Is “House” getting old? After seven full seasons, with its eigth just getting started, it feels as thought it should be, but with such strong writing and acting, it’s undeniable that the show is still one of the best dramas on television. If you have any doubts, just read our review of last night’s episode. . .

The Players:

  • Director: Daniel Attias
  • Writer: David Foster and Liz Friedman
  • Cast: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Charlyne Yi, Robert Sean Leonard

Episode Title: “Transplant”

House is given the opportunity to cut his stay in prison short when Foreman shows up with a case. A patient of Wilson’s needs an organ transplant, but the set of lungs she is supposed to receive come from the body of a recently deceased young man, and before the transplant can be performed, the lungs must be cured. While House is happy to leave prison, he returns to find that not only is his old team not available to him, but Wilson wants nothing to do with him.

The Good:

  • Charlyne Yi: As an actor known primarily for small comedic roles, it was interesting to see Charlyne Yi tackle more dramatic work. Granted, it wasn’t exactly classic Meryl Streep work we’re talking about here, but it consisted of more than neervous giggling, which is a step in the right direction.
  • House under pressure: With a new lease on life–or, at least, freedom–House needs to learn humility, which isn’t exactly something he’s always been good at. He’s back in his old environment, but things have changed. His team isn’t there to help him, and his one friend is done putting up with him. For the most part, House remains exactly as he has always been, but there is a brief moment in this episode when he lets down his guard and tells Wilson that he does need him as a friend. It isn’t a major breakthrough, but it was unexpected.
  • The case: The medical-mystery aspect of this show may have been the strange attractor that drew viewers to the series in the first place, but it quickly became clear that the real draw of “House” was the relationships between the characters, With that said, every now and then the team gets a case which we find genuinely compelling, and such was the case last night. Maybe it was the novelty of treating two organs, rather than a whole human, but it might also have had something to do with the fact that the fight to save Wilson’s patient was actually a fight to save House’s relationship with Wilson. Once again, it all comes back to the human drama.

The So-So:

  • House and Wilson: That human drama may have been strong, but it can be argued that it was ultimately predictable. How many times over the course of this series has Wilson told House that they were no longer friends? Hell, House was indirectly responsible for the death of Wilson’s girlfriend, and they still managed to reconcile. It always ends the same way, so viewers can be forgiven for not taking their conflict too seriously.

The Bad:

  • No Cuddy: It looks as though Cuddy may be out of the picture this season, and while that wasn’t a big problem last week–House was in prison, after all–it s strange to see him back in the hospital while she is nowhere in sight. It’s the elephant in the room which will be difficult to ignore for viewers this season. Unfortunately, we may have to learn to do so.


A terrific episode featuring the trademark “House” mix of humor and drama. While it’s difficult to imagine where this series can go from here, we are at least thrilled to know that everyone involved in this series is working hard to see that it lives up to its full potential. Anyone worried about whether or not this season will entertain can rest easy.

Rating: 8.5/10

“House” airs every Monday night on FOX!

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