House Finale: 'Both Sides Now' Review - Featured

After last week's House detox lovin' drama, this finale was much awaited to see how House would cope post-detox, and perhaps more importantly after the years and years of "almost" moments and witty/mean banter between the two, what had really happened and what would happen with Huddy!


It was strangely sweet to see House wander into his bathroom the morning after, find Cuddy's lipstick, and hang onto it - was that almost a smile?? We saw him appear at work cheery and with comforting lipstick in hand, leading us to believe there just might be a chance that House had not only had a breakthrough with the drugs, but an emotional breakthrough with Cuddy as well. But no. We quickly saw Cuddy was very upset and told him immediately that they did not have a personal relationship, they never had and never would, and if he couldn't keep it professional, he was fired.


So we watched in continued anticipation through House's lack of desperation for vicodin, a really cool case of a guy who's left hand had a mind of its own, and House and Wilson going back and forth about what House should do about Cuddy. And then boom, House solves two cases - the case of the squawking old man and the case of the left handed bandit caused by over-using a super-heavy deodorant. Then suddenly all of that was dropped for the sake of the enormous Huddy shocker! Their romantic detox night... never... happened.


At first as House was flashing back to when he'd insulted Cuddy in her office before he supposedly said he needed her, I thought this entire episode was a hallucination to help him figure something out, as opposed to just the detox night. But I was glad at least that had all happened, just with the "minor" details that Cuddy's lipstick House had played with all day was actually his vicodin bottle, and Cuddy wasn't cutting off their personal relationship because of the sex (because that didn't happen), but instead his insult about her baby.


Wow. Finale shocker indeed. Now, when House came into the hospital all chipper and not in need of the vicodin, of course that was odd and wasn't the way things were going to stay, but I was thinking he just needed a little more rehab help, and maybe he could be the same old House - with the addition of a Huddy relationship.


But of course, no. I love that they're really taking this House drug hallucinations storyline to the max with him having to go to the rehab/psych ward (whatever that place was exactly) and that entire scene was very well set against Chase and Cameron's wedding, but aren't the writers digging themselves an impossible hole with this storyline?


The entire issue for House taking a while to admit it was the vicodin causing the hallucinations was that he knew he couldn't be the same doctor with all the pain, and the other still somewhat available option of him being crazy would also make him not able to be the same doctor, and obviously allowed to practice in any way.


So now that the writers have gone ahead and taken the story to the point that has been said means he can't practice anymore, what on earth can they do? I don't imagine they'd continue the show without House, so they have to in some way resolve this enormous issue to get him back to the same House we all watch for, but if he's at least not crazy, can he ever be the House we know and love, and who is a genius while constantly insulting his staff with horrible pain and no drugs? Where do you imagine this storyline will open and go when we finally get the 6th season going next fall?

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May 12, 2009 3:16PM EDT

So, the whole Cuddy hook up didn´t happen? Instead of, he insulted her, went home, went through detox all by himself, only to take drugs once again the next morning? Is this what happened? I´m so confused...XD
I´m guessing the writers will figure out a way to get House back to work. A new Season of House wouldn´t make sense with House not being a doctor! I´m also hoping for a REAL House&Cuddy hook up. I always wanted those two to be together. That they didn´t really have sex in this ep, kinda upsets me...

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May 12, 2009 4:07PM EDT

Germanlicious - it was definitely confusing, but yes, the idea was that Cuddy being there for him during his detox was entirely a hallucination, so she wasn't upset with him because they'd hooked up, but because he'd insulted her about the baby. Since that lipstick was instead his pill bottle, that meant he didn't feel better because Cuddy made him happy/distracted, but because he went back to taking pills and had continued to hallucinated... such a crazy finale revelation!
I do agree they'll find a way to get House back to solving cases at the hospital, but I worry it's going to be very, very hard to do that well... I guess we'll see!

