I also very much liked “The Dig.” It is a brilliant way of exposing Thirteen’s inner turmoil, while allowing House’s more human side to surface in unexpected ways. The best of season eight so far has to be (for me) “Twenty Vicodin.” I love seeing House powerless and getting by solely on his wits (and not always coming out victorious).
I have to admit that coming into season eight, I was not a big fan of making Foreman (Omar Epps) dean of medicine. But I think, for the most part, it has worked pretty well. Other than bringing in an outsider, I like the way this new position is beginning to affect Foreman, particularly as Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) have begun to work their mojo on him.
I like the addition of Odette Anable (Adams) and Charlyne Yi (Park) to House's team, but it's been too few episodes to put them in the "great" category. There is a lot of potential there.
I was also a bit bothered by Wilson and House getting their rhythm back so quickly after House’s return from prison. But not as much as I thought I would be. I think Wilson understands what in House’s psyche provoked him to act so rashly and recklessly in “Move On,” and now that House is out of prison, it’s easy to slip back to old patterns. And season eight has been full of much House-Wilson goodness.
...And the Not So Good
So, now for the not so good. I think Lisa Edelstein’s departure was a terrible loss for the series. Although “Moving On” left the series in a reasonable place for her absence in season eight, I feel that her presence at the would have created an enormous amount of dramatic energy off of which to play into this season. Would House have even had an office to which he could return? Would his professional value to the hospital have trumped Cuddy’s fury? Would they at some point come to some sort of understanding? We’ll never know. (Unless the recent rumors pan out and she returns for a few episodes). It was shortsighted of the network to let her walk away with only one (or possibly two) seasons remaining to the show. Along with Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and House, they had always been the core of the series. Can it survive without her? Of course—and it has, with a very solid opening eight episodes. But it would be nice to have her back for some closure.