House M.D.: Season 6, Episode 1

Broken (21 Sep. 2009)

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House fights his doctors, the staff and his fellow patients when he's forced to stay in the psychiatric hospital under threat of permanently losing his medical license.

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House begins a detox program at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital to get the Vicodin out of his system in an attempt to control his hallucinations. House plans to leave the treatment facility once he is clean, but he is strong-armed into staying by his attending physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan. Dr. Nolan agrees to write a recommendation to reinstate House's medical license only if House agrees to further treatment. When House is moved to a new ward in the hospital, he develops a close relationship with his new roommate, Alvie, and Lydia, a frequent visitor who helps House bend the rules. House asks Alvie to help him uncover incriminating information about Dr. Nolan that would allow him to blackmail his way out of the treatment center and convinces Lydia to loan him her car to sneak out a delusional patient in an attempt by House to undermine Dr. Nolan's course of treatment. But when devastating events ensue, House is humbled into reluctantly accepting help. Written by Fox Publicity

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Main titles are not used in this episode. House (Hugh Laurie) and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), are the only regulars to appear in the episode. See more »

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House and Alvie stage a fight in order to get a pill of Haldol to trade with Hal for a phone call. In an emergency situation (such as a fight) Haldol would be administered by injection, as a pill would take minutes to absorb. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: Seriously, is that your strategy? Give everybody what they want, except me?
Dr. Darryl Nolan: You're a natural leader. You could something useful down here... for them... definitely for you. Or you could keep fighting. If you think you could break me. If you think I'm not every bit as stubborn as you.
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Touching and brilliant. Masterpiece of an episode!
21 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

House's season opener 'Broken' impressed me in ways that I could not even begin to imagine. The direction and cinematography were so controlled and smooth, the editing and music made it feel like a Motion Picture. Hugh Laurie gives an incredible performance. We all know that he is amazing in this show, but with this episode, he gives his best performance ever. The sad thing is that just a day before this episode premiered, Hugh Laurie, for the 4th time, lost the Emmy for Leading Actor in a Drama. He gives a truly remarkable performance here, and I truly hope this episode helps him win it for good next year. The rest of the cast were all fantastic. Incredible performances given by all, it is hard to name just one person. The scene with the boombox given to the mute woman was so touching and amazingly done. The love scene between House and Lydia was so well shot and directed, and written as well. The dialogue in this episode, and the writing of everything was so special. I had never seen an episode this incredible before. I do not mean as in what happened, I just mean the fluency of it all. It was so subtle and touching, the writing and directing were spot on of a real feature film. Not one flaw in this episode, and I have to say, I think this is the best episode of this whole series, and should garner attention everywhere. Episodes like this make me happy for the show, and to know that there is still rare TV like this, and the only other show to be this amazingly done would have to be Mad Men. Great job House!


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