Season 7 Episode 23

Moving On

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 23, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The team takes on the case of a performance artist, but soon suspects that she is causing her own symptoms as part of a new piece of "art." Meanwhile, House makes a choice that alters his relationship with his closest friends.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • I am disappointed.

    History repeats itself. Last year we had exactly the same situation: penultimate episode seems like the final one but the real final is a total let down. I completly don't understand what motivated the writers to procure such a "mysterious" plot that ended up like a sitcom show. I had much greater expectation towards this, particulary after what I have seen in a few last episodes. It has been said, that the next season might be the last. Watching episodes like this I'd say, it's about time. Do not offend viewers of such great show. End it with dignity when you are still on the wave.moreless
  • Parking the car in the living room I can understand. On the scale of unbalanced things people do - that is pretty low on the chart. But everything that lead up to that point made me want to puke my guts out.moreless

    Now, we can go on and on about the sociological content in house. A surface sum would be that its the grumpy / witty, stubborn guy coupled with a well done medical scripting and drama. Problem is when it moves from that to the toxic fictional drama that buries shows. It was once a well done medical show with character. Its now a spinning out of control drama show. Not that I care all that much but its not what most of us signed on for.

    There of course has to be some notable event in season final episodes, but this time they simply took it to the part where most people would get an absurd reaction.

    If they keep ramping up the bizarrely dumbfounded episodes as they have for a few seasons now, they would soon cross the line of diversity and step into the plain old boring mediocre absurd that everyone bypasses and ignores on instinct. Its nice having some psychological deductive skills but stretching an identical pattern over 7 seasons gets real old real fast. You could at least spice it up and I don't mean drama diversions.

    And the old standard of "do more than before" has a few options to take on but absurd and the next thing he does is put a custom made batman suit and figure a way to go about with it doing whatever. No doubt that they can conjure great reasoning for it on-screen, but what will the reactions be if that happens.

    There was a little glimpse of freshness in house. Take it out and strengthen the ludicrous along with the truckload of preaching half-truths and distorted conclusions and we get to see the same old same old mold that makes up most tv show. Are we watching the newly founded "out-stupid the next guy" or something about a clever medical guy with a character regardless at what level of emotional maturity. It may be just me, but it looks like its not just me.

    The next thing you know hell get some brain condition and start eating dog poop on the streets.

    Yes TV shows are not best friends with portraying reality but it gets fuzzy about the point where they take it to the moon and still try to sell it as if its on earth.moreless
  • Worst episode of House ever.

    Wow. Let me just say that again. Wow! It's not often that the season finale actually ends up being one of the WORST episodes ever. These guys took the cake on that one. I thought finales were supposed to be the best, the cliffhanger, the whatever the case may be and this wasn't. It was just...boring. The case sucked. That lady was a grade A moron. The only surprise that came out of this episode was Rachel's (Taub's wife) shocking news. Nothing with Foreman, with Chase, with 13 with nobody. The whole Cuddy thing pissed me right off to say the least. The beginning was completely misleading and the ending was just weird. Lisa Edelstein couldn't do ONE more effin season? What a jerk seriously. She's going to leave the show like THIS!? REALLY!? Of all the would be could be farewells, this would have been at the bottom of my expectation list.

    Anyway, whatever. They better come up with something good for the final season! 7 long, dedicated years of watching House only to be bored to death and disappointed at the end leave you with kind of a dead, this-is-meaningless type of feeling and it's not good.moreless
  • Character progression, what more can you ask for.

    This episode certainly wouldn't be out of place as an established entity contained in the overall storyline arc involving House and Cuddy this season. However due to it's nature of being a season finale, it may have been slightly underwhelming. Particularly when compared with other seminal finales such as season 5's excellent portrayal of House's descent into dementia.

    But taking this into account, I can't believe the depths of derision and vitriol aimed at the episode, ultimately consigning the episode to the proverbial rubbish bin. Especially the emphasis on House's actions at the end being somewhat out of character.

    It is painfully clear that since House's break up with Cuddy, he has regressed to such a point that he no longer wishes to feel anything and he refuses to admit that he has been hurt again. No matter your intelligence level, handling emotional matters takes it's toll on you. And the outlet for this emotional pain manifested itself in House's actions at the end.

    I thought the symbolic handing over of the brush to Cuddy was a nice touch and served it's purpose. Symbolic in that House has effectively released the pent up anger and depression he had swirling around within. The evident look of relief and perhaps even a glimmer of happiness on House's face at the end of the episode bears testiment to that.

