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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Drama | Mystery


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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 »


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 »


Dr. Darryl Nolan: Everything about your life has been about finding the truth. But suddenly with this guy, you decide to reinforce a sick man's delusions! You want to take a swing at me, huh? You don't care about getting out. You don't care about him. You don't even care about the truth!
Dr. Darryl Nolan: You don't care about anything, House! I'm transferring you to Winslow Psychiatric. You'll have better luck pulling the wool over their eyes. I'm done!
Dr. Gregory House: Don't. I need help.
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Spoofs The Sting (1973) See more »


Das klinget so herrlich
from Act I of "The Magic Flute"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played by the music box
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Just another flew over the cuckoos nest..... absolutely brilliant
25 September 2009 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

The words are many to describe this masterpiece; the 6th season opening wasn't just the continue of what many thought it would be, but absolutely better; and though the 5th season end up leaving us all open-mouthed, you've watch this new episode with the exact same feeling than when watching a great movie.

Laurie's outstanding performance, though excellent, wasn't as in past the screw that make the whole series to function but just one of the many elements that altogether make this new episode the best one ever written. Unexpected twists, imminent changes, all part of this new season that seem to re-deign the basics of House itself, not leaving behind those many element we all love, but adding those new ones that as presented in this episode seem to get House MD to a next level of greatness. Although positive comments are back and forth there are those to seem unsatisfied even disappointed to miss the sarcastically mean doctor we've deal with in the past years, but well not with the intention to keep my information bias I'll say "thing never change", and if many think this was the beginning of episodes were house is cured and dancing around with his fellow mates, you might be wrong, not just because he use a cane and find it very hard to dance, but because it wouldn't be house, and people do love house! You may all think this is not a very rational argument but, after being one of the most viewed series of all times, do you think writers are thinking to change it?... not! This, as the past seasons, open with an interesting, I might say amazing, plot; and despite the fact that this 6th do give the impression to be facing one very different House, the thing that worries me the most is not to be with a magically gay house, but to watch another season in which house pop pills, walk around in the exact same hospital, jerk everyone around and basically keep being exactly the SAME.

So, regardless of any glance of House being "changed" I absolutely, and with no doubt give 10 out of 10! For cast, plot, settings, direction, effects, for giving the opportunity to those who in the past never saw House to get involved in this amazing series, for letting us to flew one more time over the cuckoos nest but more importantly for giving us House's fans THE BEST EPISODE EVER, PROBABLY THE BEST SEASON AS WELL.

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