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Thoughts on Birthmarks, episode 5.04 [public but not posted] 
15th-Oct-2008 09:46 am
Open to public, but not publicly posted anywhere but in my journal.....

First things first.  I was neither particularly disappointed, nor particularly moved, by this episode.  At the end of it, my overriding emotion was one of relief, really, that the entire Wilson-Wants-House-Out-of-His-Life debacle is over, and perhaps now we can get back to business as usual.

What I liked:
  • Cuddy's clever cover story for administration of the sedative [although I do hope that there was actually IG in that syringe as well, because SARS... yeah].
  • Wilson's clever I've-thought-of-everything approach to a Road Trip With House--the used floormats, the empty plastic bottle [although I do think an actual urinal would've been funnier], the locked-up cane, the restricted phone privileges--and most especially, the second, smaller, wind-up flashlight [and btw--this is how they actually come packaged].  And the rationing out of the Vicodin, which was both funny and imparted to us a change in Wilson's previous House-view.  The Wilson of the last year and a half might have made him go without the Vicodin, whereas this Wilson didn't disagree with House's observation that one pill would "take the edge off, but it won't give me enough relief for an escape...."  Which I prefer to see as a silent agreement by Wilson that the pills are for pain.  Whoa--what a concept!
  • The uncharacteristic gentleness with which House recounted to Wilson his memory of Wilson lugging around that unopened envelope.
  • "I'm not even sure anymore we get to choose who our friends are."  'Nuff said.
  • The loving, indulgent smile lighting Wilson's face when House says, "If you're coming back just because you're attracted to the shine of my neediness... I'd be okay with that."  That smile... 'twas a lovely thing to see.
What I didn't like, and/or was confused by:
  • Cuddy's administration of the sedative--no alcohol wipes, and the site was dangerously high.  I know--small thing--but small things add up.
  • House and Wilson's come-and-go seatbelts--Wilson's especially, as he was shown driving without it on for long periods of time.  And it stretches credibility to want us to believe that a man who lives life "expecting the worst" [and more on that later] wouldn't be positively obsessive about his seatbelt.
  • The way the end played out.  I wanted... more.  I wanted one of those warm, mutual, "you know, I really love you" smiles that they gave each other in the montage at the end of Damned If You Do.  That would've been enough.  And perfect.  
And finally, something that made me go hmmmm....:
  • Read this:  House rolls his eyes and calls after Wilson, “You were born expecting bad things to happen; it’s why you chose Oncology.  You expect the worst, and you prepare for it.” [from The More Things Change, chapter eight, 'Child's Play'.]
  • And now this, transcribed directly from last night's episode:  "When things go wrong, I like to be ready."  [Wilson, after House disposes of keys."This is about you, needing to be prepared for the worst.  So you become an oncologist; no surprises there--worst happens all the time." [House, at  funeral, trying to get Wilson to admit to needing him.]
  • But they don't read fan fiction.  And actually, I believe that, and know this is a coincidence.  Still....  
So those are my primary thoughts, for whatever they're worth.
15th-Oct-2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hm. Yeah, last night was the most Housian episode in a painfully long time. So it gets my vote for that. Hearing House tell Hadley she's fired can't be that much better, can it?

I liked finding out where the Houserents actually lived now. I wish I knew why House seems so ambivalent toward his origins in the case of his mother, but would readily hurl them at his father. It looks to me like she was really no better than John was, as far as shunting aside House's wishes and/or needs to facilitate her own comfort. The fact that House doesn't complain about any of the underhanded acts against him at all says a lot, too. I have theories about his relationship with his mother and none of them are at all pleasant. They bleed over into his handling of what Wilson and Cuddy do to and about him and it's terribly distressing to actually think about.

I didn't see House wanting at all to connect to any biological father, which is telling about his origins, as well. If it was supposed to tie into the PotW story that way, then the fact that he probably never wanted to know anything about this missing link (which, in his case would be relevant for genetic testing) is a clue into how he came about. Infidelity may put a damper on that curiosity, I think, but rape or something similar would kill it instantly. I certainly don't see either John or Blythe as being the sort who would hide that kind of thing from their son. Hell, they let him know every damned thing else he was 'guilty' of -- why should this be any different?

If John stopped talking to Greg for three months because of being reminded (because as californiaquail said, John is not stupid and can count) that he is not his son's biological father then what sort of thoughts did John harbor about what his wife did or went through? If it was rape, he probably agonized over a fallacy that he was supposed to protect her and those words were a reminder from the very result that he hadn't 'taken care of business' or whatever foolishness. If it was an affair, then it's a reminder that he wasn't satisfactory enough in his wife's eyes to be something worth waiting for. And -- again -- here's the result waving it in his face with relish.

Now, the fact that this would be relished in the first place doesn't seem to have mattered. I don't see House as having cared or wanted to say such things if he felt at all loved and I don't see either of his parents making that happen. Holy crap, why is House still alive? Then again, his suicide attempt(s have) failed, too! More self-punishment! Because that's just what he needs! He couldn't even get rid of the problem, himself, and spare everyone he feels he screws over every day. Yay.
15th-Oct-2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
myself, i didn't need all the backstory--nor will i analyze it ad nauseum. i'll just add it into 'what we know,' and go from there. my brain can't handle any more than that.
15th-Oct-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
But analyzing ad nauseam is...okay, I'm going to refrain from quoting Mal Reynolds from Serenity, but I don't think I'll be able to help thinking it over. I'm just like that.

*mumbles line from Serenity to myself*