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Cats' Corners: the little HOUSE in the woods....
Where House is NEVER safe...
'97 Seconds'--and almost as many questions 
10th-Oct-2007 08:56 am
WilsonHouseHospital
 
Last night's episode... and taking the previews of the next episode into account... left me still concerned about damage to canon.  But turns out it's House who appears to be showing little regard for his own previous experiences [although, gotta admit,  Wilson saying, "You haven't been there" still bothers me; it's my belief that this declaration is the direct cause of House deciding to "go there"--because Wilson's opinions are--and always have been--the only ones that count for House].

Wilson points out that House has had two previous "near-death experiences".  Well... technically, that's not quite true.  The cardiac arrest following House's infarction resulted in the classic white lights and visions and etc.  BUT.  But.  House's hallucinatory experience following the gunshot wounds--yes, he was near death, and yes, his hallucination was what he experienced while near death.  But both medically and traditionally, a 'near-death experience' is defined as what takes place during a period of clinical death.  Just semantics, I s'pose.  And I'm a stickler for semantics.

Anyway, to get to the bothersome point--unless electrocution provides a new, improved, better near-death experience than cardiac arrest due to electrolyte imbalance--House's premise is utterly wrong.  All he did was repeat his previous clinical death.  We are to infer [from his statement to the dead PoTW at show's end] that this time, he saw nothing, felt nothing.  Which means that he's gonna have to go for best two outta three in order to reach an informed decision!  And the previews for next episode imply that he's going to be forced to question his own beliefs about death yet again.  Which makes it only fair to withhold opinion about damage to canon until after that episode.....

Off the subject, but just as important: the poignant scene between Cutthroat Bitch and House wherein he pretty much tells her that Wilson is the only one who cares enough about him to come to House's aid for reasons other than professional obligation.  We already know that this is what House believes, but to hear House himself say it... my heart just twisted.

And the "I love you" to Wilson?  I think House was going for humor and gratitude about Wilson's voluntary increase of House's pain meds.  I also think that House was dead [pardonpunplease] serious--he took this opportunity to acknowledge to Wilson what he later acknowledged, in a roundabout way, to Cutthroat Bitch.   And whether we see the House-Wilson dynamic as slash or as abiding friendship [oooph--gotta throw in here that I much resent being forced to type 'House-Wilson' instead of 'House/Wilson' to make it clear that I don't mean only slash  [As many of you know, I'm in the "deep friendship" camp myself]. But the reason for my resentment is dumb;  the '/' is more aesthetically pleasing to me than the '-' !  Yeah... I'm weird.] .  And that acknowledgement to Wilson... priceless.  To us, to Wilson.  And yeah--to House as well.  *smiles fondly at our poor emotionally-disabled House*

So.  Putting my worries about damage to canon on hold, until after the 23 October episode--when I hope to find out that my fears are groundless.
Thoughts 
10th-Oct-2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah. He was joking, he was deeply grateful that Wilson seemed finally to have gotten it about the pain -- and he was 100% serious.

And the wonder of it is that Hugh Laurie could act that scene so well that all those things were visible and audible in a line consisting of three words.
10th-Oct-2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
i've been reading some of the other analyses; i'm puzzled that no one's commented on House "telling" CTB that Wilson's the only one who cares cares about him. mayhaps that's not as big a deal as i perceived it to be?
10th-Oct-2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't think Wilson meant brushes with the other-side when he told House he'd had two near-death experiences. I think he meant that House had already been close to dying twice before, regardless of anything he'd seen, the cardiac arrest post-infarction and the gun shot wounds could have killed him and Wilson wasn't so keen on him doing it to himself, whether he was trying to pove a point or not.

I don't think it damages canon, but that's just me. I'm not really a House/Wilson shipper, so the I love you meant nothing to me other than House just being grateful that Wilson was upping his pain meds. Since we all know how House feels about pain meds... I don't know... maybe that's just me.
10th-Oct-2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
Not a slasher either, but I did see the "I love you" as serious, and as an acknowledgement not only of the increased meds but--more importantly--as a clear verbal statement of their very deep, very complicated bond.

Dunno. But all this interpretation is great fun!!!
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10th-Oct-2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
per usual, there's little i can say re: your comment, and for the usual reason--our thoughts are in perfect sync! :-)
10th-Oct-2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
I think House was going for humor and gratitude about Wilson's voluntary increase of House's pain meds. I also think that House was dead [pardonpunplease] serious--he took this opportunity to acknowledge to Wilson what he later acknowledged, in a roundabout way, to Cutthroat Bitch.

Word. Even though I am a H/W shipper, I don't think it'll be canon, ever. I haven't decided on whether I want it to be canon or not, but so far, I'm keeping canon and fanon separate, and simply appreciating the friendship aspect, since it's just about as delicious as the hypothetical slash aspect.
10th-Oct-2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
and simply appreciating the friendship aspect, since it's just about as delicious as the hypothetical slash aspect

i agree, absolutely. i see the subtext, i write the subtext in my fics--but unless/until it becomes canon, i'm quite content to view the house-wilson dynamic as one of those once-in-a-lifetime friendships that we all hope for.
10th-Oct-2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
I agree to say that this "I love you" was apparently shallow but actually dead serious. There was no snarking smile at the end of the sentence. And House stared at Wilson intensively. Wilson who, curiously, didn't even raise his head from the chart. Why that ? Was he feeling awckward ? Did he think House was joking again ? I'd would have loved an acknowledgment from Wilson, just a quick glance or something. But well, it was a great moment nonetheless.
As for the NDE, we don't really know, maybe House flat lined during the surgery to remove the bullets. And that would make this experiment the 3rd one. Now, why going through this ordeal again if he had already lived it twice. To me House is a mad scientist. Mad and thorough and obsessive about facts and reason. The patient was so affirmative he managed to put doubts in House's brain. And House had to check again by himself. A word from Wilson was the best trigger ever, and hop ! he proceeds.
I loved this episode, I love those guys, and I'm really happy that from the beginning of this season, this pair (slash or no slash)is working really well !
10th-Oct-2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'd would have loved an acknowledgment from Wilson, just a quick glance or something.

