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House, M.D. Writer-Executive Producer Peter Blake on “Twenty Vicodin” and Season Eight

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House, M.D. Executive Producer/Writer Peter Blake has been with the series since the first season, and has written some of the series most acclaimed (and beloved) episodes. Most recently, Peter wrote the season premiere “Twenty Vicodin.” He kindly took the time to discuss the episode and season eight with me via email.

We find House (Hugh Laurie) several months in to his prison sentence at the beginning of “Twenty Vicodin.” With his usual attitude, how has he managed to survive so long there?

I figured there were two ways to look at this: mentally and physically.  Mentally, he would have to occupy his mind or he’d go nuts.  Hence the physics equations he’s scrawled on his cell wall (real physics equations, by the way, thanks to Risa Wechsler of Stanford University).  Physically, he’d need some protection, or his big mouth would doom him.  So we have House basically becoming the In-House (pun!) doctor for the “New Confederates,” a Neo-Nazi prison gang.

What brought him back to the U.S. from Fiji (or wherever he was)?

We don’t say in the premiere, although we get into this a little more (at least implicitly) in episode two. 

Why no lawyer? Does that speak to House’s feelings regarding the events of “Moving On?” Does he feel he deserves to be in prison? Despite his sarcasm to the parole board, does he feel remorse for what he did?

I don’t like to talk about the characters’ motivations, but when [Jessica] Adams [played by Odette Annable] finds out that House represented himself in court (and presumably took the first deal they offered), her theory is that it was because he felt so guilty for driving into Cuddy’s home.  For more insight into what House’s state of mind, I’d also note the speech he gives about people who are in prison versus those on the outside.

Speaking of the Season seven finale, I know you guys were a bit taken aback by the negative reaction from some of the fan community. Is that something that factored into the premiere’s opening scene? Were you speaking to the fans through House?

In our mind’s eye, the finale showed House acting out and doing something destructive, but it was mainly self-destructive.  Or at least, inanimate-object-destructive.  We thought it was clear that he wasn’t aiming at any human being, but instead at an empty room.  Greg Yaitanes shot what was on the page and we think he did a great job with it. And that was the reception the script—and the different cuts of the finished product—got from everyone at the show, the studio, the network. Lots of people read and saw it, no one had any problem with it, and no one thought House’s actions were beyond the pale.  

That said, when some in the audience started asking whether House had lost his mind or gone homicidal, we rewatched the cut and were like: yeah, that’s not an unreasonable assumption. And we could understand why some fans’ feelings were hurt. 
On top of that, it was very unfortunate that the finale was followed by Lisa Edelstein’s departure from the show.  When we wrote the finale, we assumed she was coming back; we were stunned when she didn’t.  And I think her leaving negatively and regretfully colored some fans’ reactions to the finale. So in retrospect, I wish we’d written or edited it to make it clearer that House wasn’t trying to injure anyone.

And yes, we did pay attention to what our viewers were saying on blogs and on Twitter. And we did in fact try to address some specific questions that fans asked when we wrote House’s speech to the parole board.  
All that said, whether you think House’s parole board speech is right or wrong, or honest or dishonest, is a different matter. It should be up to the viewer to decide.

I believe I read somewhere that you’re a lawyer like David Shore (and that you attended Harvard Law School–impressive). Was your knowledge of the criminal justice system useful for this episode? Did you pull anything from your legal background while constructing the script?

I wish; if I had, it would have been easier to write.  (I did graduate from law school but never practiced.)

Some fans have suggested that Adams’ notion about House not really deserving to be in prison is untrue, and that it’s likely that House wouldn’t even still have his medical license. Can you explain Adams’ statement? In real life would they have locked House up and thrown away the key?

Not according to the research we did. House had no priors, and he aimed his car at a room that everyone had just left.  No one inside the house was injured.  It certainly was reckless behavior, but it would be very hard to prove he was intentionally trying to hurt anyone.  In fact, one lawyer we spoke to thought House wouldn’t do any time at all.  So we embraced that and made it a plot point about his lawyer or lack thereof.  Hence Adams’ theory about why House ended up serving time.  

The dynamics between House and the prisoners in “Twenty Vicodin” is completely different than anything else we’ve seen in the first seven years of the series. In “Broken,” for example, although House is “locked up” in a way, he’s still the charismatic leader of the gang. That’s not the case in this episode. Was that a goal of this episode–to explore the character in a relatively hostile environment?

 Well, the main reason we set it in prison is because he had driven his car into Cuddy’s house. We always knew he would have to pay some price for what he did, though the specific form of his punishment was up in the air when we started writing season eight.

 Also, I hadn’t thought of House as a charismatic leader in “Broken.” I’d guess he felt like he was in a very hostile environment at Mayfield (although I’d also guess most of the hostility came from House himself.) 

But yeah, we did want to put him in a new environment, and a scarier one. It was just interesting for us to wonder what he would be like in a place where he has almost no power and where his lack of respect for authority could cause him real problems. It’s always fun to throw House into new situations and see if he survives, flourishes or fails miserably.

I find it interesting that House still has his Vicodin. Obviously his pain needs to be treated, and, to me, a rationed supply of Vicodin makes sense. Why no detox and no forced psychiatric treatment as part of his sentence?

The research we did said that House would continue on with pain meds, even in prison.  But more generally, we thought that we’d already dealt with House’s addiction and psychiatric issues enough for now. It’s important to us to deal with his addiction honestly, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it constantly.

 Any other “out of the box” episodes planned yet for this season, where the series steps out of its usual structure?

We have a couple of interestingly structured eps planned for midseason. I shouldn’t say more because they’re at the very early stages and if we don’t end up doing them, it’ll disappoint the fans.

I know there is a lot of speculation about whether this will be the last season. Whose hands is it in at this point? When do you think you will know? I would imagine that in order to plan the second half of season eight, you’d need to know fairly soon?

David Shore will meet with the network and with Hugh sometime after we start airing to start deciding this. Cross your fingers.

Most long-time fans miss those great clinic beats. Will we see more of those this season?

Absolutely!  We want to do more of them ourselves.  

The original name for the episode, you said on Twitter was “Dark Matter.” Why the change? And what, other than the obvious, does the title signify for the episode or House?

