Season 8 Episode 22

Everybody Dies

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 21, 2012 on FOX
out of 10
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    House's Series Finale: Cancer's Boring

    House ended like so many TV series do: bittersweetly, with a few great nods to past seasons, some inevitable cheesiness, and a comforting sense of closure.

  • Episode Summary

    House treats a drug patient and is forced to examine his own life and confront his personal demons.

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    • Color me sufficiently disappointed

      While it was emotional as any series finale would or should be, it was annoying unoriginal. I don't mean that it should have been original to stand out amongst all other TV shows, but rather original compared to other episodes of House! I mean, they reused a lot of elements that were played out since season five. I found the lack of Cuddy to be extremely upsetting.

      I stopped watching this show after season 7 (I should have stopped after the first episode of season 6, though), only to come back and watch the finale. There were elements of the episode that were interesting and well-done such as PART of what they did with House and Wilson and the motorcycles (spoiler). However, the fact that Wilson got cancer was really annoying. I mean, it's so easy for a show to score points with that cop-out. If it's down in the ratings well there's an easy remedy, just give someone cancer and a sad death episode and voila!

      The funeral scene was pretty neat anyway. I don't know. I mean how did this show go from being some of the best ANYTHING on TV in the first few seasons just being dried up and tired? Bummer. It's just like I said in an episode review for season 6 or 7, they spent way too much time with the storyline about House being semi-open and accepting of his situation being all introspective and what not. There were moments here and there in the older episodes but that's all it was. Moments. For the most part, the show while being serious was very funny and clever. Ever since the end of season 5 it's just been depressing.

      I'm rambling. I think you get my point. That's where the writers went wrong. Goodbye House.moreless
    • hmmmm...

      Ok so the finale of this awesome show was kinda cool but had its flaws, yada yada yada, see everybody else. I don't want to go into detail regarding the "errors" because that's not the point and doing so is actually a bit annoying, but one thing just weirds me out so I have to mention it:

      Why did House plan to fake his own death by switching dental records beforehand, only to then actually almost die by overdosing(?) on (maybe) heroin, after which he changed his mind again to come back to life... Did he plan to die or not?!?

      Why did he even TAKE Heroin in a burning building in the first place, if he had switched dental records with a junkie anyway? Just for fun? And why did the patient (if it was him - but where else would House get someone's dental records?) die in the burning building? House had just saved him, he didn't have to die! Did he still WANT to die?! Why?!

      Did House just accidentally overdose(?!?!), did then somehow decide against dying subconsciously, only to go ahead with his original fake-death-plan?

      It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me: This whole hallucination thing seemed a little forced...

      And since it was his subconsiousness: No Cuddy in his brain? Are you serious?! That's the least plausible thing and probably due to some contract crap... Fail. Personally, I would have loved to see Cuddy again.

      Whatever, still enjoyed the episode but... meh.moreless
    • The Perfect Ending!

      First, the Ending was the best I ever seen for a Drama Series. What an Ending for House! and he still ass although James is about to die!

      what a turn of events at the ending! he die and hes not dead, typical house who love to keep the mystery and puzzles going!

      A good touch is to bring most of the cast in one episodes, its touching to see everyone with house and crying for him.

      To end it with House and James on the road is the best ending ever even that I didn't the thing about James Dieing! but still the two friends their last moments together alone is awesome.

      And again, the best ending ever for a drama series :Dmoreless
    • Landed right in the sharks mouth

      What a terrible episode to end the House story on. It gave nothing, no resolution, no closure. Just poor from the start to the end.

      More hallucinations? Great way to rehash a done story and make it even more dull than it was on its last outting.

      House is in a fire! and seemingly has the ability to breath smoke for 20 minutes while he argues with the cameo appearances of everyone from his past who didnt have more sense.

      And back to a House staple of questioning everyones motives, and then having them question his motives. .and then he can question their motives for questioning his motives.

      Dull, uneventful, shocking, boring? Pick one, they all sum up the finale pretty well. House and Wilson ride off into the sunset after a poorly executed fake funeral. (BTW, if he escaped the fire laden building, who the hell was the guy Wilson saw at the window just before the building collapsed? because there is no way in hell THAT guy snuck out the back.)

      I am glad it is over, because it has been on a downward spiral for the past 3 years. Hugh Laurie deserves better, because he crafted a person in House that I, as a viewer, wanted to take a journey with. The writers however decided that the show would end with House exactly where he was when we joined him.moreless
    • Expected Better.

      This series finale was definitely disappointing. It felt more like a regular episode than a series finale and it seemed unbelievable that he would actually survive in a fire that long without dying of smoke inhalation or something related to that; and there was no way he had time to escape through the back of the building and still get out unscathed. I think they could have pulled off something better, but given the way the last few seasons were going, it wasn't much of a surprise that this episode was a disappointment.moreless
    James LeGros

    James LeGros


    Guest Star

    Patrick Price

    Patrick Price

    Nurse Jeffrey

    Guest Star

    Jaclyn Jonet

    Jaclyn Jonet


    Guest Star

    Olivia Wilde

    Olivia Wilde


    Recurring Role

    Karolina Wydra

    Karolina Wydra

    Dominika Patrova

    Recurring Role

    Jennifer Crystal Foley

    Jennifer Crystal Foley

    Rachel Taub

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Trivia: The song that plays at the end of this episode, "Enjoy Yourself", is the same song that Amber sang to House in the episode "Under My Skin", during the first time he was hallucinating.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Dr. Adams: You took a new case?
        Dr. Park: You ran tests yourself?
        House: I saw the chance to help someone in need and I instinctively... oh no, wait, that was someone else's instinct.

      • Dr. Foreman: You're asking me to perjure myself.
        House: Tiny white lie. No offense. Especially since, from what I hear, nothing black is tiny. Except your penis, I guess.

      • Dr. Wilson: (about House) You think he could've done something stupid?
        Dr. Foreman: I think stupid is our best-case scenario.

      • House: Isn't this just an incredibly simple calculation? I''m going to jail, losing my job, losing my best friend. Do I need more?
        Kutner: You think that's the sum total of who you are? A doctor? A friend to Wilson?
        House: I'm also a tremendous baritone.

      • Stacy: Wilson's right. He's always right. he's always been your good side.
        House: I always wondered why I photographed so poorly.

      • Dr. Wilson: He was my friend. The thing you have to... remember... the thing you can't forget is that Gregory House saved lives. He was a healer. And-and in the end… House was an ass. He mocked anyone-patients, co-workers, his dwindling friends-anyone who didn't measure up to his insane ideals of integrity. He claimed to be on some heroic quest for truth, but the truth is, he was a bitter jerk who liked making people miserable. And he proved that by dying selfishly, numbed by narcotics, without a thought of anyone. A betrayal of everyone who cared about him.

      • Dr. Wilson: When the cancer starts getting really bad...
        House: Cancer's boring.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Andre Braugher, Anne Dudek, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn, Amber Tamblyn, and Sela Ward are credited as Special Guest Stars.

      • Music: Keep Me In Your Heart (Warren Zevon), Enjoy Yourself (Louis Prima)

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: May 21, 2012 on Global
        UK: May 24, 2012 on Sky1
        Israel: June 13, 2012 on HOT3
        Germany: December 5, 2012 on RTL
        Sweden: February 26, 2013 on TV4
        Finland: November 18, 2013 on MTV3

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • House: Did you ever see Dead Poets Society? Carpe diem.

        Referencing the 1989 movie starring Robin Williams as an English teacher who inspires his students at a boys' boarding school using poetry. Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson) starred in the movie as Neil Perry, who was under pressure from his father to become a doctor.