House, MD Season Finale News

After what seems to have been a century (but was only, in fact, two months) we finally have solid information on the four remaining episodes of House’s fourth season. The series will be settling into its Monday night post-Bones time slot at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT on April 21, with a re-airing of  “Don’t Ever Change,” which is where we last left off.

Then. (Insert fanfare-ta-da-da-da!) Then the new episodes begin April 28 with “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” featuring a “too nice” emergency room patient with a potentially much more serious problem than has been diagnosed. Of course, House thinks the guy’s “niceness” is a symptom.

courtesy FOX flashIn the meantime, as Amber and House continue their competition for Wilson’s attention, chaos is certain to ensue. Since most House episode titles convey a multitude of meanings, one can only guess who is no longer going to be playing “nice” (along with the patient, that is). Is it Wilson? Amber? Or is it House himself, who seemed to have given his blessing to Amber and Wilson’s relationship when last we saw them in February? Let the speculation begin!

In the May 5 episode, “Living the Dream,” House’s obsession with soap operas comes into play as he notices something is not quite right with an actor on his favorite show Prescription Passion. Neither House’s team, nor the actor himself, believe anything is awry, as they dismiss House’s assessment that the soap star (Jason Lewis) has a serious medical condition.

The fourth season finale, a two-parter called “House’s Head,” will air on consecutive Monday nights, May 12 and May 17. In part one (May 12), House is a passenger on a bus when it is involved in a serious accident. With a head injury causing him short-term memory loss, he begins to piece together recalled fragments about a fellow passenger who was exhibiting signs of a “deadly illness.” Unable to recall who the person was, or even how he came to be riding on the bus, House desperately tries to process the information from “fleeting flashes” to save the life of someone who may not even know he or she could be dying. As part two, “Wilson’s Heart” (May 19) unfolds, and House continues to pieces together his murky memories of the accident and the night before, his friendship with Wilson is pushed to the limit.

I have not seen any of the episodes, so this is all I know from the latest FOX press release. Sorry. If you’ve seen the previews shown following recent reruns on FOX, you can see flashes of the accident, and House inside the bus as it happens.

One more bit of news for readers of this column. I will be interviewing House executive producers/writers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend after part one of the season finale airs on May 12. I’m very excited to have the rare opportunity of a one-on-one (I guess it’s technically one-on-two) converstation with Friend and Lerner, who are the writing team behind several particularly character-driven episodes, including “Skin Deep,” “Meaning,” “Cane and Able,” and “97 Seconds.” Oh, and I almost forgot to say — they are also two of the season finale writers. So stay tuned!

6 thoughts on “House, MD Season Finale News

  1. Are we allowed to send in questions for them? I think those two writers, along with Doris Egan and Liz Friedman, are quite possibly my favorite. Also Leonard Dick. Okay, I like them all.

    But are we allowed to post questions for review?

  2. Oh_! GREAT opportunity you’ll have!!!!!

    Please ask everything you can regarding the main arc for next season please.
    Because the Cuddy-House arc never was full developed on this season because of the strike
    And i’m dying to know!

  3. Hi Emily and Debbie. Emily–please post away! I’ll try to ask as many as I can in the course of time with them (half an hour).

    I will, indeed, spend some time asking about next season’s arcs, including House/Cuddy

  4. Lerner and Friend are two of the writers (I don’t know if there are others.) I think they actually have the best handle on House’s tormented spirit and wounded soul than any of the other writers on staff (except perhaps for Shore himself and Leonard Kaplow, who’s gone from the staff unfoturnately. Lerner and Friend have written Skin Deep (which was as good an exploration of House’s pain as any episode–his fear, self-doubt (which bubbles just below the surface); his moral code (his outing of the father–but his reluctance to turn him in until he was done with him. Cane and Able again showed an understanding of House’s inner turmoil as his hopes for a “normal” life evaporated in the aftermath of the ketamine; 97 seconds, gave us a House who was more serious and thoughtful (and wounded) than most other episodes. If you like that side of House–the deeper, wounded man who’s outwardly an ass, but inwardly is that disillusinoed idealist and romantic, I think this writing team has really delivered. (For me, anyway. I actually asked to interview them–even if they had not been writers on the finale.)


  5. Please relay my complete enjoyment of Season 4.
    Ask them not to ever make HOUSE as dark
    as they did in ‘the Tritter arc’ again, which I
    Please tell them that I would LOVE for the series
    to end (ten years from now) with Stacy coming
    back to House. He loves her so much and he needs
    her in order to be happy. PLEASE?????
    P.S. GREAT article!! I agree with all said.

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