House Review: Holy Huddy!

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I'm in pain... every day. It changed me. Made me a harder person. A worse person. I'm alone. You don't want to be like me.

It was the final sentence in this speech from House to Hannah that stuck out the most on last night's season finale. You don't want to be like me. For years, House has been a miserable genius, but he's always thought he was special.

Unhappy? Of course. But House has never been one to mistake happiness with respect. He's always respected his own mind, ability to reason and his lack of BS.

But after Cuddy's cutting diatribe on "Help Me," (You're gonna risk her life just to save her leg? Really worked out well for you, didn't it?), House finally realized: his whole life is BS. He's miserable and alone, no matter how he tries to analyze it.

This vulnerability didn't just guarantee Hugh Laurie an Emmy, it made Huddy fans around the globe celebrate.

At the Accident Site

The 180 by Cuddy did seem to come out of nowhere, as she went from engaged to Lucas to opening up about love for House in about 45 minutes.

But this romance has also been teased for many seasons, of course, and House's speech to Hannah left me shocked and speechless. Who's to say it wouldn't have done the same for Cuddy and naturally led her to this decision?

I'm glad she made it, that's for sure. There's only so many times House can come close to putting these two together and only so many times House can be a junky of a doctor. Put him and Cuddy together, make him sober and let's see what happens next season.

House is often a show that relies on humor, but last night was all about raw emotion. Kudos to the director and the team that made certain creative decisions:

They actually showed us a lot of the leg amputation; they didn't score much of the subsequent scene where Hannah was pulled out of the rubble; or the scene in the ambulance, where we heard her labored breathing over all else as she passed away.

It was a tense hour, from start to end, and it made the show a lot more than the buddy bromance it can often be between House and Wilson. That's fine for an episode or two, but House is a drama. With a screwed up character (the most screwed up in the world, House admitted about himself) at the center.

That was the focus of the season finale and it was executed perfectly.

The episode does lost a couple points for the random inclusion of Thirteen's storyline. We're sorry her Huntington's has flared up and all, but it was difficult to care much about this development with everything else going on.

What did you think of the finale? Enjoy a few House quotes from it below:

Dr. Cuddy: I know. I love you. I wish I didn't. But I can't help it. | permalink
Dr. Cuddy: I'm stuck, House. I keep wanting to move forward. I keep wanting to move on, and I can't. I mean, my new house, with my new fiance, and all I can think about is you. I just need to know if you and I can work. | permalink
Dr. Cuddy: What are you clinging to, House? You're gonna risk her life just to save her leg? Really worked out well for you, didn't it? What do you have in your life, honestly? Tell me. I'm moving on. Wilson is moving on. And you... you've got nothing, House. Nothing. | permalink
Hanna: You think we could be friends when I get outta here?
House: Sure. We'll catch a ball game or... group sex show or something. | permalink
Hanna: I always thought... if I did the right thing, if I treated people right, then good things would happen to me. You think that's how it works?
House: I didn't use to. Then recently I tried... now I don't know. | permalink
House: I'm the most screwed up person in the world. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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I was extremely impressed by the quality of the writing (and acting) in the final episode of Season 6. All good drama revolves around 'character arc' (i.e. the events of the story cause a character to undergo a fundamental change), and the most compelling type of charcter arc is when the human heart is in conflict with itself. In this episode the writers gave us not just one, but two conflicted hearts as both House & Cuddy undergo real character growth. This sort of genuine emotional drama is extremely rare on television shows. Unfortunately, there is a good reason why it is extremely rare: this sort of character development may deliver a really great episode, but it tends to be death for the series as a whole (see Moonlighting).
The television medium demands characters that are familiar and unchanging, & this episode destroys the dynamic between House & Cuddy forevermore. This story-line should have been saved for the SERIES' final episode, not a season's, for the writers have essentially painted themselves into a corner. Where do they go from here? House becomes a devoted husband and father? Clearly, his relationship with Cuddy is going to have to fail, and no matter how cleverly the writers handle it, they're going to lose the sympathy of a large portion of the audience. I suspect Season 7 is going to devolve into a very unsatisfying soap opera and will be the show's final season.

