With this end, we see the return of Kutner, Amber, Stacy, Cameron, and nearly all other characters past. One notable exception is Cuddy. I tried to decide if that was a detriment to the episode or not, and I have come to no conclusion. What would a Cuddy hallucination provide that Stacy didn't? What would her presence at the funeral have provided that Stacy and Dominika didn't? I will say that given how many past characters came out of the woodwork for the funeral, it is strange that she wasn't there, her absence conspicuous, but it seems to have worked out anyway.
This episode leaves us with the most transformed House we have seen since his strides to be a better partner for Cuddy. Whether or not it was his plan all along, House uses the fire to fake his own death. As it stands, he faces the reality that he will be in prison for the last few months of Wilson's life. Instead, he gives up his life, his career, everything he owns, in order to be with Wilson during those last five months.
Until now, nothing was as important to House as his mind and his ability to solve the puzzle. Puzzles made life interesting, and thus worth living. During the hallucinations in the fire, House seems to be giving up until he proclaims that he can change—the ultimate contradiction to his long-held belief that people can't change—and that he actually wants to change. This gives us hope that perhaps he will survive Wilson's death rather than self-destruct.
To bring closure to the show, we hear kind professions from those in House's life as they speak at his funeral. He touched a great many lives, and though his touch wasn't always kind or soft, he changed the people around him, in many ways for the better. He taught them things about life and about themselves they maybe wouldn't have learned otherwise. This reality gives him value that will live on, even after the world believes him dead.
Adams and Park stay on the team, with Chase now at the helm—a natural and expected choice. Taub leaves, which he did before. He wanted to work for House, and seems to have no interest in the job with the man himself. But he seemed regretful in his final scene, and a part of me suspects he'll eventually reconnect with the team. He was good at the job, and good for the team. I like to believe he'll rejoin it.
The writers, directors, producers, and whoever else really stepped it up for the last few episodes of this series. If they had performed as well throughout season seven and all of season eight, perhaps House M.D. would have seen a season nine. The show itself was a wonderfully entertaining premise with great characters. It was over the top at times, as all medical dramas are, but it was different enough to be fun to watch.
It's sad to say goodbye. House has a way of burrowing into one's heart. He wasn't always easy to love or watch, but we did love him, and we will miss him. This isn't the ending I foresaw, but that's okay. It leaves room for each of us to imagine what happens next, and this way we can each believe in the ending we most want to see for House.
On one hand most everyone thinks House id dead. He'll never be able to see any of them again, not even his Mother and Step-Father without risking going back to jail. He'll never be able to practice Medicine again, the one thing in his life that brought him peace. One the other hand, he'll get to spend time with his dying best friend Wilson, who has six months to live. Even that is haunted by the promise that he will end Wilson's life before his pain becomes too much to bear.
As for the other cast members; Forman has reached a career goal, but is still alone; much like Chase who returns to head diagnostics, but is still alone and pining after his lost; love Cameron. Her appearance just serves to highlight his pain. Taub continues to struggle with the life of a single father. 13 is terminally ill from her long fight with her disease. Cuddy is so scared from her time with House, she cannot even return to NJ for his funeral.
Still with all this and more life goes on.
Who knows, maybe we haven't seen the last of grumpy old House.
Maybe Forman and Chase will take a vacation to Mexico, where Forman falls ill. Only one clinic in this sleepy Mexican fishing village. Run by a half drunken, grumpy old Gringo Doctor the locals call "Casa".
Anyway, House is one of those shows that manages to be funny and moving at the same time. Greg House is one of my all time favorite characters on TV, and I definitely miss the days of House-Cameron-Foreman-Chase. Yes, the show got continually worse as the seasons went on (including the stupid season 7 finale), and I went into this season knowing it would be the last. The question is, did the writers end the story right?
I guess so. The ending scene was great (riding off into the sunset (or late afternoon) with Wilson), but I felt cheated by the whole "faked death" scene. No, House did not have to die-that would have made it worse. I just felt like the writers could've somehow done something more with this finale-don't ask me what, but something just felt off at the end, like everything was rushed. Everything was played safe, which I guess is more audience pleasing.
I will admit, though, that his actions were a nice turn for the character. House is a loner, and he accepted he would be one forever. However, he also gave up his old life all for Wilson. The funeral scene was nice, with Wilson finally breaking down over House's "death", just in a way that gives him closure.
As for the guest stars, I felt like they were unnecessary. Sure it's nice seeing Jennifer Morrison and Kal Penn again, but it felt like they were being brought out just so they could be brought out.
