No matter what avenue the team follows with Margaret, they hit dead end after dead end; she seems almost a pathological liar. Although “everybody lies,” she lies more than most, as if any truths would be far worse than any lie in which she might be caught.
In the end House realizes that she is schizophrenic, and with her symptoms are caused by a severe reaction to the drug Risperidone. All of her symptoms disappear once she is hospitalized, no longer on the meds. Of course, off the meds, her schizophrenia re-emerges, which confuses the diagnosis even more.
If Kelly hadn’t been so busy trying to prove herself as an able diagnostician—and had House not been so eager to badger and intimidate her for sport as well as to simply test her chops)—they might have figured it out much sooner. So the patient’s insistence on hiding her illness and Kelly’s hiding from what she knows best conspire to hide the truth. Of course we all hide from each other; we’re all afraid of rejection, but that fear, the tension and anxiety it causes can be as toxic as Risperidone is to the patient.
And what’s with Chase? Is House right that he is compensating for his loss of Cameron with his new hire? Shedding his “good guy” image from the last couple of seasons, Chase seems to have returned to his indifferent stance of the first couple of seasons.
Chase reacts to loss and fear of rejection by building walls of indifference. (Remember how he reacts to his father’s visit way back in season one?) But when he begins to allow the walls to come downopens up in season three, it is to Cameron, who in the end leaves him—just as his dad had (and his mom, figuratively). So now, as in Chase 1.0, this Chase is hard, cold, self-interested. He doesn’t “care.” There’s no payoff for caring—either in taking the world on your shoulders as he had in assassinating the dictator Dibala in season five (“The Tyrant”) or in loving Cameron. And it will eat away at him bit by bit. But in the meantime, Chase reverts to hides himself behind his interior battlements and gets his “Clooney” on.
So what is Foreman repressing? He certainly seems to get on Kelly’s case. Is Chase right when he suggests that Foreman is upset that they’ve gotten a replacement for 13—or that House asked Chase to hire—and not Foreman?