The only thing that would have redeemed it, would have been if my guess at 22 minutes that Ray Abruzzo wasn't even the guy from school, that it was all a scam, and that Wilson was doing it to manipulate House had been right.
As it was we were stuck with an episode which had more 13 than House, virtually NO CHASE, way too much 13/Foreman bullshit and Wilson still being his passive, aggressive self with House. Since when does he give a shit about House hurting Cuddy? HE'S the one who screwed Cuddy out of the condo because "she hurt my friend?"
Presumably I should be happy they didn't give Hadley and Chase any more scenes together because then I'd start not hating her again. Trust me, this week---I hated her so much I was practically rooting for the psychopath, who felt less like a character than a bunch of bits from other Patients of the Week, like Mirror-Syndrome who only existed for the anvils and even got a rehashed diagnosis. They really shouldn't use Wilson's disease because it keeps reminding me of how great this show was in the first season and especially in The Socratic Method.
When he's talking about House "apologizing to someone he really cares about," he sure as hell doesn't mean Cuddy. If he really thinks that he's way further in the closet than anything that was being joked about in the Down Low. I could buy it as my typical House loving Wilson and hurting him and vice versa, BUT wasn't the mercy killing speech supposed to be BIG MOMENT when Wilson realized that House did care about him, and we were all supposed to dissolve in a lump of big schmoopy goo?
The psychopath plot would have worked a lot better if it hadn't clearly been written to prove that House is not a psychopath and show us more of *VOMIT* "new and improved" House. Yeah, I picked up at least two fanservicey gay references. BFD.
I got one laugh this week and it was when Taub did the "Oh, was that our secret bit?"
I was honestly hoping that the Cuddy stuff would also be a scam orchestrated by Wilson, because again, the idea of Wilson playing House/Cuddy cheerleader with dialogue that completely contradicts what we were actually shown for four years is BULLSHIT, and the whole Father clearly came out of the same orifice as the backstory for the patient.
This was not the episode I wanted to see this week.