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. It looks amazing ! hopefully the whole season will be !!

    • too many gosh darn commericals got in the way of this show. it seemed like every single product was shown to distract the entire program. my guess is because there must have been some 85 million viewers watching and prime time knew it. too bad becasue the constant interruptions much more than usual took away from the show.

      • @Amy; I totally was distracted by the amount of commercial breaks as well. There was like 2 minutes of show, then 5 minutes of commercial – or so it seemed.

  2. Amazing review!
    Extremely looking forward to this season of house.
    Do you feel from both episodes that you have seen that the relationship between both characters can be sustained? hopefully. I do think so?…

    • It’s hard to tell from the first two episodes because their relationship is so new. It doesn’t really get put to the test until they get back to the hospital, but they have set it up in the best way possible.

      So, I guess, we’ll have to see….

      • i loved it they work so well together in my opinion but that look they both had right at the very end worries me i dont know if they are just worried about it working or not, i think thats probably it but i would love to see them stay together even if its difficult (which it will be)

  3. I can’t wait for Monday! You sir are extremely awesome, I didn’t think it was possible but you’re review just made me moooooore excited than ever! I’m a very very thankful fan!

  4. Sounds Great,but for a moment there,I thought House had moved to Wednesdays!

  5. “As House season 7 beings,”

    Minor typo at the beginning.

    Good review looking forward to monday so much. Love house and glad House and Cuddy finally got together.

  6. I loved the review. Really looking forward to watching the premiere this coming Monday. 7 years is a long time, and I’m glad to read that the show is taking this relationship seriously and giving it the spotlight it rightfully deserves.

  7. You made me even more excited for the premiere than I already was, if that’s even possible ;).

    The Wilson storyline sounds strange though, why would he leave House alone if he truly believed that he’s back on drugs??
    And why’s Cuddy hiding anyway, is she embarrassed or what?

  8. I’ve waited 6 SEASONS for this and I’m glad that from the reviews i’m read that i’m not going to be let down. This was the most important thing that I wanted resolved before the show ended

  9. Great review! Makes me more anxious on Monday!

  10. I can´t wait to see Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein facing each other in this amazing episode.

  11. Sex tape? is it true?

    • That is not true. Not sure why someone would imply to you that it was. There’s a very cute, very quick joke where House pulls out a tripod, but that’s all.

  12. What a horrible review, riddled with inane references to cliched plotlines that would be better left to the dwindling vestages of daytime soap dramas!

    Ok, just kidding. I wanted to be different than everyone else. :-)

    Great review, Tony. Is it OK to call you Tony? Looking forward to more of psycho-House.

  13. I don’t know about this new “relationship”. I guess I’m fine with it, as long as House and Cuddy don’t get married- it would completely ruin House’s original character! What I do want to see more of though, is Wilson WITHOUT his ex wife; she already ruined the (fun!) life Wilson and House had in the new apartment :(
    Heh, I guess I love those two too much.

  14. i wish they could marry too

  15. I dont think that House and Cuddy in a relationship will end the series as they are more geniune then other series. I think it will be more like Mulda & Skully (XFiles) were in their latest movie. They were in a weird relationship (after 10 years of partnering together, they finally started dated).
    I think if H&C get married it would be best if thats the last episode … with a lead up into it where one of them gets cold feet.
    BTW, I think Cuddy “hiding” from telling people that she is with House isnt surprising … she has been dodging her feelings about him for 6 years. The reason why they werent in a relationship wasnt because of House … he made it obvious that he wanted her enough times.

    • I don’t know if that’s entirely true…Oh, it’s mostly true, the reason why they weren’t in a relationship was mostly because Cuddy already knew all House’s logical reasons they wouldn’t work, and was doing her best to use them to shove her feelings for House down somewhere around her shoes. But did you notice in the opening scene how House kind of completely shut down for a bit there? I only noticed because I was thinking of how funny it was how massively different House’s reaction to Cuddy was in his own head (the hallucination-banging her into walls, Mr. Confident)to how it actually played in ‘real’ life. He just kind of stood there, staring at her with his mouth open. I was really impressed, actually, with Hugh Laurie’s performance there-he really thought about that, how to show how massively crappy House is at dealing with things that make him feel.

  16. You fail to mention all the great humor in this show. I suspect that Hugh had a great deal of input on the scenes with the sword and wilson stuck in the window.

  17. Excellent review and I concur it was a love letter to the fans. So nice to have a reviewer who actually is a fan and likes the thing that they are reviewing in the first place.

    I held my breath when Cuddy “disappeared” fearing that it was all a horrible hallucination. Would the writers do that to us? Asked the same question at the end when he was trying to break it off-would they break our hearts as well?

