I loved this little side story about the apartment furnishings. House’s apartment is so full of character—and so him. I have mourned the AWOL apartment all season because it lets us in, even as House reinforces the metaphorical outer walls surrounding his true self. It gives us a glimpse into the part of House he can’t help being, no matter how hard he tries to conceal it.
On the other hand, Wilson’s apartment is white bread and milk. Vanilla. House’s admonishment that Wilson buy even one piece of furniture to express his essence is impossible. Although we do get a glimpse of Wilson in the furniture store and find that his taste is rather quirky. (He seemed to gravitate to a strange wheel-like piece that reminded me strangely of 2001: A Space Odyssey.)
In the end, Wilson does purchase something, but it’s not for him—it’s for House. Buying a classic organ for House to play is a lovely gesture and very Wilson. And House seems to truly like the organ. (How many musical instruments does House play, anyway?) I loved House playing Bach and then the organ line in Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” (which borrows heavily from the Baroque composer), a metaphorical ballad on the nature of relationships.
House returns April 12 with the final six episodes of the season (and, so I’m told with no more interruptions). Hugh Laurie directs “Lockdown,” with guest star David Strathairn.