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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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.