***'Simple Explanation' Spoilers Included!***
Last week's House promo told us that every season there's a shocking episode we never forget - and that this week's would be it. It didn't show us anything else but everyone on the cast looking shocked, leaving us more than curious about what the shocker could possibly be when it seemed like there was no lead-up at all except the hints in the entertainment blogging world that a major character would not last the season.
So we discovered pretty quickly, with a truly shocking and disturbing scene, that Kutner was our man. Talk about traumatizing to go check on your co-worker and friend to discover him shot in the head and to try to save him with no hope, and only to end up covered in his blood.
With all the rumors that someone was leaving the show, this ending for Kutner felt very abrupt. The story is that the actor playing Kutner, Kal Penn, wanted to leave the show to go work for Obama at the White House... yes, yes, another Obama hit to our TV schedules! But hey, I'd much rather see Penn go making a difference in DC than leaving House to dedicate his life to more Harold & Kumar movies. (More on Penn's exit)
So with that in mind, it sounds as if they had plenty of time to build this story better as opposed to it seeming very much like Penn just took off as they didn't show him at all in this episode. But maybe the point was that they wanted this dramatic shocker to have no lead-in, so I suppose if that's the way it as meant to be, it was done well.
So what did you think? Was Kutner's exit done well? Were you shocked? Upset? Are you going to miss Kutner's character terribly or are you looking forward to the stories that will come from this dramatic episode?
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