One Shot Fic: Correct Us 2/2
Abby McCarthy
megalisa

PART 1/2

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House didn’t visit Tom during the weekend. He stayed away from him, now that he had all the information he wanted and aware there was nothing more to be done, avoiding another life lesson about how he was missing out on Cuddy.

He steered clear of Cuddy as much as possible. She sensed something was up, but he was busying himself with new cases, at least doing his job, so she didn’t bother him. Besides, Tom’s condition was deteriorating fast, so she wanted to try and make sure his last days would be as comfortable and pleasant as could be under the circumstances.

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Cuddy had time alone at home. She thought she’d be able to put things in perspective during the couple of days off work, but her exchange with House kept haunting her. She found herself surprised when she didn’t think about Tom.  Her thoughts mainly focused on House, his words, his latest behaviors and rather bold advances.

Seeing Tom again had uplifted her in a very special way. At first, she thought it was the recollection of her student days, but then she was honest with herself.  She was letting her memories of another man pop back to the surface. Cuddy had made a conscious effort to keep anything personal and related to House locked in a box in her mind.  Tom had meant more to her than a fling with a professor; he was significant in regards to her history with House. He’d been her rebound, a lengthy and challenging adventure to help cope with the abandonment. Being around Tom had stir up all those feelings she’d tried to bury in the back of her heart for nearly two decades.

When House had disappeared after their night together, she went through feelings of sadness and anger before claiming indifference. It’s wasn’t as if she was heartbroken or hurt for life, but she knew they had both felt more than they’d let on.  Their connection had gone beyond friendship of the flesh. Although she wasn’t naïve, she didn’t expect things to end so abruptly. But that was the first lesson to learn about House.  He was more unpredictable and out of reach than anybody she’d ever meet. Yet they had adored and annoyed each other for a semester and during one passionate night, hence, her strong need to throw herself into her studies and aggressively pursue another man once he was gone. It would take her years to discover he’d been just as desolated.  He’d wanted to figure out where things could go.

Tom passed the following Wednesday.

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It took a while for Cuddy to open her front door. When she spotted House, she just wanted to shut the door in his face as much as run into his arms. They’d been aloof for the past few days and she’d found herself lonely, missing him.  Tonight, she was even more aware of her emotions. A part of her had been hoping he’d come to annoy her, to nag her about Tom, or ask if she’d been wearing braids and a tie with that school girl uniform. She had longed for the diversion, the bright wit that only House could provide. He was finally here, at her doorstep, looking awkward and uncomfortable. Why?

“I’m sorry,” he said.  “I screwed up.”

House held her red eyes with his. Cuddy sighed, offering a weak yet warm smile that told him she was far from holding him responsible. What she was seeing on his face and in his body language told her it had taken courage for him to show up at her door. The fact his stung ego was not big enough to keep him from checking on her, tugged at her heart. He was clearly worried about her.  She could tell by the way he was examining her face more intensely than usual, the way his mouth indicated he wanted to speak but refrained.  He was too careful, too uncertain; he was unaware of what he should say to make her feel better and not worse.  He was unable to utter trivialities he didn’t believe just to make her feel better. But under the dim light coming from her living room, his blue eyes reflected a tenderness that was made her soften toward him.

“You didn’t screw up. There was nothing anybody could have done,” she said, trying to rationalize as she walked into her living room, implicitly permitting him to follow.  “He was an important man, at an important moment. And I feel lucky I was able to know him and have him in my life for a while.”

“Are we still talking about him?” Cuddy turned swiftly to face him, the short ease of their present exchange replaced by wariness. Of course he’d come here to toy with her, to make it about himself, she thought.

“Why are you here House?” Cuddy was tired, emotionally drained, unable and not disposed to playing games. So she went for something direct and she wouldn’t let him cop out this time.

“To play doctor? You be the slutty nurse and I’ll make house calls. I could ring your bell again to make it more real.” Cuddy started to walk away, towards her bedroom. He went after her. “Come on Cuddy. I’m kidding, you know this.”

“I have no patience for jokes tonight House. As you can see, I’m fine.  You can go now. Thank you for stopping by and good night.”

She went to her bedroom.

He followed her.

She was resting on her bed, curled up in a fetal position, her back to him. He dropped his leather jacket on one of the posts at the foot of the bed and walked around to stand in front of her. He had not been in her bedroom since his meticulous search a few years back when he saved her handy man.

Cuddy looked away, not paying attention to him.  She only seemed to acknowledge him when the mattress moved as he sat down beside her. He was still surprised he’d made it this far.

“He meant a lot to you.” House stated. “I’m sorry he’s dead.”

“No you’re not! You’re just saying this because you’re trying to tell me what I want to hear. That’s not you. You didn’t even like the guy.”

“I’m trying here Cuddy.” She looked at him, regretting her words. They both settled down a bit. “Besides, what’s not to like? Thanks to that chap, I’ve learned more about your dirty little secrets in a week than in twenty years.” Cuddy rolled her eyes. “Plus, he’s dead so it’s not like he can come back as competition, or fight for seconds.” Cuddy shook her head, a little shocked but mainly charmed at his implication and flattery.

Even in her fragile state, she knew better than to take him serious, yet she still wondered if this meant he wanted more. Did he want her, or did he just not want anybody else to have her?  How could she tell with this complicated and reserved man?

As for House, he was feeling pleased with himself for helping her relax.  He hardly noticed he was making himself at home lying on her bed, now fully on his side.

Cuddy shared a couple of funny memories of Tom, welcoming his sarcastic comments. It was a moment rarely experienced between them. They were usually only raw and unguarded in the heat of an argument or when life - usually his - was at stake, and never as they reminisced.

But then Cuddy implied Tom had been her rebound after House, the man she had set her mind on in an effort to move on from him.

At one point, all talking was brought to a standstill when Cuddy poked him on the chest after a borderline comment and he grabbed her hand as she pulled away.  He began to play with it when he realized she was not resisting.

House brought her hand close to his stubbled cheek, taking hold of it with the hand that was supporting his head. He slowly started to trace his way up her arm and neck to her face with his knuckle. His large hand palmed the side of her face, his fingers slid in her soft hair, grazing her earlobe, sending shivers down her spine. They both gulped as their mouths seemed to want the same thing.

Eyes fixed on each other, House’s nose came in contact with the side of hers as his hand guided her head, placing her exactly where he wanted her.

House rested his forehead against Cuddy’s, savoring an instant of respite. They were teased by the anticipation. They were relishing in the instant before a common dream was about to make room for reality.

He kissed her.

His soft lips were gently rediscovering hers, enjoying their fullness. He was resisting the sudden urge to bite on her swollen lower lip.  It was so soft and moist, almost trembling from a mix hesitation and enthusiasm. He decided to further probe her mouth with his tongue, and they engaged in a dance that got them both breathless and grappling, as if their now passionate kiss were frustratingly not enough.

House was greedy, relishing the way Cuddy was quick to respond to him. He enjoyed how she was quickly opening up for him and becoming as ravenous as he felt. He brought her body close to his, letting them both feel the effect they had on each other.  He had begun to caress her back when a realization suddenly startled him.

“Cuddy, stop!” the confusion and hurt from his rejection displayed on her face made him sick to his stomach. “You’re emotional and vulnerable and if we do this, I don’t want to be the mistake you think you’ve made when you wake up tomorrow.” Cuddy searched for his tell, but he wasn’t lying. She held the side of his face in her hand and kissed his lips softly before resting her head on his chest. Her breathing slowly regained a normal rhythm while his hand sweetly began to stroke her arm and shoulder. Both House and Cuddy melted into each other, finding familiar ease and comfort for more reasons they could consider at the moment. Such simple bliss felt so foreign to them.  

“Thank you for being here,” She murmured.

He kissed her forehead, breathing in the scent of her hair, holding her closer to him. “I make a point of never leaving you alone for too long. Annoying you is way too fun.”

She chuckled and looked up to see him genuinely grinning at her, a grin so earnest it felt like he’d saved it for years just for her.  She felt his breathing stop, his heart pounding beneath the hand resting on his chest.  They were breathless in anticipation of what they were on the brink of setting in motion, again.

It took everything he had in him to stick to his resolution and do the right thing, as opposed to what his whole body desired. “I’ll be on the couch if you need me.”

He didn’t leave her a choice. If he did, she would be less resolute and he would have caved. He wanted to be there for her but he couldn’t be near her to do it. He respected her confused and flimsy state too much to take any chance of crossing any boundaries that would damage a possible future. She might desire him with the same sensations currently consuming him, but he couldn’t be sure it was real under the circumstances.

House made it to the living room and lay down on the couch after removing his shirt and his shoes. He had trouble falling asleep. He was still so worked up from kissing Cuddy.  He couldn’t possibly find a release there on her couch while she was so close; she’d hear him. The ache he was forced to endure caused him to reflect on his relationship with her. During the past couple of years, he’d made it his mission to ruin every date he was aware she’d been on; he’d recalled more and more specific details about their past; he’d found himself thinking of her differently than before, and more often.  He’d started flirting more strongly with her; he felt like they were in an informal, undeclared and unclear relationship, more than friendship, yet remaining platonic. If he stopped lying to himself, he could admit just how much he wanted to change that last part.

Close to a sleepless hour passed before House took matters into his hands and headed back to her room ‘just to check on her’ he told himself.

Much to his surprise and appreciation, when he arrived at her door, he found her fully awake and sitting at the foot of the bed.  What really provoked a feeling of satisfaction in him was the way she was touching his leather jacket.  Not only was she feeling the material leisurely and acutely, but she had brought the collar to her face to inhale his scent.  The jacket covered the top of her bare legs and House stood patiently observing her.   When he saw the fond grin crack on her face, obviously pleased with the smell of him, he thought he would lose it.

