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Scratch that. Reverse it.

A different theory re: the House finale

Disclaimer: This isn't mine. I read it here.

What if the beach scenes were real but the rest of the episode wasn't? What if, after his decision to make much-needed changes in "After Hours," House actually left PPTH for a while to bum around on a tropical beach and sort of get his head in order? What if everything else is a daydream in which he makes up the POTW and her assistant based on himself and a sort of amalgam of Cuddy and Wilson, respectively, and he imagines himself doing something so terrible that he can be confident of terminating any chance of a relationship with Cuddy for good - and of finally moving on, himself? Then he would have found genuine happiness and peace of mind through a carthartic fantasy but without actually hurting anyone, and the next season could begin with him going home to Princeton.

Points in favor:
Still fits the parallel with the POTW in which we don't know what is real or fake
More consistent with the interactions he had with Cuddy and Wilson in "After Hours"
His reference to his "dream journal" when talking to Cuddy
The close resemblance of Julia's friend to Cuddy's other creepy suitor, Lucas
The theatrical presentation of the hairbrush as his final moment of letting go of their relationship
House asking the bartender what he should do today (as if he's been there a while) and being asked if he's ready to go home

I know, I know, probably just grasping at straws here. But a girl can dream.

Comments

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alternatealto
May. 25th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. I like this!

I only wish the writers and production team had that level of imagination and concern for internal consistency, though.
damigella_314
May. 25th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
This.
flywoman
May. 25th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
I agree. Any truly plausible explanation seems less and less likely as more interviews are aired.
barefootpuddles
May. 25th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
I know, I know, probably just grasping at straws here. But a girl can dream.

I am willing to grasp at anything and this is a good possibility. I think at least some section of that episode is not real, the question is which sections?

The patient stuff is a clue. More than just the parallel with Cuddy (though many H/W fans like myself saw it more as a parallel with Wilson) it was also about not knowing what is real and what is not In the patient's case that was symptoms, but in House's case that could be the entire episode's issue.

I was wondering if possibly House was injured in the crash caused, let's say (for my own sanity), by a brain tumor. Maybe he didn't walk off. Most people who crash into a stationary building without airbags can't just walk away. Maybe from that point on he dreams the two visually different things - the grainy cop interviews in the dark and the tiki bar beach scenes.

Another idea I had was that House only THINKS he crashed into Cuddy's house. He really is still in the hospital, or in the bathtub bleeding out from last week's episode, or trapped under the rubble from last years finale with a crane on his chest.

The simplest would be a brain tumor that has him collapsed somewhere in Princeton and dreaming the beach. The crash could be real but he wasn't at fault. Or the vicodin overdose (though in RL that would not help him much legally as he was abusing a drug which would mean he would still be held responsible).

I love how fans can have so many good theories. I just hope that the writers can have one or two ideas other than "Crashing a car is just our old zany House at it again. What fun!"
flywoman
May. 25th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
I think at least some section of that episode is not real, the question is which sections?

Although DS and the writers seem to be claiming that all of it is real...

Most people who crash into a stationary building without airbags can't just walk away.

No kidding!

I think all of the theories that you mention are plausible variations. I just thought it was an interesting idea that maybe the beach was real. But ha ha! That would mean that House could actually choose to change and be happy! How silly of me ;).

I love how fans can have so many good theories. I just hope that the writers can have one or two ideas other than "Crashing a car is just our old zany House at it again. What fun!"

Apparently there will be "consequences" for this behavior. I'm not holding my breath.
justjuly4
May. 25th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
Good theory, but not very plausible for me. I agree more with Barefootpuddles, who wrote - "The simplest would be a brain tumor that has him collapsed somewhere in Princeton and dreaming the beach. The crash could be real but he wasn't at fault. Or the vicodin overdose"

May be he crashed into Cuddy's place, but he was already out of his mind because of a tumor plus Vicodin. He walks away, not feeling any pain of possible injuries or head trauma (again because of Vicodin) then he crashes somewhere at a park bench, for examle.
justjuly4
May. 25th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
Flywoman and everyone else! Did you see what DS answered about the final?

"That House finale really upset me. I'm just praying the last five minutes are another of House's hallucinations." - someone asked DS.

And here is the answer.

"I don't want to ruin your summer. But I will give that privilege to David Shore, who promises that the car crash and walk on the beach was not a Vicodin-induced fever dream. "These things are real, and there will be consequences," Shore says. "You cannot drive a car through somebody's house and almost knock over your best friend without ramifications. Personally, professionally and legally."

What do you think????
flywoman
May. 25th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Sigh... I think that DS is an ass.
lazy_nightowl
May. 25th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
I have to believe that DS is just messing with us. There is no way the crash is real. No way. The beach is real; the crash is not. I'm sticking to that theory as long as the show lets me. ;-)
lazy_nightowl
May. 25th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linking to me, flywoman. And for adding to my evidence. I so hope we're all correct about this!
flywoman
May. 25th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your original post on this! I don't feel like it would be appropriate for me to comment on the House/Cuddy comms, but I often find really interesting speculative discussions going on over there.
lazy_nightowl
May. 25th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Why don't you think it would be appropriate for you to comment on those comms? Just curious.
flywoman
May. 25th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
My loyalties lie with the centrality of the House & Wilson more-than-friendship to the show and always will. I am absolutely against House/Cuddy as backgrounded in canon and would find it stressful to remain courteous in discussions with people who think that this relationship has been in the making for six - or twenty plus - years and ought to be the show's endgame.

I realize that not everyone on Cuddy-centric comms feels that way, but enough that I would feel really uncomfortable commenting over there, knowing that others might then follow me back to my opinions and my fic. Especially given the virulence of the comments I have seen House/Cuddy fans make on online forums and even direct towards the show's creators in tweets etc. (Not that I'm exactly feeling the love for them these days myself.)
lazy_nightowl
May. 25th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
I started out as purely a House-Wilson person, and then I became equally House-Cuddy. Now I'm more of a House-Cuddy person, but I still love my House-Wilson (friendship OR more).

I completely understand how you feel. :-)
vicpei
May. 25th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Same here. I was OK with a House-Wilson hookup in season 2, then loved Wilson a little less after Merry Little Christmas (leaving House OD' in vomit? A doctor?). Funny, now that I think of it, a Friedman episode. Maybe she makes an habit of leaving endangered people alone (I would not like to be her family). After the trial, House Cuddy started to make sense, and I liked it, so I stuck to it. Now...
I am very happy that lots of House fans, from different obediences, dare I say, both Huddy and Hilson lovers, are really disappointed/angered by this finale. If anything, it shows that we all love House, the character, mainly, developed a clear image of him, and refuse to see him as a psycho.
If there is a positive to this mess, this is the one. House fans united!
And I hope that given the very negative reactions, TPTB will lead the future writing towards hallucination. It will still not be a good season, but it will lessen the damage.
justjuly4
May. 25th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
I wonder if anyone asks DS why House is smiling at the beach? What the reason?
pingback_bot
May. 26th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
More Thoughts the Finale
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