"You wanna make things right? Too bad, nothing's ever right."
"Why does there always have to be a reason? Can't we just talk?"
Eve: What can I do? What the hell can I do that you're not gonna dismiss as just being because I was raped?
Being a medical show, "House" by its very nature had a lot of guest stars. Some were good, others bad. Some mattered, others didn't. And then there were those who were truly special - the ones who transcended the role of the sick patient; just a puzzle for House to solve - and became something more. In an episode
written by the creator of the show, David Shore, one of those special guest stars appeared; Katheryn Winnick.
It was also one of the the few episodes where House actually talked to a patient - although under somewhat forced circumstances, which is something he otherwise actively likes to avoid, but that wasn't an option this time. The near final scene show the two sitting at a bench overlooking the lake. There's a sense of peace and tranquility despite the subject of conversation. I certainly won't be the judge of what is and isn't, what's right and what isn't, but I will say that it's the kind of scene (and episode) that I still remember to this day; seven years later from when it first aired. The truth of the matter is probably that it doesn't matter who's right about what in the discussion - as it's also reflected by the end-dialog of the episode.
Winnick might've had the role of the victim, but she most certainly wasn't weak or frail in any way. Instead, House had to deal with an assertive young woman who clearly challenged him. It's up to the individual to assess whether the somewhat cliched role of the female victim is transcended in this case, but it it would be amiss not to make mention that "House" was a show that often dealt with the concept of 'broken' people; House himself being the obvious example.
House argues that there's nothing to solve with regards to this case; there's no puzzle. It's a "common" case, but it could also be argued that this is just a much more complex puzzle than the ones he usually solves, it's just a different kind - the personal kind. It's a puzzle without a final answer or resolution, one that can't be solved completely.
You gonna base your whole life on who you got stuck in a room with?
I'm gonna base this moment on who I'm stuck in a room with.
It's what life is.
It's a series of rooms.
And who we get stuck in those rooms with adds up to what our lives are.
"Where the rooms are a collection of our lives..."*
Eve: You're enjoying this conversation.
House: It's just the type of conversation I do well.
Eve: But the other type? The personal stuff?
House: There are no answers. And if there are no answers, why talk about it?
Eve: I need to know that it all means something. I need that comfort.
House: Yeah. Are you feeling comfortable? You feeling good right now? You feel warm inside?
Eve: I was raped. What's your excuse?
"And everyone will tell you that's what we gotta make her do. We got to help her, right?
Except we can't. We drag out her story, tell each other that it'll help her heal and feel real good about ourselves.
Maybe all we've done is make a girl cry."
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