House M.D. 6.01 Broken (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama TV) – 7/10 review

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Franka Potente: Lydia
Lin-Manuel Miranda: Alvie
Megan Dodds: Dr. Beasley
Derek Richardson: Steve "Freedom Master"
Curtis Armstrong: Richter
Andrew Harrison Leeds: Dr. Medina
Andre Braugher: Dr. Darryl Nolan
Creator: David Shore
Writer: Russel Friend
Writer: Garrett Lerner
Writer: David Foster
Writer: David Shore
Director: Katie Jacobs

House M.D. 6.01 Broken (2009)

Having come through the Vicodin addiction, House moves to a psychiatric ward to deal with his deeper, non-physical issues. He thinks that he should be able to leave and has to start scheming to make sure it happens.


While the Franka Potente character conception absolutely never convinces (SPOILER House insults her, steals her car, nearly kills a dude then they have an affair, hmm), this is, nevertheless, an engrossing return. It’s well-acted by all, especially Franka Potente who manages to get us to accept her ridiculous actions, and Andre Braugher who I usually find intensely irritating but he’s great here. Katie Jacobs directs skilfully and manipulatively. Cleverly, it actually sticks very closely to the House formula of being wrong a lot, taking someone to the brink of death then pulling out miraculous results with acute observational skills and mental agility but they apply this formula to several different characters, including House, instead of just a single patient. I appreciate the writing team taking a little longer than usual (this is a feature-length episode) to reset everything back to normal and, applaudably, we’re not quite there yet. I look forward to next week’s episode.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and violence and a sex scene.


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