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Thoughts on Massage Therapy

"Let's say you had a really fantastic handyman. Would Sam ask you to stop using him because you might have had a sexual relationship in the past?"

Wilson paled. "You knew?"

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Oh, come on. I'm sure I was not the only one thinking this.

But it's actually a segue into my main point, which is that Cuddy tattles to Wilson about the massage therapist, probably expecting him to put pressure on House to comply with her demands, which he does. (And stenveny , you were right on about that relationship advice - if Sam had overheard, I hope she would have walked out.) Meanwhile, House lies to Wilson about the real reason that he and Cuddy aren't spending their nights together - that she isn't ready to have him sleep over and wants to protect her daughter in case things don't work out. Would Wilson still be such a cheerleader if he knew?

Also, can I just say how annoying it is that the episode title didn't even try to allude to the POTW because the Huddy hijinks were so much more the priority? (Although Filipe the gay male hooker saying that he hadn't expected House to have a girlfriend made me LOL.)

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menolly_au
Oct. 21st, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
...because this season isn't about the medicine or House solving cases - its all about the Love of a Good Woman Making Him Happy. The medicine is just an annoying diversion. This week he didn't even bother - he just phoned it in.

And Cuddy having a massage in the middle of a working day, naked, in her office....don't get me started :)




yarroway
Oct. 21st, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
I'm there with you :)

flywoman
Oct. 21st, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
I know, right? I can't believe that they didn't even close the blinds.
yarroway
Oct. 21st, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
I can just imagine working in that hospital as a nurse or aide. I'm heading out for lunch, my back and feet ache from taking care of patients all morning, I stepped in vomit so my shoe stinks and I don't have a spare pair so I'm going to have that aroma with me all day, I'm already behind in my work because a patient coded and I spent 30 minutes working on her only to lose her at the end, and now I see my boss lying in her comfy office, naked, getting a massage from a hot guy.

Yeah, that's got to be good for morale.
fleurione
Oct. 22nd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
naked, in her office
I know! It's like... words couldn't actually express my 'what'
stenveny
Oct. 21st, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
You were not the only person thinking this -- my husband actually said something like it during that bit of dialogue.

I do think he'd have continued the cheerleading even if he knew the state of the relationship. I kind of think Wilson is going to keep cheerleading (ineffectively and weirdly, but sincerely) until Sam bites leaves (God, soon.) And in Unplanned Parenthood, the House/Cuddy thing was almost as shallow as Wilson/Sam: they crossed the "babysitting for sex" line pretty early. Next Cuddy will be putting out for clinic hours.

I'm finding that what House leaves out of his conversations with Wilson to be more useful that what they actually talk about, in terms of understanding House's character.
cuddyclothes
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
POTW? What POTW?

That's been my feeling most of this season. Uh, guys, wasn't that a big part of what made the show so good in the first place?
jezziejay
Oct. 22nd, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen this ep, but didn't they do something equally ridiculous last season, only it was naked!House getting a massage from a hooker in his office? Either they're running out of ideas, or they've cottoned on to the idea of House and Cuddy being attractive to viewers, and are looking for any opportunity for gratutitous flesh displays!
flywoman
Oct. 22nd, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Why not some gratuitous naked Chase, given that he's been gettin' busy all this season? That's what I'd like to know.
jezziejay
Oct. 22nd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
gratuitous-nekkid!Chase - yeah, I'd watch that;)
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flywoman
Oct. 24th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I definitely agree that Wilson was expressing doubt about the state of the House/Cuddy relationship. He knows that House jumped right into his relationship with Stacy with both feet and that he would be expected to do the same here; if Cuddy confided in him about the conversation in the hallway after House hallucinated sex with her, then there's even more recent evidence. Wilson's a smart guy, so even though House doesn't admit it, he should be able to conclude that Cuddy's the one applying the brakes here.

I don't believe that Wilson was trying (certainly not consciously) to sabotage House/Cuddy. In the kitchen, I saw him giving House sincere (if misguided) advice to make sacrifices for the sake of the relationship. He can see House's perspective but Cuddy's too, and he jokes about the Rosa Parks thing to remind House that other people are going to look at the situation differently. When House jumps on the idea of giving Cuddy a gift, Wilson knows at once that this is going to go badly somehow, but I think he meant well.
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flywoman
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
I do agree that Wilson ought to feel threatened, although 1) he strikes me as the kind of guy who wouldn't admit it, especially to himself, and 2) about time that shoe was on the other foot!

And yes, although it's easy to see why Wilson believes that House could use some advice in the sphere of social relations, he can come across as pretty condescending about it. Not to mention that a man with three ex-wives and no other friends hardly strikes one as the best expert to consult - perhaps on how to get on with people on a superficial level, sure, but not on how to maintain real relationships.
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flywoman
Oct. 24th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
(laughing) Ah yes, the young people do enjoy it when we use their lingo ;). Thanks for your comments. I don't have anyone at home with whom to discuss this show, so it's nice that I can get a variety of perspectives when I get online to do so.
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