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Episode Discussion Post 8x20 "Post Mortem"
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menolly_au wrote in house_rewind
Wilson: "I want a threesome."
House: "Shouldn't we try a twosome first?"

Post Mortem is an 8th season episode of House which first aired on May 7, 2012. In an episode directed by and guest-starring Peter Weller (Dexter, RoboCop), the team takes on the case of Dr. Peter Treiber (guest star Jamie Elman), a pathologist at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital who knows too much about the hospital staff to trust any of the physicians. The only person he does respect is House. Wilson has decided not to wait around Princeton-Plainsboro for his test results. He buys a new car and convinces House, by threatening to drug him and take him along anyway, to go on an unannounced road trip with him. Leaving their phones behind, this results in House's "mysterious" disappearance. House decides to take advantage of Wilson's condition to get some sympathy from the people they meet. With House in absentia, the team has to figure out how to treat Treiber while making him believe that House is calling all the shots. It becomes even more difficult when it turns out that the patient has a grudge against Chase, and this just forces Chase to confront his own choices in life.

Episode description from House Wiki

Transcript at Clinic Duty

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As always, here is my review:

http://cuddyclothes.livejournal.com/182046.html

After that is a little post-mortem fic. It was the only way I could stay sane.

Lingenfelter and Hoselton are not my favorites. Thank goodness for HL and RSL, without whom...

That said, I loved the ideas here. Running away to try out being someone else, especially after Wilson's angry speech to House last week, seemed right. I can see someone wanting another life right then. I can see wanting to try out being a different person. Carpe diem. I adored Wilson staying with the confused woman at the bus stop (and it's a darn good thing he did or she could have wandered off again). I loved their meet up with the funeral procession. The threesome was wretched, but there was so much else to love in this one that I didn't mind so much. I loved Wilson failing as Kyle, over and over again, because that's not who he really is. And the scene on the bus...*sigh*.

I liked the stuff with Chase a lot.

Why the tumor not shrinking after super chemo meant it would never shrink escapes me, but whatever. It's hard for me to think about the ending. On the one hand, it was very well done. On the other, it was awful.

Lingenfelter and Hoselton are not my favorites. Thank goodness for HL and RSL, without whom...

YES. I know there were House/Wilson fans who liked Lingenfelter because she actually wanted to write about Wilson. But she came into the series late, and I felt like she had a superficial "buddy" take on their relationship, versus the more complicated take that some earlier writers had. Plus, she was part of that "Moving On" disaster.

That said, I also liked the moments that you point out. The threesome was awful, and just removing that would elevate this episode a lot for me. Still, I'll shamefully admit to giggling over Wilson's hair sticking out from the bald cap. And I was glad that his assessment of the threesome was that it was awkward and weird.

Why the tumor not shrinking after super chemo meant it would never shrink escapes me

It's standard medicine: If Couch Chemo doesn't work, you're toast.

It's standard medicine: If Couch Chemo doesn't work, you're toast.

LOL!

I didn't like 'Kyle Calloway' at all. I much prefer James Wilson, I'm glad he came back. You can stand up for yourself without running over other people in the process.

I liked that Chase finally decided to move on, although in the end of course he stays at PPTH but takes over. I guess by showing that he made the move himself in this episode it becomes less like he stays be default. It drives me nuts that he's all like 'tell me how it goes with Wilson' when he's standing right there and they will get the results in a few seconds if he just bothers to hang around ...

That last scene is devastating.


he's standing right there and they will get the results in a few seconds if he just bothers to hang around ...

I know, the casual "Let me know if Wilson's terminal or whatever" was so odd. I suppose they wanted to have just House and Wilson in the last scene. But they could've had Chase standing off to the side, instead of rushing home to dinner.

There were some silly to borderline-offensive moments in this one that turned me off. And I thought the overall tone was disjointed: I love a good mix of angst and humor, but the humor in this episode was often too juvenile and slap-stick. Still, as yarroway said, HL and RSL managed to hold it together.

What I liked: Wilson's desire to run away from reality, and to be a guy with the "guts" to disregard other people's feelings and make himself #1, rang true. Wilson staying with the woman at the bus stop -- because even though part of his "niceness" comes from a desire to keep up appearances, he also genuinely gives a shit (and I think House admires that). The bus scene and "I can live without Kyle," because I do not care that they were blatantly tugging at my heart strings.