He barged in and stood at the door, awaiting her reaction at being caught. She didn’t even try to hide or deny. She looked at him with fierce want, and that was his cue to put behind his resolution and go for what he wanted.

He approached her, coming to stand in front of her. “If this is what you truly want, forget the jacket.” He took the garment away from her and dropped it on the floor. “Go for the real deal.” His words were confident, but his face was timid, full of noticeable self-doubt. Cuddy looked at him, clearly motivated; while he was assertively unbuckling his pants, letting them slide to his feet.

House was towering over Cuddy, his eyes set on her, her gaze unwaveringly skimming his almost naked body. He was scared to believe in the look he saw on her face. That look told him she was more attracted to him than he ever thought possible. Her look told him she found him beautiful, and that she longed for him.

Surely he was reading her wrong. In all their years of banter and guarded closeness, teasing her about wanting him, he could never be sure he was right.  He had only hoped. At this moment, her eyes were giving him all the confirmation he needed, and what scared him the most was the prospect of her being able to decipher the reciprocity in his own eyes. A part of him wanted her to finally know how much he wanted her so they would stop playing games and being afraid.  Another part of him was terrified of the unknown territory their relationship would enter.

As she was lying on the bed, with only a robe covering her tiny body, her naked shoulder caressed by the black locks falling from her titled head, he found himself wanting access to the tender spot on her exposed neck. He lowered himself to straddle her, and he could sense the increase in her yearning.

He slowly grazed the side of her face with his own while nibbling on her earlobe, before covering the reachable part of her neck with his unrestrained mouth. His lips, his teeth, his tongue were all marking her thin flesh.   She could feel her pulsing blood flow and her rapidly rising breathing, and her hands slid over his head, stroking him, encouraging him as he was descending into her cleavage. He nipped delicate kisses on her breasts and rose to meet her eyes again.

“Cuddy…” And he grabbed her face to kiss her with an intensity he could no longer hold back.

He thought about how he was granted the chance to make up for all their heated arguments, to fulfill the flirting moments.  He’d wanted to do this to her every single time and now that he could, he was going to make the most of it. Cuddy was right there with him, responding to his every kiss, bite, and lick.  She was pliable under the ministrations of his demanding mouth and bold in expressing her own thirst.

House was pressed down on Cuddy, trapping her underneath him.

Her robe was too much to bear, even opened; he needed it off of her. House had been so alone, left without the tenderness of a woman he cared about, that now the soft feel of her negligee was foreign to him. He felt overwhelmed. He wanted to bury himself in this softness forever. It meant being close to her, touching her, knowing her intimately, being in her life. It didn’t mean hard business sex and a cold bed. He realized he wanted to be with her and sleep besides her as much as he wanted to be buried inside her.

Because it was Cuddy, at this moment he was letting himself be overwhelmed, be hopeful, be helpless, and maybe even joyful.

Cuddy’s arms were now garment free and she didn’t waste time.   She wrapped them around House, feeling the warm muscles of his torso. She gasped at the contact with him, opening her eyes to look into his. She suddenly wanted to feel his chest crushing hers, flesh to flesh, heart to heart, bared and raw against one another with no physical barrier holding them back. She wanted their emotions to be set free.

It took her the time to figure this out to notice that House was already ahead of her. One of his strong hands was glued to her leg bent at his side, making its way back and forth from her ankle to her butt cheek, feeling her toned, soft skin. Cuddy couldn’t recall the last time she’d felt such deep and sweet attention to this part of her body. House was really exploring her thoroughly, making sure not to leave any area unattended, as if memorizing her, stocking up in case he wouldn’t get the privilege of holding her again. He also wanted to show her his appreciation, his respect and his care for her. He had no choice but the make the most of his time with her and make it all worth their while. They had earned it.

The tension created from their common need was rising quickly between them.  They soon put in motion a desperately frantic and pleasing dance that left no room for reason in the push to a satisfactory goal. House pulled the satin that was separating them over Cuddy’s head, revealing her naked body. He had to remember to start breathing again. He admired her delicate shoulders spiking as she raised herself onto her arms on the bed.  But the sight that captivated him and brought him fully to life was the vision of her creamy and magnificent perfect breasts offered up to him, at last.

House examined them, heaving before him, seemingly firm and full. It took him a slight nod of approval from Cuddy following his own silent praise to authenticate his theory. They were definitely the greatest set he’s ever had access to. He made it his mission to grant them the deserved gentle consideration that had been titillating him every time he had ogled her cruelly clad cleavage. House was alternating his gaze between Cuddy’s face and her boobs, checking out the effect of his every caress on her. It was then that he felt her pull on his shoulders, drawing him closer, and he didn’t have to be begged to claim her peaking buds with his mouth. Lightly squeezing her breasts together from each side, he held them to him, making sure to latch on to them, almost afraid she would slip away from him. Cuddy was running her fingers through his hair as he was flicking her responsive rigid peaks, alternating from one to the other and using the tips of his thumb and index fingers to provide a full sensation to the one deprived of his mouth. Cuddy had been gasping the second his tongue came in contact with her nerves, and she could feel a string stir within her core and her clit, much like House’s well-endowed throb on her thigh.

House’s hand was soon travelling to her abdomen, down her panties and Cuddy found his slow pace excruciating, which obliged her to guide him towards what she was seeking.  He grinned against her skin. The fact that she was bossy even in the bedroom was awfully enchanting to him and he couldn’t help wanting to obey every order she would give him in this instant. He cupped her mound over her panties, patting her just where she liked but only enough to tease her. But when he felt Cuddy getting restless, he slipped under the rim of her satin panties and palmed the syrupy moisture coating her whole swollen sex. The realization that he caused such stimulation and arousal had him look at her in awe.

“Cuddy, you’re killing me.” He whispered stroking her smoothly, watching her animation gradually build. She grabbed his forearms with both hands as if to prevent him from stopping. He could feel her tight grip on his limb but also the slickening resulting from his touch. He couldn’t stay like this. He had to have more of her.

“I need to smell you…I want to taste you…and I’m going to feel you.” He detailed to her with more craving than she had ever heard. And he removed her panties with the same swift motion it took him to place his head between her thighs. Cuddy whimpered from the anticipation and the loss of contact where she needed him.

“House…” Cuddy ached.

It was Cuddy’s turn to remember how to breathe when she saw House look up at her before diving in and taking his first lap. He went in raw and rough right away, not giving her the chance to accommodate to his hunger. She was struggling to keep up with the immense pleasure he was giving her. Humming his appreciation while lapping at her, and with his eyes never leaving her face, she crumbled before him, enjoying his ministration and feeling beset from his power.

She enjoyed seeing him enjoy himself, watching her come apart because of him.

House held Cuddy down by trapping each of her thighs, spreading her apart for him, keeping her open and acquiescent. He was feasting on her, licking her all over and tasting her core, spending more time on areas and moves that pleased her the most. When he insisted on circling her most sensitive spot, she squirmed and squealed from pleasure, pushing her hips to receive more of his gifted devotion. Cuddy was soon losing herself in his mouth, the doting effect of his tongue and lips affecting her more than she thought possible. Her moans were filling his ears with the succulent sounds of escalating passion he’d never imagined he’d ever hear from her again.

Cuddy involuntarily closed her eyes and pulled her head back, raising her chin to the sky.  Her thighs soon captured House’s head while holding onto the sheets reaching the supreme bliss delivered by his proficiency.

“Oh God, House!”  She was panting, still in ecstasy, swooning over the passionate upshot. House eased his contact with her and let her ride out her pleasure until sated.

When Cuddy regained some sort of consciousness, she brought his face back to hers and kissed him languidly without any restraint. She tasted herself on his lips, as if to make sure this had really happened but also as a way to show her content current condition and to acknowledge him as the one responsible for it.

Out of breath, they broke the kiss, and House rested his forehead against hers, basking in this exceptional moment of peace and gratification. She soon brought her hand to stroke his face while he kept holding her in his arms.

“How could you have waited twenty years to do this to me again?” She accused him in a sincere, sweet tone. He could tell she had been longing for him, and felt regret at being too terrified to do something about his own longing. He sighed and couldn’t bring himself to look at her.

“I don’t know. I was an idiot?” She chuckled insouciantly.

“We both were.” She said in all seriousness.

House felt he would explode if they didn’t resume their previous activities. He was grinding his crotch to hers, hoping to finally feel the molten part of her that surely was completely ready for him.

She took hold of his hardness and started to stroke him using the profuse dampness oozing from his tip. “Let me make you feel as good as you just made me feel,” she said to him.

“Later.” House uttered quickly surprising them both. “I can’t wait anymore. I need…we need…” He conceded as he was urging further contact with his hips.

Cuddy could feel House’s body boiling and burning from his trembling desire for her. She let go of him and wrapped herself around him, indicating she was plainly expecting and allowing him to take charge and indulge in what he had in mind. What they both had in mind, actually.  It was the same thing that had happened between them two decades ago on a cozy and casual winter night when they both believed they’d never have to wait so long for another night together.

He was rubbing his length over her silk slit, teasing them, spreading her dampness on her sensitive swollen bud with his hard head. They were both panting and a tremor ran through them yearning for more.  

“If you don’t want to come without me again, you better stop reminiscing.” Cuddy looked up at him, guilty. He had noticed how she was so turned on by the sweet stroke she might burst once more before he’d even filled her. “I’m with you though,” he whispered.  “I can still recall every little detail about that night: the way you looked, the way you smelt, the way you sounded, the way you moved, the way you felt, the way I was with you…in you…how you made me feel…for you.” The tale of their sexual exploits was firing them up. House was purposely working her up.

