By Ken Tucker
Updated March 07, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST


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Oh, that House: Just when you think the series has become a ridiculous soap opera, it becomes… an accidentally timely ridiculous soap opera.

As part of a series of fantasies that both Cuddy and House endured on Monday night’s House, she fantasized Hugh Laurie’s House as Charlie Sheen’s Charlie Harper in a dream-state version of Two and a Half Men.

He dreamed he was a Walking Dead House, equipped with a zombie-killing “axe-cane”; she dreamed up a black-and-white ’50s sitcom, a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (her ‘n’ House), and a musical House, to the tune of “Get Happy.”

The episode, titled “Bombshells,” turned on a medical crisis suffered by Cuddy. It’s thought she has cancer, but this being House, it’s all about him. No, really — that was the theme of the hour: House reduced her potential tragedy to an excuse for him to escape via pills. I think I’ve seen this plot. About two dozen times on House.

The dialogue was inflamed with sap:

“You take it so you won’t feel pain.”

“I was scared.”

“Pain happens when you care.”

“You’ll choose yourself over everybody else over and over again because that’s who you are.”

“Don’t, please, don’t!”

“Goodbye, House.”

Could have been worse, Cuddy: You might have dreamed you were dating Charlie Sheen. That you were a goddess.

Did you watch House this week?

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