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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 
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 10:40 pm (UTC)
Definitely, definitely. I think that numbness and that lack of caring if you live can be every bit as dangerous as wanting to die. The scene that blew me away was that little bit during the musical interlude where he is fiddling with the knife and contemplating. It's insane how much that man can tell with his face. You can see, in his eyes and even in the way he draws his breath, right where his head is at. And it's a scary place to be.
14th-Oct-2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with you , Kidsnurse.
I like this place, everybody's comments are really interesting and I wish I could know English better so as to express my opinion in a better way.

That sentence was completely sincere to me...the "experiment" maybe was not intended for House inner being to emerge (I am sure it was not, he's just so damned curious and miscalculated the aftermath - and anyway, his curiosity is what keeps him alive) , but it did exactly that.
And Wilson reaction is "the" Wilson reaction, as someone wrote. I could'nt imagine any other way for him to react.
I thought that at this point , something should have happened to jerk their friendship.
Wilson was in a standstill, frightened for what his previus (and first, as we know) attempt to change things ended in S3, so the POTW found this "experiment thing".
I am not amongst people who hate S3; actually I liked it, though I am slightly annoyed for the way Wilson was pictured.
And now, I am so happy House for the first time completely opened up to his friend and didn't hide himself behind sarcasm or other. I think his words were related to the fact tht Wilson didn't stall and did exactly something according to House needs, t.i. giving him painkillers or morphine or whatever, without thinking whether that was right or wrong. He just DID it.
That's why I am so happy for Wilson too!
Finally, though I am a huge H/W shipper, I don't think those three words must be intended in a romantic way.

Well, I hope to write here soon again, inthese days I got stucked to my job :-(
14th-Oct-2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Wilson didn't stall and did exactly something according to House needs, t.i. giving him painkillers or morphine or whatever, without thinking whether that was right or wrong. He just DID it.

exactly! in all my gripes with S3 [and there were many], my biggest was how very out of character and inconsistent wilson was. i, too, am overjoyed that in S4, we appear to have our 'old' wilson back--only better!
18th-Oct-2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Greetings!

Yeah, I wonder what happened and who he saw this time during his own time elsewhere. SOMETHING happened, something powerful - that was a HUGE step out into the middle of the room, esp. for House.

-Katrina