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House M.D.: Final(e) Speculations

We know from the promos that the POTW is a performance artist who may be faking some of her symptoms in order to challenge House and his team. What is the tie-in to the simultaneous character subplots? It seems to me that the most likely connection is that House (and we) can't trust everything that we see in this episode (or maybe in this entire season). Yes, I'm back to the hallucination theory! And now we even have a physiological basis - a brain tumor caused by his use of the experimental muscle regeneration drugs, which could also account for some of the aggressive, out-of character behavior seen in "The Fix" and in the promos for "Moving On."

Also, what is the reason for House's "stalking" of Cuddy as presented in the promos? Why, when sneak peeks show him returning her things and saying that he wants to go back to the way things were before they got together (side note: and could this be significant in terms of a hallucination theory?), would he then turn around and behave in a threatening way? Is it because "Moving On" refers to Cuddy starting to date someone else and House becoming jealous and vengeful (in parallel with the POTW in "The Fix")? If so, is this someone else a stranger? Lucas? Or maybe even Wilson, starting in "Fall from Grace" (which would explain why events in this episode could permanently change House's relationships with both of them)?

I'm also very curious to see whether the finale reveals that the writers knew that LE would not be renewing her contract. I can think of all kinds of reasons why LE might have chosen not to do so, but I can also see the decision being made at the other end, based on the idea that now that the House/Cuddy relationship has been explored, her character serves no further purpose it's no longer possible for House and Cuddy to coexist amicably in the same hospital (although it seemed to me that their interactions in "After Hours" contradict this).

What are your thoughts?

P.S. Sorry if this was kind of incoherent - I'm home sick today.

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damigella_314
May. 20th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
First and most important, get well soon.
The idea of Wilson having entered a relationship with Cuddy after Fall from Grace makes me puke, but I wouldn't put it past the writers.
I also would think it medically weird that something causing muscle tumors would also cause brain tumors, but I'm not a doctor and you are, and anyway even if it were medical nonsense the writers could still do it.
flywoman
May. 20th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
First and most important, get well soon.

Thank you! I don't think it's anything too serious. If I were teaching I would still go in.

The idea of Wilson having entered a relationship with Cuddy after Fall from Grace makes me puke, but I wouldn't put it past the writers.

Ugh, ITA.

I also would think it medically weird that something causing muscle tumors would also cause brain tumors, but I'm not a doctor and you are, and anyway even if it were medical nonsense the writers could still do it.

*smile* I'm not a medical doctor, but I agree that it would be weird for one compound to cause both brain and muscle tumors... but maybe not too weird for the House M.D. writers.
pgrabia
May. 20th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
*smile* I'm not a medical doctor, but I agree that it would be weird for one compound to cause both brain and muscle tumors... but maybe not too weird for the House M.D. writers.

I'm not saying that this is the case, but I was curious about the brain tumor theory so I did a little research. Apparently, all it takes in pressure on the brain to cause the same symptoms of a brain tumor if the pressure is damaging brain cells.

There are muscles in the face, skull and neck that, if a tumor developed and grew in them, could place pressure on the brain. One example is a form of cancer that causes tumors in the parameningeal muscles (behind the sinuses in the face and right up nice and close to the brain)and the orbital muscles of the eyes. In most cases if the tumors become large enough they can assert pressure on the frontal lobes and corpus collosum, both areas that control or influence motor control, language, judgment, impulsivity, emotion and personality. Theoretically, if the meds cause a similar tumor to grow in such a place and it pressed on the brain then a muscle tumor could affect the brain like a brain tumor would with no conflict of there being a difference between brain tissue and muscle tissue.
flywoman
May. 20th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Very interesting - thanks for filling us in on your research!
rincewindy13
May. 20th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
The idea of Wilson having entered a relationship with Cuddy after Fall from Grace makes me puke, but I wouldn't put it past the writers.

My thoughts exactly. I'll have a bucket ready for next week just in case.
damigella_314
May. 20th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
bucket: good idea.
icon: fabulous and appropriate.
rincewindy13
May. 20th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!

I dunno...I just hope that they don't have House kill of Rachel even if it's accidentally.

I'm also very curious to see whether the finale reveals that the writers knew that LE would not be renewing her contract.

Yep, me too!
flywoman
May. 20th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!

Thanks!

I dunno...I just hope that they don't have House kill of Rachel even if it's accidentally.

It definitely looks like someone close to Cuddy is going to die. Rachel still makes the most sense to me in terms of sheer devastation.
barefootpuddles
May. 20th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe House doesn't know everything he is doing (like the rage issues) or perhaps some of the stuff we are seeing takes place as a hallucination/dream/etc and we don't know that until the end. I know they have done the second twice already, but the show likes to recycle stuff.

I am not so appalled as others by a Cuddy/Wilson encounter. I would not want to see it as a real relationship though beyond friendship. Though it looks like that would not be possible anyway. I wonder if next season they will refer to Wilson having contact with Cuddy or if the will just drop her the way they did with Stacy? Never to be mentioned again.
flywoman
May. 20th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
I don't think that we would never hear from/about Cuddy again. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they brought her back for the series finale.
petitecuriosity
May. 21st, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
A hallucination as part of the finale wouldn't surprise me at all. This is House we are talking about after all. "No Reason" featured hallucinations, as did "Wilson's Heart," and "Both Sides Now." So three out of seven. And honestly, I feel as though the final scene of "Help Me," is debatable in terms of hallucinations, at least if we're going with the theory of hallucinations for season seven.

