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TV Open Thread: House, M.D. – “Moving On”

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I’m not entirely sure what to make of the Season 7 House, M.D. finale. I will have much more to say about it, and have a chance to process my own feelings about it later in the week after I’ve had an opportunity to talk with the episode’s writers Peter Blake and Kath Lingenfelter.

Until the last few moments of the episode, they completely had me riveted: a patient (Shohreh Aghdashloo) whose unnerving mirror image portrait of House (Hugh Laurie); House finally processing what has happened between him and Cuddy, realizing that what he had done to his leg was just insane, and that something has to change. He has to change.

House is hurt, and not just from Cuddy. He doesn’t blame her, he says for the breakup. “It’s not your fault,” he tells her, acknowledging rightly or wrongly that his own faults have rendered him essentially unlovable.

But House has been a ticking time bomb for seven seasons. He wants to change; he struggles with his inability to change. He’s tired of being judged and analyzed and having his motivations, his pain and torment questioned. He is stuck and he knows it; he doesn’t need Wilson or Foreman or Cuddy or a patient to remind him of that. And I totally get that. We are meant to see House being pushed and edged to the brink, wanting desperately to be who he does not believe he can be. “It’s not your fault.” Read, “It’s mine.” 

But the last five minutes do not add up for me. And I wonder why. With House insanely (and I do mean really insanely) crashing his car into a house full of people—with the potential for loss of life (never mind that it is Cuddy in the house), I’m not sure what to think; maybe that’s the point. (It is, after all, a season finale.)

Vicodin plays a hugely important part of this episode. House is taking it like candy; it’s at his bedside—in the ICU. Is it there to remind us that House on Vicodin is a disaster waiting to happen? The amounts he’s taking will do more than trash his liver, as Wilson suggests. For House, Vicodin means hallucinations.

Then there is House’s mirror image patient. She’s a performance artist who would do anything (even kill herself) for her art; nothing is more important than that, not love, not life. But even the mirror image cracks at then end; she is able to change when he is not; House argues and pleads with her, his anger seeping through his usual guarded surface. Is he arguing with himself? Trying to understand himself?

And then comes the final sequence, from Wilson’s visit to House’s apartment through the end, and the shock of House intentionally crashing his car into Cuddy’s home—and then his walking away from it, uncaring, barely a word, self-satisfied, leaving devastation in his wake as he walks merrily into the sunset. 

So, I have to wonder how much of “Moving On” plays out in House’s mindscape. It’s a device the creative team has used before, however usually with clues (but not always—think “Under My Skin”). If it isn’t all imagined (and I would guess not all of it would be), I wonder if everything from the point of Wilson’s visit (at least) is either in House’s mind or a delusion seen from inside House’s point of view.

Or maybe things go surreal after House sees Cuddy with her sister’s friend enjoying an ordinary life, something unobtainable for her as long as House was in her heart. Ordering Wilson from the car, House drives away at top speed, beyond caring. Has he just kept on going, breaking from reality to imagine he has turned the car around and crashed into Cuddy’s home?

Or has he just snapped, and everything we see on screen is exactly what happens in the story? Of course there is the possibility that it’s all real—a terrible, terrible tragedy for all involved. After seven seasons of repressed anger and issues with his father, his mother, Stacy, Wilson, and Cuddy, has House finally snapped? The ticking time bomb exploded big time? 

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics, as well as a noted entertainment writer. Author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., her primary beat is primetime television. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality. She is a contributor to the book called Spiritual Pregnancy (Llewellyn Worldwide, January 2014) and has a story in Riverdale Ave Press' new anthology of zombie romance, Still Hungry for your Love. She is hard at work on what she hopes will be her first published novel.
  • barbara barnett

    my interview with the writers will be up in about an hour. I think you will be interested in what they have to say even if you don’t agree with it.

    Sherlock, after thinking about it, and talking to Kath and Peter about the episode, I beginning to wrap my head around it, and have come to separate what the character has done (a terrible thing) and the why the creators chose to go in this direction. I am much curious about next season.

