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House Recap: Season Five, Episode Six, "Joy"

House Rundown: Episode Six, "Joy"

The title of this episode of House ends up loaded with meaning: It's the potential name of the baby that Cuddy so desperately wants; it's a major component of the case; and it may be the emotion we're supposed to feel when something big happens in the final minutes. Am I being too vague? Well, this is one episode I wouldn't want to spoil, so to chat about it, just

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First, the kiss. Or rather, it should be The Kiss, because of the anticipation and the significance it carries. On the list of those who want House and Cuddy to be together, I've never been near the top, but when they kissed in this episode — in a moment of great desperation for Cuddy — it actually felt right. It also felt . . . well, hot. Their back-and-forth relationship is one of the show's strong points, but I was still surprised by how their chemistry oozed from the screen the moment they locked lips. What did or didn't happen in their past is something I could speculate about for hours, but they have some kind of bond, something that would make Cuddy turn to House in her worst moments (and House be there for Cuddy, a shockingly human action that's typically outside his wheelhouse). Do I want them to be together? Eeeeeh, I don't know. But sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, right?

The episode's strongest material is what leads us to that kiss — namely Cuddy saving, and then losing, her adoptive baby. It's the first truly Cuddy-focused episode in a while, and the writers made up for her absence by giving her some powerful scenes: Willfully ignoring House's insistence that she doesn't actually want to be a mother; forcing Cameron to admit the baby's mother even though there appears to be nothing wrong; hollering "Cry, Joy, cry!" in the delivery room when it looks like the baby might not make it. And then there's the way that story ends: The mother decides that, with this baby, she can turn her life around and be the strong, independent woman Cuddy has inspired her to be. The shot of Cuddy slumped against the wall in her half-painted nursery, eyes red but too stunned to cry, is completely heartbreaking.

Meanwhile, what I love about this episode's case — about a father and daughter who were essentially sleepwalking and who also couldn't feel happiness — is the way it's shot. All those long looks into empty rooms, those first paranoia-inducing moments with the dad alone in his kitchen, the close-ups on dilated pupils . . . it felt like I was watching a horror film. Very cool cinematography there.

Some other thoughts:

  • So, Thirteen knows her coke. Huh. Not entirely surprising, given last week.
  • House's insults to Cuddy were particularly harsh this episode: "You're not equipped to handle a real kid, let alone a factory second" was bad; "If you take in strays, don't be surprised by the worms" was worse.
  • From now on, I will think of Kutner as Skutner. Nice pseudonym.
  • Another interesting character note: Taub doesn't want kids, nor does he think single people should have them.
  • Nice to see that House is back to taking food from Wilson's hand. Also, it was hilarious to see Wilson call House on the way House used him: "I just gave you your answer, right?" "Now you're going to walk away without saying a word, right?"

