House Review: Who Has Cancer?!?

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About a month ago, I had a dream that I was being held captive. 

I woke up just as I was breaking free and running for my life. I was sweaty, out of breath, and completely shaken up, in both my dream world and waking life. The mind's affect on the body is something that House has explored before, but because it is an interesting concept to me, I am admittedly happy to see it addressed again in tonight's episode, "Body and Soul".

Lue, a young boy of Hmong decent is sick. His dreams feel extremely real, which translates to the Chase/Park storyline as well. And a bit less literally to House's situation with Dominika. The mind is a tricky thing and although dreams are sometimes not to be take literally, sometimes they are. Chase and Park attempt to figure this out, adding some nice humor to the episode and a stellar Chase/Park dream sequence that should make all 10 fans of their relationship (including me) quite satisfied.

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In truth, I'd rather see Chase with Park than with Adams, which is where I know the storyline will inevitably go. Park is vastly more fun to watch and not Cameron 2.0 like Adams' character. But they are doomed to be friends. Their storyline dovetailed nicely with Lue's. Again, how much of what we believe is true in our minds translate to actual truth in waking life?

In Lue's case, his mother and grandfather believed he was possessed and performed an exorcism. But Adams believed that her own far fetched treatment option of ibuprofen (yes, I did say ibuprofen) actually cured Lue. We'll never know and we're not supposed to, but I'd put my money on the medicine here.  Like Taub said, both ideas are far-fetched, but one of them actually did work.

So how can this reasoning be applied to House and Dominika? House has a terribly bad habit of sabotaging every relationship he's in. He really begun to appreciate Dominika and now it's all over because he lied to her. So was House's belief that she would end up falling for him regardless of the truth? Or is House actually deluding himself into thinking he's romancing her by delaying her citizenship?

The mind truly is a tricky thing. And House's is definitely playing with him. In one of the last scenes, we see that Dominika, although pained, walk out the door. House then goes to Wilson to discuss her leaving, claiming to feel quite depressed. It's a dark scene, filled with rain. Even the scene with House and Dominika kissing was quite dark, never quite leading the viewer to believe anything might actually work out.

Which leads me to the very last scene. So... Wilson has cancer?  That's what next week's "The C-Word" is about? I'm surprised, but not terribly excited about this development. I obviously love Wilson and don't want him to go anywhere, but I'm not sure how he's going to go from Stage 2 cancer to dying on a couch within the hour next week. Of course, the most exciting episode happens when I'll be out of town, so you'll get a break from my ever lasting cynicism regarding the series.

I don't really think House would be long for this earth without Wilson, so if the writers are trying to push House to the absolute edge, they've certainly picked the right direction.


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"We'll never know and we're not supposed to" We do know because THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS EVIL SPIRITS!!!!


I think the last couple of episodes were really good. Too bad they weren't so good in the beginning of the season, because now House is cancelled. I do agree with some that the farting scene and flossing metaphor weren't so classy, but if you think about it House can actually use the metaphor and Park always had that kind of "humor" in her. I also think that Wilson's disease is a great storyline. (I always thought they were gonna kill House, and they still might do that). Great review btw, love reading them.


All the actors knew a long time ago their jobs were coming to an end but they had contract to fill. So they stopped caring about their charatcers and walked thru the parts for the last several shows not caring how it ends. If it weren't for Laurie I would have giving up on this long ago. I wish him well and hope he does more shows in US.


Even with online and dvr viewing possibilities and other committments that viewers may have or shows that they may watch, networks generally only care about who watches a show as it airs. Reviews on websites adhere to that same policy. Maybe it isn't fair but it is how things work Those who complain about something being posted too quickly, selfishly expect everything to revolve around them but what about us? Are those of us who did watch the show not relevant? Thank you for this prompt review!


If Wilson dies in the end, I will throw something.


Thank you very much Lisa Palmer!! :D
really nice to see you're reading the comments!


@spanishfan: literacy can be hard to accomplish, I see


@spanishfan: I think that you misunderstood :/ I, and I presume Carda, were talking about SPOILER in the title, not spoiler in general.


Carda, don´t be selfish. If you don´t watch House, OK, but there are fans, like me who want to know about this show. Or does everything have to do with what YOU like? Don´t read the spoilers, don´t write here! Go and waste your time with your shows. I am tired of sh..shows like Gossip Girls, Glee or HIMYM, but I don´t go there and ask for less spoilers. I don´t want spoilers from a lot of shows, but there are people who do, so I shut up. Do the same, because you are acting like a selfish person.


SPOILER! Ok, as much as I hate it I think I know what's gonna happen in the las few episodes (and I'd really love to be wrong about this)
So here's what we've got: Wilson has cancer. If you've seen promo of the upcoming episode - 'The C-Word' then you know that it's going to be really intese and may end with Wilson dying in front of House. Titles of the next few episodes: 'Post Mortem', 'Holding On' and (series finale) 'Everybody Dies' suggest that 'The C-Word' could end tragically for both: Wilson and House. Also, check out the descriptions for the episodes: “Post Mortem�
(...) The only person he does respect is House, who has mysteriously gone missing. With House in absentia, the team has to figure out how to treat Treiber while making him believe that House is calling all the shots. Me: Ok, so House has gone missing, is it because he can't get over Wilson's death? “Holding On�
Former Princeton Plainsboro colleague Thirteen returns in an all-new episode. (...) Meanwhile, Foreman tries a different approach with House. Me: Descritption suggests that Foreman tries to help House. Do you see what I'm talking about? “Everybody Dies�
In the emotional series finale, which is preceded by an hour-long retrospective, treating a drug addict patient results in House examining his life, his future and his own personal demons David Shore said that Thrirteen appears to intervene with House and Wilson and she's giving House an advice. Facing what I mentioned previously could it mean that she's trying to help House deal with Wilson's death? Also - Hugh Laurie said that series finale will be uplifting. Does it mean that in this episode House will finally make peace with Wilson's death? There are lots and lots of clues. What do you think? Am I wrong? If I am, please correct me cause I actually hate this conclusion for House. He's been through enough and he won't deal with his best friend's death.

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House Season 8 Episode 18 Quotes

Relax. I'm a doctor. Your spectacular breasts mean nothing to me.


For a moment I thought you were uncomfortable with Chase because you had a nocturnal Australian.