House shocker: Why? What's next?

First of all, we're not giving out any spoilers until after this paragraph, even though much of the House faithful already experienced the season's jaw-dropping surprise last night. The repercussions are not limited only to the world of House--they go all the way to the top!

As previously teased, House killed off a major character--and one we dearly loved--last night in epic fashion. Yes, it was a suicide as we pieced together, but no, it wasn't who we were expecting.

Dr. Lawrence Kutner, played by Kal Penn, inexplicably took his own life last night, something that will shake Dr. House and the rest of the staff to the core for at least the remainder of the season, said House executive producer David Shore.

"I was probably as shocked as the audience was when I found out," Penn told the media this morning. "The word I keep using [to describe how I feel about leaving] is 'bittersweet.'"

But it wasn't just that it happened, it was how it happened--no explanation, no signs, nothing. Fans are going through all types of emotions--anger, sadness, confusion--in the aftermath, and that's exactly what the producers were going for.

"The suicide was essential to [the story]," Shore told EW.com. "The lack of reason behind it--the lack of answers--was what I responded to and is what I got excited about. House, the man of answers, doesn't have an answer about this guy who he has worked with for two years."

"I like the way it happened," Penn said. "The thing I enjoy about being an actor and the arts in general is the ability to make the audience feel an emotion they weren't intending to when they went in."

"I don't know if you would have gotten that response if it was a Kutner-heavy episode," Penn added, explaining the suddenness of it all.

Penn wasn't written off the show because of behind-the-scenes drama, a desire to move into Hollywood's movie-star elite, or even for creative purposes. Penn actually asked to leave the show to pursue another career: politics.

The actor's next gig will be working with The White House (no, not White Castle) as the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. Seriously. As part of his job, which he was inspired to take partly because of his grandparents' marching alongside Gandhi, he'll be the delegate for the White House to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

Did anyone see this coming? And is it too soon to start the Penn/2016 campaign?

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Wow, the White House. Big change, lol.
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Well, too bad he had to go this way... But, maybe Penn's character suicide was for the best, and it will test audience and the fans of the series, trying to see if this was good for the show, or bad... Personally, I liked Penn's character... he was funny and clumsy, but he didn't do things on purpose. Oh well, at least he's going to pursue a career in a field which he's fond of.
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For a minute I thought this was the next movie in the series: "Harold and Kumar go to the White House!"
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Kal Penn for President!
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But he was my favorite character right behind House. I loved him in his other stuff too. WTF are we going to do without him? I really hope he continues to act, though I can see how doing a show would take a lot of time. I hope he comes back to acting.
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Totally shocked for me ... really big lost for M.D. House but i think the same when House fired up Chase and Cameron leaving but now I think should be only better :)
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Herdevriend, of course he's really dead. He's written off the show - did you read the whole article?
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Good for Kal, we need all the help we can get in Washington for legalizing pot.
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Now here in Holland there isn't this episode yet, nobody here also not wanna know what's going to happen. But it's weird. In the last episode, around epi 14 here, you really, really see nothing that cause him to kill him self. So, I really wanna know...Is he really dead then?

Also, why a main character in a show. I thought House would be killed:xD: (Oke if he would be killed, the whole xxxx would be over but oke:xD:)
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I wasn't shocked because I heard about the suicide BEFORE I watched the show on my Tivo. God knows why the writers decided to write about sucide. You would have thought with the money and skill they have, they could have tied it in so it made better sense. Just didn't feel television authentic....if you get my meaning.
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Ummm what? They added this story blip because he ASKED to leave? I kind of don't like that. I like the idea that a story was written naturally and not affected by real life situations that the performers are going through, I think it kind of forces plot twists that would normally not be written, but oh well.