  • casa

    Next season (8), Cuddy could continue to be a part of [H]ouse’s ongoing journey
    Another actress can interprete her part;
    It happens in Broadway shows, TV programs,
    soap operas, etc
    Anyhow, had LE stayed for the next season, one would assume that their relationship would be very different and strictly profesional
    Count me in for next season!

  • Simon

    Here’s my take on next season:
    Wilson goes looking for House after he and Cuddy decide that they won’t press charges. Cuddy moves to another state and gets a fresh start away from House. House goes back home, having faced that cataclysmic turning point event, he starts therapy again but finds out that he has Lupus. The End.

  • merkof


    I totally agree with you.

  • barbara barnett
  • sherlockjr

    Simon -
    I love it!

  • 2Lightworker

    344 – @ Barbara Barnett

    Dear Barbara, I congratulate you on managing this blog along with all that you have on your plate right now, and thank you for taking time to respond. I look forward to your next interview and more detailed review.

    I retain compassionate empathy for House and am interested to see how redemption is presented in Season 8. I agree with your assessment of the interior pressures that brought him to such a tragic place and share your sensibilities in my post 149: “The way their break-up took place set the stage for a fragile, desperate man, after first reacting in self-indulgent but finally empty ways, to be emotionally frozen by what he feels is betrayal and rejection. He is then encouraged to speak his heart, to acknowledge his anger, to hear that Cuddy is not seeing anyone, to bring over her hairbrush which is symbolic of their shared intimacy in his home. When he sees the scene in her dining room, where he had shared meals, he experiences blinding jealous rage and acts out in a horrifically destructive and criminal way.”

    Probably from your quick scan, in post 344, you referenced to Merkof a quote in italics that was from a post I had made in 334,and that Broken Leg referred to in 338:

    “What troubles me more than hostile viewer comments is the seeming lack of engagement by the showrunners with the concerns that have been raised, but more of a dismissive attitude. They may perceive a wave of reaction as showing they have engendered a caring response, but they don’t seem to have the skills to acknowledge that there are thoughtful people doing that caring.”

    Since you seemed not to be on the quote’s wavelength, just didn’t want it to be aimed at Merkof, who wrote about Byronic heroes as well as whether House could be betrayed by his creator (David Shore).

    You go on to say, “What do you expect the creative team to say? ‘sorry guys, we were wrong, we’ll be better next year?’”
    I can’t say I have “expectations,” but I would prefer fewer very defensive responses.
    In my family, we encourage honest expression of opinion, but young people are cautioned to watch their “tone.” I think it is the tone of some of the clips, tweets, videos, interviews, that has drawn criticism about the attitude of those giving them, with the exception of Hugh Laurie, who has a gift for discreet and thoughtful exploration and reflection. Even with Hugh, there is a noticeable difference in his responses according to the interviewer, which has been at peak in Tavis Smiley’s gracious and informed interview and this week’s “The Sounds of Hugh Laurie on A Culture Show Special” on BBC2.

    How performers, writers, producers, directors speak to wide audiences is a crucial part of nurturing the community of those who watch and allow themselves to become invested in the work.
    Although I imagine since you have spoken directly to these folk, you have a different rapport, in post 343, I wrote the following perception of the situation with the writing as well as consideration of the feisty exchanges that David Shore betrayed the character:

    343 – “As to being betrayed by creator Shore, it appears there has been creative concept shifting over this season, with reports that Shore returned to rework the second half of the season, and that may contribute to some of the changing perceptions. Shore’s vision of the character is stunning, and it is often the case that those of us who can offer something so provocative are not comparably gifted in dialogue with those who ask questions that annoy us or whom we think just don’t ‘get it.’
    And so the rumblings continue.”