I wanted this episode to feel different from other episodes (especially “Broken,” since they both deal with confinement.)  More like a thriller.  And “Dark Matter” felt like a thriller-y title.  And the episode certainly dealt with dark matters. But I just ended up liking “Twenty Vicodin” more: it’s more evocative, given House’s history. And I also felt “Twenty Vicodin” better reflected the quest-like nature of the storyline. (I actually asked people on twitter to guess what it meant and had fun retweeting the results. One person in France basically got it right.)

Can we expect to see major storylines for some of the other characters? Taub and his quartet of two ladies and two new babies? Chase? Foreman?

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Last question: Can you divulge the titles and writers of the next several episodes?

I can divulge the writers: 

Episode two: Liz Friedman and David Foster

Episode three: Sara Hess

Episode four: Seth Hoffman

Episode five: John Kelley

Episode six: Eli Attie

Episode seven: David Hoselton

Episode eight: Tommy Moran

A new episode of House (“Transplant”) airs Monday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

 

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  • Eloise

    Very good interview, I thought that it was unlikely House would lose his licence, as I read that he would have to be convicted of more drug related crimes. I’m glad in a way they listened to some fans about certain stuff needing clearing but to be honest I thought it was obvious that nobody was in the room. Just my own opinion of course!
    I just hope they go their own way and dont listen too much to fans, there lays the path of madness.
    I loved the first episode and can’t wait for the next!
    Also if they carry on as they did with this episode i hope there is a season 9!

  • doddle

    “Taub and his quartet of two ladies and two new babies”

    OMG is it still a show about House?
    stop with this stupid storyline!

    Happy about the return of clinic duties but why did they stop it during 2 seasons?

    Eloise, the first time I watched the car crash, I understood nothing, I thought that there was people in the room.
    This scene was just poorly filmed.
    Their last chance to win back fans : good medical cases with great guests like Amy Irving.

  • doddle

    “It’s important to us to deal with his addiction honestly, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it constantly.”

    Ok but House can now swallow again pills without having problems on a professional level (what about his medical license)?
    I wonder why he went to Mayfield! lol
    He could have been still the drug addict he was even with some hallucinations.

  • HouseMDFan

    Well, they don’t and didn’t have to win me back because they never lost me. Loved the finale, loved “Twenty Vicodin” and love the continuity between the two. Bravo! Can’t wait for the next episode to see everybody’s reactions to him!

    Have to admit, I have seen better exposition speeches than House’s in front of the parole board (especially because of the way it was cut), but I’m okay with it. There was something like that in almost every season premiere, to bring the viewers up to date, and it’s always a bit awkward.

    Good on you, Mr. Blake, to leave the character’s motivations mostly undiscussed. Very wise. House is his own hardest judge, but sometimes for different reasons than one would expect. Of course he feels that he doesn’t belong to the “nice normal people”, and he may regret that, but he also decided he can’t change it. Oh, and I loved the additional info regarding the physics equations.

    VERY happy how they dealt with the vicodin. I was quite sure they wouldn’t have him do detox and therapy again, since we already had that. Instead they kept the balance between real pain medication (and a very limited at that, only two a day), and the struggle and danger that is his addiction, shown in the night scene where he takes three of them.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    Doddle–He went to mayfield because he was delusional. He’d completely broken with reality and could not tell what was real and what was fantasy. While that had something to do with the amount of vicodin he’d been consuming, it also had a lot to do with the emotional stress he’d been under for months, from Amber’s death to his father’s to Kutner’s suicide. Those things haunted him and drove him over the edge.

    People do take Vicodin for pain like House’s. It’s prescribed all the time (my mother was on 80 mg for her intensely painful frozen shoulder and hip). A rationed dosage would be enough to take the edge off House’s pain enough (but he wasn’t even getting that, since he’d been giving half his dose to the Confederates).

  • Brit

    “House had no priors?” ????!!!!

  • Kim in California

    Finally, they admit that they edited the finale poorly. I think the majority of fans were convinced someone was still in that dining room…they’re still in denial if they think it was only a few. But, now we move on.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    Brit–that’s correct. No prior convictions. His drug fraud charges were never prosecuted.

    Kim–in the broader viewership of the series, I think that’s right. Very few people I’ve talked with outside the Internet fandom had a problem with that scene in the way that many in the online community did.

  • Visitkarte

    @6 Brit: No, House has never been convicted for any crime (other than traffic tickets, I guess) and he never served time. The night in the stint for disrespect doesn’t count as conviction.

    @Barbara @Peter Blake Great interview. I am very glad P. Blake resisted and never tried to explain House’s motives. This is ideal way to deal with the matter.

    I am also glad because they recognized House’s need to have appropriate pain medication and let it be.

    House’s speech on front of the parole board felt a bit redundant for us, who discussed the matter to exhaustion. But for the regular viewer, it was necessary, I guess. Maybe a flashback with the things House saw (people leaving the room, him aiming into the empty room and Rachel visiting grandma) out of the old material might have been a nicer visual, but not really necessary.

    I loved the episode, and so many thing about it, I don’t know where to start. But this is about the interview, and this is model example for great journalism. Thank you both, Barbara Barnett and Peter Blake.

  • DebbieJ

    He mentions that Lisa left negatively and regretfully. Yet another first that they are saying *something* about her departure. Being the only female over 40 and being one of only two being asked to take a pay cut, who could blame her? (The other being the only black cast member. Ah, Hollywood will never change!)

    I feel her departure will give the show the boost it really needs creatively. But on the other hand, I really regret the story potential we will not get because of it. What would have happened had she stayed at PPTH?

  • doddle

    @Barbara
    Ok but could House really have his medical license back after all these events and if he’s still on vicodin?
    Everybody lies and I can’t stop thinking he will take again more than 2 or 4 vicodin per day.

    And another question : writers wanted Lisa Edelstein for the last season, I’d like to know which role would she have after this horrible finale for her character? lol
    House and Cuddy couldn’t work together anymore after this, Lisa Edelstein as a guest, even for one episode, is completely impossible now.

  • Gill

    @doddle: Its a very big deal for a doctor to loose a license and even then, can always go and practice in another state. House did not endanger a patient, or kill a patient, nor did he comit a drug related crime. He may have to do state board anger managerment counselling, but he would not necessarily loose his license for what he did, even with jail time. You loose a license only when you directly harm a patient. Drs do jail time in real life, but do not always loose their license to practice medicine.