    This was House's own internal resolution into the break up and as such he has rationalised his response and is happy with it.

    This is effectively a soft reboot of the series. Perhaps they intend to focus on the procedural side of things for another season or perhaps they will depict a more gradual and subliminal destruction of House's character over the next season. I think a tragic end to the series will fit in nicely with the dark nature of House's character.

    I don't believe House has lost any of it's quality over the seven seasons, perhaps I am watching with rose tinted glasses. But then I don't care, I am enjoying the series!

  • People have been saying for a while now that House has jumped the shark. Tonight, I join them.

    Let me get this off my chest now: I've never seen most of the episodes of Seasons 1-3. I can't compare newer episodes to them, nor can I clamor back to the "good old days" of House pre-Season 4 like everybody seems to to do. Perhaps that gives me a warped perspective on the show. All I know is that when I first watched Season 4, I loved it. I loved Season 5. I loved Season 6. I also loved Season 7 - until House and Cuddy ended their relationship. That was the beginning of the end for this once glorious show. It's now clear that the writers wrote themselves into a wall with the relationship and simply went about trying to undo their mistake by any means necessary with this finale being the logical conclusion of that effort. The only problem there is that in the process they turned House's character from simply risky and uncaring to ridiculous and insane. Okay, I can get last week's self-surgery - House has been in both physical and mental pain for far too long and the breakup has finally made him reach his breaking point, I get that. But driving the car through Cuddy's house was the last straw. Where can you -possibly- go from that? How can you rebuild House's reputation after that? And don't get me started on the final scene with him walking on the beach - what a pathetic excuse for an ending. I get that it was a sort of confirmation that he was "over it", but it didn't fit in. House isn't that kind of show. This episode shouldn't have been that kind of episode.

    Sigh. Maybe I'm unusually cruel, but I'm starting to think that the only way I can be satisfied with what I presume to be next year's series finale is if House's character just falls deeper and deeper into aREALISTIC depression and the character ends up dying or losing everything because of it. House isn't the type of character that should end up happy, clearly. I'm not even quite sure he deserves it anymore.moreless
James Hiroyuki Liao

James Hiroyuki Liao


Guest Star

Thom Bishops

Thom Bishops

Jerry Bennett

Guest Star

J.R. Cacia

J.R. Cacia

Officer Soltes

Guest Star

Liz Benoit

Liz Benoit

Nurse Anne

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Zena Grey

Zena Grey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While Rachel calls Taub the first time, the carrier indicator says "No Service," which means that the phone isn't able to accept calls at the moment.

    • When Wilson holds up the Vicodin bottle he says there was a month's prescription in it three days ago and it's now half empty. However we know from previous episodes that a day's recommended dose is six tablets, this means the bottle should have held 180 tablets and it is much too small for that.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • House: Hey, we were just getting to the good part.
      Dr. Chase: Is there a good part? It was performance art.

    • House: My doctor says it's okay as long as I don't leave my hospital bed.
      Taub: Which doctor was that--Seuss or J?

    • Dr. Chase: I'm not gonna watch a woman get set on fire.
      House: Philistine.

    • Taub: Nice, cozy home for little Ruben. It's a family name.
      Ruby: It's a sandwich.
      Taub: Named for my family.

    • House: (winning a bet against Foreman) Since I've seen your paycheck, I probably shouldn't. Canned beans aren't so bad... as long as they're cooked over an oil-drum fire under a bridge with the king of the hobos.

    • Dr. Foreman: How many of those have you had?
      House: I don't know. Is "your mother" a number?

    • Dr. Chase: You want us to waste a bed on her?
      House: You took an oath... an oath to be cool. At least that was the one I mumbled under my breath while everyone else was doing the boring one.

    • Dr. Wilson: You're forging my name on prescriptions again.
      House: No. What you just said implies that I stopped at some point.

    • House: You think I have unresolved issues and you are the unresolved issues.
      Dr. Cuddy: Yes. but it's--I think more than that. It's your life, your choices.
      House: I did it to fix my life. No, wait, no, I did it because I'm a deeply unhappy person. No--no, I did it to get sympathy from you. I did it to piss you off. I did it because I'm not over you, or I was over you, and I was moving on. I did it because I want to know what it's like not to be in pain. I did it because I want to feel more pain. Whatever the reason, it was a bad reason and a bad idea. That's all that matters. Good lunch.

  • NOTES (4)


    • House: Like the Lindberg baby.
      Referencing Charles Lindberg Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles Lindberg. He was kidnapped on March 1, 1932. After a massive search, his body was found two months later.