Are we happy?

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I don’t watch a lot of television. But earlier this week, with the wife and kids away for a few days, I found myself alone and bored. Surfing channels, I settled on an old episode of House MD.

If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s about this Doctor, Gregory House, who’s a genius with absolutely disastrous interpersonal skills. Each episode revolves around a medical case they try to diagnose and treat, with the personal lives of House and his team forming the backstory.

Chris Taub is a doctor on House’s team. He’s not the most talented of the lot, neither is he the best looking. He is married but he has cheated on his wife. His wife knows and they’ve been trying to deal with that issue for a while.

In this particular episode, Taub’s wife finds an online soulmate who fulfills the emotional lacuna she feels with her husband. She’s happier and more forgiving. In all of this happiness, she wants to have sex repeatedly with Taub. Sensing that he isn’t the source of her happiness, Taub feels used.

Despite being aware of his own shameful hypocrisy, Taub asks his wife to stop the online ‘friendship’. Justifying that all he had with the other women was sex. He was hurt that she has actual feelings for her online associate. She refuses.

One night, he comes home and sees his wife all dressed up, excited about date night with her husband. Taub says, “I think we should get a divorce.”

Not expecting this at all, the wife reels back and after a second or two, she says, “But I thought we were working through it. We love each other.”

Taub replies, “We do. I LOVE you. But are you happy?”

The wife, dressed in a beautiful little black dress and earrings, mascara lined eyes now welling with tears, sits on a chair near her make-up table and replies quietly, “No”.

Are you happy?

2 thoughts on “Are we happy?”

  1. But you can’t always be happy though. I suppose what matters is if you want to try and be happy once again the same person.

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