In “Teamwork,” five years later, does she no longer understand House’s philosophy of medicine? Is she upset because he has spread it beyond himself, gaining disciples in Chase and Wilson (who nearly tanked his career last week in a damn-the-consequences medical paper on euthanasia)? Again she offers her hand, and again House refuses it, unable to look her in the eye. It’s an interesting parallel to “Role Model,” but I’m not sure what it says about either Cameron or House.
The episode seemed off-kilter to me. I understand that in the aftermath of last week, House’s inclination would be to guard himself completely, becoming non-reactive. He can barely speak to Cuddy, and certainly cannot look at her. When she confronts him in the hospital corridor about whether his actions in the episode have to do with her involvement with Lucas, he simply turns away and walks off. He says nothing to her, doesn’t engage her at all. No snark, no mocking, nada. And that’s completely in character.
However, House is fundamentally a romantic, and his intentional manipulation of Chase and Cameron’s fragile relationship seems out of character. Yes, I can see him manipulating it, but to be intentionally destructive? Does he think there is some greater good there?
In his final scene with Wilson, House is practically giddy that he’s gotten three of his four fellows back. He seems to care very little that number four, Cameron, has flown the coop. Yes, we do see him consider calling after her as she leaves his office in her departure scene. But his recovery seems too complete, and her departure too easily blown off, by this final scene with Wilson.
Perhaps “Teamwork” is a transitional episode that leads us into the next narrative arc of the season. Transitional episodes often feel “off” because we get no resolution — to anything. They’re all setup with no payoff. So, I look forward to next week as House, with his re-configured team, celebrates Thanksgiving.