Home / TV Review: House, M.D. – “Locked In”

TV Review: House, M.D. – “Locked In”

Please Share...Print this pageTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook0Share on Google+0Pin on Pinterest0Share on Tumblr0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on Reddit0Email this to someone

What would it be like to see House through a patient’s eyes? That is the perspective with which we are provided in “Locked In,” House, M.D.’s 19th episode of season five. Executive producer/writers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend (this time writing with David Foster) have given us yet another introspective and complex episode (Lerner and Friend wrote last year’s two-part finale “House’s Head”/”Wilson’s Heart” and Foster co-wrote "Birthmarks" with Doris Egan) as rapper-actor-activist Mos Def guest stars as Lee, a patient who can neither move nor talk.

Involved in a bicycle accident, Lee appears to be all but dead. His ER doctor has diagnosed a fatal brain stem injury and is already assessing his organs for donation. In an ironic coincidence, House has also been involved in a bike accident — on his motorbike, and miles from home, in Middletown, New York. Chance has placed House in the same ER suite at Middletown General Hospital, where he observes the patient — and the doctor's prognosis. Realizing that the ER doctor is wrong, House inserts himself into the case in his usual unassumingly humble manner. Understandably, the ER doc dismisses House, doubting he’s even a real doctor. (Not much of leap, since the very banged up and bruised House has crashed his motorcycle and more resembles a street person than a genius physician.)

The ER doctor points out to House that the patient’s eye movements are random; the spikes on the monitor are involuntary responses in the patient's dying body. They are the easy answers, but it is just as easy for House to prove that Lee isn’t “brain dead.” House knows that Lee’s eye movements and the other indicators are not mere random spikes and involuntary motion, and wastes no time in showing the ER doc, who has no choice but to agree. House is right; Lee has “locked-in” syndrome. The ER doctor’s dismissive attitude towards the patient seems almost negligent. (But this is a primary conceit of the series: conventional thinking misses subtle symptom and clues — things that House would never miss.)

Even after Lee is declared not to be dying, the ER doctor, following a conventional diagnostic path (the accident caused the brain damage) accuses House of wishful thinking, giving the patient false hope for considering it was brain damage or illness that caused the crash. If House can diagnose which medical condition caused the crash, there might be hope for Lee’s recovery beyond simply learning to "live with it."

What distinguishes House from other doctors? House is outcome-driven. "Living with it" is not part of his vocabulary. It's probably something he has heard over and over since his infarction, and has never accepted for himself — or for his patients. Why simply fix a patient when you can heal him? And it is this attitude that has saved the lives and the quality of life for countless patients admitted onto House's service. From John Henry Giles in "DNR" (season one) to Patrick in "Half Wit" (season three); the dwarf teenager in "Merry Little Christmas" to Richard in "Meaning" (also season three), and into the current season, House looks at a patient file and asks "why not?"

If it is possible to send the patient home better off than before the current illness, why not? What stunned Cameron in season three's "Cane and Able" was that House didn't consider the possible with his young patient. Depressed and second guessing himself, House played it safe and contented himself with simply fixing the problem. She knew there was something terribly wrong.

I love the inherent irony of a television series that places the most cynical of doctors as the advocate of the dying and hopeless: the one doctor who relentlessly pursues a cure — and a better quality of life — long after every other doctor has given up.

Lee’s doctor is an avatar for all the physicians and administrators House rails against: doctors who either don’t care; don’t want to take the time or the risk; doctors more interested in their own lifestyles than the lives of their patients. Taking the easy way out has never been House’s MO, and like death itself, this sort of “do the best you can and what will be, will be” medical attitude is House’s archenemy.

Lee insists that God has sent House to him, continuing a recurrent House theme. (I’ll never forget the appropriateness of the song “Waiting for an Angel,” which played over the final scenes of season four’s “Lines in the Sand,” which really was the first overt suggestion of that series element).

House is with Lee in every fearful moment, as each plays out in his mind. In Lee’s “quiet place,” whether it is with the cool MRI glasses or in Lee’s dreams, House is there as guide and guardian. He is there to see Lee through his ordeal—relaxing on a sandy beach as he watches his children build sandcastles or discussing philosophy cynic to skeptic. This is how Lee understands House. Someone who has saved rescued him from certain death; listening to him when (literally) no one could — or would. I wonder how many others of House’s patients, near death, finally able to find the one doctor to listen, see House in the same way. (Of course, their families wouldn’t see House this way; they’d see the overly harsh, blunt, and caustic side to him, which the patient is too sick to see.)

But enough about the patient. What was House doing in New York? And how did House, an experienced and able biker, manage to crash his beloved Honda? As he had with the brain implant in “Half-Wit,” the methadone treatment in “The Softer Side,” House goes to great lengths to conceal from Wilson what is actually going on. An intensely private man (whose bombast is an effective cover for his extreme introversion), House never wants people to know his business.

I think House’s efforts to “change” his story are something especially personal for him. Outwardly, House refuses to let his leg define him. But he makes his leg “not matter” so much that it defines him anyway. (He even admits this during his “No Reason” hallucination in season two — as Wilson.) So when he tries to do something about it, he can’t admit it. "I'm fine," is House’s automatic response. Even when he knows he’s not.

Confronted with a bleak and lonely future and so many losses (and near losses) this year, House finds himself wanting to make changes. If he can change, maybe there’s a slim chance he can finally accept his greatest loss (his leg) and finally move past it. If he can’t, then he has no future with Cuddy; no way to believe in even the slightest chance of happiness with her (or anyone else). Locked in. Isolated. Forever. Although he’s adamantly opposed to the concept of therapy, he is now desperate enough to try even that most hated option.

In one of their one-sided conversations, House reminds Lee that it is he and Lee’s wife Molly who are helping him get through his ordeal. “Although the MRI is more useful than four hours of hand holding… I think,” reflects House, wondering (uncharacteristically) if that’s actually true. It’s the tiniest of moments — almost a throwaway line — but in the greater context of House’s trip to New York, knowing in retrospect that he’s seeing a psychiatrist, the comment takes on greater meaning. It’s a moment of introspection that, for House, is incredibly significant.

Of course, Wilson’s curiosity about House’s New York trip immediately leads him to think drugs. Sometimes, House leaves Wilson little cookie crumbs so he can figure out the great mystery, but not this time. Therapy for House is a desperate measure, and if it fails, or he can’t go through with it, House would be unable to return to his public state of denial. It would be “out there.” House is trying to change; House is trying to “get better.” It would be an admission that the drugs aren’t the panacea House insists they are for him. And so when Wilson finally discovers House’s secret, his reaction is to shut down, pretend it doesn’t matter. Like many of their confrontations over House’s pain and emotional issues, Wilson has pushed one button too many.

