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House Rundown: Episode 15, "House's Head"

House Rundown: Episode 15, "House's Head"

Wow. I have no idea where House is taking us in its two-hour finale that started this week, but so far at least, I'm enjoying the ride.

What we know, or think we know: House was in a bus crash. He saw someone dying. But who it was, and what was hurting that person, is locked somewhere in his drug-addled brain (inside his cracked skull, to boot). The episode was spent in a frantic search for what House saw, with hypnosis, reenactments, and some kind of creepy dark bath all playing a part — and in the end, we finally learned who was dying. Or at least who might be dying, if the writers aren't pulling an elaborate "but it was all a dream!" scam on us. To check out my thoughts, just


I'm mad at myself for taking so long to figure out the big twist that Amber was on the bus with House. Between Amber showing up in House's very first attempt at hypnosis and the woman saying "What is my necklace made of?" I should have had it way sooner. On the other hand, though, I loved the chilling feeling I got in the pit of my stomach when the mystery woman's face faded away to reveal Amber's. House hasn't had an outright creepy episode in a while, but the writers do it so well.

Meanwhile: What was Amber doing on the bus with House? Was he wooing Amber from Wilson? Or is there some more complicated explanation for what was going on?

I rarely think of House as a cool show to actually look at — other than the occasional animated foray into someone's bloodstream, every episode mostly looks the same. But the cleverness of the cinematography in this episode wowed me, from the Beer-brand beer in House's recollections to the faceless people on the bus (so eerie!) to the way the scenes kept fading in and out of different layers of House's memory. If the point was to throw us off-track so we could no longer tell what was real and what was a hallucination, well, it worked. I found myself looking for subtle clues — did House have blood on his shirt there? a limp? his cane? — to try to pinpoint where we were in time.

Some other thoughts:

  • Thirteen = Hadley? Did you hope her name would be cooler?
  • I know, intellectually, that there was no point to House's fantasy with Cuddy as a schoolgirl stripper besides giving Fox something for a salacious promo bit. I do know that. And yet, it still made me chuckle. Now I guess we know what House would want to see in his dying moments.
  • Who was the mystery woman House saw instead of Amber? A real person? His fantasy of a beautiful woman?
  • "I'm not a lesbian." "I was rounding up from 50 percent."
  • Was anyone else surprised how flippant House's team seemed at the beginning? Sure, he was drugged and/or under the influence of his cracked skull, but if my boss insisted someone was dying and only I could help him save that person, I'm not sure my reaction would be "yeah, whatever, page me" – even if my boss were a pathological liar.
  • On a similar note, not sure why everyone seemed so shocked that House would put his own life in danger to solve a mystery. Wasn't it just earlier this season that he tried to electrocute himself?
  • Best Wilson line in a long time: "The penis-size cortex is set to pathetic."

What did you think? Did you love the episode, or did it frustrate you? What do you think is true, and what's a hallucination? And do you think this is going to come down to some big "House vs. Amber, and only one can live" thing? Cause I'm pretty sure I know who would win that one.

Photos courtesy of Fox

Blessed2x Blessed2x 9 years
I am an avid "House" watcher-LOVED this episode. I did not partic like Amber but I did get teary eyed when they showed that the mystery person was her. I cannot picture her as House's 'type" and I really do not think that he would do that to Wilson (I know may be naive on my part) unless he was just out trying to prove something to Wilson...I look forward to tonights episode....
redscorpio redscorpio 9 years
I liked a lot the episode and especially certain parts/scenes of it. The Cuddy pole dancing, the sweet scene of House asking Cuddy to tuck him in and of course the last 15 or so minutes with the accident reenactment, his efforts on saving Amber. I even liked the "going in Rambo style" even though it was kind of cheesy! Let's hope the second part is even better in every way.
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
they're working on a house spin off. less medicine more investigation. perhaps this is the spin.
shleamg shleamg 9 years
Cuddy's "striptease" was totally gratuitous, but boy, do I wish I had a body like hers!
poptiger poptiger 9 years
BEST EPISODE IN A LONG TIME! made me laugh and the franticness really came through..sooo good!
butterfli butterfli 9 years
I so loved this episode. Every time I saw the "mystery woman" I got the chills.. the very first time I saw her it freaked me out.
northern_lass northern_lass 9 years
Malzie: I did, too. Very clever and funny.
northern_lass northern_lass 9 years
This was the best episode in a long time. I've actually started to like Amber recently. Um, and Cutty's strip tease was crazy/ awesome.
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 9 years
Remy Hadley sounds like a Harry Potter name
malzie89 malzie89 9 years
i laughed out loud at the MADD reference house said :)
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
redfiretruck – someone found Thirteen's name a while ago on a chart or something, but this was the first time it's ever been said in an episode.
ragus ragus 9 years
I knew it was amber, from when house was in the MRI and was talking with Wilson.... This was a good episode a lot better than the recent ones, I dont know if it was the strike or what but the last few episodes seemed out of place and didnt follow the "House Usually" We own the DVD's and watch every new episode...we were wondering maybe if the writers changed or what the deal was... good to see its picking back up though.... I was yelling Amber at the TV too when they were speaking of the
redfiretruck redfiretruck 9 years
Haven't we known her name was Remy Hadley for a while?
emsmiley emsmiley 9 years
I peek in on House every now and again and saw last weeks episode and was eager to see this week's. I don't knw too much about Amber but was beyond chilly and goosebumpy when I realized it was Amber who was dying. I kept yelling at the TV, "No!" like an idiot! Can't wait for next week's episode. :)
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 9 years
When the dying person turned out to be Amber, my jaws dropped. I totally didn't see that one coming. They can't kill of Amber, I really like her character. She's cool.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Oh, and I wanted to find out Thirteen's first name, and I'm disappointed that we didn't. :(
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I love Amber. She's a total bitch but such a fun character to watch. I hope she doesn't die. I'm more curious to find out what she was doing on the bus with House in the first place. I don't think it's going to be as simple as House trying to steal her from Wilson. I think it's got to be something else. It was pretty intense when the mystery woman's face changed into Amber's and then BANG! the garbage truck crashed behind her. Yikes.
MsDee1 MsDee1 9 years
What impressed me is how the writers actually made me feel sorry for Amber. I never liked her character but to see her frightened, scared and human broke my heart! I was slow too and got it when th ewoman asked House what her necklace was made of. And by the way, who would answer "resin" to a ques. like that?
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 9 years
This episode was amazingly put together. I didn't know the finale was a two-parter so the pace of this episode kind of threw me off at first and then I got totally wrapped up in it. One of the best of the season for sure. And don't feel bad about not getting it sooner...only when the mystery girl asked what her necklace was made of did it click in my head - about 2 seconds before House himself got it. I actually yelled "AMBER!" at the tv, as if it could help him get it...that's how wrapped up I got. Don't judge me! ;)
marcella marcella 9 years
I hope they kill off Amber. She is a really annoying character.
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