They had reached the point of no return.  There was no pretense.  House was about to forfeit their long time make believe friendship by turning their fantasies into reality.

“Please, House, just…” and he plunged inside her heat, unable to refrain the rough first thrust of his hips that couldn’t wait any longer. Her whine forgotten, she was whimpering from the stimulation of all her senses, responding to his primal growl at finally being able to take her the way he wanted. He was holding the base of her neck with one large hand, grasping urgently while his other hand cupped her ass to pull her into him.

They were closer than ever, limbs tangled together, and as his piercing blue eyes locked on hers, she felt so overwhelmed her mouth reached for his chin and her teeth jaggedly grazing his stubble. He went for her neck as his chest slid along her breasts, keeping her nipples permanently sensitized. His body pleasured hers and it was impossible to stay in control and she started to writhe under him. His hips met hers; hers copied his moves, involuntarily driving him impossibly wild.

Cuddy’s hands were too frenzied to even register what they were grabbing, but House felt her nails planted, digging into the hard flexed muscle of his ass. This was the lioness he recalled. While her other arm covered his whole upper body alternating from his arm and shoulder to finish on his neck, he was at the stage of pounding deeply and slowly into her. His need and want for her taunted him but made him willing to take the challenge. He was savoring her like a scarce sober euphoria, making sure to feel everything about her there was to feel.

“Cuddy…you feel…unbelievable.” House was grunting between his teeth. She cried out in sync with her walls contracting around him at the sound of his voice so sweetly expressing how much he was enjoying her. He had unleashed a chain reaction within her that was impossible to stop. She was grinding hurriedly under him, trying to get the most of this man she had mused about so many times. He was responding to her pace, their rhythm perfecting their dance. His hands and moves anticipated her every desire, not missing one bit of what she was giving him. He wanted to take it all and give it all to her. Their breaths caught together and limbs locked as if to never let go. Their loins were nearing soreness from the hysterical motions driving them closer to the edge.

“House, my God House, you’re incredible.” Cuddy felt so warm and undone melted with his body he was kicking himself for letting his fear take over his needs. He had been kept painfully away from her bliss.  House’s natural expertise unapologetically claimed her whole. She was his best; he made her his best, again. He was basking in the utmost harmony that he could only experience because it was Cuddy.

They were remembering together. They were rediscovering each other, finally raw and refined again, against one another, indulging their bodies and minds. Stuck together over the soft sheets with their hearts and flesh joined, they couldn’t pretend anymore.

Any act they were trying to pull or lies they were telling themselves were dropped the second they had kissed.  The confirmation came with the first thrust of House inside Cuddy, resulting in the commanding orgasm they were flying towards. House was chasing his ultimate contentment by hunting hers.

“My Cuddy, come with me.” He jaggedly told her on the brink of climax, and Cuddy came, lengthily, loudly, fastening around his body and squeezing his still sliding sex until she pulled him in her fall. House was capitulating in her arms, inside her, holding nothing back as evidenced by the way he was vocalizing his satisfaction.  He secured her enthusiastically, allowing them both to feel the ripples of their orgasms until serenity prevailed.     

They stayed tucked together for a while, almost drifting to sleep.

“We really are idiots!” Cuddy was startled. “Idiots who could be porn stars, but idiots nonetheless.” Cuddy snorted, not on the brink of sleep anymore. House pulled her closer to him so she could rest on his chest.  His arm encircled her.

“We’re still idiots who are amazingly good in bed.” She granted. House laughed and looked at her tenderly.

“So this is why you’ve been so resistant, you wanted to deprive me of the new tricks you’ve picked up since last time?”

“Yeah you’re so right, that was the reason.” She rolled her eyes. “And by the way, we were both already marvelous that night otherwise…”

“We were. But we’re still idiots!” Cuddy looked quizzical. “Idiots for waiting nineteen years to do it again.”

“Does that mean you don’t want to wait that long for the next time?”

“Exactly!” he barked.

They did not wait until morning for round two.

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House was standing in Cuddy’s kitchen, trapping her as she was seated on the counter while he was sipping his coffee. “There should be a reward for people who manage to finish a whole mug of your coffee,” he said, making a face.

She smiled. What else could she do? She wasn’t keen on coffee and rarely had the occasion to make it. She smiled wider when she found herself wishing to get the chance to improve her coffee-making skills in the future.

Cuddy bottomed up her tea and said nonchalantly “better hop in the shower or I’ll be late for work.” She headed back to her bedroom. House didn’t keep her wondering if her implication had been understood.  He went after her.

He was hoping to change her morning schedule from now on. “You are so going to be late.”

They made is as far as the couch.

~The END

One Shot Fic: Correct Us 1/2
Abby McCarthy
megalisa
This was written for help_lisa

Title: Correct Us
Author: megalisa
Recipient: dalilita
Rating: M
Prompt: one shot fic (more than 5000 words) - House & Cuddy romantic pairing, fluffy and/or angst, smut, happy ending...set near the end of Season 3. Somebody brings House and Cuddy closer.
Summary: Someone from Cuddy's past comes back to say goodbye. House is intrigued.

Many thanks to my silent editor :)

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He was checking his watch to time exactly how long she had been yelling at him. He had stopped listening to her about five minutes into her monologue and was now alternating between staring at her fancy clad - and heaving - cleavage, her glossy and fast moving full lips, the frown between her feisty, cloudy blue eyes and the perfume emanating from her luscious locks every time she’d shake her head at him. Coconut and citrus he was recalling from his close examination of her during their plane trip back from Asia.

She was intoxicating.

The party kept going on around them. It was the utmost formal spring auction benefit; in other words, Cuddy believed it was PPTH’s most important public event of the year. The lobby was transformed and everybody from donors to board members, from contributing medical professionals to professors was in attendance. And House, as always, was reluctant to comply with the usual requirements to make the hospital appealing, even though Cuddy had reduced his participation to the basic minimum. At least he showed, she thought, and he was looking half decent in what was probably the only suit he owned as opposed to the standard required tux. His latest rebellious efforts were noticeable in the tie missing from his open collar shirt.  It had the potential to divert her from the current task: getting him on that stage. She had already managed to stop the massacre from his many interactions, his so-called games, with anybody he could get a hold of since he had step foot in the hospital that evening. He had told her he was suffering from the worst case of boredom and she should be happy he had even showed up in the first place. “What else am I supposed to be doing?” He’d asked.

At some point, his attention diverted from her as his ever-observant-self started to detect an abnormality in the background. He raised his hand at her, indicating for her to stop her diatribe.

“Why is there an old man staring at your ass?”

Cuddy rolled her eyes and raised her eyebrows at him. Of course he wasn’t interested in what she had to say. Of course he would only care about the way she looked in that salacious silky silver gown she was wearing. There was no doubt in her mind that he thought she was simply stunning. She could tell he had noticed everything there was to notice the second he laid eyes on her, when she made her appearance and mingled at the party. He had been sitting at the bar scanning the crowd and had stopped gulping on his drink for the moment it took to fully register the spectacle of her presence.

“What else is new? Your eyes are always glued to my ass. Stop looking at my reflection on the clinic glass doors! And pay attention to what I’m telling you!” She continued her list of reprimands and instructions.

But House was becoming more intrigued with each step the old man took towards them.

“Good evening, kiddo!” They both heard in the middle of their spat.

At that moment, Cuddy froze, breathing cut, unable to utter another word, her face reflecting all the emotions she was going through. Her shock and wide eyes soon made room for a warm, large smile as she recognized the voice and turned around.

Of the many questions going through House’s head, the one he couldn’t mute: why had he never seen that pleased and eager expression on her face for him?

“Professor Sumner!” Cuddy said looking radiant as she reached for him. He held her hands and allowed her to press them onto his chest. She rose towards him on the tip of her toes as he leaned to salute her by kissing her cheek, lingering far too long for House’s liking.

“Come on Lize, none of that formality between us. How has my smartest and prettiest student been doing? I hear you’re this big shot Dean of Medicine now.” He stared confidently into her eyes, smirking warmly, knowing he had stroked her ego. He looked around. “Not too shabby!” She couldn’t repress another wide smile and on top of this, House could actually measure from the spark in her eyes how much praise from this man affected her. “I knew you’d be a star somewhere along the road, sooner than later.”

House couldn’t help but notice the familiarity between them and how Cuddy’s whole body seemed free of any of the tension he’d sensed earlier during their spat. She was rejuvenated, apparently excited, and he felt completely excluded from the twosome. He also wasn’t a fan of the contact that was still going on or the way they were literally drinking each other in. This man was clearly in-the-know of what was underneath her dress and she was too appreciative of his well groomed handsome figure all tuxedoed up.

“I’ve been pretty good. So what brings you to my hospital, Tom?”

“What? You don’t think of yourself as a good enough reason?” He teased. She laughed. And why was she blushing? House wondered. It was in that instant House decided to hate him. This guy was making her laugh, complimenting her at the same time with no holds barred. He visually was all that, and he knew what he was doing. In being this forward without hiding behind false pretenses and head scratching innuendos, he’d had more response in the last couple of minutes than House had in a decade. Just because House knew Cuddy was his number one fan for challenging banter, didn’t mean he wasn’t threatened by her responsiveness to the obvious straight forward flattery.

Cuddy sensed Thomas felt uncomfortable chatting with curious ears around. “Come on, let’s go to my office and catch up.” A puzzled look appeared on her face. What was he doing here and why did they need to be somewhere private to talk? She was now concerned, which didn’t go unnoticed by either House or Thomas.

“Gotta say kiddo, you were stunning back in your Uni days, but I never thought you’d turn out this gorgeous. Look at you!” He tried to change the mood, holding out his arm for her.

