The 6th season of Fox's House turned out to be one of my favorites as it not only carried on the strength of its medical storylines, characters, and House wittiness, but also brought on the surprises and twists which is rare to find this far into a series! So, as we await House's return this fall, I'm taking a look back at my favorite episodes of a very solid 6th season.
Episode 1 - Broken
I was nervous after the Season 5 finale showed Dr. House committing himself to the psychiatric hospital as it seemed that might just be the show officially jumping the shark into lost cause TV land. But in this Season 6 premiere, not only did we see that the writers and producers of House had a real plan for the storyline, but it was a great one! While it was a little quick to have just one (though 2-hour) episode to push through all of House's experiences in the psych ward, I ended up really enjoying the episode to the point of knowing putting it on this list of fav episodes for the season (and maybe even the series!) was a no-brainer! And on that note, it was mainly getting a peek into House's fascinating brain and seeing something so focused on him outside of the hospital that made this such a fantastic season premiere.
Episode 3 - The Tyrant
While every episode of House has a fascinating medical case and often the cases involve controversial aspects, this case was one that became very influential and intertwined with our characters' lives which I find the most awesome! This episode included political controversy, moral conflicts for Cameron and Chase when it came to treating "The Tyrant," aka an African politician who'd sentenced many innocent people to death, and let's not forget the guest star appearance of the incredible James Earl Jones as "The Tyrant" himself. This episode also included a serious twist and some serious consequences (seriously!) for an unexpected member of the Chase-Cameron marriage.
Episode 6 - Known Unknowns
You may be seeing a trend here that I'm a sucker for character-driven episodes! In the 6th episode of the season, House crashed Cuddy and Wilson's trip to a medical conference because House decided he had to go with for it with Cuddy! (C'mon, even you medical case-obsessed fans have to love a good House-Cuddy storyline.) It was fun to see some House and Wilson time outside of the hospital where House's antics come off as more playful and caring than they do at the hospital... though I suppose House did drug Wilson in this episode, but hey it involved grape and orange soda, so hence the fun! While there was the fun of the House-Wilson interaction, there was also the medical intrigue of House's team working back at the hospital on his case plus House's drugging Wilson for the purpose of keeping Wilson from publicly speaking about his support for assisted suicide. Then, in all that drama, there was also the big reveal of just why Cuddy was not thrilled to see House tag along on the trip!
Episode 13 - 5 to 9
This character-driven episode is not only a fav because we got more insight into Cuddy's personal life which we hardly ever get, but it was done in a creative way showing her day, yes, 5am - 9pm! Oh, what great understanding we got of why she's always so annoyed with House rolling in whenever he wants, leaving whenever he wants, and popping in to ask her about ridiculous ideas and antics whenever he wants. This episode also gave us some interesting insight into the behind the scenes workings of the hospital and just how much work it takes to not only keep a hospital running, but to support our dear genius of a doctor always costing the hospital plenty of money with those ideas that make him both genius and incredibly dangerous to a hospital's support system.
Episode 21 - Help Me
In the Season 6 finale, a crane crashed into a building causing it to collapse leading to all sorts of medical emergencies, tough decisions, a solid mystery for House to both mess up and to solve as to how and why the crash happened, and also some classic House stubbornness when it came to the emergency patient he took on. This disaster also created a parallel story for House as his patient couldn't be moved because her leg was stuck under some of the collapsed building and House got personally involved doing everything he could to save her leg. In the meantime, we also had what I found to be unexpected developments for the ongoing House-Cuddy will-they-or-won't-they storyline. Cuddy and Lucas got engaged and then after a tragic end to House's efforts with his on-site patient, we had a maddening cliffhanger moment of Cuddy appearing at House's place to admit he was always the one for her! But did that really happen or was he hallucinating because he turned back to his pills?? I'll be upset if that scene wasn't for real, but I'll have faith in this cliffhanger turning out to be something interesting in one way or another considering the way they really pulled through with the huge iffy Season 5 cliffhanger!
What are your favorite episodes from House's 6th season?