There were so many moments that made this episode memorable, seamlessly brought into the whole. But I have to make special mention of the crash itself. Intense and tension-filled, it was heart-stopping and heartbreaking as House's memory comes flooding back. We experience it along with him as tries desperately to reach and then aid the badly injured Amber. We experience the real meaning of House's dream as he ties the tourniquet — the red scarf that had appeared in a dream to him. Finally losing consciousness himself, House awakes to see Amber being removed from the bus as he reaches out toward the light. Or is it Amber he’s reaching for?
House has his answer, at least a small part of it, but at what cost? Collapsed and heart stopped, House is resuscitated by Cuddy (another sensual image, the kiss of life she imparts to him) and Wilson (who is violently pounding on his chest). Sigh. Is it Monday yet?
In the end, we are left with the answer to only a small part of the mystery — the “who.” We don’t know why House and Amber were together on the bus; we don’t know if they were together elsewhere (like the bar). And we certainly do not know “why.” And clearly those are the questions impelling us to next week’s episode, “Wilson’s Heart,” and what will be certainly a summer’s worth of discussion and debate (and fanfiction).
One final note: I spoke with episode scribes Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend Tuesday afternoon, who gave me a couple of nice tidbits for next season and maybe a very, very small taste of what to expect next week. And told me about a very, very exciting addition to the House team. (Nothing really spoilery, if that’s what you were thinking. Sorry.) I look forward to publishing the interview on Monday morning.