“Locked In” also plays well as an exploration of House’s process, how his team works, and why everyone on it is a necessary player. And it also explores why House needs his staff completely committed to the answer. In this case, the answer is less in diagnostic testing than in knowing which yes/no questions to ask a man who can only communicate by blinking. Admonishing the staff, House teaches them that it’s not how many questions to ask in taking the patient’s history, but figuring out the right questions. Every answer motivates a new set of questions, and in the final history, House does the questioning, cutting to the core of the one missing puzzle piece. I loved the surreal feel to that scene, reminding me (as did all the dream-like scenes) of “Three Stories” from season one and last season's finale episodes.

When House is in his “zone,” nothing else matters. Not even his own health or comfort. He hasn’t time for anything or anyone but the problem — and its solution. And in that great scene, with its shifting backdrops and dreamlike intensity, we see House at his best.

House has no use for doctors like Lee’s attending back in Middleton; he needs doctors who can color outside the lines, push the envelope, and think outside the box. Every new bit of information is tested. What more information can be gleaned? Lee’s foot itches; why? He has ulcerative keratitis. His liver is failing. Why? What does that tell House? What new questions can be asked to bring them closer to the answer? It’s a sort of relentlessness that isn’t easy to maintain, but it's what House demands of himself — and his staff.

House tells Taub that he doesn’t want (or need) on his team someone who would rather be somewhere else. For House to do what he does so well, he needs total commitment. And House’s dismissive attitude forces Taub to think about whether being on House’s team is simply “another job” or something important enough to prove his undying commitment. I keep thinking of what House told Foreman in season one’s “DNR.” “He (Foreman’s old mentor) thinks you do your best and what will be will be. I think what you and I do matters. He sleeps better at night; he shouldn’t.” This is what sets House and his team apart from other doctors. And at this point, with Taub not even sure he wants to be on the staff, House can’t be certain about his commitment to the work. But in the end, Taub’s decision to go “all in” to keep his job is rewarded by the satisfaction that they have, against all the odds, saved the life of a man left for dead.

I can’t finish this commentary without mentioning how much I loved Dan Attias’ direction. Not only do we get the physical sense of Lee’s frightened and wary point of view, we are brought inside his emotions, feeling with him hope, frustration, despair as House and the team go through their usual trial and error, testing, guessing, re-evaluating process to uncover the underlying cause of Lee’s illness.

And what about that final moment: Wilson’s warning that House will end up alone? As the elevator doors are about to close, locking House into the box, his field of vision blurs. Was that the camera suggesting that House is “locked in” and isolated? Or is there something really wrong with House that has him so unnerved that he’s seeking to change the way he lives his life? The preview for next week, coming on suddenly, almost as an add-on to the episode, suggests that something is terribly wrong with House. New episode next week, which already has me excited.

Powered by

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out 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)."
  • Wnkybx

    A wonderful review, Barbara! I really enjoyed this episode; breaking the formula and telling the story so creatively worked very well for this episode. I loved watching the characters through the patient’s eyes and listening to his hilarious running commentary.

    I loved your comment: “If he can change, maybe there’s a slim chance he can finally accept his greatest loss (his leg) and finally move past it. If he can’t, then he has no future with Cuddy; no way to believe in even the slightest chance of happiness with her (or anyone else). Locked in. Isolated. Forever.” I can certainly see the parallel between House and Lee in this respect, and I hope House is indeed trying to change so that he can break out of his self-imposed isolation. But since House is House, I am not entirely convinced that House is receiving psychotherapy. What are your thoughts on the possibility that he’s checking up on Taub in some way … since Taub didn’t get the message to come to the Middleton hospital and has been in a bad emotional place with his recent financial losses?

    As for House’s blurry vision at the end … that was an interesting touch. It would certainly explain why he got into a bike accident. House probably does have a medical problem, maybe related to yet another attempt to find a radical way to end his pain? If his trip to Middleton has nothing to do with Taub, I would guess that he may be finding reprieve from his pain via a psych clinic.

    Like you, Barbara, I am also eagerly anticipating next week’s episode!

  • Luisa Borges

    Hi Barbara and fellow commenters,

    I was here packing (have a work related 7 day trip coming up) and refreshing your page on blogcritics like crazy because without reading your review my House experience is only half full.

    And you didn´t miss a beat. The parallel between House and a guardian angel was a really great take. House has been seen by patients as an emissary of God by his patients before (this season this theme comes up severeal times over) but to actually see him as a conforting figure, one that brings security and nourishment, is quite a nice take.

    The psychologist in me keeps refering the people in our minds (and dreams) reflects more about us (our angsts, dreams, needs and whatever have you) than about the actual person being pictured there. But this is House (the show) and I thought that Lee´s take on House and his views was quite an interesting one.

    The cinematography on this episode was beautiful. The camera angles where fresh, not tiresome, innovative, and just plain great. The voiceover was also done in a great way, from thoughts to answers to feelings to dreams, again just great. House (the show) is always one to bring something new to the pot, its always refreshing and always cutting edge. Cuddos for Daniel Attias as well as to writers Russel Friend, Garret Lerner and David Foster.

    I´m also very curious about next weeks episode. I do feel that there is more going on with House than what we can see. Right up there with you on the bike accident take.

    Also I think that Wilson was a bit House on House, investigating, conniving and never backing out. Loved the caring Cuddy and Lee´s view of her. Kutner was great, his a-ha moment was priceless.

    Next week I´ll be in the middle of work, maybe I won´t get to watch the new epi until I get home (but who knows maybe I´ll get lucky), anyway, you´re review Barbara will be the first thing I´ll read after I watch it.

    All the best to you and to everyone.


  • barbara barnett

    wynkbyx–I hadn’t thought that House was spying on Taub in that way. I would think that he’s seeing the therapist. The phone number was in his contacts. It would be completely in character for House to try it, hope that it would do something and know it would fail. House has said that doing things is the only way to change something. Up till now he has not thought of therapy as “doing”–just a waste of time. Maybe he’s desperate enough to try. I think yes.

    Luisa–you are very, very kind. Agree with everything you’ve said. It was a great episode in a wonderful season.

  • sherlockjr

    Brilliant, as always. Just when I think I’ve explored an episode to its fullest, your review comes out and I realize I’ve just scratched the surface.

    And so when Wilson finally discovers House’s secret, his reaction is to shut down, pretend it doesn’t matter. Like many of their confrontations over House’s pain and emotional issues, Wilson has pushed one button too many.

