Splashed across the cover of this week's TV Guide is a huge picture of TV doctors Hugh Laurie (House) and Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy). Dressed for dancing, Cuddy has her arm around House's neck, and House has one hand near her breast and the other a bit lower than that. What interested me more, though, was the bold-faced headline, "HAPPY AT LAST?"
As of the first episode of the new season, House and Cuddy are playing house. Notice that the TV Guide headline does not say, "Together at last?" but "Happy at last?" almost as if the two were the same thing.
House, of course, is infamously misanthropic and miserable. The view that if only he became coupled, he would then be happy, is the most conventional one. (Never mind that the research begs to disagree.) House's BFF Wilson also believes in the power of relationships to improve well-being, but his take on the meaning of relationships is broader and more enlightened than TV Guide's. For example, when Wilson discovered (along with the rest of the team) that House had faked cancer in order to get access to some potentially awesome pain meds, he suggested that House instead try spending more time with the friends and colleagues who care about him. House has his own thoughts on the matter (doesn't he always?): He thinks it is hard to be happy when your leg hurts all the time.