if you can rewatch the scene in question, do so! i, too, thought wilson gave no [visible] response until i rewound and watched a second time. and i saw a variety of expressions run fleetingly across his face and eyes. 'twas fascinating.

I'm really happy that from the beginning of this season, this pair (slash or no slash)is working really well !

oh, yes yes YES!!! :-)
10th-Oct-2007 06:51 pm (UTC) - Comment. (Dr. Fantabulous)
Anonymous
I loved that scene, with House and Wilson in the hospital room...I said I loved Wilson while watching it, and then House said it- that was uncanny timing. (Where's the echo coming from?!?!) True about the near-death experience semantics...I wonder if they'll delve a bit deeper into the previous NDEs. I'm wicked excited to find out!!!
10th-Oct-2007 09:50 pm (UTC) - Re: Comment. (Dr. Fantabulous)
it would, indeed, be fascinating if they'd delve into house's NDEs. dare we hope?
10th-Oct-2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
I actually wept during this episode. I found the patient's death profoundly moving, particularly when he asked for his dog to be placed on the bed and told the poor animal not to be scared.
I wanted to hug House when he said "I love you" to Wilson, it was without a hint of humour or snarkiness, it was utterly sincere. I adored that entire scene.
I thought their interaction was absolutely genuine and I haven't seen Wilson so really and deeply concerned for House since seasons one and two. Season three appalled me in how Wilson could be so callous and unfeeling. When Wilson comes to speak to House's new ducklings and says that he hasn't regained consciousness yet, he looks so tired and concerned. The scene when House wakes up and looks awful, you can actually see the worry on Wilson's face. Finally we're getting somewhere beyond the horror that was Season 3.
10th-Oct-2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
it was utterly sincere

and the more i rewatch the scene, the more i must agree. no trace of sarcasm, not even a wry twist of the mouth. just a straightforward statement which, i think, surprised them both.

Finally we're getting somewhere beyond the horror that was Season 3.

amen and YAY to that!!! :)



11th-Oct-2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, you (not you personally, Kidsnurse), with your is it sarcasm, is it sincere. Just like Histiocytosis X, it's both! That is why the House Wilson friendship has lasted all these years - House can make pregnant, trenchant comments and it isn't wasted on Wilson. Wilson can get all of what House is saying (or he has that capacity when he is used well). I think the Foreman trying to make explicit pats on the back is the exact counterpoint. House IS truly sincere both with Wilson and with 13 because he says it in his language not in somebody else's. House's language is sincere and sarcastic at the same time - he's that good.
11th-Oct-2007 12:19 am (UTC)
House's language is sincere and sarcastic at the same time - he's that good.

this made me literally laugh out loud--at both the humor and the truth of the statement. excellent points; thanks!!
11th-Oct-2007 01:22 am (UTC)
He was totally serious. I loved that he acknowledge how much Wilson cared about him and how, in his screwed up way, he prevented Wilson from being the one who found him *cough again cough*. (By the way great to see you back!) It was a beautiful scene and the one where is his talking to the bitch about Wilson was equally as wonderful.
11th-Oct-2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
good to be back, and great to see you, too!
11th-Oct-2007 03:21 am (UTC)
A lot of people are having trouble with the whole knife to the outlet thing because it was a scientifically unsound experiment. I'm not so sure it was much of an experiment at all. I think it was more of an excuse for House to engage in one of his favorite pastimes- flirting with Death. I think that curiosity played a part but I think the argument with Wilson played at least as big a part, and his depression maybe even a bigger part (and I base that pretty much soley on my own bias and his face during the musical interlude. If that wasn't the face of a depressed man I just don't know what.)
11th-Oct-2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
I think that curiosity played a part but I think the argument with Wilson played at least as big a part, and his depression maybe even a bigger part

can't argue with any of that--and i'll add my own thought that perhaps house's depression had reached the point of emotional numbness. that's a frightening place to be; maybe house simply needed to feel something--anything. if that's the case, at least one part of his "experiment" was successful; it enabled him to say 'i love you' to wilson, and not immediately negate the declaration with sarcasm.
11th-Oct-2007 03:58 am (UTC)
As I told blackmare, I'm mad at you both for continually giving me reasons not to want to kill Wilson. *scowls* Care to weigh in on my recaps for the last couple of episodes? They're all in my memories (not to mention right there in the scroll of entries) and I'd love your opinions.
11th-Oct-2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
in fact, i have read parts of your recaps, and i'm gonna be honest here. you convey your resentment of wilson clearly and eloquently, and i can't read it; my primary focus, for my own well-being, is to return to my writing, and my mental picture of wilson is 180 degrees opposed to yours. i don't wan't to resent him, or his actions. and if i'm to write again, i can't.

don't be hurt; if you weren't so skillfully eloquent in your analyses, it wouldn't bother me at all. but you are, so it does. i hope you understand where i'm coming from!