‘House’ Season 6 Episode 18 ‘Open and Shut’ starts with our patient to be cheating on her husband with some hunky guy with a pony tail (how 90s!) Only she’s not actually cheating, because hubby knows and approves.
There is an awkward moment when hubby and boy toy meet. Emily Post never imagined the etiquette for that situation. That’s mainly because the custom for such a meeting usually involves a carpet one doesn’t mind getting blood stains on, a shovel, a can of gasoline, and a Glock. Make sure no one follows you to the woods and shampoo the trunk of the car afterwards.
Ten seconds later, instead of being galloped silly by pony tailed boy toy, tart wife is doubled up in agony. Spoilers surely follow.
The nature of the disease, which starts at the liver, goes on to the heart, and then gets really bad, is really beside the point. Someone in the cast who said that a successful open marriage is like a unicorn, something talked about but rarely seen, is certainly on the money. So the good doctors are rather intrigued by their new patient and her husband.
Especially Taub, the compulsive adulterer, is inordinately intrigued. Sneaking around on his wife while chasing after nurses and medical receptionists can be very tiring, both physically and emotionally for poor old Dr. Taub. That is especially true when, inevitably, he gets caught and there are the usual recriminations and tears. How much better it would be if Ms. Taub were to just grant permission for the occasional fling.
In fact Taub makes the awful mistake of actually bringing this matter up with the Mrs. Tearfully and with great resentment, she actually says to go ahead, but not to rub her face into it. For some reason that surpasses understanding she actually loves him and if he cannot resist the compulsion to play around, then so be it. Frankly, Taub is a jerk for doing this. He should respect his wife’s feelings better by just trying to find out ways to lie more convincingly.
Meanwhile, the open marriage is beginning to show some strains. Pony tailed boy toy actually has the effrontery to show up with flowers. This is crossing boundaries. While he is allowed to go through the Kama Sutra from cover to cover with the tart, he is not allowed to show concern for her well being.
And there is some business with money, or the lack there of. All of this permitted adultery, which by the way hubby has not taken advantage of, is just a cover for other issues.
In the meantime, House manages to break up Wilson and Sam, at least for the time being. There are issues in that relationship as well.
Oh, and the disease? Turns out it was caused by a bee sting, which was fortunate since the tart was about to die when House hit upon the real cause. Now there should be time for reflection and reassessment as it should be when the Grim Reaper passes by too closely.
Source: House, Open and Shut, TV.Com