Jerk’s jerk Lucas Douglas, takes on House in an unnecessarily cruel and dangerous revenge play to both humiliate him and mark his territory with Cuddy. The “pranks” are intended to place a big “Keep Away” sign from Lucas’ new family: Cuddy and Rachel. But I suspect something a little more sinister than trying to protect Cuddy from House.
I do not like him (I don’t think we’re supposed to) and look forward to the day he leaves. Although he provides a more real threat to House than Vogler and Tritter combined, he creeps me out. I do have to say the plotline provided some fun. I loved House and Wilson lying in wait for the (then unknown) prankster in the middle of the night. Was that a cricket bat that House was holding as a weapon? Cute inside joke if it was (with the English Mr. Laurie a cricketer and fan of the game).
The meat of the episode is really found in the its main character plot. Foreman’s long imprisoned brother Marcus out on parole—and House plays the grand manipulator (or as House-whisperer Wilson puts it, puppetmaster). Foreman wants nothing to do with Marcus; he’s given him one too many chances and Foreman’s had enough. He won’t even go to the prison and pick him up now that he’s out. The chronically curious House senses an opportunity to play: screw with Foreman and perhaps find out more of what lies beneath the opacity of his stony, humorless surface. So, how better to accomplish this than to hire the new parolee as an assistant.
Or does House have a different agenda to serve—something infinitely more benevolent. Wilson believes there’s something else at play: House doing something nice for Foreman—and his family— beneath the veil of plausible deniability. Wilson believes House’s actions connect to his own tortured relationship with his family, and doesn’t want Foreman to trod the same path. (By the way, I so much like Wilson in this role as friend and verbal sparring mate than as self-righteous lecturer.)
Or, perhaps there is yet another possibility. Is Marcus an avatar for House? After so many chances, is his brother willing to give him another shot when push comes to shove? After so many chances is there any possibility that Cuddy will allow them to begin to repair their own relationship left in tatters at the season’s start? Is redemption even possible when you’ve gone to the well so many times?