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House Recap: Episode Seven, "The Itch"

House Rundown: Episode Seven, "The Itch"

On this week's House, a few of our doctors have some major fears to confront. We finally see Chase and Cameron together again, seemingly at a crossroads in their relationship. Meanwhile, House and Cuddy reach a crossroads of their own after their surprising kiss. This episode wastes no time picking up in the awkward aftermath of that smooch, and it builds to an intriguing ending, so to talk about it,

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For an episode that's all about avoidance, in the end we're left with only one coward: House. Every story in this episode has at its heart a major (if irrational) fear — that of leaving the house, of letting someone deeper into your life, of pursuing a long-simmering relationship. And, though the paths to get there are winding, everyone in this episode beats those fears except House. As Cameron's clearing out a drawer for Chase, and the patient is taking his first steps outside, we see House so very nearly ringing Cuddy's doorbell but then turning and slinking away. Why is House so afraid?

It's odd because, as Wilson points out, House's entire worldview is that everything falls apart in the end, anyway. So why should a presumed outcome of "guaranteed breakup, guaranteed ugliness" keep House from exploring something that could bring him temporary pleasure? To be fair, it's not like Cuddy is exactly running to House with open arms; in her conversation with Wilson — after Wilson has tried, hilariously but unsuccessfully, to convince Cuddy he has feelings for her to make House jealous — she essentially plays out the entire future she sees for her and House. "We'd realize the flirty hostility is just hostility," she says, and they wouldn't speak for two months.

Even though I'm not sure I want House and Cuddy to be in a real relationship, their reluctance to do so is particularly interesting against the backdrop of the other stories in this episode, in which people who have been burned before finally suck it up and move on. Cameron lost her husband, but she finally clears a little space for Chase. The patient lost his girlfriend, but he takes his first tentative steps back into the outdoors. And even Taub's wife decides to forgive his infidelity, or at least momentarily take up with him on the couch. House is the only holdout.

Some other thoughts:

  • Still mulling over all the symbolism of House's maybe-metaphorical mosquito bite. Seems like the sort of thing someone should write a pseudo-scholarly paper about: Was the itch real? Why didn't he just swat the dang bug? Etc.
  • It's nice to get a status update on Chase and Cameron's relationship, but I'd prefer to see them together a little more frequently. Before Cameron laid out the details in that first call with House, I wasn't even 100 percent sure they were still a couple.
  • Loved Wilson's childlike reaction to House's "I kinda hit that" — "Like making out? Or full-on sex?" House's awesome response: "I've got a chart laid out with all the bases. I'll take you through it."
  • Really, Taub is the best surgeon on the team?

So, what's your take? Is House a coward, or is he right that being with Cuddy would just be miserable for everyone? And why isn't Cuddy being more proactive? Were you happy to see Chase and Cameron together, or did it just remind you of how little we still know about the new team?

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amybdk amybdk 8 years
My favorite part in the show is when Big Star started playing at the very end. Great song to end the episode with. ("I'm in love with a girl..The finest girl in the world...I didn't know I could feel this way") Not sure if House and Cuddy should get together, however, I think it is painfully obvious that House is missing something.
cibele cibele 8 years
I loved some Chase and Cameron. But i still wish some more, they are my favorite characters and my favorite couple! I think Chase grew a lot more mature and it was really nice of him to say he wouldn't chase her anymore. Yay, Chase!
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
I didn't think that this was the best episode, but it was okay. I'd forgotten how annoying Cameron could be. Honestly, by the end I was begging Chase to break up with her. House was tip top in the one liner department, with the whole 'hit-that' conversation with Wilson. Also loved Cuddy and Wilson's conversation, thought is was right on key and would be exactly what Wilson would do. I'm a Huddy shipper, but I honestly don't want them to get together. Also, I think the House mosquito thing was about wanting something, but not being able to get it, and I think the realisation that he could. Before obviously he backed out like a little girl. I absolutely wanted him to get to the door (at least) and just have Cuddy answer it and then him walk away.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
*Chase. Typo day!
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
*Chased
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I'm probably in the minority that Cuddy and House shouldn't get together and it's not because of the job. I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but House kinda has a bad reputation when it comes to women. Also, I think that's way out of character for him. He's a lot like Sherlock Holmes (which he and the show are based off of, by the way). Cuddy is more like House's babysitter/keeper and I don't think it would work at all. The thought of House with any female is just a tad scary. I think when he says he's "fine" being alone, he really is fine. If they did break up, it would make the series very messy, I think, since they both are important characters. I do want to see more Chace/Cameron. I do wish Cameron would go back to her darker color. Blonde just washes her out and doesn't look right on her.
seven7 seven7 8 years
I'd prefer Wilson with Cuddy, and I would love to see more of Chase and Cameron together as well. For some reason I'm still disappointed the actors ended their engagement in real life...
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
why does house have to be so scared/stupid? i wanted him to ask her on a date so badly.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
House may be afraid that his relationship with Cuddy just might work and then what? Loved Wilson trying to convince Cuddy that he has feelings for her. Honestly, I wonder if he is trying to convince himself that he really doesn't. Happy to learn more about Cameron's past; maybe now that she's cleaned out that big drawer for Chase, we'll see more of them as a couple outside of the hospital setting. Looking forward to seeing how House works sorts out his feelings in the next few weeks.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I think Cuddy and Wilson are much better together. I wish they'd just get rid of Chase and Cameron. Not liking the mopey House.
infusedwithspice infusedwithspice 8 years
Loved Cuddy and Wilson . . . let's just have sex outside House's office! Hilarity! I like Chase and Cameron and like Buzz, I want to see more of them actually interacting. I was left with the same odd feeling about the bug bite, what does it all mean? So existential . . .
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I SO want House and Cuddy to get together. Even if it does blow up eventually, that still would make for interesting TV. :) I was nearly yelling at my TV at the end when House was outside Cuddy's place and then walked away. :P
juiceejuice juiceejuice 8 years
well taub was a plastic surgeon, so in that sense, he probably is the best out of the team. cameron annoys me. she's my least favorite character.
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