I don’t know if anyone else watched the Screen Actors Guild awards. Right after they announced Hugh Laurie’s name they cut to a very, very unhappy James Gandolfini who was wearing a ‘Are you kidding?’ me look. Someone needs to tie James to a chair and make him watch this episode about twenty times. He’ll see why he didn’t win.
Damn I love this show when it aims high and hits it’s mark. Character driven episodes are what they should be doing. Forget Vogler and Tritter and trying to make House grow as a person. Look at what we get when we have House in all his f***ed up, make no apologies glory. Gee, when they don’t try to force a very special moment down his throat, he has one. It took me a few seconds to realize I heard him say, “I’m interested” and mean it. The man does have a heart he just thinks that most of the people around him aren’t worth showing it to.
This girl has pain that is not so easy to diagnosis and treat and it’s pain that House can identify with on some level. He has legitimate reasons not to treat her. He’s not a psychiatrist and she’s physically fine. From a Houseian perspective, there is no medical mystery to solve. But that connection she felt to him, he felt too as soon as he realized she had been raped.
I’m a little ambivalent about the revelation that House was abused by his father. It does lay a foundation for who he is – his inability to trust people and become close to them while developing a God complex and unwillingness to admit failure. But I kind of like that that was just him, that there wasn’t some big traumatic event that created the House personality. It’s why I was relieved to find out he was an SOB before the aneurism in his leg.
The other thing I could have lived without was the Cameron storyline. It was obvious they were trying to draw a parallel between Cameron’s almost pathological need to get involved in her patients pain and House’s desire to stay as uninvolved as possible (Cuddy’s making a game of not touching the patient was a more clever, funny, and subtle way of handling this). However, whereas we ultimately learned some things about House, we saw the same old Cameron here.
There is so much to be scrutinized in this episode and sadly I do not have the time to do it right now. At times, I got lost in the brilliance and complexity of the dialogue. My absolute favorite bit:
That’s what life is. It’s a series of rooms and who we get stuck in those rooms with adds up to what our lives are.
So simple, yet so true! And we don’t always get to choose who we are in those rooms with and that randomness can affect our lives and who we are for better and worse. Eve (I’m not even sure they used her name, I checked IMDB) was trying to make sense of things, to make things better, to gain control over her life once more by choosing who was in the room with her. And it all made perfect sense at the end as you heard her tell House that she was at a friend’s party – she just happened to end up in the wrong room with the wrong guy. .
I have to applaud the show for so directly taking on both sides of the abortion argument. Only once before have I seen abortion advocated for a pregnancy that was a result of rape and that was a BBC produced mini-series.
I also really appreciated that amidst such a serious and emotionally charged subject they could interject some humor. I loved Wilson’s, “Am I you? I don’t want to be you.”
And on a shallow note…OMG Hugh Laurie in a scarf! GUH. I mean, it’s a scarf, it shouldn’t do things to a person, but it did. I really hope someone got good screencaps of that and is making some icons.