    Thank you Barbara for a very good interview with Mr Blake. I loved the premier, and I am very much looking forward to the rest of the season. House is moving on with his life, and I am moving on with him.

  • rjw

    Peter Blake has penned some great episodes throughout House’s history,and “Twenty Vicodin” is no exception.I was among those who saw that no one was in the room he crashed into(it was terribly reckless nonetheless).This first show of Season 8 has made me very excited to see Monday’s episode,as well following ones.Blake made it clear that prison is no vacation.

  • Susan Michigan

    Thanks for the interview, Barbara!

    I loved the premiere episode and I hope the writing continues to be as good as it was in this episode. I’m also keeeping my fingers crossed that this won’t be the last season of House – I don’t want it to end.

    It’s nice to have one of the writers admit the there were problems with the editing of the crash scene. My daughter watches House also but she watched it the day after I did and she came downstairs and the first thing she said was “I can’t believe House tried to kill Cuddy!”

    It took me several viewings and pausing of the recording to see that Cuddy and her male friend were standing and her sister and brother-in-law were pushing their chairs out to get up also. It was not obvious that everyone was leaving the room on the initial viewing and I’m glad that TPTB recognizes this.

    I want the focus on House this season. I’m not that interested in the other characters’ storylines – especially Taub’s – so I hope they don’t dominate the season. And yay for clinic time!

  • doddle

    @Gill : ok but why did he loose it in season 6?

  • doddle

    @Susan Michigan
    “I’m not that interested in the other characters’ storylines – especially Taub’s – so I hope they don’t dominate the season. And yay for clinic time!”

    AMEN to that! and I had also the same problem as you with the car crash scene.

  • Gill

    @ Doddle Because he had a mental breakdown, and he did not loose it, it would of been suspended unill he was deemed mentally well again to practice, Dr Nolan would of been the one to state that. Hope that helps :) Looking forward to Barbars review of tomorrow nights episode.

  • Gill

    I am glad that I am not the only one very VERY excited about more clinic time this season. :) I would not be suprised if House will rather be back in jail than do clinic!

  • Susan Michigan

    @doddle I watched the crash scene so many times after it first aired because people were saying they saw an empty room and I never saw that. The last image the viewer saw of the dining room before House turned and walked back to the car had people still in it – including Cuddy. There was a brief blurry glimpse of the dining room as House drove into it but you couldn’t tell if people were there or not. I suppose we’re supposed to know that House could see the room clearly but I didn’t get that on the first viewing.

    TPTB really messed up by not explaining where Rachel was. I was happy that they explained in the premiere that she was safe at Grandma’s.

    The premiere was so good with just House and new characters. I almost don’t want to see House return to PPTH to deal with the absence of Cuddy, the cold shoulder from Wilson and the superiority of Foreman. I hope the new doctor played by Charlyne Yi is an interesting character.

  • doddle

    @Gill
    but now his medical license is not suspended?
    Yes clinic duties is a good thing, I never understood why they stopped with these scenes, it was an important part of the show, stand alone scenes always bring some humor in the show.

  • doddle

    @Susan Michigan
    yes the car crash scene represents the sloppy and poorly written season it was.
    I also hope that Charlyne Yi will be interesting, the young actress who played a dr in jail was so so.
    House should be in an another hospital, Cuddy never wanted to leave her hospital, House with a new team without Taub, Chase and Foreman.

  • Belle

    Re: “On top of that, it was very unfortunate that the finale was followed by Lisa Edelstein’s departure from the show. When we wrote the finale, we assumed she was coming back; we were stunned when she didn’t. And I think her leaving negatively and regretfully colored some fans’ reactions to the finale.”

    I understand what PB is saying here but why, with this statement, does it feel like he is assigning some of the blame for the negative reaction to the the S7 finale to Lisa Edelstein for leaving the show. I feel sorry for Lisa Edelstein she got put into an impossible position that forced her to take the very sad decision to leave the show and now the people that created that situation tacitly imply blame to her for the negative reaction to their poor creative and directing choices in the finale.

    I was always a fan of this show but my appreciation of its show runners and writers and directing and producing staff sinks every time I view an episode or read an interview these days.

    This show is hanging by a thread for me, the S8 Opener did not thrill me, the behind the scenes machinations of TPTB have wearied me and I am close to calling it a day…and as a devoted watcher since day one just typing that makes me more sad than I can articulate :(

  • Earth Orbiter

    Sorry, but I’m not buying it. “Wouldn’t do time?” He fled the scene after committing a felony. “Back to practicing medicine?” He’s got two strikes for drug diversion and practicing under the influence on his record. His license is gone. Not even New Jersey is that lenient.

    Yeah, yeah, I know: Don’t watch it if I don’t like it. Its amazing how much one’s opinion can change because of a single, thoughtless act by another. PB’s assertion that several people read the script to Moving On and nobody thought there was a problem with it is just ridiculous. They must not have had one functioning heart between them.

    Someone may have mentioned this several months ago, it may have even been Barbara herself or one of you posters; however, my theory is that TPTB did not expect House to get renewed for an 8th season, so they “went out with a bang,” as was Hugh Laurie’s wish for the character. I think they were just as surprised that the show WAS picked up for another season as they were about Lisa Edelstein’s departure. Now they’re scrambling. And back-pedaling. And, worse yet, rationalizing.

  • BrokenLeg

    22 @ Belle
    23 @Earth Orbiter

    I couldn’t agree more on both your comments. And as Earth Orbiter say: “Now they’re scrambling.And back-pedaling.And, worse yet, rationalizing”……Sad, very sad!

  • BrokenLeg

    And me, as 16 @ doddle, and 14 @ Susan Michigan beg : Please, stop Taub’s storyline, stop his two women’s and their children’s one!!!Is really boring!!

  • DebbieJ

    @ Belle #22 – Thank you for articulating about LE’s departure much better than I could. This is what I was trying to convey in my comment (#10).

    I feel I owe DS & Co nothing, however, Hugh has my devotion and I want to see and care about what happens to his character through to the end.

    @Earth Orbiter #23 – I agree. Not one PTB didn’t see – on page or on screen – how misconstrued the ending appeared to a lot of folks? Sorry, I don’t buy it.

  • doddle

    @BrokenLeg
    this storyline is not worthy for this tvshow, they should give it to General Hospital.

