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This review is from: House Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Arguably the strongest season yet. It starts with the quitting of Wilson, House's best (and only?) friend after the death of Amber. It ends with House facing an unprecedented personal crisis. En route is a death so out of the blue that staff (and viewers) are left reeling.
The format is usually much as before: a mysterious collapse before opening credits; a solution before the credits that close. Occasionally the eventual explanation defies belief, but everything has been thoroughly researched - some of the most bizarre inspired by actual cases.
Why does House so fascinate? The man is a control freak, spying on colleagues, riding roughshod over all, even stealing their food. His pain is the key. Without it his judgment is impaired. That pain is his stimulant, leading to success where all before him have failed, goading colleagues into ever improving performances.
All this sounds very serious, but do not be put off. Humour abounds, there laughs in plenty. Increasingly fellow staff stand up to him, their exchanges crackling. Particularly exhilarating is House's sparring with Wilson and hospital head Cuddy, he not always getting his own way - as when trying to back out of attending his father's funeral. (By the way, make the most of that hilarious private detective for he is not around long.)
Twenty four episodes, all of them good. Two of the most unusual deserve special mention. One throughout is from the patient's point of view - he not brain dead as diagnosed, but frantic to communicate. Then there is the armed siege where an unstable man, passed from doctor to doctor for years, waves a gun and demands treatment or hostages will die.
Everything impresses, but Hugh Laurie's portrayal of the troubled genius makes the series even more special. Wholeheartedly recommended - but perhaps not as you eat.