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'House' recap: The ties that bind us

A boy makes a grave error while trying to help his younger brother, a teenager is running away from the pain of her brother's death, and Wilson tries a little reverse psychology on his work bro


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‘House’ recap: The ties that bind us

In last night’s opening sequence of House we found a woman pleading with her factory coworker for a monetary donation to help a comrade. A young woman who seemed to be the shop foreman tried to persuade the guy to part with some coin because his stricken pal had helped out Mr. Cheapskate in the past. A colleague tried to tell him that they are family, but the man pretty much said, “Nah, we just work together.” Old Skimpypants was clearly not gonna help a brother out, but last night’s episode was all about the myriad ways that bro rapports work and don’t work.

House and Wilson had a few fascinating interactions. Wilson decided to say nothing about House’s stalled relationship with Cuddy so that his lovelorn pal could fill in the gaps regarding his schoolboy shyness with his lovely boss and act on his own impulses. House clearly felt lame because he didn’t ring Cuddy’s bell, and he wanted a psychological shove from his sidekick to get him back on track. There was no way the curmudgeon could abide Wilson’s silent manipulation: “I want you to stop thinking that acting inscrutable makes you anything more than annoying,” he said. And then he shouted, “Holding things in can give you cancer.”

Whoa. And that pronouncement was the big clue to the diagnosis for this episode’s main patient. A 16-year-old girl (the factory line boss) first claimed she was emancipated because her parents were deceased, then said it was because her dad raped her. Ick. I felt immediate sympathy for this girl because she seemed to be doing so well on her own despite a really crappy start. Eventually we learned she had lied to hide an even more disturbing truth, and then we found out that she had cancer in the form of leukemia.

(Speaking of not holding things in, a side note: Often one of the diagnostic procedures on the show is the drilling of the skull to look for lesions or something while the patient is still wide awake and talking to the doctors! I know that last night Thirteen was just adjusting the machine when Taub pulled his I-have-Huntington’s disease routine, but this visual still freaks me out every single time. See, if someone was poking at my brain I would not be able to converse with that person because I would be obsessed with the fact that someone was touching my brain! Just had to get that thought out of my noggin before I continued.)

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