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Taking bets on the finale

Okay, y'all. Just to make it official, here's what I think is going to go down in the finale: House does something reckless and crazy, possibly in trying to get Cuddy back, and somehow ends up killing Rachel. His car crashing at/into Cuddy's house probably has something to do with this.

This hypothesis explains why Arlene and Julia are expected to be in the finale, why the writers suddenly brought Rachel out again to bond so cutely with House in tonight's episode, and why Cuddy is crying in front of her house in the promos. It also explains why House's relationships with Cuddy and Wilson are going to change so drastically, and will probably end up with either House or Cuddy leaving PPTH, even if only temporarily.

Any takers? What are your predictions?

THIS JUST IN - LE IS NOT RETURNING FOR SEASON 8. I WAS... EXPECTING THIS, ACTUALLY!

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blackmare
May. 17th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
I don't think Rachel dies.

Beyond that, I don't know.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
I'm curious - why don't you think so? Have you heard anything about next season, do you think they couldn't keep something like that a secret, or...?
blackmare
May. 17th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
I don't know anything you don't know. It's just that I can't see them going there, and then having to deal with House being prosecuted for, at the least, manslaughter or negligent homicide or whatever it would be.

I guess if they want to end the season and the series with House killing himself, that would be a good way to set it up, but I hope that's not the intent and unless it is, I just don't see House-kills-Rachel ever happening.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Those are good points.

I wouldn't be surprised if they did end the series with House killing himself, but given that we finally have confirmation of an eighth season, I'm willing to grant that this is highly unlikely to happen next week.

Hmm... maybe Rachel doesn't die, but is seriously hurt.
petitecuriosity
May. 17th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Honestly, after seeing this episode, my suspicions of Rachel dying in the season finale actually increased. I think that it being caused by a reckless attempt to get Cuddy back is rather likely. What I think might happen though, now that there is an eighth season, is that Rachel will turn out to just be severely injured. I've read some spoilers that have stated that the episode is somewhat ambiguous and that it will deal with House coming to terms with the fact that he failed at his attempt at conventional happiness. Not really sure what to think.

And while I understand blackmare_9's argument that TPTB wouldn't go the route of having House being prosecuted for his crime, it seems to me that they aren't always accurate and realistic in terms of legal matters on top of other things.

It's hard to say...On the one hand, I feel as though TPTB couldn't possibly be that dark...On the other hand, I feel as though I wouldn't put it past them especially with the theme of mother daughter drama throughout this season. And House's Head/Wilson's Heart was rather dark...

Just out of curiosity, how do you think Rachel's death as a result of House's recklessness would specifically impact Wilson? Merely the fact that he's taken things too far? Or something else perhaps?

I can't think of much that would have Cuddy wanting House arrested. I think it's possible that Rachel is severely injured and possible Arlene and Julia as well...also, Julia's husband is supposed to appear in this episode. Not quite sure what that means.

I believe the press release described what House does that will forever change his relationship with Wilson and Cuddy as being the result of "a situation" which sounds far less dramatic than the "devastating news" that he received in this episode about the tumors.

I'm...not really sure what to think...but after tonight's episode I really wouldn't be surprised if House ends up killing or severely injuring Rachel.

Edited at 2011-05-17 04:36 am (UTC)
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
On the one hand, I feel as though TPTB couldn't possibly be that dark...

Personally, I don't think anything is too dark for TPTB. But of course I just finished rewatching Amber's death, with Kutner's coming up in just a few more episodes...

Just out of curiosity, how do you think Rachel's death as a result of House's recklessness would specifically impact Wilson? Merely the fact that he's taken things too far? Or something else perhaps?

Well, there are spoilers of House and Wilson riding in the car together and arguing. Maybe Wilson would feel guilty for failing to dissuade him from whatever crazy plan he's hatching, or for failing to predict and prevent the accident?

Julia's husband is supposed to appear in this episode. Not quite sure what that means.

It can't be anything good, is what I'm thinking!
srsly_yes
May. 17th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Did I miss a spoiler? Is Arlene in the finale? I know Cuddy's sister is.

