House: Cancer, but not Cancer. Wilson, but not Wilson.

On this week's House, "Not Cancer," the point was subtle... yet ridiculously in our faces... which I guess is something we love about House. There's always something else going on, but just as they make it obvious - duh, there's a case House keeps trying to make cancer for the sake of needing Wilson, the oncologist, but then it twisted into being "cancer, but not cancer."


So throughout the episode, it was clear that Wilson leaving is really bugging House and that's really what he's trying to get at - but yet, it's not. This probably means that it's something in House - like he can't be a friend, etc., that is really the issue - not particularly the cancer... or Wilson... though it's all related and relies on one another.


It was really interesting to see House actually be more positive than someone else, though this certainly was all relative. To have House saying things like, "the world is really not as ugly as she thinks," and "I haven't given up hope" (on life like the patient) - a bit mind-blowing, but yet, when you think about it, really who House is. He's not an insane pessimist - he's more of a realist genius with an inability to reach out to those he loves and needs. But he is not uninterested in life - instead he's fascinated by it - just not in the way we typically imagine or see.


Yet to see House going to Wilson in his usual House way of using Wilson without even a greeting, THEN actually stopping to say, "how are you?" with some sentiment - intriguing! House is melting just a tiny, tiny bit - and Wilson is staying strong - but not really.


House was almost trying to show Wilson he cared, but it clearly didn't work since that's not House - and Wilson really doesn't want a part of that. Of course, Wilson wasn't a pillar of strength, instead he's a pretty big mess, but he didn't give in to House, so that's as much of a pillar as Wilson has been other than that dramatic conclusion last episode.


So now we have to ask - can or will House change because of Wilson leaving him? Their conversation at the door with Wilson saying, "don't..." blah blah... was extremely bromance-erific and also very sad. I think if they can work through this, it's a break-through and change "Houson" (as I've decided to call them) can survive and thrive, but will that happen?


How, my fellow House fans, can House and Wilson get through this? Could we actually lose Wilson?


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Sep 24, 2008 5:46PM EDT

Very good review, Kendra. I'm quite impressed. After I had watched "Not cancer" this morning I didn't really like it, but after I read your review, I re-thought the episode and now I like it a lot better. Thanks for that. I don't think we will lose Wilson. House and he will figure it out, I'm pretty sure about that. It might take some time but in the end their friendship will be stronger and maybe House will have changed a little bit.
Unfortunately you didn't mention Brian, the private investigator. I stilll can't decide if I do like him or not. In my opinion he doesn't really fit in and House can't pay him forever, consequently he has no reason to hang around. Why should he want to hang out with House?!
Moreover I really missed Cameron, Cuddy and Chase a lot in this episode. WTF happened to them I was asking myself constantly. In the end Chase and Cuddy showed up for one scene...:-( That was not enough writers!! (I know you had a lot to do with Brian....)

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Sep 24, 2008 6:37PM EDT

I really liked this episode! It reminded me of how HOUSE used to be... more focus on the medical drama and on how house deals with relationships and internal struggle. That is the big draw for me. Oh and I liked the new private investigator. He added a lot more humour/intrigue than the entire "new" team put together. Good writing on this episode!

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Sep 24, 2008 7:13PM EDT

I think the new investigator ist great, as he is like a mirror to House and he seems in a way as smart as House, which surprised House a lot. His comments are witty and he seems to have a great twisted sense of humour, I agree.
I do miss the Old team, I know this discussion has been going on since the first casting session for the new one, but I cant help myself, I do miss them a lot, the new ones dont work for me as there is no real connection between them and House.
I think we will loose Wilson, cause if he would get back together with House, Wilson would loose his face completely and House wouldnt respect him anymore. But due to the fact that Wilson is able to resist, House finally has to change. Which brings me to the conclusion that at the end Wilson still is a good friend, helping House finally to open up. Something House wasnt able to do in all those years before - with Wilson.
Is my thinking too twisted ? Any thoughts ?

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Sep 24, 2008 7:16PM EDT

Does anyone think Brian going to be a new regular character? He seems to tell House whatever he wants to hear...which may or my not work for our boy Gregory. While I do enjoy the idea of House having a PI on his speed dial, there seemed to be a little too much of him in this episode for my liking.
As for Wilson...he's Watson to House' Holmes...you can't write that out. I'd like to see more of Wilson working through his Cut-throat b***h issues while House tries to become a happier person.

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Sep 24, 2008 8:58PM EDT

I'm not sure about Brian, I mean he had some good lines and will be fun for one or to episodes but after that I don't think he'll have a long term purpose, I just hope that he doesn't replace Wilson os House's best friend.Wilson... I agree that House is trying to change and it seems completely un-Wilson to drop him, but who knows after all the title is right dying does change everythingI agree with emmapeel I miss the old team! even though Cameron was overemotional she was the perfect balance for House, and Chase was hilarious, am I the only one who liked his accent? I wish they'd come back into the foreground of the series.

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Sep 24, 2008 9:10PM EDT

I loved the ending "you look sad"
House sure plays the tragic hero well!
And I heard Brian is actually going to get his own spin-off show. They intro'd him to see if people liked him, and are starting a show with him as the main focus.

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Sep 24, 2008 10:17PM EDT

I think this season is starting out a little rough, but when I saw the end of this episode, I now think that it's going to get better. I don't really like the private investigator all that much...I think he's a little bit annoying.

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Sep 26, 2008 3:03AM EDT

"...he's more of a realist genius with an inability to reach out to those he loves and needs. But he is not uninterested in life - instead he's fascinated by it - just not in the way we typically imagine or see."--Well put, I really like that.

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Sep 26, 2008 3:48AM EDT

well, i think the title of the first episode wants us to think there is going to be a change, but with a twist. It seems that wilson is leaving and might end up leaving only to make us think that he really left. But what if Wilson was doing that to save House from his current miserable state of misery and addiction to vicaden its a long shot and i doubt that would happen because if that happened there would be no point of the show going on, but who knows maybe the writer's are putting that option in mind incase they want to strike and they can just twist the plot to that as an ultimatum to the producers. lol crazy

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Sep 26, 2008 1:00PM EDT

loving the new season and your review was so well put together. Well done you, all i wanted to say but too clumsy to put it together :)

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Sep 28, 2008 8:58AM EDT

well, I hope they don't bring Wilson back. Don't get the wrong idea, I love Wilson, but it is as Wilson said: he and House are not friends any longer- House just shoves all his garbage on Wilson. But I think I would like Brian to replace Wilson. Because Wilson is so kind, he let House use him until their friendship disappeared but Brian wouldn't let that happen because in his own way, I think, he is smarter than Wilson. And that is the kind of smartness that someone like House needs.And just think about what you are saying: Wilson wants to save House? NOW? That is an extremely housy way of thinking. His girlfriend died. I think right about now is the time when he won't have any double purposes in his actions. I think he meant what he said and he's not coming back. Because even if House wouldn't loose his respect, I would. Put your foot down!

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Sep 30, 2008 5:53AM EDT

About the payments for the private investigator: In reality House lets the hospital pay for it, so as long as he can cover it up it should be a lot of fun to watch them both!

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Sep 30, 2008 6:58PM EDT

Erm, yeah... That was one expensive coffee-machine-fix job.

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