After being on the air for eight years, seeing a show still able to throw you for a heart-warming loop is a great sign. All signs at the beginning of this season were pointing to one of House's weakest years but with last week's brilliantly crafted episode and this aftermath focusing on Chase in the vein of the episode "Wilson" and "9 to 5" from Season 6 played out to many of this show's central themes and getting to know one of the doctors in a way that we haven't seen in that light in a long time. Chase for all of Season 7 was a gag of hook-ups and dating women and the hilarity that came out of that, but it got stale, so his stabbing/recovery was a perfect remedy by giving him someone to relate to on a purely human level. He has to do clinic hours and meets a prospective nun who has not yet taken her vows, and when her condition worsens he admits her and the two share a connection. House and Taub share a chaotic battle of surprise attack and defense since Taub is taking a self-defense class after last week's incident. Chase emptily reassuring Adams and Park that he is ok just knowing that they're there for him was textbook denial if there ever was any. When the patient improves and gets discharged Chase goes on a date but it doesn't go well and he finds the nun at his door, wondering if she should indeed forsake her vows and be with him and get her old life back. Just wondering she found out where he lived, it's not like he told her, but that's a small overlook-able detail. The morning after they sleep together her condition worsens and he has to rush her to the hospital and everyone finds out that he slept with her. He performs surgery and while under she sees a boy she once nannied for and died when she turned away and he got hit by a car and he comes to hold her hand. She claims that she finally has found her "calling" to God but Chase, out of misguided love for her wants to disprove that what she said but adrenaline from her brain and a chemically induced hallucination so it wasn't real. When he sets out to burst her bubble House says that he doesn't want him to be like him, and that he doesn't have to reconfigure his life because he didn't make a mistake, he just got stabbed. Chase gives up and sits with her while she prays. In the end another nun comes to take her away and when Chase leaves the room she calls his name and holds his hand while they look into each other's eyes, signifying that she wants him to be the last person she touched before she takes her vows, a truly beautiful and simple gesture. Chase returns to the office to a DDX and he and House share a look of agreement with a nod that says that he did the right thing. A truly magnificent episode that gives me hope for the idea that in some ways this show has indeed matured a lot over the years and that this final season may prove to be a great year indeed.
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