If you haven’t already it would probably be a good idea to check out Part 1. Part One. Part I……

Okey dokey, now enjoy Part 2!

 

Top 18 Episodes:

18. “Lines in the Sand” (S.3, Ep.4)

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the year: 2006
the directing: Newton Thomas Sigel
the writing: David Hoselton

The case itself in “Lines in the Sand” is somewhat forgettable, although touching, rather it is the ongoing chess match between House and Cuddy that seizes my memory. House wants the blood-stained carpet back in his office and Cuddy refuses to give into his idiotic demand. Obviously, House takes things to the extreme getting everybody involved and most importantly, upset. A good start to this list if I do say so myself.

 

17. “House vs. God” (S.2, Ep.19)

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the year: 2006
the directing: John F. Showalter
the writing: Doris Egan

“House vs. God” was an episode I was waiting for since the pilot. I knew it would eventually come and was ever so grateful when it did, for this can only be described as the ultimate clash. A young “faith-healer” comes to Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital with a mysterious illness – not unlike every other episode of House – bestowing upon Dr. House the paramount responsibility of proving the kid is none other than a fraud.

 

16. “Detox” (S.1, Ep.11)

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the year: 2005
the directing: Nelson McCormick
the writing: Lawrence Kaplow & Thomas L. Moran

This episode was the first time I remember witnessing the immense depth of House’s addiction. McCormick did a fantastic job of displaying the title character’s vulnerability like an open wound for everyone to see, and pity. House bets Cuddy he can go without Vicodin for a week, a mere week, but as we soon find out the reward is not the goal (a benchmark for pretty much all aspects of the series), simply flaunting his resolve is all that matters.

 

15. “Birthmarks” (S.5, Ep.4)

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the year: 2008
the directing: David Platt
the writing: Doris Egan & David Foster

I love me my road trip episodes – as you will see a couple of numbers down – especially when said road trip involves an angry Wilson. House refuses to go to his father’s funeral, literally holding a grudge to his grave, forcing Cuddy to drug him and Wilson to pack his unconscious body into a car and drive him the entire way. The chemistry between Laurie and Leonard is unparalleled, allowing their characters to bicker, fight, and laugh all within a short moment. Road trip! Road trip! Road trip!

 

14. “Locked In” (S.5, Ep.19)

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the year: 2009
the directing: Dan Attias
the writing: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner & David Foster

One thing you get with a show lasting eight seasons and made up of 177 episodes is a variety of writers and directors, and when you get a healthy mixture of both a variety of styles manifest themselves across the series. Sometimes these abnormal styles go up in flames, but other times we get episodes like “Locked In” that successfully tell the story in a new way. Mos Def guest stars as a man completely aware in mind, but locked in a body he cannot move. The point of view camera work is what did it for me, giving a new perspective to House and his team.

 

13. “The Dig” (S.7, Ep.18)

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the year: 2011
the directing: Matt Shakman
the writing: David Hoselton & Sara Hess

What do you know? Another road trip episode! This time House takes a drive with a very recently released Thirteen to the annual Chili Cook-Off and Spud-Gun Competition (House hates chili but loooooves spud-guns). “The Dig” offers myriads of secrets and emotions along with the return of Olivia Wilde, all in the form of a road trip, so yeah, this episode’s going to be on the list.

 

12. “A Pox on Our House” (S.7, Ep.7)

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the year: 2010
the directing: Tucker Gates
the writing: Lawrence Kaplow

I honestly just thought this episode was cool, in a special sort of way. House and the team think they have the first case of smallpox since the 70’s, which is especially weird since the disease had been declared eradicated thirty years ago. “A Pox on Our House” brings a certain thrill to the small screen by sticking the main character directly into the fire, dumping all the weight on House’s team to save the lives of their patients and boss.

 

11. “Everybody Dies” (S.8, Ep.22)

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the year: 2012
the directing: David Shore
the writing: David Shore, Peter Blake & Eli Attie

“Everybody Dies” puts me in a weird situation, I fear its strength stems only from the fact it is the series finale. The many special guest appearances are what make the episode great – frankly they are the solitary reason the episode is great – but there would be absolutely zero if this was a regular finale. David Shore sticks to his Sherlock theme to the very end making for an adequate ending, while Lisa Edelstein stayed on her high horse not making any kind of appearance. Other than that, thumbs up!

 

10. “The C-Word” (S.8, Ep.19)

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the year: 2012
the directing: Hugh Laurie
the writing: John C. Kelley & Marqui Jackson

I wasn’t a fan of Wilson’s whole cancer thing, not because it was sad, but because it felt rushed and not well thought out. The big twist is revealed in episode 18 and then four episodes later the series ends, honestly not the best writing one can hope for by any means. Though “The C-Word” didn’t make up for it, the episode seemed to make the best of the situation proving how strong House and Wilson’s friendship has become over the years.

