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House, M.D. Season Eight: What We Might Expect

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Caveat: Mild spoilers ahoy, me mateys.

We are about one month from the season eight premiere of House, M.D., starring Hugh Laurie as the genius diagnostician Dr. Gregory House. When last we saw Dr. House, he had crashed his car into the (unoccupied) dining room of his boss and ex-girlfriend Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). Fleeing from the scene, House ends season seven somewhere in the South Pacific, strolling down a beach into the sunset.House season 8, courtesy FOX

As we enter season eight, much has changed in House’s world. Cuddy is gone. Full stop. Edelstein’s departure (she will be seen this season on The Good Wife in a guest-starring role) was a blow to House’s cast and creative team.

But what effect will her departure have on House? Will he feel responsible for her leaving? Or will he blow it off, holding his angst over it inside? Personally, I would like to see House struggle with Cuddy’s absence, trying to make it not matter, but failing in his effort.

Cuddy has been to House both muse and anchor; lover and antagonist. I imagine that she will be much on House’s mind and a new hole in his heart and soul as we move through the new season (at least during the first part of it). He needs to be affected by not only her absence but the way in which it has occurred.

That said, Cuddy’s departure opens up a lot of creative space for writers and David Shore to explore in new directions. If handled well, it may be a blessing in disguise (please, no flames) for a series headed into its eighth season.

For the past three years, mainly seasons five through seven, House has been as driven by his feelings for Cuddy almost as intensely as he’s been driven to save his patients, and solve the puzzle. You could an argue that the Cuddy effect has gone on even longer, and I would agree. But his feelings for her had not been so front and center before season five.

Now that Cuddy is gone from his life, and from the hospital entirely, what will fill that void for House and for Princeton Plainsboro? Will House throw himself into his work? Crawl back into his first season introspective shell? Will he be more cynical or less? Will he completely bury his emotions, dwelling exclusively in the rational part of his persona?

And, separate from the Cuddy effect, how will his year in prison affect House’s relationships with his patients, particularly those who are marginal in society or victims of “the system?”

Understanding that the series (according to press reports) is going to jump ahead a year, revealing House’s prison time in flashback, I wonder what might things look like a year ahead for House, the team and Princeton Plainsboro. What will House after months in prison be? Will his relationship with drugs, and even his pain, be altered?

I’d like to see House on a reasonable pain management program—his pain treated with whatever is necessary—but managed. He should never have been allowed to self-medicate (which is essentially what Wilson had enabled all those years). I’d like House to have gone through a year of therapy. He’d spent a few months at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital after season five’s breakdown going through in-patient therapy, and a year would do him much good; he won’t be a happy-go-lucky guy, but he hopefully may have gained some better coping tools as he’s had to deal with the loss of Cuddy and the big blows to his pride.

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  • Flippet

    “If I can’t respect House, there’s no sense in watching.”

    This. That pretty well sums up my feelings, too. Shore and Co. did such a number on his character, that it’s not even him. They’re trying to tell me that Cuddy misjudged him THIS badly, for over 20 years? That the man she strongly defended for years – even perjured herself for – was always a bit of a violent psychopath? And she was enough of a masochist to ignore that, and keep coming back for more? And no viewer caught on to these facts before TPTB were so kind to reveal them in the finale?

  • ParadoxHugh

    It is hard to describe what I deem as light in this show. It is and has always been a show that dwells on the dark side of the human condition. I don’t expect fluffy bunnies to suddenly start running around (or more chickens for that matter.) That would not be House. Just looking for him to ascend one rung of the ladder and actually get to stay there. And by light I don’t mean more jokes or silliness either. I prefer stories with powerful emotional impact and they can often be sad or dark. I just need to see a little light emanating from House himself. Proof that he is still “striving” as DS says and not completely dead inside.

  • Lucy

    “If I can’t respect House, there’s no sense in watching.”
    This is what I’m also feeling right now. I’m still watching the show, but I’m afraid I won’t really care for S8 if I don’t gain some of that respect back. And just showing House as a great diagnostocian won’t be enough.

  • Lightworker


    Your comments really uplift me. When I felt so much pain from “Bombshells” on, particularly as I looked more critically at the way women were portrayed and indeed, used, I watched earlier eps on DVD’s.

