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House M.D. Speculative Synopsis (Spoilers)

A quick-and-dirty recap of Season 7 so far*

"Now What?": Patient hallucinates after consuming toads' eggs

"Selfish": Patient's brother sacrifices his lung to save her

"Unwritten": Patient hallucinates her secret son who died in car crash

"Massage Therapy": Schizophrenic patient off her meds hallucinates. Wilson goes with House to buy a new motorcycle - why? Because he crashed the old one?

"Unplanned Parenthood": Woman delays treatment and dies to save her baby

"A Pox on Our House": House risks his life for his patient

"Office Politics" : Campaign manager sacrifices his job for his boss/secret lover's political career

"Small Sacrifices": Patient has delusions and feels one emotion while expressing another; imitates Jesus as a sacrifice to save his daughter from brain cancer

"Larger than Life": Patient risks his life to save a stranger in the subway

"Carrot or Stick": Patient keeps his fatherhood secret from his son

"Family Practice": Mama Cuddy doesn't recognize sarcasm because of a problem in her hippocampus

"You Must Remember This": Patient has what appears to be a perfect memory due to OCD

"Two Stories": Let's just forget this one ever happened. Except that House hits someone with his car, and "The Princess and the Pea" could refer to sleeping/coma? And it's career day at the school... and next week we'll meet a patient who is working all kinds of lousy jobs because his career has gotten derailed.

"Recession Proof": Patient hallucinates and is sacrificing his health to keep up appearances for his wife. Wilson won't let House drive drunk. House is willing to sacrifice his medical success for Cuddy. He taste-tests a Vicodin... and next week he'll swallow.

"Bombshells": Vivid dreams resemble hallucinations. House sacrifices his hard-earned sobriety to see Cuddy.

"Out of the Chute": Patient sacrifices his thrilling career to save his own life. References to Masters' prefrontal cortex. Also to House having sex with Wilson and eating him... and next week the patient is a cannibal serial killer.

"Fall from Grace": Patient has dysosmia (sniffs one thing and smells another). Secret identity/parentage. He's wanted for 13 unsolved murders in 10 states... and next week 13 returns, having killed her brother.

"The Dig": Haven't seen this one, but as I understand it, the patient has had three secret miscarriages.

Okay. I grant you that this could all be a series of coincidences, writers' collective unconscious, or what have you. But it seems to me that we're seeing three main themes over and over again this season: 1) hallucinations and other examples of brain/memory issues and being misled by the senses, 2) secret pregancy/parentage, and 3) sacrifice. There are also some references to vehicular crashes that might be setting us up for the reportedly filmed accident in front of Cuddy's house in the season finale.

Maybe we can't trust the evidence of our eyes - perhaps House has been dreaming/hallucinating this entire season, because he's in a coma after the accident sustained in the alternate version of "Now What?" (which would also explain GY's references to "dreams within dreams" in "Bombshells"). Maybe the "Gone with the Wind" spoiler refers to Cuddy having gotten pregnant just before the break-up and being put in a situation (accident or illness) that forces her to choose between treatment and saving her baby - and House tricking/forcing her into treatment and losing the baby, which she can never forgive.

Am I crazy? Am I dreaming? Am I marrying a demon forgetting something important?


*This post made possible by the awesome folks over at Clinic Duty who have done such a great job of transcribing the episodes over the years.



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petitecuriosity
Apr. 15th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Wow. I didn't realize the three main themes until I looked at everything listed. Thanks so much for compiling this list! The "dreams within dreams" might indicate that everything this season has been a hallucination (and it's certainly been a main theme throughout the episodes.) Have we seen House driving a motorcycle at all this season?

And I'm definitely starting to think Rachel might be involved somehow in the finale. Cuddy's mother is supposed to appear in the finale I think...perhaps she's comforting Cuddy following a car crash that leaves Rachel injured or dead? Or maybe Cuddy's mother was drunk and driving the car in the first place? I think Cuddy's sister is also in that episode. Is it possible that she could have been babysitting Rachel and ends up crashing the car, leaving Cuddy earning her mother's comfort, and Julia earning her mother's disapproval? Maybe Cuddy was driving the car and crashes it? Perhaps she was on her cellphone with House at the time and blames him for Rachel's death? And was it said that House's car or motorcycle was seen outside of Cuddy's house?