What did you think? Will this earn Lisa Edelstein an Emmy nod? And what did you make of The Kiss?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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srslyallison srslyallison 8 years
i've been gunning for some huddy since the beginning, but their back-and-forth is too much fun for an actual relationship. when the relationship finally DOES happen, it's just gonna be like '...well. what now?' cause where do you go with that, y'know? obviously there can be drama with a relationship, but after five years of chasing, i dunno...i rather liked watching the chase, haha. and maybe it's just i love wilson to death, but when he was just like 'it's not cancer', haha...it was funny.
srslyallison srslyallison 8 years
i've been gunning for some huddy since the beginning, but their back-and-forth is too much fun for an actual relationship. when the relationship finally DOES happen, it's just gonna be like '...well. what now?' cause where do you go with that, y'know? obviously there can be drama with a relationship, but after five years of chasing, i dunno...i rather liked watching the chase, haha.and maybe it's just i love wilson to death, but when he was just like 'it's not cancer', haha...it was funny.
stardelice stardelice 8 years
I think Lisa Edelstein is pregnant. She looked to have a tinny bump in the part where she meets the baby's mother, where she's just wearing a black top. And then when she's in her robe, its more noticeable.
stardelice stardelice 8 years
I think Lisa Edelstein is pregnant. She looked to have a tinny bump in the part where she meets the baby's mother, where she's just wearing a black top. And then when she's in her robe, its more noticeable.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
Great episode. The kiss didn't feel right to me either, maybe because it was so awkward. I like 13, she was so much better than Cameron. Cameron is the single most annoying character on TV, 13 is way more interesting. Chase being back fulltime would be good though. I do agree though that Kal Penn is being being underutilized as Kutner right now.
cibele cibele 8 years
I liked the kiss. I cried during the whole episode, i felt really bad for Cuddy. She has so much love to give and really think she shouldn't give up on having a kid.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I hate 13 too. Why isn't she gone already?!
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
This episode was so mind blowing that my head hurt after it was finish. I hate 13 and I really wish she would leave. Taub kinda got me mad about the whole single parent thing, but then again that is how some people are. He was so innocent about getting coke. I thought House was just being House and I loved it when they showed Wilson. I felt bad for Becca especially after she gave birth because they kept her in a dark room. I kinda feel bad for Cuddy and my mom believes that Lisa is pregnant and that maybe she'll get pregnant with House's baby. It was an amazing episode and the whole no happiness thing was priceless. The dad was hot. He kinda reminded me of Jack Nicholson. The end was cute where the dad and Sam were playing with each others' hair. My favorite part was when Wilson told House he gave him the answer and he is going to walk away without saying anything because that happens in like every episode! I can't wait for the next episodes [have to wait 2 weeks! :( ] because Wilson tells Cuddy that he likes her and it is obviously just because he knows House will act like a little kid and try to steal her away. That is what I believe anyway.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I LOVED the eppy, I LOVED the kiss. But I'm not sure I want Cuddy and House together either.
verily verily 8 years
I was honestly not blown away by the kiss. I don't know. They have definite chemistry, but it just didn't feel...right. I am interested in seeing the aftermath. Please tell me that Wilson isn't secretly lusting after Cuddy for reals...maybe some sort of Cyrano de Bergerac thing. I know he's tried to date her before by way of 'not dating' her, but they don't have much chemistry except when playing mommy & daddy to House.
verily verily 8 years
I was honestly not blown away by the kiss. I don't know. They have definite chemistry, but it just didn't feel...right. I am interested in seeing the aftermath. Please tell me that Wilson isn't secretly lusting after Cuddy for reals...maybe some sort of Cyrano de Bergerac thing. I know he's tried to date her before by way of 'not dating' her, but they don't have much chemistry except when playing mommy & daddy to House.
imelda13 imelda13 8 years
graylen - you perfectly wound-together the episode for me. Just a perfect synopsis. And hello - I've never been more thankful for YouTube. Not only have I watched "It" a million times, but our DVR cut off right during the end...phew. I think I'll go watch it now...
imelda13 imelda13 8 years
graylen - you perfectly wound-together the episode for me. Just a perfect synopsis. And hello - I've never been more thankful for YouTube. Not only have I watched "It" a million times, but our DVR cut off right during the end...phew. I think I'll go watch it now...
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
Is Lisa Edelstein pregnant?The episode was great. I think Lisa Edelstein did a great job. The kiss was hot, but only for this episode, it will be to weird if it continues.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
Is Lisa Edelstein pregnant? The episode was great. I think Lisa Edelstein did a great job. The kiss was hot, but only for this episode, it will be to weird if it continues.
Gracieboo Gracieboo 8 years
ifalardeau - I think you're thinking of Something's Gotta Give. Anyway, I totally LOVED the kiss!!! House was trying to discourage her from adopting throughout the whole show. Why? Yes, he's an a** but I think he wants to give her one the old-fashioned way! I was surprised that Cuddy kissed him back so fiercely. I kept expecting her to stop and slap him. And the upcoming previews!?! What's Wilson doing? Has he really had a thing for Cuddy (I ALWAYS saw them as friends and nothing more)or is he just screwing with House now that House might actually be semi-happy with a woman?
Gracieboo Gracieboo 8 years
ifalardeau - I think you're thinking of Something's Gotta Give.Anyway, I totally LOVED the kiss!!! House was trying to discourage her from adopting throughout the whole show. Why? Yes, he's an a** but I think he wants to give her one the old-fashioned way! I was surprised that Cuddy kissed him back so fiercely. I kept expecting her to stop and slap him. And the upcoming previews!?! What's Wilson doing? Has he really had a thing for Cuddy (I ALWAYS saw them as friends and nothing more)or is he just screwing with House now that House might actually be semi-happy with a woman?
graylen graylen 8 years
I thought the kiss was good because it was realistic... kisses like that always seem to happen when emotions are shot, you look like hell and it's just human need pulling human response. I liked that they reacted to it by just being awkward. Lisa Edelstein did a great job in this episode. I also agree that the cinematography was fantastic. You could feel the emptiness of those people.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
SUCH A GOOD EPISODE. I agree with you about the cinematography with the father and daughter too, it was stunning. I usually never care about the medical storyline, but I did this one. and whoaaaaaa the kiss!!!! :faint:
lfalardeau lfalardeau 8 years
I disagree about the kiss--I thought it was akward! I am rooting for a "Huddy" romance, but the kiss just looked awful. Kind of like when Diane Keaton was making out with Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets.
bunnychick bunnychick 8 years
The old team needs to reunite...Taub, Kutner, and Thirteen have had their run. Time for them to go away!
seven7 seven7 8 years
I hope Cuddy will get another adoptive baby, I was so sad for her, and I don't even have the urge to have any kids myself. Any other episode I might have thought the kiss was right, but it did not feel right after all that happened in this one...
seven7 seven7 8 years
I hope Cuddy will get another adoptive baby, I was so sad for her, and I don't even have the urge to have any kids myself. Any other episode I might have thought the kiss was right, but it did not feel right after all that happened in this one...
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I agree with Allyace. Bring back the old characters! Taub is a tool, Thirteen is just drama, and I always forget Kutner is even there, lol!
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