Season 6 Episode 22

Help Me

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 17, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The team is called upon to aid a search-and-rescue operation during an emergency. House ends up staying to help a woman trapped beneath the rubble who has to choose whether she will sacrifice her imprisoned leg if she wants to live.

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  • The episode I NEVER thought I'd actually see. (SPOILERS)

    Wow, I am kind of just sitting here stunned after watching the season 6 finale of House. This is the episode I never thought I'd see.

    The very beginning of the episode is a jumble of scenes: House, dazed, broken, bloody, clutching something in his hand...could it be...vicodin?

    Then we cut to eight hours earlier. House gives Cuddy a housewarming present, since she and Lucas are planning to finally move in together.

    Right after that, they go to the scene of a huge disaster. A crane has crashed into a building with devastating results. The whole area looks like a bomb went off. At this point, the plot goes in two different directions. Back at the hospital, the operator of the wrecking crew is being attended to by the diagnostic team. Everyone else thinks he just fell asleep at the wheel, causing the accident, but House suspects there's an underlying cause at work. Meanwhile, House discovers a young wife named Hannah, whose leg is pinned beneath the rubble. She has the option of having her leg amputated, but is staunchly against it. House makes a speech to Hannah where he basically tells her that he is a hardened, broken man who has lived with the pain of a mangled limb every day of his life. He says the pain has warped him as a human being. He's speaking to Hannah, but it seems like he's also speaking to Cuddy, admitting he wishes he was a different person. It's so uncomfortably raw and poignant.

    In this episode, House is basically reaching a crisis point. Wilson kicked him out, therapy isn't working, Cuddy is going to marry Lucas, he tried to save Hannah and failed, he has driven everyone away. He's not doing drugs anymore, but he's STILL miserable. My heart breaks for him.

    When House finally goes home, he stares in the mirror for a moment. In that one moment, Hugh Laurie displays such vulnerability....his self loathing is so evident. Then House rips the mirror off the wall to reveal a hidden stash of vicodin.

    Cuddy walks in as he sits on the floor, the pills in his hand, the choice unmade. She tells him she's broken it off with Lucas, because she loves House and she wants to give a relationship with him a try. She helps him up off the floor...they kiss. If you're saying "WTF?!" right now, I'm right there with you. When this happened, I was seriously thinking I was the one on drugs. I can say honestly this is the one thing I never expected to happen on House. I had hope that Cuddy and House would get together, but I truly thought she moved on with Lucas and there was ZERO chance something like this would happen. So many things were amazing about this episode. House's vulnerability, his struggle with addiction, (the Huddy kiss)...HOUSE, you have truly blown my mind. I'll be tuning in next season. For sure. I only wish the writers of Bones would follow suit!!moreless
  • this whole season has been just depressing...

    this whole season has been just depressing...

    I gave it a good rating nonetheless because simply put it was a great episode. However, one thing I'm starting to dislike about house is the overall feeling you get when you watch it. Now when I get done watching house I just feel's like super dark and what not. I'm sure most of you can concur even if you like it that way.

    side note: what's up with cuddy at the end? I assumed it was definitely real because even house questioned it as being a possible hallucination..but after reading the reviews I'm starting to wonder. I definitely don't like that idea...

    I liked the first 3 seasons (and even the fourth) because it was just good stories, good cases a stronger balance of plot energy (for lack of better words I suppose). One could say the show was a lot funnier in those days. Looking back on this season I can't remember the last time I laughed while watching an episode. A couple moments here and there perhaps but beyond that the show is too somber.

    I say bring back the House that did anything he could to escape clinic hours and popped too many vicodin.

    I have high hopes for the 7th season but if the show continues onward down its current path I might become disinterested... :Omoreless
  • Out of character, jumped the shark or simply character development?

    House season finales tend to be epic. Last 2 seasons, the finales were actually season savers. For this 6th season, my first feeling is that it was a weird episode. The setting , character decisions and outcome felt kinda out of place. Is it a good thing or not, that`s debatable.

    The biggest change here is the Dr. House character himself. Everything he did here FELT pretty much out of character, or was it? Season 6 introduced a new House so to speak, the changes were apparent at the start. In this respect, the events (character wise)of the last 2 episodes of this seasons were quite logical. The thing is that the procedural nature of the show meant they could not just change the character throughout. Fact is that in the middle of the season, we had a somewhat same House as the previous seasons, the therapist angle was inexistent, everything House went through at the end of last season were almost forgotten. And in the pre-finale, the therapist returned and the change in House became relevant again. IMO the events and decisions of the finale are logical given the character development House has been going through. The only hic is that the change was not progressive enough. So it may have felt out of character but it was not really. However has the show jumped the shark? Time will tell. House-Cuddy relationship offers some interesting premises but it might very well not work at all and change what actually made the show so good in the first place. But again, time will tell.

