Since when did the team EVER had have someone who was House's Second In Command? Was this ever actually mentioned? Did it occur on screen? That has got to be the biggest load of codswallop they've tried to sell us since the idea of Wilson the Eunuch.
Was there any point to that plot AT ALL, except to somehow glorify the odious one into something special because he refused to take part? I honestly felt like EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER involved in that farce was demeaned in some way. Just appalling. Especially two weeks after it was made clear that House already destroys his people in the name of making them better doctors.
CELIAC??? Done that already back in Forever.
And speaking of demeaning and insulting, I honestly don't know WHAT they were doing with the Patient of the Week. The only thing I could take away was the idea that Testosterone i.e. Masculinity is so jerk-making that there was no way for the husband to take the testosterone and not be a jerk. You know, nothing like actually being aware of the effect and working to overcome it. No possibilty of counseling. No therapy. No nothing. AND the wife went from "Oh goodie, he looks at my ass" to "Shit, he's a macho jerk," in nothing flat, with also no indication that she would be willing to help him work through it. Just YUCK. And sort of rehash of the Asexuality plot, only this time saying that a "real man," one with functioning hormones would never be a nice guy.
Just typing this crap makes me feel unclean.
Park got some good lines, but her stuff is starting to feel forced.
Poor Rena Sofer. She really has had some thankless parts since her General Hospital days. As if being married to Nathan Petrelli (who I adore, but not great husband material) and throwing herself shamelessly at Gibbs on NCIS wasn't bad enough. The NCIS shout-out was cute though. I'm assuming the actor who played the Immigration guy has been on NCIS as well, since he's one of those "been in EVERYTHING" guys.
Moving on....House/Wilson. Please tell me that the H/W schmoopy, canon-craving, fluff-buying shippers, didn't swoon as hard over the first gay innuendo/slap to the face scene as the writers wanted them too? The rest was just embarrassment squick inducingly bad. The one good H/W bit was the last phone call, because it showed Wilson's desperation to keep House out of jail and his own not-niceness as he basically encourages House to throw Dominika under the bus.
Which brings us to House and Dominika. I'm torn about whether I'm shipping Hugh and Karoline Wydra or House and Dominika. The way he looked at her, and really seemed to be happy and light up around her, was the kind of thing that used to make H/W almost believable as a potentially happy pairing. So the problem is that I don't know whether Hugh just CAN'T generate that feeling with RSL anymore, but can with Karolina OR whether House the character really does feel that affection and enjoyment with Dominika. Either way, it's a joy to watch them together, in a way that just doesn't come across with House/Wilson anymore.
I did notice that he looked absolutely terrified when she was doing her "I love him" act. I'm taking that to mean that House's self-hatred is so deep that the idea of anyone loving him is both abhorrent and painful. (This is why he and Wilson have to keep hurting each other, no matter what else is going on.)
My new "dream ending" for the series is that he does stay married to Dominika AND Wilson ends up in another relationship. Therefore the ending is House/Wilson, cheating on other people to be together AND hurting each other as well. (My nightmare is that he drives everyone away...except Taub!)
But about the ending of the episode...again, WTF???? We're told that to be married and not be a jerk, is to be neutered, and House comes home, essentially announcing himself to be in that state?
So basically my only good take-a-way from this episode was some nice shots of Hugh Laurie smiling.
Everything else was rubbish.