Still: House: Swan Song

Home and Wilson have an necessary choice to make.
©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Byron Cohen/FOX

First issues first: Pricey Creators of Home – Thanks very a lot for the blissful ending (and for the final eight seasons). Pricey Powers That Be At Fox – Within the closing minutes of the present, we see Chase taking up Home’s place at PPTH. I believe I might a lot reasonably watch “Chase M.D.” than that present with the firemen Jesse Spencer is doing over at NBC. Might you maybe pencil it in for later?

So, all people obtained to be proper tonight – Home did kill himself, kind of, and he and Wilson hit the street a la Thelma and Louise (minus the ultimate leap into the abyss). We obtained last appearances not solely from Chase and Dominika, however from Kutner (Kal Penn), Amber (Anne Dudek), Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Stacy (Sela Ward), Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn), and 13 (Olivia Wilde). The one title conspicuously absent from this record is Lisa Edelstein as Cuddy, however Andre Braugher did flip up as Dr. Nolan.

The plot for tonight’s episode was essentially fairly easy: Home is mendacity on the ground of a taking pictures gallery, subsequent to the corpse of a current affected person who was additionally a junkie. Smoke is coiling up by the floorboards because the constructing goes up in flames. As within the last episodes of season 4 and 5, Home hallucinates and debates along with his former mates and associates as he wonders whether or not to hassle escaping.

Kutner seems first, stating how apt it’s that, at this second, Home would hallucinate a pal who selected suicide. He’s adopted by Amber, who apparently speaks for his mind, telling him that his love of puzzles is what retains him alive; the “everlasting nothingness” of dying is solely boring. When Wilson dies, he’ll cry, after which go on to the subsequent puzzle. Stacy, his ex-wife, seems subsequent (in some way I by no means fairly believed in that relationship). She palms him a child, the kid he might need had, tempting him with visions of home happiness, and telling him that she and Cuddy usually are not the one girls on this planet able to loving him, as we get a glimpse of Home and Dominika (Home opts for a group of cheerleaders as an alternative). She says that he at all times let Wilson be his conscience, and maybe he’ll be higher on his personal. Cameron seems final, within the initially stunning however very efficient function of his angel of dying, telling him that perhaps he’s given sufficient, and suffered sufficient, and it’s time to let go. (Wonderful work from Jennifer Morrison right here.)

By means of flashbacks, we find out about his contacts with the affected person who led him right here – however loads of ends are left dangling. (And was that “blah blah blah” dialogue impressed by the Supernatural episode “Tall Tales,” which I simply watched once more final week?) In the meantime, Foreman and Wilson, who’ve realized Home is lacking, observe him down. They’re strolling in direction of the burning warehouse (I assume it’s a warehouse) once they see Home inside; a flaming roof beam blocks him from view, after which the constructing explodes in flame.

Home’s mates and colleagues collect for his memorial service, every talking about his legacy of their lives. However simply as Wilson lastly departs from the script, speaking as an alternative about what an ass Home was, his telephone begins ringing, and there’s a not-so-cryptic textual content… “Shut Up You Fool.” Home switched his dental data with the useless junkie’s, successfully faking his personal dying. Solely Wilson is let in on the key.

We finish with the 2 of them on the street, on bikes, in black leather-based jackets. The solar is shining, the timber are inexperienced, a river sparkles within the sunshine, and Robert Sean Wilson is sporting a surprisingly badass mustache. “When the most cancers will get dangerous…” he begins. Home cuts him off: “Most cancers is boring.” The 2 drive off because the music “Take pleasure in Your self (It’s Later Than You Assume)” performs on the soundtrack. ( I’m guessing the model by Louis Prima. Anybody?) All people dies, however we’re not going to should see it.

