Season 1: 2004-2005Edit
The series House (also known as House M.D.) began its first season on November 16, 2004 in the United States and was picked up for a full run of 22 episodes.
House, M.D. - Season One was initially released to DVD in Region 1 on August 30, 2005. Region 2 DVDs were released on February 27, 2006, and Region 4 DVDs were released on November 28, 2006. Season One was re-released in the anamorphic widescreen format on February 10, 2009.
We are introduced to the brilliant, famous but extremely exasperating Gregory House. We learn that despite his considerable intellect and talents as a physician, he does next to no work at the hospital, merely coming in from 9 to 5 to oversee his three teaching fellows. This infuriates his boss, Dean of Medicine Lisa Cuddy. However she keeps him on because when the rest of the doctors are stumped, House swings into action.
House's best (and only) friend is the hospital's Head of Oncology, James Wilson, who, unlike House, is conscientious and considerate, but also extremely loyal to House.
He has recently hired Eric Foreman, who, despite his considerable academic background, appears to have been hired because he was a juvenile delinquent. House plans on using him to break into patients' homes to look for diagnostic clues. Foreman joins the two fellows on staff, Robert Chase, the longest serving (and suffering) fellow, a rich kid whose dad appears to have gotten him this job, and Allison Cameron, who apparently got her job because of her looks.
Things go well until a new chairman arrives at the hospital, billionaire businessman Edward Vogler. Vogler immediately takes a dislike to House and, after forcing out Cameron, tries to fire House because Vogler claims that House is a danger to the hospital. Instead, after forcing out Wilson too, Vogler finds himself and his $100 million donation out on the street instead.
With things back to normal, Cameron starts to let her feelings for House become known, but it is for no avail. She thinks he is totally unfeeling until House's ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner shows up, begging House to treat her husband. House successfully does so and finds himself in a position of letting his ex-girlfriend work at the hospital.
Episode Name (original air date)
- Pilot (November 16, 2004)
- Paternity (November 23, 2004)
- Occam's Razor (November 30, 2004)
- Maternity (December 7, 2004)
- Damned If You Do (December 14, 2004)
- The Socratic Method (December 21, 2004)
- Fidelity (December 28, 2004)
- Poison (January 25, 2005)
- DNR (February 1, 2005)
- Histories (February 8, 2005)
- Detox (February 15, 2005)
- Sports Medicine (February 22, 2005)
- Cursed (March 1, 2005)
- Control (March 15, 2005)
- Mob Rules (March 22, 2005)
- Heavy (March 29, 2005)
- Role Model (April 12, 2005)
- Babies & Bathwater (April 19, 2005)
- Kids (May 3, 2005)
- Love Hurts (May 10, 2005)
- Three Stories (May 17, 2005)
- Honeymoon (May 24, 2005)
Season 2: 2005-2006Edit
Season 2 of House M.D. returned to television in September 2005, and contained 24 episodes. House, M.D. - Season Two was initially released to DVD on August 22, 2006.
Season 2 largely followed the pattern of Season 1 with one big twist. To humanize its protagonist, the series delves deeper into the past of Gregory House by making him continue to face his past with the one true love of his life to that point, Stacy Warner. We find out the ultimate loner longs for the connection he had with this woman. He makes the transition from a juvenile personality who is obsessed with getting Stacy just to admit she’s still in love with him to a hurt adult who realizes that she’s much better off without him. Unlike Lisa Cuddy in Season 7, Stacy realizes House is right just at the moment when it appears that their relationship appears to once again become permanent. However, no matter how noble House’s motives when he lets Stacy return to her husband Mark, it’s clear both that the second separation is having a tremendous effect on him and that he’s never going to admit it to himself.
The other characters start to develop as well. When Allison Cameron treats a party boy she experiments with Ecstacy and with Robert Chase, but immediately regrets both. Meanwhile, we learn more about the atrophied personal life of Eric Foreman where he faces the choice of either death or permanent brain damage when he catches a disease from a patient and decides to reconnect with his father. We also get a much deeper insight into House himself when his parents John House and Blythe House drop by the hospital for a visit. Cuddy’s sick handyman exposes her inability to be objective with people she cares about - a pattern that continues in several cases throughout the series.
Stacy Warner returns to PPTH, having been officially hired as the hospital’s General Counsel. House eventually realizes that he still has feelings for her. In an attempt to prove that she feels the same way about him, he breaks into her therapist’s office and reads her file. House learns that she is not sleeping with her husband Mark Warner. He tries to get back with her by killing a rat that has invaded her home, but soon changes his mind after learning that the rat has an illness that brings out the diagnostician in him.
House cures the rat after capturing him and keeps him as a pet. Stacy soon realizes that he's read her file and gets mad at him. House soon gets in legal trouble over his medical billings and they fly to Baltimore together. But due to a huge snowstorm, their plane is delayed and while in the airport, they share a kiss.
Soon afterward, House sleeps with Stacy. Meanwhile Mark confronts House because he thinks that he is losing Stacy. Stacy tells House that she is going to break up with Mark and be with House once again. But House, knowing that history is likely to repeat itself again tells her to stay with him. Stacy quits her job and leaves the hospital for good along with Mark..
With his ex gone, House's leg pain greatly increases and Wilson hopes that it means nerve regeneration, but really it is because he misses Stacy. A doctor that caught House cheating on a test nearly twenty years ago comes to the hospital to give a speech regarding a new drug. House soon exacts revenge on him by bringing the effectiveness of his “breakthrough“ into question.
James Wilson gets a divorce from his third wife and he moves in with House. He has trouble with it at first but eventually gets used to it. He gets mad at House because he didn't invite him to his weekly poker game but soon all is forgiven after House realizes that Wilson is living with one of his patients.
