When they introduced the storyline of on House of House committing himself to a mental institution at the end of Season 5, I was extremely skeptical.
While I felt like it was a fascinating development and the show had come to the point where House couldn't continue on the same way, I also felt like they'd written themselves into a corner.
How could House continue to be such an amazing medical procedural when the doctor wasn't only not in the house, but was institutionalized and seemingly unable to ever return to not only his genius, but to practicing medicine at all?
But once the Season 6 promos came out, I was intrigued with the dramatic clips and promised new storyline that I then actually believed could be fantastic with a number of episodes this season following House's journeys in the institution.
But... again, my mind changed when beginning to watch 'Broken,' the Season 6 premiere last night. Not being able to remember a past episode of House being 2 hours, within the first 30 minutes of a not-so-thrilling episode, I realized the point of the 2 hour premiere was to show House's experiences in the institution, then get him the heck out and back to the hospital to interact with the rest of the cast.
Fair enough, I suppose, since as we saw in this episode there was only so much they thought of to interest us in his time there, and even that wasn't so fascinating.
I feel as if the show could have done a lot more with House having his special genius spin on diagnosing the other patients around him, but while he almost killed one guy, became an idol and inspiration for another, and completely snapped a decade-long silent woman out of it, all those "cases" were somehow not that interesting.
But, basically, it all had to be done, and that's what it felt like, though it wasn't so awful of an episode. It was interesting and hilarious to get House being his normal asshole self which is hurtful to the average person, but throw that attitude and honesty at mentally unstable people? Pretty awful stuff! Yet funny considering it meant House clearing the basketball court for himself, then getting them a couple of ping pong paddles.
It was also interesting to see House have enough heart to tell the patients he'd insulted all later on that he was just taking his anger out on them, and it was amazing to see people's faces change in appreciation towards House. It was also pretty crazy to see House have some real emotions and a real connection with Lydia, the sister-in-law of the mute woman who we later discovered was her long-time best friend.
Obviously, there were still the comfortable roadblocks for House that she was married, nothing would ever come of it, and she didn't know him in the "real world," but even with all that, House seemed to have made a more real connection with her than anyone we've ever seen.
I also appreciated that while House did make these changes of connecting with people and deciding to truly go along with the system and make a real effort at changing his life, he didn't transform into an entirely different person in one, though long, episode.
I don't wish for him to be back at the hospital being the same exact kind of asshole to everyone, but I do want to see him back with his same genius and attitude which seems pretty possible now, though I wouldn't have guessed it.
Where I'm left confused in all this is that yes, we saw the detox montage where House worked through coming down from his addiction, but was the point of all that to show that he wouldn't have delusions anymore either?
I had gotten the impression from the Season 5 finale that it was more than the drugs causing him problems, but maybe all that is still left to be dealt with on his out-patient continuation.
So what did you think? Were you disappointed they rushed through House's time in the institution or did the 2 hours already feel like too much time spent there? Do you think House can really go back to the hospital, get his medical license back, stay off the Vicodin, not have delusions, and somehow manage his leg pain?
Share your thoughts on the premiere and predictions for the rest of the new season!