.....a little odd that he's not only leaving to pursuse politics, but already has a high level diplomatic job at the white house, sheesh actors get all the breaks (seriously though, if he didnt have the acting resume he had would he still be able to get the job?).
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I was shocked @ the loss of Kutner but I think I'd be equally as sad @ any loss. The suicide was a surprise but i understand the importance of going that rout. If someone new is brought in it'll take some getting used to but I'll be a fan as long as the writers continue to amaze me & keep me thinking
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Hmmm, if the new characters slowly fade out, do the old characters come back into the forefront? . . .
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I'm going to miss kutner on the show but i wish Kal Penn the best of luck in Washinton.
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when i saw taub cried it was amazing. it was a really great episode. sad yet satisfying. and nice use of camera filters for a more depressed look. sad to see kal penn go though
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I really didn't see it comming, which made an even bigger impact to me. I wish Penn all the good luck with his new job :)
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House won't miss him, in fact perhaps they should try a 3rd team and see if that brings about someone more interesting than what we got with the 2nd team.
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He chose to leave the show for a career in Washington. The producers decided to kill him off, obviously for the drama, but probably also so there'd be no BS rumors circulating that he's coming back since he intends to make his new job his top priority. He was my favorite doctor working for House, but that just means it had that much more of an impact. I'm not gonna stop watching because of it, like a lot of people were threatening to do.
Also, I'd just like to gloat a bit over the fact that I was the first to predict Kutner in the responses to the article announcing an upcoming character death a couple of weeks ago. Which is sad, because the clues dang near spelled it out.
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Ah, he's one of my favorite doctor in the series, too sad that he has to leave. We need more funny and friendly face on the show.
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It's sad. Of all the new ones he's my favorite. I can't believe that the producers chose to kill him off.
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I'm sure the job offer came as a surprise to Kal and I give him kudos for exploring other interests outside of show business. I think the writer's originally planned to kill Taub's character (which really wouldn't have come as a big surprise) but Kal's job offer gave them an opportunity to kill off a character that no one would have suspected. I liked the way his suicide was handled and I'm really looking forward to see how House deals with the fact that Kutner's suicide was something no one saw coming. For a man who lives for reason and ratioinality, this is one fact of life that has no reason or rationality to it.
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saw it coming
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It's a good thing that House has some of the best writers in the business. When they started with this I somehow knew it would be Kutner. I hope they continue the story line into the few episodes at least to help clear things up.
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All the best to him....He is going to be missed!!!!
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It is an awesome career switch but come on! Ive always been a fan of Penn's. He is a great actor which mainly people loved to watch. As much as I love House, I dont think I will love it as much with out him.
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Didn't see it coming at all. But it's a great carreer switch for him.
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ohh! great for him.
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Well the career change is quite the surprise but not as much as this plot twist that really hits you right in the face. Farewell Kal, all the best for you new career
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This was the saddest episode of House I have ever seen I'm so sad about it I can't even explain. Never saw this coming, I believe nobody expected this all of a sudden. He was one of the favorite doctors/actor of the show!
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Whoa, I did NOT see that coming! Still I wish him all the best :)
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Good luck to Penn and kudos on not being afraid of making major changes in his life!

For the show, the way Kutner was killed off, could prove really interesting in how House deals with it. And yes, ultimately the character House (ok and Hugh Laurie) is the only reason I watch this show and the storylines and other characters matter mostly only as a foil for him. And having to deal with not seeing it coming and not having an answer should drive him nuts. @igotbupkis: I don't see any malicious intent in how they dealt with the Kutner character toward Penn. This way he will always be remembered and his leaving will influence all characters. What more can you ask for?
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No way?! Well, best of luck Penn!!
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I thought it would be shocking, but it wasn't. I guess I just don't care about characters exept for House himself (and may be Chase). Feel free to kill all the others.
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i loved Penn's character but i really liked how they did this episode because it felt real, there was no happy ending were they found out why it happened
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On one hand it sucks that Penn ( Kutner ) is off the show, I really liked his character... But, I think the reason for it is kind of cool, him getting a job connected to The White House, though they could have gotten a better known/more respected actor to do the job.



When I saw the ep I was suprised they killed him - thought it would be Talb with all his moodyness lately. Then to not know why it was him was rather bothersome. But then on Tuesday on the news they talked about his new job.
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I would have been so sad if Cameron was gone or Taub but killing Penn was just so annoying. Just when he was starting to really get into the show...
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While they aren't saying it, there's probably some ill-will over the relatively sudden request by Penn to leave the show. More than likely, they WERE planning to do this with Taub, but Penn's request allowed them to express displeasure with Penn -- "N'kay, your character is *dead*. G'bye, and don't let the door hit you on the way out..."



It means that, no matter what, Penn ain't coming back (short of some absurd Soap Opera twist like "his unknown twin brother", which I can't see happening... and if it did, it would be a major sign that House had Jumped The Shark).



They did the same thing when Rick Shroeder abruptly asked to leave NYPD Blue some years back: "Gee, thanks, kid, we had this whole long plot scenario worked out for your character, and now we get to do a major re-write of the long-term plans for the show..."
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FEEWH!!! luckly it wasn't one of my faves
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WOW. what a shocker! Good Luck to Penn! Wish him all the best in his new career path..surely be missed in House...
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What a suprise!! Kutner was the best of the new cast... I´m so sad
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How they handle the rest of the season will be key in seeing this moment, this episodes worth and rating. As a stand-alone episode, it has shock and sadness and the real life emotions of why! If we look at it as participants and not just an audience, it can have deep, if not scarring impact and/or relevance and worth. If done, as a show's way of ratings boost or a novel device, and they don't grow the characters from this moment, it will be a waste and a shame, . . we all get something different than each other in viewing someone else's visions.
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I'm kinda shoked by Kutner's death.. he was my fave of the new cast.. but i'm glad that Kal has a great opportunity work-wise.. so good luck..
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This show is absolute crap now.

Kutner was the most bearable of the new cast...now I have no reason to at all to watch. What a waste of a once great show.
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I was also expecting it to be Taub. I liked Kutner, and I'm sad that he's not gonna be on the show anymore. But at least Kal Penn got a cool new job, good luck to him.
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I was definitely surprised that it was Kutner. I was expecting it to be Taub. I like that they used suicide and didnt give an explanation because sometimes suicide has no explanations or reason.
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Oh, why does it have to be Kutner?! I'm devastated it's him, since he's one of the characters in the show that i love watching. And suicide?! That's depressing, i wish he went in a better manner, sigh.
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That was sad he will be missed.
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It should prove interesting to see how it works for the rest of the season. I really like Kutner's character. I hope Penn does great in his new job.
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I am glad that 13 wasn't killed off beecause she is beautiful. She's the reason i restarted watching house.
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