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I think I've asked this question before with regards to Wilson's childhood, and may have asked it before with regards to House's childhood, but I feel in both cases, the series ended with so many questions left unanswered.

The Blythe from Season 2 and Season 8 was vastly different. I know that the prevailing argument (and a logical one, at that) is that the immense change in her character was due to different writers. In all honesty though, I feel as if what we were seeing in Season 2 was Blythe's persona. The demure, dutiful wife, trying to keep the family together. The woman we see in Season 8 could very well have been the Blythe behind the scenes, the absent mother we didn't get to see. If I am correct, she wasn't aware of John's treatment of House? Perhaps, in her generation, she was expected to be a wife and mother, with no allowance for more liberal and sexual expression. Perhaps that caused her to try and escape the life she felt she was forced to have. Of course, I'm not entirely sure. What do you all think is the truth about Blythe?

And I was never really sure what to make of House's relationship with his father. He stands up for him, to Thomas, in Season 8. In Season 6, he's talking to his father, as Wilson talks to Amber, and says something like "there were good days." Of course we never get to see him talking to Dr. Nolan about his father, because with such a strict upbringing, strained relationship, and feelings of uncertainty with regard to whom his biological father was and his trust issues, it's something that would have never logically come up in theapy. In Season 5, he expresses frustration that no one told him he wasn't John's biological son. In Season 3, we learn about the fact that House's father punished him severely by forcing him to sleep outside and taking ice baths when he misbehaved. In Season 2, when we first meet John, it's obvious that the relationship is strained. Both Blythe and John seem concerned that their son is miserable, and John expresses that House's leg injury "isn't that bad," which clearly illustrates a disconnect in understanding between them. Did John know that House wasn't his biological son? Did that affect his treatment of him?

Honestly, one of my favorite explorations of what the relationship between John, Blythe, and House may have been like in House's childhood is in [livejournal.com profile] yarroway's brilliant fic Unforgotten. If you haven't read it yet, you definitely should, because it is amazing.

I also have to wonder what House was like in his adolescence. In "Son of a Coma Guy," when he mentions the Buraku, I think he said he was looking for help for his sick friend? If I am remembering correctly? It sounds like he ventured out a lot on his own. He certainly has a wide variety of knowledge, knows many languages. I wonder if he explored the places where his father was stationed. I wonder if he made friends easily, or at least knew how to command a crowd. He certainly knows how to be charming and flirtatious. I have to wonder if he had a string of girlfriends, boyfriends, sexual partners, or if he didn't. I wonder if he ever had a friend like Wilson. We do meet House's old high school friend Crandall in that one episode. And he seems a bit...sort of goofy, frat boy-ish. But he did hang around House. Were those the sorts of friends he had? Perhaps not ones he really connected with intellectually but who shared his need/want for alternative, artifical forms of stimulation such as drugs and alcohol? I mean, he said he liked Crandall because he had a car but he could have very well been being sarcastic. I'm not really sure.

What are your thoughts on House's childhood and adolescence?

Date: 2013-07-14 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discofunction.livejournal.com
What do you all think is the truth about Blythe?

I haven't thought in too much detail about House's childhood. I think the confusion with Blythe is down to different writers etc... but I have created my own little story for her in my head for some reason!

Blythe always came across as a bit...cold.. She'd greet House warmly but there was always a bit of a distance about her. Especially at the funeral- Wilson was getting more choaked up about House's speech than she was!!

My personal feelings is that Blythe is secretly quite interesting! I think she probably grew up in a very strict home (hence her distance-she may have issue with relationships etc...) and married John because it was the thing to do during that time. Perhaps she loved him at one time but that grew apart but she didn't divorce because it's not what (many) people did back then!

I wonder if since he was such a controlling man- perhaps he was to her as well as House and she enjoyed her freedom while he was away (having afairs, protesting the war etc...

