5 Reasons Why Huddy (House and Cuddy) Was a Mistake

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I’ve watched HOUSE from the beginning and have always been what I would call a soft Huddy (name for House/Cuddy relationship that has stuck even though it makes me feel silly) fan. I loved their banter and bickering but was never anxious for an actual relationship.

When it finally happened, though, I rooted for it to work in the hope their new dynamic would bring a boost of energy to House while peeling new layers off two characters I adore.

Unfortunately, that isn’t what we got. I don’t know if the writers waited too long to bring these two together or if it never should have happened at all, but here are five reasons I think the Huddy relationship presented this season was a mistake that hurt both the characters and the show.

1. Who Are You and What Have You Done with House and Cuddy?
 

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It would be an exaggeration to say House and Cuddy became unrecognizable during the course of their relationship, but it’s less of one than I would like.

What should have served as an exploration of the House and Cuddy we’ve known since season one in the context of a romantic relationship instead found two characters being twisted to fit a storyline.

House’s “I choose you. I will always choose you” in “Recession Proof” still floors me. On what planet would the real Dr. Gregory House decide that being a worse doctor is a necessary and acceptable trade-off for being in a relationship?

Far worse, though, is the damage done to Cuddy. Once romantically involved with House, she devolved into a brooding, judgmental whiner who over-analyzed almost everything House did or said. Her sense of humor vanished, and worse, her chemistry with House vanished. The House and Cuddy I had enjoyed watching for six seasons faded before my eyes.

2. How About a Little Medicine with All That Drama?
 

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The episodes where I thought the House/Cuddy relationship worked best were the ones where it was kept in the background, remaining a single thread in the fabric of House.

Too often, though, manufactured crises (Cuddy’s mom was sick; Cuddy wanted House to take care of Rachel; House left the toilet seat up) overshadowed everything else going on and dragged down any story in its path. When Cuddy’s anger at House lying about a medical procedure takes over three episodes, you’ve entered Private Practice territory.

3. The Marginalization of Wilson
 

My favorite relationship on House will always be House and Wilson. What would Sherlock Holmes be without Watson, after all? Unfortunately, too often this season Wilson was relegated to sitting behind his desk where he spent his two minutes per episode giving House advice about making Cuddy happy.

It got a bit better from “Bombshells” on (Wilson at least got out from behind the desk), but even in “Fall from Grace,” Wilson chased after Cuddy, telling her she needs to be tough on House because she is the only one who ever has been.

First: that’s an outright lie because Cuddy almost always gives in to House and second: Wilson has done more than enough to help keep the Huddy alive. Enough already.

4. The Break-Up
 

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I don’t know which was worse: that the break-up was contrived, stemming from a melodramatic health crisis, or that it was treated as inevitable from the beginning. It’s almost like the writers felt Huddy was something they had to do, so they just wanted to get it out of the way. The end was telegraphed almost from the beginning of the “Now What?” season premiere, which was not the best way to get me invested in the relationship.

That the actual break-up comes about after Cuddy has a medical emergency just proves to me that the writers cared more about the spectacle of Huddy than giving the arc any real resonance. We went from Cuddy almost definitely having a particularly vicious cancer to being completely well-so well in fact that she was able to bust House on his pill popping ways and dump him for not caring enough about her to change.

I’m not going to get into the merits of that particular reason here-have at it in the comments if you want-but it was so jarring and forced in that moment. It makes me wonder if the writers only put House and Cuddy together as a way to get House back on Vicodin.

5. The Aftermath
 

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What’s old is new again. House is back to popping pills as he does his best to torment Cuddy. Unfortunately, it’s neither as interesting nor as fun as it once was. The pranks have a crueler edge, Cuddy is a shadow of her former self, and, oh, yeah, House got married.

I honestly didn’t see the marriage coming and I certainly didn’t expect to like the bride as much as I do, but I just don’t see how this bodes well for the show. I hope I’m wrong, but a married House just does not compute and frankly, I don’t want it to, especially since he seems to have done it almost solely to hurt Cuddy. Once again, it’s too much weight on the show.

 

After re-watching much of this season, I think putting House and Cuddy into a relationship was a disservice to the characters, the show, and fans of both the Huddy and non-Huddy variety. Looking back at the arc as a whole, Huddy fans had two or three episodes of pseudo-happiness followed by a relentless march to a manufactured break-up. For non-Huddy fans, the medical stories and other character development were shunted to the side as the show became mired down in melodrama.

If the House/Cuddy relationship had been truly explored instead of treated as a shallow “How to break up in ten tortuous steps” while getting House back on Vicodin exercise, I think Huddy could have been a good thing. Instead it dragged down the show, hurting the characters in the process.

It’s your turn: do you agree that Huddy-as it was handled-was a mistake or do you think it was handled well? If you like the idea of Huddy but not how it played out, what would have made it better? Where does House go from here. Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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