought out between the potw and House. Though I still miss his one-on-one patient interactions (like we saw in ‘Lockdown’).

    I have really enjoyed the return of House and don’t think the rest will disappoint.

  • byzantine

    Thank you Barbara for providing us with this insightful review of House’s last episode. My watching of House is not complete until I have read what you have to say.

    There is one thing that I found particularly interesting in this episode—the multiple personas that House assumed in the course of the hour. At the beginning we saw him naked at home, than we saw him dressed in his regular attire while at work in the hospital, than we saw him cooking and entertaining at home, than we saw him dressed as a sixteenth-century (?) man at the Renaissance fair. We saw him as a doctor, a cook, an actor, a knight, a villain, a loner. How many of those really are House, and how many are the facades that he’s been putting up trying to be something, or someone else in the course of this season. And in a true medieval spirit—could knight fall be nightfall? But nightfall where and when? I do not even want to think where this might be leading.

    And something smaller—did anyone notice that the ‘queen’ slightly resembled the Tudor’s Ann Boleyn (Natalie Dormer)?

  • Flo

    Val, you’re not the only one!!! I like (and always did) Thirteen!! The past two epi she’s been really great, I agree! You’re not alone!!!

    Byzantine, interesting point about House multiple faces in this episode.

  • janine

    I like Thirteen too. I never really understood why so many people hate her. Sure her character had a lot of screen time last season, but she hasn’t been too prominant since then and people hated her before season five. Its a mystery to me.

  • artificialintelligence

    Great review. 🙂

    One of the things nagging at me was whether or not the whole knight theme was related to Hilson or Hilson and Huddy. I’m thinking there were elements that spoke to House’s relationship with both.

    I love finding out more backstory on H/C/W but this did mess some of that up according to canon. Which made it feel a little incongruent.

    Sometimes I think I’m one of the few Huddies who just thinks Egan is a truly great writer. I guess it’s because she writes more for Hilson than Huddy, and so some Huddies get jealous or think she only cares about Hilson. ngl, I wish she wrote more Huddy than she does because she’s so perfect at it too. But I take what she gives me and am happy that I get that. I think if you honestly look at her writing without bias, it’s hard not to like it immensely.

    So, basically, I’m so very happy to hear you’re interviewing my favorite “House” writer after the episode like last season. Thanks a ton.

  • Michele1L

    artificialintelligence – Doris Egan’s writing is fabulous. She and Lawrence Kaplow are responsible for some of my favorite episodes. I am looking forward to the interview as well.

  • Chrisden

    Barbara great review as always though suprised you didn’t mention House singing when he was cooking (the song?)
    also great feedback from all.

    The only thing i have to add that hasn’t been covered is the way House came to his epiphany/what the epiphany means?

    He was having the chat with Sam in his office and seemed to accept what she asked about giving her and Wilson a chance though he seemed more distracted than accepting by the end and when she left he picked up the sword, realised the weight of it and then kissed it.

    In the next scene with the team he explains the that the patient has been taking anabolic steroids and with the addition of the hemlock states that “the ancient poisoning accelerated the damage of the modern poisoning”. Where did he come up with that from his conversation with Sam? Does it mean he thinks Sam was and IS poison?

    One more little note on Cuddy’s behaviour, i think it is great that they have left it open to so many interpretations.
    I choose to believe that she is still holding onto the “living her life” and is trying to not be a hypocrite by intefering H & Ws lives when she had stated she was going to live hers and not worry about them.
    I do believe she is starting to worry about the possible ramifications of Wilson suddenly being in a realationship though and the effect it could have on House because this could potentially be a major upset to the apple cart and she is trying to stay negative and hoping she doesn’t have to deal with it as she knows she would have no choice in having to deal with what House could do if he decides to lash out and she is not used to this anymore.

    House has behaved himself most of the season with regards to accepting her relationship (reluctantly)and not doing his crazy mad scientist routines so he hasn’t needed to be around Cuddy as much to get her approval/attention.

    Wilson has been everything to House this season and we have seen great growth on an emotional level from House but they had become too dependant on each other and now Wilson has decided/accepted that he wants/needs to make other connections.

    I am so looking forward to how all this is going to play out in the last 4 episodes

  • Orange450

    @Val, @Flo and @janine

    I’ve liked 13 since the beginning of S5. I think Olivia Wilde has been doing a very good job of infusing the character with humanity: warmth when it’s required, and cool when that’s the quality called for. Just like House’s leather jacket 🙂

    I think it took her a little while to figure 13 out, but she’s been getting better and better by the episode.

