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We all know that House/Cameron, House/Cuddy, and House/Wilson dominate the House M.D. fandom shiposphere. But, I'm curious to know...what is your favorite rarepair?

I personally love Cuddy/Stacy. I felt as though "Three Stories" and their interactions in Season 2 revealed a certain closeness and understanding between two professional women who have to deal with a lot of scrutiny for being in the positions they are in. Cuddy reveals her vulnerabilities to Stacy in the incident with Alfredo falling off her roof, telling her that House makes her feel like less of a doctor. Stacy also tells Cuddy that she knows her, that Cuddy would try to pay all of Alfredo's bills and make a mess of a legal case. Stacy goes to Cuddy when she doesn't know what to do about her relationship with House. They show their weaknesses around one another, when normally, they feel the need to appear strong and put-together. (And, on a totally shallow note, both are awesome dressers.) Not to mention the fact that Cuddy was there when Stacy and House's relationship was falling apart. In my headcanon, Stacy cheated on House with Cuddy during the infarction, needing the emotional support. They seem awfully close in "Three Stories." (I do not codone cheating, but it does happen, as evidenced by Wilson, Taub, House, Stacy, Foreman, and every POTW ever and all of the clinic patients and Nurse Brenda and all of the PPTH staff because everybody lies and relationships never work out forever. (Fic-Wise), Wilson's marriages never working due to being in love with his best friend? Cuddy's relationships never working out because she can't forget the sweet perfume and strong support of a certain female lawyer? JUST SAYIN'.)

Despite the fact that it was canon, I still consider House/Dominika to be a rarepair, as there isn't much fic out there for it. He really grew to love Dominika. She was smart, sexy, fun-loving and optimistic where he was cynical. She accepted his faults, accepted him for who he really was at that moment, and unlike so many other people, she never tried to change him. I feel as though she made him feel at ease, made him feel worth something. She didn't idealize him, she was upfront with him, and she grew to love him too. Not to mention a House/Dominika/Wilson threesome would have been totally hot. What I think is nice about their relationship, toward the end, (until House lied about her getting her citizenship), is that House also respected her and she respected him. Her outlook on life differed from his completely, but she was still able to look upon him with fondness at respect.

Wilson/Thirteen. Would it have ever worked out in the long-run? That's...difficult to say. At series end, they are both afflicted with terminal diseases. In "Lockdown," they truly do have some awesome moments. I think that Thirteen really does encourage to pursue his own needs in that episode, to pursue what he wants. I feel as though Wilson feels that people expect him to be his persona, always putting others first, the selfless Boy Wonder Oncologist. I feel that Thirteen is able to see beneath his "nice boy" exterior. I also love that Wilson was the one who tried to get Thirteen to stay working at PPTH. In Season 8, when trying to figure out how to cope with his situation, he goes to Thirteen. He obviously trusts her enough to talk to her, and it's obvious how well she knows him in that conversation. In their relationship, well, in my mind anyway, they could have offered support for one another. Thirteen could bring out Wilson's wild side ala Chase's bachelor party, letting him know that he's okay just the way he is, all of him, and Wilson could offer Thirteen the care, love, and trust that I don't feel as though she gets from most places.

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jezziejay
Jul. 24th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
House/Foreman. That works for me.

Also House/Chase. Serious guilty pleasure. There were actually some good fics around this pairing.

But - Wilson/Amber - although not a rare-pair - never worked for me. I'm one of the few who disliked her. Hugely. Almost as much as I disliked Thirteen - who I think was the most contrived character ever. That said, I think House/Thirteen could have been crafted in a credible fashion, as could have Wilson/Cuddy.
petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Oooh. Why House/Foreman? (Fans of that pairing did get a canonical butt grab in Season 8.) I wanted to find a gif for you of that, but no matter how hard I tried, Google Images just kept showing me this:

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Apparently, Park also approves.

House and Chase...I can see that going oh so many ways. ;) I've enjoyed a few House/Wilson/Chase fics. OT3 guilty pleasure right there.

Why did you dislike Amber and Thirteen, out of curiosity?

I could see House and Thirteen, although one thing I liked about them is that they were really the only male/female friendship that remained strictly platonic. (Wilson and Cuddy dated.) I like the sort of familial relationship between House and Thirteen. I guilty pleasure ship Wilson and Cuddy though.
jezziejay
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
The battle of wills between House and Foreman is one of my favourite aspects of their relationship. To see that transfer to a physical/romatic setting would be highly entertaining.

