Season 7 Episode 1

Now What?

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Now that they're together, House and Cuddy try to establish a normal relationship. Meanwhile, the team comes to the aid of an ailing Princeton neurosurgeon but discover that they need House's help... and House is nowhere to be found.

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  • THE Event.

    Long time non lovers House & Cuddy finally act on their sexual tension and, what on any other show would put to rest the one ongoing issue of the entire series, on House MD it just adds yet another layer to a very complex relationship.

    House being the more insecure about the next move as he's obviously the more secure about his own flaws as human being, Cuddy being oddly calm about it. The thing is life does go on, as normal as it has always been, next puzzle in check, next phone call to Wilson, even the next verbal sparring occurs as if nothing ever happened, except House and Cuddy now take baths together.

    Between patients they have "the talk", between Wilson's check ins on House they decide whether or not they are ready to go public and, after a game of Boggle he says that he loves her, they both know what they can't change, they both know what has already changed and, oddly enough, they find the wisdom to accept it, taking it one day at the time, like House does it with most of his addictions. It doesn't make it any less difficult, or the case any more simple than it already is, it just makes things, well, different. Deal with it.moreless
  • Season 1 - 3 FTW.. House is slipping in my book.

    I don't care about naysayers and die hard house fans (especially since *I* am a die-hard fan of house), I am simply starting to not like the show. Though some might say they HAD to change the flow as it would have been "worse" to keep the old formula from the first three seasons (and even the fourth...kind of), and they're probably right. Still, there were infinite paths to take and I simply feel like they took a few wrong ones.

    I'll save the rest of my ranting for the show review instead of this episode. Speaking of which, there were elements that I liked about the premiere; however, overall it was an OK episode. I would rate season 6 a 7/10 at best. So I am expecting a lot out of this season otherwise I'd just rather they end it.

    Thirteen is kind of annoying with her predictable non-responses. haha

  • This was almost painful to watch.

    So, I just saw the season premiere and let me tell you that I almost regret it.

    House and Cuddy are finally together and they (writers/director) find the most boring way to show the beginning of their relationship. The chemistry was so off, the dialog was lame and the two of them seemed so out of character that was almost painful to watch.

    In the other hand a loved the whole neurosurgeon fiasco, and the SO unexpected "(Thirteen) She´s just gone"

    So, to sum-up, the episode was totally not what I was expecting, but it had some really funny moments.

    I hope the next episodes repair this disappointment.moreless
  • Even worse than "Lockdown"!

    I thought "Lockdown" was bad!? Most of the House episodes that were not favorites had more to do with bad direction than with bad scripts or story lines. That's not the case with "What Now". This was THE worst of any of the episodes so far! More like a badly-done soap opera than House's usually higher quality/standard. I was painfully bored and only watched to the end so that I'm not in the dark when I watch "Selfish". I can only hope that this season's opener isn't indicitive of the rest of Season 7. Please bring back the quality of the first couple of seasons.moreless
  • Not a great season opener

    I felt a little let down by this episode. It had 2 things going for it: it was a season opener and it was going to start the story of House and Cuddy's relationship. Sadly it felt like any other episode. More and more it feels like the writers don't really know what to do with house any more. They have written him into a corner. Instead of letting him (and therefore the audience) enjoy his happiness for just one episode, they decided to plant the seeds of doubt on the relationship from the off. And the unceremonious exit for thirteen was a real kick in the teeth. This episode and the series as a whole has become too bogged down in its own gloom and cynical outlook. I hope the rest of the season doesn't follow this path. House is one thing left on the timetable that I still look forward to.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the previous episode (and in the flashback this episode), House has a bloodstain on his left cheek which is very dark in the center. Yet here, the stain is not dark any more.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Dr. Foreman: Has anyone seen House?
      Taub: It's 10:00 a.m. I'd be worried if he was here.

    • Dr. Cuddy: House.
      House: Yeah.
      Dr. Cuddy: The secret bath is... burning my lady parts.
      House: How do you think my (whispers) anus feels? Burning means it's working.
      Dr. Cuddy: Can we get out now?
      House: I was so waiting for you to say that.

    • Alex: Dr. Cuddy's first assignment was for me to get to know everything about Dr. House's team... and not to believe anything any of them told me.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What is my tell?
      House: Are you kidding? If I tell you your tell, you'd get rid of it and I won't be able to tell.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Just let (Wilson) in.
      House: No! He's like a stray... he'll eat everything, shed all over the place, and crap on the floor.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Why didn't you let him in?
      House: You were thinking about Wilson while we were having sex? That's so cool! So was I.

    • House: You think I'm afraid to go public? I'm gonna prove you wrong.
      Dr. Cuddy: With a tripod?
      House: With a sex tape. We'll send it to Wilson. It's win-win. We get to do it again. And... he might actually learn something.

    • House: This isn't gonna work.
      Dr. Cuddy: That's it? You can't just say that and shut up.
      House: It's just a statement of fact. It's not a debatable proposition.
      Dr. Cuddy: Right. Because you can see the future.
      House: No, but I can see the past. And you're gonna remember all the horrible things I've done, and you're going to try and convince yourself that I've changed. And I'm gonna start doing those horrible things again, because I haven't changed. Then you'll realize that... I'm an insane choice for someone who has a kid. And from there, it's a short step to the inevitable conclusion that all of this... was a mistake.

    • Dr. Chase: Cake? Taub thought we should have a little party to see you off properly. He gets sentimental about these things.
      Thirteen: I never should have flashed him.

    • House: You think I can change. Tell me where I'm wrong.
      Dr. Cuddy: I don't want you to change. I know you're screwed up. I know you are always gonna be screwed up. But you're the most incredible man I've ever known. You are always gonna be... the most incredible man I have ever known. So unless you're breaking up with me, I'm going home now.

  • NOTES (4)

    • With the new season credits, several changes have been made. Jennifer Morrison is completely missing from the open, and the scene on the lake where her name was credited has also been removed. Jesse Spencer's credit has been moved to after Robert Sean Leonard's. Peter Jacobson and Olivia Wilde now appear with two new sequences for their names. And the scene where House is walking with the team has been removed from the open.

    • Music: Good Days (Joe Purdy)

    • The working title for the episode was "Thunder Roadtrip."

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 20, 2010 on Global
      Australia: September 22, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Bulgaria: September 24, 2010 on Nova TV
      UK: October 3, 2010 on Sky1
      Germany: April 5, 2011 on RTL
      The Netherlands: July 28, 2011 on SBS 6
      Sweden: August 30, 2011 on TV4
      Czech Republic: September 5, 2011 on TV Nova
      Poland: September 8, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: March 1, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: February 11, 2013 on MTV3


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