I'm not inclined to believe Rachel will be killed off for several reasons:
1) I do like your idea that the bonding moment between House and Rachel is meant to lead to something dramatic in the finale, but killing off children is hardly ever done in television or movies. That's not to say TPTB won't risk it. I'm resigned to expecting the unexpected.
2) If [H]ouse had not been picked up for an 8th season, it would be an unsettling end to the series.
3) In the promo Cuddy threatens House with jail. PR tends to pluck out the most dramatic elements. I would think if Rachel died, Cuddy wouldn't threaten incarceration, but murder.

Personally, I'd love Cuddy to go away temporarily, leaving House to deal with a new Dean of Medicine. This is something I wanted to see for a couple of years. Could shake things up a bit in [H]ouseland. More likely, with an episode called "Moving On," I'm anticipating House hitting the road.

My hope is that whatever happens in the season finale, there won't be a huge cliffhanger, and it will include a few decent House and Wilson scenes.
petitecuriosity
May. 17th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
I too think that the title indicates House leaving, at least temporarily.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
1) They've killed children off in House before, haven't they? The one in which Foreman tortures the kid to take his marrow for his brother?

2) I was wondering about that. I keep thinking that they might have shot two versions and waited to see whether House got picked up for another season.

3) I agree with you. This makes me think that it's more likely a case of Rachel being hurt. Or maybe Julia? I thought I remembered a spoiler from a while ago about Arlene also being in the finale, though.

I also am hoping for some decent House and Wilson scenes in the finale! I won't mind if there's a cliffhanger, though. Or at least a major game-changing event, which is typical for House finales.
barefootpuddles
May. 17th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
They've killed children off in House before, haven't they? The one in which Foreman tortures the kid to take his marrow for his brother?

Not in that episode (both boys lived) but in others. They killed off one baby in the baby epidemic one where they had to try two different drugs and one baby lived and the other died. They also had the mother kill off her own baby in 'Forever' too. That's just off the the top of my head.
srsly_yes
May. 17th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
1) The episode with the two brothers is "Family." I thought both boys survived, but I could be mistaken. However, when it comes to patients [H]ouse is an equal opportunity killer. Thirteen killed off the dog in "97 Seconds" which is uncommon except in stalker movies and heaven knows why... children's movies. To kill off a (kinda sorta) regular on the series takes it to a new level. And that reminds me, wasn't there an announcement that no one was going to die on [H]ouse? I thought the rumor was quashed when Ausiello had released a blind item and fans coupled it to RSL going to Broadway.

2) Shooting two versions... that's very possible. Forgot about that.

3) There was also a spoiler/rumor out on the house_cuddy comm that someone saw a woman taken away in an ambulance. Maybe it's Julia.

As far as cliffhangers, I'm just not fond of them. I'm still dealing with PTSD from, Who shot JR.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
1) Thank you - I knew that I could rely on our collective wisdom ;).

3) I do remember that rumor about the woman in the ambulance now that you mention it. Makes sense that it would be Julia.
barefootpuddles
May. 17th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
Has Lisa Edelstein signed on for season 8 yet? If not THEN I could see it. Thing is, a death of a child is such an intense thing that no one really ever gets over it. Especially not in a year's time. If Cuddy is in the show next year then no, I don't think Rachel dies. It would ruin that character completely - no banter, no light side, nothing but depression and darkness that would permeate the show if you add in House's guilt.

On the other hand if Cuddy leaves, the possibility exists, though I still doubt it just from House's guilt.

If Cuddy does leave (if it is she who is 'moving on') it might be because just decides that she can't work around him anymore and that even her peripheral involvement in House's life is bad for Rachel. Look how she had to drag her three year old along at 2:00 am to a hospital to see a man that Rachel admires and likes, having carved up his own leg. The episode could have been foreshadowing.

Cuddy called Wilson to come and took off right after the surgery and even before hand she tried to stay very personally detached. I think she is already mentally thinking through leaving.

Personally I would hate to see her go, but right now it is my prediction assuming LE has not signed on yet. If she did, then I say she leaves and comes back. You can put me down for a 20 on that. Give it to Chase (he's the bookie if IIRC). ;)
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
I absolutely agree that the death of her child would be such an intense thing that Cuddy would not be able to get over it. It's also possible that this latest incident causes Cuddy to decide that she can't trust House around Rachel or her hospital anymore. Maybe she decides to fire him and that's why he's stalking her, not because he's still in love?

My understanding is that LE has not yet signed on, although there has been talk of her taking 18 episodes for a salary cut (as OE did). So that is another reason to suspect that Cuddy might be cut out of the show.