Re the last scene: I remember at the time that some people didn't like it because they thought it was a cliffhanger. But I thought it was very clear, and I liked that it was conveyed through looks rather than words -- because that's kind of House and Wilson's thing.

Yes, the humor in the last few seasons was not to my taste.

I was one of the folks who thought it was a cliffhanger. I need words for things and there weren't any, and while that was nice artistically it kept me in limbo.

I based my interpretation mainly on Wilson/RSL's expression. I can definitely see how House's expression could be read in different ways. HL could've done a better job face-acting, IMO. *runs away*

I think HL's expression at the ending scene was quite clear, I mean, I saw it as stunned, serious, and really scared. How else could it be interpreted? (Not trolling, just curious. :)) I loved his acting there! <3

When I saw the episode, my take on HL's expression was that he was serious and Saw Something on the scan. No telling if it was good or bad or just weird. Most of the folks on LJ took it as a bad sign so I did too (and they were right), but I wasn't totally convinced until the following episode.

But that's just me.

At the time, there were a lot of people on LJ who thought House just looked like he'd seen something unexpected -- almost like an epiphany face. Looking at just House, I can understand how people might not have been clear on what, exactly, he'd seen. It's House M.D., so there could've been some twist, like Wilson never had cancer -- it's Blah-Blah instead!

It was Wilson's reaction that made it clear to me. He knew what House's expression meant, even if some of us didn't. (Because House is his boo.)

Oh, that makes sense! Yeah, it could have been an "oh shit, it was all unnecessary" face. Thank you!

Add me to the list. I think for any other show I would have read the expressions correctly, but after countless teasers and ironic twists in the past two years, I wasn't about to trust anything unsaid.

Yeah me too - I think there are just so many cliffhangers in shows these days you kind of expect it. Or maybe I was just in hopeful denial - I remember rushing straight online to find out what everyone thought after watching this episode.

I get why Wilson might want to try to be someone els, given that it's his last opportunity to find out if another skin would have fit him. But the choices he made — drive a fast car, eat till he's sick, a threesome — were all too similar to House on his post-break-up binge (and we saw how that worked out ...). If that's all the writers can come up with for someone like Wilson, then middle-aged guys must be a very sad species.

The scene at the busstop and Wilson's admission about why he wanted to be Kyle Calloway were the bits that rang true to me. That's who Wilson is: someone who cares even when it puts him at a disadvantage, someone with small worries and regrets. His life isn't full of explosions and catastrophes like House's, and that's not a bad thing at all.

But the choices he made — drive a fast car, eat till he's sick, a threesome — were all too similar to House on his post-break-up binge (and we saw how that worked out ...).

I know. That might have been the point, of course. Wilson obviously likes House, and I can see him wanting to take on a House-like persona, even though he called it Kyle. But yeah, I'd prefer something other than orgy- and auto-related high-jinks from both House and Wilson.

someone with small worries and regrets. His life isn't full of explosions and catastrophes like House's

Weeeelllll, I disagree that he had a life of small worries. We know nothing about his early life, of course, but we do know he has a schizophrenic runaway brother he spent years searching for (and probably feels guilt over). A dead girlfriend who was tragically killed. Multiple divorces, and at least one bout of major depression. He deals with death regularly. And House's explosions and catastrophes affect him, too.

I'm wondering what about House made Wilson look at him and go 'yeah, that's a lifestyle I'd like to emulate' if that's what he's doing.

It's obvious Wilson has a lot of regrets over the way his life has gone, which is sad really.

Anyway - it's just clicked over to 2016 here so Happy New Year to you all!


You're communicating to us from the future. Cool. Happy New Year!

Well, I think Wilson admired certain aspects of House's personality that he himself lacked, or thought he lacked -- the not caring what other people think, the tenacity (Wilson says on the bus that he always lets things go -- though I don't actually agree with that).

But how do you become that House-like person instantly and easily? I think Wilson chose quick, superficial ways, like ditching his responsibilities and driving a cool car really fast. At least he might feel some of the adrenaline rush House seems to get.

Of course, he may not have been consciously emulating House at all. Since everything on the show circles back to House, I just figured he was. :)

I disagree that he had a life of small worries.
I admit I was a bit doubtful about that line when I wrote it. I think my point was that being a volcanic personality like House isn't something to be aspired to.

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