House “Holding On” Review

We’re almost there, you guys! There’s only two episodes left of House, and then…nothing! No more wisecracks, no more miraculous cures, no more…well…HOUSE! Does tonight’s episode set things up nicely for the series finale?! Read on to find out!

“Holding On” had quite a cliffhanger to resolve from last week’s episode. I was worried that the results of Wilson’s cat scan would be held onto for a while, and that we would have to guess whether or not their radical treatment had worked. Well we actually found out within 30 seconds that the treatment, in fact, did not work. Wilson is going to die from cancer. He shows up at House’s door within the first minute and tells him that he’d like to stop chemo. No slow death, no gradual degradation, no “Holding on” as the title references. He’d rather get it all over with and die on his own terms.

I really love the dichotomy between Wilson and House’s philosophies in this episode. House has spent the last eight years on our TV being completely convinced that everything has a simple medical reason. Every problem can be solved. Wilson, on the other hand, has spent the last eight years watching people slowly succumb to their cancer. No way to come up with a last minute miracle diagnosis like House. There’s no solution to the problems he deals with every day. It was great seeing these two play off each other, especially considering it’s one of the last times we’ll see these two together.

At the other end of my interest spectrum, we had yet another patient of the week to deal with. I’ve said for the past few weeks that they should really just be cutting out the patients so we can watch the characters we’ve come to know and love resolve their relationships, and apparently House agrees with me! I found it ironic that House was trying to ignore the patient as often as possible, and instead focused on Wilson’s well-being. It really made you wonder why they even bothered having this boring male cheerleader patient. I guess his trio of Park, Adams and Taub had to do something. It is a bit odd though that the only one that doesn’t seem to care about Wilson is Taub, and Taub’s known him for the longest!

Anyway, the real draw here continued to be House and Wilson’s storyline. It’s interesting that the series finale is next week, since Wilson here is really deciding between whether or not he lives for five months or a few years. Either way he goes, he’s not going to die next week, so the fact that we’re spending so much time agonizing over a decision that we’re most likely not going to see play out is interesting.

House and Wilson’s whole story this week, and perhaps their whole 20 year friendship, really came to a head in a couple pivotal scenes this week. Wilson’s speech to House in his car, and House’s speech to Taub in the hallway, was some of the best work that both Robert Sean Leonard and Hugh Laurie have ever done on this show. Laurie has been nominated for an Emmy for this role just about every year this show has been on, and I expect he’ll get nominated yet again this year. I don’t think he’ll beat Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad (Nor should he), but his work on this show in the past eight years really should be commended.

With House possibly going back to jail for six months, and missing the rest of his best friends life, it looks like we’re gearing up for a very emotional series finale next week. What do you think will happen? Will House actually go back to jail? Will Wilson survive? Sound off in the comments section below!

Random Thoughts:

– Is it just me, or did the fake Mikey kid that House used to trick Wilson looked a lot like Mark Zuckerberg?

– Was House’s joke about killing Thirteen via Propofol supposed to be a Michael Jackson reference? Or was it a popular form of medical murder before then?

– The most exciting part of the patient’s story was the ceiling collapsing, and that scene was in the scenes at the end of last week’s episode! Totally ruined it for me!