I'll pass your message on to Chase ;).
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
It's official: LE is not signing to return for Season 8.

Someone is so going to die.
pgrabia
May. 17th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
I think that it's possible that House and Wilson will be arguing in the car and something accidental will happen between them that causes the crash (but House is driving). Perhaps House goes bonkers and starts stalking Cuddy, thus her statement about House being arrested. Perhaps House decides he has to leave Princeton to get away from Cuddy or Wilson and is headed over to Cuddy's to quit or he decides for one last try to get Cuddy back somehow, Wilson tries to tell him to think his plan through before implementing it, they argue, House gets distracted and they accidentally leave the road and hit Cuddy's house, injuring at least Rachel and perhaps other members of Cuddy's family. I wouldn't be surprised if TPTB do kill off Rachel. There seems to be this theme of people dying young throughout the season including tonight, the seventeen year old Thirteen's friend killed--seventeen is too young to die. Thirteen's brother was too young to be dying (due to Huntingtons). Even way back towards the beginning of the season that writer who's son died in a crash far too young. Thirteen herself is dying too young. And there are probably other examples I can't think of right now. Rachel was in tonight's show to build the drama when she gets critically injured or killed next week.

After all this, Cuddy decides she has to go away to think, regroup, decide what her priorities are etc. She goes away at least half the season if not more and is there for the series finale. It's possible that Cuddy hates House and/or is frightened of him after next week and that's how his relationship with Cuddy is changed.

As for Wilson--ay yi yi! I have no clue. Perhaps Wilson is angry and blames House and their friendship is never the same again. But somehow, I don't think that's what will happen, at least long term. I think Wilson will perhaps force House to get help and become more assertive and less enabling in their relationship (perhaps he feels guilty for not forcing House to get help sooner)and as a result their friendship will become healthier over the span of season 8. I don't expect any romance, though. DS is not into that. I hope that changes but I'm not about to hold my breath.

Now watch me miss the mark completely at every point!

Edited because I never get anything right the first time.

Edited at 2011-05-17 05:58 am (UTC)
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC)
You're right, a lot of people have died too young this season. Plus as srsly_yes reminded me, TPTB have killed off babies before.

It's possible that the car crash is accidental. Some of the spoilers suggest that House may have driven up onto Cuddy's lawn on purpose. There is even some suggestion that he drove right through her house! Not sure what to believe about that.

I don't expect any romance, though. DS is not into that.

He really isn't. At this point, I think I'll be grateful if their friendship survives the series intact.
pgrabia
May. 17th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's possible that the car crash is accidental. Some of the spoilers suggest that House may have driven up onto Cuddy's lawn on purpose. There is even some suggestion that he drove right through her house! Not sure what to believe about that.

I just had a thought...it's pretty out there but this season has jumped a lot of sharks already...

What if House drives up on the lawn, he and Wilson get out while it's still running...Rachel gets into the car when no one is noticing and accidentally puts in in gear pretending that she's driving and she's actually the one who drives through the house?

Nah, too stupid. I'm brain dead, I think.
pgrabia
May. 17th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have a slightly different thing to add...what if House sees Rachel in the car and tries to jump in to stop it and ends up going through the windshield? In that scenario Cuddy might leave with Rachel to get away from House because he's reckless and dangerous and she'll somehow blame House for Rachel being in the car. She'll come back eventually but not for a while.

Wilson will be slightly hurt but not badly (his arm). He'll realize that House didn't expect Rachel to jump in the car, see that House actually tried to stop the crash, and forgive House but insist he get professional help (go back to another rehab or psych hospital?).

