Throughout the episode, I kept wondering, “What’s the big deal?”
Is it a big deal if House isn’t treating Cuddy’s mother? It’s not like House is the only doctor in the world that thinks outside the box, and no one knew if the problem with life-threatening.
Is it a big deal to switch the medication? The ethical/legal conundrum seems like something that wouldn’t be anything special. House bends a few rules, even breaks them, but it’s all good in the end as he and the patient skip off happily. What makes this so different?
And is anything Taub does a big deal?
Assuming this episode isn’t a parody, the answers to those questions would be, yes–except the importance is lost over the fact that it just doesn’t make sense.