She took his arm, leaning towards him, and their bodies seemed to be in sync as they walked away. She was beaming beyond reason and she looked more beautiful than House had ever seen.  And it wasn’t because of him. At that moment, he decided he had to know more about the man who had just swept his boss off her feet, making her forget about the most important function of the year and the fact he was next on stage.

As Cuddy was led away towards the clinic entrance, House’s name was called into the microphone, cutting short his intent to follow her. He reluctantly made his way on stage and delivered a sharp and effective speech. There was no way he would waste time at a task that held no interest to him, nor would he make a scene that would prevent him from pursuing his new goal that involved Cuddy.

No later than eight minutes after Cuddy left him, he was situated outside Cuddy’s office.  He stood in the dark, attempting to eavesdrop on a conversation he was desperate to be privy.

‘Lize’ and Tom were sitting on her office couch, his back to the door, allowing House to see every single reaction from Cuddy. They were close, too close.  They were still touching each other. Cuddy was holding his hand on her lap, an obvious concerned expression on her face and making no efforts to hide it. He hated the way she seemed completely at ease and unguarded with this man.  He hated she didn’t feel that way with him, but he hated even more seeing her in such distress. For all their bantering and hurting, he possessed a strong protective urge for her that made him wish he could do something about her current pain. After all, if there was one feeling he was familiar with, it was pain, both physical and emotional.

Cuddy’s eyes were turning red and she started to sob, covering her mouth with her left hand in an attempt to hold herself together. Professor Sumner tilted his head and brought his large hand to her face, stroking away the few tears that had fallen on her cheek. She looked up at him and reached for his hand; her expression seemed to mirror his. House could read her lips uttering a frail “I’m sorry” and guessing from the weak smile she was returning, he was trying to ease her pain. The news wasn’t good, House imagined. But he didn’t have long to speculate before he saw their bodies draw closer to share a peck on the lips, which lead them into a lingering hug.

House’s cane-free hand turned into a fist. He then retracted to the back of the clinic hall where he observed them getting to their feet and heading for the door. The odd pair said their goodbyes and Cuddy held onto the clinic door for an instant watching him pass the hospital main entrance to leave. Her head fell a bit.  She looked beat, and he heard an indescribable noise coming from her. She was crushed. She must have decided against going back to the party, preferring to be alone in the quiet comfort of her office.

House broke the silence, making his presence known from the dim lit reception area.

“So what’s the deal with hands-on teacher? You look like a cheerleader crushing on the quarterback around him.” A startled Cuddy made her way back inside her office. He followed her.

Cuddy waited until she was seated at her desk to respond. She was either still flustered by the conversation, or blushing from his implication, but she stated boldly: “That actually sounds about right. Well, except you’d need to replace cheerleader with straight-A student…oh and quarterback by hotshot, handsome professor of endocrinology slash publicized specialist slash founder of the Sumner grant slash ….”

“OK, OK, I got the message. Funny, I always pictured little Lisa Cuddy falling for the biggest jerk on campus, never took her for the hot-for-teacher type.” House told her with a knowing subtle smirk, his eyes boring into hers, deliberately flirting to test her.

“You’ve always been the most brilliant jerk on campus or elsewhere, but it seems you haven’t read all the pages of my book.” Cuddy retorted a bit amused and daring; she was quite pleased with what she was implying. “It’s sweet I can still surprise you. It almost makes you look endearing and less offensive.” She smiled shyly before toning down her optimism. “That is if I didn’t know better.”

“You still haven’t answered my question.”

“He’s sick.” There was no point in lying. She knew he would eventually find out and she was not interested in turning this particular matter into one of his games. Cuddy grabbed the file he’d left her, to list a few of his symptoms. House was tilting his head left and right showing his disinterest. When she stopped, he raised his eyebrows for potential juicier details. “He wanted to see me one last time while he was still feeling strong enough to travel.”

“Strong enough to schtup you one last time sounds more like it!” House said salaciously. Cuddy looked appalled, yet amused. He continued. “That’s too bad. You think I should inform him you don’t make house calls for the Make-a-Wish-Foundation? Trust me; I learned that the hard way.” Cuddy’s jaw dropped and he could see how troubled she was by the whole situation and how she hesitated to respond to his derision. When she didn’t, House knew she was more affected by the recent news than she’d let on. This was when, out of nowhere, before his brain even registered what he was suggesting, before he was even aware of something that bothered him in the medical history he had just heard, he offered to take a look at the case.

“First of all, there’ll be no ‘schtupping’ involved, only a goodbye dinner. Second, why would you even want in on this? Third, the diagnosis is pretty clear and I have a bad feeling about this. You’re up to something.” House’s face immediately displayed a ‘duh’ expression.

“That’s me: genius handsome doc by day, Machiavellian spy by night.” Cuddy rolled her eyes. “I didn’t stick around long enough to get the dirt on college Cuddy. You think I’d let the occasion pass me by?” He quipped, hiding his real motivations with a devilish smirk and sparkling eyes. Cuddy was nervous and torn, but whatever he was going to find out, she knew he wouldn’t stumble into anything embarrassing enough to use as leverage against her. Right? She wanted to give Tom another shot. Maybe House could work up his magic and bide him more time. She’d have to convince him though, as he wanted no more treatment. She intended to sway over dinner.

“Alright House, you’ll have a new patient by tomorrow evening.” She declared coming around her desk to get closer to him. He knew he was in for the ‘Not To Do’ check list. “I know you have your ways but please…”

“I know!” He didn’t let her finish. He clearly knew this was no ordinary patient to her. The earnest look in her eyes was telling him so.

She reached out to the side of his arm, pressing right over his elbow as he looked at her move. He was always surprised to find himself in contact with her, unable to let himself fully appreciate her touch.

“Thank you for doing this House, it means a lot. I really value your opinion and your help.” He nodded and sensed a shift in her. She was back in charge. “Now I have to go back out there and try my best to make it seem like I’m having good time for the rest of the evening. Otherwise we won’t get replacements when you break the hospital toys.”

He gave her a false pout and she smiled weakly at him, a smile he returned in a diluted, yet genuine way.

His next mission was to figure out if he could actually save the guy and possibly hopefully some sort of progress with Cuddy.

-----

House was visiting a patient, not just any patient, but Cuddy’s ‘friend’. Never mind the team giving him the third degree about why he wanted to be the one performing the few tests, never mind Wilson going all House on his ass until he’d figured who was his patient and why he had taken such and interest in this case, House was looking at the bigger picture. What he needed to do was to get close to the man and squeeze out any information about Cuddy he could possibly get from him.

What surprised him the most was how Thomas Sumner seemed unbothered by his questions. It was as if he didn’t know anything he said would be held against Cuddy, or he had a feeling House wouldn’t cross a certain line.  Or, maybe even more disturbing for House, the man was proud to talk about his ‘Lize’ because he knew her enough to be certain she could take care of herself and deal with whatever came her way. He wasn’t protective or too careful, which indicated that he knew she would hate to be smothered or looked upon as weak. This meant the man knew Cuddy, and he knew her very well. House envied this. Despite his own knowledge of his boss, the many facts and figures that were documented in his mental folder after years of observations, the deductions were not from an intimate and unguarded relationship with her. Sumner had firsthand knowledge, and House wanted to be a part of Cuddy’s circle on this level. Except that was already the case, on some level. Unfortunately,  his stubborn pride and fear of getting hurt were blinding him and preventing him from getting quite where he wanted with her.

Tom had been in observation at PPTH for over a week and he’d gotten almost used to the daily visit from his new doctor. Cuddy had spotted them together a couple of times. She would usually go up to his room to check on him when she’d get a break. She was sporting a wary look on her face that would disappear the moment she’d enter his room and he’d smiled warmly at her. By the end of the week, she spotted House lingering outside his room spying on them having lunch.

She exited his room when they were done as she needed to go back to work; she didn’t even pretend she had not spotted House.

“Stop nagging him House and stop snooping around for information. Just stop harassing the poor man! Do your job or don’t, but don’t come up with unnecessary tests to create opportunities to follow your already wrong motives.” House pretended to be offended. “And you have other cases too. They’re piling up on your desk. You need to take care of it all.”  Cuddy looked back at Tom and said unconvincingly, “Be good boys, don’t do or say anything I wouldn’t.”  And she turned to House, somewhat wavering, before she turned to walk towards the elevator. “He’s all yours!”

“She was a bold kitten back in the day. It’s now been replaced by a bossy lioness, I see,” Tom said proudly and kindly. “Yet, for an educated eye, it’s impossible to miss the ever-present fiery free-spirit. Or those legs of hers!” Tom noted adoringly. He glanced at House and said jokingly. “Poor Doctor House, you never stood a chance.”

House faked offense and offered his opinion while screening his chart for any changes from the previous night. “She’s a nightmarish, big-assed bureaucratic wench!”

Tom was chuckling.

“I didn’t think a man on his death bed would find anything to laugh about,” poked House.

“As much as you don’t want to believe this, I’ve made my peace with dying.” House started to pay attention. “I’ve had a long and full life. I’ve made a few mistakes.  I’ve known love and passion, I’ve had two beautiful and wonderful kids who are doing quite fine, and my professional achievements speak for themselves. I’m done! Most people can’t boast for half of this.” House looked down knowingly. “What we’re doing here is simply me granting Lisa a little more time to accept the reality. Let’s not kid ourselves. We both know, no matter how much of an immense brilliant genius you are, you can’t cure me.”

“First, I really am that massive…in every possible way. Second, why would Cuddy need time to adjust to the bad news to begin with? And last, why would you even come to her to take your last breath?”

“You really don’t get it do you?” House was startled. “For a smartass you’re a little slow.” Tom taunted mildly. “How long have you been working for her? A little over a decade, correct?” House nodded. “See this is what I’m talking about: you’re slow. And you shouldn’t be.”

