House season 5 is probably one of the stranger series because it has a good start and then a brilliant ending to it but unlike most seasons it suffers a little in the middle.
This is not to say I didn’t enjoy the whole thing but it seemed like a few of the episodes were just wasting time and instead of being a continued drama were just one off episodes, for example House takes methodone to fix the pain in his leg but by the end of the episode he decides against it so this seems to have just been an episode filler because after it everything goes back to normal and nobody even mentions it really.
Obviously at the end of season 4, Wilson’s girlfriend Amber dies and this has a massive effect on him which makes him realise his hatred for House and eventually leaves the hospital. This is a very good opening to the new series but it would have been terrible if Wilson had left for good as he is one of the better characters in the show and adds a lot to the plot. He is cleverly brought back into it because House’s father dies and he has to take him to the funeral, this is a good episode as it also tells us how they met for the first time and why they became friends. However, I was not a massive fan of this storyline because we only ever saw his father once and maybe if we had more contact with him then this episode could have been more emotional or at least let us understand a little more why House behaves the way he does.
Linking this to relationships, they frustrated me in the middle of this series with Foreman and Thirteen getting into one which seemed pointless as we see Thirteen does not want anything long term as she has Parkinson’s disease. Although, yet again it does add a few episodes with Foreman running the drug trials and eventually breaking the rules to let Thirteen have the real drug instead of the placebo which has terrible effects. The Cameron and Chase relationship ran on and they were talking about getting married and there were loads of little problems with that. However, the party house throws for Chase is pretty funny as Wilson tells him he is not coming to it but House has a plan to make him. When Wilson enters the party, House says I knew you would come and Wilson replies that’s because it’s my apartment which made me laugh.
Another character that made me laugh was Lucas a private investigator hired by House is in a number of episodes even his character seemed a little like they were trying to fill an empty space. To me this was ok though as I really enjoyed his character and it does look like he is going to begin a relationship with Cuddy towards the end of the series
The Cuddy storyline in this series is also ok as she really wants a baby and almost has one but she was eventually not given it however it allowed us to see a different side to her and her desperation to show her love. The interesting thing about this is House obviously wants some of that love because he hallucinates spending a whole night with her which shows his true feelings for her.
This was in the brilliant finally when House is beginning to go crazy as he is seeing the dead Amber and this is all believed to have been set off by the death of Kutner. Kutner had to be written out of the show because the actor Kal Penn had other commitments. House wouldn’t not let his death drop and was convinced it was not suicide. House thinks he can read everybody and this threw him off completely as he didn’t see it coming.
The finale is very sad as House sees Kutner one last time (a hallucination) and this makes him realise he has to go to rehab to sort out his problems. The last few episodes were fantastically done and with House going to rehab it changes things slightly and makes us ask a lot of questions. Will he change? Will he be as good a doctor? It is the darkest of any House season and that adds something to it as it was not really expected that much.