Spoilers for last night's "House" coming up just as soon as I say raid the mini-bar...
I'm going to ignore the stuff that happened at PPTH with the patient and Cameron and Chase, because I don't much care about any of that if House isn't directly involved. (Unsurprisingly, the only part of that storyline I enjoyed was House solving the case on speaker phone.) The grown-ups at the convention, on the other hand? Very interesting, even if I didn't like every decision that was made.
Again, the hook for me this season is watching House attempt to grow and change - and watching Hugh Laurie play that growth and change - and so I was gratified to see House finally be candid about his feelings for Cuddy, and give Wilson a good pep talk while saving his career in the process. Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard both brought their A games this week.
(This being "House," of course, the progress has to come in baby steps, so we also got House leering at Cuddy's typically inappropriate work outfit, and House drugging Wilson in order to save his career. But the guy needs to retain some abrasiveness, or else the show becomes too flat, right?)
What I'm not particularly happy with is the return of Lucas the private eye as Cuddy's new boyfriend.
I like Lucas quite a bit and was sorry to see Michael Weston leave the show, particularly after the spin-off David Shore was planning for him didn't sell. So it's not that I don't want to see him.
Nor is it that I'm upset there's another obstacle in the inevitable House/Cuddy romance. As with most TV 'ships, I don't care one way or the other if the couple gets together; I just want things to be interesting along the way. And the writers did establish that Lucas had a thing for Cuddy when he was still appearing last season, so it's not out of the blue.
My problem is that this seems like a waste of Lucas, if they were going to bring him back. Weston and Laurie played so well together, and it was really charming to see House have a friend (albeit one he had to pay) who was largely on his own wavelength, that I don't particularly want to see them as adversaries. Yes, House is being mature now, and acknowledging that Lucas is probably a more reliable man to be in a single mom's life. But sooner or later, there will be shenanigans, and I'd much rather Lucas and House be on the same side (possibly going after some other random dude Cuddy's dating), not as rivals.
What did everybody else think?