Lisa Edelstein and Hugh Laurie, <I>House</i> Lisa Edelstein and Hugh Laurie, House

At this moment, neither House (played by Hugh Laurie) nor Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) knows what to make of their spontaneous, born-out-of-sadness lip-lock. He, of course, is passive-aggressively shrugging it off, while she tried to deny to Wilson that she had any interest in her underling ... only to instead prove that she has thought about it. A lot. At the close of this week's episode, House got as far as his boss' doorstep, but couldn't quite bring himself to ring her bell (literally or figuratively).

Should fans of Fox's House brace themselves for one of television's most unorthodox romances? "It's funny, because I think you're right to say 'unorthodox,' and at the same time I think it's probably more real than any other love relationship on TV, in that relationships are complicated," series executive producer Katie Jacobs told during a conference call with reporters.

Detailing the hurdles facing "Huddy," she says, "[They] work together, there's obvious chemistry and obvious respect, but there are barbs and there is jousting.... It is unorthodox, and at the very same time incredibly real."

And really divisive for the show's fan base, which would be hard-pressed to reach a consensus on where "this" (whatever it might be) should go. "They may not be right for each other," Jacobs conceded later in the call. "But I love the fact that some people like them and some don't. I could right now make a case for it, make a case against it. To me, that's interesting."

No matter what happens next, it will not be predictable. "I don't think it will go on in a sort of 'Now everything is shifting and this is the story' kind of way," Jacobs ventured. "Hopefully we'll explore it in a very House-ian way, which is, 'It's there, so now what do we do?' But don't expect to see dates at the movies. It's not going to unfold like that."

Not that anyone would ever envision House holding Cuddy's hand while popping Mike & Ikes at a chick flick. As Jacobs notes, "We take our own slant on the world, and it's usually a bit harsher and ... spicier than most shows. But at the same time, that gives us the same [opportunity] to hit a real sweetness."