The fact that she didn't stop John's bad treatment of House could be down to a number of factors- perhaps she was scared of him, perhaps she went along with it out of a sense of guilt for being disloyal. Perhaps she even agreed with him. There was no such thing as naughty steps etc... back then and since House was essentially a child genius- he was probably quite difficult! (not that I justify their actions- but it was an era when ideas on punishments etc...were far different than they are today!)

So I think the reason why her character appeared to change is because-there was a lot about her House didn't know. As she said to him -"you were a child, I didn't share the details of my day with you."

I also think that there is a lot of Blythe in House! I think she has a sneaky side! She had (possibly)numerous affairs, she protested the war without John knowing, she used to Wilson to get House to the funeral, she manipulated Wilson again by pretending she had cancer knowing it was the way to get House to see her! (so both her and House have faked cancer! LOL)She hid her marriage from him and she knew House was in prison! So I am thinking that Blythe is not quite the demure lady she seemed!

I like to think that sometime between House discovering she's not as boring as he thought and the finale-they met up again and perhaps bonded more. Then I think that House went to her for help when he faked his death-as personally I think he would have needed some help to pull it off and (as a mother) I hate the thought of him making his Mum believe he was dead!) After discovering her sneaky clever side- I think he may have thought she is someone he could go to. I think he hid out at hers, she did some of the leg work and she was at the funeral so could have planted the cell phone in Wilsons pocket! I think she knew how important Wilson was to House (a mother knows! LOL) and agreed to it because, like all mothers-she want's to see her son happy! -so that's my theory! LOL

Sorry that was long! LOL and I have no idea about the John storyline-that always confused me!

Date: 2013-07-15 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Oooh. I loved reading your thoughts on this. That does make sense; Blythe really did always come off as cold, distant...perhaps detached in that she was always performing a role.

I do think that she likely did grow up in a strict home, and that John was controlling. Blythe probably did have affairs, protest to the war, to sort of escape from that. You do make some interesting points on how her sneaky side is similar to House's. ;) And I adore the idea that she helped him to fake his own death. I could see it.

And you also bring up several good theories on why Blythe may not have reacted to John's treatment of House.

Date: 2013-07-15 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barefootpuddles.livejournal.com
I also think that there is a lot of Blythe in House! I think she has a sneaky side! She had (possibly)numerous affairs, she protested the war without John knowing, she used to Wilson to get House to the funeral, she manipulated Wilson again by pretending she had cancer knowing it was the way to get House to see her! (so both her and House have faked cancer! LOL)She hid her marriage from him and she knew House was in prison! So I am thinking that Blythe is not quite the demure lady she seemed!

This is what I eventually came away with too after season 8!

Date: 2013-07-14 06:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] flywoman.livejournal.com
John must have know that Greg wasn't his son. House tells Wilson that he was punished by the silent treatment all summer for guessing that Thomas was his biological father and telling John when he was twelve.

I don't know for sure, of course, but it seems to me that Greg's very existence would always be a reminder of Blythe's past infidelity. So even if he hadn't been a difficult child (which I'm certain he was), Greg would have aroused at least unconscious hostility in his father.

Date: 2013-07-14 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cuddyclothes.livejournal.com
I agree. And I think (see entry below) that the hostility was quite conscious.

Date: 2013-07-15 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
That's right; John did punish House via the silent treatment for a summer after House told him he knew the truth about his birth.

I don't know for sure, of course, but it seems to me that Greg's very existence would always be a reminder of Blythe's past infidelity. So even if he hadn't been a difficult child (which I'm certain he was), Greg would have aroused at least unconscious hostility in his father.

That definitely makes sense. I totally agree with you there!
Edited Date: 2013-07-15 05:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-07-14 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cuddyclothes.livejournal.com
Here's my take...

The generation of House's parents kept secrets. Almost everything was hidden from the outside. Homosexuality, affairs, illness, all were often concealed not only from the outside world but from family members.