“You’re becoming incoherent. I’m starting to think you might need a psych consult and believe me, I’m not big on faith healers.” House saw Tom retreat. “I gathered quite quickly that you two did the nasty way back when, though I didn’t think Cuddy had it in her but…”

“I’m here because of her, because Lisa was the best thing that happened to me. And I think we both know there’s way more to her than meet the eyes. She’s got it all and then some.”

“Oh yeah! Cuddy’s a real fireball. No wait! That was college Cuddy. Administrator Cuddy is a teasing icicle.” Tom gave him a cut the crap look.

“You can deflect all you want, but the very fact we’re here talking about her makes my point.” House stared back as if he’d been caught with both hands in the cookie jar. “This wasn’t just about a middle aged professor having a mid life crisis and screwing his student. She was the most complicated, maddening, obstinate, intelligent and gorgeous little lady I had ever met. To this day, it’s still incomprehensible to me how I managed to hold her off for so long before I caved. Or how I could have ever let her go.”

“Oh come on! What a load of crap! Just admit you had the hots for her.  You hung in there so when you’d actually got the chance you wouldn’t feel too guilty for cheating on your wife and breaking your family.”

“This is where you’re wrong,” Sumner said. “There was no family to break. My wife and I had been separated for almost five years, we lived apart – she lived with her new partner who she actually left me for - and although it took a while for the kids to adjust, things were working. What Lisa and I shared was what allowed me to move on.”

“How did she play you?” Tom was smirking. As much as House hated it, Tom had him. He had him because he’d been able to have his shot with Cuddy, whereas House couldn’t after their first night together. House wanted to know everything.

“She managed to be my PA even though she was never supposed to be taking my class. Some students would skip class, haze others and drink themselves to oblivion for sport. Apparently she made it her mission to audit every possible class she could before she was even a real med student. She had some weird vices she had that one,” he recalled, gazing afar while grinning. “I found out too late to do a damn thing about it. She was in deep on all my projects and research. Plus, by then, I don’t think I wanted her to go away.”

“Still, you didn’t have to sleep with her.” Even House couldn’t buy his own bullshit. Of course he’d sleep with her.

“Believe me, I tried to resist. But she knew I was particularly attracted to her. She would seize any occasion to take advantage of me and prove to me that any resistance was futile. I would eventually cave; she was so certain of it, even when I was set in my position. I can still recall her smug face and laugh when I would deny her what she wanted. It actually spurred her on to come at me stronger…For six months!  That’s more than two hundred days I held my stance and didn’t budge. It was torture!”

“Yeah I’m sure you were in agony that you eventually got into her pants. Gimme a break!”

“You don’t know what it’s like, how she can be. She’d cancel workshops at the last minute,  driving me crazy because she supposedly had a frat party and ‘it was going to be wild’, she’d show up in my classroom on the arm of the worst male student–he was a complete tool- just to piss me off and worry me into thinking she was destroying herself.  She’d jog by my place every Sunday to make sure I’d get a reminder of what I was missing out on; she’d argue about medicine with me, challenge my work, and correct me in the middle of my courses…”

“What a bitch! She has not changed a bit!” House said sarcastically, mocking Tom and yet secretly pleased and proud to hear more about this conniving Cuddy. “What was the actual deal breaker…or doer? Get it? Do-her?”  House gave an exaggerated wink, hiding behind jokes.

“You’re an ass.”

“Tell me something she doesn’t know.”

Tom was silent for a moment too long for House. He shook his head, raising an eyebrow, indicating he was waiting for the rest of the story.

“One evening before finals, it was summer time - I’ll never forget, it was the warmest night of the year - she showed up in my office at the university with a look of resolve I’d never seen. It was late and we were alone. It was suddenly very hot. I was sitting on my couch reviewing mock finals when she came close to me and…she took off her coat.”

“Annndddd?”

“She was sporting the sexiest attire I’d ever seen: a schoolgirl outfit.” House’s jaw dropped.  And she wore the cutest curly ponytails…No mercy!”

House was studying him, incredulous and aroused. “You’ve got to be kidding me!”

“I don’t even wish I were kidding. I’m telling you, she was the most precious and vicious thing I’d ever laid my eyes on.”

“Annnndddd?”

“And, I think you can pretty much figure out what happened next,” he said.  “It lasted the rest of the school year.”

Oh boy, this was going to give House fantasies for life, in addition to the hot releasing showers and desks reveries he currently enjoyed.

“What happened?”

“She ended things shortly after starting school in the fall. She became distant around the time I told her I was going to get a divorce. The minute I said I wanted something real with her, she bailed.  She explained how she didn’t want to be the reason for my family implosion. To this day, I wonder if she was sincere or using it as an excuse.  I wonder what I could have done to keep her. I don’t think I ever got over her.”

House was pensive. He was thinking about how he had her once. It felt like a lifetime ago, and that one night of passion after months of friendly foreplay had gone by way too fast. As intense as it had been, they had not appreciated each other enough during the time they shared, probably because they couldn’t get enough of each other in that one night and they thought they’d get more chances. Their relationship was cut short by an administrative decision surrounding his future before they ever had the opportunity to evaluate their options.

Of course he would never openly admit any of it. Hell, he was barely acknowledging it to himself.

As if to put an end to his reverie, Tom drew House’s attention back to him. “Hey, I’m not telling you this so you can sulk.” House looked confused. “You’re a stubborn jackass! But I’ve seen you two. What the hell are you waiting for?  Wasting all this time, this potential? I’m a dead man, but you’re alive, and for whatever reason you seem to be the one Lisa Cuddy wants to play doctor with. So what’s it going to take?”

“Actually I think a nurse outfit would suit her even better.”

“You do realize that your deflection enhances my point, right?” Tom said.

House left.

-----

“So when should I expect the naked visits to start in my office?”

“What?” Cuddy paused a second before comprehending the meaning behind his words. “He told you?” She looked mortified. “Willingly?”

“Hi, Greg House! What did you expect?”

“How did you do it this time? You explained that sexual stimulation makes you a better doctor somehow?” House grinned.

“The trick might not have worked had he been suffering from something completely unrelated to nephrology, which conveniently happens to be one of my specialties. I convinced him I needed to know everything about his sexual history to treat him.” House made up the context for his conversation with Sumner, unwilling to reveal his game.

She covered her face with her hand, sinking in her office chair.

“Oh don’t get shy now Cuddy, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.  Especially not after what happened in my shower after that talk, believe me.” He winked at her. “It brought in a whole new wave of voluptuous young Cuddys – yes, plural – to sex things up for me.” She looked appalled, and yet he could detect a tiny grin that told him she felt flattered he’d so openly confessed his fantasies about her for once. Her embarrassment was fake modesty.  “Oh come on Cuddy, as if you’ve never used the old memories of us for yourself as well.”

“You’re an ass.”

“Perhaps, but I happen to be quite certain you’ve never regretted that night, not even once over the past twenty years.” He lowered himself towards her, palms on her desk. They gazed at each other intensely. “Even when I drive you crazy, you actually think about it more.” Her lack of reply gave her away.  She composed herself and raised herself with her elbows.

“I seem to recall the dude known around campus as the 15-minutes-no-sleep-overs-man -including foreplay and shower- spending a lengthy night making sure the memories would stick.” He stopped grinning smugly, admitting defeat at the evidence she provided that their time together back then was much more than a random one night stand for him too.

They exchanged a look of longing. Yet neither could bring themselves to make a step, say a word more and cross that line they’d been dancing around for years.

Cuddy was the first to deflect. “How is he doing?”

“You know perfectly well.”

House wasn’t going to pretend that he didn’t know what she was doing, why she had appointed him this non existent case, why she was allowing her personal feelings to take over her medical judgment.

By the look on her face, he knew he’d upset her by pointing out her irrationality. But he couldn’t help himself. He couldn’t stand false pretenses. He was the one who would bluntly make her face the truth about herself, whether she liked it or not. This was enough to temper their frisky give-and-take.

“I have a meeting with a donor shortly. I wouldn’t want to bore you with that. See you Monday.” She dismissed him quickly. House’s shoulder slumped. He’d come into her office in a bantering mood ready for some of their usual fun and he was now leaving certain to have unintentionally killed two birds with one stone. Her optimistic disposition for the weekend was certainly a goner and he was quite confident she would not be able to stop herself from reflecting on their own college history. Also, in a way, he’d force her to take a look at the reality of the situation: Tom was not going to recover and she’d better prepare herself for this outcome.

He left her office.

PART 2/2


HOUSE finale 'Help Me' recap
Abby McCarthy
megalisa
 

Season 6 – Episode 22 : “Help Me”

Air date : Monday May 17, 2010 at 8/7 c on FOX

Grade: A

 

Help me - HOUSE season finales have now a reputation of leaving every single one of its fan shattered for a whole summer. These long few months spent with the utmost anticipation for the next season premiere are actually considered as much needed recovery time for some by now. And let’s just say that after this fine hour of compelling television, we will all appreciate a break. House delivers an episode filled with drama, a few shockers and a story that gradually make you feel the tension rising as the minutes go by.

 

An accident happens and traps a young woman at the dawn of a potentially wonderful life ahead, House needs to face his demons and do some soul searching to be able to help her and the relationship between House (Hugh Laurie) & Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) reach a breaking point.

 

When the episode begins, the title already makes sense as we witness a man who seems to be at the lowest point in his life, on his bathroom floor, his head bleeding, his breathing jagged and uneven, and his fist tight. House is in pain, a pain that is clearly physical and seemly emotional.

