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A House Theory [Mar. 16th, 2009|03:17 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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So I was having a talk with a co-worker last week about that week's episode of House, 15.17, The Social Contract. We also wound up discussing 15.16 The Softer Side. Our progression went something like this:

My co-worker is of the opinion that House and methadone should have been at least a two if not three-part episode hook and that it felt rushed to have House come on and off of it so quick, especially with House choosing to quit his job so fast. We both agreed that it wouldn't have mattered if this had been multi-episodic or not because it wouldn't have changed the overall drama. In fact, they could have gotten more drama out of sustaining the story line.

Then we started talking about The Social Contract. The first comment we both made was that this episode was the best episode of the season thus far and it finally felt on-par with the canonical Seasons 1-3 and even the later part of Season 4. We talked about how Wilson really played House and what a fun ride it was with all of the twists and turns.

The first half of the episode had me thinking that House was hallucinating much like in 2.24 No Reason. I thought this because of how Wilson kept mirroring the patient and the patient kept mirroring Wilson. Even Cuddy seemed to be in on the action a bit.

Right before the big reveal it hit me what was going on because I recalled an interview with Robert Sean Leonard where he said that Wilson's brother was definitely going to be in Season 5.

I liked the idea and theme of the "social contract" and thought that the writers did a wonderful job of presenting and reiterating. In fact, it makes one introspective. All of that thinking got me to thinking, "Hey, House didn't take Vicodion number one this episode. That's odd."

That got me to thinking...

Was this intentional? I mean, what happened? We know that House is still in pain, but was there enough methadone running through his system to be an effective pain reliever? Did Hugh Lauire forget to bring his props to the set? Did the writers fail to put House taking at least one Vicodion into the script because this is assumed to be a character trait and thus at the actor's leisure to pop now and not something that has to be scripted? Maybe they were just behind schedule and it got overlooked or edited out. Either way, this, to me, is fishy.

My co-worker had a theory about this: maybe House and Wilson's brother will become junkies buddies perhaps supplying each other, but definitely feeding each other's lifestyle.

What say you?


[User Picture]From: lesabre500
2009-03-17 03:28 am (UTC)
I've noticed a few times when House wasn't taking his usual dose of meds. The first thought I had was he's probably taking junk. It really threw me for a loop when they came out with the methadone story. Morphine, vicodin and heroin give a person a sense of well being and you get a high off of them. Methadone doesn't do that. All it really does is keep the user from having withdrawls. I know this for a fact as I've done all of it and I've been on morphine for over 9 years. This was a really well thought out, excellent show whether they milked it for more or not. It shows that House chose to be responsible, take methadone to help his addiction and not continue with the vicodin washed down with a couple of shots of scotch. That's why this is my favourite show. It's really well written and believable. Methadone is a very strong and deadly drug to be screwing around with. The writers got this correct when they showed House half asleep - "on the nod" and refusing the drink offered by Wilson was all true as well. Mixing booze and the methadone is deadly. I wouldn't be surprised though if House goes back to the Vicodin. He will be bored being straight even though he has no withdrawls and his physical mobility is better. He's going to relapse, go back to drinking and taking the
Vicodin because it helps him feel better emotionally. He's a brilliant guy but, fighting his disability, being under constant pressure to be a genius all of the time, having little or no social life, trying to function while in pain everyday will lead him back to his little bottle of pills and the booze will go right along with it.
No matter which way it goes, I'll be watching. This is a great program.


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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-03-17 10:39 am (UTC)
The fundamental question of my post was since House came on and off the methadone so fast, would there really be enough left in hi system for him to go a whole episode (couple of days) without needing to take a single Vicodion? If so, I totally understand why he didn't take one in The Social Contract. However, I don't think he was on the methadone long enough, hence my co-worker and I's theory.

I'm downloading this week's episode from the iTunes store and will know in 45 minutes if I'm right or not.

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[User Picture]From: lesabre500
2009-03-17 01:15 pm (UTC)


I agree with you guys. The thing is, I saw it last week and am trying to remember how it all went down. I know one thing though, if he went longer than 24 hours without his fix, he'd have been really sick. I have to take my M.S. Contin twice a day and can set the clock by how I feel. If I don't get up and take it at 5 am, within a couple of hours - past the 12 hour mark, I start to get flu like symptoms, then it gets worse by the minute. It's pretty gross and actually dangerous too. Maybe just because we didn't see him take any, we're supposed to assume he did. Otherwise he'd be climbing the walls. Anyways, it's fun discussing it with you. I don't get to talk to many people very often since I'm basically shut in. I wish I had enough $$ to buy all of the episodes - I'm sure I missed a few. House was off the air for over 6 months here, the cable companies and main station that broadcast it are bickering and really have screwed up the programming. I might see House one week, then next week it'll be a repeat from 4 months ago. Then he won't be on at all for a month. It really is pathetic.

Sorry for blabbing so much. Talk to you later Tom.
Hope you feel better soon.


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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-03-17 01:16 pm (UTC)

Re: House

I think I'll be at work tomorrow, no problem.

And just for giggles, House didn't get to meet Wilson's brother this week. :(
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