‘Doc Mock’ has finally landed the woman of his dreams, literally. Dr. Greg House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) are a couple at last. It has taken a long time but the friendly adversaries are now walking hand in hand along stretches of sandy beach.
How did this couple go from ‘snarking’ at each other to kissing and handholding?
The last episode of season six ‘Help Me’ involved a tragic accident. A crane collapsed a building trapping a woman in the ruble. All of Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital was on alert. House and Cuddy were at ground zero. She chooses that moment to tell House she is going to be married to Lucas Douglas (Michael Weston). They exchange bitter words.
House helps the injured woman make the agonizing decision to allow him to remove her leg in an effort to save her life. To convince her he opens up about his own life and pain with Cuddy listening. He takes off the leg but she dies on the way to the hospital. He returns to his apartment in rage and pain tearing the mirror off his bathroom wall revealing two bottles of pain medication. He has been free of his addiction to pills this season but is about to go back down that road. Cuddy arrives to tell House she has broken off her engagement to Lucas and is in love with him. He embraces her and drops the pills.
Now House is happy and that is very out of character. Has a new House been built? Will it be torn down?
Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello talked with Laurie and Edelstein about this new happier House.
House has always been outside the realm of happiness. Is this relationship doomed to failure?
Hugh Laurie told Ausiello. “I don’t think [so], necessarily. But let’s face it, neither of these characters has a clean license.” He adds, “Buckle up would be my advice.”
Lisa Edelstein was unsure about the future for these characters. “I was terrified of saying ‘I love you,’” she admited to Ausiello. “But I think that in the final scene of season 6, Cuddy makes it clear that she’s ready to go for it.”
Hugh Laurie finds a happy House a bit odd. “Even the appearance of happiness [in House] has taken some getting used to. I had a week of happiness training before the season started up, and I’m whistling more than usual,” he commented.
So is this House happier than he was with long time ex-love Stacy (Sela Ward)?
“I’ve always thought of House as a romantic, and I don’t think romantics are much given to comparing,” Laurie explained to Ausiello. “But speaking as a friend of House, he seems to be attracted to strong women. He likes to get as good as he gives—and I mean that in as many senses as are suitable for a family readership.”
Is this relationship going to go the distance? Will a happy House be seen each week? House returns with the answers this Fall.