Shore says people can't change, people don't change, it's been his mantra over and over again. The fans have seen the characters change in subtle ways, sometimes taking a step back, sometimes forward, but they have changed, even if just a little. Still Shore insists they can't change, they don't change. Funny thing though, if people can't change how did House go from being just a pain in the ass but brilliant and relatively harmless diagnostician to psycho in just nine episodes? Do tell Shore, I'm listening. Sure people get upset over things, especially when they have a hard time showing their true emotions, but this? Taking our favorite characters and turning them into this? Enough already.
There's no need for me to review because so many others said what I was going to say so I will let their words speak for all of us who have followed this amazing series to this point in time and are left wondering....WTF?
Greg David at TV Guide Canada - “I’m hurt!” Finally, House admitted what he’s been hinting at for the latter half of this season. The breakup between he and Cuddy stung him so badly that he’s spent every waking moment since she ended things plotting to hurt her as much as she bruised him.
But was driving a car through the front of her home too much? Of course it was. And thus, I fear, House has finally jumped the shark. Where do you go from here? We already know Lisa Edelstein will not be back for Season 8, so assume House’s reno job means she’ll leave New Jersey for another gig. Smart move for both Cuddy and Edelstein.
After all, there’s no semblance of the damaged doctor character we’ve loved for seven seasons remaining. When I saw the very first episode of House, I dismissed the character as so unlikable, no one would watch. At the time, I was wrong. It turned out millions of viewers were willing to embrace this damaged dude, and House became a hit.
Turns out I was right after all, but just a little late. How can House’s decision to drive his car into his former girlfriend’s dining room keep fans? Not only did he put the beloved Wilson in danger, but Cuddy, her sister and two other people as well. And what about Rachel, Cuddy’s oh-so-cute daughter who finally melted Dr. Crankypants? He could have killed her as well. Nope, there’s nothing House did last night which made any sense.
No matter how hurt he was, there’s no excuse for attempted vehicular manslaughter, which is exactly what that was.
And yet, House’s writers weren’t done. After a season of having House pull malicious pranks on Cuddy, reduce her to tears every week and then try to run her over, they had him smile, tell a shocked Wilson how much better he felt, and then planted him on a bar stool on a beach, sipping a cocktail. Are we supposed to feel good about this? Was I supposed to holler, “You showed her, man!” at the screen and want to toast his driving skills?
As a season finale, House did shock, and it did make me think. But it also made me re-think whether I should tune in this fall, or give a pass to a character who has gone completely off the deep end and made me hate him.
Barbara Barnett of Blogcritics - "Until the last few moments of the episode, they completely had me riveted: a patient whose unnerving mirror image portrait of House; House finally processing what has happened between him and Cuddy, realizing that what he had done to his leg was just insane, and that something has to change. He has to change.... And then comes the final sequence, from Wilson’s visit to House’s apartment through the end, and the shock of House intentionally crashing his car into Cuddy’s home—and then his walking away from it, uncaring, barely a word, self-satisfied, leaving devastation in his wake as he walks merrily into the sunset. ... it's certainly possible that House suddenly, dramatically snaps inside when he observes Cuddy and her new friend. But what doesn’t add up for me is that no matter how angry, no matter how out of character, would House actually drive his car into a home he knows to be occupied? If it happened “really” within the story, and House has actually done what it appears he has done, what does that do to him as a character, and what does it do to the series moving forward into what is likely the final season? Walking away from the destruction he has wrought is pretty unforgivable. How do you recover from that? How does House not come to his senses enough to understand that what he has done is beyond belief and beyond the pale? How does he go to a tropical paradise, running away from everything and everyone into some sort of fantasy that cannot exist?"
Zack Handlen of AV Club - I feel like I should have disliked this more than I did. Which is an odd thing for a critic to say, even one as lumpy and waffling as myself. Because really, House ramming Cuddy's home was all kinds of dumb. The idea that Cuddy would just happen to be having a double date, in the middle of the day, when House and Wilson came by, was weird to begin with. ... And there's just too much idiocy in the act of auto-assault for it to be taken at face value, since, again, House could've killed people. Hell, Cuddy's daughter was somewhere inside. That's kind of evil. But getting past that, well, at least he didn't check himself into a nuthouse, and at least no one committed suicide. The announcement of Lisa Edelstein's departure from the show already confirmed the death of Huddy, but even if she wasn't leaving, it's hard to imagine the two of them getting back together after this. I do like that. And I liked how "Moving On" didn't shortchange just how impossible it can feel when you're trying to convince yourself that people are worth knowing after someone who means the world to you lets you down. Maybe it was Laurie's performance, maybe it was the writing, but you can almost see the episode admitting that, well, all of life is pretty screwed up, and the smarter you are, the more difficult it is to just accept the perversity of circumstance. Like all the finales, this promised some kind of change, but the change here is just that maybe next season, everything will somehow go back to the way it was.