    Given the widespread discussion, as well as quite critical external reviews, I can imagine that there could be behind the scenes processing that has elements of disappointment, resentment, and even feeling unappreciated and devalued. The departure of Lisa Edelstein has been very unsettling to many, although not all, and I hope once sincere and specific expressions of appreciation are able to be issued, there will be a calm after the storm. As one who has never engaged in a fan community before, it is the brilliant concept aligned with extraordinary performance that has hooked me. I hope for more of that in Season 8.

  • screamingmimi

    348 sherlockjr

    The fact is the House storyline IS Shore & Co.’s baby… their intellectual property. They needed a punch, something unexpected & shocking to hold interest over the summer & get everyone talking. They succeeded in spades. I also wouldn’t discount a payback for all the Huddy mania. It had to be annoying to them, all those Huddies telling them what they should do. I was happy as a clam at high tide to see House & Cuddy together, but knew it would end disastrously, because that’s what screenwriters do.

    I’ve known people with repressed anger issues. Barbara’s right, they’re time bombs. So House’s reaction shocked me, but i could see it as realistic considering his mental state & addiction. The problem for me is how in the heck they intend to get him out of it. This season has had more than it’s share of plot holes, Cuddy & Wilson OK with his vicodon use??? Huh? He’s an addict, for god’s sake. Cuddy, whom i consider(d) a damned smart woman, didn’t see the chaos she would cause when she dumped him for one lapse?? Give me a break. But i still see what he did as realistic. My big hope is that they resolve this whole mess with something i will find plausible. They sure have their work cut out for them.

    By the way, if your “sherlockjr” moniker is indicative of an interest in the Holmes canon, you should check out William S. Baring-Gould’s “The Annotated Sherlock Holmes”. Every novel & short story with copious annotations by what many consider the ultimate Holmes scholar. And there are no screenwriters to jerk you around. My Holmesian interest is what got me hooked on House in the first place.

    And Simon, 353. LOVE YOUR IDEA.

  • sherlockjr

    My moniker is in honor of both Sherlock Holmes (read the Annotated when I was 12 and was a card-carrying member of the Baker Street Irregulars) and of the great Buster Keaton’s 1924 classic film, Sherlock Jr.

    Sorry, off topic. But off topic is almost a pleasure at this point.

  • 2Lightworker

    348-@Sherlock Jr
    Your post is right on about the seductiveness of this incredible story and character. I have read fan comments about the show being “addictive.” Since I’ve never been part of anything like an on-line fan community, I find this to be a powerful means for people to process more than the story and character itself. If we allow, we can learn a lot more about ourselves, our values, and how we respond in the world. Since this is an international, multicultural, and intergenerational community, posts have a wide range of perception.

    I also am in creative work as an artist in painting, drawing, and clay sculpture, and continue to hone new skills as I seek to communicate my beliefs and concerns, much of which have to do with issues of human empowerment and justice, and finding a balance in expressing beauty and suffering. Actually, I find both of those in House. I also find much in House that is at the other end of the spectrum, but I enjoy the lampooning of political correctness because I have worked and lived with that and know it can be just one more way of controlling people.

    I am so encouraged by Hugh Laurie’s open journey of risking another art form among his many gifts, and he is such an inspiration to all of us who revel in creative process.

    At the end of Season 5, when House went off to Mayfield and there was a fan event where Hugh was present and fans asked him a lot of “what now” questions, he said seriously and gently, “this is a fictional character.” He has expressed dismay at the intensity of some fan responses to him as an actor, and emphasizes that he is NOT Gregory House! (smile) Of course his charismatic interpretation is responsible for much of that!

    House is so very engaging, and yes, it is important now to have more distance which I have had to do since “Bombshells.” We internalize this intense energy, invest in our own lives – creativity, relationships, ways to help the vulnerable, supporting efforts to reveal what is hidden since “everybody lies” – and follow what this “incredible man” House is experiencing, which is never on a par with our own lives. If it goes beyond that, we need, like you, to reassess.

    Go well!

