‘House’ Series Finale Review & Discussion

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Paired with a beautifully crafted retrospective, the House series finale, in its two-hour form, perfectly represents the best and worst of the series. Using Hugh Laurie to endear audiences to the behind-the-scenes production of the series, House entered into its final episode by presenting the perfect platform for audiences to not only enjoy the finale, but to also appreciate it from the point-of-view of everyone who worked on it.

Sadly, all of those fond memories and earned goodwill from the retrospective were all-but lost, as the lack of actual story, its poor, disjointed flashbacks and “twist” ending served to almost isolate this episode from the entity of the series. Perhaps a story viewers would be interesting in hearing – though not as the closing chapter.

Trapped in a burning building, much of the episode was spent trying to figure out what was actually occurring. Attempts at using familiar faces from series’ past were a welcomed inclusion, if only in the most simplest sense (i.e. it’s nice to see characters return).

Trying to find a connection between the House series finale and the emotionally charged story-arc that audiences have been enjoying for the latter half of the series, the almost decade-long invested viewership is insultingly asked to hinge the entirety of this episode’s logic and existence on an elementary school stunt of flushing something down the toilet.

As the talk of consequences from vandalism was continuously used as an ill-thought motivator for House’s change, all hopes for a competent conclusion to one of television’s most compelling characters were embarrassingly thrown away, as the hopes for any type of definite ending took over.

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And for five minutes, a definite ending was provided. In a mish-mash of illogical occurrences, House’s attempt at redemption was met with his fiery death, completely visible to Wilson and Foreman. If one purely focuses on the act of killing House, an instinctual, emotional response is felt by those watching. However, that extremely thin veil is easily lifted once any type of logic is added and audiences realize that the death of lesser characters were more emotionally impactful.

Fortunately, those feelings only lasted for a few moments, as it was revealed that House had actually faked his own death. Absolutely proving to anyone watching that House has a direct connection to Sherlock Holmes, the House series finale insultingly believed that the best way to end one of television’s most iconic characters with an ending that every iteration of Sherlock Holmes (film and television) used as their ending – and they did it months before the House series finale was written.

Almost winking at the audience, this disastrous ending followed the absolutely wonderful House retrospective, which spoke in-length about how the series was based on the doctor that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. While showing that House isn’t simply some clone of Sherlock Holmes, it does become laughable once you realize that the series finale turned out to be exactly that. A poor clone.

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For whatever reason, this was the ending that the producers felt viewers deserved. Certainly not the ending they had originally planned (if they even had that figured out), one has to wonder how the finale would have been altered if certain things had played out differently in the series’ history.

In the end, the House series finale is a careless, uneventful and almost pointless entity into the series franchise. Unfortunately, the series had reached a point where there were very few places left to go (or character movements to explore). So while this may not be the best ending to the series, it’s an ending. And at this point, many will be satisfied with just that.

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  1. The review has its points and they are indeed pertinent points. I personally liked the finale, but I felt it was incomplete due to the absence of Lisa Cuddy. Payment cuts and disagreements lead to Lisa E in the real world leave the show but in terms of the story, ending House without acknowledgement of Cuddy or her presence is unforgivable. This is simply due to the sheer importnance of Cuddy and Wilson in House’s life.

    House faking his death for his friend is in a way an awesome ending but insult to the Cuddy character is nagging sensation that will leave me unsatisfied with the House ending.

  2. I miss HOUSE so much!!! Bring back Greg House! :(

  3. I’ll go ahead and say it, I did not like the finale. It was one anticlimactic event after another. He’s just about to get out when BAM! He’s crushed. Then at the funeral we all expected a nice, de

  4. I’ll go ahead and say it, I did not like the finale. It was one anticlimactic event after another. He’s just about to get out when BAM! He’s crushed. Then at the funeral we all expected a nice, depressing memoir of Gregory House but Wilson’s rant ruined it. Then wait for it… House is alive! And Cuddy was barely mentioned throughout this entire endeavor! It was a finale undeserving of House, MD’s usual feel. And the way House “died” was unbelievably un-Houselike! Nothing medical to do with it all! I don’t think it even explained what he was doing in a burning apartment! They just Telly wanted to pound into the ground that there wouldn’t be another episode. I would have wanted to see something along the lines of this: House is working on a particularly hard case. He broke his peril so now he is going back to jail as soon as he finishes his case, and will lose his medical liscense forever. Just as things get serious within the case he expiriences pain in his leg which he passes off as regular pain. Later he finds out he has a proper House-disease that no one has heard about, and is un curable. He goes home to see his options and realizes there are only 2. Take treatment that will keep him alive 10 months( twice as long as Wilson has) or commit suicide( there is also do nothing but for the sake of the plot he has to do something. He has his subconscious epiphany, but realizes life isn’t worth living, commit suicide, and series ends with a proper depressing funeral (with Cuddy) that out lines all 8 seasons of the show, endin with Wilson or Cuddy saying something they thought was true about House, but realized it wasn’t, an saying House’s coin phrase “Everybody Lies” (also everybody dies for the title factor or another house phrase for the nostalgia factor). Overall, the producers could have made the finale a lot more memorable and emotional, while still retaining House MD’s natural attitude. Loved the series though, and I’m really sad to see it gone.

    • I agree. The ending did not fit with with series at all! One my biggest questions was “Where was Cuddy!!!!!!” She wasn’t even at the funeral! I mean really! I love this series so much, and I’m just pissed it ended like this! I’m secretly hoping they come back with one last season. So much for wishful thinking! So long House

      • I lost track of House a few years ago because I got fed up with commercial television’s constant ad breaks and late starting times. I’ve been slowly working my way through the last few seasons of House and finally saw the finale last night. I’ve got to say I don’t understand the angst about it. I thought it was fantastic and a very emotional way to finish. What I think is the biggest problem for fans is they forget this … IT IS ONLY A TV SHOW!!! The writer clearly had a vision for what he thought would be appropriate and it was executed beautifully. Yes, some parts of it are a tiny bit far fetched but I’ve always found the House “lightbulb” moments to be a bit far fetched so it’s not really a lot different. And why do so many people have a problem with Cuddy not being there? Don’t people realise that Lisa Edelstein is a real person with real commitments and just wasn’t available at all from what I’ve read. They couldn’t re-schedule the whole finale just to fit her in. She may also have left unhappy with the people running the show and been unwilling to come back. It is a shame but not the end of the world. You could actually believe that the end of their relationship was so traumatic to House that he didn’t want to hallucinate her!
        Just my opinion, thanks for listening, haha!

        • Yes, I did realise that Lisa Eddelstein had problems with the producers or something, so I take it back. It is not the producers fault for this particular scenario, it is Lisa Eddelsteins. If she couldnt come back for one last show, just once, then that is most certainly not cool.