If Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) has to be with someone—because you know the curmudgeon would say he just wants to stay home with his music and monster trucks—who should it be? Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) or, hey, what about Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard)?
The debate seems to pop up where House, M.D. fans gather, and we've brought it to this here forum for an official showdown, fueled by arguments submitted by you, the fans (which we read through, selected, and in some cases, trimmed a bit for time). Click in to see the battle, and then you be the judge...
HOUSE & CAMERON
by Tammy from Australia
Despite the fact that Cameron was pushed to the background in season four (to the overwhelming dismay of her fans), the relationship between House and Cameron has always been there. However, though many might say that it doesn't exist on a romantic level, their story has been told subtly, which makes their relationship unique.
It is through interactions with Cameron that we see glimpses of House's humanity. House has shared some of the most intimate details of his life with Cameron, such as revealing to her willingly what his parents are like and describing his relationship with them. We have seen him be sincere and caring without prompting another character, exemplified when House says to Cameron that he is proud of her and also when Cameron disclosed to House about her husband in college.
House has always given his most endearing and intense looks to Cameron—whether it is in the hallway in "No Reason" or the look they share when Cameron helps House with his arm sling in "Whac-A-Mole." They always share intense gazes throughout the series indicating that there is a something beyond the surface that has yet to be explored.
Cameron has accepted House for who he is and has defended him numerous times to her fellow ducklings and even to Wilson and Cuddy, who always have plans for teaching House humility—Cameron to Cuddy: "Why does he need to be like other people?"
Although it may seem that House and Cameron's relationship will go no further than colleagues, it is evident that there is something more now that Cameron has become more confident and stronger. I would love to watch a relationship between these two unique characters and see how much more we can learn about them and how their relationship will blossom.
And if all else fails, we just have to remember that House kissed back!
HOUSE & CUDDY
by Heidi W.
"Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably." Benedick and Beatrice from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing may be my most favorite literary couple. They are intelligent, quick-witted, passionate and, perhaps most importantly, they carry quite the healthy respect for one another. Little about them is sappy. They know where they stand in the world and aren't afraid to speak their minds. The only thing I hate about their story is that it was only able to last 200 pages. Therefore, one must turn to modern couples on television to fill the void that Benedick and Beatrice have left behind. As it happens, I've only found one such couple to sate my need for snappy snark: Gregory House and Lisa Cuddy.
While I respect and understand the other House ships, it's very hard for me to imagine House with anyone but Cuddy...No one has come closer than Cuddy to understanding how House's mind works—not even Wilson, as was evident after House's ketamine treatment and during the Tritter drama. She gets that he's never going to fit the mold, no matter how hard anyone tries to get him to, and she respects that. And how could anyone doubt the love Cuddy has for House after that smile at the end of the episode "Ugly"? Or how she was holding his hand at the end of "Wilson's Heart"?
And House loves Cuddy. He keeps her secrets, as we saw during her baby arc. He protects her, as seen in "The Right Stuff" when he wouldn't tell her what he was doing with his patient so that she wouldn't be liable. And he respects her. No man would stand up to Cuddy like he does if he didn't realize that he could lose every argument.
House and Cuddy are not the perfect couple, but what couple is? I think, especially after the events of "House's Head" and "Wilson's Heart," House is going to need someone in his life who accepts him for who he is and understands how he thinks. That person is Lisa Cuddy.
HOUSE & WILSON
by H. Emily
In the season-four episode "Don't Ever Change," Wilson wonders what about his relationship with Amber is bothering House so much. Later agreeing that Amber is the female "proxy" for House, Wilson tells him, "Why not date you? It's perfect. We've known each other for years, we've put up with all kinds of crap from each other, and we keep coming back! We're a couple!"
There's a history in television of best friends slowly becoming something more, from The Wonder Years to Friends. The romantic coupling of House and Wilson transforms the strongest relationship on the show to an even more dramatically rewarding one. It's a logical progression: House and Wilson already form the most entertaining, enduring couple of House. If the plot of last season's finale and the 16 million viewers who tuned in prove anything, it's that the way House's friendship with Wilson evolves is of interest to the show's fans. Their friendship could also be a foundation for the most complex, captivating romance primetime has seen in years.
More importantly, a mutual respect exists between the two doctors that House rarely affords anyone else. Wilson can match House's wits, often providing the clue that solves the week's case, and together they pepper the show with humorous banter and penetrating insight that showcases their chemistry and understanding of one another. Viewers know for certain that House is invested in Wilson's welfare: Numerous subplots revolve around House's preoccupation with Wilson's love life. For four years, we've watched House radiate jealousy towards Wilson's girlfriends and wives, most notably (but not exclusively) in episodes where Cuddy and Amber are seen as his competition. When Wilson lied in season three about having slept with Cuddy, House looked crestfallen—the same look he wore a year later when discovering the identity of Wilson's new girlfriend, Amber. It's not the women House wants to have to himself.
House's feelings for Wilson are evidenced subtly in episodes like "Family" and "Fools for Love," but more acutely by his uncharacteristic "I love you" to Wilson in "97 Seconds." That affection is one of the few reciprocated feelings of the series.
Between House and Wilson, unending loyalty abounds while tension roils beneath the surface—all the necessary elements are there for a classic friends-turned-lovers story to finally provide House with that elusive happiness he's been missing.