Wilson says some terrible things to House, hurtful and mostly untrue things, but I believe they are things that House believes about himself, particularly in his more self-loathing moments of depression.
Wilson comes through this dark night, and in the end, not only can Wilson proceed with the needed surgery—much sooner than he otherwise would have, but he, too has learned something about walking in another’s shoes. But it’s not only his patients’ shoes in which he is walking. Suddenly he understands what it is to be House—a man in terrible chronic pain—constant agony. It’s an important lesson for Wilson in both respects. Perhaps moving forward his compassion and empathy will come from the heart naturally; perhaps he will take more risks and fight more desperately for his patients the way House is so often willing to do.
House is there for Wilson through it all—a selfless caretaker; a friend. And in the end, the gift House gives to Wilson is perhaps the best thing of all, giving Wilson something to laugh about as he embarks on this uncertain path through the C-word.
Three more episodes to go. Phew. What’s next? Stay tuned next Monday 8:00 p.m. on FOX.