    This section really struck a chord with me, probably because I’d already been thinking along these lines myself. House has built certain “Off Limits” signs around himself. Wilson — probably/perhaps with the best of intentions — consistently knocks those signs down and barges right in, which — not unexpectedly — makes House back off. Then, the next time he has a pain/emotional issue, he protectively hides himself even more, creating a vicious cycle. For someone who House considers such a good friend, Wilson does have a bad habit of going after House’s most tender parts with a really sharp stick.

  • Rhys

    Oh my gosh!
    I honestly thought that since so many other reviews didn’t mention it, that I imagined that camera fuzziness at the end.
    I thought that House was gonna collapse at first.
    But yeah.
    Then I came here, after remembering reading so many other House related articles here and YOU NOTICED! Which means I didn’t imagine it 😀
    I think he has some medical problem. The preview for next ep. was good. And then I read about the actual episode, and thought, those characters really can’t be having those reactions to these other patients. There must be at least one House gets injured badly episode a season (since he got shot at least)

  • Jaim

    I actually wondered if Wilson even actually said that final line to House. Something about it made me wonder if he hallucinated that last moment because that is one of House’s deepest fears; he’ll end up alone. Furthermore, the fuzzy effect made me think that it was a clue to something physically wrong with House, and I think it has something to do with the brain procedure he underwent last season when trying to save Amber. Maybe symptoms are starting to show up as a result of that dangerous procedure.
    It is interesting how House is likened to an angel with broken wings that saves those who others have all but given up on. This skeptical man somehow always comes to his epiphanies at the right time and is pulled into a patient’s life when all hope has been lost. Yes he is a misanthrope, but he is also equally a humanist. The attending doctor was all set to slice Lee open for his organs, but House came to his side and was an advocate for the patient, a patient that wasn’t even his yet.
    I really enjoyed the small scene between House and Cuddy. They were very comfortable with each other again, and I almost wonder if off-screen the character’s have started something.
    The scene when Cameron comes to clean House’s wound is also very sweet. I like the shift in their relationship. It seems more like their family members now. I feel like Chase and Cameron consider him kind of a older uncle or dare I say fatherly figure. I mean in a way I think House considers Chase, Cameron, Foreman, Kutner, and Thirteen as his kids in a way. He mentors them all to be better doctors and stronger people. He, himself, is a mess and I think he rides them all hard because he wants more for them. He cares because he sees their potential.
    I’m glad House is seeking therapy. I think after the methadone treatment fell through he needed something more natural to get past his leg pain. I agree that Cuddy has influenced him to at least try it out. He knows she’s an option for him now, whereas before I think he thought he had lost his romance options when Stacy left.

  • cj_housegirl

    Awesome review Barbara. I’m with you in thinking this is a great season. There are a lot of great episodes and this is one of them. Also, this is the first season that I can see a running theme, although S3 had strong themes as well. I just think this season has extended it over the entire series.

    The ending with the blurred vision was left a little opened ended, but I thought that it was a metaphor for House being locked in himself. I hope it doesn’t signify that he is hurt or hurting.

    I’m anxiously waiting for next week’s episode.

    I liked Taub’s confession about being scared to work with House. Going from a career as a plastic surgeon where you’re dealing with superficiality to what House does, who deals with terribly sick and dying patients, is a drastic shift psychologically. This episode and it’s POV really socked that fact home for me.

  • barbara barnett

    sherlockjr–thanks for your kind words. Yeah, Wilson does have a history of that doesn’t he? And it’s been a vicious cycle since season one. Wilson can’t seem to leave House alone. I hated that sort of behavior back in “meaning” because Wilson couldn’t leave well enough alone. He had to lecture House; had to poke that stick in there and needle him. And House predictably shut down with a silent “never mind.”

    Rhys–hi! There was definitely something going on in that last scene. a lot of people seem to think that it was an artistic choice to show the connection between House and the patient. But I’ve never seen a director on House EVER do that. They leave it to us to make those connections, so I genuinely do not know.

    Jaim–interesting about that last scene. So you think he hallucinated Wilson’s last remark. hmmm. I guess we’ll find out next week.

    I find the idea of the misanthrope who is the best patient advocate in the world to be one of the most compelling angles of the series. House is no saint, but he is a fierce advocate and has so often risked much for a patient (way above and beyond the puzzle.)

    I also enjoyed the scene with Cameron. There is a playfulness there I haven’t seen in awhile and it’s nice to see it back in place. Nothing romantic (at least not through my lenses) but very, very sweet.

    Loved the brief Cuddy scene as well.

    Cannot wait for next week!

  • barbara barnett

    CJ–I think this season is as good as season three, which I feel was the strongest season of House so far. And you’re right. there has been a continuum to the story that was lacking even in nearly operatic third season.

    As far as Taub, I can see where moving into House’s realm might be terrifying. They deal with life and death against a quickly beating clock. It’s a risky, high stakes practice, and i can also see that House doesn’t want anyone around who is fearful of it–or sees it as simply a challenge. That’s where House the humanist comes in. The patient always takes precedence–above squabbles, above politics, above personal lives. And House has never had a tolerance for anyone forgetting or not knowing that.

  • Wnkybx

    I think Sherlock is right about House having put up “Off Limits” signs around his innermost struggles, and throughout the series we have seen that House and Wilson have serious boundary (or lack thereof) issues. I don’t condemn Wilson for his words towards House in the final scene; House himself certainly pushed Wilson’s buttons in “The Social Contract” after Wilson made so much effort to cover his tracks. Remember House even drugged Wilson with amphetamines to determine that his yawning was due anti-depressants? They always jab and push each other on a level we may find harsh, but they are equals in that respect, despite Wilson’s attempts to try to be House’s “wiser” big brother. As a wounded, damaged soul, House needs not an equal but someone with more parental instincts to help him heal … he needs someone like Cuddy, who has always been somewhat of a protective, maternal figure in his lfe. I suspect that she will be more instrumental in helping him through whatever shocker rocks the show between now and the finale.

  • Barbara, thanks as always for a great review. “Locked In” does give the viewer much to chew on. As for the last scene, I didn’t interpret it as House having a medical problem. To me, it was a metaphor reflecting House’s relationships with other people. When Wilson warned House that he would end up being alone, the blurriness (to me) referred to the patient’s inability to communicate or connect with other people, even though he wanted to. The patient ultimately escaped his prison, but House remains in his own prison–not only physically, but definitely emotionally. If he doesn’t make changes, he could end up as “locked in” as that patient.

    Next week’s episode looks very intense–I’m wondering if the rumored character death will occur then. So many theories are flying around the Internet that it’s hard to predict!