Cuddy's handyman falls off her roof. Cuddy attempts to work with House and his team to help him but she finds House is ahead of her at every turn even though he could care less about the patient. She realizes that she hasn't been a real doctor in years. She decides that she wants a baby and considers Wilson as sperm donor. She invites him over until dinner when he begins to think that she has cancer and she never gets the courage to ask him.
In the two-part episode Euphoria, the team face a huge crisis on their hands when Foreman is accidentally infected with a disease that has already killed one patient. He nearly dies from it but House, Cameron, and Chase manage to save his life. It soon becomes clear that it takes some time for Foreman to recover from his near-death experience.
When Chase kisses a 9-year old cancer patient who asks him because she wants to be kissed before the disease takes her life, House taunts him about it while simultaneously admiring the patient‘s ability to manipulate Chase. In the meantime, Chase learns of his father's death from lung cancer, which came as a complete surprise to him. Distracted, Chase ends up accidentally killing a patient. He tells Kayla's brother Sam McGinley that he had a hangover leading him to sue Chase and the entire hospital for damages amounting to ten million dollars. Stacy helps him prepare for the disciplinary hearing and soon, no permanent charges are pressed against him although Chase gets a week's suspension and Foreman becomes Head of Diagnostics. House later figures out that Chase has been working extra time in the ER because his father disinherited him.
When Foreman is put in charge of diagnostics. House makes him miserable, but as the administrative work is getting done, Cuddy hints the position as head of diagnostics could be made permanent. However, House manages to save a patient having HIV that Foreman wanted to discharge, so Cuddy withdraws the offer, with both of them realizing that House will soon be back in charge. Foreman remains head of the department for a few more weeks until at the middle of the episode Deception when Foreman‘s time literally runs out.
Another patient with HIV accidentally coughs blood into Cameron's face and mouth. Unable to cope with the fact that she might have HIV, she borrows some Ecstacy and sleeps with Chase. Thankfully, she soon learns that her HIV tests were negative and that sleeping with Chase and taking Ecstacy were big mistakes.
At the end of the season, House is shot and gravely injured by a disgruntled former patient's husband. It's soon shown that the events involving his fighting with Wilson and talking to his team never actually happened as they were in fact hallucinations. The season ends on a cliffhanger as House is seen being wheeled into the ER by his team and he makes a request for ketamine before losing consciousnesses altogether.
Episode Name (original air date)
- Acceptance (September 13, 2005)
- Autopsy (September 20, 2005)
- Humpty Dumpty (September 27, 2005)
- TB or Not TB (November 1, 2005)
- Daddy's Boy (November 8, 2005)
- Spin (November 15, 2005)
- Hunting (November 22, 2005)
- The Mistake (November 29, 2005)
- Deception (December 13, 2005)
- Failure to Communicate (January 10, 2006)
- Need to Know (February 7, 2006)
- Distractions (February 14, 2006)
- Skin Deep (February 20, 2006)
- Sex Kills (March 7, 2006)
- Clueless (March 28, 2006)
- Safe (April 4, 2006)
- All In (April 11, 2006)
- Sleeping Dogs Lie (April 18, 2006)
- House vs. God (April 25, 2006)
- Euphoria (Part 1) (May 2, 2006)
- Euphoria (Part 2) (May 3, 2006)
- Forever (May 9, 2006)
- Who's Your Daddy? (May 16, 2006)
- No Reason (May 23, 2006)
Season 3: 2006-2007Edit
Season 3 of House M.D. returned to television in September 2006, and contained 24 episodes. House, M.D. - Season Three was released to DVD on August 21, 2007.
Although the series seemed to settle back into a regular pattern, by season's end it was clear that the series was going to undergo a fundamental change for Season 4. First came the resignation of Foreman, followed by the departure of the rest of House's team, leaving House to himself and opening the door to bring in new characters.
House recovers from his gunshot wounds, but despite his pain temporarily disappearing and the fact that his leg is working again, he is soon back on Vicodin. He runs into a particularly difficult patient at the clinic, who turns out to be a police officer, who then makes it his business to get House sent to jail for possessing Vicodin illegally. Unfortunately, House has used Wilson's prescription pad to forge his own prescriptions, even though Wilson has been supplying him with Vicodin freely. House nearly goes to jail, but Cuddy then perjures herself in court to have the charges dismissed.
Allison Cameron looks at her poor social life and decides to fill the hole in her sex life with Robert Chase. She demands a "no strings attached" relationship, and everyone predicts that Chase will dump her at some point, leaving the vulnerable Cameron heartbroken. Instead, it's Chase who becomes emotionally attached. When he professes he wants a deeper relationship, Cameron cuts off the sex. Chase won't let the matter drop and institutes the tradition of I love you Tuesdays, reminding Cameron how much he likes her every Tuesday, and insisting that given her empathetic nature she can't possibly not have feelings for a man she's worked with for three years.
Work continues normally until Foreman, fearing that he's becoming too much like House decides he wants to leave the hospital for good. Despite Cuddy and Wilson imploring House to get Foreman to stay, House instead fires Chase for no reason and then Cameron decides to quit as well, leaving House without a team to help him. However, when Cameron realizes Chase will soon be out of her life, she quickly changes her tune and shows up on his doorstep.