  • Sue

    I have not read your reviews for a while, not because they are not good, but because I have gotten a little bored with the show lately. I used to post here and on the House message boards on the Fox website, but I have not been motivated to do so in recent months.

    One thing I liked about the two most recent episodes was that Hugh stopped over utilizing his facial expressions to interpret the script. The character had become more of a caricature of a real character than a real character. I prefer a more balanced House, where we see a lot of dimension in his character.

    And speaking of dimension in the characters, we got a lot of it last week, and we lost it again this week. I finally saw a return of an interesting Foreman, and this week he became an android again. Taub actually delivered some of his lines with flair and personality last week, and this week we have his arid, desert dry lines again. I just find this character a total waste of my viewing time. He adds nothing to the show. 13 has finally found a personality, which she was able to build on from last week. However, when she is with Foreman, he gets very bland.

    There has been a void in the casting of guest actors as patients and family members. I find many of them forgettable, as they would say on American Idol. This one, along with patients like the blogger, don’t interest me. The patient was virtually expressionless the entire episode. So was the queen. I don’t think I cared even once about what was happening to the patient. As actors, they could not even make their renaissance characters interesting.

    How cliche was the turkey drumstick?

    As we are getting to the end of season 6, we should be seeing the end of the Taub and 13 fellowships. The producers must know that this team needed help because they brought Chase back on the team.

    Although others are not bothered by the time line discrepancies, I find this is a result of lazy writing, disrespect for fans and sloppy show-running. Remember Hector? 17 years old and purchased on Wilson’s second honeymoon? When he and House were already best friends? And, how long after Wilson and Sam either broke up or divorced did Wilson remarry? So, how long did he remain forlorn after his first divorce? Three months? Historical relationships between characters and how these relationships have played out over the years help viewers form opinions and judge current ones. I only get more confused as time goes by about what happened and when in these characters’ pasts.

  • Eve K

    @janine – I totally agree that it was awkward that there was no reaction to the scar on his leg when he met Sam from any of them. Its to big to overlook, even with only a short glimpse.
    It was the psychiatrist in “Frozen” who mentioned his awkwardness toward his leg. He did wear shorts later in that episode, but then he trusted her. He also showed his leg to Cuddy one time to get more meds, and he knew the effect the scar has on people.

    If the writers forgot this, it ruined more than the timeline issue, witch I dont care about. House should have been trying to cover up his leg…But then the scene wouldn’t have worked. As of now he was more worried about shrinkage. Aghh! Some may say he was trying to cover it up by not covering it up. Sam did ask him to put on an apron, but her natural reaction would have been to feel sorry for him and slightly upset about the scar, and she wasn’t.

  • Michele1L

    I remember the scarring on his leg being more visible from the side than the front.

  • Eve K

    I do also remember that Sam is a doctor, so she might have seen a lot of wounds. But anyway.

  • Kevin

    Okay, I am going to sound like a real uber-nerd, but also being a stickler for detail, one very small thing bugged me about the show that I can’t get out of my head. During the first scene with his team, House is flaying the sword around, and slices the top off the plastic head. The angle of the cut when shown later is from the ceiling down which would have been impossible to do from where he was standing (told you I would sound like a real nerd). It is also standing back up after it fell over. Detail, detail detail….
    As far as Cuddy being cold to Wilson, I took it as her finding out that he had told House about her sleeping with her father’s best friend in a previous scene. Something that she had shared with Wilson in confidence that it would go no further, especially not to House. I think she was upset, and was reluctant to share anything else with him.

  • janine

    @Eve K
    I think your right, the writers avioded the leg situation during the kitchen scene because it wouldn’t have worked. If House had been making an effor to cover up his leg, the scene would have become more sad than funny. The writers probably just wrote is with the assumption that Sam was not looking any further down that his eyes after the first glimpse. Even if she did see the scar in that glimpse, it would have been easy for her to cover up her reaction, seeing that she is a doctor and has seen a lot of wounds (like Michele L said) and she wouldn’t bring it up in a first meeting, that would be waaaaay too akward.
    @ Sue
    Although the descrepancy about Wilson and Sam from “lockdown” to “knight fall” may be considered lazy writing (although I don’t agree. The writer to this episode was new so he deserves a break)I wouldn’t call any other descrepancies lazy. For the most part, they don’t effect the story. We know the basiscs: Wilson and Sam married young and got divorced (shortly before Wilson met House) after only a short period of time and now have reconnected through the internet. Somewhere between the divorce and now Wilson had two other wives, and we don’t know how long he was married to either or them. ALso, I doubt he would have spent much time feeling forlorned about his first two broken marrieges because he cheated on them. There are may writers on House and they all have to come up with interesting storylines and cases and try to make it work with the big picture of what previous writers have done. They don’t really have the time to go back to previous scripts or episodes to worry about timelines and dates that only hardcore fans would notice (and this is true of a lot of shows). Perhaps and interesting thing for fans to do would be to make an acurate timeline based on what we already know and then send it to the writers. Sort of a House bible to avoid future descrepancies.

