House's “diabetic” clinic patients is essentially a man-child, whose wife seems more mother than partner. Her “care” nearly kills him.
And then there’s the boxing match. I loved this little detour; it’s so very much what makes House the show it can be when it’s firing on all burners. Of course, Wilson and Foreman are House’s parents quite a meaningful way.
Foreman (Omar Epps) clearly defines their parental roles and responsibilities as they endeavor to get House through his parole unscathed. Foreman is the stern father (or mother) figure to put enforceable limits on their wild son; Wilson’s role is to be House’s friend—hold his hand, be supportive—even when that means sacrifice (like giving up ringside seats at a sell-out boxing match).
Foreman would never allow House to “go out” with Wilson all the way to Atlantic City. He knows how easily House can manipulate his best friend, which would only lead to trouble. But Foreman also knows that House has been doing everything right since coming back to work; he deserves a night away from his house imprisonment. But how to accomplish that, along with helping House to recover a bit of the dignity he’s lost in the past year? How, indeed! Connive the boxing match tickets from Wilson, and take House to the match himself. It’s a ploy that House would be proud of—and Wilson? In the end, he’s fine with how it works out. Baby steps.
"Parents" really gets back to all the things I love about this series. There is fun and the obligatory House-antics. But they are subtler and less silly than they've been. And they don't detract from the rest of the story. The episode weaves in and around the episode's theme in a great script by Eli Attie, which plucks at issues very relevant in the context of recent news.
House returns next Monday night at 9:00 ET on FOX.
And on a side note, if you're watching ABC's new series Once Upon a Time (starring House alum Jennifer Morrison), be sure to check out my newest ongoing series feature!