I love this:
House MD to Wilson: Why didn’t you tell me this?
Wilson: House, you and I, we don’t have the normal social contract. I don’t expect you to tell me the lies that …
House: I am fully capable of lying to you. I’ve lied plenty of times.
Wilson: I mean collaborative lies. Giving someone a hand who maybe needs to deceive themselves, just a little. For two days I’ve been thinking about how Danny’s gonna react when he sees me. If I said that to any body else , they’d say, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll all be all right.’ You wouldn’t.
House: Because it might all go horribly wrong.
Wilson (laughs hollowly): Yeah, yeah, it might.
House: In which case, you might want some company.
House MD to Wilson: Does it bother you that we have no social contract?
Wilson: My whole life is one big compromise. I tiptoe around everyone like they’re made of china. I spend all my time analysing what will the effect be if I say this. Then there’s you. You’re a reality junkie. If I offer you a comforting lie, you’d smack me over the head with it. Let’s not change that.
Wilson: No … see … if you were implementing the social contract, you’d say that but only because it makes me feel better.
House: It is kind of fun, watching you torture yourself.
Wislon: Do you think things will work out with my brother?
House: No. … But if it does go wrong, it won’t be your fault.
Wilson: Thanks, House.
(all from House MD 5×17, The Social Contract)
I can live within the social contract. Sometimes, when I’m exhausted, I want it, the facile lies that make it all easier. But maybe the exhaustion itself is a product of living within the social contract, from the tacit knowledge of those facile, social lies, which comfort but aren’t true and don’t truly abide.