    I realized that there had been many sad, melancholy, lonely endings, yet I savored the essence of the way House’s soul revealed nuance of depth as well as angst. At the end of Season 5, I felt sad, but listened to the Stones’ “As Tears Go By” and felt hopeful. I watch British shows that have tragedy, both mysteries and varieties of drama, but they don’t affect me that way, even the conclusion of “Brideshead Revisited.”

    But now, it is as if someone took a sledge hammer to a delicate character portrayal, with light and dark (light to me is positive energy with potential for creativity and growth, while dark represents the potential for self-destruction), which I experienced in prior seasons. Now all is dark.

    The beach scene at the end of “Moving On” seemed tacked on and trite, even with Hugh’s powerful persona, and thereby meaningless to me even though as an artist, I loved the images of him alone on the beach in the fading light and incoming waves. I am wary of what the story will show of his treatment in prison. How will his character evolve or further devolve – with increased capacity for sensitivity growing out of conscious suffering, or as rigidly defended Rational Man, like Ezra Pounds’s poem “The Object,”

    “This thing, that hath a code and not a core, Hath set acquaintance where might be affections, And nothing now Disturbeth his reflections.”

    Yes, it would seem a missed opportunity for the showrunners not to watch what they produce. And to consider that there are real human beings, many smart and insightful people, who allow themselves to invest in an amazing fictional character, often as a respite from the challenges of their lives – not because they don’t have a life. To assume that this is a fan community who are not to be taken seriously is ignorant rubbish. (I must say I find most of the commentaries in defense of the writing to be embarrassing.)

    Perhaps it never was intended for the character of GH to be such a rich and complex tapestry, but it is a mistake to disrespect a character by dismissing him as a “jerk.” I know it is Hugh’s animating spirit to which I have responded. It is to that I will continue to be a loyal fan, both with House and any other endeavors he undertakes. He makes me think and smile and dream and thereby brings out my best self. But like you, I will protect my heart and view with some psychological and even physical distance.

  • Oversimplified


    The trouble is even if PPTH is essentially a business the fact remains that Cuddy had to set aside a large litigation budget just for House, and that only her and Wilson saw him as enough of an asset to keep the board from firing him, in which case it stands to reason that he wasn’t that financially viable as an employee. Add to that the low volume of patients through his department and the uber expensive treatments…

    @ Readingrat and Flippet

    You’re both hitting the nail on the head there. TPTB have got a massive problem in that people just won’t identify with a character who’s amoral, (and I say amoral in light of the most recent promo), rather than having an unconventional set of moral values which I always used to believe House held. I can’t help but feel they are trying to emulate the lead characters in shows like Breaking Bad and Dexter and missing the point about what makes them work. There’s virtually no light to the character now and there really should be to allow for some balance.

  • The Other Barnett

    Why would only Cuddy and Wilson appreciate House and what he brings to PPTH? I know that has been abit of the tension that has kept things going with the show….but there is no reason why another person (with some House background) could not come in as Dean and think in some similar way. House has shown that he can adapt to things in his own shredded way, too.

    And as for the character of House and whether there is any “light” to him. Why do you think a man who crashes a car into a home would be so in the dark that he cannot get out? There certainly was that feeling with the perp-walk into Mayfield. There was that feeling when his ketamine treatment was failing. I’m not sure if this is the worst he has ever felt. Being exquisitely pissed is different from being in the deep darkness of the soul.

  • Oversimplified

    @56 The Other Barnett

    I’m not ruling out that another member of the team or indeed Wilson wouldn’t appreciate what he brings to the hospital, but the fact remains that the Board wanted him out before and whereas his prestige would have been good publicity in the past and perhaps encouraged donors thus bolstering Cuddy’s decision to keep him there, now he’d be the ‘doctor who crashed his car into his ex’s/boss’ house’ and potentially a liability for their reputation and may even be perceived a danger to their patients/staff because of his evident instability. Crashing your car into a dining room is not a measured response from someone who is expected to be responsible for peoples’ lives. As an employee he’s more toxic than he ever was before. Additionally I don’t think House deals with change well at all. Look at how he reacted to Cuddy replacing the bloodstained carpet after his shooting, as well as the way he clings to the ducklings and Wilson, and will almost do anything to keep them sticking around (Masters granted being the exception). Also the very fact that he didn’t deal with Amber and Kutner’s deaths head on and instead ignored them, only for the issue to rear it’s head in his Vicodin hallucinations speaks volumes in my opinion. For someone who enjoys rebelling against authority he’s incredibly reliant on the status quo as a comfort blanket.