 

-8 HOURS BEFORE-

(On a personal note, I’ve always been an easy target for episodes that play the flashback and/or forward card because they are very often intriguing from the start and force you to pay more attention to details to figure out why the character gets to the point where you find him beforehand.)  

 

Basically, ‘a crane collapsed in downtown Trenton’ and of course help is needed form PPTH. That is what Cuddy tells House when he barges in her office while she is changing in scrubs & disaster suit from her usual outfit. But he’s House, he doesn’t care about what happens to others who are not in his circle. Instead, he hands her an envelope containing a book. Yes, it is the same book he’s spent a whole week tracking down on the last episode: the ancient copy of a manual that was written by Cuddy’s great grand father, a meaningful and beautiful personal gift he saved to offer her on a special occasion. This day has come. Cuddy opens it to find a few words in her attention; ‘To Lisa and Lucas. Here’s to a new chapter. Best, Greg’. Cuddy is sceptical.

C: Seriously? You’re giving this to US?’

Cuddy isn’t exactly thrilled about this. She appreciate the gift but she is taken aback house would offer this to her and Lucas since they both know he is not happy about them dating and has established he wants to be with her previously this season. But House decides it’s the adult thing to do and wants to show with this gesture that maybe he’s accepted them being serious so he’s giving them a housewarming gift. What message is he trying to pass? He often has an agenda when he does something.

H: ‘The fact that you decide to cohabitate isn’t exactly a spoiler.’

To which Cuddy responds quite uncomfortably. At this point, we are just as confused as House is. House assumes all is not well with them maybe in a last hope that he’s not lost her for good. We sense something odd but we can’t put our finger on it. And it’s not like we even have time to deal with it. Cuddy runs out of her office as fast as she can when House calls her on her awkward behaviour, leaving him questioning her sudden illogical attitude with the same look in his eyes he gets each time he has to solve a mystery for his patients.

 

-Cut to the accident scene-

 

House, obviously not dressed to provide help, follows Cuddy on site out of curiosity. He races to it to be more accurate. (Side note: who else is happy to see him on his bike again? Missed this!)

The scene is like a giant anthill packed with EMT, ambulances, helicopters, doctors, victims and more. It only occurs now to House how terrible the incident was as he takes us with him to discover the magnitude of the disaster.

 

-You know you’re in for a spin when you see on your screen that they are only showing the title of the show; HOUSE instead of the common full credits-

 

House and Cuddy start to treat victims. They discuss the course of action and we are then taken to Foreman (Omar Epps) and House who are dealing with the crane operator. House detects his typical POTW vibe in his condition so he informs Cuddy that he’ll go back to Princeton with him. He’s taking the easy way out but Cuddy is not buying it. She objects since they need him here. His team will do the usual.

 

House calls Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) eager to find out if he’s in on what’s going on with Cuddy, as the gift didn’t quite have the effect he had hoped for earlier.

H: ‘She paused for a quick second. She’s hiding something.’

He asks him to investigate Cuddy’s living arrangement intentions and actions towards it.

 

As he often does in the hospital, House finds a place to hide near a vending machine and he hears someone tap on a pipe. He gets the EMT to search but when they call out, nobody answers. Cuddy and House exchange one of their concerned looks. She leaves to get back to work. But House, certain about what he’s heard, gets inside of the hole determined to see for himself that he was right. Remember, when house is confident about something, he doesn’t quit. He will not rest until proved otherwise.

> First shocker moment: someone grabs his cane!

‘Help me’ is what the woman he’s found pleads.

 

-End of first act-

 

H: ‘What’s your name?’

This is strange; House usually doesn’t care for that kind of information.

The patient is more worried about a gift she was supposed to pick up for her husband.

He asks again stating that he needs to check her mental state. There you go! Our House is back. He examines her and explains the situation. But then when he tries to pull her out of where she’s stuck, she yells for her leg. This is the first hint that the patient is going to have a very special significance for House. It is almost granted that we’re not in for our typical House/patient banter.

House realises he has to get back up at this moment and cant deal with her on his own. Despite her screaming at him not to leave her alone in the darks, he goes.

 

He calls his team back at PPTH in the ER. They discuss his new patient on site and his current one brought back with Foreman. ‘10, 11 and 12’, respectively Chase (Jesse Spencer), Foreman (Omar Epps) and Taub (Peter Jacobson) are all present and answering him on his DDX about the woman. But 13, Remy Hadley (Olivia Wilde), is MIA. House asks but doesn’t have time for the answer.

He’s needed back with the stuck patient Hanna who needs a tibia IV while EMTs are trying to free her with no luck. He does the job and she’s able to start asking him his name. She wants to know more of him since they will be working together.

 

House gets back to Cuddy who is busy with more victims. He hasn’t forgotten why he’s there.

He questions her about her weirdness. She says everything is fine between her and Lucas (Michael Weston). But since he’s insisting she takes him aside.

C: ‘When I opened it, I didn’t think it was a housewarming gift. I thought it was an engagement present.’

> Second shocker moment: Cuddy is engaged!

House is as dumbfounded as we are and his face is expressing how much he regrets being in the know now and how that was the last thing he could expect or want to find out. But Cuddy says it just happened last night. She does look very concerned about him.

OK, I must admit I smelled this but it still doesn’t make it easier to watch it play out. It’s no secret the audience has had a pretty tepid reaction to say the least toward the Cuddy/Lucas relationship this season for many different reasons. So now, we stay incredulous and aghast at this engagement announcement.

H: ‘No wonder you’d want to hide this from me since I’m such a delicate flower.’

He’s still trying to find something wrong with her like the fact that she’s not wearing the ring.

Cuddy wants to be clear and to set the record straight so she grabs on to both his arms on the side to really get to him and tells him the ring is in her drawer in her office because she was getting ready to get to Trenton.

(pause & permission to freak out: the ring is in THE desk House got back to her in season 5 after she had to redo her office from the damages done by the shooting in ‘Last Resort’, her med school desk that certainly holds a particular meaning for Cuddy and maybe House as well, the one that came from a grand gesture House rarely puts himself through)

C: “This isn’t weird, there’s no mystery, I’m just getting married.’

They are interrupted before anything else is said.

 

We’re at to PPTH for a minute but we want to stay on site to see what happens there for the remaining of the episode.

 

We’re back in the hole with an EMT, Cuddy and House.

The man tells them they may have to consider amputation but the patient strongly refuses.

Cuddy is in doctor mode and hasn’t even begun to try to convince her when house interrupts.

H: ‘We’re not cutting off her leg. We don’t have to rush to this just to make his job easier.’

At this exact moment, it’s ‘Three Stories’ all over again. I see House after his leg infarction on his hospital bed saying he wants to keep his leg and that he, the patient, will not allow the doctors to do otherwise.

Cuddy explains the severity of the risks to the patient but House insists they still have time.

The EMT explains the instability of the debris on top of her but she won’t hear it.

Patient: ‘You need to try, it’s my leg.’

It was House’s leg too…

The EMT persists but Cuddy steps in and strings along House and the patient.

C: ‘Captain, he’s a jerk; this is what the patient wants. Can we please just give it a couple more hours?’

The Captain grants them time. Cuddy goes back to triage and House gives his name to the patient who makes him promise not to let them cut her leg. He does the cross finger thingy. Yes, House and his childish humor is always there when you need it but this time I think he does it to put the patient more at ease.

House gets a call from his team about his patient at PPTH and 13 shows up. They discuss his current case. The woman noticed he lied about the cell phone reception previously. Also, she wants him to stay with her. He goes anyway but Cuddy catches him on his motorcycle before he gets a chance to go back to the hospital.

C: ‘She wants you.’

The patient/doctor bonding is in place, at least on her side so far.

C: ’You have to go back. She needs you House.’

Cuddy has this look in her eyes. Maybe the patient is not the only who needs him. But it’s hard to find any sign of attachment to him from Cuddy since we’ve learnt with House the next step she’s taking with Lucas.

 

-End of second act-

 

We see our House all covered in dust in his apartment, limping to his bathroom. He looks like he’s in a really bad shape again both physically and mentally. We feel for him. We are scared and intrigued and we are wondering what the heck happened that resulted in him being so traumatized. The atmosphere is really gloomy, oppressing and the tension rises up a notch.

And the soundtrack covering this moment surely doesn’t help to smooth us into the second part of the episode. It just tugs a bit more and tightens the pressure we’ve been experiencing from the start.

 

-Cut back to the site-

 

House is with the patient.

Patient: ‘I’m sorry I needed you.’

I don’t think House is sorry. He’s felt so unneeded and useless lately. Wilson kicked him out of his loft to be with Sam, Cuddy’s just informed him that she intends to marry Lucas, he’s quitted therapy because he feels it hasn’t worked out for him, he only has his job left and his ability to help patients nobody else can. That’s not much to hold on to.

He grants the patient a call to her husband. This allows us to realize that this woman has many things to live for since she seems to be in a good relationship, she’s young and probably has a good job in the office building that’s now a pile of wreckage and she has her whole future before her. This is a place where house is not. But talking to her husband makes her BP climb from the emotion and that puts her at risk of bleeding more. That’s why he lied before so he wants her to hang up.

H: ‘That was stupid of me.’

Patient: ‘It was nice.’

The patient/doctor bonding is in place, on his side as well now.

He sits next to her and they chat. She wants to know about his leg. He ironies that a crane fell on it. But then she asks if he would pray with her. And that opens a can of worms for House. He is a man who’s always had the most open hatred grab about religion and he calls his patient on her superstition so he will never encourage this habit since it goes against his belief.

H: ‘I don’t believe in God.’

But it turns out the patient doesn’t either. And that puts them on common grounds.

Patient: ‘I always thought…if I did the right thing…if I treated people right…then good things would happen to me.’

