I’ve always watched House, M.D. to follow the journey of its central character, Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie). Of course, I’ve been moved by a patient of the week plot (especially when House becomes involved, which has happened less and less frequently over the past couple of years) or by the story of one of the other regular characters. I’ve enjoyed Chase’s growth, been moved by Amber’s arc, particularly as it intersected with Wilson, and Kutner’s tragedy. But fundamentally, the series is House’s story and since season one, I’ve been pulled along through the seasons as he’s moved a step or two forwards and then fallen back—only to pull himself up again. And again.
To me, House has always been a wounded healer, a man so emotionally and physically damaged that his only healing comes vicariously, as he saves the lives of those that would otherwise be forfeit. He desires happiness, but can’t find it; he values friendship while he pushes it away, often preferring the safety of loneliness. As we move closer and closer to the series finale (May 21), I want to focus these last nine episode commentaries on the final journey of House, the man—House, the doctor—one of the most interesting characters created for the small screen. So, forgive me if I ignore the patients (if I do).
This week’s episode (which originally was supposed to air two weeks ago, but was pre-empted) is called “Love is Blind.” I was thrilled to see House’s mom Blythe (Diane Baker) pay a visit; we’ve not seen her since early in season five (“Birthmarks”) at John House’s funeral.
We know that House has believed since the age of 12 that John is not his father. His biological father is a man who looks like Sean Connery, and a friend of the family—a colleague of John’s. House had proven his theory to himself in “Birthmarks,” performing a DNA paternity test on a sample taken from John’s ear. Since that time, House has read the writings of the man he’s believed to be his biological father, a minister who’s written a self-help book, something Wilson notes this week House has read several times.