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May 12, 2009 4:20PM EDT

I was totally, completely shocked by the ending! I don't know how the writers will figure this out, but I have all the confidence in the world that they will. And is House actually losing his mind? And why did Amber disappear then come back, even if he was hallucinating the whole time? And why did Kutner return?
I was also very glad to see Cameron quit being crazy and agree to dispose of her husband's sperm (which is beyond weird), but then Chase said she didn't have to and, and they shared a sweet moment. How long will it last though? Although there seems to be a lack of storyline behind Foreman and Taub and Thirteen. I guess with all the other excitement they didn't have time. But I would really enjoy seeing them become more involved.
So many questions but I still L-O-V-E-D this episode. I am very exited for the new season! I'll be counting down the days! =]

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May 12, 2009 5:13PM EDT

this episode was amazing!
i knew as soon as house pulled out his clenched fist that there would be Vicodin inside!
id love for his character to have actually had a proper relationship.
was a total mind blower at the end when we found out none of it was real, its gonna be hard for the writers to get round his rehab/detox in the psych place as hes out of the hopsiptal and away from everyone he knows but im sure it wont stop his flexing his sarcasm muscles.
really happy Cameron and Chase got married, she looked so nice in that dress.
i cant wait for season 6, when is it!?!?
is there a date?
anyway loved the twists, this season has been extremely goood!

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May 12, 2009 7:19PM EDT

Doesn't Wilson take house to the psychiatric facility which he mentions in episode 21 at which one of his friends is director. This could mean that House is not formally admittted as a patient and therefore could practice.
Any way awesome episode and another awesome finale.

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May 13, 2009 2:59PM EDT

Well, first of all the show cannot possibly exist without it's main character. That's a fact. It just never happened before and will not happen this time. So the writers have several possible options. I tryed to combine all the ideas that I have into one. Here it goes.
For a few episodes House stays at the psych ward driving the doctors mad by trying to treat other patients. That could be a lot of fun to watch him sneaking behind their backs still helping people. After some inprovement in his condition (like not seing any more dead people) House returns home but still cannot practice anymore. So he drugs himself again (un)intentionally trying to get back to the psych clinic to keep resolving medical mysteries.And all the way through the season his team (with Foreman in charge) will secretly turn to House for advice on tough cases.

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May 17, 2009 6:01PM EDT

@shadowjack: Ooh, I love your idea. I can totally see House trying to treat the other patients at the mental institution without the consent of the real doctors. I think that would put an interesting twist on the show.

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May 18, 2009 9:09PM EDT

Ok quick moan to start...
Can the new camera operator's please... please! be sacked? I really hate the whole trying to make scene's look more intense with close up's and more realistic with the operator's hand's constantly shaking.Doesn't work for me one bit.
As much as half of me is hating and dreading saying this... I actually think it would be the perfect ending to House if it was left at that episode... maybe 1 or 2 more to tie a few end's but part of me would be more than happy to know that House has ended on such a powerful episode instead of some mentionable shows.
Not sure what direction to expect House to head in now... as cool as Shadowjack's idea would be... I think it's slightly too predictable and would be a bit of a cheap novelty for the writer's to consider... especially after that episode... expectations are at an all time high now.
Overall... Damn....1 minute silence after the episode finished out of pure awe... amazing.

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May 31, 2009 9:34PM EDT

With regard to the shaky camera operation, it seemed to me that all the shots where it's Vicodin in his hand are still, all the lipstick ones are wobbly. As the reveal happens, the shots get steadier and steadier, until the shots in Wilson's office and at the psychiatric facility are "normal".

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Jul 1, 2009 5:47AM EDT

I think they're going to continue his drug problem into the next season. He'll be able to get treatment on an outpatient basis. He'll be able to continue working since he has not been found to be negligent in his work. I think it is really workable that he has an illness (pain killer meds addiction) and still be able to practice medicine as long as he is getting treatment and does not have incidents that negatively affects his practice.

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Jul 3, 2009 10:48AM EDT

Fantastic finale. Really had me goin. My only issue is that there seems to be a pattern of House diagnosing himself in the season finale (season 2, 4, and 5. I can't quite remember the season 1 and 3 finales). Still, though, a great episode.Props to GrahamB for noting the camera changes; very astute observation. I didn't actually realize that.Also, I think shadowjack's analysis is pretty accurate; there'll probably be more going on, primarily with the team's patients and their personal lives, but I'm almost positive that what shadowjack said will happen with House is going to happen. It's clever, it's witty, it's funny, it's the old House.I don't think it'll last more than a few episodes, though. The writers will probably figure out a way to get him back working in the hospital in what I bet will be six episodes or less

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