Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The End of a series

Everybody Lies. What a fitting catchphrase for a character as wonderful and complex as Dr. Gregory House. When House first premiered  I knew I had to watch. I’m not a fan of medical series because well I’m just not a fan of hospitals and avoid blood and guts in real life so why watch but from its first ad I could tell House was going to be different. (Note: I can usually tell from the 1st ad if I will like a show) From that first episode to the end the series was more then a medical drama it was about the title character and his co-workers. Although each week the show opened with a new person collapsing allowing the format of a new illness to diagnose. Dr. House and his team were there to help and made the show a must watch each week. In order for me to diagnose this particular patient I have to start with the individual characters. The first group of young docs on his team included Robert Chase, Eric Foreman and Allison Cameron.

Chase (Jesse Spencer)-Good looking playboy surgeon. Wasn’t afraid of House and would even act like him at times. Married Cameron. From Wikipedia- Arguably the most creative member of House’s staff, often proposing unconventional treatments that had not previously been considered, but whose perceived effectiveness is generally agreed upon
Cameron (Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison)- The heart of the team. Once married a dying man because she felt bad for him. Called out House on his most insane antics.
Foremen (Omar Epps)- Most uptight and House’s match in every way, which made him the perfect choice for the head of  the hospital when Cuddy left.. Wikipedia- he frequently voiced his disapproval of House's maverick methods and daring decisions.

When Cameron left House needed new team members and instead of the usual hiring interview he gathered many prospects gave each a number and had a contest the results were…

Lawrence Kutner (the great Kal Penn)-The most enthusiastic contender of them all, wanted the job so badly that when House rejected him as #6 he came back as #9. With a surprise twist died from an apparent suicide.

Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson)- Ex plastic surgeon who wanted to do “better work” with his skills. Chosen by Cuddy to keep House focused. Married, cheated, divorced and had a doughter with ex wife and nurse at hospital both named Sophia.

Remy “13”  Hadley (Olivia Wilde)- Got her nickname 13 by her contest placement. In my opinion was House’s equal which is why when she discovered she carried the gen for Huntington's he was only to happy to kill her if she wanted instead he fired her for her own good.

For a couple of episodes there was Martha Masters (Amber Tamblyn)-A young naive doctor.

There was also

 Amber Volakis (Anne Dudek) Another contestant who House nicknamed “Cutthroat Bitch," Wikipidia- Her persistence and unorthodox approaches initially win her praise, but she is ultimately eliminated because House feels she cannot accept being wrong, something he says she would need to be able to accept on a regular basis if she were to work for him. Dated Wilson, Killed in a  bus accident in a two part well made episodes entitled  House’s Head and Wilson’s Heart

By the last two seasons House had two new team members…

Chi Park (Charlyne Yi)- A young smart woman who lives with her mother and grandmother. After punching a older male doctor for sexual harassment House was the only one who would hire her.

Jessica Adams (Odette Annable)- Comes from a good family, believes in redemption and second chances

Then there is

Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstien) Dean of Medicine at Princeton Plainsboro, Hired House because she knew he was a good doctor if not a good man. Even when he got out of hand would not fire him and picked up after every mess he made. Trust House even if his decisions and treatments were seen as unorthodox. Adopted a teen patients baby named her Rachel. Cared about House and dated him until she realized she could never fix him. Left the hospital after House ran his car into her dining room.

James Wilson (The amazing and magnificent Robert Sean Leonard) If you couldn’t tell from my previous post my favorite character. If I ever got cancer and need a Oncologist he would be the one I want. House’s conscience and best friend, they met at a conference where Wilson was arrested for a bar fight and House paid his bail because Wilson “amused” him. This first introduction turns into in my opinion the best Bromance on TV. Respected by all others. Would defend House til the end. Underestimated. I will miss and always love you my sweet and wonderful Wilson.

Which brings me to the man himself 

Dr. Gregory House (the very cool and talented Mr. Hugh Laurie)- The vicondin addicted, cynical, mean, hates pattients and working in the free clinic but loves a good puzzle, has been arrested, in jail, in rehab, loves prostitutes, drives a motorcycle, fellow GH fan and likable even if he doesn’t want to be tall man with a limp and a cane. Is there anything I’ve missed?

Let me raise a glass one last time to the creative and well made series simply called House m.d. Thank you David Shore, the entire crew and the rest of the cast (regulars and guest stars) for all the amazing  years. You made me laugh, cry and thought I had a new illness every week. There will be no more white board of symtoms, no more patients coughing up blood and no more guesses that it is Lupus. I will miss the antics of House but am so happy to have been a fan from day one (even before I knew Hugh Laurie was British). You will forever be in my heart and a big part of my TV family. Goodbye

House M.D
November 16, 2004-May 21, 2012
8 seasons 177 episodes

1 comment:

  1. P.S. Thank you for introducing me to Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard. i will watch whatever they and the rest of the cast do from here on.