Amber - I just didn't like her. Even before it came out that she and Wilson were together, I was hoping that she'd get fired and go away. I understand that she was the female House, and much was made of Wilson choosing her, and how she would be good for him. But I just found her utterly horrible. To be fair, I found House horrible at times too, but I was always more invested in his character.

As for thirteen - sigh - I'm sure that Olivia Wilde tried to inject some humanity into the character, without ever stressing her face too much. I just never saw it.

I'd never 'ship Wilson and Cuddy, but theirs is a relationship that might have worked. I could see it.

Yay for the Parker gun show :)
petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
The battle of wills between House and Foreman is one of my favourite aspects of their relationship. To see that transfer to a physical/romatic setting would be highly entertaining.

OMG. YES.

And I can understand a dislike for Amber and Thirteen, as well as Wuddy.
flywoman
Jul. 25th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
I totally concur with your House/Chase. There's a dark fic - think it's called "Speed You Down" - that pulled me into the fandom.
petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
Who is dark in that one? House or Chase?
flywoman
Jul. 25th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Thanks for the link.
athousandshards
Jul. 26th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link, what a fantastic fic! *gasp*

Edited at 2013-07-26 04:59 pm (UTC)
flywoman
Jul. 27th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
An oldie but goodie!
jezziejay
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think I read that. There was one set during the Tritter arc that I liked, not that I remember too much about it, but House did punch Chase, and Chase ran off to Wilson's hotel. House showed up and was furious, because Chase was just coming out of the shower. It ended with Wilson going to get ear-plugs. As do all the best fics :)
menolly_au
Jul. 25th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Chalk me up as another House/Foreman fan - mostly because I love zulu's stories for the pairing. She sometimes wrote them with House being submissive (but fighting it and continuing to be a total ass) and Foreman dominant - and yum! I wish she'd still been in the fandom for the eighth season - I think we would have got some great stories.

House/Chase - mostly due to alex51324's House/Chase series (and their House/Wilson/Chase series).

I enjoyed one House/Thirteen story I read but I prefer them as friends. Haven't come across any House/Taub or Kutner or Adams or Park or (god forbid) Masters but I haven't gone out of my way to look either:)

Wilson - I honestly can't see him with any of the regular cast except Cuddy, and I don't think he would ever have seriously gone after Cuddy because of House's obvious interest. (Cuddy and Wilson pursuing a relationship in canon would have been *very* interesting - I think House would have exploded with jealousy but without being sure of which he was jealous of :)
petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
I wish that zulu had been around for Season 8 as well. I've seen her House/Foreman fics around though I've never read for that pairing.

Hmmm. House/Wilson/Chase fic, you say?

Wilson - I honestly can't see him with any of the regular cast except Cuddy, and I don't think he would ever have seriously gone after Cuddy because of House's obvious interest. (Cuddy and Wilson pursuing a relationship in canon would have been *very* interesting - I think House would have exploded with jealousy but without being sure of which he was jealous of :)

OMFG. YES.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
Wilson/Cameron: In early seasons they respected each other a lot. I think it's Acceptance where Wilson (not House, whose job it should have been) forces Cameron to look the truth in the eye and tell her patient that she's dying. And Cameron is the only one who dares to question Wilson's motives in the Tritter arc (whether rightly or wrongly doesn't matter).

Cuddy/Tritter: don't ask me. I think it's because Tritter and House are similar in many ways. If Cuddy hitched up with him, it would cause a shift in balance, because she wouldn't be inclined to give in so much to House any more.

Wilson/Dominika: she's a lot of fun, she isn't needy, and she gets along with House. And the age difference isn't as great as in the House/Dominika pairing. That age difference always makes me cringe. (Yes, you see it in RL, too, but nowhere near as often as on screen. Studies have shown that men assess their own attractiveness very unrealistically; that probably also applies to the way they write relationships for the screen.)
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menolly_au
Jul. 25th, 2013 07:15 am (UTC)
Cuddy/Tritter... that is genius! House would spontaneously combust!
yarroway
Jul. 25th, 2013 09:34 am (UTC)
I second the love for Cuddy/Tritter. He's similar enough to House to appeal to her yen for a bad boy, but he's gone a different direction and can also be responsible (which he kind of has to be if he's a detective on the police force). I think the pairing could work for them. Well, I don't know enough abut Tritter to be sure, but it could be very good for Cuddy.



petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh. I very much like the idea of Wilson and Cameron for the reasons you listed. And I saw a lovely video of them when I first got into fandom.

