It is not until a terrible tragedy, that House begins to understand how much deeper his emotional problems lie than simply with Vicodin. But one thing this episode does not let you forget is that despite House’s screwed-up life and his dysfunctional, sometimes reckless and misguided way of living, he is fundamentally a healer. It is his blessing and his curse, but it is simply who he is. It is what really defines him: more than the leg; more than the drugs.
“Broken” has some genuinely moving moments (bring tissues) and some flat-out funny scenes. Sometimes it’s slightly goofy, and maybe just slightly hokey. But the episode should not be missed. The performances are uniformly excellent from star/executive producer Laurie himself to Braugher (for whom the role was written) to Franka Potente as Lydia and the energetically charismatic performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alvie, House’s roommate. Katie Jacobs' direction always seems to bring out the emotional beats to perfection, and the writing team of Lerner and Friend, along with House creator David Shore and Dr. David Foster, have come up with a deep and intricate script. Kudos to them all.
Speaking of which, much luck to Hugh Laurie and the entire House team Sunday at the Emmys. Much more on the premiere and the Emmy Awards early next week, including my interview with premiere writers Lerner and Friend.
"Broken" airs Monday night in a two-hour special presentation at 8:00 p.m. ET. Please note: the episode runs over by one minute, concluding at 10:01 p.m. Set your recorders accordingly.