I like that without a comment (lewd or otherwise) and without missing a beat, House zips Cuddy’s dress for her as she readies herself for the dinner. This feels real to me. I think what’s remarkable is that these things happen very early in their relationship. They haven’t been together more than a few weeks, yet it’s clear they want to weather the storm and not simply say: “tried it; didn’t work. See ya ‘round.”
Maybe you disagree with me. (And I’m sure more than a few of you will—and let me know about it.)
House finally does apologize, being the first to blink in the conflict. “I will never lie to you again,” he says to Cuddy. As I asked at the time the episode aired, did he really need to make that extra (and obviously untrue) assurance? To tell her what is undoubtedly a lie—one that not even Cuddy believes he’ll keep?
It’s clear when he confesses to Wilson that he lied, he’s conflicted about it. Wilson thinks the lie is a good step, and applauds him for it. He told her what he needed to even if he doesn’t quite believe it. It is what people do occasionally to stay in a relationship.
By the way, I like the way the writers are weaving in the relationship stuff (notwithstanding that I’m a fan of the relationship) because it’s not the focus of the show. The relationship informs both House and Cuddy’s actions without overpowering the rest of the series. It’s unobtrusive without being totally behind the scenes and lends the series more options and avenues for exploring House’s character (which always should be the object of the show).
What will happen from here on the House and Cuddy front? I do think their relationship will continue, but continue to challenge them. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to note that we’ll soon meet Cuddy’s mother (being played by the wonderfully acerbic Candice Bergen) and sister. How that will play into and around House and Cuddy’s relationship is anyone’s guess, but I think the results will be amusing and insightful. If I were to predict, I would venture to say that we’ll be exploring the relationship for the balance of the season.
The Wilson Situation
As we moved into hiatus, Wilson and Sam (Cynthia Watros) are no longer together. As fragile as House and Cuddy’s relationship appears, “Small Sacrifices” suggests that it’s actually more durable than we might imagine. On the other hand, the renewed relationship between Wilson and Sam is easily broken when Wilson proposes.
Sam’s excuse that Wilson doesn’t trust her falls flat to my ears. Wilson discovers problems (potentially serious problems) with Sam’s radiation dosage records, and rather than believe she’s made some potentially very reckless errors, he’d rather believe (as does House) that she’s overdosed patients intentionally, pursuing a more radical therapy course than indicated (which is the sort of thing House would certainly do).