  • Roo

    I haven’t commented here before but I have immensely enjoyed reading your articles, Barbara. Thanks for such in depth and insightful reviews on our favorite character.
    When I saw the previews that House had been in a bike crash, I originally thought that he was involved in some study or new drug trial that had unexpected side effects that could cause a crash. Something like the new pain meds cause dizziness or even seizures. Then I watched the episode and I believed I was wrong. He was going to see a psychiatrist, mystery solved. But then I read the wonderful review and the comments here. I’m beginning to think I wasn’t far off. The blurriness at the end of the episode seemed strange to me, and Wilson’s words seemed reminiscent of “No Reason”. The comment made here about how he hallucinated Wilson telling him that he’ll end up alone seems to be very likely. While watching the episode again I noticed that House had “crashed” his motorcycle, not been in an accident. It also was sunny that day (Lee’s memory of his crash; I assumed it was the same day) No obvious reason to crash a beloved bike.
    Well that’s all I think. I’m thinking that House is in for something big.

  • Val

    Barbara, thanks for the great review. I have to agree that a viewing of House for me, also, isn’t complete till I’ve read your piece. You always manage to go a bit deeper with things that I notice and wonder about…

    I have to admit I was skeptical about this episode after reading spoilers (I’ve tried to quite, but it’s so hard) and seeing the preview. I have seen the movie the Diving Bell and the Butterfly(story of the Frenchman with Locked In Syndrome who wrote the book that the movie was based on) and the excellent episode of MASH that was also told through the wounded soldier’s POV and was honestly a bit scared that it would be similar to those great stories. But, as DS and Co. had said in an interview I read it definitely had it’s own Housian twist and told a unique House (both the show and character) story. Huzzah! Why did I expect any less?!

    One of the most interesting aspects I found was the different angle taken on the religion, God, guardian angel, beliefs etc. theme. It has certainly been a subject of many episodes through out these five years, but I find this season particularly filled with it–Unfaithful and Here Kitty stick out in my mind now–and I liked the way Lee held onto House as a source or beacon of Hope. It was certainly a new viewpoint and it couldn’t have been communicated better other than by the patient himself. House is typically his patients last shot, but I think Lee’s circumstances were far different. The priest in Unfaithful, the nurse in Here Kitty, the guy in 97 seconds, and even the Cubans in Human Error all brough thier beliefs and views to House in one way or another. If there was ever someone who would believe what the priest in ‘Unfaithful’ brought to House about coincidences and miracles, I think it would be Lee. Don’t really know where I am going with that thought, but I enjoyed how it was told.

    I think Lee saw House and his world in the simplest of ways; Lee’s reactions were perhaps more concise then anyone actually in the situation would react(his comments about Huddy, the House/Wilson dynamic, and the ducklings he came in contact with were some of the best lines in the show)!

    My last comment, is to agree on the look of the show. The beach and dream-like interrogation sequences were amazing and what essentially made this episode top-notch, unique television. I hope that the blurred vision we saw through House’s eyes was an allusion to him feeling “lock-in” as well, but knowing those PTB I doubt it.

  • Eve K

    Interesting review!

    On first viewing I thought that the ending was a metaphor for Houses problems to communicate. Kind of “artsy” for the show I agree, Barbara, but OK.

    But maybe the ending is foreshadowing Houses psychological problems. (Or neurological problems, re-emerging via the bike-crash from the damages in Houses Head) I thought the episode was very well done, and it left me with an uneasy feeling of things to come.

    I like the idea that Cuddy and House already started something. Their comfort level around each other the last episodes can indicate something like that. It would be in character of the show to hold back that information from us. (-; But not.

  • sherlockjr

    wnkybx said: As a wounded, damaged soul, House needs not an equal but someone with more parental instincts to help him heal …

    I don’t really see it this way. From my perspective, one House’s biggest problems is that the people around him, the ones who claim to care, continually treat him as if he were a recalcitrant child, rather than a grown-up. The more they treat him that way, the more he behaves that way. The last thing this man needs, in order to really screw with his head, is for the woman he’d like to get into bed with to start behaving like his mother. Freud, anyone?

    Yes, he’s wounded and damaged, but look how well he responds to the very few people who have treated him either with respect or as an equal: In particular, Ridiculously Old Fraud, Cate Milton, Kutner and now, very often, Chase. He seldom messes with them and he opens up emotionally. He’s like wilting plant that finally gets some water.

  • sandra

    “If he can change, maybe there’s a slim chance he can finally accept his greatest loss (his leg) and finally move past it. If he can’t, then he has no future with Cuddy; no way to believe in even the slightest chance of happiness with her (or anyone else). Locked in. Isolated. Forever.”
    Excellent analysis, although I want to add this should not always be just about Cuddy. Honestly I think a relationship with Cuddy is not a good idea for him anyway, their past is in the way of that, they share too much of a complicated history (her being his boss doesn’t make it easier). And I’m pretty sure it won’t work out. But it is right that he has to accept and move on if he ever wants to be happy with anyone. I just don’t see Cuddy in this. And if he wants to change like Wilson suggested, he has to do it for himself not for anyone else. No one should change for anyone else but only for oneself because in the long shot it doesn’t make you happy. I actually witness something like that right now with a friend who changed a lot for her husband, who adapted to him so much she wasn’t herself anymore. It worked well for a while, but now she realized it doesn’t make her happy and it doesn’t make him happy as well – I guess I don’t have to say what that means for her marriage: they are filing for a divorce right now.
    I liked the unusual POV, the dream-like scenes, that was really good. And I love the scene with Cameron. I was so surprised she was in the episode, because I had heard she wouldn’t be, seeing her was great. And the scene was the most wonderful in the entire episode imo. It showed how much he trusts Cameron, they really seem to be more like friends than just (former) employer/employee. Very sweet scene, yet not so blunt but very subtle which is one of the reasons why I appreciate the chemistry between House and Cameron so much.
    The preview for next week is really exciting, I can’t wait to see what will happen, who’s going to leave and how House will cope with it…

  • Thank you, Barbara, your depth of understanding of House MD is a gift for your readers every new episode.

    I was delighted by the fresh glimpses into House afforded by the new perspective of this episode. As Barbara mentioned, when House made his hospital-gowned late night visit to the patient, we were treated to an unguarded moment of uncertainty from House. “The MRI is more useful than hand holding…I think”. That uncertainty and self-questioning about what is important and has more value, facts or love, was not an epiphany for House but a question in the normal course of events. Do his thoughts always stream that way? It seems so! That places his consciousness in a much more wide open, flexible, precarious, and vulnerable state if he does, indeed, routinely entertain such questions in the course of the day. Previous to this I had seen him as a man who would avoid the questions that do not support his heavily defended, isolated state. I knew he enjoyed the intellectual questions but thought he shied away from the personal. Evidently not. Another peel of the onion stripped away.