With Blythe, I take her as written in S1 and S5, not the caricature in S8. For one thing, I lived through that war protest period as a child and there was NO WAY you could be that high profile and do it "secretly." The media would have been on it like stink on cheese. I write this as someone who lived in a high-profile environment and our family had NO privacy whatsoever. And what about their friends? Would none of them know about it? Seriously, a large, closely contained group of officers and their wives? To me it was one more failed attempt at the show's "shaking things up" and making a mess. If she did anything like that, John would have known. She could never have gotten away with it. So many other people became minor public figures--and I'm talking dozens--through those protests.

My impression of Blythe was of a loving but cold mother who kept her son at a distance, and turned her back on John's abuse. It's a classic family dynamic. Doubtless, as discofunction pointed out, having a difficult genius for a son was tough. A tough, angry Marine would not tolerate insolence, and we heard more than enough about what a hard-ass John House was. The impression I get is that there was a lot of discipline and not much love in that household. Particularly if Blythe had an affair and carried the baby to term. Quote from Birthmarks: "First of all, he was deployed on training exercises off Okinawa during the time I had to be conceived."

So let's assume that, either out of love for his wife or to avoid disgracing himself in the eyes of the military with a divorce, John had to raise another man's child. He had to know that House was not his son, and yet John was forced to keep up the pretense with House and the world, if not with Blythe. Probably, on more than one level, he hated House. Which, combined with House being "difficult," was a recipe for child-rearing disaster. Of course Blythe looked the other way. It was her fault, really, but what happens if everyone is honest with each other? Family explosion.

Plus, as a military brat, House was moved not only around the country, but around the world. So he is always the "new kid" at school, probably the "weird kid", few friends, etc. No wonder he disliked human contact and ended up being into drugs, before the infarction. "Three Stories" indicate as much, that his doctors thought he was drug-seeking. I'm thinking that's where Crandall fits in. In college, in a band, getting high, that's enough for an adolescent friendship. Not a particularly deep one, but guys to hang out with. And Crandall knew how much House hated being touched and hugged.

I've always thought House didn't let her know he was alive. Maybe he did. But assume, according to S8, she'd kept her second marriage a secret for decades and never visiting House in prison, even though she knew he was there? I would DEFINITELY prefer to let Foreman know rather than her.
Edited Date: 2013-07-14 06:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-07-14 08:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] flywoman.livejournal.com
I agree with your assessment. I don't think Blythe could have kept many secrets, at least without John's collusion. John knew, and projected his anger at his wife onto her child, and Blythe was willfully ignorant of the abuse (if that). House never had a close friend before Wilson - Crandall knew him as well as anyone when he was young.

Although what did you mean about Blythe keeping her second marriage a secret for decades? Apparently I've blanked out much of the last two seasons as a protective mechanism.

Date: 2013-07-15 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I'm with [livejournal.com profile] flywoman. I definitely agree with your assessment!

Date: 2013-07-14 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lieueitak.livejournal.com
Would you (or one of your commenters reading this :) ) mind telling me what the Blythe in season 8 was like? I didn't watch, so I'm a little curious.

Date: 2013-07-14 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
I'm coming back later to reply in more depth to Petite's post, but I can answer this briefly: S8 Blythe appeared once. In that episode we discover a few things:

--House is avoiding Blythe and calls her evil. She fakes having cancer, suckers Wilson, and he tells House, who rushes off to be with her only to discover that she tricked him and is healthy.

--she remarried shortly after John's death, and never told House.

--The man she married, Thomas, is the Unitarian minister and "family friend" that House always thought was his father. I have a vague recollection that Blythe admits they had been involved for many years prior to John's death, but perhaps someone who remembers the episode more clearly can confirm whether this is correct.

--Blythe used to attend anti-war rallies (my impression is that this was during the Vietnam war).

--Thomas is familiar with LSD intoxication (which Park has), and knows how to handle it.

--Blythe knew House was in prison at the time and yet never let him know that she knew. In fact, she had subscribed to the police blotter (or whatever its called) when he moved to Princeton all those years ago under the assumption that he'd be arrested. This implies she knew about Tritter too.

