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House and Cuddy — Should they get together?

posted by Nell Minow

In the words of Entertainment Weekly, House and Cuddy will “do the deed” this season. The popular television series is about the irascible doctor who is a master diagnostician but who constantly battles with his frustrated supervisor about his disregard of rules, risks, and social conventions. As often happens in fiction and sometimes happens in real life, this friction sets off some romantic sparks and after years of dancing around their mutual attraction they are going to act on it.house-cuddy.jpg
This may be satisfying for the characters, but it is unlikely to be satisfying for the viewers, at least not for long. Can you think of a time when resolving the romantic tension between lead characters has made a television show better? I’m thinking of “Cheers,” “Rhoda,” “I Dream of Jeannie” — any others? “That Girl” ended before the wedding of Ann and Don. Is getting together another form of Jumping the Shark?
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  • Andrea

    They already had a one-night stand before the series. After watching this for five years, I’m in no doubt whatsoever that House will screw it up and they’ll be back to sniping at each other after they sleep together this time.

  • Kerry

    I don’t think it will jump the shark or resolve any tension between them. House and Cuddy are ‘canon’ they’ve done the deed before at some point in their past and are still obsessing over each other now. I don’t see how present day sex will change anything for the worse

  • carol in georgia

    My problem with the House/ Cuddy hook up is that it’s just going to be ugly… their kiss not only lacked sizzle, it actually made me cringe a little. That’s NOT good! That was probably the worst on-screen kiss EVER. I don’t think it’s Hugh Laurie – he has plenty of chemistry with guests on the show (like Piper Whats-her-name that came into the clinic with a boyfriend whose poop floated instead of sank… the two of them sizzled…).

  • http://www.touristinthecity.com Andy

    Hi Nell! Glad to find you again; I’m still enjoying your book from so long ago. HOUSE is about the only show I watch (I’m busy!). Actually, I don’t like Cuddy. But I’m very uncomfortable about breaking sexual tension; and even more, at breaking House’s grump. Hugh Laurie might be able to pull it off. But most of the tension won’t be between the actors, it will be with Hugh and us.

  • Your Name

    I have watched HOUSE since it started and I love the show, but House and Cuddy no way. They are like oil and water. It would never work. House would just hurt Cuddy. He is mean, crud, discusting, and does not care what he said to who or who he hurts, But I love the show and his caritor. Cuddy could do better.

  • Alicia

    Usually I prefer not to have the sexual tension broken, though I’m also a fan of “Bones” and would kind of like to see the main characters of “Booth” and “Bones” get together.
    I like Cuddy but I don’t think she has much chemistry with “House” except for the chemistry of frenemies.
    (I do, however, have a very strong opinion about who Kate on “Lost” should end up with!)

  • jestrfyl

    They may once again “do the deed” but I expect it will complicayte and not resolve their relationship. It is that complication that provides some of the energy of the show. Another energy source is House’s relationship with Wilson. I doubt they would “do the deed” but the writers have certainly plumbed and explored many aspects of thier dynamic – including the death (and blame) or Wilson’s lady love (and House’s nemesis). It is the dynamics between the characters and not the resolutions that make the show interesting. “Doing the deed” will simply be one more log on the fire, and not the dousing of the flame, as happened with “Moonlighting”.

  • Kay

    No Way! Cuddy isn’t smart enough for House. Cuddy doesn’t have her head on straight as it is. We need the release of seeing House and Cuddy go at it. Verbally go at it!! LOL

  • Lucy

    No, I don’t think they should get together; the whole premise of the show would be compromised. She is his “boss”, and that relationship, though strange, seems to work. Just apply the old adage: “Don’t get your honey where you get your money.” Keep things as they are!

  • Charm

    Hook ups are not jumping the shark. Hook ups are ending that sexual tension that is there for the audience. That “will they ever get together” moment. That’s what we are hanging on for. And once it happens, we’re done. When it happens in a movie, that’s when the final credits come up. But when it happens in TV, they still have next week and next season, and they better have another storyline already in place, or we’ll get bored.
    Having said that,I LOVE House. I hate hook ups. Why does a show have to be about hook ups? I used to love ER when it was about the medicine and the frantic pace of the ER. Then it became all about the hook ups and I stopped watching. There was one female character who had hooked up with almost every male on the show.
    Witness please the success of Law & Order, and all the various franchises of it. No hook ups on that show. Show is long running because they don’t turn it into a night time soap. New story every week, and we don’t get all wrapped up in the personal dramas of the main characters.
    House works the way it is. He’s grumpy and alone. He needs to be that way for the premise to work. I like to watch the show because I like to see how he interacts with his patients and colleagues. But during the Stacy era, I was put off by the show. Love Hugh, and love him as House. Agree that I am not seeing any chemistry between Cuddy and House anyway, and also feel that Cuddy is weak as a character. And truly, I don’t believe that this is the reason people tune in every week, to see if House and Cuddy will hook up. I just don’t care about them as a couple.
    However, I don’t watch the show every week. I have a six-year-old daughter, and we don’t have the cable hooked up on our TV. We read, colour, play, chat, do puzzles, go out and see the world around us. So I won’t see this episode until I buy the box set in the fall. Hopefully by then, they will have moved on, and not have killed the audience.
    Bad idea.

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