Episode Name (Original Air Date)
- Meaning (September 5, 2006)
- Cane & Able (September 12, 2006)
- Informed Consent (September 19, 2006)
- Lines in the Sand (September 26, 2006)
- Fools for Love (October 31, 2006)
- Que Será Será (November 7, 2006)
- Son of Coma Guy (November 14, 2006)
- Whac-A-Mole (November 21, 2006)
- Finding Judas (November 28, 2006)
- Merry Little Christmas (December 12, 2006)
- Words and Deeds (January 9, 2007)
- One Day, One Room (January 30, 2007)
- Needle in a Haystack (February 6, 2007)
- Insensitive (February 13, 2007)
- Half-Wit (March 6, 2007)
- Top Secret (March 27, 2007)
- Fetal Position (April 3, 2007)
- Airborne (April 10, 2007)
- Act Your Age (April 17, 2007)
- House Training (April 24, 2007)
- Family (May 1, 2007)
- Resignation (May 8, 2007)
- The Jerk (May 15, 2007)
- Human Error (May 29, 2007)
Season 4: 2007-2008Edit
Season 4 of House M.D. returned in September 2007 and contains 16 episodes. House, M.D. - Season Four was released on DVD in region 2 on the 27th October 2008.
According to Variety magazine, FOX Broadcasting made an early decision in February 2007 to renew House for a fourth season.
Season 4 was a sharp departure from Season 3. In the finale of the previous series, House’s entire team of fellows was fired or quit, leaving him without a staff. Apparently, the producers felt the show needed a cast shake up and, to be fair, the character House noted in Alone that it was strange for him to have had exactly the same staff for three straight years. In the Season 1 episode DNR, Foreman admits that he is on a three year contract, which would have ended at about the end of Season 3.
However, none of the cast members left at this point, they just filled different roles. Foreman, who initially tried to move on, instead wound up as a supervising fellow over the new hires. Cameron moved to the emergency room and started a relationship with Chase, who moved to the surgical department in an attempt to become board certified.
The plan was to hire three new cast members to fill the team. In fact, the process to do this was almost as chaotic as the process House set up himself. However, of the forty “applicants” for the open fellowship positions, fewer than half had speaking roles in The Right Stuff and in reality only six actors had a real shot at staying on. However, even the cast members were kept in the dark until the last moment about which ones would be kept on.
However, the biggest impact on Season 4 was writer’s strike, which shut down production on the series for about three months. As a result, Season 4 is by far the shortest season, with only 16 episodes being produced in all.
After losing his original diagnostic team, House decides that he doesn't need fellows as he feels that he can handle a case all on his own but after taking a long time to solve a case, Cuddy insists that he start looking for possible doctors to join his new team. House grudgingly accepts and gets forty applicants together and has a reality show style contest to see which lucky three applicants will stay on to get the vacant fellowship openings. Meanwhile, Cameron and Chase come back to work at the hospital, while Foreman starts work in a job similar to House's at another hospital. However, Foreman is soon fired for doing exactly what House would do and winds up back at Princeton-Plainsboro. House wants nothing to do with him, but Cuddy insists he can only hire two new fellows and must have Foreman on his team to keep an eye on him.
After some false starts, House decides on a fortyish plastic surgeon, Chris Taub, and a young rehabilitation specialist, Lawrence Kutner. He also manipulates Cuddy into hiring Number 13, a beautiful but mysterious internist. Meanwhile, Foreman stays on, and becomes more and more like House with each passing day.
Meanwhile, House starts fearing the loss of his best friend when it is revealed that Wilson has been dating Amber for several months without letting House know. Meanwhile, everyone starts speculating about why Number 13 is being so guarded, and Foreman lets it slip that he thinks she is bisexual, leading to rampant speculation by the rest of the medical staff.
Tragedy strikes when House is injured in a bus crash, suffering a concussion. He is sure that one of the other passengers on the bus was suffering from a medical condition, but his injury prevents him from remembering who it was or what the condition was. Finally he remembers - for some unexplained reason, Amber was on the bus with him and she was badly injured in the crash and is being treated as a Jane Doe patient at another hospital. Wilson eventually learns that the reason Amber was on the bus was to attempt to get House home safely after a night of drinking, leaving House and his friendship in risk.
Episode Name (Original Air Date)
- Alone (September 25, 2007)
- The Right Stuff (October 2, 2007)
- 97 Seconds (October 9, 2007)
- Guardian Angels (October 23, 2007)
- Mirror Mirror (October 30, 2007)
- Whatever It Takes (November 6, 2007)
- Ugly (November 13, 2007)
- You Don't Want To Know (November 20, 2007)
- Games (November 27, 2007)
- It's a Wonderful Lie (January 29, 2008)
- Frozen (February 3, 2008)
- Don't Ever Change (February 5, 2008)
- No More Mr. Nice Guy (April 28, 2008)
- Living The Dream (May 5, 2008)
- House's Head (May 12, 2008)
- Wilson's Heart (May 19, 2008)
Season 5: 2008-2009Edit
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to go on record that House M.D. would be renewed for a fifth season. Later, FOX Broadcasting Company stated in this Network Prime Time Schedule , that House would premiere its fifth Season at 8:00 P.M. EST on September 2, 2008. However, the first episode didn't premiere until two weeks later, September 16.
Although House was originally scheduled to be shown on Tuesdays during Season 5, at mid-Season, the time slots for House and American Idol were switched on the prime time schedule, putting House's new episodes in the 8:00 P.M. EST slot on Mondays.
However, the biggest change in Season 5 was the departure of Kal Penn from the series so he could take a position at the White House. As a result of his sudden departure, his character, Lawrence Kutner was killed off. Although many critics denounced the move as unnecessary and totally unshadowed by the previous episodes, the event led to a series climax when, due to Kutner's death, House descends into psychosis and finally admits himself into a psychiatric hospital to deal with his twin demons of Vicodin and grief.
