Turns out you can't just drive your car through someone's house and spend the rest of your days sipping fruity drinks on the beach. That's something Dr. Gregory House will be keenly aware of as House's eighth season begins.David Shore tells TVGuide.com. "He wasn't trying to hurt anybody; he was trying to lash out. But you can't have him just walk away from something like that. So the decision was made to punish the guy, and [we thought,] 'How can we have fun while doing that?'"The answer is a departure episode (Monday, 9/8c, Fox) similar to the Season 6 premiere that took place with House in a mental hospital. This time, we find House (Hugh Laurie) several months into a prison sentence and five days away from being granted parole, despite a less-than-cuddly encounter with the parole board. Basically, if he keeps his mouth shut, he'll be sprung.But this is House we're talking about. While making the rounds as the correctional facility's trash collector, House stumbles into the clinic, where he meets Dr. Jessica Adams (Odette Annable). And as luck would have it, he catches her right in the middle of making a bad diagnosis. Cue a battle of brains that puts House at odds with the prison's clinical staff and in danger of staying locked up awhile longer. Oz 2.0. Thus, the curmudgeonly doctor will again be roaming the halls of Princeton Plainsboro soon enough. But will he emerge a changed man? Not so much."House recognizes that he has to pay prices," Shore says. "That doesn't mean he's going to change. He will always do what he believes is right. Previous experience will go into those decisions, but not in the sense of, 'Oh, is this going to cost me?'Lisa Edelstein) is gone, which means House has a new boss. And House's relationship with best friend Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) is deeply damaged."He's going to have to, in his own House way, win Wilson back," Shore teases. "Whether he can do that, how he can do that and what price he'll have to pay to do that is a large chunk of what Episode 2 is all about."
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