Everyone has their favorite moments from “House.” Some of them are funny, some of them are sad and some of them are as outrageous as Gregory House, M.D. (Hugh Laurie) himself.
When the series premiered on November 16, 2004 on FOX and introduced the irascible doctor, it wasn’t clear if we should love him or hate him. It turned out that the answer was both. The part of House that is like an impish little boy is loveable, but his dark side and his disregard for others — especially when he takes it to extremes — is close to being unforgivable.
In announcing on Wednesday, Feb. 8 that season eight will be the final season of the doctor drama, Executive Producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and star Laurie said, “House has, in its time, intrigued audiences around the world in vast numbers, and has shown that there is a strong appetite for television drama that relies on more than prettiness or gun play.”
In House’s case, the drama can often be attributed to pettiness and power plays, but it is the stuff of which human stories are made. Now, before the series tells its final tale, here is a look back at a few unforgettable House moments:
• “Everybody Lies” — In the pilot episode, House expresses his belief that “everybody lies” — and it is a belief of his that has been such a constant through all eight seasons, it is as if it has become his mantra. There have been some minor deviations on the theme, such as when he added “the only variable is about what.” Of course, the problem is he is most often proved to be correct, so he has had not needed to budge one iota on his belief.
• Chase Deliberately Kills a Patient in “The Tryant” — Despite having taken the oath “first do no harm,” Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) decides to take the fate of a patient into his own hands when he is forced to treat an African dictator who will be returning to his country, where he has no qualms about murdering hundreds — possibly thousands — of innocent people. Of course, since Chase actually has a conscience — unlike House — the fact that he faked a blood test resulting in the man’s death ends up affecting his relationship with his wife (Jennifer Morrison), eventually leading to their divorce.
• House Causes Amber’s Death in “House’s Head” — When House is too drunk at a bar to get home, he calls Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) to give him a ride, but Wilson is out and Amber (Anne Dudek) answers the call. She shows up at the bar and when House gets difficult, she follows him onto a bus, which is in a terrible accident, causing her death. Wilson has a very hard time forgiving House and it is one of the big strains on their friendship.
• Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) and House’s first kiss — It took six seasons for the two docs to finally lock lips for real — but it was worth the wait. Yes, there was a kiss between the two prior to this, but it turned out to be a dream. This kiss was not a fantasy. Despite the fact that for most of the season, Cuddy had been involved with Lucas, a private investigator House had initially hired to spy on Wilson, Cuddy realizes she cannot move on and finally professes her love to House and their relationship begins.
• House Crashes His Car into Cuddy’s Dining Room — In season seven, it looked for a while as if House and Cuddy might actually make a go of their relationship. After all, House really did try — even though he often made bad choices. But things came to a head when Cuddy broke off their relationship because she felt that House was once again addicted to Vicodin. His way of dealing with the breakup? He drove his car into her dining room, landing him in prison.
House airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on FOX.