Wilson slowly starts to recover from Amber's untimely death, but begins to reevaluate his life and to contemplate resigning from his post at the hospital. House's original regret over his role in Amber's death seems to have worn off as instead of being supportive, he merely tries to convince Wilson that he is overreacting to the situation. However, Wilson winds up leaving his post.
House's father dies, and House tries to dodge the funeral, only to have Wilson return as a favor to Cuddy and Blythe House to ensure that House makes it. During the trip, the details of the beginnings of their friendship are revealed. House also reveals that he suspected John House wasn't his biological father and House points out a family friend at the service who House believes really is his father. After they return to Princeton, Wilson realizes he hadn't had this kind of fun since the day Amber died and decides to return to Princeton-Plainsboro.
However, Wilson has to come to terms with another loss - his homeless brother Danny reappears in his life when he is found in New York City. Wilson finds that Danny is now a stranger to him and that the initial incident that led to his disappearance has shaped his behavior in ways only House seems to fully comprehend.
Thirteen has to confront the reality, forced upon her by Amber's death at an early age, that she too is facing a lifetime with a devastating illness. Her behavior quickly starts to deteriorate and she is fired and then re-hired. However, she soon returns to her undisciplined ways. As a result, Foreman begins first to get concerned about her behavior, then starts to feel protective. It soon blooms into a romance, but House feels it is affecting their medical judgement and tries to make them break up.
Cuddy tries to adopt, but after House tries to convince her not to, the adoption falls through anyway. When House tries to show his condolences and Cuddy snaps at him for changing his tune, they embrace and kiss. Wilson realizes that the two are very attracted to each other and attempts to make them confront their feelings. We soon begin to realize that although they are both reluctant to begin a romantic relationship, both want the other to be more involved in their lives.
Cuddy finds another girl to adopt, Rachel. Feeling overwhelmed by both her hospital responsibilities and the demands of a new child, she accepts Wilson's suggestion that she hand over some of her hospital duties to a deputy. To handle the almost full-time job of supervising House, she turns to Cameron, who is incredibly adept at handling her old boss, but soon realizes she isn't up to the challenge on a constant basis and that anyone else would just say "no" to House all the time. Cuddy returns to cover all her duties and starts to make House's life as miserable as possible for keeping her away from her child, including posting signs on the elevator that it is scheduled for maintenance (which it's not) and setting up a trip wire in the doorway or part of his office. She later stops tormenting House when she decides that making his life miserable won't do any good.
House comes to work in a good mood, setting everybody off. Wilson and Foreman conclude that House is taking heroin. Wilson takes House out to dinner and buys him a drink, and after House drinks it, he walks off indignant that Wilson would suspect that he is taking heroin. However, Wilson follows him and finds him puking it up out back by a dumpster, House finally admits he is taking Methadone because it has put an end to the pain in his leg. After threatening to leave if Cuddy won't agree to methadone treatment, he instead goes back to Vicodin because his changed behavior with methadone almost cost a patient his life.
The entire team is shocked and confused when Kutner commits suicide and the whole team is saddened by his loss. House, not wanting to think he couldn't see it coming, reaches the conclusion that it was murder, until he looks through a bunch of photos and finds one showing a lone Kutner with a blank expression - in contrast to the smile he wore in the other photos when he was with other people.
Not long after Kutner's suicide, House develops severe insomnia and begins to hallucinate, seeing visions of Amber. These visions are extremely vivid and allow House a direct line to his own sub-conscious. However, House is soon carrying out actual conversations with Amber to the point where he uses a Bluetooth Headset while at the Hospital so it does not appear he's talking to himself. After subjecting himself to a number of dangerous treatments, the hallucinations are eventually shown to be an obvious and common result of Vicodin abuse.
Chase and Cameron start getting more serious about their relationship. Eventually, Chase plans to propose to Cameron, but when she learns about his plans, she starts making excuses not to go away with him. She finally confesses that she doesn't know what do. Chase proposes anyway, and Cameron finally accepts. Shortly thereafter, House takes over the planning of Chase's bachelor party, hiring a stripper and hosting it at Wilson's apartment. While at the bachelor party, Chase does a body shot off of Karamel, a stripper suggested by the Amber hallucination who was also at Wilson's bachelor party for his third wife. The stripper had used strawberry body butter, and as a result of his strawberry allergy, Chase goes into an anaphylactic shock, and is saved by a medical student with an Epipen. House realizes that he knew about Karamel's body butter and that the his sub-conscious was out to get Chase - the Amber hallucination has become dangerous.
After Chase recovers, he and Cameron continue with their wedding plans. Cameron reveals that she was keeping a frozen sample of her deceased first husband's sperm in case she never found a new person but still wanted to have children. They finally compromise with Chase agreeing she can keep the sample.
House eventually believes he has confessed the hallucinations to Cuddy and that she helped him through the painful withdrawal process. After House dries out, he starts to kiss in her and it was implied that they made love afterwards. The encounter, however, was eventually revealed to be an elaborate hallucination and delusion. As House realizes this, he hallucinates about both Amber and Kutner.
The season ends with alternating shots of Cuddy, Foreman, Taub and Thirteen enjoying Cameron and Chase's wedding and Wilson driving House to a sanatorium, which House willingly enters.
