House episode No. 100 is all about happiness: who has it, who wants it, who will probably never find it. It starts with a patient of the week who's had some controversial revelations about what makes life worth living and ends with Wilson finding a way to let go of his pain. In the middle, there's a lot of drama with Foreman and Thirteen, so to chat about the hundredth House, just
I'll get to Foreman and Thirteen in a second, because the story I liked most is that of Wilson and the patient of the week, a cancer researcher who was seemingly one experiment away from a cure when she had a health scare and decided to leave the profession in favor of activities that made her feel free and happy. Many of the doctors can't understand this (Kutner suggests that not helping people when you have the skills to do so is selfish), but Wilson has the hardest time of all. That's partially because, as an oncologist, he treats people this cure could help — but mostly because he's stuck. He's unfulfilled without Amber. He's living among her things, with books still open to the last page she read and coffee cups stained with her lipstick. So yeah, I'm a sap, but I'll admit it: Watching him wash off that mug is moving, darnit.
Meanwhile, the saga of Foreman and Thirteen reaches its fever pitch when Thirteen starts to suffer side effects from the switch to the new drug — serious ones, like a brain tumor that causes her to lose her sight. Foreman's torn: Does he admit he messed with the trial to get advice on how to treat Thirteen, or does he stay quiet and let the woman he may (or may not) love suffer? House actually covers for Foreman a lot, which is interesting to see; they've had their differences, but House doesn't want to see one of his ducklings go astray. Ultimately, the situation resolves itself: Thirteen gets her sight back, and Foreman doesn't lose his medical license. I am a little surprised that Thirteen takes Foreman back; she seems genuinely freaked out when she realizes a man she'd been dating for two weeks would risk his career for her. But I guess near-death experiences cause all sorts of revelations.
This episode also shows us Cuddy at her most malicious. She's out to physically hurt House, making him climb stairs and walk cane-free (or, rather, using the janitor's bucket). She blames him for taking her away from her daughter right when she was starting to feel a connection — but in the end, he points out that she's making a choice to work with him. She could leave and let a new boss take over. But for whatever reason, she won't go.
Some other thoughts:
- I wonder if Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer cared that Cameron and Chase were nowhere to be found.
- It's oddly fitting that an off-color comment about Cuddy's "Aunt Flo" leads House to a diagnosis.
- I find interludes with Taub and his wife a little distracting, because it's been so long since I last had to care about his personal life.
- My favorite line of the night is what Cuddy says to House when he comes in with the janitor's bucket: "I don't remember demoting you."
- My second-favorite: "It involves House, Foreman, and Thirteen, which means it's either dumb, dangerous, or tragic."
- House calls his cane "little Little Greg."
Were you satisfied with this as episode No. 100? And if you were House's boss, would you have quit by now?
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