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27 May 2012 @ 10:30 pm
House: Everybody Dies  
And thus we reach the end of the story.

It might have gotten lost over the 8 years House MD has been on, but this show was in many ways the very first modernization of Sherlock Holmes; the story of a genius investigator who loved puzzles more than humans. It wasn’t as straightforward an update as BBC’s Sherlock but one would be remiss to not mention who inspired the construction of Gregory House. And in that vein, the show’s final episode gives us an ending that truly embraces its roots.

So last we left the story of House, he was about to be thrown back in prison for 6 months for flooding the hospital and breaking an MRI room. This was revealed almost immediately after House and Wilson had planned on spending the last 5 months of Wilson’s life adventuring around and climbing mountains and stuff. House goes about his usual methods of trying to solve this problem but is blocked at every turn. Despondent about the state of his life, House decides to get high in a crack den which soon catches fire. Trapped in the building and contemplating just letting the flames do their thing, House hallucinates people from his past (Kutner! Stacy! Amber! Cameron!) as he begins a 45 minute evaluation of whether or not his life is worth living.

This whole first section of the episode in many ways bored me. The show itself was always about the trials and tribulations of Gregory House so it made sense that the last episode would dedicate the bulk of its time to having House re-evaluate his life and decisions. It made sense but I wouldn’t necessarily say it was riveting television. Still, these moments are interspersed with the events of the days before which led House to the crack den in the first place. Most of it is standard House-ian antics as he attempts to get Foreman and later Wilson to help him out of his prison sentence.

The latter scene was on e of the best in the episode and dare I say the series as Wilson finally is able to put his foot down in a completely non-self righteous way. In watching that scene it really hit me how much I was going to miss Robert Sean Leonard and his portrayal of James Wilson. The character itself wasn’t always written well but Leonard always made the most of what he was given. And it’s been great to see him get such good material in the last few episodes and really run with it. I loved how he told House he wouldn’t help him out not because he was angry but because he realized that House finally needed to learn to count on himself and to take responsibility for himself for the first time. Wilson’s argument that Wilson wouldn’t be around soon for House to depend on was depressing to hear but hearing House’s response to it was damn tragic.

There’s a wonderful review of the final episode HERE which really analyzes the last half of the episode much more articulately than I ever could. I loved the author’s take on how in this adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, the villainous Moriarty is House himself. So in order to kill his worst enemy, House essentially kills “himself” in that he abandons the life he’s always known and to a large extent been comfortable with. It’s a nice twist on the resolution of Doyle’s The Final Problem in which Holmes fakes his own death for the sake of a greater good. In this case, House fakes his own death for the sake of a greater good which is to be with Wilson during the final 5 months.

A large part of me fears for what’s going to happen to House in 5 months when Wilson dies and he’s left without his closest friend or a job that challenges him with puzzles. But perhaps with this sacrifice, the writers are trying to show that House can learn to live put people before puzzles. Or at the very least that even when things look bleakest, House always survives and soldiers on. I’m glad that the show ended with House and Wilson literally riding off into the sunset on motorbikes rather than showing us what’ll happen in 5 months. It’s a fitting ending that manages to be happy without being a happily ever after which was never the tone of this show. Happily ever after is boring, much like the way “cancer is boring” as according to House in the last line of the series.

So farewell to the cast and crew of House MD. It was a brilliant, flawed, awesome run and everyone should be proud. Here’s hoping for mini-reunions in the future for the actors!