 

9. “One Day, One Room” (S.3, Ep.12)

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the year: 2007
the directing: Juan J. Campanella
the writing: David Shore

What a fantastic character episode. House’s monotonous clinic duty unearths an emotional roller-coaster when he realizes one of his patients has been raped. He gladly passes the young woman over to another doctor, but for some reason she only wants to talk to Dr. House. There’s an interesting sensitivity between the two characters, as House slowly breaks down his guard and stops looking for a reason. David Shore did some beautiful writing for this one.

 

8. “After Hours” (S.7, Ep.22)

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the year: 2011
the directing: Miguel Sapochnik
the writing: Seth Hoffman, Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner

Both thrilling and character building, “After Hours” offers three sturdy plot lines all taking place outside the hospital. Without going into detail, House goes to an extreme unlike anything seen before, pushing his character to the peak of emotional ruin. Chase and Thirteen have a bonding moment over treating an ex-con in an apartment, and Taub experiences a life crisis. Like I said before, pretty thrilling with lots of character.

 

7. “Last Resort” (S.5, Ep.9)

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the year: 2008
the directing: Katie Jacobs
the writing: Matthew V. Lewis & Eli Attie

A man takes control of the hospital by holding a group of patients and doctors hostage at gunpoint. The man simply wants to know whats wrong with him, he wants to know, much like the driving force of the doctor we’ve all grown to love. Wouldn’t you know it, Dr. House just happens to be a part of the hostage group along with Thirteen and various patients. “Last Resort” cleverly groups House and his doppelganger with a woman apparently indifferent to the notion of dying for one wild ride.

 

6. “Lockdown” (S.6, Ep.17)

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the year: 2010
the directing: Hugh Laurie
the writing: Eli Attie, Peter Blake, Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner

A baby goes missing in the hospital causing a lockdown, forcing everyone to stay exactly where they are until she is found. A perfect opportunity to do something different, something new. We are given a Chase/Cameron post-breakup, a Taub/Foreman high on drugs, a Wilson/Thirteen playing truth or dare, and House with a dying patient. In every instance more is learned about each character involved, giving the viewer pieces of information helpful for deciphering the past and predicting the future.

 

5. “No Reason” (S.2, Ep.24)

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the year: 2006
the directing: David Shore
the writing: David Shore & Lawrence Kaplow

One of the more enticing hooks in television, “No Reason” literally starts out with a bang (two bangs really). House has the unfortunate pleasure of re-meeting one of his former disgruntled patients, and well, nothing good comes of it. Many might agree House finally got his, which may be true, but this episode digs so much deeper than that layer. Questions are raised regarding morality forcing the good doctor to take a long look in the mirror, and dare I say, contemplate change.

 

4. “Help Me” (S.6, Ep.22)

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the year: 2010
the directing: Greg Yaitanes
the writing: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner & Peter Blake

Emotions run deep as Princeton-Plainsboro goes off site to scour through the rubble of a fallen building for survivors. One woman under all the carnage becomes the sole focus, because she is trapped by the leg, a situation House takes on a personal level. He tries to prove he can do to this woman what doctors failed to do to him years, and one healthy leg ago. House and Cuddy’s relationship hits its boiling point leaving only one possible solution. Emotions, lots of emotions.

 

3. “House Divided/Under My Skin/Both Sides Now” (S.5, Eps.22/23/24)

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the year: 2009
the directing: Greg Yaitanes/David Straiton/Greg Yaitanes
the writing: Liz Friedman & Matthew V. Lewis/Lawrence Kaplow & Pamela Davis/Doris Egan

This one’s kind of cheating, but so is #1 so we’re all good. It would be difficult to tear these three episodes apart, for they become so much stronger when thought of as a whole. House’s Vicodin use finally catches up to him as his hallucinations of Wilson’s dead girlfriend become stronger. He is fighting the notion of being crazy, while trying to save lives in the process. This episode arc caught me by complete surprise – which is my favorite thing a T.V. show can do – purely because of an uncomplicated fact, House does not come out on top.

 

2. “Three Stories” (S.1, Ep.21)

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the year: 2005
the directing: Paris Barclay
the writing: David Shore

When it comes to television, all I can ask for is good writing. I’m pretty good about looking the other way for most things, like Hollywood over reality, controlled use of mature language, or an absurd amount of happy endings. I can look past all that, just as long as the writing is solid and pertaining to a larger theme. “Three Stories” is captivating in every way, combining the show’s bread and butter of mystery with character background and development. We learn something about our title character and witness a vulnerability he did administer himself.

 

1. “House’s Head/Wilson’s Heart” (S.4, Eps.15/16)

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the year: 2008
the directing: Greg Yaitanes/Katie Jacobs
the writing: Doris Egan, Peter Blake, David Foster, Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner/Peter Blake, David Foster, Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner

One Response to I Love To Binge: The Top 18 Episodes of House, M.D.

  1. Toni says:

    This is a great list of most of my favorite episodes. I have enjoyed having a 2 weekend marathon of them!! Thanks!!

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