--Blythe berates Thomas when he loudly calls House a sociopath in a restaurant, and insists he apologize.

--Blythe doesn't bat an eyelash when House stands up and exposes himself in the same restaurant.

--Blythe admits to everyone that Thomas is House's father.

--Wilson runs Thomas' DNA and discovers that Thomas is, in fact, NOT House's dad.

Date: 2013-07-14 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
Wilson runs Thomas' DNA and discovers that Thomas is, in fact, NOT House's dad.

Even though he has identical birthmarks to House....

I think it was either said or heavily implied that Blythe also did drugs back in the day.

I have a vague recollection that Blythe admits they had been involved for many years prior to John's death, but perhaps someone who remembers the episode more clearly can confirm whether this is correct

I think it was just heavily implied that they were having an affair for at least a lot of House's childhood. (Blythe and Thomas went to the rallies together if I recall correctly.)

Date: 2013-07-14 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Someone I trust on LJ told me that birthmarks are rarely hereditary.

Date: 2013-07-14 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
But in House-verse they are according to House (and Wilson doesn't contadict that).

Date: 2013-07-15 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taiga13.livejournal.com
I don't recall any implication that they had an affair before John's death, except for the fact that they got married two months after John's death. Which, damn, but it was made clear they used to be close. She did tell House they didn't want him to think they were disrespecting John's memory, if that means anything.
I checked the transcript and it's stated that Thomas got Blythe involved in war protests, she didn't do it on her own. I do think House is more like her than it first appeared, though :)
The bit about the police blotter reminded me of an episode of MASH. Klinger tells everyone that his mother doesn't know he's in Korea, he's gone to great lengths to make her believe he's stationed in the U.S. because he doesn't want her to worry about him. He later accidentally learns that she's known the whole time that he's in Korea, she pretended to believe his lies because she didn't want him to worry about HER worrying. In other words, she pretended to believe House was in Africa because she knew that's what he wanted her to think of him.
House states that he respected his father, and like he said in that deleted scene there were good times. I know fans were indignant at the implication that there could have been anything good about that relationship, but I didn't see it that way at all. Relationships are complicated. House's father could love his son and yet treat him terribly, House could hate his father and love him too. In fact, House wouldn't be so hurt by him if he DIDN'T love him. I also thought that House's father probably didn't think his treatment of his son was abusive (which of course it was), that he probably prided himself on finding ways to discipline him without beating him with a leather belt.
On friends, as one of his fellows once said he must have been a good fighter or a fast runner with his personality. Doris Egan said that it was her canon that House tried for a career as a musician and traveled the world before graduating medical school; there was even a reference to House's past as a failed musician in one or two early episodes that got cut.

Date: 2013-07-15 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
I guess I think it's implied because they obviously had sex at least once while Blythe was married to John; Thomas was around a lot when Greg was young, he got Blythe involved in war protests, did drugs etc, and then they married shortly after John's death. It's possible that the relationship was just friends in between times but I've got my doubts. But I could be biased because I don't like either of them very much :)

I think Greg had a good relationship with his dad up to a certain age, sometime before twelve. Maybe six or seven and then something happened to start driving them apart, leading to the punishments etc.

Edited Date: 2013-07-15 03:31 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-07-15 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I think Greg had a good relationship with his dad up to a certain age, sometime before twelve. Maybe six or seven and then something happened to start driving them apart, leading to the punishments etc.

If Thomas and Blythe didn't have sex while Blythe was still married to John, it's rather possible that they both flirted. Still though, and my memory could be wrong, but my impression was that Blythe and Thomas were having sex prior to John's death but they only waited to *marry* until afterward, to be respectful...Or so they claimed. And didn't she claim she had sex with many men while married to John?

I can certainly see that. Especially given the deleted scene with a happy young Greg House and his military father. Why that scene was deleted, I'll never know, and I know it doesn't count as canon because it was deleted but...perhaps it reflects the sort of relationship the writers had in mind? I'm not for certain though.

