Hugh Laurie and company took a final bow last night as FOX and creator David Shore ended House, the drama after 8 seasons of medical mysteries, stellar guest stars, misanthropic views of human nature and generally messing with people’s heads.
The question of the night would be, is there hope (and a life) for Dr. House?
When the title of the show is “Everybody Dies” and it’s the series finale, you have some expectations; trepidations, even, of how a show might end but this is House after all.
The evening opened with “Swan Song” – a sweet look back at the series, the people who work hard behind the scenes and some short interviews with the cast – current and former.
But it was the second hour – the true finale – where House showed it’s true colors.
The previous episode left off with Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) having only 5 months to live and House (Laurie) headed back to jail for his prank-gone-wrong stunt that ruined the MRI room.
With his fate sealed and jail time imminent, House and his latest patient (James LeGros) took a detour that included a heroin shot a death and a burning building.
House came too, but the patient did not and (as he called it) his “smack addled brain” hallucinated former colleagues – living and dead – to help him decide whether his life was worth saving.
Kutner, (Kal Penn) Amber, (Anne Dudek) Stacy (Sela Ward) and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) all came to him, each providing House with another piece to his personal puzzle of living or dying.
In the end, he realized he did want to change and wanted to live but as Wilson and Foreman (Omar Epps) were coming up on the house in flames (the pair were looking for him) the building collapsed and was engulfed by flames.
With everyone significant in his life attending the funeral (except Cuddy, they couldn’t work out bringing Lisa Edelstein back for one scene) House’s pals spoke fondly of the man who cruelly taunted them in both their personal and professional lives.
The Wilson stood up and began delivering a sweet eulogy to his friend’s ability to heal but began to speak more openly about who House was: “House was an ass,” and “He was a bitter jerk who liked making people miserable.”
Then the bait-and-switch came.
Wilson received a text “SHUT UP YOU IDIOT” and it sure sounded like House.
Wilson pulled up to his apartment building to find his BFF sitting on the stoop, waiting to start the adventure of their lives. House faked his death, switched his dental records and was ready for some bucket list adventures for Wilson’s remaining 5 months.
With Warren Zevon‘s “Keep Me In Your Heart” playing, we got to see Taub (Peter Jacobson) finding happiness with his family, Chase (Jesse Spencer) taking over the diagnostic team and Cameron happily married with a baby.
Holmes and Watson House and Wilson were out in the sunshine of the back roads (presumably New Jersey) and motorcycling for two to the tune of “Enjoy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think.”
It was a decidedly happy ending for a man who didn’t believe in them.
What did you think? Were you happy with the way House and Wilson went out?
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