Episode Name (original air date)
- Dying Changes Everything (September 16, 2008)
- Not Cancer (September 23, 2008)
- Adverse Events (September 30, 2008)
- Birthmarks (October 14, 2008)
- Lucky Thirteen (October 21, 2008)
- Joy (October 28, 2008)
- The Itch (November 11, 2008)
- Emancipation (November 18, 2008)
- Last Resort (November 25, 2008)
- Let Them Eat Cake (December 2, 2008)
- Joy to the World (December 9, 2008)
- Painless (January 19, 2009)
- Big Baby (January 26, 2009)
- The Greater Good (February 2, 2009)
- Unfaithful (February 16, 2009)
- The Softer Side (February 23, 2009)
- The Social Contract (March 9, 2009)
- Here Kitty (March 16, 2009)
- Locked In (March 30, 2009)
- Simple Explanation (April 6, 2009)
- Saviors (April 13, 2009)
- House Divided (April 27, 2009)
- Under My Skin (May 4, 2009)
- Both Sides Now (May 11, 2009)
Season 6: 2009-2010Edit
House, M.D. returned for its sixth season on September 21, 2009 with a special two-hour episode.
After finally realizing that his Vicodin habit is distorting his view of reality, House voluntarily enters Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital to detox. However, detoxing turns out to be the easy part - House can’t get his medical license back until he’s willing to admit his problems run deeper. Although he resists at first, he finally gives in. At the same time, he falls in love, but then finds his paramour has no further interest in him. When he turns to his doctor instead of Vicodin for help, Dr. Nolan realizes he’s ready to return to the practice of medicine.
Newly detoxed, House announces he’s giving up diagnostic medicine. On hearing the news, Foreman asks to take over the diagnostic medicine department with the rest of House’s team from Season 5. However, when Thirteen and Taub jump to other opportunities, he turns back to Chase and Cameron for help. Meanwhile, House realizes that he can’t give up diagnostic medicine that easily and plans to get all his former fellows back together. However, in the process, Cameron questions her commitment to both Chase and House and leaves them both.
As a condition of his release, House moves in with Wilson. Wilson encourages him to explore a relationship with Cuddy, and House decides to try. However, when he makes a gesture to help Cuddy, he finds his old private investigator, Lucas Douglas, has become Cuddy’s boyfriend and that Cuddy was hiding that from him.
Although House tries mightily to follow Dr. Nolan’s direction, it soon seems that his misery is permanent. Wilson hooks back up with his first wife Sam, and Cuddy and Lucas plan to move into a new home together. House tries to admit that he’s fine with Cuddy moving on, but when Dr. Nolan presses, he finds out that Cuddy means more to House than he’s ever been willing to admit. With his soul stripped open, House calls Dr. Nolan a fraud and despite Nolan’s pleading, he stops going to therapy.
Matters come to a head at the worst possible time - House gives Cuddy a very thoughtful gift as a home warming present, but Cuddy thinks House has found out she’s just become engaged to Lucas. When they’re called away to a disaster, House has to treat a woman who is trapped and may require amputation. His own feelings about his disability rise straight to the surface and he makes a serious effort to get through to Cuddy, but she rebufs him outright. However, when push comes to shove, House makes the right call again and convinces the trapped woman to agree to an amputation by admitting his choice to keep his leg caused him nothing but pain and loneliness. When the woman dies nevertheless, House tries to turn back to Vicodin and instead finds Cuddy, who has broken it off with Lucas and admits she loves him. They embrace as the season ends.
This season is the last one to present Jennifer Morrison in its opening sequence. She would later appear on a guest-star role in the episode "Lockdown", and re-appear much later in the last episode of the series. After this major change, the opening sequence was changed when Season 7 started.
Having willingly entered Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, House comes under the care of Dr. Nolan, who is tasked with treating the world's best diagnostician. As a voluntary patient, House can leave any time he wants, but with his medical license in jeopardy because of his psychosis, he has to rely on Dr. Nolan's approval before being allowed to return to the practice of medicine. After accepting his treatment, eventually Dr. Nolan gives him his approval. However, House is soon tempted to start taking Vicodin again, Dr. Nolan suggests that he quit diagnostic medicine and go into research. He does so and also takes up cooking with Wilson. However, House's break doesn't last long and he is soon back to solving medical mysteries. When Dr. Nolan sees that this is the only thing that takes House's mind off his pain, he agrees.
Meanwhile, Eric Foreman takes over what's left of the diagnostic department in House's absence. However, his authority and the stress of the new position start to affect his relationship with Thirteen. In addition, Chris Taub considers his loss of income, the drop down in reputation from working for Foreman instead of House, and his persistent fear of extreme medicine and once again tenders his resignation. Foreman realizes he can't work with Thirteen as her boss because she's afraid to challenge him on diagnoses - he fires her and asks Allison Cameron and Robert Chase to return to the team.
However, after Chase treads a thin moral line on a case involving an African dictator, he starts to fall apart. Cameron notices Chase is acting weird and believes he is having an affair. Chase finally comes clean and finds Cameron to be surprisingly supportive. They decide they should get out of Princeton while the getting's good. They plan to quit the hospital together and go somewhere else where they can focus on their relationship and on each other.
House's medical license is finally reinstated and he starts a plan to get all his old team members back, playing on Chase's fear of losing Cameron, Cameron's underlying love of diagnostic medicine, Taub's boredom with plastic surgery, and Thirteen's newfound adventurism in the face of her terminal illness. He succeeds brilliantly with everyone except Cameron, who realizes House put the patient's life at risk merely to manipulate everyone into working for him again. She realizes that she was a fool to have loved House and that his ego was what drove Chase to think he could play God with a patient's life. She leaves House, Chase and Princeton-Plainsboro for good.
House also has to come to terms with his attraction to Lisa Cuddy. He follows her to a medical convention, only to find out that Lucas Douglas has "got there first". His immediate reaction is to try to break them up, but when Cuddy announces a break-up with Lucas, it soon become apparent they faked it just to get House off their back, and that he didn't fall for it for long.
