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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 6 - House Still Going Strong, June 12, 2010
This review is from: House, M.D.: Season 6 (DVD)
**possible spoilers**
Season 5 of the series House ended memorably with a well-edited contrast: family and friends at warm wedding vs. Wilson watching the broken doctor as he checked himself into a hospital on a cold and gray day. Season 6 starts off with House (Hugh Laurie) in treatment for his vicodin addiction, an addiction which had fueled a series of devastating (yet revealing) hallucinations. Viewers know how House treats "normal" people (that is to say, not with warm and fuzzy feelings) and in the beginning of Season 6 they are treated to House interacting with "abnormal" people. House, ever the equal opportunity offender, does not seem too changed by his stint in Mayfield hospital. Andre Braugher (of "Homicide") was well cast as House's experienced, nothing-shocks-him therapist, able to go head-to-head with House, and there is a guest role by Franka Potente ("Run Lola Run") as a beautiful visitor to the hospital with whom House has a brief relationship.

The writers are able to take House out of his comfort zone, surround him with multi-dimensional characters, and still have House stand out. Don't expect any blatant epiphanies in therapy for House about why he is the way he is. Is it the pain, is it the drugs, his relationship with is father, is it the curse of being a genius? There are no resolutions to go back into the "real world," settle down and live happily ever after. Thank goodness!

The epiphanies are of course saved for the hospital, when House returns to work. He gradually becomes more confident in his ability to solve cases. Even after five previous seasons, the writers are able to come up with all new cases and all new characters for House to read right through.

That being said, Season 6 delves more of the personal lives of the characters than prior seasons: Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) as she balances being a mom, with a love life, and with the demands of her job; Cuddy and House; Taub (Peter Jacobson) and his wife, Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) and Foreman (Omar Epps), Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and House (some of the best dialogue from the show still occurs between those two), Wilson and his ex-wife. Of particular note, Dr. Chase (played by Jesse Spencer) finally gets some great story lines dealing with secrets, morality and ethics (which the show has always been great at raising discussions about). By Season 6, Robert Chase is no longer the doctor who always tries to stay on House's good side, or agree with House, or play it safe. In past seasons, it was Foreman who had to gain independence from House. In Season 6, Cuddy struggles with it, Taub struggles with it, Wilson starts to and Dr. Chase definitely does, but with severe professional and personal consequences. Of course, there was also the strawberry body butter incident(season 5). Gotta love the variety in the show!

In past seasons, there has been at least one reference (that I can recall) to a patient who died while under House's care. In Season 6, viewers witness other patients not making it. When it happens to House or his team, there will be and were huge ramifications.

Overall, another great season for House. Even after five seasons, Hugh Laurie is able to make House a multi-dimensional character, capable of stinging one-liners but also of conveying internal trauma. How he could not have won every Emmy and golden globe since House was on the air is beyond me. Don't award committees love drug addicts, people pulling off accents, and people in mental institutions? It's the trifecta!

Regarding the famed House/Cuddy relationship, I was probably in the minority by not being too keen on the idea, I thought it might get too "Grey's Anatomy" if you'll pardon the other medical show reference. However, the writers managed (who knows how) to put an original spin on their relationship, it is certainly kept far from the soap opera-ish realm of workplace romances, probably because the characters involved both have complex motivations. It will be interesting to see if House and Cuddy can make it, and in any case, it at least won't be a television cliché.

House fans have come to expect changes in House's team each season finale and true to form, Season 6 does not deviate as one cast member seems to be departing.

Bravo once again! Bravo!
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2010 3:04:09 AM PDT
R. B. McCord says:
I just wanted to say thankyou for the review :D

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 1:25:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2010 1:25:31 PM PDT
Film Buff says:
This comment is in regards to the Blu Ray edition. I hate to piggyback off your review, but I don't feel like writing out a review just to address a few technical glitches. I have the Blu Ray version of this season, and I cannot get the second and third episodes from Disc 1 to play. I have three Blu Ray players, a Denon, an Oppo 80 and an Oppo 83. None of them can play the aforementioned episodes. I was wondering if anyone else had the same problem?