As for the last song, I wonder if any of you noticed that it was the same as the one Amber sang in House's earlier hallucination in "Under My Skin" (S5Ep23). It shows how House maybe shouldn't give up on what's true to him (he was trying to get rid of Amber), and in the end he didn't-he chose Wilson.
Final thoughts: While this episode didn't have the humor or the emotional resonance of some episodes, it was a great ending to a fantastic character and show. Congrats David Shore, Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, and the rest of the people who made the show what it is. You will be missed-and no, I don't know why Grey's Anatomy is still on. -Everybody Lies Series grade: 9/10-amazing
This does not happen here: a full season of mixed episode quality (in which some would easily make a top 15 of the entire series, while others were annoyingly pointless). A full season to tie a knot, but in the forty four minutes of contrivance that is this finale, they kept just adding more ropes to tie.
This is one of those hallucination/what-the-hell-happened episodes, which are in fact mostly regarded highly. But it doesn't work here: none of House's subconscious characters have a point to make, none of them have a clue to his remembrance problem. I assume there are two reasons they are there: to inform the audience House wasn't sure of wanting to live — which could have been achieved through other means — and, mostly, I believe, to fit in as many characters that haven't been on screen that much lately.
Kutner may have been the only one with an actual connection to the situation here, he could've made the 'I can change' scene into an actual epiphany, House could understand how Kutner felt and decide on change, instead the plot convenience that it was.
The pacing was really off. The banter between House and his ghosts, along with the unnecessary montage at the end are examples of this: they even felt like padding at times. On the other hand, I can't say I believed for a second House wouldn't show up after the explosion: the funeral montage in particular felt rushed and just something they 'had' to put there.
Other than that — and excluding mention of plot holes (oh god, the plot holes) — the very last scene was incredibly off. A quick fix for this would be to take out House's clues that he's alive, take out his explanation on how he faked his death and just make the last scene be Wilson seeing him again. That would make a discussion on whether or not it was a hallucination way more poignant; all we would have for 'proof' would be Wilson's point of view.
On a positive note I can say that the directing and the acting was as good as always, but it left me wanting more physical acting than the subpar script we got. I also understand the need for a happy ending after all this time, but I do have to say it didn't feel as good as it should have.
In conclusion, it's just a bad episode that tries to use they could — the hallucinations, the tricks, the reappearing characters — but fails to make sense of it all. My guess is that it will serve only as a testament that the series had really run its course.
Even ignoring the obvious holes and the pathetic attempt at copying Sherlock by faking death, I mean Really ? Taub smiling with his kids ? Foreman smiling at an ID of house ? Chase as HoDM ? And a bike ride for House ? This could be just ANY ending of ANY house episode we've watched and loved. How is the ending special in ANY way ? It's the end of an awesome series. I mean you ruined the entire 8th season, but you could have at least had a decent ending.
I've been a house Fanatic till season 6, but season 7 started showing signs of sloppy writing, and 8 was just terrible. Not even one one-liner sticks out, no wit, absolutely dry and totally redundant.
Last impression - Nothing fresh or remotely entertaining here. I wouldn't have minded if I skipped this. Total waste of time. Just like the whole of Season 8. Wouldn't mind if I skipped the whole thing.
It was just a shame I guess. House always felt like it wanted to be this intelligent show that doesn't beat around the bush on objects but then we get this (frankly) low brow cable-TV happy ending twist without any real depth to it.
All and all I feel like I've wasted time.
Young teenage girl has a tick inside her vagina and house actually removes it in public?
And we get...
A guy who cant say no to anybody
Seriously all the cases sucked beyond belief , this episode as a whole was just stupid and very very predicable , just as a tear was about to shed from my eye at houses funeral i just knew he wasn't dead and i knew he had faked his death. I really don't have anything to say about the episode in general it was just poorly written and a 45 minutes of boredom.
The only House-like "twist" at the end was stolen from a dozen stupid action movies, including the special effects prior to it. As an episode it was probably 3 of 10, but as a season finale, 1 out of 10.
So many actors had to be written into the episode as a farewell to the series, but it only made the episode feel forced. Not spontaneous or even fun to watch, but as if I'd been slowly watching an episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful".
I think only final episode of LOST has let me down as badly as this episode.
So I liked it, although I'm gonna rate this episode 2/10.
House is a great serial, much much better written and executed than most other TV serials (by this, yes, I mean especially you, Dexter!)
For the last season, I really enjoyed the performance from Chase and Park, they both were ridiculously funny, I also liked how being with House several years, Chase finally rise up to his position.
A good leader creates another leader, not a follower! (Except for Taub)