    Overall season 6 is a step up from last 2 seasons. It was great to have the whole team back for a run this season. It is the winning formula and I wished they`d keep it that way. What differentiates this season from the last 2 is its consistency. Very enjoyable how the played with House this season, 6 seasons and the character is all so fresh. The finale was great but not as epic as the last 2...but the fantastic premiere makes up for that. Can`t wait to watch season 7.moreless
  • Fan service crap

    Wow.. where should I begin.. what an utter load of fance service cerap. The whole second half of the episode was like I wasn't even watchin House, more like Grey's Anatomy. I mean trough out the season the changes in House's personality have been suddle and now *boom* in an instance after Cuddy's little drama act House becomes a nice guy? And the in the end Cuddy magically appears into his appartment. And after one 'selfless act' Cuddy is willing to throw away a relationship that has lasted the past season. This episode sunk the series to a new level of low. Only good thing is that we might actually get rid off thirteen.moreless
  • One of the weakest episodes. Ever.

    So the answer to House's great midlife/existential crisis, to his years-long search for relief and redemption, to his unending pain, is Cuddy?!? Let me guess, it was "bring your teenage daughter to work day" and the writers let a bunch of lovestruck 16-year-olds work out the plot.

    And the words... the words have all been said before. Cuddy's little "I love you" speech to House was particularly cheezy and unoriginal.

    With this ham-fisted attempt at crowd-pleasing romance, the writers (who are usually so great with layers and subtlety) have turned House into just another TV drama cardboard cutout. Next thing you know they're going to start doing crossover episodes with Private Practice.moreless
Doug Kruse

Doug Kruse


Guest Star

Jamie McShane

Jamie McShane

Captain McCreavey

Guest Star

DeSean Terry

DeSean Terry


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • House: Is that a pill in your pocket, or are you just happy to have a tiny pill-shaped penis?

    • House: So I hope I didn't weird you out giving you that gift.
      Dr. Cuddy: Can we talk about this later?
      House: Of course. (waits a moment) Is now later?

    • Hanna: Can I ask what's wrong with your leg?
      House: Crane fell on it. Small world.
      Hanna: You could have just said no.
      House: I'll remember that for my next human contact.

    • Hanna: Would you pray with me?
      House: No. I'm not in the habit of encouraging my patients' superstitions.
      Hanna: How is that a habit? You plan on getting trapped under a building again?
      House: I don't believe in God.
      Hanna: I don't either.

    • Hanna: I always thought... if I did the right thing, if I treated people right, then good things would happen to me. You think that's how it works?
      House: I didn't use to. Then recently I tried... now I don't know.

    • Hanna: You think we could be friends when I get outta here?
      House: Sure. We'll catch a ball game or... group sex show or something.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What are you clinging to, House? You're gonna risk her life just to save her leg? Really worked out well for you, didn't it? What do you have in your life, honestly? Tell me. I'm moving on. Wilson is moving on. And you... you've got nothing, House. Nothing.

    • House: You asked me how I'd hurt my leg. I had a blood clot, and the muscle was dying. And I had all these doctors telling me I should amputate, and I said no, and they did this... very risky operation. I almost died.
      Hanna: But you saved your leg.
      House: I wish I hadn't. They cut out a chunk of muscle about the size of my fist, and they left me with this mutilated, useless thing. I'm in pain... every day. It changed me. Made me a harder person. A worse person. And now... now I'm alone.You don't want to be like me.

    • House: We thought the problem was in his toilet--by that, of course, I mean his head. Which distracted us from the fact that it could have been just a clog in his sewer pipe. And by that of course, I mean his spinal cord. And blah, blah, blah, blah. You get the idea.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'm stuck, House. I keep wanting to move forward. I keep wanting to move on, and I can't. I mean, my new house, with my new fiance, and all I can think about is you. I just need to know if you and I can work.
      House: You think I can fix myself?
      Dr. Cuddy: I don't know.
      House: 'Cause I'm the most screwed-up person in the world.
      Dr. Cuddy: I know. I love you. I wish I didn't. But I can't help it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was uniquely filmed using Canon's 5D MkII, a photographic camera with video capabilities.

    • As of this episode, Jennifer Morrison is no longer listed in the opening credits as a show star.

    • The episode starts without the typical opening title and music, and proceeds directly into the story with the main stars listed during what are typically the post-credit guest star listings.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 17, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 23, 2010 on Sky One
      Australia: July 11, 2010 on Channel Ten
      The Netherlands: November 4, 2010 on SBS 6
      Israel: November 17, 2010 on HOT3
      Czech Republic: December 22, 2010 on TV Nova
      Germany: January 4, 2011 on RTL
      Poland: February 10, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: February 22, 2011 on STV1
      Sweden: June 14, 2011 on TV4


    • House: Fire Marshall Bill will be back soon.
      Referencing the character created by actor Jim Carrey for the skit comedy series In Living Color. Bill is a burn-scarred fire inspector who inevitably sets himself on fire while going about his work, and enjoys the pain.

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