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.