    In life there is the realm of the voluntary and the involuntary. Was House discussing this question with his psychiatrist? “Help me to change the things I can and give me the wisdom to know the difference.” That is a paraphrase of the prayer from the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. It truly seems sometimes that all of our thoughts are recycled rather than original but then again, every moment brings renewal. I love the recent themes of choices, change, and simply doing something. They are invigorating topics for a TV series in its fifth season.

  • Reba

    Dear Barbara
    Always love your reviews. Liked the episode too, it was inventive and different, and a breath of fresh air. However two things bugged me. 1) If House is a world renowned diagnostician, I think that the ER doctor i New York would actually put two and two together. 2) About Wilson. I must say that Wilson pushed it too far, and realised it too in the end. But I can’t see that it is just him. I think it is the dynamic of their friendship that they push each other too far. And over the years I think Wilson has learned from House. House does not thread carefully around Wilson and now he repays him with the same dr. evil streak. But is it just me or are their roles somehow reverted this season, as House clearly tries to behave differently with Wilson?

  • Shaz

    Great review as always, Barbara. Although I didn’t like Wilson’s persistence in trying to find out why House was up to, I have to admit House does exactly the same to everyone else – so why he thinks he should be immune to the same treatement from others….

    I am curious about one of Wilson’s comment though – why did he credit Cuddy for him seeking out therapy? I guess it could point to them already being in a relationship, but I hope not. I would kind of feel cheated!

  • nc

    In “Joy,” Cuddy asked House why he always has to negate everything. “I don’t know,” he answered, and for House, that’s not an answer.

    I think that moment, perhaps even more than the embrace which followed it, has had (and continues to have) defining consequences for House all season.

  • Eve K

    nc – Thats what I meant when I said that the kiss was kind of a deflection.

  • barbara barnett

    So many comments overnight :). Much to chew on. Kit, I’m still not sure about that last scene. It would be so very unlike the camera work employed by the series even in out-of-the-box episodes. But you could be right, we’ll find out next week (maybe).

    Roo–welcome. On the other hand, maybe it’s both. Something is up with House undoubtedly. Maybe whatever it is is causing minor brain disturbances. He crashed the bike and hallucinated Wilson’s final words to him about being alone. Wilson’s warning seemed so harsh in light of the fact that he KNOWS House is trying (methadone, therapy). To kick him when he’s this vulnerable is pretty unkind. Of course it’s not completely unlike Wilson, either. So we’ll see….

    Val–thanks for your kind words. I also love this idea of House as a tarnished knight or an angel with broken wings. And seeing him through Lee’s innocent/pure point of view was really revelatory for me.

    EveK–I also thought that House and Cuddy were together at the end of season three (I wrote fanfiction tomes around that idea.) But they weren’t. I don’t think they’re together, but they’re getting there.

    Sherlockjr–I agree that House needs an equal–someone who will call foul without being parental; who treats him like an adult. He totally responds to that. He has so often admitted that he knows how much he gets away with because he “a cripple.” I think he no respect for people who do let him get away with stuff. But I also think he doesn’t appreciate the sort of destructive tough love that borders on the parental. He takes it from Wilson, but he has his limits. As we saw.

    Sandra said “No one should change for anyone else but only for oneself because in the long shot it doesn’t make you happy. …It worked well for a while, but now she realized it doesn’t make her happy and it doesn’t make him happy as well -”

    this was House’s argument regarding STacy in “Need to Know.” He’d try and then after a few months he’d slip back into House-mode. It’s what he told her.

    I also liked the scene with Cameron. She will always care about him, and it was reminicent of that fabulous scene in Merry Little Christmas in season three.

    j.i.m. I think you are right about House questioning himself much more than we see. All the doubts we (the viewers) are privy to alone. To his colleagues he’s egotistical and arrogant. They seldom know the agonizing thought process that brings him to that outwards self-assurance.

    REba–that ER doc looked like an overworked attending. Not every doctor in the world, especially not journeyman ER doc would have necessarily heard of House. Professors of medicine-yes; researchers–yes; deans of top notch schools–yes. But not the local trauma doc.

    I agree with you that Wilson’s role with House is much changed this year. Wilson pulled a “house” with his actions. Like House’s compassionate side, Wilson’s dr. evil stays mostly under wraps, But it’s there.

    I think Wilson credited Cuddy because he can see the effect she’s had on him–simply by his attraction to her. House may actually be beginning to see himself in a relationship again. And that motivates him to change (or at least to try).

    nc–I agree that that’s an incredibly important moment (even more than the kiss). It was a question that House could not answer, and I’m sure he’s thought about it alot over the last few months.

  • Mary Marguerite

    I agree with “nc”s comment above, and think that the “Joy” episode will, in retrospect, prove to be a pivot point of this season.

    House can’t let a puzzle go, but he’s usually too busy deflecting from his own concerns by finding the solution to other people’s puzzles to investigate the puzzle of himself and why he acts as he does. I think that’s part of the overarching theme of this season, and I have been loving watching it unfold, as well as happy to read all the enlightening reviews from Barbara and the comments here.

  • Twinkie

    Just a couple of thoughts: Does anyone think that House wa seeing the psychiatrist-character played by Mia Sorvino in Frozen?

    Also, I see that Taub appears to be unraveling and may become suicidal. Remember, he attempted suicide in his earlier years.

  • barbara barnett

    Just found out that I will be on BC Talk Radio tonight (6:30-7:00 p.m. ET) to discuss television and (of course) House. So tune in and join the discussion live! BC Radio

  • Reba

    Very interesting to read all the comments, and thanks for commenting back, Barbara. I live in a country where “House” has not yet reached season 5 and so I follow it by reading your reviews:-) First time poster, I agree that Cameron and House have reached a good place in their friendship – and I feel that Cameron AND Chase will play a part in helping House in the future.

    To Twinkie: As for seeing the Mira Sorvino character Kate, awesome idea. But I am not sure. However digging up uncomfortable memories could easily make even House unfocused when he’s out driving.

    However, his newfound, physical easiness around Cuddy in Here Kitty…could it be a result of the therapy?

  • Kirpio

    Wow, what an amazing episode!
    Your comments so far have got me thinking, as always, Barbara – your reviews and the posts of the readers you attract are definitely the best way to discuss House on the web.

