The House episode Euphoria, Pt II sees Foreman having contracted an obscure and deadly illness. He attempts to infect Cameron through an infected needle, and doesn’t succeed, but it was an illustration of his abject selfishness; forget that I may have given her a death sentence, it will make her work harder to cure me.
When Foreman’s illness becomes critical, he asks Cameron, doctor-to-doctor, to be his power-of-attorney. All the things he saw in her that were weak – her conservatism, her sentimentality – he now seeks in her to save his life.
And he’s sorry for the rotten things he did to her. He’s sorry he stole her article. He’s sorry he tried to infect her. He’s sorry for being an all-around jerk.
And how does Cameron respond? She’ll be his power-of-attorney, professional-to-professional, but she won’t accept his apology. He’s weak, he’s re-evaluating his life, he’s in no position to be asking forgiveness. She’ll accept his apology when he’s able to walk into her office and give it.
Bravo, I thought. I’ve been in a position where someone has called me under an external influence, asking for forgiveness. I told then to call me when the circumstances has passed, and we could talk. They didn’t call me, but to this day, I’m glad I stuck by my guns. And I’m glad Cameron told him what she told him.
So what did she do after that? Following a heartfelt exchange between Foreman and his father, Cameron cries and says “˜I accept your apology’.
Yeah, that’s totally not how it works. You hold your ground!
Feminism never gained anything feom women like Cameron giving in at the first sign of mortality and sentimentality. It gained ground from holding firm in the very face of such things.