  • Lisa

    295 – Aaron : “I can’t even comfort myself in past seasons. I can’t even watch past seasons.”

    Exactly how I feel. The entirety of the show led up to that relationship, and without it the show feels over.

    Additionally, we love House because we identify with a man who, though troubled, aspires to be a better person. That’s what made the Mayfield storyline so great. Now that he’s headed downhill – not just a temporary downward spiral, but headed toward irredeemability, with an endless line of hookers on the horizon – it’s hard to care about him.

    For the record, I did not think the car crash was off character. It seemed vintage House – this is the same man who drugged his girlfriend’s mother, after all. Since when does House not break laws when he goes to extremes? I also do not think the car crash in itself makes him unredeemable. I suppose it’s not House that is unredeemable – it’s the plotline.

    Since this is my first and last post here, I would also like to say that I loved Amber – why did you kill off one of the best characters the show ever had? For 13? What a mistake.

    And for God’s sake, please don’t bring back Tritter. That was the most tedious stretch of House to date, though Vogler came close.

  • lobentti

    Well,I didn´t watch this episode, but from the recap in Fox and your comments, I remembered what House did to Harold in ‘The dig’, so it seems that he is directing his anger outside, instead of to himself; and probably allucinating a place of peace and joy … it´s just a guess :)

  • Susan

    #361 Lisa and #295 Aaron. I haven’t watched my old episodes since Bombshells.
    And you put the words in my mouth, with a slight twist, “the entirety of the show led up to that relationship, and without it the show IS over.”
    But, I’m leaving out hope for new contract negocations for LE, seeing how angry alot of the fans are. Maybe everyone will come to their senses.
    Another sad sight – TV Guide’s page on House has dropped Cuddy from its list of characters. That hit me in the stomach.

  • lobentti

    Glad to read that L E is realy leaving HOUSE show, I was wondering if that was only marketing! Although I admire LE as artist, her character was not so good, from my point of view; so, let´s take some vacation, and wait, or we´ll spend all this time trying to guess what is in the writer´s mind :/ I´ve lost all my ‘feelings’ towards this show, but – it´s a show, so …

  • sara

    Please don’t let it be a dream or hallucination, It ended perfectly.

    And for all those who are saying how horrible the ending was, sorry I am not buying it.
    If, after he crashed into the house, he had gotten out of the car, walked over to Cuddy, taken her in his arms and kissed her then all the Huddies would be cheering and claiming it was “just perfect”

    Huddy could not maintain the audience it inherited, it needed to be ended in a way that made it clear it is not rising from the dead. David Shore did that.

    Now, on to season 8 with a clean slate. The writers who got House out of the situations with Tritter and Volger will manage this time too.

  • Susan

    Sara 365 – the writers had Cuddy get House out of the situations with Tritter and Volger.

    And Huddy did maintain its audience even though the writers did an awful job with their relationship. The show isn’t doing as well now, in part, because of disappointment over the way it was ended.
    (If House and Cuddy can rise from the dead I will be very happy.)

  • robert7132

    The ending makes perfectly good sense from a Shakespearean perspective. On the surface, House, the character, is Sherlock Holmes. hard to miss this. The apartment he lives in is 221 b, Wilson is Watson, etc. But on a less obvious and deeper level, “House” the show is Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” an underlying theme in Much Ado is “everybody lies.” House is Benedick, Cuddy is Beatrice, Wilson, Claudio. House chastises Wilson for his love for (insert love d’jour here) much as Benedick chastises Claudio. Benedick and Beatrice have an ongoing war of wits, much like House and Cuddy.

    The alignment of characters is not always perfect, and this episode is an example. In this case, House is Claudio, and Cuddy is Hero. In Much Ado, an enraged and jealous Claudio beats Herp

  • robert7132

    The ending makes perfectly good sense from a Shakespearean perspective. On the surface, House, the character, is Sherlock Holmes. hard to miss this. The apartment he lives in is 221 b, Wilson is Watson, etc. But on a less obvious and deeper level, “House” the show is Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” an underlying theme in Much Ado is “everybody lies.” House is Benedick, Cuddy is Beatrice, Wilson, Claudio. House chastises Wilson for his love for (insert love d’jour here) much as Benedick chastises Claudio. Benedick and Beatrice have an ongoing war of wits, much like House and Cuddy.

