"A pain in the ass with a God complex." Succinctly Cuddy's mother sums up House. Season 7 is dominated by the House-Cuddy relationship, from passionate lovemaking to ever-increasing conflict.
23 episodes. At first the mood is noticeably lighter after the previous season's angst, but the humour does not always work and occasionally becomes silly. Gradually the mood darkens, the penultimate episode particularly grim.
Hugh Laurie's portrayal of House is one of television's joys, his timing impeccable. The character, though, is a monster. An egotistical bully, he rides roughshod over everybody in sight - allowed to get away with it because of his diagnostic skills and the pain in his leg.
Acting throughout is excellent, Martha Masters an interesting addition to the team of "Scary, Smalmy and Shorty" (House's description of the other three). How will she cope when so high principled and adverse to subterfuge? Especially likeable is longsuffering colleague Wilson, life dedicated to trying to limit House's excesses.
Much to admire. I liked the school episode (the children perceptive and hilarious) and was moved by the plight of Hadley ("Thirteen"). A pity, though, about certain OTT antics which cheapen the overall worth - that final outrageous act especially hard to stomach.
(By the way, a black mark for whoever designed the cases' back cover notes - the white print on yellow very hard to read.)