Last week on House in “Known Unknowns,” House (Hugh Laurie) received an unexpected blow. Having attended a medical conference to court Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), he learned she had already become involved with the quirky private investigator from last season, Lucas Douglas (Michael Weston). His reaction to the news was oddly calm. As they sat the next morning they seemed accepting, and even as Lucas blabbered on about House’s delusion and his hospitalization at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, House took it serenely, despite the look of betrayal in his eyes.
Which brings us to “Teamwork” (6×08). House’s medical license restored, he reclaims his department from Foreman (Omar Epps), treating a male porn star with a sensitivity to light and bleeding. The patient is a paradox. He’s a nice Jewish boy “from the ‘burbs” raised by an over-protective mother who wouldn’t let a cough go by without a visit to the doctor. He is happily married and matter-of-fact about his unusual line of work. Neither he nor his wife (also a porn star) have any shame or embarrassment about what they do. Ironically, it's his clean-living childhood that's made him sick (and the cure is fairly disgusting — a threadworm cocktail). But as is often the case, the medical mystery simply provides a structure for the real action of the episode.
House's team gets the case just as Cameron and Chase resign. Planning to move to another city, they want to get on with their lives after Chase’s assassination of the African dictator Dibala (“The Tyrant,” 6×04). House is left with only Foreman to run the tests and diagnose the sex star.
Again, House seems oddly accepting — at least at first. But House plans to win back his fellows old and new, inciting with the case, but without actually asking them to return to the team.
He visits 13 at her home and at the gym; he stalks Taub at his new plastic surgery practice. He tries to drive a wedge between Chase and Cameron, believing one or the other of them will decide to stay while the other departs. Wilson wonders why, when House could have his pick of any of thousands who would give anything to work for him, he insists on these particular well-worn diagnostics fellows. He believes that House, devastated by losing Cuddy to Lucas, is seeking the comfort of the familiar. But everyone has an opinion.
Chase and Cameron come back on the team to help out Foreman, who is overwhelmed having to run House’s tests by himself. But as the old team runs through the diagnosis process, House conveys the latest theories and tests to Taub and 13. At first they ignore the faxes and personal visits, but in the end, the challenge of House’s high-stakes and high-impact medicine is too attractive, and like a medical Pied Piper of Princeton, House lures them back with an interesting case.
Chase and Cameron are a tougher sell, but House’s manipulations drive doubt into the young marriage. House cannot believe that Cameron has been so forgiving of her husband for murdering the dictator — no matter how evil he may have been. He tells Chase that for her to forgive and forget would run contrary to everything House knows of Cameron and her rigid morality. Murder is murder. No exceptions.
And he’s right, telling Chase she’s forgiving him because he has shame and regrets what he has done. She can live with that. But she has misread Chase entirely. Chase has never given any indication he feels remorse for what he has done. “It may have been the worst thing I’ve done,” he admits. But, “it might have been the best.” However he feels, Chase does believe he’s saved tens of thousands from genocide by murdering Dibala.