desoto_hia873: (Default)
There was an uncredited character in the first episode of House S8 that SO WAS SUCRE FROM PRISON BREAK. It's right near the end, in the brawl in what looked like the cafeteria. The bald, tanned guy wearing the undershirt. SUCRE. I'm telling you.

Don't know if it was the same actor (see the uncredited reference), but it sure looked like him.

The parallel may have been accidental, but who knows? Stranger things have happened on TV.

Or maybe it's just me. ::shrugs::
desoto_hia873: (Default)
No. No! NO!!!

Okay, I'm behind the times. I just finished watching House S7 on DVD. Don't ask why. Okay, you can if you want to. It's just not relevant to the rest of this post.

I also just finished watching the various bonus features on the DVD set, like "Huddy Dissected."

And my response to it is this: No. No! NO!!!!!!

Huddy was NOT doomed to failure from the beginning. It DIDN'T have to end as it did (although I think House driving his car through front of Cuddy's house was (for him) a major breakthrough). Yes, he drove her up the wall and back down the other side, but you know what else I think???

Most of it was HER fault. She should never have broken up with him, despite what the writers say.

Why? Because Cuddy KNEW how damaged House was when she began their relationship. She knew what she was getting into, she acknowledged it, and then she expected him to act like regular-guy boyfriend. That is UNFAIR.

NO ONE deals well with a cancer scare. NO ONE. Least of all House. Sure, he felt that he had to resort to Vicodin in order to be there and come through for Cuddy, but that speaks to his depth of feeling for her, AND it's an admittedly somewhat twisted admission on his part that he's not the person he'd like to be for her. For a months-old relationship to someone as broken as House, coming through in the end even with drug use is a VERY BIG DEAL. And yet, instead, Cuddy sees it as a failure.

In just the episode before, House gets wildly drunk, shows up on Cuddy's doorstep, and tells her point blank that if he has to choose between being the best doctor possible or loving her, he will always choose her. DOES NO ONE SEE WHAT A HUGE DEAL THAT IS???

House is someone who has always taken refuge in his intelligence, his pride of intellect, his escapism into solving medical puzzles that no one else can--ferhevvinssakes, immersing himself in intellectual pursuits relieves him of acute physical pain!--and he is willing to let go his stranglehold of that for love of her. Without, I might add, her even asking for such a thing. He searched inside himself, and this is what he discovered.

Is there such a thing as deeper love than this? He is willing to let go of that which has sustained him for so many years for love of her. What greater thing could she possibly ask???

When Cuddy breaks up with House, you can see the terror in his eyes and hear the fear in his voice. There is nothing he wouldn't do for her. No part of himself that he would not give.

Yes, he struggled with the cancer scare. WHO THE HELL WOULDN'T??? No, he didn't deal with it as best he could have, but he found a way--however wrong--to come through for her in the end.

These things are hard. This is new territory for emotionally deficient House. But he did as well as he could at the time. Perhaps it wasn't enough for her and her impossibly idealized vision of her life partner, but House tried and did the best that he could. If she'd sat down and talked to him and embraced what he did do instead of rejecting him on the basis of what he didn't or couldn't do, it would have helped him grow and cope better the next time. He's a human being. He needs time and chances to learn.

Cuddy's mother wants them back together. Cuddy's daughter wants them back together. Cuddy heard what he said when he was drunk and nakedly open and vulnerable: "I will always choose you." Honestly, what more could she want than that???

House is no saint. He's a deeply flawed, emotionally stunted character. But he understands love instinctually, and he was striving towards the fulfillment of the responsibilities and obligations of his relationship with Cuddy. He didn't choose the right path, but he was trying. He would have done better the next time, and the time after that, but Cuddy never gave him that chance.

How do I know this? Because I live with a sort-of House and have done for a long time. He and House are vastly different in almost every way, but they share some of the same emotional roadblocks. I know--I know--Jim's depth of love for and loyalty to me. He's sometimes a jerk, sometimes insensitive, almost always a dork, and strong emotions (especially his own) make him crumble into little bits. But he's learning. He's had to, because I suffer from depression, and the last several years would have tested any man. He doesn't get it right every time, and he certainly screwed up BIG the first few times, but he's getting it. Dear and good-hearted man, he's come through when it counts, even if not always in quite the way that I expected or hoped.

I've no idea how much this has been debated on LJ because I'm so terribly out of the loop, but my convictions w.r.t. a television show have never run deeper.