    I think you’ve misunderstood slightly about what I meant regarding the light/dark of the character, which is probably my fault for not being clearer. It’s not about the position House finds himself in now and whether he can get out of it that I meant, but rather how I now perceive who he is. Him being capable of doing what he did to Cuddy is now an immovable part of his persona, and to me at least, makes him a less sympathetic and compelling character. In my opinion a protagonist who does the wrong thing for the right reasons or even the right thing for the wrong reasons is much more interesting than one who does the wrong thing for the wrong reasons as was the case with the crash. Even when I hated House for what he did to Wilson during Season 3, part of me admired how he stood up to a bully like Tritter on principle. That’s what I used to love about the show: my own ideals being challenged and conflicted. What happened in the finale left me neither challenged nor conflicted. There was no moral dilemma. What House did was simply wrong and seems to be symptomatic of the show losing it’s head and it’s heart as it propels towards a more visceral ethos, which isn’t uncommon for shows in their later years as the writers’room begins to stagnate and starts to be led by its production values. On the one hand House driving his car into Cuddy’s dining room is a powerful ‘image’ in abstract, but on the other, put back into context, makes little sense in terms of the characters’ backstories. I still think the writers got carried away with this ‘image’ and forgot to flesh it out with believeable contextual credibility, which is why we were saddled with the whole unconvincing ‘let’s make Cuddy conveniently meet some random creepy guy’ coupled with one of the most cringe-worthy MacGuffins (a plot device to move the narrative forward) I’ve seen in a long time: the ‘Hairbrush of Doom’. From what I’ve watched and read so far of the promos and other spoilers for Season 8 I’m not convinced we are going ‘back to basics’ in a satisfying sense.

  • ParadoxHugh

    @54 Lightworker

    Lovely and powerful post there. I think you and Jesuit Man will get along just fine.

    “Light to me is positive energy with potential for creativity and growth, while dark represents the potential for self-destruction.”

    Thank you for this. I often can’t express what I want to say but I know that someone will have the ability to say it for me. We begin this season in that dark place according to DS with House still in “the throes of his addiction.” I just can’t see where we can go with that part of the story that has not been done before. This poster and its shadow man worries me. Is House but a shadow of himself? What will it take to move him out of the shadows of doom or do they intend to keep him there? Last season they said to prepare for a bumpy ride. This season I think we need to provide our own light sources and watch through a veil. At least there will be surprise. It was apparent from the very first episode last season that they were not going to let Huddy work. Plus we knew that DS does not do happy so there was no real surprise. It was a matter of waiting for the breakup to happen. How far they took it after that was surprising but not satisfying.

    This season may just start in the dark but ultimately set up something surprising. Can he grow? I have no idea anymore. We can only hope that they do let House catch a break down the line. I fully expect a Nick Cannon ending where we will have to supply our own opinion to an ambiguous final scene, but I can at least hope that one of the possibilities is leaning toward the light. If it is at all possible for me to give House a break in his misery, that is the the place I will take him. HL said in EW recently that House has a sense of joy, mischief and devilry to go with his angst and great physical and emotional pain. I am hoping to see some of that joy.

  • G-Ma House

    If you look at the ending of season 7, with House in the bright sunlight vs the shadow on the prison wall counting the days then you can see it as hopeful, at least I can. He is still there on that beach, in a good frame of mind. His shadow or the darkness, is cast into prison and is serving it’s time until he earns his total freedom from those very dark places. The places he couldn’t break free of, the places of drugs and self loathing, self torment & mutilation, the places with no hope, or purpose, or happiness – those very scary dark places that threatened to engulf him once again, with the loss of Cuddy, and suck him back into a solitary world of his own misery. This is him Moving On. He really can’t go back now – his actions have finally changed everything. Actions are the only thing that matter, the only thing that makes the difference.

  • Jessica

    The idea of House in prison makes me cringe since I’m not into violence at all. He’s always been a man in control, for the most part, in that he calls the shots. Now he is at the mercy of others, I don’t like seeing him like that. Prison is a brutal place and a man like him can be reduced to a weak pathetic cripple and I don’t like that House, NOT ONE BIT. I don’t want a weak, cowardly House. True, in the past, House has acted cowardly in some situations (like admitting his feelings for Cuddy), but this is different. The idea of him being beat up in prison, not able to protect himself (and let’s face it, he’s tough but no match for those inmates), just bothers the hell out of me. If they’re doing this to teach him some kind of lesson, well, you know what? I don’t even know what to think.