    Should be a wild ride ahead

  18. it sucked

  19. Ok wow. Had to watch it twice to process it. Its almost better to edit it so you watch the huddy scenes on their own or loose the continuity of the emotion. I am pleased to see House remain House – even his ostensibly loving attempts to keep Cuddy in to enjoy their new relationship seems very typical of him – his typical Housian way of wanting to discover just exactly what the mystery of the relationship is, rightaway – something he must solve. Also shows up in his analysing it to bits in the bathtub scene.

    It is weird to see him so open and disclosing stuff to huddy – not entirely sure i am convinced he would be feeling so happy? so soon after the traumatic events of losing a patient at end of Season 6 after baring his soul. His emotions must have been in extreme see saw with first losing huddy to the lucas engagement, then losing the patient so traumatically then getting huddy back in a big way! Must be surreal to House.

    Well looking forward to second episode to see the reveal to the rest of the House world! Again, wow!

  20. I’m sorry, but I can’t agree with the notion that this is what fans were waiting for. This was by far the weakest premiere episode of House, with purely cheesy “humor” and a polar opposite House that isn’t nearly as entertaining as our lovable doped up doctor. The preview of the upcoming season after the episode only further discouraged me from watching this season. The writers, I know, have wanted to mix things up (which they did wonderfully last season with Wilson and Cuddy feature episodes) but this seems too unremarkable to what (at least used to be) one of my favorite shows.

    • I wish they kept up the good work but I am personally very disappointed, specially with the last episode

  21. I think I’m in the minority…. I’m not liking the House/Cuddy relationship at all. I was never a big fan of them as a pairing – I liked House with Cameron better, or even with Stacy. Those relationships seemed more genuine.

    The one thing I am liking about this is House discovering his “sensitive” side. We’ve already seen how House caring about his patient messes with his decisions in the last episode. So, we’ll see where that takes him.

  22. great episode~ i too thought the producers were gonna mess up but was pleasantly surprised. both characters were amazing and very true to their real selves. i especially enjoyed Lisa in this episode. house was vulnerable and showed his emotional side for once. don’t think it was fake at all. we always got glimpses into his softer side = so this was great.
    sad to see 13 go. i really like her. i liked the interactions between her and the rest of the cast. in general this episode had a very positive and “gentle” vibe – not the usual cynical and sarcastic feel – what bothers me in general is how the team could be so emotional and caring with other people (i.e. patients) but so rude to each other. (i liked how taub got teary eyed…)
    looking forward to the rest of the season…

  23. House and Cuddy in a lasting relationship? I just don’t see it happening. It would change the dynamics of the show too much. House was always undermining Cuddy’s authority and causing “chaos”. How would he act if they were involved? Plus I don’t know if the hospital would condone their relationship. She being his supervisor ect. I’d rather have the sparks be from them disagreeing with each other not from a lovey dovey perspective.

  24. I have to completely disagree with this review. It’s funny how everyone was looking forward to this moment, as was I, just like the superbowl. After seeing it I feel I was repeatedly kicked in the goods. It let me down so much. The episode was nothing more than house and cuddy talking in bed, in a bath, in the bathroom, and in the kitchen with no more than 5 minutes of medical mysteries. The medical stuff is the whole reason I watch this over greys anatomy. If i want that much drama I will turn on a soap opera. I dont mind a little drama because it adds a lot of depth to the stories, but this episode just waaaaaaay overdid it.

  25. fantastic review. one of the best i’ve read. thank you!

    i do have one question though:
    i keep hearing about these differences between the screener and what aired on Monday evening. please tell us which are? scenes added or cut? everyone’s keep talking about the intro being different on the press screener. how is that? aside from the music used. where there more sex scenes?

    thank you!

  26. No way was that a good premiere. Show is spiraling into some stupid cutesy thing.
    To the people that didn’t like it your not alone.
    I want an hour of my life back.

  27. After watching the episode many times I think it’s OK. There were way to many commercials and it cut between House/Cuddy and the hospital and that was very annoying. I’m about sick of all this talk about how it cannot work. I hope it does work and we get to see House bare his soul to Cuddy and his body. Naked House it way too hot and how can anyone not tune in just for that.
    Some things I thought were weak in the opening scenes was why she washs his cut and then his face. Also, if she wanted to clean him up wash the whole face. I don’t understand why she takes his jean off. Was it so she could kiss his scar. That grossed me out. Kisses his scare and then his lips. I also thought it was strange House carries her to the bed with her shoes on and bottom half of her scrubs.
    The magic bath saved this episode for me. The look on House’s face when he is telling her about the magic bath was too cute and to see the two of them in the bath chilling was sweet.
    I think this episode was better than the next one I just saw. Too many promo spots meant no surprises and made it disappointing. I hope the next one is better.
    I hope they make it because I think House can still be good if he just learns he does not have to really change. Crazy House is what we all love..even Cuddy told him that. :)

  28. i’m from belgium and we have to wait for a couple of months,but after reading this i’m sure it will be worth the waiting!!!!