And as mind-fuck episodes for this show go, kind of a let-down. I'm counting No Reason and Top Secret as the previous mind-fucks, although I think on some level Three Stories counts as well, and you know how much I love Three Stories.
I've only watched once and read a few other reviews and metas so I'm reserving the right to come back or re-post with a slightly different opinion.
My thoughts are as disjointed as the episode itself and I'll start with the big thing that pissed me off, which probably isn't the thing that pissed off most of the House/Wilson fans.
I HATE IT WHEN MY SHOW IS STUPID AND MAKE HOUSE ACT STUPID!!!!
I got it the VERY FIRST time we saw the necklace. Started screaming AMBER!!!! at the TV set and at all my on-line friends who were watching with me. The fact that it took at least 20 minutes from that point on for House to get it just annoyed the living crap out of it. I don't care if it's a concussion. I don't care that he's in denial about WHATEVER is going on with Amber. There was just no excuse to draw it out that long.
The 2nd PISS-OFf point was the entire sequence of House coming back, "solving" the puzzle and then being home again. What the fuckety fucking fuck? The writing, direction, continuity there, was absolutely shit-ful. At least give me a shot of Cuddy at the door saying "we need you," OR SOMETHING. To have her say "I brought him back" after he's there, just made no sense, and made the whole thing feel horribly disjointed. I was convinced that entire fifteen or so minutes was part of the hallucination, because it was so off-kilter, especially the whole thing with 13. And
oh boy, now we know her name. Am I supposed to care?
What I did like:
#1-Hypnosis performing Chase. YUMYUMYUM. Another fun venue for pron. Chase can come over to my house and do a little hypnosis anytime he likes. Preferably in my bed-room. Woof!
#2-Also in the hypnosis sequence, and allusion to the fact that Wilson is possessive of House. It's NOT all one-sided. (That doesn't mean I'm wrong about the fluff being a lie, by the way. Just because they both have feelings for each other, doesn't mean they can ever be happy.) But at least it was clear, at least to me, that Wilson is as concerned about the possibility of House having other people in his life as House is supposed to be about Wilson. (The fact that we watched Who's Your Daddy recently reminded me of this. Both the jealousy of Krandall as a friend and the reaction to the girlfriend story. )
#2-A---Wilson's worry about House having feelings for Amber reminded me slightly of the "Who says I haven't hit on her" scene in Role Model and Wilson's reaction to what he perceived as House's interest in Cameron.
#3-Nekkid Hugh-Although why they take this gorgeous man and manage to make him look horrible everytime he gets his clothes off is beyond me. (Distractions, anybody?) I could still write odes to the man's back and shoulders, but come on people. The closest we've come is the Stacy bed scene. We can do better.
Things I'm confused about:
I think the woman on the bus was another Cammer-clone. I know it's a way of "hiding" Amber, but why hide her with a woman who looked very much like Jennifer Morrison in the first season especially? Is that a bone to the House-cammers or am I having my own hallucination.
Stripper!Cuddy...for some reason this bothered me on Lisa E's behalf. It's not like she doesn't have the body for it and I assume she had some control over what was shown and filmed, but this just bugged me way more than the ass-showing back in Who's Your Daddy. I actually didn't find it all that sexy. Maybe because the school-girl thing isn't my fantasy? I liked that it did sort of peter out and didn't become a House/Cuddy scene, but I'm not sure exactly what the purpose was besides gratuitous naked Cuddy.
The bus-scene re-enactment---Too much like one of my favorite CSI Original Recipe episodes...the one with the airplane re-enactment, but not as good, except OMG HOUSE TAKING MORE DRUGS.
House dying AGAIN. WTF? Yeah, we get that he's self-destructive, but that makes the whole promo thing about "You want me to risk my life...." less dramatic, since he's been trying to kill himself all season anyway.
I don't think for a moment that House was having an affair with Amber, at least not a physical one, although they've been flirting with hate!sex at least since the apartment scene in Don't Ever Change, which I'd actually be OK with. I'm more on-board with House/Amber hate!sex than the House/Amber/Wilson (HAW?) threesome brigade. And yes given my Pro-JIG tendencies for Torchwood, I realize that somewhat hypocritical and reflects my OTP and anti-OTP biases. (Was the most convoluted sentence in LJ history or what?)
Something weird-I didn't realize where Amber's injury was the first time I watched it. For some reason I thought "OMG! FRIDA KAHLO" and I thought it had gone through her pelvis. What can I say, I'm weird and doing the on-line House party is a little distracting. Someone actually had to point out to me that OMG! NOW SHE'S HOUSE!!! before I got it.
And seriously...he walked away from the accident and into the strip bar? Really? Was it the one where he met Stacy? Or was that a hallucination? I'm so confused.
At least we're not going to get what was spoiled/speculated for months, which was a House/Amber fight over sick!Wilson's body, which would somehow replay the Three Stories scenario. We are, apparently going to get, Crying Wilson, thereby validating all the WeepyWilson fic that beta_goddess and I have been valiantly fighting the good fight against for three years.
See ya then.