    The alignment of characters is not always perfect, and this episode is an example. In this case, House is Claudio, and Cuddy is Hero. In Much Ado, an enraged and jealous Claudio beats Hero literally on the alter, having been deceived by his own foolishness as by Don John’s plot. Hero is then beaten as well by her father, Leonato.

  • robert7132

    The ending makes perfectly good sense from a Shakespearean perspective. On the surface, House, the character, is Sherlock Holmes. hard to miss this. The apartment he lives in is 221 b, Wilson is Watson, etc. But on a less obvious and deeper level, “House” the show is Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” an underlying theme in Much Ado is “everybody lies.” House is Benedick, Cuddy is Beatrice, Wilson, Claudio. House chastises Wilson for his love for (insert love d’jour here) much as Benedick chastises Claudio. Benedick and Beatrice have an ongoing war of wits, much like House and Cuddy.

    The alignment of characters is not always perfect, and this episode is an example. In this case, House is Claudio, and Cuddy is Hero. In Much Ado, an enraged and jealous Claudio beats Hero literally on the alter, having been deceived by his own foolishness as much as by Don John’s plot. Hero is then beaten as well by her father, It is especially shocking because the audience knows Hero to be innocent, much as we know Cuddy is innocent. Note that Claudio’s rage is brought on by seeing “Hero” with another man through a window, just as House’s rage is brought on when he sees Cuddy with another man through her window.

    The solution is that Hero plays dead, others guilt Claudio into feeling remorse, he does penance, and in the end is fooled into marrying Hero (who of course forgives him).

    Should I point out Robert Sean Leonard played Claudio in Ken Branaugh’s Much Ado? Hmmm. :-)

    So… Based on this, anyone want to guess where the plot goes next season?

  • Nemo

    I think it was a good finale. It left people wondering how the writers are going to transition from this ending to the 8th season. I think people should speculate with a brighter perspective. Let the writers surprise us with the events in the coming season. It’s the final season correct? Should turn out good, I hope.

    As for those who’re saying that House is too self-centered and ridiculous for ramming the house with the car, well, what do you expect from him? That’s why he’s House.

    I beg to differ on the point made about the “Huddy” thing being the backbone of the entire show. I think House being a genius-jerk is what made the show that popular. It’s a reflection of what most people want their lives to be; being so right that no one questions the radical methods by which they do things. Although the “Huddy” things uplifted the mood for half of the season, it had to come to an end at some point. As House puts it, you don’t always get what you want.

    P.S. Taub’s situation is just a big hilarious puzzle.

    S.P.S. Don’t contemplate too much on the tropical beach + same suit. It could be a hallucination or house could flown to Thailand. Does it really bother you that he’s wearing the same suit? Lol

  • merkof

    370 – Nemo


    I got a bit tired will all the bitching and nitpicking.
    I also found it a good finale. and only fitting after a rollercoaster season: It had to be extreme; ending in a low note would have been very depressing for us and would have lowered anticipation for se8 .

    “……the”Huddy” thing being the backbone of the entire show.
    I think House being a genius-jerk is what made the show that popular……”

    Absolutely agree.

    Anyway the “Huddy” only started developing late in se3 when House was already hugely successful.
    I rather suspect that “Huddy”, evolving more than it should later on, is what started the downward trend of the ratings. This touch of soap opera has detracted from the unique drama/black comedy atmosphere that is the journey into House’s tortured genius.

    Hopefully they will lead us back there.