And after reading pgrabia's totally awesome research, I think that a brain tumor would make sense. The thing is, he's only been taking the drug recently...or at least as far as we know. The episode seemed to indicate that it was fairly recent. So we likely would be unable to blame the hallucinations of this season on that particular drug unless we assume that he's been taking it for awhile. I wonder how long he's been taking Vicodin or if he actually got more severely injured in the crane collapse. I think someone else mentioned this but what if the alternative script is what actually happened and we'll be shown clips from it and then something bad happened on Cuddy and House's outing together that caused House's injury and fueled an entire season seven hallucination? What if he suffered brain damage in "Wilson's Heart" and it got progressively worse? (I'll admit, that's a bit too farfetched)Still, so many questions...

Although, when I heard House saying that he wanted everything to go back to the way it was before he and Cuddy started dating in the promo, my mind immediately went to a hallucination theory. ;) It did the same thing when Cuddy told Wilson in "Out of the Chute," that "you can't go backwards."

If Wilson and Cuddy have sex I will scream at my television. I don't like the idea of them together unless it is as an OT3 with House, with equal romantic involvement from all three pairings. However...I could see it happening, with Wilson and Cuddy both being at the end of their ropes. I know some may disagree with me, but my opinion is that while Wilson and Cuddy seem like they have a lot in common, (they both present more confidence and professionalism to the world while hiding their weaknesses underneath, they both have a certain perfectionism, they are both rather concerned with their physical appearance, they both bare an unexpected sarcasm, they are both deeply caring and loyal, etc.), I feel as though, ultimately, the main thing they have in common is House. I can imagine really funny, really awkward sex where House is all they are talking about. ;)

it's no longer possible for House and Cuddy to coexist amicably in the same hospital (although it seemed to me that their interactions in "After Hours" contradict this).

I definitely felt that "After Hours" contradicted this, and was hoping that things would return to how they were in previous season between House and Cuddy; that particular episode made me hopeful for that and I really enjoyed their interactions, which is one of the reasons why LE's departure bothered me as much as it did.

Ultimately, I have no idea what will happen and am rather bad at predicting things. I like the fact that so much has been kept under wraps, even though it's incredibly frustrating. It's the delicious sort of frustration. :)
flywoman
May. 21st, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
I think someone else mentioned this but what if the alternative script is what actually happened and we'll be shown clips from it and then something bad happened on Cuddy and House's outing together that caused House's injury and fueled an entire season seven hallucination?

Yes, there were speculations early on that he was looking for a new motorcycle because he got into an accident on his at the end of the alternate version of "Now What?"

Although, when I heard House saying that he wanted everything to go back to the way it was before he and Cuddy started dating in the promo, my mind immediately went to a hallucination theory. ;) It did the same thing when Cuddy told Wilson in "Out of the Chute," that "you can't go backwards."

Exactly, me too! And House also jokes about his "dream journal" in that sneak peek with Cuddy at his hospital bed.

I can imagine really funny, really awkward sex where House is all they are talking about. ;)

I can totally imagine both of them coming and screaming House's name.

I like the fact that so much has been kept under wraps, even though it's incredibly frustrating.

Me too. I like the tantalizing hints and trying to piece things together.

petitecuriosity
May. 21st, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
I can totally imagine both of them coming and screaming House's name.

I really want fic for this now if it's not already out there.
alternatealto
May. 21st, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Call me cynical, but all I can think about the finale is that if it shows the same level of writing competence and consistent characterization that have been demonstrated in the rest of S7 it's likely to be a muddled mess riddled with holes and with loose plot strings dangling from every angle. But with Cool Special Effects! -- because isn't that the whole point??

I've essentially spent this entire season not watching [H]ouse, getting my fix from fandom and fanfics, and whatever information I need for my own fanfic writing from online episode summaries. And even the summaries have made it plain that the S7 writers were so interested in forcing the whole Huddy mess down the viewers' throats that the quality of the storytelling sank like a rock.

What is amazing, when I think about it, is the fact that in spite of all this, I can't stop caring about House, and wishing they'd just give him a fucking break already. If they end up going from Huddy to Wuddy for a cheapshit sensationalist torture-House-and-jerk-the-viewers-around effect, I'll not only hurl, I'll hurl something at my television and break it.

And I'll be no fonder of them killing off a toddler for the same sort of cheapshit, facile dramatic effect. When the fanfics I'm reading are better plotted, better written, and more true to the characters than the show itself is, something's rotten somewhere. I'd frankly have been happier if they'd managed to keep Lisa Edelstein and ditched the entire writing team instead.

Whew! /rant mode off/

flywoman
May. 21st, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
Call me cynical, but all I can think about the finale is that if it shows the same level of writing competence and consistent characterization that have been demonstrated in the rest of S7 it's likely to be a muddled mess riddled with holes and with loose plot strings dangling from every angle.

I hear you. Plus at this point I don't see how they are going to wrap everything up effectively in under 45 minutes.

When the fanfics I'm reading are better plotted, better written, and more true to the characters than the show itself is, something's rotten somewhere. I'd frankly have been happier if they'd managed to keep Lisa Edelstein and ditched the entire writing team instead.

I know, right? What makes them think that they can do whatever they want to our show? No, seriously, it's really demoralizing when you realize that the fans care more about characterization and plot continuity than the show's writers and producers.
yarroway
May. 21st, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
I can't seem to write anything without ranting. I'm going to just read this one and take deep breaths.
damigella_314
May. 22nd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Ditto. Also because I've already exceeded my rant quota for this week.
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