What is that expresssion on House’s face at the end?? The tumor hasn’t shrank? It wasn’t a tumor in the first place? I can’t believe the show resorted to cliffhanger, this late in the day. They’ve never done this before, have they? Come on, House writers, if the viewers are still invested in anything on the show these days, it’s the House-Wilson relationship, you don’t need to milk it for all it’s worth like this. Cancer, bucket-list road trip, and now a cliff-hanger? How low can they go? But of course I have to admit I was manipulated into tearing up, especially in the bus scene with Wilson’s monologue. (Extra poignancy point for the conversation taking place on a bus, with the Amber-bus-accident thingy). You know, I’m starting to think they WILL kill Wilson after all.
Edited to add Wilson’s lovely, sad, heartbreaking monologue on the bus:
Wilson: (Sighing) I blew it.
House: Oh god! Here it comes.
Wilson: As always. All I wanted was some meaningless fun, but I couldn’t even last 3 days.
House: Sound asleep. But I’m sleeptalking.
Wilson: I had the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream.
House: I swear, I will jump out of this moving bus if you don’t shut up.
Wilson: But instead, I sat with a sad old woman for an hour and a half who forgot I existed three seconds after she left. And the stupidest thing? I never even had a crush on Julie Christie.
(House turns to look at Wilson)
Wilson: In 12th grade, I was madly in love with Melanie Roberts, who happens to look exactly like Julie Christie in Dr Zhivago. And she really liked me, played spades every lunch period in Mr Charlton’s classroom. But of course, there was this other guy. A great guy, very popular. He had a car, he had a band, mustache.
House: Kyle Callaway.
Wilson: (Sad smile) I assumed that … I hoped, that we’d go to the senior prom together. But she asked me for a favor, she asked … (laugh) … if I minded if she went with him. She asked me, if I minded. And I said I didn’t. And that was it. And I just did it again. I let it go, just like I let everything go. And here I am, sitting on a bus, with tickets I bought with my watch, heading back home, so a CT scan can decide my fate. My fate. (Pause) I don’t wanna go back, House. I just … I just wanna keep being Kyle.
House: Kyle, would have ditched that sad old woman from the bus stop. Probably would have ditched me, too. I can live without Kyle.
Good to see that unlike other doctors leaving PPTH, Chase at least has the sense to look for another job before quitting, heh. I like that Park is the one he talked to about leavng (and about calling other hospitals), that’s a nice bit of continuity with the previous episodes touching on their friendship. Sad to see Chase leaving before the series finale, but this is a pretty good exit for a secondary character, by this show’s standard (certainly miles better than Cuddy and Cameron’s exit). Yes, there wasn’t really a build-up to this, but it feels organic rather than forced, and fits the character well. Like a lot of things in this show, there’s not really one motivation for Chase leaving House’s team, it’s a mixture of things. I’m sure part of it is pride and bruised ego – how far other people like Cameron and Foreman have moved up, and moved on. But also the realization that he can stand on his own now, that “it’s time to step out of the shadow”. Foreman was being a friend and not a boss in their last scene together, the friend who says “it’s about time” instead of trying to convince Chase to stay. Have these two ever hugged before?
I still find the whole “Chase’s father the famous doctor made a phone call, so House hired him” stuff really weird. House of all people is not going to be influenced by stuff like that! But maybe House hired Chase initially just to screw with him. “Who is this spoiled brat whose daddy made a phone call to get him a job? I’m going to make his life hell!”
House: Did you come here so I can talk you out of it?
Chase: I came to say thank you.
House: It’s been fun.
House: Sounded pithier than “we’ve shared a variety of situations”.
Chase: Let me know about Wilson.
Did House seem surprised when Chase said he came to say thank you? Can’t blame him I guess, usually his minions leave with a torrent of “you’ve ruined me!” or “you poisoned my husband so he dooesn’t know right from wrong!” or “I don’t want to be like you!” etc etc. A heartfelt “thank you” and a simple handshake must feel earth-shatteringly weird to House. “We’ve shared a variety of situations”. I like that. It’s typically acerbic House, but also honest and understated.