(Mild spoilers ahead for House, M.D. Episode 7x18)
House, M.D. fans are restless. In the wake of the bombshell of “Bombshells” and the seemingly arbitrary breakup of House (Hugh Laurie) and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), many fans are wondering if Season 7 has all been a "Huddy" dream (literally) gone bust.
Some have speculated that maybe House had fallen into more dire straits than we imagined at the end of last season's finale “Help Me.” Had his disaster-scene injuries more significant than we originally thought? Had he actually OD'd on the Vicodin he'd unearthed in his apartment? Has he been in a coma all season and, along with us, been transported to some alternate universe of House’s mind?
There have been few clues that lend credence to this theory. For example, very observant fans may have noticed that House stopped wearing a wristwatch (the one he got from Kutner) at the start of this season. Interestingly, according to various reports, the decision to get rid of the watch was a specific and intentional detail courtesy of the series star and executive producer Hugh Laurie. But why? What reason would he have had to make that acting choice?
Again, there are a few differing speculations floating around. You might recall that, during the season premiere "Now What," there is a strong sense (at least in House's mind) that once Cuddy leaves the haven of his apartment and walks out the door, the entire thing will vanish into thin air. Is House trying, at least metaphorically, to stop time while he's involved with Cuddy, believing that their relationship is fleeting? That would explain the watch’s reappearance after the breakup.
Or does the watch’s absence indicate that something’s not real about this entire scenario? But if none of this is real and all plying out in House's mindscape, then why is House limping? Why is he in pain? Why is he using the cane? When we’ve been inside House’s dreams and hallucinations before, he has been pain free (which is House’s ultimate fantasy). Maybe I'm thinking too hard about this!