When Wilson starts to get re-involved with his first wife, House starts to fear that Wilson won't have time for him either, and his fears are confirmed when Wilson asks him to move out. Though later on, Wilson apologizes to House for kicking him out, and asks him to come back for a bit longer until he finds a new apartment, but House refuses. Once again, his leg pain starts to get worse and when Dr. Nolan confronts him about his relationships, House cuts off his relationship and tries to go it alone.
However, House soon learns that Cuddy and Lucas have gotten engaged. After losing a patient, House turns back to an old supply of Vicodin when all of a sudden Cuddy comes to him to tell him she's broken off the engagement. She tells House she loves him, even though she wishes she didn't but she says she can't help it. She helps him up off the floor and they kiss while holding hands
Episode Name (original air date)
- Broken (September 21, 2009)
- Epic Fail (September 28 2009)
- The Tyrant (October 5 2009)
- Instant Karma (October 12 2009)
- Brave Heart (October 19, 2009)
- Known Unknowns (November 9, 2009)
- Teamwork (November 16, 2009)
- Ignorance is Bliss (November 23, 2009)
- Wilson (November 30, 2009)
- The Down Low (January 11, 2010)
- Remorse (January 25, 2010)
- Moving the Chains (February 1, 2010)
- 5 to 9 (February 8, 2010)
- Private Lives (March 8, 2010)
- Black Hole (March 15, 2010)
- Lockdown (April 12, 2010)
- Knight Fall (April 19, 2010)
- Open and Shut (April 26, 2010)
- The Choice (May 3, 2010)
- Baggage (May 10, 2010)
- Help Me (May 17, 2010)
Season 7: 2010-2011Edit
- "I'm seeing Cuddy... generally without any clothes on."
- ―House breaks the news to Wilson and the team.
House, M.D.'s seventh season premiered September 20, 2010. It had a total of 10.54 million U.S. viewers.
House and Cuddy attempt to make a real relationship work and face the question as to whether their new relationship will affect House’s ability to diagnose patients.  Meanwhile, Remy Hadley takes personal leave and her position is eventually taken over by a bright young medical student, Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn), whose only fault is that she's not quite qualified as a physician. Also, Cuddy's mother (Candice Bergen) and sister (Paula Marshall) show up for the first time in the series   A story-arc featuring House on the road over a series of episodes was scrapped by David Shore, bringing him back from working on a reboot of The Rockford Files to rework the rest of the season. Furthermore FOX requested that one more episode be created for the season, bringing the total number of episodes to 23. Near the end of the season, Remy Hadley returns as Masters departs from the hospital. Furthermore most if not all of the intimate relationships of the characters blow up by the end of the season.  . In the episode Bombshells Cuddy finally breaks up with House, and the fallout of their relationship takes us to the end of the season. Although the producers hinted about “wedding bells”, the only wedding was an immigration driven marriage between House and Dominika Petrova, a young Ukrainian immigrant who needed a green card.
House and Cuddy make their relationship public, but despite the fact that they are both happier than they have been for years, they both see problems. House is sure that Cuddy is merely hopped up on the sex and good feelings that are typical early in the relationship and that she will dump him once she realizes what she's gotten herself into. Cuddy is sure that her supervisory role over House is either going to poison their relationship or ruin House's medical skills, and she's uncomfortable with many aspects of House's past, such as the prostitute he's still seeing for non-sexual purposes. House is also not certain he wants to have a role in Rachel Cuddy's life and starts to balk at the responsibility, although towards the end of the season, House and Rachel seem to share a strange bond over a cartoon about pirates.
Throughout the season we see that House chooses his own interests over Cuddy until Cuddy comes down with what seems to be cancer that has metastasized, which will most likely result in her death. It is learned, though, that the tumor is benign and the metastasis was just harmless inflammation, and what was thought to be the cancer spreading was an allergy to antibiotics. Even so, Cuddy is disappointed in House for never truly being there for her, and furthermore that he decided to take Vicodin before showing up for her surgery, and thus ends her relationship with him. House returns not only to his Vicodin habit, but also appears to lose his interest in even the medical puzzles he once found fulfillment in solving.
Thirteen arranges personal leave and the team decides she's off to Rome for experimental treatment for her Huntington's. However, when she doesn't appear on the clinic's patient list, they realize she's disappeared without a trace. A year later, however, House has figured out that Thirteen has been in jail for the past six months, and therefore goes to meet her the day she was due to be released. On their road trip, Thirteen and House catch up, with House continually trying to deduce why she was in jail despite claiming down to excessive prescribing. After a hard reveal by House that Cuddy and him were an item and currently aren't, Thirteen reveals that she killed a man. However, the next day, at the spud gun competition, Thirteen slips in her story by saying "us", which then leads House to solve the puzzle and deduce that Thirteen euthanized her sibling with Hungtington's Disease, meaning the original leave was to take care of her dying brother. Even so, House allows her in on the case he was on during the road trip, and to the team's surprise, Thirteen solves the case for them. Afterward, House promises to be there to euthanize Thirteen when the time comes in her own battle with Huntington's.
While Thirteen is absent, Cuddy insists that House hire a new female to replace her for the time being, but when House fires the initial new fellows, Cuddy sticks him with a bright young medical student, Martha M. Masters. This leads to various collisions of personalities when Masters reveals herself to be rather intelligent academically, rather awkward socially, and very persistent about telling the truth. However, her nature tends to lead to contradictions in thought and action, as evidenced when she allows herself to break the rules by falling for a patient while chiding House for using narcotics while on duty and on the hospital's premises. Despite this push and pull, House finally offers Masters a job when she graduates medical school, only to yank it away when she refuses to hand in a log book with a lumbar puncture she didn’t actually perform as a final test from House. However, after doing one more case with House and bending ethics to save her patient, Masters decides to re-evaluate her decision to become a surgeon and to see if she can’t truly excel.