There really does seem to be an emphasis on secret parentage. Is it possible that Wilson realized that Cuddy was pregnant during her ultrasound while she was ill, but both agreed not to tell House? Is it possible that Wilson realized Cuddy was pregnant during her ultrasound but didn't tell her? (That seems less believable to me.) Maybe the reason Cuddy broke up with House in "Bombshells" wasn't merely because of the Vicodin use, but because she realized that she was pregnant and didn't want House around when she had the baby because of the relapse.

I'm not really sure what to think, but there are certainly a lot of possibilities.
flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I don't think we've seen House driving a motorcycle (or anything actually until the road trip with 13) this season.

I think it's possible that Cuddy's mom or sister could be involved in the accident, but it seems to me that it's just as likely that they show up afterwards to help out, or to comfort Cuddy, or something like that (as Julia does in "Bombshells"). And it was definitely reported that House's car was seen outside of Cuddy's house.

The earliest you can see pregnancy in an ultrasound is at about 4 weeks (yolk sac only). I was SO SURE when I saw the promos that Wilson was doing the ultrasound for that reason, but I was wrong! It might just have been too soon to see anything at that point, though.

I'm not sure what to think either, but it amazed me how many examples from these themes came up once I started going through the episodes.
srsly_yes
Apr. 15th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
I noticed a lot of hallucinations this season, but there have been clusters of them in the past. I don't know what to think. Is it possible that House's car crash is a flashback and precipitated a coma? However, I'm not sure where it would fit into the timeline.

OT--I was mulling over House's missing watch. Someone said it was Hugh Laurie's idea. Not speculating on the symbolism (it might be wrapped up with the finale), but it did bracket the Huddy arc. In that case we can rest assured that sooner or later Huddy was foreordained to end from the beginning. Ratings or fan opinions had nothing to do with it. Maybe everybody already reached this conclusion, but it takes me a while to process these things, duh.
flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Yes, there have certainly been hallucinations in the past as well. There was, though, a spoiler or speculation in which someone mentioned paying attention to all of the references to, and images of, brains this season.

My thought was that House has been in a coma since an accident near the end of the alternative version of "Now What?" and that the crash at the end of the season would effectively bring the real and coma timelines back into register - that is, he would regain consciousness after the dream crash and find himself back in the real timeline.

I'm confused about the watch now - I was convinced for a while that it would show up once the two timelines got back in sync, and not only was that not the case, but he didn't start wearing a watch again right after the break-up - it took several more episodes. Why do you think that was? (I do think, though, that the end of Huddy was planned from the beginning.)
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pgrabia
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
My thought was that House has been in a coma since an accident near the end of the alternative version of "Now What?" and that the crash at the end of the season would effectively bring the real and coma timelines back into register

There was an alternative version of "Now What?" I hadn't heard anything about that? If so, where can I see it or read it or whatever?
flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
I haven't been able to find the script again, but here's a post about it that might help:
http://blogcritics.org/video/article/house-the-mystery-of-thunder-roadtrip/
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flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Well, technically Huddy would have still happened in that House and Cuddy slept together for real before the accident. But frankly, if I were a Huddy fan, I would probably prefer that this season be fake in the hopes that the real thing might be better! (Actually one thing that does make me laugh is the speculation on the Cuddy comms that the relationship must have been real in the first few episodes when it was going well, but then somehow became a hallucination later when it started going downhill!)

I haven't seen "The Dig" yet, but that's a good point - maybe he doesn't start wearing the watch until after he's bared his broken heart to 13 (gag me) and come to terms with it?

The hallucination and pregnancy themes have been suggested elsewhere - I just wanted to tabulate them. That was when it occurred to me that sacrifice has appeared over and over again this season too.
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petitecuriosity
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
One speculation (for which I've seen no evidence) is that the rumored wedding will actually be between Cuddy and Lucas when we're restored to the original timeline.