And I love the idea of Wilson and Dominika, once again, for the reasons you've stated.
sassyjumper
Jul. 26th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
I agree with you on Wilson/Cameron. I remember that during S1, I thought the writers might get them together.

Cuddy/Tritter never occurred to me, but you're right! That could've been...interesting.

Huge age discrepancies bug me, too -- one reason why I was never a fan of House paired with any of the young women on the show.
flywoman
Jul. 25th, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
I've written a few Chase/Cameron fics - although I find them intriguing mostly because they're DOOMED. (And also that one Cameron/Thirteen fic; IDEK.)

I've enjoyed some House/Cuddy/Wilson threesome fics even though the only pair in there I've shipped is House/Wilson.

I've read some great House/Dominika fics, especially stenveny's... Taking the Charge?

Also House/Stacy and Wilson/Amber, although no outstanding fics come to mind.



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flywoman
Jul. 25th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs!
petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
That Cameron/Thirteen fic of yours was brilliant. An absolutely perfect example of a rare and hard to imagine ship made believable and lovely by an amazing author.

I should check out that fic by stenveny.

I didn't really consider House/Stacy or Wilson/Amber to be rarepairs, as they were canon. I did like both of those pairings though.
athousandshards
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Not sure if Chase/House is a rare pair since there is a lot of fanfiction out there *and* there's evidence of a strong bond on the show as well. I don't mean the slashy kind (although I find them extremely hot together), but in a way that they're actually good for each other in terms of respect and mutual understanding. They both come from a similar background (an abusive childhood, an estranged father), and they both gave each other what they were ready to deal with: Chase needed a father figure (however distant it may have been), and House needed someone in his team who was able to follow his own thought process, and willing to go along with it. I don't recall Chase calling House out for his medical or personal decisions. He usually was the first to acknowledge House's authority as a boss (and his ability to deduct ulterior motives), which was consequently executed during the Dibala arc in S6. It's very telling that he chose to stay with House instead of leaving with Cameron, and given what we've seen on the show, it made perfect sense.

I always enjoyed their quirky father/son-relationship, and if it hadn't been for the age gap (or the boss/employee-status), Chase and House very well might have been able to develop some sort of friendship. Even back in S1, House is the only one who gets Chase to open up about his dad while he shut down Cameron. In S3, Chase is the only fellow to hug House sincerely when the team thought he was dying, and he's the one House chose to go bowling with in S4 when Wilson was too busy with Amber.

I like the idea of Wilson/Cuddy, and I agree that a fling between them on the show could have been interesting. I actually almost expected this to happen after House broke up with Cuddy in S7. Wilson seemed to genuinely care for Cuddy as a friend, ad I thought they knew each other quite well.

Foreman/Chase is another exotic pairing I find interesting because it's so ambivalent. I often got the impression that Foreman misjudged Chase on many ocassions, claiming he was a spoiled rich kid, but he also seemed the only colleague to invite Chase for an after-work drink every now and then. He also seemed the only one to have some insight into what was going on in Chase's private life, so I guess there was some sort of friendship, probably out of habit.

Foreman/Cameron would have worked for me, too. I think Foreman had a much better grasp of Cameron's character than Chase, and he wasn't afraid to butt heads with her if he saw need. There was also a certain protectiveness from his side (Cameron's 'date' with House comes to mind), and even if he stole her article in S2, he still trusted her enough to make her his medical proxy.
yarroway
Jul. 25th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
You're right, the Foreman/Cameron relationship was interesting in canon. I wanted to see more of it. I think it'd be a good pairing for a fic.

*edited for typing.

Edited at 2013-07-26 12:01 pm (UTC)
petitecuriosity
Jul. 25th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
I myself don't ship them as a pairing, but I definitely do understand why people like it and there is more than enough proof in the show, especially for the reasons you listed, not to mention the fact that House has made two comments on Chase's ass during the series. (At least, if I am remembering correctly. ;) ) I do think that their similar backgrounds make for a great argument in favor of the pairing, and do offer a common ground that contributes to their connection. And if anyone can make a believable argument for that pairing it is most certainly you! I love reading your analyses of both the House/Chase relationship and Chase's character.

Chase needed a father figure (however distant it may have been), and House needed someone in his team who was able to follow his own thought process, and willing to go along with it. I don't recall Chase calling House out for his medical or personal decisions.