  • HouseMDFan

    *sigh*

    And the atmosphere here was so nice after the premiere…

  • Gill

    @HouseMDFan. Yes how right you are! I am going to say this once and then no more. Whats done is done! there is NO going back. S7 happened, LE left the show, why? only she, her agent and TPTB know. They have not said why, the rest is pure speculation. She is not coming back, no matter how much we cry and wring our hands. All on the show may be hurt and disappointed by her leaving, its not unlike that in my own job, when somebody who is respected leaves after many years, you feel saddness and maybe some anger, but you end up wishing them well. House is not the only show that has to face cutbacks. Look at what happened with The Simpsons voice actors this week. They where asked to take a 45% paycut by Fox. Its a TV show, I love it we all do or we would not be here. But, lets stop taking what happened so personal. Especially, as we really do not know about what goes on behind closed doors. Where does it get us? other than in fighting and bitterness, which just festers on and on like a wound that wont heal. Barbara has given us a great forum to voice on. Thank you Barbara. David Shore and everybody, from the writers, Actors, directors, everybody right down to the one who cleans the floors on the sets at night, have given us still after 7 years a great TV show, how many shows really last this long, and still be hits as well as beloved the world over! There is not many on that list. There is many people on a movie lot in Hollywood, working long hrs, doing something they love doing. Putting out a great product, in this case a TV show, I am sure they do not want it to fail, they care about it, otherwise it would of ended years ago. We should look at our selves at times and really think could I really do what they do, before we go blasting about how bad they are, and what do they know! I could not, I do not have that level of talent. I think how luckly I am to still have a show that I really love going into its 8th season. I will still sit down on monday night and marvel at these wonderful people who have amazed me over the years, and get to know the new people. This could,(nothing has been decided yet), be the last season of a show we all say we love, although the love affair is done with some, and I accept that. I want to see this to the end, and like the 12 steps of grief, will have acceptance for the end. As a fandom can we not all accept and move on now? I know I may well get blasted by some, but I wanted to really say what is in my heart, and I thank again Barbara for giving me a place to do so.

  • Sam

    The more bitter LE fans infest the net with their whines the more I laught at them. Thanks guys, you’re funny and while you’ll spread your bitterness I’ll enjoy this new season :)

  • sara

    ììHe mentions that Lisa left negatively and regretfully. Yet another first that they are saying *something* about her departure”

    Ah! And they fired Jennifer Morrison and NOT saying *something* about her departure!!
    I’m so mad, they simply forget her existence and treat her like garbage…where is ”I’m sorry for Cameron fans?” Where is: ”I’m sorry for Jennifer, we will miss her” buy Hugh Laurie?
    No nice words, no explanation, no journalist ever asks anything, what should we say? We were teased by saying they loved Cameron then they treated badly, like she does not count anything.
    It’s not fair!
    I want some ”I’m sorry”!!
    I’m waiting for 2 years!!!!

    Sorry for my bad english

  • Jair

    I imagine the attorney the writers consulted provided much the same function as the doctors they consult when they want the medicine in an episode to go a certain way. Dramatic need trumps reality every time. The law on House is as ridiculous as the medicine.

    I don’t think there would have been any problem at all with making House’s motivation an issue. The inanimate object he drove into in a rage had until seconds before housed his ex-girlfriend. It would have been much harder to argue his motivations had nothing to do with wanting to hurt Cuddy.

    He was also guilty of a hit and run, because he hurt Wilson as he drove into the house. The law actually frowns upon this, a lot.

    Blake’s arguments are simply annoying. Admit it was a poor story line and move on. And the vicodin is just as stupid. House was not legally on vicodin at the time of the accident. He had been on ibuprofin, successfully, for two years. How does that translate into getting vicodin in prison when one of the treatments he got at Mayfield was for vicodin addiction? If House needs to be on vicodin, then the last two years make no sense at all. And if he doesn’t, then the premiere makes no sense at all.

    The story should be about House getting investigated for forging prescriptions. Why do the writers set these plot points up and then lose interest?

    I can also assure Mr. Blake that it is not necessary to be a die hard Huddy to have viewed the finale as a mess. I disliked the way the Huddy story played out and was ready for it to move on. But not this way.

  • DebbieJ

    @Gill #29 – I will not blast you. You are entitled to your opinion just like we all are. I told myself I wasn’t going to beat a dead horse and then here I go, on the next article, still beating it :P

    I wouldn’t feel so harsh toward TPTB if I didn’t care so much about Gregory House. If I stopped caring for the charater, I would have just walked away. But I can’t. I need to know what happens next. I just wish DS would admit that the less than stellar Season 7 had to do with some obvious bad decisions on their part pertaining to characters and storylines and perhaps even editing decisions (ie, the crash looked fine to everyone behind the scenes but not to every viewer).

    @Sam #30 – I am not particularly a fan of LE. I don’t dislike her but I’ve grown fond of the pre S7 Cuddy and her performance of same. And I am always saddened when an integral character leaves a series. Especially when it happens under particular circumstances, as I know them to be, such as what happened to LE. I actually think Greg House will be better off without her but I don’t know if [H]ouse, MD will. We shall see.

  • bigHousefan

    MANY THANKS for the great interview, Barbara!

    I loved Twenty Vicodin and greatly appreciate Mr. Blake’s comments. However, when he says, “the finale showed House acting out and doing something destructive, but it was mainly self-destructive. Or at least, inanimate-object-destructive.”

    House’s plowing into Cuddy’s home didn’t look or feel like House being ‘self-destructive’ to me at all. Even if they had shot it with Cuddy’s home completely empty and House convinced of that fact at the time. If the writer’s had decided House needed to plow his car into something, a tree would have made more sense to me. And the creepy smile on the beach would not have been so off-putting.

    House has risked himself for others many times – including in this season’s premiere. He has often lamented that the universe SHOULD be a just place, but it is not. So, in his self-loathing he finds ways to punish himself.

    House tells Nick, “There’s a reason we’re locked away from nice, normal people.” It says a lot about how House views himself. In Son of a Coma Guy, House explains why he became a doctor by likening himself to a Baraku (the tainted, secluded untouchables of Japan).

    I felt that the season premiere honestly portrayed the Greg House I know and love!

  • KristinainSF

    Great article! thanks.

