'House' Fan Columnist: Marriage Is Never Easy
'House' Fan Columnist: Marriage Is Never Easy
Another one of my favorite themes was tackled on tonight's episode of House entitled "Open and Shut": honesty. You can always count on House to make you question what you had always thought to be your own solid truths.  Honesty is not something that is black and white, as proven by tonight's episode with Julia, our POTW who is in an open marriage.

Obviously anyone in an open marriage in House-land immediately falls into the "perking House's interest" camp because House thinks anyone that is doing something that out of the norm couldn't really be deluding themselves into thinking it's working.  Unlike typical House, however, he listens to the patient's explanation, and doesn't give her a barb back.  He also volunteers to do an enema to speak to the patient, much more immediate interaction than we usually see from him. 

On the homefront, House plants a seed to make Wilson angry at Sam, playing on his apparently random OCD.  I have to say, while I like Wilson happy and liked the last scene with him and Sam, the rest of it I could have done without in favor of more House scenes.  But, maybe this was done purposely.  The episodes lately have been overrun with everyone but House.  It's possible we are seeing things the same way House is.  Everyone else appears to be coupling up, having lives unrelated to him and where does that leave House?  With less air time, unfortunately for us.

This brings me to the last major component of this episode: Taub and Rachel's relationship.  It's no secret Taub cheated on his wife in the past.  It's also no secret that he's shamelessly flirting with Maya, the cute, younger nurse (sounds like an intro to a porn).  Thirteen notices right away and hints to Taub that maybe he ought to steer clear if he wants to actually avoid cheating.  But does he want to? 

At dinner, Taub brings up the idea of an open marriage to Rachel.  Rachel asks him if she's enough for him, since he is enough for her.  I love that the next day, Taub's open marriage discussion with his wife is open to his colleagues.  I noticed that Chase was in quite a hurry to get back to discussing the patient both times Taub's marriage was brought up with the team.  Too painful for him?

Rachel, in a surprise I should have expected but didn't, agreed to the open marriage with Taub.  Taub celebrates by putting on too much cologne and making a date with the agreeable (and obviously lackluster taste) Maya.  Is anyone else finding it a stretch that Maya, this yoga-mat-bearing young hottie is interested in Taub?  This isn't a knock on Peter Jacobson, but hello, the man admitted it himself: "I'm 5'6 and have a receding hair line.  I hate genetics."

As if Taub isn't horny enough for the show, we get Julia who thinks that just for telling the truth, it shouldn't hurt anyone else.  She expresses this after finding out her husband was lying to her about having sexual partners (he had none) and about their money issues.  Luckily, she had Thirteen around to set her straight, and give us the theme of the episode: "You conveniently ignore the truth that some truths hurt." True dat, Thirteen.  What's true to me isn't true to you and vice versa. 

With Taub listening to this conversation, it almost looked like he was realizing he should tell his wife the truth, that he does need more than her.  He told Chase that he'd rather be honest than jealous.  But does his wife feel the same way?  She thought she could handle the truth, but it turns out, it would hurt more to know that Taub was with someone else.  So where does this leave Taub?  Lying, presumably and giving her what he thinks she wants.

Loved the Huddy scene.  Want more.  Interesting that House is claiming to believe in karma now, especially after the episode "Instant Karma."  He thinks he got what he deserved and wanted when Wilson and Sam broke up.

Also Interesting that Taub is making the same mistake that Wilson did.  By not telling his wife what's really going on, it will most likely blow up in his face while Wilson, who finally has learned after 10, 20, however many fudged Housian years ago he was married to Sam, that he needs to be honest in order to sustain a relationship.  I like that Sam and Wilson have both evolved into being mature enough to be together. 

So by the end, Julia isn't angry at her husband anymore, Sam and Wilson have made up, and Taub tells Rachel that she's enough for him.  Oh, Taub.  Is sex really worth the utter demise of your marriage?  I think Foreman was right when he told Taub that he only wants his wife to be happy when it makes him happy too because Taub clearly hasn't learned from his mistakes.  Yoga girl turned out to be too much of a temptation, and we're left with our short little doc hopping in her car and waving goodbye to his marriage. 

That takes care of everyone else, but what about House?  Seeing Sam and Wilson sitting contently, House moves the milk over to the side shelf in the fridge, knowing it will annoy Wilson.  This wouldn't have surprised me, but the tone in this scene was much sadder than I could have imagined.  House wasn't doing it to anger Wilson.  To me it looked like a cry for attention.  House walked down the long hallway to his bedroom alone after hearing Wilson resign his cards to Sam, who claimed to be all in, willing to give herself completely to the relationship (in a metaphorical card game, of course).  And House, whether it be karma or something else, seems to end up alone. 

Finally, I was glad to see the white board make a reappearance!  And next week, Fox Rocks!  I don't think Jack Bauer will be dancing around, but the rest of Fox's lineup will feature some musical episodes.  Can't wait!


House: I need to see if our patient is a unicorn or a slutty horse.

Chase: Stravinski never groped my wife in a Midtown hotel room.

Thirteen:  Not counting the emotional fondling...

Taub:  I'm 5'6 and have a receding hairline.  I hate genetics.

House:  If this should somehow lead to Lucas dying or oral sex, so be it.

Thirteen: You conveniently ignore the truth that some truths hurt people.

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-Lisa B. Palmer, BuddyTV Fan Columnist