â€śI actually havenâ€™t fully unpacked my suitcase because I constantly expect to be fired any day, now.â€ť So Hugh Laurie told us eight years ago, as he was living in a hotel, unsure of whether or not he would still be employed after the series premiere of House. Weâ€™re sure heâ€™s probably checked out by now. But after eight seasons of watching Laurieâ€™s wonderfully flawed House slip himself Vicodin and play his hunches â€” and pay the consequences for his actions â€” weâ€™re not sure weâ€™ll ever see such a charmingly misanthropic television doctor again. Look for Olivia Wilde to reprise her role as Dr. Remy â€śThirteenâ€ť Hadley in the series finale.
A Few Memorable Moments:
â€˘ Holiday House quote: â€śCandy canes?? Are you mocking me?â€ť (Season 1)
â€˘ Stacy, the love of Houseâ€™s life, asking House to treat her husband (Season 1)
â€˘ Wilson sawing through Houseâ€™s cane as a prank (Season 2)
â€˘ The debut of Steve McQueen, Houseâ€™s pet rat (Season 2)
Peak Viewership: Season 3, averaging 19.4 million viewers/week
Emmy Nominations: 25
Emmy Wins: 5
â€˘ House, on his motorcycle jacket: â€śIt keeps me warm â€¦ and cool! How does it know?â€ť (Season 2)
â€˘ House apologizing to Wilson in rehab (Season 3)
â€˘ The little autistic boy giving House his GameBoy (Season 3)
â€˘ The â€śthermometer incidentâ€ť that led to Tritter investigating Houseâ€™s Vicodin addiction (Season 3)
â€˘ Hadleyâ€™s diagnosis with Huntingtonâ€™s disease (Season 4)
â€˘ Houseâ€™s â€śFight the Powerâ€ť dance (Season 5)
â€˘ Dr. Chase causing a brutal African dictator to die â€” leading to the destruction of Chase and Cameronâ€™s marriage (Season 6)
â€˘ House driving his car into Cuddyâ€™s dining room (Season 7)
â€˘ The entire â€śBombshellsâ€ť episode with Cuddyâ€™s various dream sequences (Season 7)
â€˘ House finding that the man he suspected was his biological father wasnâ€™t (Season 8 )
What We Took Away: We really enjoyed seeing this doctor with the virtually nonexistent bedside manner and a sense of empathy that was mercurial at best. But thereâ€™s one thing we would like aspiring medical students to note: If youâ€™re that obnoxious, youâ€™d better be that good.
Beverly Seinberg assisted in researching this feature.
Photo: Warwick Saint/FOX