A jealous king, a brave knight-wannabe (with a couple of secrets that could get him burned at the stake), and a soon-to-be wedded queen: there’s intrigue at Court. Is this the latest installment of The Tudors? No, my liege, it’s “House goes to the Renaissance Faire.”
I admit to being a Ren Faire aficionado, and to see my favorite television show craft an episode around one—and seeing House (Hugh Laurie) garbed for the period to boot—made me fair swoon. But there was much more to this episode than sword and sorcery, hemlock and witches brew.
Young knight William (Noah Segan) feels himself unworthy for the Ren Faire queen, who is about to marry the king. But it’s clear from the teaser that the queen has feelings for the young man, whom she chooses as her champion in a swordfight. The much smaller (and geekier looking) William prevails against the king’s hulking captain of the guard (who reminded me a bit of Darth Vader, somehow), stunning the King, the queen—and the captain of the guard. But William falls, his eyes demon red.
House and the team are perplexed and without a diagnosis even after investigating the young man’s home (where they find he’s into witchcraft and potions) and the Renaissance Faire campgrounds at which he spends most of his time. There’s plenty of evidence and sources for environmental and organism-borne illness in both places as the team considers everything from the sanitary conditions and crowding of the faire grounds to the possibility of his being intentionally poisoned by the troupe’s king with hemlock. But alas, the answer to the mystery is of more modern witchcraft. The young knight beefed up his jousting muscles by taking steroids. Combined with a little bit of hemlock and it’s “double, double, toil and (big) trouble” time for our young knight (with apologies to Shakespeare).
And speaking of trouble, it also seems to threatening House and Wilson’s (Robert Sean Leonard) domestic bliss as Wilson reconnects with his first wife Samantha (Cynthia Watros). We all know how House is going to feel about that. And predictably, House begins to do his best to nip this relationship in the bud. Wilson perceptively realizes that whatever House is up to, it’s ultimately his way of being a protective friend. But he asks his best friend to please give it a chance. Interestingly, Cuddy sees House’s interference as less House’s protectiveness (although she sees that as well) than House’s fear, advising him not to push it, because if he forces Wilson to make a choice, he may end up losing.