The last two season finales of House
have been amazingly well-written with the perfect amount of drama. In season four, Amber died. At the end of season five, the last few minutes were of House right before the door closed on him at a psychiatric facility called Mayfield. In honor of these mind blowing finales, I've decided to rank my favorite House
finales in order of least to greatest:
5. Season 3: "Human Error"
I thought this finale paled in comparison to the others. The basic storyline starts with a surprise move: House firing Chase. Foreman is convinced House only cares about solving cases and House doesn't make it easy during this episode to disagree with him. Then Foreman quits. Then Cameron resigns.
What I like about the episode is the title: "Human Error." House is willing to accept he makes wrong calls in medicine, but he rarely will admit openly to making an error in his personal life even though we as viewers see it all the time from him. Season four opens with an episode titled "Alone," showing us House's error in pushing away the people that supported him. For a regular episode, this was fine. For a finale, House has done much better.
4. Season 1: "Honeymoon"
In this finale, House and Stacy finally confront their feelings about each other while House is forced to treat her husband. I like the idea of House's obsession with puzzles pitted against a patient who he hates. Would he rather solve the puzzle and heal the patient or get rid of his obstacle to Stacy? He wrestles with this throughout the episode as seen through his interactions with Mark and with Stacy. By the end, we're given the song that ended the pilot, "You Can't Always Get What You Want," by the Rolling Stones because House agrees to let Stacy work at PPTH.
3. Season 2: "No Reason"
I've discussed this episode before, but I loved the philosophical conversations throughout the episode between House and his patient Moriarty. This episode also emphasizes House's need to keep his bright mind intact and how important this is even over lessoning his pain. We see some great imagined scenes between House and Cuddy rehashing House's need for control over his own health care. Let's not forget the surprise shooting right at the beginning of the episode, and the gruesome scene where that machine ripped down the middle of the patient's body. Bonus points go to the Hameron scene in which House manipulates a machine into unbuttoning Cameron's top. Nice little insight to where House's head goes in season two.
2. Season 5: "Both Sides Now"
I only choose this as second because I liked the whole episode of "Wilson's Heart" better than "Both Sides Now." The ends to both episodes were excellent. Now, if you managed to stay away from spoilers, which can be difficult, the end to this season was a shocker. Even if you did spoil yourself, I was still shocked by the sheer volume of what House imagined.
Not only are we given amazing insight into what House wants from Cuddy, this episode was the tipping point for House deciding to get help from Mayfield. The last ten minutes of this episode alone were some of the best minutes of TV last season. The camera work and sound mixing during the few minutes House realized his time with Cuddy was a delusion were striking, as were the last few minutes with the juxtaposition of Cameron and Chase's wedding and House walking down the long driveway into Mayfield and saying goodbye to Wilson. It was also a great musical moment on the show, as the song "As Tears Go By" was the last thing we heard as House checked into the hospital.
1. Season Four: "Wilson's Heart"
I picked this as my favorite finale because I was honestly shocked that Amber was killed off, totally engaged in the storyline of House and Wilson's friendship, and was treated to a great Huddy scene with her curled up next to him holding his hand while he was lying in the hospital bed. We get so much in one episode! Let's not forget Thirteen dealing with her own mortality as she finds out she does have Huntington's. Robert Sean Leonard's performance was heartbreaking and I can't watch this episode without crying during Amber's last (living) scene.
By the end, the audience is wondering how House and Wilson are going to fix their broken relationship and how much House really is to blame for what happened to Amber. We also find out House is willing to risk his life for his friend and that Cuddy's feelings for House go beyond friendship (duh). However, the most important part of this episode to me is how clearly and honestly House's discussion with Amber is when they're on the imagined white bus. It brought us right back to the themes of the show. Amber's twist on the show's mantra of "Everybody lies," changing it to "Everybody dies," and telling House he can't get everything he wants serve as a cruel reminder of just how much pain House would be in for in season five.
Do you agree with my assessment? Any predictions on this season's finale? Any chance of House ever getting a happy ending? Let me know.
B. Palmer, BuddyTV Fan Columnist