I've never been a person who watched House for the supporting players, so this week's Foreman-centric episode was interesting for me. The medical story was an emotional rollercoaster that ended up giving a lot of insight into his character, and I'm curious to see how the outcome affects him going forward.
The patient this week is a woman who collapses while gambling. Foreman hears her list of jobs — pet store, then unemployment, then selling subscriptions door-to-door, then unemployment — and judges her as a drug-using con artist like the ones he knew back when he was a bad boy. The point about Foreman turning his life around is driven home further when his parents show up; his mom is losing her memory, and Foreman hasn't visited in eight years, so his dad has decided they should come to him.
Meanwhile, Wilson's second ex-wife, Bonnie, arrives on the scene, trying to convince Wilson to take custody of their dog, Hector. To see what happens from there,
House tells Wilson that he asked Cuddy to a play, but she begged off, and that must mean that Cuddy wasn't interested in the play last time — just in Wilson. "You cannot see her socially," House says, and Wilson says he'll take that under advisement as soon as he's done taking her to an art exhibit. House tells Cuddy he knows she's blowing him off for Wilson, and she responds by wondering why her social life is suddenly so hot. "You think you saw somebody else picking up your toy from the sandbox," she says, "and suddenly you want it." She tells him they're going to a gallery, not getting married, and House says Wilson always marries them in the end.
House gets Bonnie, a real estate agent, to take him to look at condos, all the while trying to figure out what it was like to date Wilson. She says they went out as friends first, to see plays or go to a museum (heh), and the attention was addictive, so it was a letdown when he became unavailable. We also learn that sex with Wilson is awesome, which, just, ew. Meanwhile, Wilson and Cuddy end up at an art exhibit with lots of bondage imagery.
House takes what Bonnie said and twists it, telling Wilson that he's bad in bed and if he wants to cut things off with Cuddy, he should sleep with her now. Bonnie then (finally) figures out that House doesn't want a condo and tells him that he was one of the biggest problems in her marriage to Wilson. When their dog was a puppy, she says, he always peed on the carpet, and she named him Hector because Hector Does Go Rug is an anagram for Doctor Greg House. Yeah, that's totally insane.
Meanwhile, Foreman becomes convinced that the woman has cancer and needs full-body radiation. She gets mad at Foreman for making assumptions about her life, and when House later asks her why she's so angry, she says Foreman thinks he's better than he is. And that's a statement that will come back to haunt Foreman, because the doctors realize that the woman has some kind of infection, and because the radiation shut down her immune system, she will die within the day.
I loved watching Foreman and House deal with their failure so differently: Foreman punches a wall; House wants to do medicine. But Foreman asks House to spare the woman the pain of more tests and goes to wait with her while she dies. He tells her she was right about him: He did put distance between them, but it was only because he knew there wasn't any.
Chase invites Foreman to get drunk, and when he begs off Chase suggests that Foreman pray. House, meanwhile, realizes they missed a scratch on the woman's back that allowed in the infection that killed her. House tells Foreman that for most doctors, this would be a once-in-a-lifetime mistake, but they're not like most doctors. In their brand of medicine, they'll kill a lot of people — but they'll also save many who would die in anyone else's hands.
Wilson invites House out to dinner, and House says he can't — he has a dog waiting. Foreman, meanwhile, goes to his parents' hotel room and confesses to his mom that he hurt someone. She comforts him until Foreman asks if she knows who he is. She doesn't; when he says his name, she says she has a little boy named Eric, too. Sigh. It's been a while since we've had a sad storyline on House, but they do tragic well.
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