    As for the suit, this is what I mean by “nit-picking”.
    It is quite simple: he probably went directly to the airport and flew to a sunny, sandy destination. (why Fiji, I am sure USA have lovely white sandy beaches), a clear departure from his dreary life that he evidently cannot take anymore.
    He did not pass by his place to pack (does anybody think he had the time?)
    And arriving to whatever place he found himself, he evidently chose to go to the seashore to have a drink and a walk instead of losing time doing mundane things like buying clothes ( he couldn’t care less anyway, he never did).

    So there! Not so strange.

    Frankly when I go on a holiday the first I do is to check out the place and have a drink and to hell with the suitcase (Sometimes I might not even unpack, better things to do).

  • Patrick

    Assuming that they’re not going to use the Vicodin hallucination again, House’s final scene is not too implausible.

    We see him telling Wilson he’s feeling better, then walking away. My guess is that he goes back to his apartment, gets money and passport. Then he takes a cab to the Philadelphia airport. Buys a ticket, likely one-way to either Florida or somewhere in the Caribbean. Cut to the final shots as we see them. As this has all taken place in the time since he drove the car into Cuddy’s place, that’s why we still see him in the same set of clothes in the new locale.

  • Tomas

    @ Barbara Barnett:

    Sorry to say but you – typically for a woman – do not and can not understand the meaning of the last five minutes.

    Dr. House has been under pressure to change for a long long time (regarding drinking and Vicodin), but he was sober for a while when whit Cutty and then she started the typical man-women emotional subtle game: you must change even more, you must adapt to be ‘good’ and to please me.

    When he decided to return the hair brush to Cutty he was actually under the influence of the scene where he told her he was hurt (shouting at the hospital door) and I think he was willing to ‘change’ and get together with her just for her.

    That second at the drive way he realized that Cutty lied to him and emotionally misled him to think that if he changes she will stay with him but she wont (scene with the artist and the white rose), he will never be ‘good’ enough to please her and she will eventually leave him!

    The car crash was dr.House letting of steam and sending her the message ‘do not play with me’.

    Final moment: Wilson talking to the detective that House is probably in a dark depressed bar drinking his life to hell. But no, House changed for himself when he told the bar tender at the beach that he does not need another drink and then left for the sun set at ease with him self.

    He won … he followed his inner voice and stopped hoping that ‘one day he’ll be good enough’ to ‘I an good enough without the change’ …

    The emotional game described above in a real life situation for every man and woman … in my opinion a man has to change only as much that his actions are according with the law, from then on the change is irrelevant. Take me as I am or leave me, it’s as simple as that!

    Slavoj Zizek: “Love is seeing perfection in? imperfection.”

  • billbarrett

    I have to say that I agree 100% with what Tomas wrote, in the previous comment. I’d also like to point out some things that most people didn’t notice. A) House was under the influence of Vicodin (that’s not a surprise) and B) when he sees Cuddy with her new boyfriend, he knows that they are going to leave the table in a few seconds( cuddy’s bringing coffee, her boyfriend is picking up the dishes etc.) The writers and the director did that in purpose. They wanted to show that house is maybe a bit lunatic( who isn’t after all), but he is not a murderer.

  • Alayne

    The writers were bringing House back to his true nature. We had House Lite with the Huddy relationship. Go watch season one again to remind yourself what House is really like. What? House did something reckless? Wow. He’s never done that before. He treats patients with dangerous, toxic drugs without confirming his diagnosis with tests. But you’re okay with that. You are willing to accept such an absurd premise as that. No doctor would ever treat a patient with chemotherapy drugs because they “think” the patient has cancer. No doctor would schedule brain surgery to remove a theoretical tumor without doing an MRI or CT to confirm that there really was a tumor. These are reckless, crazy, unrealistic things that House has done during the series and you gladly accept them, but let him drive his car through a house and suddenly you question the writer’s decision. Seriously? Driving a car through Cuddy’s house COMPLETELY fits House’s personality. You just got so invested in the doomed-before-it-started Huddy relationship, you’ve forgotten what House’s true nature is. He is a complete bastard – and we love him for it. And the reason he was in a suit on the beach was to let the audience know that when he walked away from the car, he went directly to the airport and bought a plane ticket to a tropical locale. He didn’t even go back home to pack a suitcase or change his clothes. He is back to his impulsive, reckless, I-don’t-give-a-crap nature.