Thanks.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 3:54:54 PM PDT
Wonderful review and not full of spoilers! Thanks a bunch!

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 10:32:29 AM PDT
L. Larson says:
Good job with a good review -- everything I read I wished I had written. Good work.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 2:40:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2016 4:20:51 AM PDT
Amazon Adict says:
Bringing up the rear, a disabled, high-level pain patient, extremities-all limited for use, and the only survivor left to magically (voi`la) become a highly- limited, lone caretaker..is here, signing on -and bringing up the rear, - to say :
THANKS, GREAT SYNOPSIS !
You see House like a brilliant person, + not seeing House as the over-done stereotype of pain patients all-gone-pooey if they require meds to grab some form of giving/ connecting, sometimes by officially working for the feeling of place.
He /does/ 'throw down' and House is not portraying any realistic sign of control, but, oh! how dramatic and scary, especially for those new to 'seeing' - those with legitimate special needs. There's no euphoria with intractable pain-a pathetic myth. House shows no euphoria. He mad!!
Actual abuse is fairly rare in legit pain patients. Addicts are insatiable, and legal resources become burned bridges very fast. Real pain patients fight daily for bits of quality in tough lives. Often restricted lives. House is bigger than life!
Hoping people understand that many people do get stuck with terrible pain.They dont die quickly or mercifully pass out when its raging its worst. Sleep is ruined. House is a showcase of inner frustration that most humans dare not share.
Inner problems do scare others! He lives the fantasy of venting on everyone else ! Scary House is funny. You can take it out on him, + not your boss, etc. .To me, this series is like a real good movie. Great drama, near reality pretty much.
But anyway you do truly see and feel the depth of the characters here.
They really some of the best !
I was deep into the best of cable until my elder got my last shred of semi- focus - voluntarily. Hence bringing up the rear now. Six years past and my tv habits slowly got lost.. Long story but in the USA lone elders that can do little anymore, cant be in medicare nursing. They either have $3500-4,000 a month, for one-room in the highly fictionalized, nothing-assisted living. Money goes so fast, who has that 50 grand yearly rent for ten years or more?-- Plus its still isolating. She lost 2 kids as young adults, +2 baby grandkids, + her other 2 g-c's, so loved, took off w #1 son. She lost her other family way too soon also,real tough life. She stayed with a stone-cold husband, sadly, her choice. After I offered to house her, etcetera in my building when I was 21+ working steady a few years. Across the hall was too mt? Now, I have used my 401k fir her needs and my added cists of travel and worsening problems. Now, dont look back. Her 1st-born, + living son, stone-cold, explosive+ violent (yet, her star)...started to look back.. weeks /after - she passed. He only found out then, via mail, of her passing. He visited her 2x a year, 30 miles via interstate..for her last 12 years, and not ever for birthdays or Christmas,-- etcetera.. Hows that backdrop, for a fellow House fan?! I hope its sort of interesting and only a little BIT horrid. Its past now except for a broken, stolen trust fund.So typical, anymore.
But props to lots of stranded caretakers for sure. There is no help to find affordably, within reason, semi-legal help included. In the USA, home- care is a farce. The wait lists for an hour of daily help are 5 years, last check. ( can u hold, please) Two disabled family members are not better off.we did live together. I dint even heat foid 3x a day. But I did. Organic at least, but not frilly. And, the stereotype, is "usually a daughter ALWAYS ends up doing 100% and all others stay away." (*!#*@#!!*¶) Yes there are remnants of rage smoldering. But the big fake human brother is no longer lurking in and out of my life. And that is good. He is a bad man. Real creepy. Gr kids in 40's(his kids) actualky still believe his sad stories of woe. If he had feelings it would be lovely. But he mimics the last movie he saw,ver batum? Ick. And everyone else thinks he is nice, like Robin Wiilams! Sick!! See, I have grit in my (house) shoes, its real, its not all gone. But the past is over.
Oh how wordy this is.
About your review, I planned to just say :
Ex-So-Lahn-Tay !
( But- I dreeft, I dreeft! )
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