Solid lines as per usual.
House: "Have to go – building full of sick people. If I can hurry, I can avoid them."
Okay, the kid reads people well. (Vengeful thoughts, though? I was totally like, "Dude, everyone loathes House; no points." I'd heard about the Cameron and Foreman thing, but obviously it didn't stick.)
boy: You can't love somebody and not trust them.
House: Trust has to be earned.
House and Wilson argued about the poker game outside the consultation. She totally could have heard. While I appreciate the idea of being attracted to neediness and then the relationship falling apart when the needy party gets better ("You've helped them too much") it felt like a really low blow to Wilson.
theatre_pixie mentioned Chase being a former seminarian, which was news to me-the-infrequent-watcher, but I love the way it was played in this episode and it totally makes me love Chase. ["God's loss; our gain."] I haven't seen the show enough to know how it actually plays out, so of course it could be a bad thing, but yeah, totally a Thing for me.
Wilson to House re: boy: "You're worried about trademark infringement?"
House's "People wanna live in the holes" rant: Discuss.
I'm intrigued by Cameron's analogy of penguins trying to think about nuclear physics. However, I think the fact that we can conceptualize this possibility changes the equation somewhat. Insert analogies about understanding things at different levels and "like a child" etc.
Loved Wilson's humility talk. And it felt really genuine -- so much so that I was offended by House's statement that Wilson was manipulating the kid. In retrospect I understand, but I really appreciated that Wilson really knew what he was talking about -- he could actually meet the person where they were.
Wilson: "You're mad at me because I lied to you and you didn't know."
Which strikes me as very true-sounding, and has interesting implications surrounding the whole poker game thing.
Wilson: "What if the fever's the innocent bystander?"
Love Wilson getting to have the winning idea (or at least trigger it).
House: "A gift is jewelry, socks."
I loved his intuition that the kid was purifying his body to atone for a sin of the flesh. (And now I want a fanfic of that sex. Because there are so many possibilities of how it could have happened, and wonderings of who initiated etc. hit my power dynamics buttons.)
Wilson: "It is possible to believe in something and fail to live up to it."
So true. And I almost forgive the episode for the Wilson+Grace=>sex plot for that line.
House: "But we're okay?"
Wilson: "House, you are ... as God made you."
Wow, House actually concerned about maintaining a relationship with someone.
Edit: meredith_eats says: "Personally, I thought House invented the whole poker game because he felt hurt/abandoned when Wilson moved out and thought he'd feel better if he had something to exclude Wilson from. Then Wilson used the poker game as a bargaining chip and House was forced to scrounge up random strangers in order to have a poker game."