Again, this is just a brain fart...
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
A belated birthday present for you: LE is not returning for Season 8.
pgrabia
May. 17th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, after reading some of the pain on the House/Cuddy comm I have mixed feelings about how this happened. I do think that Cuddy leaving the show for a while would be good for the show, but I didn't think (when I was rational) that she should be gone for the whole season and that she should definitely be there for the series finale. So I do feel a sense of loss. I also feel sad that her character had to be butchered so badly over the past three seasons that I could only see her absence as being positive for the show. TPTB could have done so much with her character if they hadn't tried to make her into a needy, indecisive, bitter woman who had to pursue the archaic stereotypes of womanhood--the child, the loving husband and father, etc. I wish we could go back to the beginning of season 4 and prevent the ill-fated pursuit of House & Cuddy and her need to be someone she wasn't. They could have deepened House and Cuddy's friendship without forcing the romance and warping the characters. Instead they took the road they did and pushed it to the point where the show couldn't sustain both House and Cuddy on it in a healthy, logical way. So as heartless as I may seem sometimes, having LE leave the show completely and Cuddy not there at all for season 8 does disappoint me. I feel badly for the sane members of the House/Cuddy comm who are losing a character as important to them as Wilson is for us. My enthusiasm has been suitably tempered after reading the responses to this over there. I wish LE the best of luck.
flywoman
May. 18th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
I wish we could go back to the beginning of season 4 and prevent the ill-fated pursuit of House & Cuddy and her need to be someone she wasn't.

I just rewatched S4, and I think Cuddy's character in that season was fine. It was in S5 that she started trying so hard to adopt and that House started pursuing her more seriously (although more as a jealous sibling than a true love interest imo).

Instead they took the road they did and pushed it to the point where the show couldn't sustain both House and Cuddy on it in a healthy, logical way.

THIS.

My enthusiasm has been suitably tempered after reading the responses to this over there. I wish LE the best of luck.

I'm sure that they feel devastated and betrayed (although I can't help but think that they should have known this was coming). I also worry that this will not go down well with casual viewers on whom the ratings actually depend. Although it's the last season anyway, so maybe this won't matter so much.

I also wish LE the best of luck. I think that she's very talented, but it's so hard for actresses to get cast in good roles as they get older.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think that's what happens, based on the spoiler of House going through the windshield, but it would fit in nicely with House exposing Rachel to "dangerous" tv she's too young to understand.
justjuly4
May. 17th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
Sorry for not reading all the comments before me very carefully :(

1. I don't believe Rachel dies (not because it's cruel for a prime-time show to kill off a child) but if it happens Cuddy will be devastated, and we won't see her again in PP. How would she function as a Dean after losing her daughter? I think Shore won't risk losing Lisa Edelstein fans in the next season by leaving Cuddy heart-broken and out of the boat (I mean out of show permanently).

2. I suspect House would leave - Move on.

3. I think that the car crash could be an accident involving Julia or Arlene. If House caused it, he would be legally prosecuted (as if someone already wrote before me) and I think this wouldn't happen.

4. I guess House and maybe Wilson would be presented at the scene of the crash. I think Cuddy in a rage or worry or shock could misinterpret House's actions and see him as a threat to her and Rachel's peace. So that would be the reason to talk to a police officer. No actual threatening (crazy) behavior of House, but her interpretation of his words or actions. I strongly believe in that possibility!

5. Also I think Wilson could offer Cuddy and Rachel to share the loft with him because her home is ruined after the crash and maybe fire. This offer would hurt House, he would feel betrayed by his friend. This situation could urge him to pack his things and hit the road!
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
1. I think that giving Cuddy a reason to leave PPTH would be one of the main motivations for killing off Rachel (the other of course would be to cause more guilt for House).

2. You could be right. But for how long? The show is about House. Would we really spend more than an episode or two with him gone from the hospital?

3. It does sound like the car crash could involve Julia. But I'm pretty sure it's House's car that's involved. One rumor suggests that House goes right through the windshield.

4. My understanding is that Cuddy talks to the police officer about keeping House away from her in a different context - maybe before the accident - and then is seen crying on the steps of her house afterwards.

5. Well, Wilson did offer to let House move back in first, but he turned him down! It does sound like Cuddy's home will be in pretty bad shape after the incident, though.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
It's official: LE will not be returning as a regular in Season 8.
yarroway
May. 17th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but the finale is sounding worse all the time. I may skip it.

I do not think they'd have Rachel be seriously injured on screen, or die off- or on-screen. She might be in danger for a second or two, but not hurt. Maybe she'll be snatched out of harm's way at the last minute. Of course in order for that tension to work we'd need lots of scenes of the Cuddys at home, which would fit right in with the theme this season.