  • Grace

    I believe Cuddy told the police in the very first scene of MOVING ON where Rachel was by saying she had to pick her up. Am I wrong here? I saw the two couples leave the dining room but I wasn’t sure if House knew where Rachel was. That was my big problem with the scene. She ‘could have’ been playing on the floor of the dining room.
    I am not happy to hear that we will have to watch Taub and his two children this season. He bores me to death and takes away precious screen time. I AM happy to read that Clinic Duty will be back. Missed it a lot!
    Most of all I want a season 9, but only if Hugh wants to keep playing House. And I really, really DON’T want House to die in the series finale.

  • Quirk

    I find it amazing that TPTB and the writers continue to blame Lisa Edelstein for that aberration of a finale. The fact that she left the show had nothing to do with how the act of House driving his car into Cuddy’s dining room ruined the character of House for many. It’s pathetic to continue to spin the same story. If people had trouble deciphering the intent of the writers, it’s because it wasn’t properly filmed and edited not because Lisa Edelstein left. Why would they want to continue to divide the fandom by repeating the sad story of the failure of the show to make it’s point to many viewers by blaming an actor for leaving the show? If she’d stayed, it wouldn’t have changed the facts one bit and it is disrespectful to fans who found House’s actions out of character and overly violent, as though they need to be reduced in importance and value because they didn’t see what was intended. Continuing to address this isn’t working. Maybe they think if they tell us often enough, we’ll begin to believe that everyone would have found the finale believable and enjoyable if only Lisa Edelstein had not left the show. I for one find this repulsive and a cheap way for Blake and the show to defend their inability to show their intentions in the finished product. In addition, it’s throwing Lisa Edelstein to the wolves by blaming her for the way many fans saw the finale. It even seems a bit intentional since TPTB and many of the writers read comments and reviews and are aware that there is division already between different views in the fandom. They are aware that while they lost many fans, they gained back some fans who left because they disliked the pairing of House and Cuddy. They forget that those same fans will turn on them again when they don’t like the story. It’s sad to see them use the divided fandom to push their agenda, to woo back the fans who want House miserable and in pain and to lessen their responsibility for their failure to do their jobs. At what point will people let this die and just get on with the show instead of reliving the reason for the finale, it’s intention and blaming Lisa for the scene/idea not being accepted by so many fans. It’s offensive to the intelligence of fans of the show to reduce everything to such a disgustingly low level. This is only my opinion. I’m not attacking any of you guys here or your views so don’t bother to try to undermine my opinion by saying I must be a Huddy fangirl with nothing better to do with my time than to troll the internet. We are all here for a reason. I have just as much right to share my opinion as anyone else.

  • doddle

    @Grace
    I think he will die, House can’t be reasonable with vicodin, I can’t see him being satisfied just with 2 capsules a day, he is an addict and he handles very poorly his addiction, mainly when something bothers him.
    I enjoy their wish to go back to basics with many clinic duties, but vicodin worries me, ep 15 will be again the beginning of a dramatic rise.
    I hope season 8 will be the last, I really want to know now if they’ll give us a dramatic ending or a softer end that brings again just full of questions (their trademark).

  • doddle

    And about Lisa edelstein, maybe Mr Blake was sincere, lisa edelstein could have played a blond nurse (with a wig) in season 8, an another girlfriend for Taub. ;-)

  • HouseMDFan

    @Gill – Yes, I agree, dead horse is dead is dead is dead, and conspiration theories don’t help anybody. Apart from that, I just found out that this article has been linked in that one notorious LE community, so there’s the answer to the question why so much negativity again.

    By the way guys, Peter Blake’s wording isn’t very clear, he could mean that LE’s leaving was “negative and regretful”, or that the same colouring the finale was “negative and regretful”. Also, there is no blaming LE there, he is just stating the facts, her departure certainly created an atmosphere of negativity and hostility. JUST LOOK AT THIS DISCUSSION.

  • Eloise

    I saw no blame laid at LE’s door by PB, in fact the way its been taken by some shows exactly why he has linked the two things together. Its been obvious that LE left and they were stunned, so they had to make changes which for some are quite exciting potentially. The thing is as Gill and others have said all has moved on can’t we do so too?

  • Quirk

    Eloise—– PKB said, ” And I think her leaving negatively and regretfully colored some fans’ reactions to the finale.” This comment is the blame PKB laid at LE’s door. We haven’t moved on as long as TPTB, the writers and bloggers are still talking about it. I didn’t pull this out of thin air. My comment was an opinion about something that was said/discussed in the interview, not something I decided to bring here myself. I do believe that the finale is best left in the past. Every time someone from the show talks about it, the fire is reignited in the fandom and it’s not good. I’m not the one who chose to bring it up here.

    HouseMDFan—– Your comment about an un-named LE community was very negative and unnecessary. It doesn’t take a fan of LE or of Cuddy or the House/Cuddy pairing to dislike the way the last season turned out. It’s convenient for people to blame any criticism on a particular group in the fandom but it’s just as negative as anything else.

  • Quirk

    HouseMDFan——-I think we have to trust that PKB said what he meant or Barbara wouldn’t have printed what he said. I believe if he was not clear she would have asked him to explain.

  • Lucy

    Ok, some things in this interview really annoyed me.

    First, they still don’t seem to get what the problem was with the finale of S7 for many viewers (included myself). I did understand that House was aiming at an empty room; I still hated this storyline. House crashing his car into Cuddy’s house was simply something I didn’t want to see on my tv screen. Even if he didn’t want to hurt her, this act is violent and crazy. Why don’t they stop looking for silly justifications and simply say “ok, we thought people would have appreciated the finale with House losing it and acting crazy and many didn’t, sorry”.
    And I really can’t believe that “lots of people read and saw it, no one had any problem with it, and no one thought House’s actions were beyond the pale”. Seriously? Nobody considered that maybe some viewers could have problems with House parking his car into his former girlfriend’s dining room? If that’s true, they maybe should consider screening the episode to different people next time, because these guys clearly suck at anticipating viewers’ reactions.

    Secondly, this.
    “House had no priors, and he aimed his car at a room that everyone had just left. No one inside the house was injured. It certainly was reckless behavior, but it would be very hard to prove he was intentionally trying to hurt anyone. In fact, one lawyer we spoke to thought House wouldn’t do any time at all.”
    Again, seriously? I’m a lawyer myself, so I can accept the idea that with the help of a good attorney House could have been sentenced to a milder punishment or even avoided jail altogether.
    But I still don’t buy that Adams would actually be surprised to find out that House was serving time after crashing his car into a building with people inside (yes, I know, nobody was hurt) and then fleeing the crime scene. She wasn’t surprised when she thought he was in jail for forging prescriptions, which surely is a less serious crime. Sorry, Mr Blake, but this just doesn’t make sense.

