I’m not sure how much individual episode analysis is warranted for House at this point. Even when the cases are somewhat interesting for a season seven case, they’re not so compelling that I really want to right about them. So yeah, this week’s case is kind of fun and it kept my interest for most of the hour, but that’s all most people probably took from it.
However, just as I’ve said since the premiere episode, the writers are diving confidently into this Huddy thing and “Unwritten” is yet another instance of how the new wrinkle in the series’ fabric actually does freshen things up just a little bit. And actually, the interactions between House and Cuddy in this episode are the most natural and realistic they’ve been thus far this season.
Instead of making the relationship full of the same sort of antagonism as it always was and then just buttoning it off with a “well, we still love each other!” the last two episodes and particularly this one have been willing to really force House to change his ways, especially at work. Throughout “Unwritten,” he’s concerned about how the two of them work as a couple once the honeymoon phase wears out its welcome and the sex gets monotonous.
It’s a valid concern and one that House would obviously get to even this early because he knows that he’s a screwed up dude. In a way, the series’ longstanding portrayals of these two characters actually helps the stories in the series’ current state. Because House and Cuddy are completely messed up, neurotic weirdos who always make the wrong decisions personally but can handle their business professionally, forcing them to sure up the former without harming the latter works beautifully.
And because the characters are so neurotic, it makes total sense that they’d blow through the fun of the relationship and get straight to the problems. That’s why I bought the rapidly-paced events of the season premiere and that’s why I totally buy in to what happens here. Yes, it’s absolutely ridiculous for House to think that Cuddy is going to drop him in a few weeks just because they don’t like the same music. But this is a guy who has never been in a relationship quite like this and it’s with someone whom he has such an intense history.
Finally, the double dating stuff is also effective because watching Wilson and Sam allows House and Cuddy to compare themselves and see where they are as a couple. Plus, if it continues to lead to funny moments like the go-cart sequence and present a weird dynamic where Cuddy also hates Sam, I’m all for it. Perhaps House and Cuddy can come closer together through their mutual hatred? It makes sense for their characters.