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House Season 6 Premiere Rundown: "Broken"

House Season 6 Premiere Rundown: "Broken"

After an entire Summer without House, you can believe I was ready for last night’s two-hour premiere. With House checked in to an asylum, we knew season six was taking us in to new territory.

From the start they let us know that this was not your typical episode. If the removal of Massive Attack's opening music, replaced with Radiohead's "No Surprises" wasn't enough to tip you off, then maybe the washed-out, dream-like detox scene was. Did you watch, and are you ready to discuss? Find out some of the things I'm dying to talk about (spoilers ahead!), when you


  • Where was the medical mystery? I have to admit, while I loved this episode, I kept waiting for the medical mystery. Every time Annie (the catatonic cello player) was on screen, I would think, "Oh he's going to solve this, surely she must have some rare disease." Then after superhero Steve becomes catatonic, I figured the same thing. And when neither of those panned out, I thought it would be Dr. Nolan's father who would be saved. However once the clock started ticking down, it dawned on me. This is the episode where the person who gets saved is House.
  • What did you think of the dynamic between House and Nolan? I think Andre Braugher is the perfect foil to House. Their dynamic seems so real, and I love that he essentially blackmails House into getting better and thwarts his attempts to trick Wilson.
  • Speaking of Wilson, did you notice that he is the only other cast member to appear? Did you miss the rest of the cast, or were you fine with the new faces? Do you think any of these faces will show up again? I think it would be a treat if Alvie turned up at Princeton Plainsboro with a rap for our favorite diagnostic team.
  • While the tone of the episode is admittedly dark, two of my favorite moments had to be when House and superhero Steve are flying at the carnival, and when House joins Alvie on stage for the talent show. I don't think we've ever seen House smiling unless it's to cause the frustration of someone else. How about you, what was your favorite scene?
  • How important do you think House's relationship with Lydia (Franka Potente) is? Do you think House would have been "cured" had she not been there?
  • Now for another somber moment. Were you also tricked into thinking superhero Steve actually died? I was glad to hear that he's still alive. I don't think House (or myself) could've handled yet another death on the show.
  • There were a lot of great quotes during the evening. However, my favorite line of the night is when Alvie tells House that they broke him, and House replies with, "They didn’t break me — I am broken." What was your favorite line?
  • Do you think House has really been cured? Or do you think he'll be back to his old tricks and Vicodin pill-popping ways by next week's episode?

Really, there was so much to this week's episode. In fact, it felt like House the Motion Picture, and I think it did a great job in covering the gap between last season and this one. I have no idea where the writers are taking us, but if the rest of the season is as good as last night's premiere, we're in for a treat!


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mkzulu mkzulu 7 years
This season sure does have promise, This eposide was the best in a while. two guys blog life two voices blog crazy
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I loved this episode. It was so different and really showed that even maverick geniuses need help. I loved when the cellist started playing and talking again. That was such a powerful scene.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I loved this episode! I felt so bad for House when Lydia left in the end. My husband said what about her husband? I said i didn't feel bad for him because they never showed him, i guess if he was "real" then i would have felt bad for him. I also couldn't believe they gave Annie a music box and then she was fine! I thought Wilson would pick House up, but when he was on the bus with that look on his face, i kind of expected to see Amber sitting next to him.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 8 years
you know pinkflake, i thought that same thing! like wth, nobody was even willing to come pick the guy up? he had to sit at a friggen bus stop! that just seemed weird. and i agree also with #11 about the serene smirk house had on his face in the closing scene. that look, coupled with the smiley face tshirt he was wearing was oddly unsettling. (in a good, i cant wait to see where this goes from here, kind of way)
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I thought the whole House/Nolan thing was annoying at first, but I liked it after a while. I liked everyone. I miss the everyone, but it was only one episode. Those were my favorite scenes, too! I liked it when House was with Lydia and Alvie all the time. I think it would have taken a long time if she hadn't been there. For real!!!!!! I was sooooo happy when he turned up alive. I had quite a few good quotes, but the rap was the best. I think he'll go without vicodin for a while.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
It was a good episode for what it was, but I just really can't wait to get back to the real House. :) I missed the rest of the cast terribly in this episode, 30 seconds of Wilson is not NEARLY enough! And I want me some Thirteen, please. And Cuddy. So we can have some delicious Huddy.
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
Great episode. I agree with everything you said, Buzz. I like that they took House to a new, interesting level for one episode. Of course I can't wait to see the rest of the cast, esp. Cuddy (Huddy!!)
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 8 years
Disliked this episode. And I only disliked it because it was too different from the normal House episodes. If it wasn't a House episode and from some other show, I would have really liked it.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
LOVED this episode-- but did they ever explain the deal with the music box? How did House know it was there or that it was the "cure"?
Yv Yv 8 years
House would never fall for any woman that fast. Then again, this character with it's intelligence should've evolved much more and much faster than it did. Long-running tv show rules, I guess.
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 8 years
OK i have to say I loved the episode...but the fact that Annie just miraculously healed like that was a bit over the top. I don't think House would even believe that... he would never have accepted that as what it was, unless that's part of the "new" House. That was the only part that really frustrated me. But I loved Alvie...and I was surprised that Wilson didn't show up more, or visit like he said he would, or even pick him up at the end?
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 8 years
My heart absolutely melted when House cried! Favorite line of the night: "She's gone and..... I'm lost." - Gah! Loved this episode!
myfairlady93 myfairlady93 8 years
I have mixed feelings about this episode. Some parts I loved, some parts I didn't, but overall I think that it was a very good episode.
sabs sabs 8 years
i really liked the use of color in this episode. thought it was so cool that the beginning was really dark and dreary with lots of gray and cool tones, and then slowly became more colorful (especially the carnival scene).
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