    All I know is that for the FIRST time in EIGHT years I am NOT AT ALL EXCITED about the new season. The only redeeming quality is seeing HUGH LAURIE again at his best despite crappy scripts. I feel conflicted because one one hand, I love Hugh’s work but on the other hand, this isn’t about Hugh’s work, this is about how Shore and Company effectively ruined TWO of the most awesome characters on television (H/C), as well as the RELATIONSHIP between THREE of them (H/C/W).

    I’ve got a an awesome framed House poster in my office, of all the cast. It’s a great conversation piece. Everybody knows the show and has watched it and so far NOBODY has said they are happy about what happened in S7, they are STILL shocked Lisa left and they are not even watching S8. Did you know people used to have “House” parties? Groups of people would get together on Monday nights and watch the show and have a blast. Sometimes various drinking games were involved (and really funny ones at that) and sometimes not. Fact is, groups of friends just enjoyed getting together to see what would happen next with their favorite characters.

  • Maria-Eleni

    • 60 – Jessica
    I am with you here. Since watching “Midnight Express” in the ‘70s I avoid prison films.
    But then House deserves to be put in jail and not only for his latest action. He has thumped his nose at society so many times he finally needs to feel society’s retaliation.
    Actually, I always felt Tritter’s arc to be incomplete. Tritter was right about House and the consequences of his addiction as it was subsequently shown. He was also correct in accusing House’s circle of enabling him.
    So yes, I think prison was inevitable for House.

    “I don’t want a weak, cowardly House”. Neither do I. And he came near to it by “loving” and not wanting to lose Cuddy.
    Which is why I liked “Moving On”, his lashing out and then going to a paradise island instead of to the deepest, darkest alcohol hole in vicinity.

    So as far as a jailed House is concerned, it just makes me impatient to see how he will manage to prevail in such an environment. How he will provoke, resist, manipulate the prison system to get what he wants. After all he is House: bad, dark, mad and dangerous with a WELL HIDDEN core of sensitivity and “goodness”. If this changes, and I agree with the premise that he should not fundamentally change, then he is not House any more. As well give him a lobotomy.
    I do not think any amount of beatings will bring him down. He has been dealing with constant pain for years. Furthermore he has repeatedly inflicted pain on himself; although an emotional coward, he is definitely not a physical coward.
    As for those terrifying inmate bullies, I am pretty sure they exist in [H]ouse Universe to show us House’s manipulative skills. Brawn against brain. I am very interested to see how he will react and if he will prevail.

    “to teach him some kind of lesson “.. I do not think he is capable of being taught by external processes . Any lesson for House will have to come from within himself and his own intellectual and emotional resourses combined with circumstances (if he accepts them as relevant).

    “this isn’t about Hugh’s work”. By now I think HL has enough clout to influence plot lines that he disapproves of. It has been also frequently stated that he resisted the softening of the character. I do sincerely hope that he will contribute to a better quality of the writing. However I did not find bad the House/Cuddy arc; the peripheral plots were weak lately but I have also read the same criticisms for the earlier seasons as well, to which I agree. After all I almost exclusively watch for the House plot, even the medical mysteries are less than secondary, for me at least.

    “so far NOBODY has said they are happy about what happened in S7”. This is a delusion.
    There is a large number of people who have expressed their liking for se7, even rating it above se5 and/or se6. But we are much less vociferous and have been tired of reading and answering the negativities. You just need to cruise around more sites in the internet to get a more comprehensive picture.

    To conclude, I found House more interesting addicted to Vicodin pills than addicted to Cuddy/Vicodin. The love for Cuddy was a dependency after she supported him post infraction and gave him an environment to work (and more or less ride roughshod over everybody around him) combined with sexual attraction. She was a Vicodin replacement for House clearly symbolized by his hallucination (Se5), and after detoxing in se6. Cyddy herself expresses this when she tells Wilson that she is House’s problem. She was justified in breaking up with him.

    Hopefully, his lashing out will make him reconsider where his addictive, obsessive, introvert nature takes him and try to find a measure of control. This is what I hope to see in se8 (and maybe se9, fingers crossed), as well as how House will react in prison, how he will deal with postCuddy life and the difficulties in reinstating himself in PPTH (as a symbol of society).

