House: A Knight's Tale

I’m convinced that this week’s episode was nothing more than a ploy to get House out of the hospital and into some ridiculous costume. Yes ladies and gents, we’re going through a time warp all the way back to the medieval ages!

Firstly, Sir William is a knight. A knight in his medieval community, I should clarify, not knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Anyway, as part of a hardcore reenactment troop, Sir William partakes in an intense sword fight to impress the Queen. But after defeating his opponent, Sir William’s eyes begin filling up with blood. Off to modern day America with ye!

House is more than convinced that William’s problem is related to his environment. He sends Foreman and Thirteen to check out the medieval hide out and see what they can find. They discover that William had been showing symptoms since before his hospital admittance – and that he eats really, really gross things. There’s a lovely pile of vomit in one of the haystacks where he “lives” that reveals William ate a cow eye some days back. Here’s a barf bag for you, too.

Aside from his medical woes, William is love sick. The object of his affection is Shannon, the “Queen” of his medieval community. But Shannon is engaged to Miles (“the King”) and Miles is William’s best friend. A good knight does not steal another knight’s boyfriend! At least men back then had some decency…

As was foreshadowed in last week’s episode, Wilson begins seeing his ex-wife Sam again. Everyone on the team seems to think this is a bad idea, for once it’s not just House! Cuddy refuses to become involved, however, since nothing good ever comes from messing with others’ love lives.

Sam wants to get to know House since he is, after all, Wilson’s closest friend. House obliges and brings a tranny to dinner, with his ulterior motive to shock and embarrass Sam. Too bad the plan backfires! The tranny is a huge hit with Sam and Wilson – it turns out she’s from the same hometown as Sam! This would only happen to you, House.

Later on, House pretends to have reformed and wants to start new with Sam. So he cooks the couple and himself a fabulous meal and everyone’s having a great time. That is, until Wilson leaves the room and the claws come out! “You’re a coldhearted bitch,” House tells Sam and they come to the mutual agreement to be enemies.

At the hospital, William’s condition continues to worsen until House takes it upon himself to go visit the medieval hang out. Taking Thirteen along with him (no doubt because she looks good in a corset), they scrounge around for whatever they might’ve missed the first time. And wouldn’t you know: they find out that someone sold hemlock to King Miles just a few days before William’s hospitalization. Hemlock very closely resembles a carrot, but it’s actually a poisonous plant. Uh oh, is this going to become a medieval murder mystery?

In the end, though, no matter what William says about “honor, courage, and loyalty,” he’s a fraud of a Knight. His disease is traced back to anabolic steroid abuse, but the hemlock played a huge role in speeding up the disease.

Maybe I missed this, but was it ever clarified how William came by the hemlock? If not from Miles, then where? Inquiring minds want to know! In the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn’t matter, but I like my stories to have conclusive endings with all the loose ends tied up. Especially for a patient we will never see again. It’s not the first time House has left things up in the air when it comes to a patient’s final medical diagnosis and I can’t help but wonder if that’s on purpose or just lazy storytelling.

For another take on this week’s episode, check out “Is That The Statutory Period For Soul-sucking?” by Cameron Cubbison.

Season 6, Episode 17: Knight Fall (originally aired April 19, 2010)

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Mondays 8/7c on FOX

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