The second half of season two delves inside House’s head and into his heart. From the risky and dangerous experiment in "Distractions" to his being shot in "No Reason," House struggled externally and in his own subconscious about the kind of person he really is. And as it so often has been on the this series, the real glimpses into Gregory House are within those amazing dialogue free scenes—just Hugh Laurie letting House’s inner demons and inner life pour out through his expressive eyes.
Be sure to read the season one episode guide part one (including the introduction and scoring guide) and part two, as well as the first half of the season two guide. Asterisked episodes are (in my humble opinion) "must-see" episodes; links are to full episode reviews here on Blogcritics or elsewhere.
12. "Distractions" (A-) House exacts revenge on a former medical school classmate, Philip Weber, who turned him in for cheating on a math test. Seems this guy has published his research on a migraine remedy in an Indian medical journal. House seeks to prove him wrong by trying out the medication on himself — after inducing a killer migraine. Of course, Weber's medicine doesn't work, leaving House with not only pain in his leg, but pain in his head. Needing to rid himself of the headache, House ultimately resorts to LSD (which was, in fact, invented to treat migraines) combined with antidepressants (which mitigate the psychedelic effects of the acid). As House tries to disprove Weber, he treats a burn victim, who has crashed his ATV.
Favorite moments: Wilson believes that House hatches his elaborate plot as a distraction after losing Stacy, suggesting that his friend hire a hooker (among other things) instead. In the final scene of the episode, House desolately awaits his lady of the evening. As he lets her into his apartment, it is clear that House hurts, not just in his head, not just in his leg, but in his heart as well. Also, Cameron's examination of House when he is tripping on LSD is a delight.
13. * "Skin Deep" (A+) House constantly pushes his sexist image and, in this episode, seems worse than usual, continually leering at magazine photos of his young patient — a teenage supermodel. Seemingly preoccupied with reading the gossip rags about her, House earns the disapproval of Foreman and Cameron. But his motives become clearer as he suspects the girl's father of sexual abuse; once he has confirmed his suspicions, his interest immediately dries up, and his disdain of the father becomes obvious.