    Ok, coming to the things that I liked about this interview… glad we’ll see more clinic patients, I missed them. I’m also curious about the future of the show, I’d really like to know ASAP if it’ll go on for a 9th season or not. And… well, that’s basically it.

  • Flesh And Bone

    I’ve had little respect for PB since the abomination he came up with ‘The Tyrant” and now this confirms that the man is completely clueless of what he writes and says.

    I completely agree with what Jair, Lucy and Quirk said. House has a whole file of malpractice which would make his case even worse and persecute him even severely.Let’s not forget that the law is prejudiced and doesn’t condone assault in any manner by people with prior mental issues. However, House would not be put in a prison with hardcore prisoners. They have no vision. That was crystal clear from the premiere. Some parallels here and there and that was it. The notion that Adams was shocked that House was in jail is beyond ludicrous and shows yet again how sexist the writing will continue to be for the new female characters which makes me miss 13’s departure from the show which says a lot.Now they are trying to convince us that House is going back to his ‘true calling’,medicine, when in the last quarter of s7 they clearly showed that House has lost his interest in it because it doesn’t provide deep meaning to him anymore. So claims of that House is a baruku doctor doesn’t stand unless we want to negate everything since s4. And in the premiere we had a big retconing that House is interested in black matter when in s6 he clearly was clueless about the topic during episode 16.

    PB assumes that he understands the reasoning behind why the s7 finale had a negative reaction. Unless 9/10 critics are all fangirls of LE and “Huddy”, what he says doesn’t make sense. PB is a writer that comes up with big ideas but he leaves them always in the middle and deals with them in a horrifying shallow manner since s4. The fact that they are still going through the idea that the house was empty just shows their panic to wrap up the situation. On the one hand, they are claiming that what House did was minor as he did not kill noone *mutters* and on the other hand, they showed House punishing himself in the premiere. And now they are going to focus on his vicodin addiction when they didn’t even explore the reasons why he was hallucinating as PB in a s6 interview said they would. Either the writing is boderline bad or the remaining fandom is borderline too easy in what they are watching.If they wanted sth to horrify or haunt the audience, they simply failed. Shows like The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, Criminal Minds dealt with the same theme with elan and they nailed it. House MD continues to nail its thumb.

  • doddle

    @Flesh And Bone
    Good points!
    writers seem a little bit lost with House, I don’t understand where they want to go with his addiction, House doesn’t need it as we’ve seen in Season 6 and 7 (he’s not in pain physically, at least not as much as we thought) and all of a sudden he can take again vicodin while practicing medicine, so we can suspect that sooner or later he will exceed the dose (and this time what will happen?).
    It’s never been a very deep analysis about his inner fears, his relationship with his parents or with Cuddy. I miss Dr Nolan, House should have a psychological help.

  • Lilly

    @DebbieJ: You said, “He mentions that Lisa left negatively and regretfully. Yet another first that they are saying *something* about her departure. Being the only female over 40 and being one of only two being asked to take a pay cut, who could blame her? (The other being the only black cast member. Ah, Hollywood will never change!)”

    Would you please pass on your source, Debbie? You post this as fact, so it must be reliable or you wouldn’t be so irresponsible as to post it, right?

    @Quirk: Regarding your comment, “I for one find this repulsive and a cheap way for Blake and the show to defend their inability to show their intentions in the finished product. In addition, it’s throwing Lisa Edelstein to the wolves by blaming her for the way many fans saw the finale.”

    I saw your follow-up comment to Eloise about the blame being put on LE, and I still do not see where they are blaming her. Sure, he used the words “negatively and regretfully,” but I don’t think it was assigned to Lisa herself, but the situation that everyone found themselves in when they couldn’t reach an agreement. If Lisa isn’t there, there can’t be closure to that last act of House’s. He can’t apologize to her or gain her forgiveness if Cuddy is no longer on the show, and I believe that is the situation he is referring to when he says “regretfully.” I don’t blame Blake, and I don’t blame Lisa Edelstein. That’s just the way it happened. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

    I never for ONE MOMENT thought that House intended to hurt anyone in Cuddy’s house, but I can see where people could have interpreted it that way if they were not regular fans of the show, or if they had a vested interest in “Huddy.” I have not liked the character that House has become, but he is not a “homicidal maniac” that some seem to believe.

    I don’t know what more some of you guys want from the writers or TPTB at House. They have explained their view of the scene, they were honest enough to say that after reading viewer criticism, they looked back at the scene and realized that it could have been misinterpreted. They tried to address those problems in the Season 8 premiere. What more can they possibly do? I honestly believe that anything less than House casting himself into a volcano while clutching Cuddy’s lab coat and screaming, “I love Cuddy forever!” will do.

  • Lucy

    @ Lilly – 47

    “he used the words “negatively and regretfully,” but I don’t think it was assigned to Lisa herself, but the situation that everyone found themselves in when they couldn’t reach an agreement. If Lisa isn’t there, there can’t be closure to that last act of House’s. He can’t apologize to her or gain her forgiveness if Cuddy is no longer on the show, and I believe that is the situation he is referring to when he says “regretfully.” ”

    Honestly, I agree that Lisa’s departure colored the fans’ reactions to the finale. As I said, I didn’t like the finale and I think I wouldn’t have liked it even if Lisa had stayed. But you’re right, in that case, the idea that House and Cuddy would have somehow fixed their relationship and kept working together would have helped, I’m ready to admit it. But, on the other hand, Cuddy forgiving House and re-hiring him after such a serious gesture would have made no sense to me from a rational point of view, even if I’d have liked to see it as a fan.

    And Peter Blake himself said something similar in a post-Moving On interview. He said that he was very sad to see Lisa go but that her departure made things easier for them because they didn’t know how they could possibly have written Huddy in S8 after what House did – of course, they didn’t think about this problem while writing the episode.