Chase deals with his estrangement from Cameron by engaging in promiscuous sex. After he‘s pranked by a woman who he passed over, and Masters confronts him over his behavior, Chase decides to try celibacy with mixed results.
On the other hand, Wilson seems to be rebuilding his relationship with Sam Carr, only for it to fall apart after a misunderstanding between them over an issue regarding some of her patient files which Wilson feels were falsified but Sam insists were honest mistakes. Wilson decides to fix it by taking in a diabetic cat, and although he was taken out to a bar by House, he finds that he is not ready to date yet.
Feeling that he is a continuing disappointment, Taub divorces his wife. Thrown out of his home, he builds a relationship with Eric Foreman and moves into Foreman‘s spare room. However, when Taub starts dating both a beautiful young CNA, Ruby, and his ex-wife, his life is complicated beyond belief when both women get pregnant.
- Now What? (September 20, 2010)
- Selfish (September 27, 2010)
- Unwritten (October 4, 2010)
- Massage Therapy (October 11, 2010)
- Unplanned Parenthood (October 18, 2010)
- Office Politics (November 8, 2010)
- A Pox on Our House (November 15, 2010)
- Small Sacrifices (November 22, 2010)
- Larger than Life (January 17, 2011)
- Carrot or Stick (January 24, 2011)
- Family Practice (February 7, 2011)
- You Must Remember This (February 14, 2011)
- Two Stories (February 21, 2011)
- Recession Proof (February 28, 2011)
- Bombshells (March 7, 2011)
- Out of the Chute (March 14, 2011)
- Fall From Grace (March 21, 2011)
- The Dig (April 11, 2011)
- The Last Temptation (April 18, 2011)
- Changes (May 2, 2011)
- The Fix (May 9, 2011)
- After Hours (May 16, 2011)
- Moving On (May 23, 2011)
The eighth and final season of House premiered on October 3, 2011 and ended on May 21, 2012. This season starts with House in jail after the events of "Moving On". It is also the only season not to feature at all Lisa Cuddy. Another importants events that happened in this season were Thirteen's departure from the team, the addition of two new fellows, Wilson's disease among others.
Season 8: 2011-2012Edit
Fox Television announced on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, that House, M.D. would be renewed for its eighth season for 2011-2012. Fox and the show's producers NBC Universal were at an impasse over responsibility for continuing production costs of the series, but those issues were finally settled. NBC Universal had already agreed to extend Fox's option to pick up the series to April 15, 2011, but that date passed without an agreement having been reached. However, Fox was getting ready to announce its fall schedule and any further delay would have meant scheduling difficulties once the fall season started if it did not find a replacement series.Production of Season 8 was somewhat delayed and the season did not begin airing until October 3, 2011. Part of the issue was that without a firm deal to continue the series, NBC Universal only had Hugh Laurie and Olivia Wilde under contract to appear in any following season. However, shortly after Fox's announcement, Robert Sean Leonard, Peter Jacobson, and Omar Epps agreed to new contracts. Jesse Spencer was in negotiations longer, but finally agreed to a new contract. However, Lisa Edelstein announced she would not be returning and instead joined the cast of The Good Wife.
In early 2012, it was confirmed that this season was House's last, and it would have a "swan song" episode (a two hour finale consisting of a retrospective and the series finale). The finale was co-written and directed by series creator David Shore. The last few episodes focused heavily on a Hilson story line. Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Anne Dudek, Sela Ward, Amber Tamblyn, and Jennifer Morrison also returned for the finale.
Among the story threads that were picked up from Season 7 were:
- The end of Huddy and the replacement of Lisa Cuddy with Eric Foreman as Dean of Medicine.
- Chris Taub's relationships, with his ex-wife Rachel and his much younger girlfriend Ruby, both of whom gave birth to a daughter.
New plot points developed from the beginning of the season were:
- House serving time in prison for his various misdeeds. His absence lasts about one year: long enough for things to really be shaken up at Princeton-Plainsboro.
- House is eventually released on strict conditions, meaning if he screws up, Foreman can have him sent back to jail to serve out the rest of his sentence.
- House meets his new fellow to be, Jessica Adams, while in prison and brings her onto his team after his release.
- The shape of the team forms into something completely different, marking the biggest shift since Season 4. Both Dr. Adams and Charlyne Yi's new character Dr. Chi Park become fellows.
- It appears Thirteen moves off the team at least temporarily, and Olivia Wilde leaves the series to pursue other career options.
House starts the year in prison, serving out a long term for his various misdeeds in Moving On. However, it turns out that he didn't even try to get a lesser sentence and took a one-year term without complaint. He blows a chance for early parole in order to prove a fellow patient's diagnosis. Although he plans to withdraw from the practice of medicine, it appears the real co-dependent relationship is between House and the hospital. With House looking at serving at least another six months, the new Dean of Medicine, Eric Foreman approaches House with an offer to return to work.
House accepts the offer and gets out of prison, eventually reconnecting with a doctor who worked in the infirmary who he's made unemployable, Jessica Adams. With one new team member established, he soon meets a bright but timid resident, Chi Park, and adds her to his growing entourage of no-cost doctors as well. He receives a cool welcome from James Wilson, but after a cathartic punch to the nose, the two men reconnect.
However, all is not well at the hospital. House is put on a short leash, and the hospital lacks the funding to provide him with a proper team. Park is his only employee, and House must convince Adams and other doctors to donate their services to help him. House seeks out wealthy patients who can provide him with funding, but the rest of the hospital staff is also working to push House to return to his bad behavior so that Foreman will have to fire him, resulting in House's return to jail.
