"House" bows out with a funeral and plenty of twists

Tue May 22, 2012 12:06am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Medical drama "House" bowed out on Monday after eight years on television with a funeral, a friendship and multiple devious plot twists.

As the curtain fell on one of the most popular TV series in the world, the misanthropic but brilliant diagnostician Dr. Gregory House, played by Hugh Laurie, solved the most perplexing puzzle of them all - himself.

The series finale, called "Everybody Dies", began with a suicidal House trapped in a burning building, confronting his own demons and hallucinating.

Returning characters, including the dead Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn) and "frenemy" Amber Volakis (Anne Dudek), ex- girlfriend Stacy Warner (Sela Ward) and Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) appeared as figments of House's imagination in an episode packed with flashbacks.

Only Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), who played House's on- and-off love interest, failed to make an appearance after leaving the TV drama a year ago.

The show's final weeks had left audiences wondering if the series would end with the death from cancer of House's only friend, oncologist Dr. James Wilson, or that of House himself - or both.

But in the bittersweet ending promised by creator David Shore, both men survived - at least for a while - with their long bromance stronger than ever.

As House finally opted for life and staggered to leave the fiery building, it exploded in flames. But as his colleagues gathered to praise and scold him in an emotional funeral, House had one last trick left up his sleeve.   Continued...

Cast member Hugh Laurie (R) poses with co-star Odette Annable at the series finale wrap party of the television series "House M.D." in Los Angeles, California April 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni