House Season 7 Premiere Review & Discussion

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When House lost his patient Hannah in the season 6 finale of House, fans were left wondering how this might affect the good doctor. Throughout the episode, he had become attached to not only her, but her story – something that doesn’t typically happen. Coming off of a year of sobriety, fans watched as House, filled with grief, tore apart his bathroom looking for drugs in an attempt to disconnect from his emotions.

As House was surely to relapse, fans were more than surprised when Cuddy arrived to rescue the trouble diagnostician. To an even greater surprise, Cuddy expressed her feelings for House and, as the episode came to a close, the wishes of fans around the world were granted as the two shared a single kiss.

Initiating a relationship between the two main characters of a television series can be an extremely risky – not to mention tricky – endeavor. Throughout the history of television, there are many series that have attempted the same coupling. A seemingly innocent relationship, while entertaining to rabid fans, has the ability to take down even the mightiest television series. What often happens is that the focus on the relationship forces producers to sacrifice the entertaining and intriguing storylines that originally drew viewers to the series in order to maintain and develop that relationship storyline.

Will House be able to succeed where other series have failed?


As House season 7 begins, we pick up immediately where the season 6 finale left off – House and Cuddy are in each others arms. As I’m sure many of you know what comes next (being that they’re both adults and have had feelings for each other for some time), I won’t go into much detail – let’s just say that it’s something that they haven’t done since med-school. While a scene like this can easily become sensationalistic and, let’s be honest, tacky, the producers chose to use a very specific, and unique, style in order to present this scene in the best possible way, with the most emotional impact to the viewers.

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The best way to describe this scene is to say that the producers attempted to create the most romantic, beautiful and visually impactful scene between a man and a woman that they possibly could. To their credit, they not only succeed above and beyond anything that you could imagine, but they did so without straying from what you would expect from these two characters.

Aside from the characters initial embrace, and (numerous) subsequent embraces, the season 7 premiere of House is very much a supplemental episode to the series. There are really no major plot points revealed (aside from the mystery behind Thirteen’s departures) and, in a sense, this episode serves as a love letter to the fans who have wanted to see these characters together from the beginning. The majority of this episode depicts House and Cuddy, set up in House’s apartment, enjoying themselves in their newly found relationship. The dialogue between the two, for the most part, always stays positive and playful. Fans will no doubt enjoy seeing a different (read: romantic) side of House.

From House stating that “right now, we are more important than what is going on at the hospital” and proceeding to “cook” her a “wonderful” breakfast of Corn Flakes, to Cuddy questioning House why, while playing Boggle, that he didn’t come up with the word of “love” (even though it was obviously on the board), this episode has the couple tackle many of the questions and concerns that surround their relationship. While House may have feelings for Cuddy, he understands that with her being a mother, he might not be the best person for Cuddy to have around her child. A selfless act no doubt, and something that is discussed in a very poignant scene towards the end of the episode.

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Of course, while watching House and Cuddy in an apartment for an entire day might fulfill many fans’ dreams, the episode attempts to balance this out with an extremely watered-down story for Foreman, Chase, Taub and Thirteen to tackle. While House and Cuddy are enjoying each other, House, unbeknownst to Cuddy, sends home Princeton-Plainsboro’s only attending neurosurgeon (he’s sick and throwing up all over the ER) – something that will put at risks the hospitals accreditation. For the better part of the episode, the team attempts to bring the neurosurgeon back to the hospital and make him healthy again. While there isn’t much substance to the team’s story-line (aside from Thirteen’s imminent departure), it’s thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.

…And then there’s Wilson. Since Wilson is one of the few characters who has befriended House, it’s no surprise that he attempts to show up at House’s apartment when he doesn’t show up for work (especially after all that just happened). Of course, that doesn’t mean House is going to let him inside. Instead, viewers are witness to an entertaining scene where House pretends to be an answering machine that’s telling Wilson to go away.

Aside from Wilson banging on the door and then getting stuck trying to crawl through the window, he’s also the first person that House reveals his relationship with Cuddy to. Although, since Cuddy “disappears” when House attempts to show Wilson that she’s really in his apartment, Wilson leaves believing that House is back on drugs. Initially, this concerned me as I wasn’t really interested in spending half of a season with Wilson believing that House was on drugs and that his relationship with Cuddy was false. Thankfully, that miscommunication is fixed in the next episode.

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While I would still describe the season 7 premiere as supplemental, upon finishing it I now understand why it was done. In a genius move, the producers used this premiere as a way for House and Cuddy to develop their relationship to such an extent that when they finally make their relationship public (episode two), and bring it to work, they can continue telling the same great stories that this series is known for without having to continuously interject ancillary relationship discussions that feel artificial.

Final Thoughts

The season 7 premiere of House gives fans everything that they have wanted, and so much more. Not only that, but it’s also a testament to how great writing and a talented staff can overcome one of television’s most dangerous clichés.

House Season 7 premiere’s Monday, September 20 @8pm.