  • Happy Dude

    This was one of the better house episodes. I liked the fact there’s no happy ending all the time – just shades of grey.

    I wached it over and over again on Hulu – until they took it off.

    This was a logical conclusion from the previous episode where house jumps from his hotel room balcony into the ocean. He needs so badly to feel. Feel anything – anger, happiness, revenge, pain and pleasure.

  • bakerstreet blues

    I have determined that House was neither angry nor jealous at Cuddy in the final moments of this episode. Thinking back to Unfaithful, the priest (being the only patient or friend for that matter who actually analyzed House correctly), accused House of not wanting someone to prove him right, but instead he wants someone to PROVE HIM WRONG. Unfortunately Cuddy once again proved him right. When House realized that he was cast aside (just as Lucas was), that was just a little too much reality for a man who not only lives his life ALL IN, but truly believed he knew Cuddy well enough to believe that of her also. The moment in the hall between House and Cuddy, with House’s honest and heartbreaking answer to her about how he feels, was absolutely the breaking point to this entire dance these 2 have been doing for 20 years. In the moment that Cuddy apologized to him for hurting him so badly (and unjustly in my opinion), House did exactly what House ALWAYS has done for her. He took the blame off of her and told her it was not her fault. Now he may have been saying that because he knows her and accepted that it is in her nature to “screw up every relationship she has ever had” or he may have been taking the blame on himself because he believes that he is “unlovable”, either way he took all the hurt off of her shoulders. When I say that Cuddy broke House’s heart unjustly, I mean the fact that she did NOT want him in any part of her decision making process during the entire episode of Bombshells….she actually confided in Wilson more (and even Chase for that matter). I have always contended that Cuddy defined herself as House Tamer and nothing else. Control has been her addiction from the pilot until Moving on. I believe that House while driving away from Cuddy’s house initially was determined to either kill himself by driving into traffic or just disappearing into the world never to be heard from again. Thankfully rationality overtook him…..why should he give up anymore of who he is for this woman, who apparently cares more for her hairbrush than for the shell of a man that she not only helped to create, but ultimately helped to destroy. I know that I am in the minority here, but lets face it I believe that this was a lesson that Cuddy desperately needed to learn. HER WORDS TO WILSON (GREATER GOOD): You don’t get to make someone miserable without paying the consequences…..all during this time she was torturing House for being who he is. After all Lucas could have just as easily done the exact same thing to Cuddy a year earlier. The fact of the matter is: had House not exploded at that moment, he absolutely would have lost EVERYTHING, he would have either killed himself or he would have completely lost his mind and landed himself back at Mayfield, this time maybe never coming out. I say good for him for FINALLY showing where blame belongs and laying it at that doorstep for once.

  • Kerry

    Can’t blame him for snapping really. Cuddy was so annoying for most of the last half of the season, banging on at him to talk to her about how he feels. I’m sorry, but House doesn’t speak to anyone about his feelings so why in the hell would he want to speak to someone who so coldly dumped him and treated him with an unbalanced mix of emotions- a product of guilt in one scene to a target of contempt in the next.Ok he should never have driven his car through her house but in terms of his feelings of anger, frustration and heartache, I was definitley on his side more. Lisa Edelstein has left so the story is pretty much moot. I can’t say I blame her for her depature; contract negotitions or whatever happened between the seasons. She did her best with a character and a story arc that was becoming stale and irritating when it had potential to be the exact opposite. Writers need to go back to the drawing board and accept the fact that however much they drive home the idea of change, it ain’t never gonna happen with House. Deal with it! (by the way i’ve only just seen this season on dvd, just wanted to get it off my chest)