I haven't seen any evidence of this either.

I haven't seen it yet...

*facepalm* You mentioned that in the entry too. Lol sorry. My brain was running rampant with ideas and I forgot.

Based on everything I've read, I think that "Help Me" happened and that House and Cuddy slept together. I think that if there are multiple timelines, they separated in "Now What?"

I agree. It's most likely that House and Cuddy slept together. I have to wonder at what point the timelines separated. The first time we see House with the watch off is when he's woken up the next morning and is in bed with Cuddy, right?
flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
The first time we see House with the watch off is when he's woken up the next morning and is in bed with Cuddy, right?

Yes, exactly. And from what I recall, their "day off together" diverges from what was aired almost immediately after they wake up.
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flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Belated addition: I checked imdb, and neither Michael Weston nor Cynthia Watros are listed as appearing at the end of S7. However, neither is Candice Bergen, and we know that she was filmed. So we can't trust the imdb listings for cast/plot info... which surprised me quite a lot. OW is listed for "The Last Temptation" but nothing after that.
justjuly4
Apr. 15th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Flywoman, you've done great job, compiling the list. I was reading it, saying WOW and OMG every two sentences (or even more often). I've found out a few things I never noticed watching the episodes. You're very attentive (I mean careful) to noticing the details and making conclusions!
*really I'm sending your virtual applauds*

Your theories are complicated and very-very impressive, unfortunately, I don't have any theory, but I hope Huddy won't reunite at the end of 7S. I think it might be possible that the relationship and the break-up were real, but the jump from the balcony didn't end well, leading to a coma. So Dominica never happened, 13's story was in House's had (explaining his own attitude to euthanasia and so on)... Thinking about that, the car crash in the last episode would wake him up.

Also, I support the idea that the car crash might be a flashback. It is possible, but I hope it wouldn't come to be true, because if it was a flashback, Huddy would still be together...

Lack of leg pain bothers me very much during the whole season! I'm trying to find an explanation, apart from "Cuddy's love/sex cured him", but fail. May be it's just nothing but a bad script?!
flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you, although believe me when I say that I am probably one of the least observant mortals on the planet. And I actually should give the awesome folks over at Clinic Duty their due for letting me read through the transcripts and compile this list in MUCH less time than it would have taken me to rewatch the episodes.
pgrabia
Apr. 15th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
It just occurred to me (you all have already noticed this already but I'm not very bright) that in the video interview with RSL talking about the chickens, his hair was cut short like it was at the end of season six. Now, I realize that it may simply be due to his Broadway part but maybe it's because, as Flywoman said, the timeline we're seeing will meet up again with the 'real' one. Or I'm totally out to lunch...that's a possibility, too.

All I can say is I cannot bear having Huddy all over again, not for the finale and not for another season if there is one, and if there isn't one then House ends pathetically with House and Cuddy in love 4ever and we have to put up with the Huddies and their victory taunts and jeers. I think I'm literally going to cry.
flywoman
Apr. 15th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
OMG - I did notice the haircut, but all I thought was, "Meh, I hate his hair short" - I didn't make the connection with the beginning of S7 at all! That's a great point!

But please don't cry! I don't think that we're going to get House+Cuddy=4evah no matter what the status of S7 turns out to be. DS and the other writers have been very firm about their position that even if the characters love each other, it's not going to work out long term.
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petitecuriosity
Apr. 16th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
I went back and watched the sex scene in "Now What?" House actually has his watch off toward the end of the sex scene; he seems to be wearing it when he places Cuddy on the bed and then we can't see it for awhile during the sex...but then when there is a scene of Cuddy on top of House...he isn't wearing the watch. I had initially thought that he hadn't removed it until the next day...so I wonder if the fact that it is on during part of the sex scene is significant in anyway.
flywoman
Apr. 16th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Speaking of sacrifices, thanks for taking one for the team ;).

I wonder if that's where the two scripts start to deviate (I can't remember the exact details). Or it might be symbolic of House's thoughts/feelings about the likely ephemerality of their relationship.
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