As long as there's still a certain amount of fluff, I'm ok. It was the hideous shaved almost to the scalp look from Season 6 that I found so loathesome. And I'm fine with the intimations of House's encroaching baldness. I win again.
A much better week in the fanservice vs subtext sweep-stakes. House walks in Wilson's office and immediately mentions oral sex and a sexaholic. This could be taken as H/W fanservice since it's total fanon that Wilson is a sex-addict, however instead of doing any reaction along those lines, Wilson immediately goes into self-righteous mode and starts playing Jimminy Cricket again. House is pissed that Wilson won't give him what he wants.
Later Wilson's self righteousness reverses itself, but ONLY to get what he wants for his patient. Then House effectively kills Wilson's patient by messing with PoTW to solve his puzzle. There is NO "nice" or "schmoopy" H/W scene and the last scene leaves House very much alone and miserable.
I'm not sure where telling Wilson repeatedly to shut up during the exposition sequence, which still acknowledging him as being right about the medical circumstances falls on the spectrum. None of it hit my "K-Gal's Fanservice Cringe-o-Meter" so I'm also declaring victory on that front this week.
Speaking of victories. Farewell 13. Once and for all. Have a nice career, Olivia. You're a pretty girl and someday you might actually learn to act, not that it seems particularly necessary for the roles you're taking lately. Just stay far, far away from my show and we'll all be happy.
I almost feel like this was a do-over for fucking up Small Sacrifices (Jesus-guy) so profoundly
with a bit of Instant Karma (Guy wants to give away money to save his son) thrown in for good measure. All three eps directed by Greg Yaitanes, although different writers. I think they came as close as they can to getting it right this time, while keeping House very much in character both in terms of wanting to manipulate the guy and get the money, but still wanting to solve the medical puzzle, which clearly makes him both a prick AND a better person than Wilson, who only wants to save his patient. That's my House/Wilson dynamic.
It couldn't be acute intermittent porphyria, because THAT was what Stacy's husband had in Honeymoon, and I was pretty sure it wasn't Whipple's. I'm not sure if it's ever been Whipple's, but I know Chase suggested it on several occasions.
Major kudos to Foreman for busting House on drugging the client. This is exactly the kind of thing Cuddy should have done on several occasions and couldn't or wouldn't because of the long climb toward and longer implosion of House/Cuddy.
Totally loved Park and Adams. This was such vintage House, both in his manipulation of the character and their interaction with each other and I totally didn't see the twist coming. I'm ready to femslash them right now.
And again, a "good" ending, by my Housian standards. Patient is not going to give away QUITE so much money AND he's not giving any to House. Thirteen goes bye-bye and we see her being happy with girlfriend. House is a left alone. Miserable. Wilson is probably still pissed at him. There MIGHT be anger sex later, but we get to figure that on our own rather than have it fanserviced in our face.
See guys? Give K-gal what she wants and you actually have a good show again.
ETA-One more shallow note: House with shirt unbuttoned at the top so we get to see a hint of neck and chest? YUM!
I'm actually disappointed that there's no episode next week and it's been a long time since I could say that.