    I am also very interested to see how his relationship with Wilson will develop. Wilson has been, in turns, a supporter and an adversary (at least he tried). The last we have seen him, he attempted to control the Vicodin intake and to help House overcome the break-up with Cuddy. But at the end, he seems to have completely misread House’s mood.

    Whether we like it or not, the closing scenes show House both defiant and resigned. Also liberated. Frankly, I do not want the writers to bow to the backlash and retrace their original conception of House’s journey. What I want is a sharpening of the writing to reflect the dynamism of the earlier seasons before the gloom of House’s effort to find domestic contentment. He is a loner and a thinker; he should try for inner peace through his intellect and his own anarchic, but pervertedly “ethical” beliefs.

  • Oversimplified

    @59 G-Ma House

    In my opinion at the end of ‘Moving On’ he’s in the worst mental shape he’s ever been in. His conscience had completely disappeared and he was showing psychopathic tendencies in that he apparently felt no remorse for what he’d done or empathy for his victims. To derive some sort of joy or even peace of mind from an act like that means that his judgement is seriously skewed and the numbness won out. He was effectively a shell, and in that scene there was way more darkness than light to be found despite the idyllic setting. On the other hand had he ended up on that beach having handed in his resignation I’d have felt completely differently.

    @61 Maria-eleni

    House was defiant in that final scene, but evidently his sense of liberation will be fleeting both in terms of where he ends up physically, in prison and then BACK at PPTH, and emotionally if/when he redevelops his conscience. If they play things realistically he’d be just as bound up with Cuddy as he ever was even if she’s not there anymore. His ‘victory’, and attempt to sever their ties was hollow in my opinion. He’ll always be the man who did what he did to her, and whilst his debt to society is paid through his prison sentence, as long as Cuddy’s not physically there he can never begin to make reparations to her.

    Also with regards to Shore being allowed to play out his own vision, even though I agree with you to an extent I think the saying, ‘with power comes great responsibility’ applies greatly here, and when a network gives you a weekly one hour slot and you accumulate millions of viewers there’s both a lot of power and a responsibility. As a writer myself, I don’t think any subject matter should be taboo, but when you deal with an issue as sensitive as domestic violence you really need to do your homework and not portray it as a frivolous or even comedic act, not only because you have the potential to offend, but also to influence. That drama is purely entertainment is a fallacy. The ancient Greeks/Romans realised it could be both escapism and didactic at the same time and modern psychological studies appear to back this up, which is why companies spend billions of dollars on advertising and product placement in order to associate their products with certain characters/shows. What we watch at the cinema, on the TV and in the theatre influences our perception of everything from love to the judicial system, which is why I see DS’s defence of what House did (‘he was trying to hurt her house’) as equally ignorant and irresponsible, especially from a former lawyer.

    Aside from all this I don’t believe Shore has an overarching vision for his character, and a definite idea of where he wants to ultimately take him. In fact he more or less admitted it in an interview before the finale. Even if he did, which I think was once the case, (up until the end of Season 5), Fox’s impetus is potentially more damaging than a backlash from the public. Because they provide the money they can, have and probably will ask for changes or embellishments that distort the creative vision of the writing team.

  • Ladybelle Fiske

    I think I can put up with anything except too much focus on Taub and his two lovers and two children. Better than most stories about him but sadly I find him very dull and unappealing. I hope the women they brought in have some energy to replace LE and OW (and JM). I really wish we could see JM come back and be reconciled with Chase in the end. Can’t we have ONE happy ending?

  • Ladybelle Fiske

    I also was sorry to see on the commentaries for Season 7 how they seem to consider it inevitable that a) House go back on Vicodin (though I don’t mind him on it really); b) Cuddy and he were bound to break up, and so on. There seems to be some of the same feeling about Olivia W’s departure. Though I would have liked to see her stick around and perhaps become involved to some extent with Chase. I wonder if the new female doctors brought in are going to be good replacements? At least one of them is obviously meant to be “funny” but I also appreciate aesthetics and there won’t be that much of that sort of thing in terms of female beauty…?

  • Lucy

    @ Maria – Eleni

    “House deserves to be put in jail and not only for his latest action. He has thumped his nose at society so many times he finally needs to feel society’s retaliation. Actually, I always felt Tritter’s arc to be incomplete. Tritter was right about House and the consequences of his addiction as it was subsequently shown. He was also correct in accusing House’s circle of enabling him. So yes, I think prison was inevitable for House.”

    I agree with this.

