House: Top Secret
(S03E16) While I'll leave my commentary as to whether House is devolving into the rest of television - as in full of sex - for later, I'll start off by saying that we might have a pretty good relationship blooming when it comes to Cameron and Chase. Well, at least when it comes down to getting down. As far as our lovely doctor in charge goes, however, it seems that our addiction to certain types of medication is having negative impact on our ability to do certain basic things, such as go to the bathroom.
As far as shock value goes, we're usually treated to the "victim" of the story having a problem of sorts, and not House himself. This week, seeing his face when he looks at the case file of his next patient, a war veteran, was just fantastic. If you noticed, he said that he had never "met" the man before when Cuddy asks if he knows him. Of course, he left out the part that just seconds earlier, the man had tied off House's blown off leg while fighting in Iraq.
As far as we know, there aren't any plans to create any long term "relationships" between cast members, but the romance - or escapades, shall we say - between Chase and Cameron might lead one to believe that the feelings, even those by this writer, that Cameron would walk at season's end given her issues with House on multiple fronts, might be over. So enough about doomsday when it comes to characters, it seems that House himself had some character development dropped on him this week, when he managed to dream about a date Cuddy went on, years earlier, and then that man showed up in his hospital, complaining of Gulf War Syndrome. She wants nothing more at this point than to see him squirm when he is, whether he likes it or not, trying to get under her skin - or on top of it. The satisfied grin as she strutted off at the episode's end (that "supertanker" line from House was a killer) was awesome, and she's more than justified in doing so, as she definitely has his number. Also, we heard a bit more about some "time" the two of them spent together a number of years back, so let's expect that to rear its head again in the coming weeks.
The more I see Wilson get flustered at House's ability to get his team to do things that are probably not germane to the case, and only serving his purposes, the more I wonder how he can possibly stay friends with the guy. I mean, how many times can someone ask for your car keys and you not get annoyed at that fact. Or eat your lunch. Or make you write them a prescription. Or have all your accounts seized by the police. Maybe Wilson is just as sadistic as the rest of them, or at least not up to the point of liking to be beaten up in an S&M kind of way, like Chase does.
As I alluded to in the intro, I thought there was obviously much more actual sex going on this week, and more than the usual level of innuendo. Not that I'm complaining, because I don't think it damaged the show in any way, but it's curious to see if it keeps going and going from week to week, going forward. With shows such as ABC's Boston Legal making sexual references into a sport and being successful, it wouldn't be out of the question that FOX could end up embedding a whole lot of that type of content into a "serious" show like House, would it?
As we begin to approach the last portion of the season (though who could tell, as consecutive episodes have been a bit of an at-large this year), it's probably high time for a prediction or two. I'm going to say right now that I don't see Stacy making her way back into the show, but I could definitely see something happening by way of Cuddy's interest in becoming pregnant. Additionally, the lack of strippers or prostitutes at House's disposal of late is way off. Maybe he's losing interest. The one approach that I'm wondering if we'll see as a "cliff hanger" at season's end is some sort of new character being introduced, but not some random person that will happen to work in the hospital. Either a replacement for a team member who could leave (Foreman?), or a new administrator or someone of that ilk that won't be quite as annoying or frustrating as Detective Tritter, but an issue nonetheless. How about all of you?