I’m going to say again something I’ve said a few times since I began writing this column. It’s not that House doesn’t feel enough—he feels too much.
Fearing the loss of Wilson a couple of seasons ago, when he contributes a piece of his liver to a patient, House shrinks back, at first not able to bring himself to be with his friend during surgery. In the last moment, House summons within himself the courage to be there in the surgery gallery just as Wilson goes under anesthesia. And during Wilson’s recovery, House is there for him. This isn’t easy for House—and it’s not because he doesn’t care.
And then in season seven when Cuddy has her cancer scare, again, House is consumed with the fear of losing her—so much so that being emotionally available for her requires a relapse to Vicodin. And for that sacrifice, Cuddy unceremoniously dumps him once the scare has passed, sending House reeling out of control. I am not saying that House hadn’t been there for Cuddy. In my opinion he is there for her; in Cuddy’s opinion—and even in House’s own psyche, he had fallen short.
So how will House respond to Wilson’s cancer? That is the stuff of excellent drama, and I think we get a glimpse of that in the preview for next week’s episode. I won’t say more, lest the spoiler-averse be inadvertently spoiled. So I will leave it at that for now.
I apologize that the remaining Quest for the Best House polls have not yet appeared. I’m having problems with the poll platform, and hope to put up a season four through eight poll by week’s end, so we can get to the finals.
A new House episode airs next Monday night at 9:00 ET on FOX.