I have two words to describe the episode: "Unbelievably brilliant!" This is officially not only the best House episode ever, but it's the best episode of the Fall season (new and returning shows included).
There are so many elements that make this episode incredible that I thought I would give you the top 5 reasons this episode is the ultimate MUST WATCH, especially if you're a House fan.
But first let's refresh our memory. If you remember, last season ended with Dr. House committing himself to Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital in order to get rid of his hallucinations. In the season 6 two-hour premiere episode "Broken," we find House in the hospital trying to deal with his issues. This episode doesn't feature any of the regular characters (except for a brief cameo of Wilson) which turns out not to be a bad thing.
So here are the top 5 reasons why "Broken" is the best House episode ever:
1) Hugh Laurie
We all knew Hugh Laurie was a brilliant actor, but you've never seen him like this. It's almost feels like the supporting cast have been bringing him down, but this time without them in the picture, Hugh Laurie is able to give it all he has and shine. If there ever was a performance worthy of Awards, this is it.
2) Franka Potente
Franka Potente (Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity) guest stars in this episode as Lydia, a woman who visits her brother's wife and best friend at the Asylum every week. Not only does Franka Potente hold her own against Hugh Laurie, she is a breath of fresh air for the show. She also becomes a love interest for House and to be honest, she is my favorite one to date (yes she beats out Cuddy, Dr. Cameron and House's ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner).
3) House "playing" with mental patients
I mentioned that we love the show because of House, but now imagine House amongst mental patients... just let that sink in for a sec.
For someone who likes to push buttons this is like winning the lottery. Just picture this, House going up to an anorexic girl and calling her fat!!! Who does this? But it's so brilliant and so House. And that's only one example.
4) A different side of House
While watching House pushing buttons is fun for a while, this episode also shows a more vulnerable side of House which is something I don't think we have ever seen in the last 5 years. It was so refreshing and so well written that I cannot wait to see how it affects the rest of the season.
5) It's like watching a movie
A big reason this episode was so great is because it honestly felt like I was watching a movie. It had a beginning, middle and end, it followed the journey of this character, House, in a mental institution. It honestly could work without the show, although not perfectly because you need to know the show in order to understand some background information, but still, it's really close.
I cannot say enough good things about this episode and I wish every episode could be as good as this one.
It also makes me question the need to have a supporting cast. How about we get rid of all of them and just make a new show about House? Who's with me?.... anybody? Ok fine, I guess I would miss Wilson at some point... and the show might get boring if it stayed at the asylum, but still.
Of course, don't forget to watch House on Monday, September 21, at 8pm on FOX.