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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Summary: House has checked himself into Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital in the season opener.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    91
    A trite, untrue mental-illness mystery insults the show's high IQ, but doesn't diminish the opener's capture-the-imagination thesis: that a redeemed House can be just as compelling as a rude House.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    It’s a meeting of the brilliantly analytical minds, and a master class in acting, when Hugh Laurie clashes with Andre Braugher as a crafty but also damaged psychiatrist who holds the key to House’s future, in House’s tremendously entertaining and ultimately moving two-hour sixth-season opener.
  3. For one night, this is the best House, and its leading man, have been in a long time.
  4. The episode has a few sentimentality issues (any plot point involving a music box walks a very fine line), but it doesn't matter much because the characters are so vivid they even outshine House at times, which can only be good for him.
  5. Other complications arise as well, and Laurie is superb in this episode, carrying scenes so strongly that for long stretches the viewer will forget the absence of his regular colleagues entirely.
  6. It's a generally strong episode as House attempts to annoy his doctors so much that they'll sign off on his departure.
  7. 50
    The episode is clearly constructed as a showcase for Laurie--who is seemingly incapable of a boring performance--but the writers really haven't done him much of a favor. There are too many beats that refuse to be reconciled; too many times when House is forced to behave absurdly badly to get what he wants, just to backtrack when he gets it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. MattB.
    Sep 26, 2009
    10
    Best 2 hours of tv ever.
  2. CameronB
    Oct 25, 2009
    10
    Storylines are are top-notch. Very enthralling. The show has returned its attention back to the original cast, and it's as though they never left. Meanwhile, House is taking on a new lease of life, and though he's still the most entertaining jerk on television, we can see his heart shining brighter than ever before. Expand
  3. Mar 19, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. You know, miraculously healing that girl at the end is probably the ONLY major mistake this show ever made, cut it some slack. Season 6 was by far the best season, managing to emphasize House as the most important character despite having brilliant episodes about Wilson and Cuddy. Expand
  4. annc
    Sep 22, 2009
    9
    High Laurie is so good - and he's matched by several cast members. You really believe all this stuff in spite of a few absurd goofs - how did that woman get to remain in house? so to speak.. Expand
  5. GregK
    Sep 22, 2009
    8
    A solid performance by all actors, many of which we have never seen.
  6. LeoS
    Oct 4, 2009
    6
    Actually i thought this was an EXCELLENT episode. but it was excellent in such a way that it would have made a perfect series finale. the show cannot continue after the developments in the hospital. as the following episode clued in on, the "character" of House is now crippled, not just his leg. Expand
  7. DanV.
    Sep 28, 2009
    0
    "House" has reached an all-time low with this pathetic episode. Two thickly padded hours trudge by as you wonder, were the writers paying homage to "Cuckoo's Nest", or "Girl, Interrupted"? Expand

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