I KNOW it’s giving the crack-monkeys WAY too much credit, but I’m really inclined to take this entire episode as a hallucination suffered by House following an OD or Car Crash, or even to fanwank that he’s still in the No Reason coma. The camera style even FELT like No Reason and the “symbolism” was just so damn heavy-handed with the case reflecting aspects of House’s life. The dialogue about the brain could have come right out of No Reason (“What do I have?) as well as a bit of The Softer Side.
The acting was incredible out of synch. Hugh and RSL both seemed to trying terribly hard to sell it, but it all seemed so tired. Not sure if that reflects the characters or the state of the actors at the end of a 22 episode season. One question I have is whether Lisa E. was being directed to act like a zombie or not? Is the idea that Cuddy is so burned out from a year of the “relationship” that she can’t adequately express emotions or is the actress just not up to what was being required of her.
I’m genuinely asking the question and I don’t think (correct me if I’m wrong) that I’m indulging in actress bashing. I’ve hated HOW the House/Cuddy “relationship” was written and played out because I feel it wasn’t an honest reflection of how the characters had been presented to us previously, but I’ve tried NOT to blame Lisa E. for any of it, including the self-aggrandizing interviews, since at least she never tried to get Hugh to stick his tongue down her throat in public. But this time around, I just don’t know.
The writing also seemed tired and rehashed. Other episodes and themes were revisited almost verbatim. Detox and MLC for instance. You could call it continuity, and say that it’s actually what I’ve been longing for, especially in terms of House/Wilson, but again, it just feels very tired.
I will put on my old tin-hat long enough to say that House’s BIG confrontation with Cuddy could be read as him saying that it’s not Cuddy who made him feel hurt, and that at least he told Wilson to leave the car before he went nuts. But if I’m gonna fanwank that he wanted to protect Wilson, he didn’t do a very good job of it, and he didn’t invite Wilson along to his drinking binge/hallucination at the end.
I think RSL was playing Wilson loves/wants House again this week, but any time that Wilson tries to say House is using because he’s an addict, rather than because he’s in pain (as opposed to what he told Tritter all those years ago) is going to always be read by House as a betrayal. And House was also acting very Finding Judas, which means he wants his drugs more than anything.
I think this could have all been brilliant in terms of what it said about art and artifice and the performance artist and her relationship, but they let it slip away. I liked House’s anger when the artist “settled” for love and agreed to take the drugs, but the question is really who is subbing for who? Was he angry because he really wants that kind of relationship with Cuddy? Or is he resentful of what he can’t have with Wilson? (TIN HAT!) Is Wilson Luka, trying to get him to be “happy” instead of Brilliant?
STFU THIRTEEN! Any dispensation you had for chemistry with Chase has been revoked because you were a pretentious, self-righteous twat.
Die Taub Die. Your sperminating subplot is now officially the worst thing ever. I’m assuming either Mrs. Passive Aggressive Whiney Bitch or The Walking Womb will be in a horrible accident and miscarry and that Taub will be responsible. Yes, I know that’s soap opera 101, but that’s really all the plot is anyway.
And the end…really? Even with all of his fucked uppedness, that was insanely stupidly over the top. Yes, more than the fake balcony dive. Plus it still forces the implication that she actually meant that much to him, which has NOT been sold convincingly. Or even that the IDEA means that much to him? Yes, he’s gotten pissy about Lucas and the guy she had the date with, but I still found this ludicrous.
Hence my thin thread of hope that it’s a hallucination.
Because clearly the ending was. So the only question is when does the hallucination start?
No Reason? MLC? Broken?
Yes, I’m probably kidding myself as we’ll find out in the fall. (Unless some at the network sees the light and institutes a mercy killing.)
See you then….