House Finale: Bait and Switch That Leaves Fans Disappointed
Posted by tvjunkywright on May 12, 2009
Have you ever wanted a special toy for Christmas when you were young? Every year you ask your mom, you ask your dad, you even ask Santa for it. But year after year, it never comes. Until one year, under the Christmas tree you see big red box. You know you finally got what you wanted. Santa came through after all these years of asking.
Now image taking that present, and Santa Clause setting on fire, stomping on it, and destroying it in front of your eyes! That’s how I can best describe last night’s House season finale.
The season finale this year was the aftermath of an event fans of the show been waiting for since the series began. After five seasons of flirting and teasing and sexual tension, House and Lisa Cuddy FINALLY had sex during the second-last episode of the season.
Or did they?
During the whole season finale, House struggles to see how Cuddy feels after their night together. But during the final five minutes… the bombshell was dropped. Their night together never happened. It was actually a Vicodin-induced hallucination. All the events were a figment of House’s imagination.
No detox, no House and Cuddy sleeping together, and a whole lot shocked people watching.
The episode ends with Wilson driving House to a mental institution, leaving the viewers still on shock over the latest developments.
Now because I go on a rant here, I want to give the writers credit for giving us a huge twist. However, this might cost a lot of viewers.
This season has been mediocre, to say the least. It might be that the viewers aren’t connecting with the new characters. It might be the lack of Wilson, or the rest of the crew.
But one thing viewers could rely on is the chemistry between House and Cuddy. We knew something was bound to happen between the two sooner or later. When we think it FINALLY happened, we learned it really didn’t.
What the writers need to realize is that if they tease something for too long, the audience will lose interest, and will turn on them. Will a House/Cuddy relationship have the same affect in Season 6? I doubt it. It seems too little too late by now.
Just like the toy we always wanted for Christmas, eventually we grew up, and that toy didn’t seem that important anymore.