Tonight, House

really did deliver the unexpected. So much so that I don't even know

how to write about it, because it just seemed out of the blue. Which

was rather the point, I suppose, because the whole team is at a loss

for how to react.

And just like his colleagues, I am stunned

and thinking about his behavior over the last season and wondering if

there were signs that I missed. I can't recall any indications that he

was depressed enough to want to take his own life. And that makes it

hard to concentrate on the POTW – or, rather, the Patients of

the Week. It's a couple (the man played by Meatloaf – so MPOTW) who

start out with him dying of heart failure until Charlotte (henceforth,

FPOTW) gets sicker and he gets better. Taub thinks their love is

rallying his recovery and House thinks Taub is an idiot. And it does

seem out of character for Taub, but given what his own relationship is

going through, maybe grasping at romantic straws is starting to feel


House spends most of the episode looking for someone

to blame for Kutner's death – going so far as to assign guilt to his

adoptive parents for letting him change his last name and become even

further disconnected with his personal heritage. 13 refuses to feel

guilty for not knowing something was troubling Kutner and Foreman takes

a day off to grieve alone. Tuab, however, out-Houses House, by stating

that suicide isn't always a cry for help and some people just want to

die. He also insinuates that he feels pity for Kutner but thinks that

his permanent solution was idiotic.

House just thinks the POTWs

are idiotic, because FPOTW is faking her illness so MPOTW will hold on

longer. Which insinuates that House believes such things are feasible.

However, she can't fake the sudden bruising or the disappearing muscle

that arises, so the team gets back to work. Mostly

without House, who turns his attention back to the loss of Kutner by

going to his apartment, where he decides it wasn't suicide but murder.

He develops a few theories, looking at the man in prison for killing

Kutner's parents as someone with a motive, but Wilson thinks he's

avoiding dealing with the fact that he may have missed something in Kutner beforehand. And

therefore, be in danger of losing his gift to catch the things no one

else sees.

Meanwhile, FPOTW attempts to kill herself so MPOTW

can get her heart. Instead, she survives but destroys her liver. So

MPOTW decides that he wants to give her his liver, which will mean he

dies on the operating table despite the fact that Cameron figured out

he was misdiagnosed and his ailment is totally treatable. This means

that MPOTW would do anything for love….even that.

House entertains the idea while 13 refuses to commit murder and Taub

announces MPOTW's plan to FPOTW, knowing she will refuse the organ and

make the whole debate moot. FPOTW still wants MPOTW to get her heart

but the team still wants to diagnose her.

The Epiphany comes

when House, in a fit of frustration, decides that they've missed

something in the differential, or else they are idiots. 13 goes back

to the basics by naming the things that could cause the newest

infection and when she mentioned places, House recalls an earlier

conversation. He marches to the POTW's room and instead of his usual

song and dance, confronts FPOTW about her trip to Rio, which the MPOTW

did not accompany her on because it was a dirty little secret. The infection was from sandflies that occur

in Rio, not Hawaii – but the diagnosis comes too late. She flatlines as

MPOTW kisses her hand.

The ending montage is one of the most

powerful I've ever seen House pull off. The team attends the funeral

except for Taub, who attends to the patients until FPOTW dies – when he

finally breaks down sobbing. Meanwhile, House scours Kutner's apartment

for any explanation for his suicide, stopping only to stare at a photo

where Kutner's face is turned away from the camera, suggesting an inner

life that couldn't be captured in any objective sense. Not even by

those he spent the most time with. With Foreteen only reconnecting with each other at the Hindu services and Taub finally feeling a sympathetic emotion, House is the only one whose issues feel completely unresolved.

How did you react to the loss

of Kutner? Personally, I

thought out of all the cottages v2, Kutner was the only one that I

would want anything to do with. He seemed to have interests outside the

hospital while the rest only seem to exist in the two dimensional world

of their workplace. Without Kutner's interjections of geek-centric

humor what are we left with? 13's snottiness, Foreman's arrogance and

Taub's indifference. How do you think this will change the series? Did the peek of next week

make it seem like Cameron is going to be coming back on the team?

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Posted by:Jessica Paff