    Jaim, and others that have agreed, I also wondered if something had happened between Cuddy and House already. I think all will become clear! The fact that they re-ran Joy last week makes me think another watch may be in order before we launch into the last few episodes. ‘If she turns round shes into him too’… hehe 😀

    I hadn’t watched the preview, but have just youtubed it after seeing so many people mention it. Out of interest (and a little something to fill the week)… which episodes in other seasons have left people without words?

    Anyway, having watched said preview, I am also wondering if House is ill in some way. One of the questions I was left with from this episode was; how come House was hospitalised (for at least one night) for a crash where the biggest injury was a cut elbow? Having read the comments here, I’m wondering if they were trying to work out why he came off his bike, or treating an underlying problem.

    I could talk on about this episode for ages, but I wont. Thanks again for the review, Barbara 🙂

  • cj_housegirl

    Twinkie wrote: Just a couple of thoughts: Does anyone think that House was seeing the psychiatrist-character played by Mira Sorvino in Frozen?

    I was actually musing about the same thing. That would be a nice bit of continuity. She was able to break through House’s deflecting wall, and also seemed to genuinely like and respect him. I can see House trusting her. Wasn’t she in the South Pole to evaluate how people act in isolation or something like that?

    House is someone who is seriously isolated and Locked In was about isolation. Having her comeback would be seriously cool. I really, really want to know more about House and his therapy session or sessions.

  • mandy

    The most intriguing part to me is the ending. Yes, if House chooses not the change, he will continue to be “locked in”–but something about it doesn’t seem right.

    For one thing, Wilson is crowing about discovering the secret, but he isn’t being overly mean. Suddenly, his tone changes from self-congratulatory to harsh. To me, this seems to imply that House is imagining Wilson saying it; either that, or he imagines the tone but not the words.

    Like many of you, I wonder if something besides pain & depression [self-loathing, in his case] are bothering House. Something else I found a bit odd–when House is belittling Taub, his words are harsh but his tone is not as sharp as usual.

    Overall, a great episode. Nice to see Kutner’s continued growth as a diagnostician. Can’t wait for next week!

  • 60 plus


    Just listened to the radio talk show. It was wonderful to have a voice to associate with your written words! Nice to hear the compliments the hosts paid you…nothing that those of us who value you and your work did not already know, of course.

    The teaser about what may be coming up next for you is, to say the least, intriguing. Can’t wait to hear what it is!

    Thanks again for another spot-on episode analysis. We’re running out of superlatives to describe them.

  • Val

    I just missed it! Hope there will be a way to hear it again.

  • KIm

    Wow Barbara..poping here to say you that I heard your radio interview from Spain.
    Actually, it’s 00:00 am here and I should be in bed right now. But I couldn’t resist the opportunity to hear you and listen to what you have to say about the House theme. It was worth enough to stay awake(it’s that the right way to say).

    I hope you finally get to interview Hugh Laurie, and I know you will do a good job as always. Also, I agree with the fellow who said that you do a marvelous job week by week.

    By the way, thank you for the ‘Locked In’ review.

  • Sue

    Barbara, as always, a very insightful review.

    Did anyone notice that in the first beach scene, House agreed that he was sent to help Lee? This is an admission we did not see in Unfaithful. House fought against the idea of coincidence and pre-destined events.

    I think we are supposed to believe we are seeing House’s own point of view in these beach scenes, even though it is filtered through Lee’s brain. Did House actually say anything to Lee like what we heard him say on the beach, or are these interactions just Lee’s imagination? The first beach scene happened while Lee was in the MRI machine, where House was not around. The conversations were typical of what we would see between House and a patient. But everything at that point was one-sided. Lee couldn’t talk. How are we to interpret these scenes as they relate to House? So, did House really say he thought he was sent by G-d to help Lee, or did Lee imagine it?

    Did House really think Lee had a brain tumor, or did he just tell him that so Lee would agree to be transferred to PPTH? The ER doctor vehemently disagreed with House. There was no mention of a brain tumor after Lee got to PPTH. Remember how House said, “exactly as we planned?”

    The last two episodes have given us back the House from earlier seasons. I did not see the exaggerated facial expressions we saw earlier this season. Hugh had overdone House’s animation to the point that it did not work for me anymore. He was a very different character earlier in the season. I realize that House has gone through changes this season, and he would be different now than he was earlier. I know that people will say that they love the way Hugh plays the character ALL THE TIME. I am just commenting that the House we saw in Here’s Kitty and in Locked-In was a return to the recognizable character I used to love`. Hugh was fantastic throughout the entire episode. I was drawn to every expression and every word. I can’t say that about every episode this season. I found House somewhat boring at times.

    I loved the episode but I found the focus changes distracting. I understand the correlation to House being Locked-in was achieved through the focus aspect, however, I thought it was overdone to the point of distraction. The patient never commented that his focus was changing. There was no medical reason for it.

    I loved how much interaction House had with the patient. How many episodes this season has House rode in on his white horse at the end of the episode with the diagnosis, having had no contact with the patient. The best episodes are the ones where House takes an interest in and interacts with the patient. We learn more about House, and his character is more compelling.

    Will Wilson tell Cuddy House was getting therapy? Will he encourage Cuddy to get him back into therapy? Or, will they drop it like a hot potato, as they often do. House was prepared with three reasons why he was in New York, so he expected Wilson would pry into his affairs. I don’t think he expected Wilson to find out why he was really there. Cate Milton was an adjunct faculty member at PPTH; would she have an office an hour away? She would likely be back in the US by now.

    I loved the balance in the episode. While I am not a fan of Taub, the episode was not Taub heavy. I loved having 13 “out of (the) focus.” I liked how they made the patient an upstanding and loving, faithful father and husband who did not fit into House’s stereotype. The director did a great job (except for the focus issue) and the special effects were worked in perfectly.

    I hope the next episode lives up to the hype.

  • barbara barnett

    Yes. The interview was archived and you can give it a listen at BlogTalk Radio.

    The first half hour is an interview with an author, I’m featured during the second half hour of the show. Enjoy.

  • Wnkybx

    Ah, to continue the conversation with you, Sherlock:

    I agree that House responds positively and more maturely (sans snark) to those who treat him maturely, but I think his willingness to open up to Cate and Chase has more to do with the safe distance he has from them, physically and emotionally, repsectively. House also has great conversations with a few patients because he can open up without having to see them again in the halls of Princeton-Plainsboro, without risking getting hurt.