    In general, for me one of the problems with this show is that whatever House does, he suffers no lasting consequences. Sooner or later, things always return to the status quo. I get that this is a procedural so changes have to be limited, but we’ve seen a lot of ‘game changing’ events that actually changed the game only for a couple of episodes. So, House prevails over Vogler; he prevails over Tritter; he wins back Wilson’s friendship after Amber’s death; he gets his licence and his job back after being in an asylum. And now, he’ll return to PPTH by… let’s say ep. 8×02? And Wilson will forgive him for what he did by… let’s say ep. 3?
    Then, maybe they’ll find a plausible way to explain all this (even if it’ll be difficult); but this is not exactly the point. The point is that it’s all very predictable. Interestingly, the only permanent change that will occur to House’s life – ie Cuddy leaving PPTH for good – wasn’t even planned by TPTB, but forced by Lisa’s decision to leave the series. Hadn’t she decided to quit, we’d have seen Cuddy forgiving House – or at least hiring him back and keeping working with him – which would have made zero sense after the events in Moving On.

    And yet, even though we know that House hates changes and Cuddy’s departure is a big change for him (personally and professionally), I think Shore will minimize the impact of this event… one year will have passed, we’ll see one glimpse of remorse in the premiere, then maybe it’ll be said that it’s a good thing for both House and Cuddy that she has left, then House will take one episode adjusting to the new boss (which will very appropriately be one of his team-members), and then House’s life will be exactly the same, only with Foreman (I guess) at Cuddy’s place.

  • tamzilla

    I am very disappointed with the series direction; to me his relationship with Cuddy was one of the most important aspects of the show, especially as I have always viewed this show as being about a person dealing with addiction. For me, watching House’s character develop and deal with addiction and his emotional issues was the essence of the show, not the “medical” drama. The show was too formulaic after year three, so I have enjoyed all the changes made. To me the most important relationships in his life were Wilson and Cuddy, especially Cuddy. Through the seasons I have found Cuddy’s character to be one of the most interesting, so I really am disappointed and hope that the writers can overcome this glitch to House’s story. In my opinion, House developing a relationship with Cuddy was important to his character evolving and overcoming addiction and emotional issues from his past. Silly that they did not continue his therapy as it was one of the most interesting aspects of his character development.

  • Zazie

    “For me, watching House’s character develop and deal with addiction and his emotional issues was the essence of the show, not the “medical” drama.”

    I enjoyed more seasons 1 to 4 because of medical puzzles, we’ve seen now House’character from all angles, he is a drug addict and will remain it all his life, for me House has never been miserable, in pain and tormented yes but who is not?
    That’s why I hope season 8 will be the last, I now really want to know the end of this story.

  • Zazie

    “I think Shore will minimize the impact of this event… one year will have passed, we’ll see one glimpse of remorse in the premiere, then maybe it’ll be said that it’s a good thing for both House and Cuddy that she has left, then House will take one episode adjusting to the new boss (which will very appropriately be one of his team-members), and then House’s life will be exactly the same, only with Foreman (I guess) at Cuddy’s place.”

    I’m with you on this, but I think it’s necessary with the idea to get back to basics.

  • Oversimplified

    @ 68 Zazie

    The problem is, in light of the gravity of what happened, the last place House should find himself is back at square one. I’ve been trying to see this from all angles and that still bugs me because House isn’t ‘just’ a procedural like Law & Order or CSI. Pretending things didn’t happen just isn’t going to be satisfying if that’s the path they do indeed take. I must admit I’ve missed some of the really cool cases, but after one hundred and fifty plus eps I just get the feeling the new POTWs will be variations on a theme we’ve already seen. It’s not particularly a dig at the writing team, it’s just that I don’t think there is an infinite number of distinctly different possibilities when writing for the patients. In my opinion that’s why showing character development is so important, and what stops House from being a show you can casually dip into.

  • DebbieJ

    There is only one reason I am returning to watch Season 8 and that is Hugh Laurie. David Shore and Greg Y do not deserve my time. I would have said that the second reason I am returning is Greg House but I lost total sympathy for him. I hate what TPTB did to him and did to the show. I truly don’t care what happens to him now. And I really hate that I feel that way.

  • Shannon Wilson

    Final ep—House treats handicapped biker’s son who is ill. After some clashes, the biker has some wise philosophy for House about how to find satisfaction in his life. This character would be played by Hugh, in an acting tour-de-force. Please pass this on to the writers. I have specific scenes in mind to create a honorable and absorbing finale.