My guess is that House is angry at Cuddy and in her view goes too far, so she calls the cops and gets a restraining order (illegally, probably), then turns around and violates it herself, thus invalidating it (which will be ignored by the show because research is for sissies). Later in the episode, possibly after some medical shenanigans which will endanger the life of House's patient, House gets enraged and drives a car into Cuddy's living room (or some other room, I just made up a random one). Which he figures will be empty since they should all be in some other room or out or something like that. Only it isn't empty. I'm guessing Rachel is in there. So he slams on the breaks and all should be well except, being House, he won't be wearing a seatbelt and will hurt himself. Also Wilson will lecture, House and Wilson will argue--which will prompt House to crash into Cuddy's and fandom to blame Wilson for House's choices yet again. Thirteen will be perfect in every way, and Taub's sex life will be given yet more screen time. At the end of the episode House will ride off into the sunset alone to straighten himself out. And that will cue the summer break and lead-in to S8.

I don't expect much Wilson in the finale. I think it was filmed while RSL was mainly on the other coast, and besides, Wilson has been relegated to the background all year.

I put little stock in spoilers or previews, but those are my partially tongue-in-cheek predictions.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thirteen will be perfect in every way, and Taub's sex life will be given yet more screen time.

LOL.

I think that your predictions (about everything) could be right on!
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flywoman
May. 19th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
I recall the discussion of possible parallels to "The Fix," and I think that your prediction is a plausible one. It would also fit in well with the "Moving On" title.

And yes, I don't recall the exact statistics, but sexual assault and murder are far more likely to be performed by a partner or former partner than by a stranger. However, I think that physically threatening/attacking Cuddy and/or her partner would be horribly out of character for House. If the writers do decide to go that route, there had better be a brain tumor involved like pgrabia suggested elsewhere.
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flywoman
May. 19th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
It might not exonerate House in his own mind, but it would count as a mitigating circumstance for me.
yarroway
May. 19th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
But if it's the patients who reflect House, then I'd say it would be Cuddy or Dominika who tries to kill House, not the other way around.

I agree it's unforgivable for House to become violent towards an ex. I have major problems with the time he hit Wilson with his cane, and Wilson is at least about his size. House has also never shown any proclivity to hit anyone other than Wilson, not even in what most would call self defense. There was no hint of this kind of outburst with Stacy.

Fortunately for me, my suspension of disbelief has been out of order all season long. To me, HL has been playing House's evil stupid twin. So whatever he does in the finale won't change my opinion of the character, should I ever happen to see him again. Which I'm beginning to hope I will.
cuddyclothes
May. 17th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Of course I'm hoping they'll kill Rachel, and that the scenes of them "bonding" was setting us up for something terrible.

Here's a thought: RSL, LE and OE are signed up for 18 of 22 episodes. Do you think that could be factored in?

ETA: I keep wondering if that experimental drug is messing with his brain. I mean, the tumors only grew in his leg??

Edited at 2011-05-17 01:58 pm (UTC)
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I do wonder how the reduced episode appearances will factor in. But are House's team members all signed for the full 22 episodes?

And I also wonder whether the drug has been affecting his brain. I guess the idea is that the drug was stimulating regrowth of injured muscle specifically, though?
cuddyclothes
May. 17th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
PJ, JS, and OW are signed for the full season.

ETA: Oh, God, that means that yarroway is right: OW will continue to be perfect, and we'll have waaay more screen time for Taub's sex life. Gaaah...here's hoping OW has some movies lined up. Then they'll bring in, oh, I don't know, Ke$ha. Or Sally Field.

Yes, the drug was supposed to be regrowing the injured muscle, but I did wonder how it knew where to go, since he was shooting it into his bloodstream. Who knows, it might be idle speculation.

I have a better idea: KILL ARLENE!

Edited at 2011-05-17 02:25 pm (UTC)
pgrabia
May. 17th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Was RSL's number of shows cut back? I know his pay wasn't when the others' were. I didn't read anything about his number of shows definitely being cut back. I just figured that when he didn't have to take a pay cut he didn't have his episodes cut back either.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
My recollection is that he was signed for only 18 episodes but at the same rate per episode.
pgrabia
May. 17th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
You'd think they's get rid of a few of the secondary characters for a few episodes and save money that way and focus on the House-Wilson-Cuddy interactions since they are the three primaries.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
The secondary actors don't cost as much, as I understand it. Also TPTB seem to think that they're more interesting to watch just because they're young and pretty. Except for PJ; I don't know what the reasoning is there.
flywoman
May. 17th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
It's official - LE is not returning for Season 8.
cuddyclothes
May. 17th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
WHAT????
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