A crane collapse leaves House and Cuddy struggling to see eye-to-eye on how to proceed with a victim trapped under the wreckage. As the two continue to disagree, Cuddy reaches her breaking point and tells House what she really thinks of him.
House Must Handle a Crane Collapse ... And Cuddy's Big News
This week's Season 6 finale episode opens with a montage of a bloody and battered House surrounded by shards of glass and a very quick flash of some prescription pill bottles. From there we flash back eight hours to find House entering Cuddy's office as she's putting on a jumpsuit and heading out a disaster in Trenton, N.J., caused by a crane collapse.
House, who could care less, hands Cuddy a gift — the book her great grandfather wrote that House made Alvie steal last episode. Cuddy is surprised that House would give her such a thoughtful gift, as she is about House's inscription on front the page that says, "To Lisa and Lucas, Here's to a new chapter. Best, Greg" Looks like someone's trying to be the bigger man about the two moving in together. But of course, the hesitation in Cuddy response leads House to believe there's trouble in paradise.
Cuddy demands that House hop on his motorcycle and help tend to the victims of the crane collapse. But when he arrives, House seems to be focused on the driver of the crane because he is convinced he passed out on the job (as opposed to fell asleep). Cuddy quickly slams the idea of House running back to the hospital to treat the man, who is stable, when there are dozens of victims who are not. House begrudgingly stays and has his team deal with the operator, but when he goes to take a break, he hears a noise and thinks someone is trapped under a mound of concrete and rubble. The rescue workers check out the situation, but determine no one is there. House, being, well, House, refuses to listen to them and crawls under the rubble to get a look for himself. After jolting horror-movie moment when a hand shoots out of the dark and grabs House's cane, we learn a woman, Hannah, is in fact trapped under the collapsed concrete.
House's World Crumbles
As the rescue workers try to free the woman, House presses Cuddy to find out if she and Lucas are having issues. But House's world is rocked when she tells him the only reason she hesitated when he gave her the gift was because she and Lucas got engaged the night before. After a moment where House refuses to believe they are happily engaged, House and Cuddy are called back in to see Hannah. The rescue workers say she can't be freed without risking more of a collapse, and therefore amputation is necessary.
Cuddy tries to explain to Hannah that the longer her leg is pinned, the higher the risk of complications from crush syndrome, but House bitterly cuts her off and tells Hannah no one is going to cut her leg off because the rescue workers will have to try harder to figure out how to safely free her. Clearly, there's some pent-up aggression there toward Cuddy in light of her pending nuptials. Hannah obviously likes House's anti-amputation stance more, so the rescue team continues their efforts.
Back at the hospital, the team is trying to get to the bottom of the crane operator's symptoms, and Thirteen shows up late with the excuse that she was at physical therapy. Neither Taub nor I, am buying it. When Taub catches her leaving a note on House's desk later on asking for time off, it's pretty clear that Taub and I are extremely sharp people.
House tries to return to his team and the crane operator, but Cuddy runs over and tells him Hannah is having a panic attack and only House can calm her down. House turns off his motorcycle and heads back to help. He and Hannah get in a deep conversation as they begin to talk about God and how she thought only good things happen to good people. House tells her he tried to be one of those good people and isn't so sure that's how things work.
House Experiences a Different Kind of Light Bulb Moment
The rescue workers try a new tactic to remove Hannah, but their attempt results in a huge collapse under the rubble. House and the rescue worker are OK, but Hannah's lung collapses. When they finally get her stabilized, Cuddy tries to tell House that the only option to save her is amputation. "Really, because I think I'm the only one here who knows what a leg is worth," House barks. Cuddy then tells House not to put Hannah's life at stake just to get back at her, and that's when things between the two really get heated. House calls her a pathetic narcissist, amongst other things, and Cuddy goes for the low blow with, "I don't love you." But Cuddy finally reaches her breaking point when she tells House she's done with him. "I'm moving on, Wilson's moving on, and you? You've got nothing." Ouch.
As Cuddy goes on her own to try to rationalize a leg amputation with Hannah, House, having really heard Cuddy's words, joins them and tells Hannah the story about his bum leg. He recounts how he had a blood clot and the doctors wanted to amputate, but he instead opted for a risky operation in which he almost died. He tells her that even though they saved his leg after cutting out a big chunk of muscle, he wishes they hadn't because he's now in pain everyday. "It changed me. Made me a harder person — a worse person. Now I'm all alone. You don't want to be like me," House says. Hannah finally agrees and House takes her hand in a truly touching moment before performing the amputation.
House's Downward Spiral Comes to a Head
Following the removal of Hannah's leg (which was not shown but still managed to make my stomach turn from the sawing noise and screaming), House jumps in the ambulance with her without saying a word to Cuddy. But on the way, Hannah can't breathe and House thinks it's a clot in her lung that happened because he "waited too long." Unfortunately, House is wrong. It's a fat embolism from the amputation, and there's nothing that can be done. He and Hannah just look at each other, almost as though he's apologizing. They arrive at the hospital and as the House's team arrives to help, they find Hannah is dead.
Foreman tries to console the visibly despondent House by telling him there's no way to prevent a fat embolism. "That's the point. I did everything right; she died any way," House screams at Foreman. (Kind of like how he's been doing everything Dr. Nolan has been telling him to do and he's still miserable and alone?) Foreman tells him he shouldn't be alone in this state of mind and House tells him, "as and employee," to get out of his way.
As House returns to his apartment, we finally catch up with the first scene of the episode. House looks at himself in the bathroom mirror, thinks of Hannah in her final moments, rips the mirror off the wall, and tosses it aside to reveal a hole in the wall containing two bottles of persecription medication.
Just as House is about to take the drugs, in walks Cuddy, still in her scrubs. House asks if she's there to stop him from popping the pills, and she says it's up to him if he wants to go back on drugs. House still doesn't understand why she's there, and then she mentions Lucas. House assumes the conversation is about to take a turn for the worst, but Cuddy cuts him off and says she called things off with Lucas. Why? "All I could think about is you," Cuddy says, adding that she was stuck in that relationship.
"I'm the most screwed up person in the world," House sadly replies.
"I know, and I love you. I wish I didn't, but I can't help it," Cuddy says. House gets up from the bathroom floor and the two finally kiss.
And for those of you who thought House was having another hallucination (like I did), the writers went out of their way to add a telling tidbit of dialogue. House asks how he can be sure he's not hallucinating the whole thing. "Did you take the pills?" Cuddy asks. House looks down at his hand to see the Vicodin still there. He drops them to the ground and embraces Cuddy's hand as the two continue their passionate kiss. Finally!
All I know is I better not tune in to the Season 7 premiere to find out it was all some dream/hallucination/vision or any other cop-out. My emotions can be toyed with only so much.
What did you think of the season finale? Who's happy Huddy is finally official? What do you think next season will be like now that the two are an item? How do you think House will be with Cuddy's baby? And by the way, what's the deal with Thirteen?