And did it ever, even more than I was expecting! While those who watch promos saw that House would be back to begging the new team to come back to work for him, the detail that this would be because House finally got his medical license wasn't as advertised, and neither was the fact that this would be it... the episode where Cameron left.
While I'd read the articles revealing that she would be leaving the show, I really wouldn't have guessed it would have been this episode until I saw Cameron was tell Chase they could get through this, but not at Princeton-Plainsboro. So then I figured there wasn't a way Cameron was leaving without Chase. From there on out watching the episode, I tried to work out how Cameron and Chase could stay together with Cameron leaving the hospital, but Chase staying. And if they were both leaving, wasn't Jesse Spencer (Chase) a little insulted that the media buzz didn't announce or care that he was leaving? Or maybe that was part of their big surprise plan...
I was befuddled! And not once did I think, until the bitter end of the episode when I had to accept it, that Cameron, but not Chase, leaving meant Cameron leaving Chase.
Did they not JUST get married?? I guess no House character is meant for a happy personal life.
I will say though, before I continue with that thought of no one being able to be happy needing to apply to Cuddy again, that Cameron as a character and Jennifer Morrison as an actress got a proper exit.
While it's sad to see a character who's been around for 5+ seasons go, I think it was time for someone from House's old team to fully make an exit considering their on-again-off-again love affair with actually getting screentime, and it made for a dramatic and enticing storyline not only for this episode, but for the season's story to come.
I think the show will be missing something without her, but to have Cameron leave on such a solid note truly wrapping up her story and character on the show as she gave House a speech about how she had loved him, and she had loved Chase, but House had changed Chase to where he could never return to the person she'd loved... well, it was all an obvious, yet clarifying revelation for both her character and overall story as mentioned.
I'd assume we won't be seeing Cameron back on the show at all unless her acting career doesn't find her other work soon, and I'm very interested to see how they'll proceed with Chase's story from here. Will he actually be interesting in his heartbreak, or will he mostly appear as part of this new bizarre House team mash-up, newly confident that it's where he wants to be and what he's meant to be doing?
Now that he and Cameron have chosen their paths in the knowledge of him killing the dictator, will that be the last we hear of that issue or will it come up as an issue for Chase as he continues at the hospital? It seems the only person left to actually find out and decide he should get in trouble for it is Cuddy, and she's off in relationship la-la land (kind of), so I think she's not worried about it.
So, now, speaking of Cuddy and her relationship, while it's been otherwise re-determined that no one can have a happy relationship on House since it seems House has really lost Cuddy (doubt it's really the end though...), Wilson lost his love he'd finally found, Chase and Cameron found their happy ending then lost it, and it seems Foreman and Thirteen won't work things out anytime soon, plus Taub's wife will never understand or be happy with him working for House, well, what on earth is Cuddy doing having a happy relationship??
Of course, it's not all fun and games since she was still over-concerned with House's feelings about her relationship, but it was interesting to see Cuddy and Lucas actually move forward with their relationship because of House as Cuddy realized she wasn't expecting much from their relationship at first, and Lucas took her whole freakout seriously, but also with the realization that she felt comfortable with him over Wilson to share her true feelings.
So it seems that romance will be lasting a little while, but unlike last week, this week I was back to feeling like it was all just another distraction from getting House and Cuddy together. It's as if the show writers really mean for House to... learn something and... grow as a person before he ultimately ends up with Cuddy. I'd still say there's no guarantee we'll ever get Huddy for real, but it seems more likely this episode again as we saw House looking after the happy Cuddy and Lucas with House honestly open to seeing what he's missing as opposed to just being in his usual denial.
Any way about it, we have House back full-time at the hospital, whether that means completely back to normal flirting with Cuddy and causing problems or not. House continues to develop as his newish self which I still think is fantastic and so perfectly and continuously but slowly done that we're getting to the perfect balance of snarky genius doctor and a nicer and more aware human being.
As you can tell, I felt this was an excellent episode with some enormous developments that will be very interesting to see continue. My only hope is that the show continues to be the House we know and love with the focus on awesome medical cases, but also continues with this season's refreshing new trend of more focus on developing the new House and his relationship with the world and those around him.
What did you think? Were you surprised by how quickly Thirteen and Taub ended up returning? Were you surprised to see how things developed and ended up for Cameron? Are you happy Chase is still around and that we have a new team-old team hybrid to look forward to?