    What I meant by “Cuddy’s parental instincts” is the following: she understands him and loves him unconditionally (after he has given her many reasons not to love him) the way a mother would, she knows that House behaves like a skittish horse when cornered emotionally, and she may just have the nurturing quality that would prevent her from pushing him the way Wilson does from time to time. Lumping Cuddy, Wilson, and House into a family may not be the best analogy … they would make one heck of a dysfunctional family … but where Wilson may lack wisdom about House in acting like an annoyed older brother Cuddy would make up for with her more delicate approach. Whenever House spirals downward, Cuddy has to be the “bigger person” and step up to the plate, as she did in “Words and Deeds” and will probably have to do with whatever major happens in the upcoming episodes. She knows how to take care of him, and I think he needs that. House may want his closest friendships to be like his interaction with Cate, but as the philosopher Mick Jagger once said …

  • Orange450

    Thanks for a great review (or rather analysis, as the BC radio people correctly pointed out :-)) for a great episode.

    “Lee insists that God has sent House to him, continuing a recurrent House theme.”

    I have to admit that I’d been getting a little tired of the whole God/faith/prayer theme, which has been overdone in S5, IMO. But I thought Lee’s belief that God sent House specifically to the bed next to his at the specific time that Lee needed him was a nice continuity from the same point that Morgan made about Debbie warming up on the laptop in “Here Kitty”. I’m enjoying this latest twist on the theme – the nature of random vs. non-random events – and wondering whether/where the writers are heading with it.

    Like everyone else, I really enjoyed seeing House as the embodiment of Lee’s “relaxing place”. What a great job he did in that role! I wonder whether House himself could ever believe that someone else would see him in that way – as the purveyor of emotional comfort and confidence (not just medical miracles). I have the sense that his own self-image precludes that possibility. I think that he always imagines that people see him as “jerk”, “ass” or “idiot”, so being who he is, of course he does his best to live up to his self-fulfilling prophecy. Wouldn’t it be great if someone would once show/tell him to his face just how inspiring he can be? (Ooh, ooh, pick me! Pick me!) I also found it interesting that he played Amber’s role with Lee – telling Lee that he wasn’t dead yet. (Although at that moment on the show, I thought Lee was really going to die, and the rest of the episode would deal with the aftermath!)

    Even though his decision to curtail his therapy may have been precipitated by Wilson’s meddling, I think it’s consistent with his attitude towards processes that take time to show results. Which he doesn’t like! He doesn’t seem to have the patience for them – as demonstrated by his rejection of physical therapy and his refusal to try organized pain management. If it doesn’t come quickly, he isn’t interested. It’s an interesting quirk in his character, because fundamentally, I have the impression of House as a very patient individual about many things (as opposed to people). It occurred to me that all of these regimens have been suggested for him by fan forum members over the years. How funny if TPTB have picked up on them, and are having him try and reject them, so that we don’t suggest them anymore!

    I was concerned/intrigued with House’s reaction to Taub’s lie at the end. He seemed satisfied by it. I realize that he considered it good evidence with regard to Taub’s attitude about his job. But even though House and lies have a complex relationship, House’s apparent satisfaction somehow didn’t sit well with my understanding of his ethical framework. I wonder if he’s going to punish Taub for that lie.

    The last half of S5 is knocking every episode out of the park. I hold my breath before each new one, lest the spell be broken. But I get the feeling that I don’t have to worry.

  • sdemar

    Thanks, Barbara, for your lovely review.

    Drifting from the above dialogue but sticking with this episode, I was amazed that Hugh and Mos didn’t look cold at the beach. I saw those beach scenes when they were filming it a few weeks ago and the wind was blowing, everyone had on coats and it was obvious that it was anything but beach weather. How do you act warm? That’s what I want to know?

    I loved this episode like so many of them this season. Mos Def was exceptional.

    Unlike others, I did not care for the way the episode was shot in the first 20 minutes or so. I loved looking at Hugh’s eyes but watching it from the patient’s perspective gave me a headache.

    Congrats, Barbara, on your live podcast.

  • maddy

    I can’t get over the question of how House got into an accident in the first place. He’s a seasoned motorcycle rider; as Roo mentioned, it was a sunny day; no one else was hospitalized for the crash – so he alone must’ve been responsible. It just doesn’t seem like him to run off the road. And, if it was just an elbow wound and a slight wound on the face, why did he have to stay overnight? It seems unnecessary; he could’ve easily been discharged. I don’t think they would’ve let him stay because he was interested in the patient . . . Hmmmm. Somehow something seems a little bit off, or in need of further explanation.

    I also wish we knew how long he had been going to therapy. I like Reba’s thought – therapy would explain his change in behavior towards Cuddy: he began to reach out to her in a very sweet way, instead of pushing her away. But something in “Unfaithful” still resonates with me, when Cuddy bluntly told House that she didn’t want him at the baby naming ceremony because he was full of loathing. Not totally for her, but he then tries the methadone, which doesn’t work. So he starts therapy? Or had he been going to therapy for a while? The interesting thing here is that therapy can’t help his physical pain, like the drugs. House is really trying to change his personality. For Cuddy? For all the realizations he’s been forced to make this season? The one thing we know is that it’s not just for his leg anymore. It’s a lot deeper than that. Stil, I wish we knew more details. Maybe it will come up later?

  • Kim

    Thanks Barbara for another awesome update! (As everyone says.lol)

    This episode reminded me of House in the earlier seasons. I feel he used to be more serious, more ‘classic’ in style and attitude, and even though he sometimes acted out in childish ways, his overall appearance was more put together and reserved(in a general sense). Even though I greatly appreciate the themes being explored through this season, I feel that House is different-not purposely for plot reasons. “locked-In” has reminded me that even though other episodes have shown House (IMO) to be almost completly out of character compared to other seasons, the one character that I hope to see each week is still there!

    Yay for next weeks episode- I really do hope that House’s condition( blurriness????) is explored.

  • Chrisden

    Barbara great review.

    I think everyone’s done a great job of covering pretty much everything about this great episode, i just have some small things i’d like to add:

    Has House been wearing spectacles throughout season 5 because he has worn them in this episode and in Here Kitty (only been able to watch episodes since The Softer Side). If it is only these last 2 episodes then that’s got to mean something though Wilson didn’t seem surprised when he saw him wearing them so?

    House doesn’t actually diagnose anything in this episode apart from suspecting cancer. He goes through the process of elimination with the team but doesn’t come up with anything himself even when he’s trying to diagnose alone in his office and Cameron comes to dress his arm it was her that advised him to do a Lumbar puncture. Thought that strange or has this been the norm in season 5.

    I agree that House is a very private man (making up story after story as to why he was in New York and even turning the tables on Wilson and finding out he is sleeping with his brothers carer) but in the end when Wilson finds out he was seeing the psychiatrist, House is initially very annoyed as he goes to retrieve the phone from Lee’s room and Wilson starts to question him about spying on his team, House immediately retracts from wanting to talk about the spying and asks Wilson is that really what he wants to torture him with right now. I took this as he wanted to hear what Wilson had to say until Wilson started delving too deep about him maybe thinking he could change (for Cuddy) and his defenses went back up hence him getting his phone out and deleting the contacts and saying he’s not going again.