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Ha! To hell with Lucas! Huddy's where it's at.

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I don't think it's a hallucination. It's probably the writers' way of showing that if you're doing the right thing and you're nice to people, good things DO happen... and that the "therafy" wasn't in vain

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I think I have to agree with M.L. House. When I first watched this episode I thought for SURE it was all a hallucination starting from when the building collapsed the second time. But after thinking about it for awhile I really think that a second "Huddy hallucination" would be death to the show. Unfortunately I also know that main character relationships can be death to a show too. I have to be honest though... if House is so logical and if this relationship is actually going to happen, then don't you think the only logical possibility for House to truly be "free of pain" would be to finally have the surgery he should have had a long time ago? Don't you think that logically speaking his only option left is to have his own leg cut off?

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I don't think there is such a thing as "dropping Lucas too fast".

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~SPOILERS FOLLOW! READ WITH CAUTION!~~ In My Opinion: Cuddy mentioned that she was upset when House gave her the book, because she thought it was an engagement present. I believe that when Lucas proposed, she shot him down. Which she had every right to do because Lucas is a jackass. Now, do I think that Huddy should happen? I'm not sure... I mean, Cuddy has clearly hurt House in the past? Is Cuddy really the best choice for House? Can he really afford to be hurt again. However, I was so glad that she came; not a moment too soon. And do I think this is all a hallucination? I'm really not sure. First of all, where was Wilson? You would think if eight hours ago, he called his best friend who was in a building that just collapsed; and he hadn't heared from House in a long time...he would kind of be concerned, trying to find him? And anyway, M.L. house, you said that Fox would never show him hallucinating twice? Way back in Season 1 or 2, he took a bunch of Vicodin; Cameron found him in the bathroom, where he was high, saying that "he could hear sound". At the end of season two, he hallucinated the entire episode right after he got shot. In the end of season 4, he was hallucinating to try and find out who was going to die on the bus, and then why Amber was going to die. And in season 5, he hallucinated about fifty times. They are VERY REDUDENT with making House hallucinate. And you're right; it drives you crazy!

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Now, I just re-watched last night's episode. Daphne, yes, you are right. I thought she dropped Lucas too fast.. that maybe she would have a sit down with him. But... as I watched .. again ..I now can see that he was reviewing the whole episode from his bathroom.. That being sad, now I can think back to all of the subtle nuances that Cuddy gave about her great love for him. We all knew it.. so yea.. now I can believe it. Maybe I just found it too hard to believe that they would actually get together.. because to me, that tension is what held the show for awhile..
but.. maybe then again .. I NEED TO GET A LIFE!
thanks kids M.L. and Daphne.. now I have changed my opinion..

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She's not really dropping someone fast. They've been in love for twenty years.

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@the sis: Post all you want. I love comments and debates. I'm just assuring you and everyone else that there's nothing mysterious here: what we saw is what happened.

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Thanks M.L.House!
Have we become so literal and stupid a society.. that they cannot go Kafkaesque on our bums? I don't know anything about TV and they way the writing works.. the psycholgy of it.. I for one, would love to see some weird works.. but I guess I watch too many
foreign movies!!!!
I still say .. he would not be hallucinating for the same thing.. this time it would be a hit on the head... and get this.. what if HIS leg is the one that was amputated!!?? Okay .. now I won't post anymore .. I know I'm kicked off the site..
but .. IF CUDDY HAD SAID, I AM GOING TO TELL LUCUS IT'S OVER.. INSTEAD OF I TOLD LUCUS IT'S OVER.. She still had her work clothes on.. The timing doesn't digest with me...
But .. I have been known to be an idiot many times over.
Thanks kids... I am glad they are back together though.. It satisfied something in me.. and I went to sleep content..
BUT STILL.. thanks for responding ..

House Season 6 Episode 21 Quotes

Is that a pill in your pocket, or are you just happy to have a tiny pill-shaped penis?

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I'm the most screwed up person in the world.

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