House screwed up because that is what he does, just like Jim. But in the end, he's there, and for all the right reasons.

Cuddy abandoned their nascent relationship because of her own wildly unrealistic expectations. She knew his limitations, and she said she loved him anyway. And then she dumped him at the first sign of trouble.

Shame on you, Cuddy. However, it was a completely human and not an unrealistic response, and you can still make things right, if the writers allow you to do so. I hope they do.



May. 19th, 2008 10:46 pm
desoto_hia873: (House - lalla32)
Oh. My. God.

Someone give whoever wrote that episode an Emmy.

::incoherent flailing::

I Am Dim

Nov. 29th, 2006 09:00 pm
desoto_hia873: (House Cast - eyesthatslay)
Twice in two days have shows left me bewildered at the end.

Last week's Veronica Mars )

Yesterday's House )

I'm not sure if I'm going deaf or senile at this point. Help?


Sep. 5th, 2006 08:27 pm
desoto_hia873: (House Cast - eyesthatslay)
Glory's on House! Curiously, she looks much younger than she did on BtVS.
desoto_hia873: (House - lalla32)
A friend (Hi P!) told me last week that her husband works with a guy whose brother-in-law is the actor who plays Mark (Stacy's husband) on House.

I feel important. :-)


Apr. 25th, 2006 09:46 pm
desoto_hia873: (House - lalla32)
Huh. I was wondering why Wilson was wearing a McGill sweatshirt, so I looked Robert Sean Leonard up on IMDb thinking maybe he was Canadian and that it was one of those inside things. He's not Canadian, but he was Neil in Dead Poet's Society! I should have recognised him.

So, anyone know why Wilson was wearing a McGill sweatshirt?

Slightly spoilery question. )


Mar. 7th, 2006 09:02 pm
desoto_hia873: (House Cast - eyesthatslay)
Eeeee! It's Johnny Fever! On House!

::dies from glee::

Man, does he ever look old. But still - Johnny!!!

And how much do I wish that WKRP would come out on DVD?

Ooo, and Adam Busch on this episode too. And he's gained weight.

::is glued to TV::
desoto_hia873: (I Heart Nerds - eyesthatslay)

And associated drabbley nonsense (which won't make much sense if you haven't seen tonight's episode and will not greatly enhance your life even if you have):

People change. Once he'd been a geek living in backwater California. Now here he was in one of the world's great cities, vivendo la buona vita! Sì, i vini superb, le donne belle...

A spasm of coughing overtook him, leaving him flushed and breathless. Yeah, okay, that part of the good life wasn't so buona. But stopping smoking was hard – astonishingly, he'd actually learned to inhale and nicotine proved a demanding mistress. He really was going to quit this time, though. He popped another piece of gum into his mouth.

Now if he could just do something about the diarrhoea.
desoto_hia873: (House Cast - eyesthatslay)
Still lots of reruns on the air these days. *sigh* Tonight's Prison Break was new, at least - it's one of the few shows of the new season that I seem to be sticking with. I was sad when they cancelled Joan of Arcadia last spring because (i) I liked it and (ii) it was amusing seeing BtVS's Gage Petronzi as 'the devil' (apparently he got over that little gill problem). Too bad we didn't get to find out where that storyline was leading. Anyway, Gage is in jail now, and although I missed the pilot episode, I'm more or less caught up on what's going on and it's pretty good. One of its themes is what happens when you realise that the people you're manipulating for your own ends aren't just faceless beings but actual people and, what's more, you've started liking them. Has alot of potential.

One of the Secret Service guys in Prison Break is an actor named Paul Adelstein. He looks familiar to me, but I haven't seen him in anything that's listed on IMDb. Well, I probably saw the two ER episodes he was on back in the day, but I doubt I'm remembering him from those. It's a puzzle.

The previews of next month's House look entertaining - "Meet the one woman House can't get over - his mother!" Hee! I cannot WAIT to see her! Anyone know which actress will be playing her?
desoto_hia873: (House Cast - eyesthatslay)
Cuddy: Are you being intentionally dense?
House (with exaggerated look of stunnedness): HUH?!?



Sep. 20th, 2005 10:46 pm
desoto_hia873: (House - lalla32)
And tonight's House made me cry, dammit.


Jun. 14th, 2005 09:10 pm
desoto_hia873: (House Cast - eyesthatslay)
So, I'm watching my first episode of House. (So many have raved so much - I had to know.) Why does he limp and walk with a cane?


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