Hang on, I have to go find some tissue before I can start this recap. If you weren't a bit teary-eyed at last night's season finale of House, then your heart is as cold as a heart that's been put into arrested hypothermia.
Last week, House took us on an interesting bus ride, and while I didn't know where it was going, I certainly wasn't expecting an ending like this. Especially considering how light-hearted, and goofy this season has been. We started off with a Survivor-like hunt for a new team, and ended up with a bus crash and a case of tragic timing. To check out all of my thoughts on the House season finale (spoilers ahead), just read more.
After the sort of eerie feel to last week's episode, it was nice to see that this week's was back on track. If it hadn't been that Amber was the patient, it could have been almost like any other episode of House. The gang gathers around the white board and tries to figure out what's going on. House sends Thirteen and Kutner off to ransack the house, Taub runs some more tests, Foreman — who has fully embraced his inner House, don't you think? — complains, and so on.
Only it's not like any other episode of House. Amber — the newly found love of Wilson's life — is barely hanging on to her life, House is coming off of a heart attack and head injury, and the team is dealing with helping one of their own. Meanwhile, Wilson is a mess and wants to know exactly why House was hanging out with Amber to begin with. Everything else was fascinating, but that's really what I wanted to know, too.
We eventually learn that Amber was with House because she was supposed to pick him up when he was too drunk to drive home. And House — being the stubborn and unruly man that he is — forced a drink on her and then decided to take the bus home. For some reason, Amber followed him onto the bus where she popped a few flu meds right before the crash. The crash caused her kidneys to fail, which led to the medication becoming stuck in her system, causing irreparable damage to the rest of her organs.
Talk about a tragic series of events. You can't help but feel miserable for everyone involved. Also, seeing House cry when he remembered what had happened was rather touching, don't you think?
Some other thoughts:
- When House asks Wilson, "You think I should risk my life to save Amber's?" and Wilson just sort of nods at him, didn't you think it was his way of saying, "Dude, you seriously owe me"? Also, why do Chase and Wilson perform House's operation? Couldn't they have used doctors who have slept within the last 36 hours?
- Four words: Amber Wilson sex video.
- "You are the champion of not dealing with your problems." "My grandson gave me a mug that says that."
- How does Kutner have such a positive outlook on life despite a sad family tragedy in his childhood?
- Did you notice how Cameron received all of, oh I don't know, 30 seconds of speechless screen time? I wonder what her role will be like next season.
- How do you think Thirteen's positive Huntington's test result will change her character?
- Did you notice it was Fred Durst playing the bartender?
- Were you shocked that they killed Amber off? Her face when she learns that she's going to die had me in tears. So did the part when she and Wilson are lying on the hospital bed.
- I love the way the all-white ethereal bus looked, and it was interesting to hear House talk about how he doesn't want to be in pain or have Wilson hate him. Also, did you see the way Cuddy's hand was holding House's at the end?
So what did you think? Did you love the episode or hate it? How about the season as a whole? What do you think this is going to do to the Wilson/House relationship? And how are you going to spend your time waiting for the Fall premiere?!
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