House gets the money to re-fund his department by pawning a piece of hospital equipment to bet on the market. He also helps Park avoid getting fired for hitting her previous boss. Chase eagerly returns, and even Taub prefers the excitement of saving lives to the routine of fixing noses. However, House initially tries to reconnect with Thirteen, he finally sends her off with her girlfriend to live in Greece.
Taub has other problems. Both his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend are furious with him, and he's on the hook for two child support payments and one alimony payment. Not only that, the mothers choose the names Sophie and Sophia. In addition, Rachel announces that she wants to move to Seattle with her new boyfriend Phil and take Sophia with them. After a lot of soul searching, Taub refuses.
The routine of weird cases continue until February. However, when treating a chemistry teacher, Chase and Adams are in the room when the patient suffers a psychotic break. In the melee, Chase is badly stabbed and the life-saving surgery nearly costs him the use of his legs as well. He takes a lengthy leave of absence and, when he returns, has an inappropriate relationship with a patient. When she leaves him to return to be a nun, Chase decides to return to the team.
However, it's House soon having woman problems as his immigration wife Dominika returns from Atlantic City to tell House that the immigration authorities are coming to test whether their marriage is real. House tries to blow her off, but an offer of $30,000 if he succeeds is too much for him. Unfortunately, they blow the test, but Dominika pleads that she loves House and asks that he not be punished. Immigration gives them one more chance, but it means they have to live together for real. To House's surprise, he enjoys spending time with Dominika and when her citizenship is granted, he keeps this knowledge from her so she will stay. Unfortunately, she discovers the deception and leaves him.
As for the other woman in his life, House works through some issues with his mother. She shows up in Princeton with her new fiance, Thomas Bell, a man who House has believed for forty years was his biological father. At a cathartic dinner, House reveals his immigration wife (which Bell supports given the U.S. immigration system) and his stint in prison (which his mother knew about from reading the Princeton newspapers). She also admits she and Bell got married shortly after John House died. House finally confronts her about Bell, and she admits she deceived both of them. After the initial shock, Bell reaches out to House. However, Wilson is too tempted and tests Bell's DNA - he's not House's biological father either.
At the end of the series, it's House's most important relationship at stake when James Wilson reveals he has inoperable cancer. Despite being an oncologist, he rejects the conventional therapy for his thymoma and instead gets House to agree to try a short course of radical chemotherapy in order to shrink the tumor and make it operable. Wilson survives the treatment, but it doesn't work - the tumor remains inoperable, meaning that without treatment, Wilson will survive no longer than five months and, even with treatment, three years would be an exceptional lifespan.
Given the options of spending two years in and out of hospitals or six months in fairly good health doing what he wants, Wilson opts not to accept treatment. House is furious and the men go back and forth on the matter, with Wilson changing his mind throughout. Eventually, House comes to terms with Wilson's choice and the two start to plan for their last few months together. At that point, Foreman drops a bombshell - because of a disastrous prank, House has to go back to jail for the next six months.
Meanwhile, with House spending more time with Wilson, the team find themselves increasingly on their own. Chase starts to take the lead on the team, but when they treat one of his rivals, a doctor who was also up for the fellowship Chase received, Chase begins to re-examine his life and decides to leave the team at the end of the case. Finally realizing that he doesn't have to be exactly like House to be a great doctor, he starts using his own strengths and solves yet another case. Foreman offers him a promotion to stay, but Chase feels that he has to get out of House's shadow once and for all and leaves the hospital.
With prison looming, House hatches a number of crazy schemes in an attempt to stay out of jail long enough to be with Wilson during the last months of his life. However, when they all fail, he comes up with the craziest scheme yet - faking his own death. This one works and he has the pleasure of texting Wilson during his own funeral to tell him to shut up. The two men head off on motorcycles to enjoy the rest of Wilson's life and House's death.
- Twenty Vicodin (October 3, 2011)
- Transplant (October 10, 2011)
- Charity Case (October 17, 2011)
- Risky Business (October 31, 2011)
- The Confession (November 7, 2011)
- Parents (November 14, 2011)
- Dead & Buried (November 21, 2011)
- Perils of Paranoia (November 28, 2011)
- Better Half (January 23, 2012)
- Runaways (January 30, 2012)
- Nobody's Fault (February 6, 2012)
- Chase (February 13, 2012)
- Man of the House (February 20, 2012)
- Love is Blind (February 27, 2012)
- Blowing the Whistle (April 2, 2012)
- Gut Check (April 9, 2012)
- We Need the Eggs (April 16, 2012)
- Body and Soul (April 23, 2012)
- The C Word (April 30, 2012)
- Post Mortem (May 7, 2012)
- Holding On (May 14, 2012)
- Swan Song and Everybody Dies (May 21, 2012)
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/07/13/fox-announces-fall-premiere-dates-for-2010-11-season/56923
- ↑ http://www.foxflash.com/div.php/main/page?aID=1z2z2z83z10z3
- ↑ http://www.foxflash.com/div.php/main/page?aID=1z2z2z83z10z2
- ↑ http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/07/14/house-amber-tamblyn-scrubs-in/
- ↑ http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/09/15/house-candice-bergen-cuddy-mother/
- ↑ http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Paula-1026307.aspx
- ↑ http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/rockford-files-closed-for-now-at-nbc/
- ↑ http://www.tvline.com/2011/01/ask-ausiello-spoilers-on-house-glee-more/
- ↑ http://www.tvline.com/2011/01/house-amber-tamblyn-exit/