House Rundown: Episode 17, "The Social Contract" - Featured

On this week's episode of House, House once again finds himself treating a patient whose issue seems to be striking a little close to home: The man has developed a condition that makes him say whatever he's thinking, even when those things are horrible. House does that, too, of course, but he kind of lacks that nice medical excuse. That's a nice backdrop for a solid House/Wilson story, though, as House struggles to figure out why, exactly, Wilson is keeping secrets from him. To chat about it, just read more.

We've seen time and again how jealous House gets when he thinks someone is trying to steal Wilson away from him, and that's a driving force in this episode. When House discovers that Wilson has blocked off some time on his calendar (and prevented House from dragging him to a monster truck rally!) without saying why. House thinks he has a right to know what Wilson's doing because Wilson always shares that kind of stuff eventually, but Wilson seems particularly determined to keep this one a secret. It's actually a relief to see Wilson get mad; it doesn't happen much on this show, but when it does, it's proof that House has crossed a major line.

But Wilson eventually apologizes and explains: His mentally ill brother ran away years ago, and Wilson has always blamed himself. Now he's been found, and they're going to meet, but Wilson's wary of telling House because House won't lie to him. House doesn't quite get it at first ("I am fully capable of lying to you. I have, plenty of times!"), but Wilson points out that House doesn't do the "everything will be fine" sort of lies that keep the world turning. And yet, House tries, for a while - but he ends up having his Wilson-induced revelation and calling his team right when Wilson needs a pep talk. Wilson seems to forgive him, though; he and House may not have a normal social contract, but at least House tried.

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Mar 11, 2009 9:34AM EDT

It was very good episode, especially the funniest part when the patient talks his mind about Cuddy!!!

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