House goes to PPTH's soup kitchen -- the cafeteria. He finds Wilson there, and gets mad at him for giving away his little gift mystery. Wilson's just mad that House never unwrapped his present in the first place. House says he didn't know it was an expensive book. House has missed the point of presents, and why they are wrapped. Wilson is annoyed that his gift was sacrificed for a "completely meaningless prank." House begs to differ -- he thinks observing his team's reactions to his mystery gift and mystery gift-giver could have been useful. It wouldn't, though. It's been done on this show before. Wilson asks House why, out of all the ways he could have messed with his underlings, did he choose a present. "You checked the prices for fireman strippers recently?" House asks. Wilson's answer is a perfectly disappointed "yes." But he must follow this up with some Wilsychoanalysis. He says that House has a hard time being alone during the holidays when everyone else has family and friends, so he gave himself a fake gift to compensate. That's still better than two years ago, when he OD'd. Hooray for improvement! Also, it wasn't exactly a fake gift -- it was a real gift, from a real friend. Wilson says that if House was nice, he could get more real presents. House scoffs that if he wanted gifts, he'd do the fake nice thing that Wilson does. Wilson doesn't think House could pull it off, judging by the fact that he can't even refer to the theoretical patient as anything other than Mrs. Moron. House sees right through him, saying he's just trying to get House to try to prove him wrong and be nice to his patients during the holiday season. Wilson admits that's what he's trying to do, even though he knows it won't work. "You're right," House says. But not about it not working. "I've gotta stop being such a jerk," he says, looking all serious and sad. WHAAAA???? Has House's heart grown three sizes this episode? Oh wait -- he follows that up by stealing Wilson's ice cream sandwich. Even though he already has an ice cream sandwich of his own, which he made Wilson pay for in the first place.
Episode Report CardSara M: B | 2559 USERS: C
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