    “I honestly believe that anything less than House casting himself into a volcano while clutching Cuddy’s lab coat and screaming, “I love Cuddy forever!” will do.”

    hey, I’d actually like to see this ;-)
    Just kidding. I think we still have to see how they deal with Cuddy’s departure and House’s reaction to it. I get the feeling they will barely mention her and House won’t even notice that she’s gone. Hope I’m wrong, we’ll soon find out. But for example, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for TPTB to ask Lisa to return for an episode to give huddy proper closure, and yet it seems they aren’t interested in this. I know it’s their choice to do it or not, but the point is that there would be ways to “do more”, as you put it, even without volcanos, lol, and still it seems they don’t want to.

  • Lilly

    “I honestly believe that anything less than House casting himself into a volcano while clutching Cuddy’s lab coat and screaming, “I love Cuddy forever!” will do.”

    “hey, I’d actually like to see this ;-)”

    LOL! We better be careful what we say, Lucy, just in case the writers are trolling the boards for a possible big Season 8 finale idea! Thanks for your thoughtful post and for having a sense of humor.

  • Untouchable

    Thank you for the interview, Barbara!

    It’s always great to read what the writers have to say about their work.

    After reading the interview, I didn’t see Peter Blake ‘blaming’ Lisa for anything; I don’t understand some of the previous posts that seem to say he did. “Moving On” was written and shot long before her negotiations with TPTB, so it was over the writer’s heads.

    @Lilly said: “I don’t know what more some of you guys want from the writers or TPTB at House. They have explained their view of the scene, they were honest enough to say that after reading viewer criticism, they looked back at the scene and realized that it could have been misinterpreted. They tried to address those problems in the Season 8 premiere. What more can they possibly do?”

    I believe it’s a no win situation. The fans that didn’t like the finale are never going to like it, no matter how many explanations they hear from the creators of the show.

    I chose to take the creator’s words at face value. I liked the season finale (since I never believed House was trying to kill anyone) and the season premiere and I’m looking forward for the new episode.

  • Gabby

    House’s actions in the episode 7×17 – Fall From Grace where designed to either get back together with Cuddy or drive Cuddy entirely out of his life. But since he was unsuccessfully and Cuddy continued to interfere in into Houses life, he switched over to more drastic measures. He drove his car into Cuddy’s dining room, in order to throw Cuddy out of his life, forever. And since he finally successfully got rid of Cuddy, House has his closure.
    House has reached his goal: Cuddy will never pester him again!

    @Barbara Barnett: Thank you for the interview.

  • Earth Orbiter

    @#45 Flesh and Bone: This is the first time I’ve ever read where someone ranked over Peter Blake. He’s one of the show’s favorite writers in some areas of fandom. Nonetheless, you make some interesting and valid points.

    @#44 Lucy the Lawyer: There is another site called “Polite Dissent,” where a poster who goes by the name “Hibbleton” also made some very good legal observations about both the S7 finale and S8 premiere, and which may be of interest to you.

    As a health care provider myself, I have tremendous difficulty with not only the medicine depicted in this show, but also the medicolegal issues that often arise. They are, invariably, handled badly: truth is sacrificed for drama at pretty much every opportunity. The so-called “technical advisors” are, by and large, show-biz sell-outs (also crudely known as “star f*ucks”) who could not possibly enjoy a credible reputation in their chosen profession. Even Dr. Scott at Polite Dissent, who “critiques” the medicine on House sometimes has to stretch his rationalization to make the final solution (diagnosis) fit with the presenting complaint and clinical findings. Most of the time, he fails to do so, but the episode itself could have succeeded if someone would have put a little more thought into it or researched it a little more thoroughly. They managed to do so on every Star Trek incarnation whose budget was half that of this show.

    But I guess if I want realism, I should watch Jersey Shore.

  • DebbieJ

    @Lilly #47 – just about any and every online entertainment blog during the summer when negotiations were going on. Pick one.

    Lisa decided not to take their offer of less episodes/pay cut. Omar did. Jesse’s contract was signed at the last minute of negotiations. Seems like he got what he wanted. All the females going through the revolving door are younger and younger. (Olivia Wilde, Amber Tambyln, Odette Anneble).

    Extrapolating from these facts, I came to this conclusion. If you’ll notice, I made sure to say “as I know them to be”, meaning, this is what I took from what was said (and not said).

    I AM a regular viewer of the show (or I wouldn’t be holding debates with other viewers on a blog if I wasn’t!) and I have NO vested interest in Huddy. What I DO have is a vested interest in good story telling and I, like many others (not all, but many) just feel that S7 as a whole – but especially the finale – was disappointing.

    I also said since the season ended the way it did, Greg House is probably better off without her. I feel there’s a better narrative and more creative story telling that can come from it than if she stayed. But I’m worried how they will pull it off.

    I’m ready to “Move On” and am looking forward to Season 8. I’ve only brought S7 up because it was part of Barbara’s interview with Peter Blake.

  • 20V

    Hugh Laurie once said of “House” that he honestly didn’t care where the show ends up going, so long as the character’s motivations make sense and are fleshed out well. It almost a brought a tear to my eye, because I couldn’t have agreed more.

    That being said, “Moving On” did not have very hot execution. I personally choose to both lay blame on the writers, Peter Blake and Kath Lingenfelter, and the director, Greg Yaitanes. I’ve got a pretty good feeling if one of the better writers, such as Sara Hess, Lawrence Kaplow, Russell Friend and Garrett Lerner, or even David Shore himself were tasked to write a script with a basic description of “House treats a woman who’s pain resembles his, gets bugged by Cuddy all day, and then crashes his car” the finale would have turned out better.

    As far as House’s intentions go when he crashed, and the tailspin it sent this fandom into, I think the discussion never goes anywhere because the two parties, fans who hated the finale and the writers, just aren’t talking about the same thing. Neither Blake or Shore, in their multitude of interviews, have ever once validated House’s behavior, said it was right, or that Cuddy deserved it. They make statements; “it was a lashing out,” “it was self destructive,” etc. Then those upset chime in discussing the moral and ethical factors of the crash, and it’s like everyone’s got their hands on their ears singing lalalala. People want to hear from the writers that what House did was wrong… and the writers feel, in my opinion, that that was obvious and sort of went without saying.

    “Twenty Vicodin” was a much better crafted episode, and didn’t completely rely on Hugh Laurie to save it. A lot of people were quick to label it as “Broken Part 3″, but that was so against the nature of the show. This played like a typical House episode, but set in prison. If you are desperate to put in some sort of box with a pink bow wrapped around it, I would say much more apt comparisons would be episodes such as “Airborne”, “The Itch”, or “Last Resort”.

