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JL's Ideal Huddy Situation (posted in house_cuddy on lj)
Cuddy looks guilty

In response to the prompt: "What is your ideal huddy situation?"

I wrote:

Wow. I want... so much.

Firstly, I want Cuddy to have a relationship with someone other than House.

Please don't kill me yet.

At the moment, Cuddy loves House and wants him in bed but DOESN'T want a relationship with him. She's been pretty definite about that - not surprising, really, the idea of a relationship with House is a scary one. I do NOT want them getting together while that is the case. So what I'd like is a storyline that changes her feelings about the prospect of an actual relationship with him.

(Plus, in the Stacy arc we saw what House is like in a romantic relationship (kinda). We've never seen Cuddy in any sort of relationship. I'd really like that perspective.)

So here's one way I think it could be done...

It's a mirror of 'Painless'. House's dream has always been a life without pain. He tried out methadone, which gave him everything he wanted... except the brilliant spark of genius. And that's when he realised that his mind was even more important to him than a pain-free life. The methadone was good - but not good enough. So he dumped it and chose a life of brilliance and pain. It's the first time, ever, we've seen him choose pain.

So, Cuddy. I'd see this arc as one that takes about half a season? A whole season?

Cuddy's dream has always been a perfect life. The Perfect Man will come along, sweep her off her feet and away to white picket fence house with beautiful kids.
So - she gets her own Mr Methadone. The perfect man. Nice, well-mannered, pain-free. Everything she's ever wanted. Life is now complete.
... that it's missing something. It's lacking that brilliant spark that she has with House. It's good - but it's not enough. And she finally admits that nice, pain-free, perfect Man that she wanted - is not what she needs after all.
So she takes her perfect life and dumps it. And chooses a life of brilliance and pain. With House.

I want to see her choose him.


Someone else wrote:
The problem with that is that it is a David Shore show... That would take ages!! 3 seasons at least! I want my Huddy!!! (yeah I'm whining now I know...)

I wrote:
Yep. It would take ages. That's the point. :)
Here's the thing:
In season 5, we've just had a whole lot of seriousness building to a climax. I think things need to cool down majorly for a while before they can successfully be built up again.
And I want PROPER Huddy next time around. I want it for keeps if possible - and that's not going to happen unless it's the end of the show...

We've just seen House reaching the point at which he was prepared to commmit to Cuddy (kinda. I realise he wasn't exactly thinking straight. Plus, he hasn't any understanding of Rachel and what that would involve).
Then he received a major shock and the whole thing was snatched away from him. His confidence will now be absoultely shot.
I think that the whole journey ought to end with him reaching the same point again. But this time, he gets to keep it.

Here's how I'd love to see it all pan out...

Season 6:
First half: House trying to get better.
- I don't think he'll be prepared to go anywhere near Cuddy for ages. Too painful.

He does, however, develop some sort of relationship with Rachel. I have no idea how. I just think that she's very non-threatening and would be someone he might actually feel comfortable with at this point. Plus, this would be a really nice way to see him developing as a person. I'd really love to see this (without Rachel taking over the show) and I just feel like it would fit the whole "recovering from psychiatric episode" saga well.

During 2nd half of Season 6: Cuddy meets Nice Guy.
- She decides to go out with him (just about the time House starts thinking of pursuing her again). House feels betrayed.

Season 7:
Cuddy is dating Nice Guy.
- House is jealous, ultimately decides to accept Cuddy's choice if it makes her happy.
- Cuddy is surprised by her reaction to House now being ok about her dating Nice Guy. She realises she somehow wants him to be cross. She misses him fighting for her. Perfect relationship suddenly feels a little more boring.

- Rachel gets sick.
Episode of traumatic emotional bonding between House and Cuddy as she puts her trust in him and he battles to save her baby (Season 3 quote, anyone?). Both very relieved when Rachel lives.
- House is surprised by his relief that Rachel is ok - he realises he cares about her. Goes to visit her in recovery, sees Nice Guy visiting in family-type situation and realises he wants to be the one in the room with the family.
- Cuddy sees during this episode that House has more of a relationship with Rachel than she had realised. Experiences slight regret about which man is with her in the room. Doesn't invite Nice Guy to be at hospital while Rachel is sick - she actually wants to be close to House during the traumatic bit, although she doesn't admit this to herself yet.

Over the next little while, we become aware that Cuddy is starting to wonder whether she's with the right guy...

One of those episodes where Cuddy lets things get out of control a la that one where she wants to save the artist's baby that I quoted above. Except, this time, there isn't a happy ending. Patient dies or whatever.
- House tells her she's an idiot. He is quite forthright about the fact that she has stuffed up and done the wrong thing.
- Nice guy tells her she's ok, talks as though it's all fine.

I can just see Cuddy realising over this point that Nice Guy, nice though he is, is not the man for her. I think she'd pick House's passion for truth and doing what's right over being made to feel better.

She breaks up with Nice Guy.

2nd half of Season 7: Cuddy starts developing things with House again.
Keep it light and friendly (a la Rosehustle1's ideas about non-date dates which I LOVELOVELOVE).

Season 8:
Similar to Season 5, bring things to a head gradually over the season - things need to get serious again.

Except that this time around, they both know they want a relationship. The real question is, will House reach the point where he's prepared to declare it - to be prepared to commit to her (and Rachel, now understanding what that involves)?
I'd love to see him reach that point again...

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am i looking at the lj of the future legendary house head story board writer?? (i don't know the official title :P )
this is awesome :D

Hey, thanks! :) Glad you liked it!

And you gave me an excuse to reread this, which is nice (before the new season starts and everything goes totally differently from this, of course).

I need to learn how to use the 'Memories' thing in LJ. It's kind of weird reading it out of context, like rosehustle and her idea for non-date dates (which was SO COOL, it was like, House keeps turning up in her office for coffee and stuff, and neither of them ever admits it's a date, but he keeps on doing it. I wanted him to get Cuddy hooked on his soap opera because I loooooove the idea of the two of them sitting there watching doctors falling in love on screen and making all those snarky/sexy comments about it...).

*goes off to start creating official 'Future Legendary house Head Story Board Writer' badge* ;)

there are some brilliant, awesome brains out there! house / cuddy are totally non date dates :D . i loved it in the episode "ugly" from season 4 lol. it was genius :P

and btw, if you need a manager i'd love to premote you :P

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