TV Show – Dr. House | House M.D. IX

Over the weekend, I finished watching the fourth season, what a wild ride!


The team breaks up and only House remains. Of course, one could say that he also needs a team because he is the top diagnostician, but that would be short-sighted. Without the constant brainstorming and influences of the others, the diagnoses would never come together. Unless he’s at Wilson’s and has a brainstorm again. Still, he needs the team or a team to go down this path, a lesson House doesn’t really need to learn, but it seems Foreman does. He briefly has a team and behaves like House, but it’s a completely different dynamic.

What’s really interesting, though, is that the old team never really goes away. While the new team is very different, because it’s familiar, you still get to see the old faces here and there, namely Chase and Cameron. Foreman is always around anyway. It’s a bit like changing your diet, where you’re eating completely different foods but still occasionally have a cheat day, so your head, not just your body, is on board with the whole thing.

I especially like that they’ve thought about the nerds with the new team. Kutner often waves this flag by bringing in pop culture topics, asking about Star Wars stuff, or just being a bit childishly naive. I don’t mean that derogatorily; in such a serious series, I think it’s pretty good and necessary.

Since the production of the fourth season falls during the writers’ strike of that time (2007-2008), we have a very short season with only 16 episodes. This gives us relatively little time to process everything that’s happening. First, there’s the selection process for the new team, then Wilson’s new relationship with Amber, and before we know it, we’re first in “House’s head” and then in “Wilson’s heart”. The impactful double feature at the end of the fourth season really throws the world around House out of whack, not to mention Wilson’s world. This is also where the rift between the two begins, which lasts until House’s father’s funeral. I particularly like the reconciliation between them, or rather House’s welcome back to Wilson. First a prank, then a donut and a carton of milk; that’s true friendship and yes, also a bromance, for sure.

As I write, I always pause the current episode I’m watching. Right now, I see that I’ve already reached the tenth episode of the fifth season. The episodes themselves, I don’t want to say are standard, but they don’t have major implications for the overall House world, except for dealing with Amber’s death (important topic!!!).

However, two important new story arcs are starting. First, we meet Lucas, the private detective hired by House to shadow Wilson. We’ll see more of him in a prominent role later, but it’s still quiet around him for now. But an even bigger impact is Cuddy’s increasingly strong desire to have a child, which has been around for a while but is becoming more concrete until the episode where she’s almost there but then gets disappointed by the mother of the child she was going to adopt. Kudos to Lisa Edelstein, because the pain she experienced in that scene, or rather her role, came across very convincingly, and she manages to carry that pain subtly through several episodes. And yes, I noticed the kiss between her and House, don’t worry. But I also count that as part of this pain.

But the moment that impressed me the most was at the end of the fourth season when House is sitting on the white bus with Amber (what an incredibly good metaphor). Perhaps this is indeed the only scene where we get to know a House who is happy, and not just a part, a small piece, or a fragment, but 100%. His words that he wants to stay there because he has no pain hit me to the core because I also suffer from chronic pain. I don’t mean to say that they are as severe as House’s, but they are there, and I can relate to that so well. This has nothing to do with suicide or anything like that, please don’t get me wrong. It’s just the desire for a certain form of normalcy. To wake up in the morning and have no pain, not to worry about whether you’ll make it through the day or have to take a step back somehow.
I felt incredibly understood in that scene, and I think that, in turn, is an important point of the series. Showing people that they are not alone with their problems, that they are seen, and giving them a pleasant form of representation so that other people also notice that they exist. Especially because in my case, except for a slight limp, you can’t tell, just like with House, for example.

So much evidence that this series is incredibly good and that on so many levels. I don’t watch many medical series anymore, except for the first season of The Good Doctor, but I can’t remember much beyond the first scene with the little boy. And unfortunately, I feel like it’s the same with many of these series because they just don’t have the impact that House does. I don’t want to badmouth the other series, absolutely not. They have their place, no question, but they just don’t have the scope that House does; they’re more for pure entertainment and have chosen medicine or a hospital as a setting.

Original posted on 11.03.2024