Isn’t that what House has been trying to do this whole past year? The results are up for discussion I concede but basically, he’s done his best all these months, he’s tried, he took baby steps, he acted on this instead of only reacting.

Patient: ‘You think that’s how it works?’

H: ‘I used to but then recently I tried. Now I don’t know.’

He’s tried with Wilson and became closer to him only to have him shut him out when Sam came into the picture. He’s tried with Cuddy but she maintained her relationship with Lucas. He’s tried with his team but then he sobered up…

 

At PPTH, Taub wants to know what is going on with 13 but she won’t let anything out.

 

> Third shocker moment; Back in the hole, they try to lift the concrete but it ends up falling down again with a cloud of dust.

 

-End of third act- this one was smaller. The rhythm is increasing…

 

The sounds and lights are daunting when all 3 persons trapped recover consciousness. The situation is worsening around them and hastily for the patient as her breathing becomes harder from a tension pneumo thorax. House reinflates it.

The pressure is escalating at this point both for House with the patient and for House with Cuddy.

 

House is now outside with Cuddy who gives him stitches on his neck.

He gets a call from his team while Cuddy dresses his gash.

The EMT comes with bad news. They need more time to clear the hole for Hanna.

Cuddy suggests amputation again.

H: ‘NO!’

House suggests a course of treatment. Cuddy says it’s insane.

C: ‘It’s not worth it.’

H: yelling ‘really? Coz I think I’m the only one here that knows what a leg is worth. Fortunately you’re not the one who’s in charge, he is.’

Contrary to when she was his doctor during the infarction when she made a decision that went against his will and that he’s always despised and never accepted.

H: ‘And he knows that I’d testify against him if Hanna sues for cutting of her leg without exhausting any other option.’

House is loosing his temper. Cuddy walks towards the captain.

C: ‘Give us a minute.’ She tells him and turns to House.

‘I know you’re angry but please don’t put her life at risk just to get back at me.’

He stands up to gain power, confidence and courage to defend himself, to fight back and meet her eyes. He gets in her face.

H: ‘Really? Wow! So this is all about you now.’

Last episode kind of established it was all about her…

Cuddy says he sided with the patient right after she broke the news of her engagement.

H: ‘Yes that must be it. It’s not that you’re a pathetic narcissist.’

C: ‘I don’t love you. So just accept it and move on with your life instead of making everybody else miserable.’

Cuddy is hard with him. She’s usually the one to defend him (board meeting), save him (Vogler, Tritter), to help him (his leg, the bus crashed, 2 of his heart attacks, the methadone…), to make his life more comfortable even by doing her job. She usually takes in what he says to her and gives it back to him because she can. But today, she’d had enough. Today and probably since last year, they’ve reached a point of no return and that means she’s hurting him first. She’d done being cautious. She’s done indulging him. It’s like everything she kept to herself is suddenly rushing out and what’s about to be said between them is not pretty but then again nothing really is with these 2.

House gets into his ass-hood mode, the same ass-hood mode from before his hallucinations last season when he said to her ‘You can go suckle on the little bastard child who makes you feel good about yourself.’ whereas he came to her for help. If you remember, she replied ‘Screw you!’ because at this point he went too far for her. He insulted her in the most hurtful way. And he doesn’t fail to do just the same now, even worse I should say, taking all aspect of her life that he cannot bare and that bring her some sort of happiness to throw them in her face.

H: ‘That’s great! A life lesson from a middle aged single mom who’s dating a man child.’

It's a very harsh decree from House and this is at their low point. It's also a realisation against his insistent denial that she and Lucas are engaged. She thinks it's about them, but House's visceral reaction to the amputation idea has come from deep in his own experience, right?

House is not used to her being so openly cutting to him. He also hasn’t really had the time to process her news and when he feels threatened; his first reflex is to fight back. He can be cruel with no reason so when he’s given a reason, he does some damages. And like Cuddy said once ‘He knows just where to poke sharp sticks.’.

But in Cuddy’s book, he’s gone too far again. She’s fed up and starts to tell him off, she speaks the truth. She’s done taking his crap and his abuse. She feels she shouldn’t have to apologize for trying to get something out of life and be happy and she stands up for herself.  She gets angry and she’s hurt so that triggers the same reaction from her that she’s had the last time.

C: Screw you!’

‘I’m sick of making excuses for you. I’m sick of people having to tip toe around you and make their lives worse while they keep you from collapsing. I’m done.’

She’s stating the obvious but it’s nonetheless very difficult to take in. she’s tried for years to make his life more at ease at work and reach out to him on a personal level.

When House orders her to stay away from his patient she wonders why and assumes it’s because he still wants to save her legs.

C: ‘It really worked out well for you, didn’t it?’

He can’t deny it didn’t. He has this knowing look that says it all. They both know what life altering consequences keeping his leg had. He has to live in constant pain and that wouldn’t leave anybody without a shift.

But she doesn’t stop there. She makes sure he fully gets her point.

C: ‘What do you have in your life? Honestly, tell me. I’m moving on, Wilson is moving on. And you? You’ve got nothing House. Nothing.’

Cuddy says she’s going to try to convince the patient to let them cut the leg off and that he should stay out of it. But all of this leaves him wondering, questioning what he’s just been told. And you can tell, he’s slowly acknowledging this statement as he lowers his stare and swift from his defensive attitude.

 

Their argument is a watershed certainly and it clears the air between them so they can each see things straight. House realizes that he has lost his objectivity and needs to muster it for the patient. It's a wakeup call for him that makes it possible for him to do the right thing for the patient.

 

The patient won’t listen to Cuddy and of course House goes back to the patient.

One of house’s most hearted scenes happens before our eyes that roots back to his leg injury and presents a deep soul searching new revelation and confession coming from the core of this multi layered character who hardly ever opens himself up for real.

By accepting that he can’t save the patient leg, he admits that he shouldn’t have wanted to have his saved.

House recounts his story and how the doctors wanted to amputate while he didn’t. He said they had to do this risky procedure that almost killed him.

Patient: ‘But you saved your leg.’

H: ‘I wish I hadn’t.’

Cuddy looks at him crying without saying anything. She sympathizes with him for what he’s been through. It’s not often she gets to see the real House in front of her let alone spilling his guts like this. She probably also feels relief at this moment from all the guilt she’s had for years since she was the one to order the procedure on his thigh muscle. He continues and slips a few soft and true stares to Cuddy in the process.

H: ‘I’m in pain, every day and it changed me, made me a harder person, worse person. And now, now I’m alone. You don’t want to be like me. … You have a life.

‘OK’ says the patient.

And House looks at Cuddy saying ‘I got it’. He steps up! He’s being very brave and considerate to spare her the horror of what is about to take place. Cuddy’s just being the toughest she’s ever being to him and yet his gentle ‘I've got it!’ taking the amputation kit from her is so very, very House at his most fundamental. He’s being protective of Cuddy. Cuddy nearly never sees this part of him. No one does. She is in tears as he talks to the patient from the heart.

We don’t know it yet, but cutting this woman’s leg in these poor conditions will feel like being on a military field.

 

-End of fourth act-

 

Cuddy’s gone and House is explaining the procedure to the patient. He is honest but still tries to puts her at ease if that can be done under such circumstances. He warns her about the pain. She grabs on his gloved hand. You can see her wedding band.

With no hesitation, House gets in position to start. He gives Hanna one last quick look. We are all holding our breaths. He takes a scalpel and cuts in her leg skin. He then takes the electric saw and does the job under the screams of the woman.

> Fourth shocker: the patient’s leg is amputated without anaesthesia

A few EMTs are gathered behind but when we’re outside the hole, the place that was loud and moving is now silent still and we see Cuddy as she hears the patient yelling from inside.

She’s absently staring at a low point and the expression on her face is one that conveys how horrendous what is happening to this woman is. She’s also amazed, amazed at House for doing this heroic act and for doing this by himself. They’ve just had this awful conversation where she’s been dreadful to him only to watch him be the most wonderful he could be with the patient right after and now he’s doing to her what he never had the guts to do for himself.

When House opened up to the patient, you noticed changes in both House and Cuddy.

On the one hand, House is able to see what's best for the patient because he realizes that it would have been better for him too back then to allow the doctors to do their jobs and so he's able to convince the patient. One the other hand, Cuddy is able to see that maybe the man with whom she's reached a breaking point might not be as bad as she pictures. She’s impressed by him, and not just impressed at his brilliance and bravery. House’s actions don’t go unnoticed by Cuddy who keeps silent for the residual of the episode but her looks speak volume. She is concerned for him. She can’t help herself regardless of her asserting that she’s done with him. I think Cuddy sees the side of House she rarely does and only guesses is there. 

 

House puts on his jacket and even forgets his cane to follow the patient who is carried out and shortly reunited with her husband. They say they love each other.

Cuddy looks at House. He was able to make this possible for them. He looks back. They don’t speak. He goes in the ambulance with them. But not without giving Cuddy one last long look before he slams the doors shut, as if telling her that he is the one who’s done now because he has too, leaving Cuddy standing still. She’s full of remorses; she’s lost something, someone.

 

In the ambulance on the way to PPTH, House is grave and silent until he gets a call from his team about his patient. He finds out what’s wrong with him at the exact same time his patient’s condition deteriorates with her BP and her breathing first. House tries blood thinner and he thinks it’s a cloth but it’s not working. Then, he gets a horrified look in his eyes when he realizes he’s wrong. Whenever he has his usual epiphanies, his eyes are showing triumph and he hurries to the patient too proud to have figured out the issue and fix it. But not today, today, he’s looking defeated and sits back. Patient has a fat embolism from the amputation.

Despite the husband shooting for him to do something, House doesn’t because he knows there’s nothing else he can do.

