Season 7, Episode 23 (season finale) originally aired on 5/23/11
The Season Finale episode of HOUSE last night has drawn a wide range of opinions from fans. Folks commenting on E! Online have called the finale both “excellent and interesting” or “disappointing”.
Although we know now that Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) will not be back for HOUSE MD’s eighth season, when Movin’ On was taped, the actress was still in negotiations with Fox about her contract. Any viewers hoping to see “what’s going to happen to Dr. Cuddy” will just have to wait until September. But the show did tackle the difficult topic of a relationship gone bad.
The show opens with Cuddy and Wilson being cared for by policemen, firemen, and paramedics. The shot is not widened to see where they are, but we do know that Dr. House was directly involved and that Dr. Cuddy is moving forward with a restraining order. So what happened?
Three days earlier, House is in his hospital bed reviewing a video about a performance artist named Afsoun Hamidi (played by actress Shohreh Aghdashloo). She is sitting in a room while people attempt to torture her with various dangerous objects, but her assistant Luca (James Hiroyuki Liao) stops them short of setting her on fire. Art or a suicide mission? Turns out it’s a little of both.
Afsoun is a troubled woman who saw her mom commit suicide and was abused for years by her stepdad. She turned her questionable sanity into performance art which most of the team – save Thirteen – find strange (to say the least). But it turns out that Afsoun has one final artistic plan up her sleeve. She knows about House’s fascination with puzzles, and wants to tape him figuring out her own. “You won’t know which symptoms are real and which are fake,” she says.
Of course, Dr. House quickly figures out that she has a fatal, inoperable brain tumor that radiation has failed to treat. He’s smart like that. But wait a minute – what is this rash she has all over her body? It is not eczema, or a reaction from the paint thinner that was poured over her during her last performance, but a swelling of the blood vessels that indicates what she actually has is actually treatable. It is a granulomatosis, an inflammatory condition that can be treated with steroids and another round of radiation.
But she refuses the harsh treatment, which House finds fascinating and admirable. She refuses to compromise her “art” which will surely happen if she takes radiation again. Dr. House is all about keeping himself miserable to stay on top of his game. But Afsoun reconsiders her decision in order to fall back in love with Luca. Dr. House now calls her a hypocrite.
Meanwhile, Cuddy is chasing Dr. House all over the hospital so they can talk about their own broken relationship. He successfully avoids her a few times, but then does sit down to have lunch where she tells him that she has not been dating anyone else but still does not want to get back together. She asks for a particular item he failed to return to her – a special brush (this becomes important in a minute).
Probably the most exciting storyline in the finale was that of Dr. Taub. Last episode we learned that his 22-year-old girlfriend is pregnant. Well, he failed to stop seeing his ex-wife Rachel (and failed to tell her about the other woman) and, well, Rachel is pregnant too.
Dr. House decides that he is going to personally deliver Cuddy’s brush to her house, probably in hopes of at least having an amicable working relationship. He finds her on a double date with her sister with a man she was set up with and met in a coffee shop a day or two earlier. Jealous, he does what many might dream of doing to an ex, but don’t actually go through with it (which is why we love HOUSE in the first place) – he drives his car through her dining room. He then gets out and hands her the brush. (Talk about a personal delivery.)
Earlier in the episode, Dr. Wilson is seen talking with the police about where he thinks House might have gone after the destruction. “Look for a bar that is just like he is – dark and miserable.” But we find House at the end of the show in a completely opposite place. He is in a bar, but not fall-down drunk, he turns and walks out onto a beautiful, sunny island beach.
Executive producer Greg Yaitanes says that Season Seven was all about finding out if Dr. House can really change. Do you think the beach is a metaphor for a new, sunnier House next season? Guess we will have to wait and see.