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  1. So, I loved this, and the episode after it. I think if it gets boring or hurts the series it’ll be easy to fix/end, because there are lots of reasons for them to split, and not so many for them to stay together. Of course, this makes them really interesting together, so all in all I’m for it. Cuddy is totally capable of hating House for his faults, and has in the past. However, she has never been able to stop herself from liking/loving/respecting him for his virtues. I couldn’t count the number of episodes that had Cuddy hating him and screaming at him for something one minute, then thanks to nothing else but his own brilliance (not an apology, or even sobriety), he gets her looking at him all “soft and in amazement” the next. She’s screwed.
    Also, am I the only one that’s holding their breath expecting House to turn on the light coming home one night and find Lucas sitting on his sofa with a shotgun, or a baseball bat? Or, I dunno, with House’s confidential psychiatric files from the hospital. Either that, or Cuddy will come home, and he’ll be drunk, and holding the baby. (Hey, I like Lucas too, but the ideas are just too juicy to pass up).

  2. bman, I think that this episode was so specifically focussed on house and cuddy’s relationship so we don’t get it throughout the season. I really like the medical mystery combined with these storylines, but I don’t expect another episode like this ever again.

    And wouldn’t want one either.

    It worked well this time but would not work again. The dibala story arc was fantastic. On a par with the house hallucinations one. I also really like the tritter story arc (have not seen it all yet). I hope we get more story arcs like these in series 7, as series 6 was lacking in them (after the fantastic dibala one)

  3. When I heard S7 House was about Huddy, Huddy, and more Huddy, I too it off my TiVo list. Apparently a lot of other people did too because the ratings weren’t great. Wake me up when there’s House/Wilson, the kind we had from S1 through S4, during a couple of S5 eps, like Birthmarks, and S6, like Wilson and the Down Low.

  4. I agree with DeeChange. I have removed House from my DVR. I have watched the first two episodes and have not been at all impressed. I have never liked Cuddy anyway, and this whole relationship thing has totally derailed the show. Personally, in the first epp of the new season, it looked for a moment like the whole relationship thing was going to be a hallucination and that House was back on the meds – personally, that is what I was really hoping for. When it didn’t happen, it became very anti-climactic. I might watch one or two more epps to see if it gets any better, but if not, then I’m done with the series. I prefer to remember it as it was in the first 3 seasons.

  5. I am in the minority here but I thought that the premier episode content was necessary and awesome! The writers built up Huddy and the sexual tension for 6 years and it was actually getting annoying that they weren’t resolving it (in my opinion)

    I think this leaves an interesting challenge for the writers…… giving House yet another layer to him…. Emotion for himself and for another person.

    I personally can’t wait to see where they go with this! I hope everyone gives them a chance

  6. The word ‘impactful’ is NOT A WORD. It is an off-ramp from the word ‘effective’ and used when the word ‘effective’ would not be appropriate but you’d have to go all the way and use MORE THAN ONE WORD like ‘had an effect’. ‘Impactful’ is NOT A WORD, should NEVER BE USED and is pure LAZINESS. ‘One more time for the world’…: (1) effect is a noun and is something that HAPPENS ; (2) affect is a verb and is something you DO ; (3) impact is what happens when one object or thing strikes another object or thing like when my forefinger comes into contact with your forehead (for using the word ‘impactful’)…THAT’S an IMPACT. Something that happens in the physical universe. Everything else is an effect. Someone’s relative dying has an ‘effect’ on them, not an ‘impact’. When the flagpole fell over, there was an ‘impact’. The old woman having a heart attack when she heard the ‘impact’, well that was an ‘effect’ of the ‘impact’. Get it? Now don’t ever use the word ‘impactful’ again!!!!

  7. I. LOVE. HOUSE. ..!

    I am so protective of this TV show now, I absolutely LOVE it. Hugh Laurie is the best. FAVORITE ACTOR!! WOOT WOOT. lol

    I got my parents and my bff addicted to House. I 1st started watching it on tv over the summer a few years ago; I got immediately hooked. Crap, I love House. We rented all the seasons on Netflix and watched them (well, duh, of course we watched them, lol) and i’m waiting in TERRIFYINGLY AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT STRESSFUL SUSPENSE!!!! I am gonna EXPLODE, or IMPLODE, if necessary, to get the 7th season to come out already! my bff and i are definitely gonna watch the premiere. I cannot wait.

    I LOVE HOUSE!! 😀 woot woot

    -#1 Stranger
    p.s. I think House and Cuddy are PERFECT together. They just balance each other out. Peace, y’all

  8. I am pretty much throwing in the towel on the show, House. They have added this garbley voiced asian girl who looks like Thelma. I can’t tolerate anything about her. Her lack of personality, annoying voice, she just does not fit in with this show. A step down.

  9. I totally agree with Roxanne!!! I only watched a little bit of this episode and the first thing that went through my mind when I saw this new character was OMG she looks like Thelma from Scoby Doo!!! I have not been as much into the show ever since they started the whole “huddy” thing. To me that just changed the dynamics of the show too much and not in a good way.

  10. The answer to the question “Will House be able to succeed where other series have failed?” should be definitely “yes”, in spite of all the screams that Huddy brought the series down, and that happy and not-addicted House is dull and boring. House was all the same House as he used to be before the relationship, only a bit happier. If you love the series give your favorite character a chance to be happy and “clean”. Although the Asian girl is really annoying…

  11. I am pretty much throwing in the towel on the show, House. They have added this garbley voiced asian girl who looks like Thelma. I can’t tolerate anything about her. Her lack of personality, annoying voice, she just does not fit in with this show. A step down.