  • janine

    don’t know the rules about posting links, but I though you guys would like this

  • Jeffery K

    I think the brain model is one of those that you can take apart to see the inner structures. Hence, when House’s sword hit the model, he knocked off the blocks rather than sliced the model.

  • Kevin

    Nice call JK. Thanks.

  • Delia_Beatrice

    Great review, Barbara, as always, thank you for it.

    Great comments, also, but it’s too late to make a point-by-point reference to everything that was said here.

    Just one thing, on Cuddy’s preoccupied attitude: first, Lisa Edelstein said it clearly in an interview and i think she’s right: Cuddy has a lower tolerance level this season, she is busier, more preoccupied and very tired. This is understandable for such a hard working mother. Apart from this, there were a lot of other things on her mind…

    During her scene with House, she was her usual self this season: trying to keep her emotional distance from him, yet responding to his problems to some extent (the organic response Cuddy cannot help giving to House).

    But by the time she had her encounter with Wilson in the cafeteria, she had had time to think about what she had told House and the entire situation, and what she thinks and feels about it is very, very complicated.
    For starters, Cuddy is aware of the fact that any reenactment of the Amber situation is a mine field for House and Wilson’s relationship. This, together with her usual tendency to mother House and set him limits, makes the advice she gave House (not to mess with Wilson’s relationship) characteristic and wise.

    But there is another side to it: Cuddy’s protectiveness towards House (that never stopped, not even this season) makes her uncomfortable with the distress that Wilson’s relationship with Sam might inflict on him. So she was hesitant to give Wilson a full go-ahead.

    And the third angle of the situation: the “you never know what might happen, might as well give it a chance” line. This can be interpreted in two ways: for one thing, as an encouragement coming from her experience with Lucas (go out there and try to have a relationship).
    But the other possible interpretation seems more likely, since it is backed up by her expression of regret and reluctance as she said the line: she told Wilson to take a chance on a completely crazy relationship (on paper), which is the exact one thing she did not do with House. We all remember the post-kiss scene, Wilson and Cuddy in the same cafeteria, in which she argued why a relationship with House is a too crazy idea. She made the less crazy choice and went for Lucas, but she gave Wilson the opposite advice – to take the chance and give a try to the insane possibility. Whether Cuddy is already having regrets and second thoughts in regard to her choice of Lucas over House, remains to be seen.

  • Katherine

    Thanks for the wonderful review.

    I am thrilled to hear that this episode is written by John C. Kelley. I’m so glad he joined the House crew! NCIS is totally utterly awesome and I hope Kelley will bring those awesomeness to House, which is already full of awesomeness aha! 🙂 Man, I would want to see a Mark Harmon x Hugh Laurie episode. (Not to mention both of them are HOT for their age)

  • janine

    This episode had a great scene between Chase and Thirteen, and on EW there is an article discussing the great chemestry these two actors seem to have and if the viewers think they should be the next couple on the show. When asked to comment Katie Jacobs said that she too loves their scenes together. Since this is the only civil place for House discussion left, I thought I’d ask how you guys would feel if those two hooked up. Personally, I’d rather see them just friends, that way the chemestry would never e jepordized by a break up or other such events.

  • DebbieJ

    @janine (#54) – I sure hope not. This isn’t Grey’s Anatomy, where they play musical beds. I’d rather just see them as colleagues who have great chemistry!

  • janine

    totally agree, in fact even Jesse Spencer said in a twitter interview that although he noticed the writers flirting with chemestry between the two, he didn’t think it would happen because it would be predictable and boring.

  • hwl40

    Does anyone know how House got his epiphany out of the last conversation with Sam?

  • Nickel

    I found it really interesting that Cuddy immediately assumed that House was being jealous of Wilson and Sam’s relationship. Course it should not surprise me considering the fact that Cuddy has basically not spoken to House since the character enlightening episode Known Unknowns. How would she really know what House is like now?