Instead he locks eyes with his patient, his eyes full of regrets and compassion. He’s made a connection with her during these hours spent together and he’s devastated.

 

In the ER, Foreman rushes to the ambulance but when he opens the door, everybody sits quietly, hopeless because Hanna is dead.

 

-End of fifth act-

 

Outside the ambulance, Foreman tells House that even in the OR, he might not have been able to save her. But House doesn’t want to hear any of this so he leaves. Foreman follows him in the lobby.

Foreman: ‘You can’t blame yourself for her death. This wasn’t your fault.’

H: ‘That’s the point! I did everything right. She died anyway. Why the hell do you think that would make me feel any better?’

House limps. He’s hurting more than ever. He’s bleeding and he’s bent on the front desk. Again, his mental state always has an effect on his physical pain. Foreman notices the really bad shape House is in.

Foreman: ‘You shouldn’t be alone right now.’

H: ‘I’m going to give you a task as an employee: get out of my way!’

Both men exchange a long hard gaze but Foreman knows better than to antagonize House when he’s in this state and folds letting him go.

 

13 is deposing an envelope on House’s desk upstairs and Taub walks in. She says she’s taking time off so that must mean she’s not OK.

The place is dark, the music keeps getting alarmingly upsetting and we fear for the worse.

 

House enters his apartment. He’s pacing to his bathroom in rhythm with the anxiety loosened by the nerve wrecking music. He gets to his destination and takes a good look at himself in the mirror. After noticing his injuries, he gets a flash from the last look of his patient before she died. This is too much for him. He grabs onto the mirror only to snatch it off the wall revealing 2 bottles of Vicodin hidden in a secret stash behind.

He gets a hold of them and let himself fall on the floor.

He looks at the meds and breaths jaggedly from what he’s about to do. He takes a few pills in his hand. He’s beaten, he’s hit rock bottom, he’s all alone with nobody he can say ‘help me’ to. You are certain he is going to his demise. At this point, I would hand him a Vicodin myself…

 

But the tensed music stops as if House’s trouble is about to stop and we see someone in scrubs pass on the screen: it’s Cuddy! Is House hallucinating again? Are we hallucinating again? Not this time.

> Fith shocker: Cuddy shows up at House’s place

Then, begins a scene between them that one might have only dreamed off since the last 2 season finales. It takes the exact opposite direction in the execution it did in House’s Vicodin induced hallucination last year.

Cuddy doesn’t grab away his pills like he would expect.

C: ‘If you want to go back on drugs, that’s your choice.’

Contrary to when he thought she took away that pill he was about to get on his bathroom floor one year earlier. She’s not trying to make decisions for him anymore; she’s allowing him to be him. Cuddy won’t be his saviour and come to his rescue in an unrealistic way like his past hallucination might have hinted. She respects him as an adult because she knows now better than ever what he thinks and feels. She lets him be responsible for his action.

She just wants to take care of him and change his dressing.

H: ‘Is that why you’re here for?’

(it’s sounding a lot like ‘Is that why you think I’m here?’ when in last year’s hallucination House was certain she only cared for her hospital biggest asset)

House assumes Foreman sent her. But no, once again, it is just her like it was just her trying to ‘be friends’ with him just a couple of episodes ago when she came up to his office. ‘Funny, that’s the last thing I want us to be’ was his reply telling her in his own way that he loves her and wants her.

He’s established many times this season what’s in his mind. He was only waiting for her to get there and had lost almost all hope but she shows up.

When she mentions Lucas, House, again being his pessimist self -how could he be otherwise after the past few hours?-, assumes again he’s in for more bad news about her and Lucas. But she surprises him.

C: ‘I ended it.’

The way House reacts at this declaration is exactly reflecting our own reaction. That beautiful close-up shot of him conveys so much in an instant. Hugh Laurie has always had the most expressive eyes and a face that can make you feel at least 10 different emotions at once and he outdoes his best work right there.

H: ‘What?’

House is incredulous. There is no way. This is too good to be true. He’s already given up. He is now hoping again. Is this for real? We wonder with him.

C: ‘I'm stuck, House. I keep wanting to move forward, I keep wanting to move on, and I can't. I’m in my new house, my new fiancée, and all I can think about is you. I just need to know if you and I can work.’

And there you have it: the explanation for a year long antagonizing approach coming straight from Cuddy’s lips. It took her some time but she doesn’t even have to say more in order for him to get what she needs, for us to justify the cold treatment she’s given House this past year. Basically, she was scared and in denial of her love.

Our Dean of Medicine is not your typical woman. She is just as twisted and damaged as House which makes her very complex and layered. She never takes the obvious way in or out and she is always over thinking things. She is smart and will rationalize anything she can setting aside her feelings quite often by fear of being overwhelmed by them and fail by her standards. She’s worked hard to be where she is, who she is and she knows too damn well that Gregory House could be the one to either make her or break her and that’s because there is no other men she feels that way about. So she feels the risks are too high to give a go at a relationship she could only envisioned complicated, heavy and not ending well before.

So when she tells him off out loud she does it to push him away to protect herself. She’s being hard to him but really she’s being hard on herself just like when House wants to punish himself he hurts the ones around him he cares about. It’s a way for her to slap herself for having these feelings in the first place and trying to convince herself that there is nothing between them. By exposing him to the truth of his impact on other and his general conduct in life, she’s also expressing what she was never able to say before. She kept many frustrations and a lot of pain bottled up for years to easy his life thinking that he had it worse then her but on this particular occasion, she unloads on him for her own benefit making him understand more her point of view and where she’s coming from with him.

This being said loud and clear, she feels relieved just like when he set s her free of the burden of his leg and her part in his misery.

It’s only then, when everything is said out in the open that they are able to take it to the next level. That is to say House doing right and good by the patient. He knows now, that maybe he wasn’t so wring because something great is happening to him.

H: ‘You think I can fix myself?’

C: "I don't know."

She’s answering him honestly. She doesn’t pretend to give him false hope and fake optimism. She’s not telling him what he wants to hear just to make him feel better (last year’s hallucination). She doesn’t want to fix him anymore. She is letting him be him, be the judge, drive.

H: ’Because I'm the most screwed-up person in the world.’

House has never been this raw and he pours out his soul to her like he’s never dared before.

She knows he could get worse and yet she seems OK with a House not perfect, not whole and not healed…yet.

C: "I know. I love you. I wish I didn't, but I can't help it."

She’s really done this time. She’s done fighting what her own instinct and nature are telling her. She surrenders, she’s ready for him.

She helps him up and he’s towering her now. The music is back: a simple and sweet violin is playing as opposed to the sad violins of last year’s long drive to the asylum.

House takes his time. He’s not rushing like he had in his hallucination. He’s longed for her as much as she has and they kiss.

In all their messiness, physical and emotional, they find a way towards one another. They are dirty and messy but they don’t care. Their relationship has been this way and yet tonight, their coming together feels so simple. They are breathing each other in and out. They both come a long way and have showed so much growth to get where they stand now.

But when he starts questioning his sanity, she is able to comfort him that their moment is not a hallucination and as they exchange a heart-warming smile, they continue to endeavour their gentle and tender moment by another kiss. The camera then gives us another close shot but focused of their hands joined together now.

Everything in this whole scene is genuine and flows.

 

The saddest episode ever for House ended in the happiest possible way. Mark the day; it never happens in the HOUSE world as we know it.

 

She helped him, he helped her, and they help themselves and each other.

It feels like the order has been restored in the universe after a long season of suffering.

 

Fades to black!

 

(I call myself, and this is probably because I’ve been called this way too many times, a spoiler whore. But oh Lord, how good did it feel to be right where everybody else was and experience this compelling, long-awaited, rewarding, raw moment that was served to us! I am so glad TPTB over at house was able to keep this under wrap. Kudos to them! There is no better feeling for an audience that has been faithful, patient, oblivious, upset and passionate to finally get what they want.)

 

Hugh Laurie needs to be saluted for an intense gut-wrenching performance. He and Lisa Edelstein were at the top of their game not missing one bit. What could easily turn into an over the top loud type of acting is handled so perfectly by these 2 with much subtly, strength and emotions. House is a show that leaves so many things unsaid but that we appreciate only by the nuanced acting. They need an EMMY stat after this!

 

Everything from the sharp writing (Peter Blake & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner who delivered major compelling fan favourite pieces in the past), the superb directing (Greg Yataines used Canon 5d Mark II small cameras to shoot and it just allowed him and us to be in the scenes right next to the actors and experience with them the degree of what was going on as well as their feelings), the background music in rhythm to the plot and events of the hour up until the final route taken by a suffering House, the lighting and filters used in the shooting: bright & cold on site as opposed to dark & warm when we are at House’s place; all served to fully involve us and  enhance our understanding of the whole episode.

 

Oh boy! When the TPTB’s Tweeted us, “it’s going to be ‘cranetastic’ & ‘breathtaking’!” we hadn’t quiet taken in consideration the full meaning and implication of the declaration. But once again, they took us for a spin. And after such an uneven season, the audience couldn’t really get a grip on how it would end. I would say they managed to deliver a finale that had the elements of both fantastic episodes of the season 4 finale with the bus crash with the mix of the magnificent of the last couple of episode of the season 5 finale giving us an hour packed with action and emotions. ‘Help me’ felt grand and deep and it’s surely going to take a full new season to explore this new relationship for our favourite genius misanthrope.

I am eager to find out how they will deal with this relationship. After all Cuddy is still his boss and she’s still a mother.

 

See you all in September for more HOUSE reviews. In the meantime, I’m hoping to keep you posted on more HOUSE news this summer so don’t hesitate to come back and wander around.

 

-HOUSE season 6 finale aired on Monday May 17 at 7/8 C on FOX-



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