Dying changes everything.Except Dr. Gregory House.The diagnostic master of Princeton/Plainsboro Hospital is once again at his dismissive and manipulative best as Season Five begins. Just when you thought maybe the guilt over Amber's death at the end of last season would take over his conscience and cleanse his heart, House emerges eight weeks later in television time even more belligerent than before. It is clear right from the outset that his brief rendezvous with Amber in a fictional heaven during last year's cliffhanger did nothing to tame his pill-popping soul.As he takes the case of a bigwig feminist assistant who saw and felt bugs all over her body during her boss' meeting, House is playing video games in a hospital room as a man lays in a coma next to him. But Cuddy finds him, eager to know whether House has talked to Wilson yet. He has not because he said "Wilson needed time so I gave it to him". Cuddy wants Dr. Segal(??) to take the case so House can concentrate on mending his relationship with Wilson. House declines, a typical move in that he does all he can to avoid reality. The team's case this week seem to stand in the background of the bigger issue at hand - Wilson is resigning in light of his girlfriend's demise after taking two months off to bereave his lover. He wants to leave New Jersey to get away from his grief.It is a typical Wilson move. Panicked. Hurried. Abrupt. And, of course, House cannot help but pour salt in the psychological wounds of his "best friend" by calling him an idiot numerous times when he first encounters him.As word spreads around the hospital that Wilson is leaving, the consensus of House's team is that Wilson is making a mistake. Though they do not come right out and say anything, the team is clearly stunned when they try to find House to help with the case, only to be interrupted by House telling the team that Wilson is leaving.As they try to dissect the case, House and the team discuss many different theories as to why the woman saw bugs and eventually, bled from her backside. House not-so-nonchalantly tells the team the Thirteen has tested positive for Huntington's Disease, something which the female doctor clearly wanted to keep private. Thirteen thinks that the feminists' job is "killing her" because she is so good at what she does and House draws a parallel between the patient and his employee.House quickly searches for an ally in his former teammate Cameron. He asks Cameron what she did when her husband died. She did what Wilson seems intent on doing - she left her previous home and got a new job. That job, of course, was as House's employee which naturally gives House even more firepower to bemoan Wilson's decision. He claims that since Cameron has turned out pretty miserable after her years working with House, Wilson will become miserable when he changes his life as well.The team moves quickly in trying to diagnose their patient. At first, they feel it is a B-12 deficiency, but Taub runs more tests, finding that the woman is pregnant and the fetus is pressing against one of her intestines, which caused the bleeding. However, Taub and Thirteen conduct an ultrasound which shows no baby, and the team is once again baffled.Until House does the ultrasound himself. He finds the baby tucked under the fallopian tubes and orders Thirteen to terminate the pregnancy, as the fetus will eventually suck the blood out of its mothers' heart and kill her.It is here that you start to abstractedly see what the whole situation has become for House. For years, he has sucked the life out of everyone who has crossed his path and everyone eventually either leaves him or is beaten by him in some way. Wilson is hell bent, however, on not letting that happen this time. Nothing House can do or say can keep his friend from changing his mind about leaving. House even leaves his work phone with Wilson as it is buzzing, threatening to go home indefinitely until Wilson changes his mind. The phone keeps on buzzing, as House's patient has taken yet another turn for the worst and goes into cardiac arrest moments after the pregnancy termination.House does indeed go home, and Cuddy knocks on his door to ask him to talk to Wilson like a human being to get him to stay. House tells Cuddy that he told Wilson he was sorry but Wilson did not believe him. Nor should he. House wouldn't apologize for anything and mean it.During this, the team now has to diagnose the patient themselves and are determined to do so without House. Thirteen suggests Lymphoma, saying that all of the symptoms after the pregnancy termination signal the deadly disease. When chemotherapy treatment initially works on the patient, Thirteen feels that her work finally means something and that she made a difference the world. It is all she wants out of life now that she knows she will die from her disease. Cuddy then takes matters into her own hands and has House and Wilson in her room for a "counseling" session. Neither House nor Wilson take the bait. The session ends with Wilson walking out after House cannot hide his pseudo-emotions and after Cuddy basically tells Wilson the truth that leaving is a HUGE mistake. She also punishes House for his leaving, taking away his soap opera and television privileges. Only Foreman becomes Wilson's ally through this, supporting his decision to make a change and move on with his life. After speaking with Cameron about her former situation, Wilson appears to have the look of a man who is seriously reconsidering his decision. Cameron explains to Wilson that no matter what he does or where he goes, he is still going to have memories of Amber, be it painful or pleasant. Wilson senses that House got to Cameron to get her to say that, and even though Cameron admits she talked to House, she tells Wilson that she told him to go to hell. This puts an exclamation point on the righteousness of Cameron's words to Wilson.Toward the end, House reappears at the hospital and realizes that his patient looked younger when she walked in than she does now. Without any provocation or hidden nugget that usually causes House to finally figure out what is wrong with his patient, this time it just hits him as Cuddy tries to ask House why he thinks Wilson is leaving. He stares blankly, figuring out the answer to his patients problem. He asks his team if they saw any bruises, which they attested to her pounding her legs from seeing the bugs. In reality, the bruises were caused by leprosy, which the woman got while traveling overseas with her feminist boss.Despite the misdiagnosis, House then goes to Thirteen and praises her for taking a chance, one of the reasons he hired her in the first place. He listens as Thirteen explains that the patient has reneged on her earlier statement to change her life after everything. But it is House who says it best. "Almost dying changes nothing, but dying changes everything."This leads House back to Wilson, who has packed up his things and is ready to leave. In a rare moment of selflessness, House apologizes to Wilson for Amber's death. Wilson claims that he never blamed House for Amber's death, but he is now blaming House for wanting to leave. He sees no change forthcoming in House and even wonders aloud if they ever were friends since House is always getting the better of Wilson or causing him some kind of problem. Wilson begins to walk away, and you wonder if he will ever get any real sympathy from anyone over his loss.Dying does indeed change everything. But, sometimes living in pain changes everything around you all of the time.
Dying changes everything.
Except Dr. Gregory House.
The diagnostic master of Princeton/Plainsboro Hospital is once again at his dismissive and manipulative best as Season Five begins.
Just when you thought maybe the guilt over Amber's death at the end of last season would take over his conscience and cleanse his heart, House emerges eight weeks later in television time even more belligerent than before. It is clear right from the outset that his brief rendezvous with Amber in a fictional heaven during last year's cliffhanger did nothing to tame his pill-popping soul.