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Quick thought on House 5.05 "Lucky Thirteen" 
22nd-Oct-2008 12:12 pm
[climbing on soapbox] 

It caused me physical pain last night, hearing Wilson call his beloved friend a drug addict.  And put us back to square one; I'd been so pleased, the week before, when Wilson hadn't argued with House's 'Vicodin as leash' theory.  I'd believed that Wilson finally, finally was undergoing a change in his perspective of the pills.  And last night, of course it didn't help when House referred to himself as a "doctor with a drug habit." I know--how they, and we, view the Vicodin pretty much depends on who's writing the episode.  So much for continuity in such an important aspect of the character, and the show.
22nd-Oct-2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
I've always wished Wilson would leave House the fuck alone about the Vicodin; he obviously needs it. (med pot would probably help get rid of his pain too but then he'd be high all the time and couldn't do his job)
22nd-Oct-2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
back a hundred years ago when i was in grad school, i actually experimented with pot for pain control. it decreased the spasticity of the leg muscles, but actually increased the pain--or, at least, it increased my perception of the pain. another odd thing--tried it three times, never got high. went back to the opioids, which, at least, were legal. hee.

however, i certainly don't think that house would object to giving it a try! :)
22nd-Oct-2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Not surprising...lots of drugs do this. Meperadine given to kidney stone patients, for example. Shoots the pain off the scale. Give them Toredol, they're much better. Given that most of the meds we give for pain don't actually get RID of the pain...rather they alter our perception of it, I'm not surprised that cannibus increased your pain perception. ..does make me wonder if anyone's ever bothered to study it in conjunction with the use of other anti-spasmotics, though. Umm.

22nd-Oct-2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
oh my--you said the bad word--anti-spasmodics. the things that mess with [what's left of] my brain. so, i live with the spasticity instead--and consider it a fair trade-off.

they never discuss house actually having spasms in the leg, but it's an educated assumption i make, based on the known state of the quad, and that there's got to have been further atrophy over the years, and walking with a cane and off-kilter.... anyway, i need him to have leg spasms; they're a mainstay in oh-so-many of my plots! :)

btw--hope you're feeling better.
22nd-Oct-2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
I have friends who are HIV positive and were generous enough to let me have some of their extra med pot (they actually had far more of it than they could smoke themselves) and it's one of the very few things that got rid of my far-worse-than-average menstrual cramps. (and House would probably be easier to get along with after a joint or two)
22nd-Oct-2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
got rid of my far-worse-than-average menstrual cramps

and that too demonstrates its anti-spasmodic action, at least for the two of us! [and btw, not to diagnose or anything, but you've been checked for endometriosis, yes?]
22nd-Oct-2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
I've been checked for everything. I currently take progesterone for period problems (unusually heavy bleeding, overlong duration, etc.) It helps with those, but med pot and other things work better for the cramps.
22nd-Oct-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
oh, my sympathies! i lived with endometriosis for 14 years. and it was hell. glad you've found things that give you a bit of relief!
22nd-Oct-2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
14 years?! holy crap
22nd-Oct-2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I'm going to say the same thing I said in email to KidsNurse about this. At this point, it seems pretty clear that Wilson has gotten over his "you're an addict who needs to change" thing. When the word gets used -- and they both use it -- it feels to me like shorthand between them, a verbal symbol of a reality they both understand.

It's just easier in their conversations to say that, than to rephrase the entire dependency situation every time -- especially given House's preference (for dark humor or other reasons) for framing everything about himself in the most negative way. I really think it's understood between them; I just wish it was understood with more of the audience.
22nd-Oct-2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
lol--and i'm going to reply as i did in email, because i feel so strongly about this: i rather like your thinking about the 'addict' remark. i suppose what bothers me is that the [rather vocal and vehement] majority will not see it that way; they'll simply point to it as further 'proof' of house's 'drug abuse' and 'addiction.' i.e. 'see? even the writers say he's an addict!' sigh.

22nd-Oct-2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't blame the writers in this case and here's why: I don't think it's them. As I see it, they can't use the correct words because those words do not yet exist, not in any way that will work in real-life conversation.

There's a word for "addict" and "addiction." The meaning is well understood.

House, of course, is dependent rather than addicted, but our culture uses those two words interchangeably, not bothering to differentiate between the two. "Dependency" in mainstream use is charged with the same meaning as "addiction." So even if Wilson said House was "dependent" on the pills, the audience would translate that as "he's an addict."

Our culture needs to develop a whole new "box," as it were, for people in House's situation, and come up with the correct language for it. That language is missing now, to the point that it's almost impossible to talk about the reality in casual conversation (as House and Wilson sometimes do) without using terms that really don't apply.
22nd-Oct-2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
So even if Wilson said House was "dependent" on the pills, the audience would translate that as "he's an addict."

yes, they would. unless...

wideshot of house, limping away from group of three others. he's making a scoffing noise, but we can see a resigned stoop to his shoulders.

closeup on wilson's face, watching house leave, eyes showing the famous 'worried wilson' look as mr. and mrs. smith stare in disgust after house.

mr. smith [indignant]:
i can't believe you'd let a drug addict treat my daughter!

wilson: he's... not a drug addict, mr. smith. he's a chronic pain patient, much like your daughter is.

mrs. smith: our daughter has bone cancer! she needs pain medication to function. how dare you compare her to... to... that miserable... well, he's no better than a junkie!

wilson's eyes flare; he shakes his head: dr. house isn't an addict; i'm sorry his behavior's given you that impression. he's dependent on those pills, yes. and unfortunately, he likes to make it appear that he enjoys them. but that medication allows him to do his job, to use his brilliance to help people like your child. if it weren't for house, we still wouldn't know that an atypical blood dyscrasia--a rare abnormality--in susan's blood was causing the radiation to fail. and if it weren't for those pills that he takes, his own pain would be so severe, so distracting, that he'd be unable to share his insights. and susan's condition would be worsening, and--quite frankly--we might not have figured it out in time to save her. dr. house is no more an addict than susan is. his medication simply makes a more normal life possible for him. and he uses that to [wilson looks pointedly into the window of the patient room] save other lives.

how long would that scene take? forty-five seconds? if we can utilize two minutes to get a clear picture of thirteen's sex life, could we please utilize less than one minute to have house's best friend educate the patient's family [and thus the viewing public] on house's real relationship with vicodin?

29th-Oct-2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
*bursts out laughing because all through those scenes with Hadley and the not-actually-that-hot PotW, I was annoyed as hell and really felt for every GLBT viewer who was probably just as disgusted as I was at the trivialization they insist on depicting for the sake of...hell, I don't know, it was just idiotic*

And the 'examination' scene from hell? Do you know how many times I rolled my eyes in that scene alone? I'm surprised they haven't started listing to the side. My ocular nerves must be overtaxed at this point.
22nd-Oct-2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
hmmmmmmm, possible.