Last season's finale ended with a long-awaited kiss between Drs. House and Cuddy, and this season's premiere extended that 'shipper fan-service into an entire episode of Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein in flagrante delicto.
In the immediate aftermath of last season's construction-disaster finale, Cuddy helps House clean the wounds he suffered while trying to save a trapped survivor who ultimately died under his care. This tenderness leads to some predictably-metaphorical whoopie-making, best captured by this clip involving House's infamous leg wound:
The two doctors then call in sick and spend the next day together in House's apartment, discussing what to do with themselves now that they've found each other. There's also a great deal of the afore-mentioned whoopie. The camera loves showing as much of Lisa Edelstein (or her body double) as FOX allows, and if it is Lisa herself, the formerly-notorious NYC club-girl is aging spectacularly.
Of course, with House not showing up for work the day after losing a patient, his entourage begins to worry that he's fallen off the wagon. In this next clip, Wilson the Pooh demonstrates that concern by attempting to break into House's apartment.
Previews for the rest of the season reveal that House and Cuddy do, in fact, go public with their affair. What they do not reveal, however, is whether such a dynamic-altering plot development will ultimately make the series unbearable. Stay tuned!