Well, if you read my last post, then you know what’s coming. Here is the second part of my favorite episodes of this series. It really is a shame that it’s done. Oh well, it did have a rather nice ending, which actually was able to wrap things up, unlike other series’s that I have been into that had garbage endings. Again, I promise to try and keep the spoilers to a minimum. I hope you enjoy.
This was the first episode that really delved into House’s addiction to Vicodin. While it is often addressed throughout the series, in this episode, there is a rather interesting twist. Cuddy challenges House to go a week without Vicodin. He does that, he gets out of the Clinic for a month. He takes her challenge, while at the same time getting a new patient. While he is detoxing from the medication, he is trying to solve the mystery, and it shines a rather ugly light on both House and his addiction. At the end, it also shines a rather bitter light on another character as well. I won’t say who, but it is kind of interesting to see. House also has some rather interesting dialogue at the end about this addiction, and how it affects him, and how it has made him the person that he is, but not for the reasons that you might think. Overall, this is a very poignant episode, and it sets the stage for others about this addiction to walk on later.
9. Last Resort
This episode is really awesome for both the medical mystery, and the character discovery. The premise is that a man comes into the Clinic. He has been sick for years, and now he is desperate for a cure. He takes the entire clinic hostage with a gun, and by sheer chance just happens to have House and one of his new doctors, Remy Hadley, aka, 13 as well. This episode has a cool mystery, which House, since he has absolutely no shame, pushes to the limits. Watching House push a madman’s buttons and mess with him however he wants is just awesome. Plus, it isn’t the first time that 13′s position of where she stands with life and her self-destructive nature is examined, but this is the episode where she truly figures out who she is, and what she wants to do with her life. This episode is so intense, and that is what makes it so good. House is playing with not only his life and his employees life, but the life of a man with a gun and all the people he has kidnapped. It’s unbelievably dark. One of the few episodes that never lets up on its subject matter until the very end. The climax of this episode is one of the best in the series.
8. The C-Word
The final season of this show brought everything to a fever pitch. Because I don’t want to ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it yet, I will say that the premise for this episode is that Wilson finds something medically wrong with him. He is facing. potentially (emphasis on potentially), his own mortality. He has an idea for a radical treatment, and goes to his best and closest friend, House, for help. House takes him back to his place, after agreeing to the treatment. What follows is one of the most intense and true examinations of their friendship in the entire series. I won’t spoil what it all builds to, but there were genuine tear-jerker moments in this episode. It was great. I remember not being able to look away as it was happening. You also see House having to face something equally traumatic – potentially losing his best and only friend. How he reacts to this is just great. Putting these two in this situation was just what the show needed, and the friendship of these two characters has never been more believable. And it starts the final arc of the series, which is just great.
The episode right before the season finale, this is unique and fun for a couple of reasons. The first is the medical mystery. A woman comes into the ER who can’t remember who she is. House takes on her case, intrigued because if there is no memory, she can’t lie to him. The other reason is how the episode is told. It is told through an interaction between House and his psychiatrist. Oh, and it also gets a look into how far House has come since the beginning of the season. With the style of how it is told, it does lend itself to some very clever vignettes between him and the psych. There are also some clever comedic moments when both House and the psych get annoyed by each others story’s. But more than anything else, what I love about this episode is where it all goes. At the end, House comes to a conclusion about all of it, and man, it is great. The last speech he has at the end is just amazing. It isn’t fiery, but there is so much passion, and all due to just a simple sentence, that leaves you feeling in awe of how it was delivered. This was a fun episode, and it leads to one of the coolest season finales in the series.
Well, we talked about how season 6 was ending, now this episode is how it began. The premise is that House is in a mental hospital, finally deciding to break his addiction to Vicodin. This episode was shot very much like a short movie. What I love most about this episode is that it is the only episode of this show where House is the patient. Well, there is no patient, but if there was, he is as close as it gets. The opening of this episode is just great. It would have been better with no sound, but hey, it is still pretty damn good. There is also the interaction between House and a friend of one of the mental patients. She is immediately drawn to House, even though he uses her to no end, and even does something horrible with what she allowed him to get away with. But the two find a connection in each other that neither was expecting. It was a strangely honest and heart-warming episode. Still, the cinematography in the opening alone puts it at this spot. Plus, I got to see House hitting on the woman from The Bourne Identity. What’s not to love about that?!
