Coming in very late because I avoided most blogs and such...in mourning. But I'm giving the series an "A", not because it was successful across all the shows over all the years, but because it succeeded in doing so much more than most shows ever contemplated. Much of what viewers have complained of as being weak was just not understood. I have been seeing bits of foreshadowing in scenes that I only understand in retrospect. The writers had intentions that I sometimes saw were stymied. Even "weak" characters were chosen to fill a role in the group dynamic, but House and the story always came first. And I have to admit I give the show big points because I dislike atheists just a bit less and understand them just a bit more. They are no less idiots than the rest of us, though.
Clue 3. Wilson tells House he won't take the fall because it's time for House to stop expecting someone else to bail him out. Image Stacey tells House he has been depending on Wilson to be House's moral side all these years, but that's ending. House is forced to be moral, because he won't have Wilson for that. Wilson, seeing House on the steps at the end, protests House will lose his career, everything. House calmly asks Wilson what he wants to do, because he's accepted the sacrifice. FEEL BETTER?
Jessica, you feel robbed because you completely misunderstand what happened. Clues: 1.Patient told House he would take the fall because he has nothing left to lose. House is amazed and says that by dying the patient can give what he never did in life. It give him the idea to "die" and sacrifice his career and probably years in prison just so he can spend the next months with Wilson. 2.House woke up and sees syringes and has been missing for two days. The patient told him he felt God while on heroin. House tried it. It didn't work, so now he's scared to death because he is about to lose everything in this scheme. The dental records are already switched - it can't be done after the fake death. The fire has been set.
cont.: I'm just not sure how he set the fire if he was stoned...BTW; what an amazing insight that House has been depending on Wilson be his better self, his Jimminy Cricket. With Wilson dying, House has to become that better self, which is making him whole at last. wow.
Thank you, Lisa; great review. I was thinking the same things. Did you get the Reichenbach Falls parallel? Sherlock Holmes also faked his death. Also I loved that, this last time that House says, "I can change", which he said to Cuddy and others before, he finally could. As for how he ended up with the patient in the burning house (metaphor?): I think House did try the heroin (he was gone 2 days). The patient had agreed to take the fall, so he was willing to be House's corpse stand-in. (The dental records were already switched; there was no way to do it afterwards.) But even with the plan in place, House couldn't go against his lifelong selfish instincts, hence all the arguing images. He didn't feel God via heroin as the patient did, he didn't know how he could go on after losing everything. But the clue also came from the patient, who had nothing left to lose. House finally accepted that's a good time to make a difference. I'm just not sure how he set the fire if he was stoned...BTW; what an amazing insight that House has been depending on Wilson be his better self, his Jimminy Cricket. With Wilson dying, House has to become that better self, which is making him whole at last. wow.
I'm glad I read the comments; these odd details could be clues. The fingerprints on the soggy tickets and House not being arrested for assault and the suspicious water damage don't make sense. UNLESS whoever said Foreman is pranking House is right. Maybe Foreman decided to make House serve his time - for felony vandalism but NOT felony assault - in order to give Wilson a reason to take the chemo. If Wilson does, he and House still get time together after House gets out. It would be a heartbreaking sacrifice for Wilson to suffer in order to wait for House but he would do it, I think.
B9. I never would have noticed it; way too subtle! But the last bit where James found the screensaver was amazing. After all that, to be able to laugh. And House taking care of him; is he finally growing up?
I hate to see House and Dominika end up together. The writers have given her some ruthlessness and shallowness which match his, but otherwise she's a cheery Barbie doll; too young, too thin. There just isn't enough time to do what the writers avoided for too long, which is show House improving his character and his life. So we are left with a patch job of a relationship with Dominika. Good news: Laurie has said he may stay in Los Angeles. Maybe he already has another show offer???
I'm posting here now because the next episode got preempted by NASCAR locally, although I hear some people did see it in some areas. But this is what's bothering me: the writers don't seem to be moving to wrap things up. This should have been evolving all season. Let's see House finally show he's learned to be more than a puzzle-solver. Let's PLEASE not see him end as he began, a drug-addicted misanthrope. That's a pitiful, and lazy, way to end a show.
Wow - I really enjoyed this episode. It is only people with an axe to grind that bother to comment? I thought little Dr. Park was fun, the way she was learning to embrace her inner bitch (as House put it). She's a dead ringer for "Honey", the character in "Doonesbury" (comic strip by Trudeau) who is so loyal to the insane, drug-addled curmudgeon Duke. That probably won't ring a bell for most, but I doubt it's a coincidence. I also loved/was freaked by the Lungs That Wouldn't Die. And, yes, Wilson should have held out longer, but we all know he's easy. As for House, I just wanted him to show some pain - he has been bereft of so much - and get a doggone haircut. If he's really earning minimum wage, that should be good for a storyline, too.
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