Sara M. of Television Without Pity - "Finally, of course, this wouldn't be a season finale of House if something totally insane didn't happen, so after Cuddy unsuccessfully tries to talk to House about his feelings and make things better between them, she moves on and has an odd mid-afternoon double date at her home with her sister, brother-in-law, and a guy that her sister is trying to fix her up with. When House sees them enjoying life in Cuddy's dining room, he does the only reasonable thing: he drives his car through her house and into said dining room, somehow managing not to kill or injure anyone inside. Yes, House is now actively trying to murder people, including Cuddy's three-year-old daughter who may well have been home and in the room at the time the car went through it. She wasn't, but he didn't know that. So he's pretty much irredeemable, as is, I think, this show. The season ends with House -- who somehow managed to escape the police who are actively looking for him even though he was on foot and, as we know, he's not the fastest walker -- hanging out somewhere tropical and looking about as happy as he ever gets".
Shannon of The2cents.com - "As a whole, I found this the most disappointing House season finale ever. The finales are always the best part of the entire season but this one just wasn’t as good as the previous seasons. Actually, I found the whole thing quite boring up until House parked his car in Cuddy’s dining room".
Joseph Oliveto of ScreenCrave (a.k.a. the only reviewer who liked this episode, which he rated 9/10) - "The way this episode ends is completely unrealistic, but the creative team behind the camera pulls it off so effectively and convincingly that we honestly don’t care. “House” has pretty much given up on realism these days anyway, so it was worth it to see House genuinely smiling for what seems like the first time in the history of the show. We wonder where the series will go from here, but hey, we’re definitely interested. Looks like everyone involved did their jobs.... A strong season finale should get us interested for next season, and that is certainly what was accomplished in this episode. While any sense of realism was thrown out the door in the final moments of the show, hey, it’s TV: we’ll learn to live with it."
Jonah Krakow of IGN - "What's amusing is that the commercials touted a surprise twist and that House would never be the same again. And then the episode ended exactly the way it had to - with House (Hugh Laurie) violently lashing out at the people who care about him and avoiding the repercussions, especially Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), who we now know will not be returning next season. Whereas last season's finale gave us hope, this one only served to remind us that the guy can't change... (in the climax) House crashed a dinner date that Cuddy was having at her house, as in, literally crashed through her dining room picture window at top speed... So now, along with prescription drug abuse and felony drug theft, we can also add domestic abuse and attempted murder to his rap sheet. House has always been able to defend his shortcomings because his ability to save lives trumps everything and his major crimes were usually directed at himself. This time he went too far and my suspension of disbelief to accept him as a protagonist has run its course. The producers seem to disagree: House went out a winner, relaxing on the beach under a bright sunny sky, safe from the police and safe in the knowledge that Cuddy won't be returning as the head of the hospital next year. Enjoy Season 8, House fans. I won't be joining you".
Anthony Ocasio of Screenrant - "Continuing this season’s general trend of lack-luster storytelling, mixed with moments of brilliance, the House season 7 finale perfectly personifies both the positive and the (many) negative traits that viewers have come to experience as this season painfully crawled to one of the most underwhelming, incoherent finales of the year... Like House on his downward drug spiral, this season has most certainly felt like it was mirroring the horrific path that the series’ protagonist found himself on. With continuous convoluted storytelling that conveys the sense that the producers don’t actually know what they’re doing, the House season 7 finale was an empty, heartless and all but pointless hour-long journey of perpetual failure... From the horribly constructed performance artist storyline, to the “surprising” revelation that Taub can easily get anyone pregnant (which appears to be a favorite trait amongst Fox series) and the terribly conceived seasonal cliffhanger plot progression, every element – from the minute to the monumental – felt as it if was thrown together in an attempt to “shock and awe” its continually dwindling audience."
So you see, it wasn't necessary for me to post my own review this time because these folks pretty much said it for me, for all of us.