Date: 2013-07-15 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taiga13.livejournal.com
I guess I think it's implied because they obviously had sex at least once while Blythe was married to John
I meant there was no evidence they were having an affair RIGHT BEFORE John's death, while John was dying. They could have been, there was just evidence of it given. While it was established Blythe had affairs before House was born, when John was away bombing Vietnamese people, I find it unlikely she was doing so when House was in his teens or once John was retired. They would have noticed. When he was dying, maybe (shrug).

Date: 2013-07-15 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Those were my thoughts on Blythe and Thomas as well.

I can't stand either of them.

Date: 2013-07-15 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
In other words, she pretended to believe House was in Africa because she knew that's what he wanted her to think of him.

That certainly makes sense. I rather like that idea.

I do think that what you are saying makes a lot of sense; Greg and John House could have simultaneously loved and hated each other, and it also makes sense that John may have prided himself on his belt-free punishments. He may have been punished physically when he was a child, and felt that his punishments toward House were tame by comparison.

Doris Egan said that it was her canon that House tried for a career as a musician and traveled the world before graduating medical school; there was even a reference to House's past as a failed musician in one or two early episodes that got cut.

OMG. Thank you so much for sharing this. I wish they would release those cut episodes. *sigh*

Date: 2013-07-15 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taiga13.livejournal.com
(facepalm) I meant cut SCENES, and they weren't filmed - they were cut from the script. I remember her saying that in the S1 episode with the famous trumpet player, there was originally a reference to him having heard of House as a failed musician. They cut it but left in the line where he told House not to play his trumpet, which originally referred to that.

Date: 2013-07-15 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Ohhh. Thank you for letting me know that. I wish we could know of more scenes that were cut. It's interesting, because many fans have envisioned House as having a career as a successful musician post-Season 8.

Date: 2013-07-15 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barefootpuddles.livejournal.com
Relationships are complicated. House's father could love his son and yet treat him terribly, House could hate his father and love him too. In fact, House wouldn't be so hurt by him if he DIDN'T love him.

This is absolutely what I think.

There is even that picture of little House wearing his father's uniform hat and holding his sword. After his father's death he was given his gun which must mean something. I think he admired John greatly from start to finish for many reasons, and he wished that he had his father's admiration in return (hence the "you were right" thing). I think he loved him too (again we get the line, "Wilson, my father died" after all that pretense that he didn't care).

Date: 2013-07-15 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I agree with you completely.

Date: 2013-07-15 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lieueitak.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

Date: 2013-07-15 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Blythe admitted that Thomas was House's father...I'm curious to know why she was so certain, if the DNA tests proved that Thomas wasn't the father. And, with the fact that Blythe slept with many men, how can she be so certain?

Date: 2013-07-15 11:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Blythe didn't say anything about it until after House announced it in the restaurant in front of Thomas.

Thomas' response is to turn to Blythe and yell at her for claiming House was a premature baby, back in the day. He doesn't ask how House not being John's kid means he is Thomas' or if they did paternity tests on X other guy. Blythe has a lot of secrets, and whoever else she slept with is among them.

So I'm not sure whether she was certain or merely wanted to appear that way.



Date: 2013-07-15 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
She may have wanted it to appear that way. Perhaps, she still wanted a happy family of some sort? I have no idea. Her character puzzles me.

Date: 2013-07-16 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackmare.livejournal.com
I have a bit of headcanon that Blythe got drunk or maybe stoned, somewhere among her fellow peaceniks, and a man there raped her while she was too far gone to resist much. And that's how House was conceived, and why she has never told anyone, not Thomas and not even House himself, what really happened.

She would much rather have House think of himself as merely illegitimate, than have him know that. Not because she's that ashamed anymore, but because he carries around enough anger and self-hate as it is.

Date: 2013-07-15 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daasgrrl.livejournal.com
I don't think this is exactly what you were after, at least in terms of relationships, but since it covers in exhaustive detail the way I think House's childhood influenced his personality I'll link it anyway *g*

http://daasgrrl.livejournal.com/99127.html

Date: 2013-07-15 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Oooh. Thanks for the link! :) Going to go read it now.