    The blurred vision was freaky and couldn’t have been anything as simple as the camera because the reveal music came on at that moment. I’m too nervous thinking what this is going to lead to.

    On a lighter note really enjoying the vibe between House and Cuddy these last few episodes. House bringing Lee to PPTH wearing a hoodie (HUDDY)(never seen him wear one before was this just and added touch?). Don’t know if that’s what you call them in other countries but that’s what we call them in the UK

  • You might want to check this out, especially the comment. Damn, I wish I knew something about Greek mythology!

  • Chrisden – Realistically speaking, I doubt that House wearing spectacles means that much. He is getting older, the show has been on for five years, and it takes place more or less in real time. A man nearing fifty would need reading glasses.

  • JL

    In Australia, we’re still behind – I’ve just seen ‘Here Kitty’ – so I’ve little to say other than to thank Barbara for her Analysis (eh, Orange? 🙂 ). So, “Thanks, Barbara!” duly said. I’m enjoying watching each episode *after* reading all the discussion – I’m picking up a lot more while I watch.

    Chrisden – The only other time I remember House wearing glasses was in Season 3, ‘Act your age”. That was ages ago. Cuddy wore glasses in the pilot, I believe, and we haven’t seen them since, so it’s possible that random occasional glasses-wearing behaviour doesn’t signify anything other than TPTB recognising that Hugh Laurie looks rather dishy in specs (ahem).

    On the other hand, given that House’s glasses have appeared a couple of episodes in succession, it does seem potentially significant, especially given House’s accident and this apparent ‘blurriness’ people describe in the final scene.

    (I think making a connection between ‘Huddy’ and ‘hoodie’ might be a bit of a long bow, however. 🙂 )

    Looking forward to next week, when the spoiler/promo meltdown madness currently rampaging around the internet resolves somewhat (or is expecting ‘resolution’, as such, being a tad too hopeful?), and also to resuming active discussion once Australia catches up after Episode 21…

  • Orange450

    JL, I thought I was the only one who often reads Barbara’s analysis and all the discussion before actually seeing the episode. Nice to see I’m in good company! 🙂

  • barbara barnett

    Hey guys–not ignoring the conversation, but working on a new piece, which will be up later tonight or tomorrow morning thinking through all of the dangling questions from “Locked In.”

  • Sue

    House did not pull a phone out from under Lee’s pillow at the end. He pulled out a voice recorder. He will know about Taub’s thoughts concerning his ambiguity about the job.

    There were two instances where we saw House’s blurry vision at the end. Once was before Wilson spoke to him and once was after.

    House wore glasses in the first episode of season 4-Alone.

    Kim-I absolutely agree that this was the House (character) we used to know. I was beginning to wonder if we would ever see that House again.

    House was wearing the hoodie because he ruined his shirt.

    Regarding House’s relationship with Cuddy:

    She “gets” him. She knows how to push his buttons, and she knows when to back off. She respects not only his intelligence but his feelings too. She knows how to get the best from him. Wilson doesn’t know when to stop pushing buttons. I think House quit therapy only because Wilson found out. At least, we have been made to think he quit therapy. The easiest way to get Wilson off his back was to tell him he wasn’t going any more.

    Anyone think that House was inquiring into Wilson’s brother at the funny farm and he met the psychiatrist there? Why else would he go to the same city to see a shrink where Wilson’s brother was housed?

  • barbara barnett

    Sue–you’re right. It was a voice recorder, so House did know exactly that Taub was ambivalent–and that he stole credit from Kutner. I thought it was great that House acknowledged Kutner’s diagnosis anyway, didn’t hassle him about letting Taub get away with it–and seemed to appreciate what Kutner did for Taub. I love that House.

    House has been wearing glasses occastionally since season three (if not earlier)–Half Wit on.

    Sue–also agree about Wilson. He pushes one button too far. Cuddy pushes, but then knows when to be caring, which usually disarms House completely (and has since season two or three).

    You may be right about the shrink and how they met.

  • Dee

    “For someone who House considers such a good friend, Wilson does have a bad habit of going after House’s most tender parts with a really sharp stick.”

    “Wilson doesn’t know when to stop pushing buttons.”

    House is the one who taught Wilson to do that… in the first couple seasons, House was doing pretty much that to Wilson all the time, and Wilson was visibly learning to do it back to him. It is likely that House is fully aware it’s a deserved payback… and mostly his own fault, as Wilson isn’t a button pusher, provoker type person by nature, so he will take more time to learn when to stop.

  • Chrisden

    Thanks all for clarifying about the glasses and Sue for the voice recorder (not phone).
    JL i always look too far into things (the hoodie/Huddy) 🙂

  • Sue

    This is a quote from Hugh from Parade Magazine about the death this season. This backs up my impression that House is brutal to Taub and House will have to deal with his role in whatever happens.

    Q: But I need to know one thing, was it something House said

    A: I’ve even got to be careful how I answer that because that is possibly true. One of the pieces of self-examination that House has to go through is the part that he played in this…event. Let me put it that way. I can go no further. But you’re right, there is something in that. I can tell you that it’s quite something. The last six shows are very, very ambitious, and we are going out on a limb here. House has problems of his own. And they’re big problems.

  • Sue

    A few of the best pictures of Hugh I have ever seen.

  • Sue

    Dee, I agree that House deserved what Wilson did to him. However, Wilson is adaptable to change and House is not. So, House would stop therapy if anyone found out, and Wilson would keep going. Wilson should know that. It is fine for Wilson to investigate what House is doing. He has to make smart decisions about letting House know what he found out. I would think Wilson would discuss House’s shrink visits with Cuddy rather than confronting House about it. It will be interesting to find out if Wilson does tell Cuddy about it.

  • bakerstreet blues

    I have to say that Wilson outing House’s visit to therapy was not only Stupid, but incredibly invasive. How many times does Wilson have to completely derail House’s efforts to help himself before he will finally learn a lesson???? I get that people don’t change, but don’t they ever learn anything? The commentary with the patient and the fellows was good, and I loved the fact that House recorded all of it. Taub, seriously needs to either accept who/what he is or move on. All the doubt in him is poisonous, not only to House, but also his patients. I liked the fact that the only person who was truly concerned for House’s well-being was Cameron, who came to check on his injuries. All the investigating that Wilson does, he never even asks House if he is OK. Nice friend.