    While not directly related to the interview, I’ve been wanting to get off my chest for a while that John Kelley is the worst writer “House” has ever had. He’s never written a particularly engaging episode, and I don’t think House has ever been more out of character than in “Recession Proof”. It was scary; I couldn’t pick up what I didn’t like about that episode right away, but I sat there for possibly ten minutes just thinking, “Wait… What was that?”

  • Earth Orbiter

    @20V: I think your problem with Recession Proof was that idiotic line: “My head is in your vagina.” I’m having a hard time getting past that one, folks. Long, soulful walks in the rain notwithstanding, that remark was a romance-killer, not to mention gag-inducer.

  • Jane

    I’m sorry I just gotta interrupt this space and share with all of you, my fellow House MD fans, because I’m bursting with excitement and happiness after watching S8E2. House MD has never been better. Fantastic episode!

  • DebbieJ

    Does anyone know where online I can catch last night’s episode? I was able to record the entire thing despite the baseball delay on east coast, but the audio and video aren’t in synch. I’d hate to wait for next Tuesday to watch it on Fox.com.

    Thanks :)

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    I missed last night (TiVo did not record!) I was at the Rosie O’Donnell premiere and didn’t catch the episode. I’ll watch in a bit via Amazon’s instant video service. Expect article tonight.

  • DebbieJ

    @Barbara #58 – thanks for the tip! I always forget that Amazon offers episodic televsion very quickly after the original airing. The small fee is worth the NO commericals. :)

    No spoilers, but just to say I enjoyed it and glad to see the effort of the show going back to the original formula.

  • wemerald75

    House is my favorite show on t.v. i probably won’t watch it after this season. it isn’t the same without lisa edelstein or the others on the show. what a shame, great show..

  • DJ30

    This show has left the format that made it great. The ensamble cast behind hugh laurie made his rants feasable and the medicine real.
    All thats left now is just fairytell and bad writing.

  • Oversimplified

    The attitude expressed here still amazes me. ‘Inanimate object destructive’ is all well and good if you’re vandalising someone’s mailbox or slashing the tyres on someone’s car, but parking your car in someone’s dining room is a whole different kettle of fish. Symbolically it’s not just ‘I’m so angry with you I’m going to destroy something of yours’, instead it’s ‘I’m so angry with you I’m going to destroy the place where you feel safe’. Hardly a comparable response when the person who dumped you made no threat to your professional or personal well-being. I also think ‘acting out’ and ‘self-destructive’ are some of the least adequate adjectives to describe House’s actions. ‘Acting out’ is what he used to do when he wound Cuddy up in the past, and no physical or psychological harm was intended. Nearly everything he did after ‘Bombshells’ was designed to prey on her guilt over the break-up, which culminated in what was a violent act designed do her psychological, if not physical, harm. Sure on some level it was ‘self-destructive’, but he wasn’t the one who was left with a gaping hole in his house was he? If ‘self-destructive’ was what they were going for then they’d already done it so much better in ‘After Hours’. Even from an editorial perspective it makes no sense to hammer the same nail home again and I think the problem lies with both Fox and the creative team feeling the need to end the season on something shocking, but which doesn’t make that much sense in relation to the flow of the narrative

    It intrigues me that one lawyer said House wouldn’t go to jail. Firstly it makes me wonder how many lawyers they did actually ask. Secondly, it begs the question why didn’t they do their research when they were writing the storyline and seek legal advice then? Thirdly even if House’s offence were minimal in the eyes of the law, does that really give them them the justification to minimise it ethically by calling it ‘acting out’ or ‘self-destructive? Here in the UK, up until the early nineties, it was perfectly legal for a husband to rape his wife, but did that make it morally acceptable? The law is fluid, reactive and often divorced from morality because it’s utilised as a tool by those in positions of authority: a lot of people across the world are protesting to point this out at the moment. House was always billed as a bit of an rebellious anarchist, precisely because he saw the fallibility of the status quo, and exposed it. It amazes me that writers who used to be so good at exploring ethical issues now appear to trade in either black or white. The House who used to blame himself when he lost a patient, or secretly chastise himself when he emotionally hurt someone he cared about is more or less dead in my opinion. I miss his depth.

  • eydie

    i just don’t like this season. i keep hoping it will straighten out, but it just shows no signs. where is chase? i want foreman, chase and taub back where they belong, tho i could live without 13. quite frankly, i’m still ticked off about jennifer morrison leaving. i’ll give it a few more chances, but i am just not into this show anymore. i actually fell asleep watching it tonight.

  • Mark

    13 with a girl and a trip again? Man, one of the best episodes is with her and wilson trapped talking in the hospital cafeteria… Them together, the rebel girl and the shy ethicman and also ex-pornstar is a match made in heaven add house in the middle and you’ll have an awesome trama…

  • robert

    I am a huge fan of House, what the @#@3 happen to season eight????

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Kind of diversion from the issues of the day, House fanatics, don’t you think?

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    Roger,

    Television is a diversion from the issues of the day. Things are so bleak out there, the escapism of a television show seems almost necessary

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    I should hope, Barbara, that in addition to your usual fare, which is admirable, you’d take the time to address the OWS.

    You’ve done your fair share of articles on politics, and I, for one, would love to hear your take.

  • Zee

    I just want Chase to come back!!!

  • Sasha

    It would be desirable to see again Cynthia Watros, the beautiful actress with character, interestingly to observe as at it relations develop. Painfully boring new actresses who took.

  • Sasha

    Very much 8 season 4 series was pleasant!!!

  • From St.Petersburg Russia

    We want Cuddy’s return!…what if something happens to her daughter and nobody knows what to do..so she finally turns to House?it’s hard to watch the 8th season…although I liked it when House managed to unravel the died kid’s case…like a real doctor he managed to predict a decease before the other kid got any noticeable symptoms. Quite inspiring I must say. But without Cuddy House is not House anymore…The new actresses’ performing is no good. they simply don’t fit the team…

  • vico

    I believe Cuddy told the police in the very first scene of MOVING ON where Rachel was by saying she had to pick her up. Am I wrong here? I saw the two couples leave the dining room but I wasn’t sure if House knew where Rachel was. That was my big problem with the scene. She ‘could have’ been playing on the floor of the dining room.