Date: 2013-07-15 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Just sticking my nose in to thank you for the brilliant essay. It explains a lot about House.

Date: 2013-07-16 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daasgrrl.livejournal.com
Cool, glad you enjoyed and thank you for reading it XD

Date: 2013-07-15 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sassyjumper.livejournal.com
Wow, big questions. I have a hard time piecing together what House's childhood might have been like, due to the inconsistent writing. I'm with Cuddyclothes on the Blythe issue -- I cannot reconcile S8 Blythe with S2 or S5, and the implausibility of her being a secret flower child is just too much. Obviously, House had a difficult, distant relationship with his John, but we're also told/shown that they had "good times," too. I think "hate" is too strong a word, but John probably couldn't get past the anger he felt over Blythe's betrayal. That, coupled with House being .... House, probably led to the instances of harsh punishment (I feel that John, or maybe even Blythe, would not have considered it abuse, because of the time.)

Since House spent his childhood moving around, I doubt he ever made close friends -- and maybe learned to embrace his status as an outsider. Crandall was probably an easy-going guy who accepted House for who he was, liked drugs, liked to have fun, and kept House entertained for a time. I think Wilson was his first (and only) deep friendship, though. House certainly didn't cling to Crandall -- He was perfectly willing to see that relationship end. Things were quite a bit different with Wilson.

Date: 2013-07-15 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I think "hate" is too strong a word, but John probably couldn't get past the anger he felt over Blythe's betrayal. That, coupled with House being .... House, probably led to the instances of harsh punishment (I feel that John, or maybe even Blythe, would not have considered it abuse, because of the time.)

I completely agree with you here.

Since House spent his childhood moving around, I doubt he ever made close friends -- and maybe learned to embrace his status as an outsider. Crandall was probably an easy-going guy who accepted House for who he was, liked drugs, liked to have fun, and kept House entertained for a time. I think Wilson was his first (and only) deep friendship, though. House certainly didn't cling to Crandall -- He was perfectly willing to see that relationship end. Things were quite a bit different with Wilson.

YES. THIS. I suppose I forget sometimes that moving around a lot certainly does have an effect on the development of relationships, because I tend to focus on the fact that House's personality is so very unique and that others can be put off by it. I do agree with your assessment on House's connection to Crandall, and that it was very different and not nearly as deep as his connection to Wilson.

Date: 2013-07-15 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackmare.livejournal.com
It occurred to me at some point in season 8 that Blythe and Wilson have a LOT in common. Secretive, known to be unfaithful in relationships, appearing very sweet and normal, the sort of people you'd think should be warm and cuddly, but both of them are really quite detached most of the time; there's the manipulative streak, and the ability to lie to House and get away with it.

And regardless of what House has done, she loves him, and so does Wilson. I don't know that this Means Anything, but I thought it was interesting. We as a species are often known to be attracted, on a subconscious level, to those who feel familiar to us -- people who have similar traits to our parents. And I wonder if House sort of grew up with a Wilson type, in the form of his mom.

Date: 2013-07-15 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Omg. That is genius. I never before considered that but that is genius and makes so much sense.

House also had trouble lying to both Wilson and his mother.

Date: 2013-07-16 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackmare.livejournal.com
Hah, well, he does lie to Wilson way more than to his mom, though.

I think House's tenderness with the women he loves -- and it's there; we see him get very snuggly and cute at times -- probably means he got that kind of affection from at least one parent when he was very young, if not afterward. I'm guessing mostly his mom, since his dad's career would have meant he was likely gone a lot, even before things got bad between them. He learned how to be affectionate ... from someone whose temperament was very like Wilson's.

And then there was all the attention, affection and (especially) approval young House wanted from his dad, and couldn't get. We see him trying to get that from Wilson, who is just about the only person whose approval House wants. Attention, he wants from all and sundry in his life, but he doesn't much care about their approval unless they are Wilson.
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