And – I actually appreciated it. I’m grateful to not have been put by some Titanic-style tearjerker of an ending that may have hung like a cloud over future viewings of early episodes – I’ll have the ability to benefit from the characters sooner or later with out being haunted by the actual fact I’ve already watched them die horribly. There are far worse notes to finish on than heat, humorous, and a bit sentimental. I believe the creators managed each to provide us some type of closure and saved issues considerably open-ended, and I believe that in doing so, they confirmed a sure savvy and tact regarding the best way viewers relate to ongoing reveals, versus one-shot narratives corresponding to films and novels.

I used to be blissful to see that Wilson’s most cancers actually paid off in narrative phrases, reasonably than simply making us very unhappy. As an alternative, it turns into the motive for Home to “kill” the hated self he’s been trapped with all these years and, as soon as he’s actually selfless – there’s a dying certificates on file for Dr. Gregory Home, M.D. – he’s free to be as beneficiant as he needs.

I’m additionally glad I didn’t have to observe the present’s creators smash up the world of the present as completely as Joss Whedon and firm did within the finale of Buffy (which made me really feel, at moments, they have been solely too blissful to see the final of Sunnydale). As an alternative, this finale jogged my memory of the ending of my second-favorite Buffy episode – the underrated “Lie To Me,” from Season Two. Within the reveals last moments, Buffy and her mentor Giles wait on the grave of Buffy’s grade faculty crush, who selected to develop into a vampire reasonably than die slowly of a mind tumor. Buffy asks Giles to inform her if life ever “will get simple”:

Giles: What would you like me to say?

Buffy: Deceive me.

Giles: Sure, it’s terribly easy. The nice guys are at all times stalwart and true. The dangerous guys are simply distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats and we at all times defeat them and save the day. Nobody ever dies, and all people lives fortunately ever after.

Buffy (affectionately): Liar.

That is basically the ending that the creators of Home gave us tonight: I do know these characters aren’t going to reside fortunately ever after, however I’m glad they let that be the ultimate picture we’ve got of them.

And now to the problems followers will little question be debating for ages to come back:

Did Home plan this? We by no means do see what occurs with the affected person between the time that Home finds the twig in his neck vein, and when he’s mendacity useless on the ground of the taking pictures gallery, having presumably OD’d. Is that this the ultimate model of the affected person’s earlier provide to take the autumn for flushing the hockey tickets down the bathroom? If the affected person – a fatalistic former stockbroker who most well-liked being a heroin junkie – was prepared to surrender his freedom, may he have volunteered (or been persuaded) to OD for a trigger, so to talk? Even when it was all a plan, I can see Home being conflicted and frightened sufficient to hallucinate his outdated companions – Greg Home will not be coming again out of that constructing. (And will a few of them, particularly Stacy, have been hinting at a potential future?)

I can see Home rigorously crafting a path for Wilson and Foreman, participating Dr. Nolan in conversations about his junkie affected person and the lure of synthetic oblivion, making an appointment with a hooker, then intentionally standing her up, leaving the half-eaten Chinese language meals in his house, ensuring the affected person’s pretend handle would lead folks to the suitable neighborhood… However how may he have timed the fireplace to coincide with Wilson’s and Foreman’s look?

Or was it a spur-of-the-moment factor, Home happening a genuinely self-destructive bender, then benefiting from a fortuitous convergence of occasions? But when that’s the case, how did he have the presence of thoughts to vanish and deal with the dental data? The factor with the data suggests to me that it was deliberate upfront… The arguments can go both manner, and I believe they’re meant to.

And when Foreman finds Home’s outdated ID badge in his workplace, and smiles to himself, has he guessed the reality?

Lastly, does anybody else assume Stacy’s scene within the warehouse was in all probability written with Lisa Edelstein in thoughts?

Let the debates start. Both manner, Home appears to have finished an excellent factor, by doing a really dangerous factor. And that’s extra satisfying, in the long run, than seeing him both out of the blue reform or succumb fully to his personal darkish aspect. Go away to Home (present and character) to discover a approach to do each.

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