I agree completely.

I actually almost expected this to happen after House broke up with Cuddy in S7.

OMG. SAME HERE! Especially if you are referring to the scene where House marries Dominika, and Wilson follows Cuddy into House's bedroom. I really really thought something would happen!

He also seemed the only one to have some insight into what was going on in Chase's private life, so I guess there was some sort of friendship, probably out of habit.

That definitely makes sense.

I really really do like the things you pointed out for the Foreman/Cameron relationship. I really did enjoy their friendship on the show.
sassyjumper
Jul. 26th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Especially if you are referring to the scene where House marries Dominika, and Wilson follows Cuddy into House's bedroom. I really really thought something would happen!

That was my fear during/after that scene, too. I say "fear" because that would've sent an already soapy season over the cliff, IMO. I am not, however, opposed to some OT3 action ;)
petitecuriosity
Jul. 26th, 2013 09:12 am (UTC)
Or OT4 action if Dominika were to propose a unique way for House and her to spend their wedding night. ;)

sassyjumper
Jul. 26th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
I'm echoing readingrat on Wilson/Cameron. I think there was potential there in earlier seasons. Would they have made an exciting couple? Probably not. But they would've cared the hell out of each other. :)

Foreman/Cameron. Like some others have said, I thought they had an interesting dynamic in the first few seasons -- sort of combative-but-grudgingly-respectful. I would've preferred this to the predictable Chase/Cameron.

Re your picks: I'd never considered Cuddy/Stacy ... but yes, you make some good points. :)

I also never considered Wilson/Thirteen, but ... Maybe that would've been interesting. She could've encouraged his less-than-nice side to come out to play more often (like House does). My feeling is Thirteen wouldn't like the idea of someone "taking care" of her. But really, we all need that sometimes -- to not do everything alone. So maybe Wilson could've been the person she "let" take care of her once in a while. :)
barefootpuddles
Jul. 26th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
In order of my preference in rare pairings:

Wilson/Cuddy - She would have been as good for him as Amber I think. Cuddy is responsible, but seems to have a fun side too. She is also smart enough for him and she seems to listen and trust him as he does her. They also both have an 'edge' which is why they survived House all those years. For me this could have been long term and not just a fling like I believe would have been best for House and Cuddy.

Wilson/Stacy - Pretty much all of the same stuff from above, but a little bit more volatile. And who knows what happened after the infarction when both Wilson and Stacy needed a friend to lean on?

House/Chase - sometimes this squicks me because he is too young for House and there is a paternal thing going on here, but other times I can see it. This would only be a fling though IMHO. Maybe a fling that creates a lifelong connection, but still just a fling.

yarroway
Jul. 26th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Looking over these answers I now have a hankering for Foreman/Wilson. I can see them getting together between S7 and 8, and I can also see it happening earlier as a way for both to get to House, and possibly turning into something more. I think they'd be good for each other. Foreman is far nicer than House or Amber, but shares some of their traits and he's in desperate need of some love and understanding from a person who won't crowd him. Wilson could use someone who is able to be selfish and to allow him to be selfish.
petitecuriosity
Jul. 29th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Oooh. You make a lot of good points for Foreman/Wilson!

chocolate_frapp
Jul. 26th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
it's odd how two people can watch the exact same scene and get totally different interpretations out of it. Please don't be offended but I saw zero chemistry between Wilson and 13 and it was in no way RSL's fault. Olivia Wilde is, in my opinion, the worst, most inexpressive actress I've ever seen in my life.
that unpleasantness out of the way, two rare pairings I've actually written:

Wilson/Park: both of them are snarkier and less innocent than they seem to be at first. I also get the overwhelming feeling Wilson was just as nerdy when he was her age.

House/Maddie(AKA Dwarf Mom from Merry Little Xmas): I think he had more chemistry with her than with Cuddy or any other female character on the show. Hell, I thought he had more chemistry with her than with any male character other than Wilson.
flywoman
Jul. 27th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU RE: MADDIE. Their flirting was outrageously awesome!
chocolate_frapp
Jul. 27th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
want to read my fic where they get together?
petitecuriosity
Jul. 29th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
It really was. She could definitely put up with House but she also clearly cared quite a lot about her daughter.
petitecuriosity
Jul. 29th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Oooh. I like your points on Wilson and Park, and I also agree with you on House/Maddie.
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