“Love came home an unknown.
Came home to me a mystery.
Went to its death
“withered as dry spit.
The lamb of lions returned
on crutches disguised as legs.”
—–Amber Tamblyn (from WORD WAR)
I actually watched this episode twice in case I missed something. It just seemed like there should have been more. House seemed concerned when his patient was not upset with losing his livelihood. Ordinarily, one might expect a complication of the patient’s condition to be uncovered by this. But House is still preoccupied with the loss of Cuddy sex, so his medical prowess is taking a back seat. Instead of using personal experiences to help him visualize medical solutions, he reversed the process and saw his patient as a metaphor for his personal problems. One can only hope that he finally gets over it.
Martha Masters (Amber Tamblyn), on the other hand, had a strange week. She found herself inexplicably attracted to Linc the Bull Rider (Eric Almquist), although she admittedly knew better. Linc seemed initially to return her interest, but at the end of the episode, he rejects her without speaking, probably because he is now an unemployed Bull Rider. Perhaps he could have been persuaded, but Masters allows the automatic door to close between her and Linc, accepting the judgment of fate. Is she superstitious?
Masters also shows some emotion toward House, suggesting that he is deserving of sympathy after his breakup with Cuddy, and calling his unconventional diagnostic tools brilliant.
And this does not really relate to the episode, but it’s good and you should watch it: