Ok, so who's mentally prepared for the powerfully moving conclusion of the House season finale? All I know is tonight, just as it did last week, did not disappoint.
Tonight's episode starts where we left off last week where Dr. House finally pieced his subconscious flashes and memories together only to realize that the mystery patient that needed saving after the bus crash was actually Amber.
Now at her bedside, Wilson pretends he's Amber's husband in order to have her moved to Princeton-Plainsborough where they can diagnose what kind of condition was trigged from the trauma of the bus accident. That's when Wilson comes up with the plan to put her through protective hypothermia to save her brain to buy House more time.
While the team is searching for clues, House dozes off only to have Amber, sporting a red powersuit, make an appearance in his dream to help him remember. She offers him a glass of Sherry (turns out the bar they went to was called Sherry's) and begins leading House to believe the two had a thing for each other. But while seducing House, she also suggests "electricity" be used to help House remember. But the idea of shooting volts through an already damaged head doesn't go over well with Cuddy.
As Amber is getting worst, Wilson wants her body temp dropped even lower than it already is to prolong any further damage to her organs. Now normally, when House comes up with diagnosis, he just runs with the treatment, even if it is risky. But Wilson keeps getting House to agree to icing her body even more. Now in the midst of another dream, a very frozen Amber shows House a rash on her lower back. When he awakes to find there really is a rash on the small of Amber's back, the only question on everyone's mind is how did he know it was all they way down there?
Then the irony comes into play. House gives 13 a mini-lecture (in the bathroom, mind you) to get it together and not let the fact that she knows the patient get in the way of her ability to treat her. Too bad House is letting the fact that he's best friends with desperate Wilson completely inhibit his better judgment.
Foreman finally makes the call to go above House and Wilson's heads to Cuddy fearing they will ultimately kill Amber. House ends up making the final call to warm her body back up to see if she is responding to a treatment (a risky thing to do should the treatment not be working). But Wilson appeals to House one last time, asking him to go through with the shock treatment to restore his memory so it can be definitely determined what is wrong with Amber. Basically what Wilson asked House to do was risk his life in order to save Amber's. House agrees.
The electric treatment, conducted by Chase, ends up working and we are brought back to the scene of the bar. House had gotten so drunk, he called Wilson for a ride home after the bartender confiscated his keys. Amber, instead, picks up the phone call and comes to House's aid. But House, being the stubborn man that he is, sneaks on to the bus while Amber settles his tab. Amber follows, but now comes the moment of truth. House watches as Amber's sneezing prompts her to take a prescription drug to ward off the symptoms of the flu. That's when House has his light bulb moment. It was the drug Amber was taking that was killing her because the bus accident destroyed her kidneys making her body unable to clear the drug out of the system.
Normally, this is where a life is saved and a family rejoices. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Turns out the drug Amber had been taking can not be moved out of her body with dialysis. Sadly, there is nothing more that can be done to save her. House, visibly distraught, sheds a tear right before having a seizure which lands him in a coma.
Foreman explains to the team what has happened to House and how he was unfortunately right about Amber. Wilson makes the tough decision to wean Amber off the anesthesia to bring her back to consciousness so the two could say their goodbyes. The couple shares their "I love you's," and in one of the most touching scenes I've ever scene on this show, Wilson and Amber, lying side-by-side on her hospital bed, share one final kiss before he turns off her bypass machines and she dies in his arms. Yup, I'm officially tearing up as I type this.
Meanwhile, House is back in his own head, but we can't help but wonder, is this white bus with the now-dead Amber sitting next to him Heaven? Amber tells him it's not his time and he must "get off the bus," but House doesn't want to go. "It doesn't hurt here," he says. He can't face the reality of going back to have Wilson, his best friend, never be able to forgive him.
On a side note, towards the ending sequence, we learn that 13, who refused to get tested for the deadly Huntington's disease, finally "stopped prolonging" things (just as Wilson had with Amber) and took a blood test. The result? Positive!
House ultimately returns back to the land of the living only to see Wilson at the door. But as he feared, Wilson can't bring himself to face House after everything that just happened. It's just as Amber said before House expressed not wanting to have his best friend hate him "You can't always get what you want."
Talk about an emotional season closer! As much as she drove me nuts in episodes past, I was so sad when Amber died. I actually was shocked they killed her off, to be perfectly honest. But both her and Wilson's performances at the end were so powerful, it actually got me choked up a bit as well. I'm curious what next season will bring now that the dynamic will be changed between Wilson and House. Then there's the age-old question of what will happen to Team Old vs. Team New.
What was your take on tonight's episode? Were you taken aback to learn that there was nothing that could be done for Amber? Do you wish the writers chose not to kill her off? Did you find the ending of the episode as moving as I did? What do you think lies in store for the future when it comes to House and Wilson's relationship? Think the writers will keep trying to incorporate the two sets of teams, or just come to a decision once and for all as to who will report to House? Let it all out below!
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Ok so whos mentally prepared for the powerfully moving conclusion of the House season finale All I know is tonight just as it did last week did not disappointTonights episode starts where we left off last week where Dr House finally pieced his subconscious flashes and memories together only to realize that the mystery patient that needed saving after the bus crash was actually AmberNow at her bedside Wilson pretends hes Ambers husband in order to have her moved to Princeton-Plainsborough where they can diagnose what kind of condition was trigged from the trauma of the bus accident Thats when Wilson comes up with the plan to put her through protective hypothermia to save her brain to buy House more timeWhile the team is searching for clues House dozes off only to have Amber sporting a red powersuit make an appearance in his dream to help him remember She offers him a glass of Sherry turns out the bar they went to was called Sherrys and begins leading House to be