'House' Series Finale Recap: Burning Down the House
'House' Series Finale Recap: Burning Down the House
As a super duper House fan, I can't help but feel a little cheated at not having the two hour finale continue the story. Instead, the first hour was about the making of the show. Sure, there were some interesting and fun moments here and I love Hugh Laurie.

But hearing his real accent pushed the character of Dr. Gregory House further from my mind when I couldn't wait to find out the season ending of what becomes of House and Wilson. When that did happen, it turned out to be more than worth it for me. I still wish the House series finale had been a two-hour story, but I'm not disappointed with what we did get.

Give Me Some Credit

The opening of the first part of the finale features credits not with the actors' names, but of those who are behind the scenes. There is a cake to celebrate the wrap of this eight-season, kickass medical series (that I wish was on right now - sigh). I do love that after the credits for this "making of House" part of the finale, there is a message on the screen that reads "Warning: This show contains boasting."

Gone to Pot

We hear from the producers, writers and crew of House as well as the actors. It's interesting to hear Hugh Laurie say that right after he read the script for the show, before his audition, he thought he had the character of Dr. Gregory House figured out. That is something Dr. House would say, so what a good match between character and actor.

What is weirdly included in the behind the scenes stuff is the Friday pot of money in which the crew writes down their names on five dollar bills to place into a plastic pail. A draw is made and the person who's name gets drawn gets to keep the pot of cash. Why exactly should we care about that?

Very Interesting ...

On the other hand, other tidbits are more compelling to watch. We hear that House and Wilson are like Holmes and Watson in the dynamics of their relationship and I always suspected this, so it's nice to have it confirmed. We also find out that a scar was considered for a "handicap" for House before the cane was. It's also fun to learn that the gallons of goopy blood on House are made with colored corn syrup.

The behind the scenes part of the finale closes with clips from the different seasons of the show. The actors sit around a table and say how many episodes of House they've been in and I believe Hugh Laurie says 177. Yeah, that would be about right. During a few clips of fans commenting on what House meant to them, one girl says the show inspired her to become a doctor. She adds that she's plugging away in med school right now, so good for her.

On With the (Final) Show!

Finally, the non-fiction hour is over and it's time to close the story. We see Dr. House on the upper floor of a big burning building. There are syringes and booze bottles and debris all around House, who is laying on the dirty wooden floor. Has it really come to this?

Do I Remind You of Someone?

The last patient is, fittingly, a drug addict. Unlike most of the many patients in House's medical career, this one he feels a connection with and it's the drugs talking - literally. The patient got hooked on heroin after being injured on a ski trip. We see flashbacks of House treating this patient while House is still on the floor, quite out of it. House imagines his different ex-girlfriends and lovers speaking to him about his life and what's left of it. The common consensus is that House doesn't find life interesting anymore because it's become less of a "puzzle" for him. Well, that could be true.

Search Party

Meanwhile, Wilson, Foreman and the others have no idea where House could be. This is until they realize that House's last patient was a heroin addict. Using the patient's fake address, Foreman and Wilson find the building quickly.

By this time, House has stumbled around upstairs, then fallen down where the fire is more intense. There are more flashbacks. Wilson may have refused House, but we see that the drug addict patient offered to take the fall. Some people really like Dr. Greg and are willing to keep him out of serving jail time.

DOA for an SOB

Foreman and Wilson stand in front of the burning building and see House through one of the windows. When a burning beam falls near him and there are sudden bursts of flames all around where House was standing, the men realize there's no way House could make it. The firefighter team works all night and pulls a body out in the morning. Wilson, Park, Adams and Taub wait on the curb. Later, Foreman confirms the coroner's report to Wilson that yes, the body found is House.

At the funeral service, House's mother says he was "a good son" and many of the girlfriends and lovers are there too. Dominika says House "knew how to love" while Chase, that arse, makes a mostly negative comment about House not always being easy to get along with. This is mild though in comparison to Wilson's words, which start out kind then turn into calling House a selfish ass for choosing to die "numbed on drugs" when people really cared about him.

On the Road Again

While Wilson is still speaking at House's memorial service, Wilson's phone keeps beeping. Wilson sees the message "Shut up, you idiot" and he leaves as soon as he can get out of there. We see Wilson take a car to where House is sitting outside on some stairs. This is shocking, but yes, something House would do. House tells Wilson he snuck out of the back of the burning building and switched the dental records. Wilson smiles and so do I.

When Wilson and House are then on motorcycles driving through scenic hills, this is what I wanted and it was worth waiting for! Meanwhile, at the hospital, we see Chase in his fancy new office and Foreman chuckling at House's ID clip like maybe he knows? Wilson says to House "When my cancer starts to get worse ..." but House cuts him off by replying "Cancer is boring!" and they carry on with their road trip. Bravo!

What did you think of this ending of House? Was it satisfying? Eight seasons, and now this is it! Leave your comments below.

Sheri Stirrs
Contributing Writer

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