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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I agree with Carda...I don't watch House but I do watch Desperate Housewives and Private Practice and I live in Italy so title as "Orson Did What?" Or "Addison's A Mom" should go away for the website's sake!!! They're way too spoilery!!!


the fart in the end was disgusting, too sit com style for this show, it was always characterized by smart humor not the stupid and disgusting sit com style jokes. it could be silly sometimes, but never low class or trashy. seriously, what were they thinking. this whole ep was filled with this crud jokes that just made me want to check if perhaps i am watching the wrong show. starting with House's flossing metaphor and ending with the fart. EWW


Dear Richard, unfortunately, there are people that (sit down, shocker!) do NOT live in your country and do NOT watch every show on the internet.
House is a show which I enjoy, but watch with my bf, once it's running in Germany.
And TVFanatic isn't only House-spoilers. I frequent this website because of reviews and spoilers for the shows I DO watch on the internet regularly. So when I'm looking for the latest GoT review or whatever, do I really have to be bombed with spoilers for shows that I do not like to get spoiled for? Other websites/writers are able to write headlines like "House shocker.. Wilson has [SPOILER]" as well. I'm just asking them to do so as well, then I can decide if I want to click on the article and read more about it ...or NOT.


I think that 7 hours is more than ample time to; watch it live, on tivo, streaming websites, torrent it, or numerous other things. So Carda, please in the future, don't google-ing reviews of the episode you havent seen yet, and get all pissy when you find a well written review of said show, you have yet to see.


WTF, can you PLEASE NOT WRITE SUCH SPOILERS INTO F*CKING HEADLINES!!!!! haven't read the article, didn't want to know yet but browsing through the page for other stuff ruined it thank you


Why don't they just make house kill himself instead of continually ruining his life. Now wilson has cancer? Sigh...

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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.