House does something I appreciate and happens all too infrequently on TV. They throw something out there that makes you roll your eyes, bang your head against the table, and curse the writers stupidy. Then they turn around and show you that, hey, they're seeing the humor here too. I'd like to have more faith in writers, but 'The X-Files' pretty much killed that trust in me, so now I must settle for pleasent little surprises.
In case you haven't figured it out, I'm refering to Cameron's 'Do you like me?' me line of last week followed by the humiliations galore she had to endure this week. I feared I was headed for another eye roll when she informed Chase that she and House had spoken about how they felt. Fortunately, the mocking soon began. :) From Chase's classic "you like him, like him" to Foreman's inquiring as to the condition of her stomach when House was near I was in stitches (no pun intended - really). Add to the mix House's own behavior. The not so subtle "Cameron's my girl" to the maybe he doesn't realize he's doing it but probably does of lingering over her shoulder. Everyone is in on the big joke (Cameron you really need to stop sharing with Chase) and even Cameron seems aware of the incredibly clumsy way she's handled this all.
BTW, I probably should do a disclaimer of sorts. At this point in time I'm not a shipper. It seems clear that something is being developed between Cameron and House. If it comes to any sort of fruition, I'm OK with it. If nothing happens, I'm OK with it. I'm finding ambivalence to be far less stressful. ;)
Anywho, I could go into a long spiel as to how humor is being utilized by various characters to distance themselves from issues that they don't want to deal with. But, isn't that obvious? Short version, it's easier for Cameron to take the teasing and laugh at the jokes then ponder if House's "No" really meant no. For House's part, I think there is little doubt that he didn't completely understand what Cameron was asking last week (or should I say proposing?). It's now a matter of trying to maintain the status quo for as long as possible and avoid pesky complications that would upset the balance of his life.
As for Vogler, it's hard to determine which trait I find harder to tolerate, the bluster or the manipulation. Of course, the former opened him up to a nice little potential lawsuit. :) (Though, in what hospital can the chairman of the board discharge a patient?) The latter, Cuddy wasn't about to succomb to. In an ep that deals with a patient with mafia ties, I found it humerous Cuddy saves her ass and House's with two sets of books. ;)
As much as I love Cuddy, I really did not think House looked good in the coat. ;p However, it was a hoot to see. For a brief moment I'm sure Vogler thought he won a victory. What he failed to realize it's OK for House to 'give in' as long as he's using it to his advantage.
I'll let others obsess/dissect/drool over House, Wilson, and the car. I am left wondering if House's rationalization for keeping the car is still a rationalization if it actually makes good sense. I mean, who turns down a gift from the mob?
Chase agressively challenging House is new aspect of Chase's character. We now see how he reacts when he feels backed into a corner. Though choosing confrontation when you fear your job is at stake does not seem the wisest of choices.
I have to admit one of the coolest moments for me was the revelation of that little kid's intelligence. I was trying to figure out the significance of the figurines, but trying to rescue the cat did not dawn on me.
One thing I really appreciated about tonight's storyline is how it didn't turn into "A very special episode of House" when it was revealed the brother was, in fact, gay. It's a sad truth what can happen in families when they discover someone isn't as they expected them to be and what that can drive a person to do. It was interesting to contemplate that Joey was choosing to become someone new in order to be able to be who he already is. And his brother, who fought so desperately to stop him from testifying because he couldn't stand the thought of never seeing him again, now would rather see him go then live with the truth. Which fits rather nicely into House's views on why he chooses not to interact with his patients - they're failure to tell the truth. It may have been a case of don't ask, don't tell, but the inabaility of a man to be honest could have cost him his life.
At the outset of the story, House said in jest "We're gonna turn a profit on this one boys!" With the Vogler world order in place that's what it all is coming down to. House soon learns that he too must face the reality of the bottom line and what it means for him. Not that he fears losing his job or costing Cuddy hers, but his work is his life and to see that endangered seems to be a motivator to make concessions. Will House actually have to fire someone? No, really, will he? Tell me! Does anyone know anything???