5. House Divided/Under My Skin/Both Sides Now
Yeah, I know what it looks like, but let me explain. These three episodes are part of an arc that ends season 5. These episodes are on here not because of the medicine, but the arc itself. House is hallucinating. The cool thing about this arc is how it plays out. In the first episode, the hallucinations are something to explore. House is getting a look into his own mind. In the second, the hallucinations are something to fear. House’s mission to escape them leads to one of the biggest shit-your-pants creepy moments. I’m serious, when you see it, you are freaked the fuck out. It is awesome how well they set up that scene. I watched it in the dark here the other day, reviewing for this list, and it still gets my heart pumping. The third episode brings the arc full circle. This one has a pretty neat twist. Even though it isn’t hugely unexpected, it still works, because of how well the scene comes together. I loved every minute of all three. How it all ends is another really heart-wrenching scene. Especially when you look at what it’s paired up with. It is two scenes happening, mixed with each other. They are both so different in theme and appearance that it is a little hard to watch. A fantastic way to close out what I think was the best season of the show.
4. House’s Head/Wilson’s Heart
An actual two-part episode, I couldn’t count them seperately. They are both excellent. Yet ironically, they are both excellent in totally different ways. For the first, it is the cinematography. A lot of shows do a lot of tricks to symbolize what’s real and what’s not when they are diving into a person’s mind. This episode has a rather unique solution – light. Strobing lights are used whenever they are in House’s mind. That’s another reason that I love this episode so much. I love mental stuff. In movies, books, you name it. If I can go into a person’s mind, that makes it so much better. When they go into House’s mind, it is not only interesting, but also intense, and sometimes funny. The best kind of mental stories. The second episode is another great episode which shows House and Wilson’s friendship. Ironically, this one looks at the darker aspect of it. House definitely has abused his friendship with Wilson before. But in this episode, he pushes things WAY beyond where he had gone before, and how it all ends is just amazing. The season finale episodes of this series have this weird way of being the best ones. This one is no exception.
3. Everybody Dies
Hey, speaking of season finales, how about the series finale? This episode marks the end of the entire series. I won’t spoil how it ends, because it is pretty awesome, but the premise is very cool. House wakes up in a building that is slowly burning down. He is in there with a patient of his, who is dead. Over the course of the episode, various people who worked for him, he loved, or were in his life appear as hallucinations, and the series comes full circle, as he is looking toward the future, trying to find a reason to live as the building he is in burns to the ground. It was an episode worthy of being the one that this show ends on. It was really cool to see a lot of these characters again. Cameron was there, so was Stacy, Kutner, Amber, and Cuddy. Looking at who House is, on a completely subconscious level, it was very cool. And like I said, how it all ends is just great. It was a very good ending, to an amazing show.
2. Help Me
Yet-another season finale. This one strikes a chord with me for many reasons. First, the use of darkness in shooting it. This episode is so gray and so plays with light and shadow. Every minute of it is a visual masterpiece. The only flaw was in the fact that there was a constant cut through the collapsed building that House was navigating. The premise of this episode is that a crane fell onto an apartment building. House and Cuddy are on the scene, trying to help as many people as they can. Meanwhile, House is having to deal with some emotional loneliness at the same time. Through sheer chance, he finds somebody buried deep inside of the building. Now, it is a race against time to get her out of there. Her leg is pinned underneath the rubble. She is desperate not to lose the leg. It is another of those episodes where House is with a patient, and there is a connection between them. This girl only wants him to be there, to not be alone, which is exactly how he feels. But the real seller on this episode for this spot is almost right at the end. House has an emotional outburst that is one of the few times in the series that he genuinely enraged. He has gotten angry a lot, but true rage almost never happens. An amazing finish to another amazing season.
After all these great episodes, what is on the top of this list might surprise you.
1. No Reason
Again, a season finale. The premise of this one is that a patient comes into House’s office. After he finds out who House is, he shoots him, twice. House wakes up next to the man who shot him. He has another case, but finds that as he is working on this case, not everything is as it seems. Reality comes into question, and as House is losing control of what is real and what isn’t, you get some amazing insight into his mental state, culminating in by far the coolest reveal of what the final prognosis is in the entire series. But the real seller for me as to why I love this episode so much is because it is an episode that is better in hindsight. For real, watch the entire series, and then watch this episode. Looking at it, and listening to what House says about his views on reality, it is just so much better. For him, logic is the ultimate truth. Strip that away, then life is meaningless. This episode is amazing because it puts a man for whom reason and rationality are key into a position where nothing is true. That is simply amazing, and how it all ends up is the best episode. For me.
This was an incredible series. From beginning to end, it was amazing. I loved every minute of it, and I genuinely am sorry that it’s gone. Sure, it was about time, but still, it’s always sad, even when you know that’s the case. I hope that you loved this series as much as I did.
Until next time, a quote,
“You think that the only truth that matters is the truth that can be measured. Good intentions don’t count. What’s in your heart doesn’t count. But a man’s life can be measured by how many tears are shed when he dies. Just because you can’t measure them, just because you don’t want to measure them, doesn’t mean it’s not real.” -Jack Moriarty, No Reason