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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Both Kim Rhodes and Curtis Armstrong are stars on the CW show Supernatural. 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. Beasley: I know you're scheming. Working on your next elaborate plan to get out of here. Why don't you put the plan on hold for a few days? See what happens. If you prefer private to group, we can do that. Maybe try some SSRIs. If you think nothing is working, you can always go back to your scheming.
Dr. Gregory House: God, if only you'd said that 2 minutes ago. Before I came up with my new scheme. Now I'm committed. Ha! Get it?
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Opener is Outstanding
23 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought it was a great, emotionally-charged episode, almost a stand-alone movie. Much of it was vintage Dr. House with his one-liners and desire to judge everyone to compensate for his own deficiencies, but then House went to a-whole-nother level. The show had the typical humor you come to expect, but that escalated to heights of intensity, inspiration, beautiful sadness, and a warm resolution.

I truly believe this is one of the most inspirational shows I've seen in a long time, maybe ever. It makes me want to get therapy. lol.

Yesterday 149 had voted and everyone gave it 10 stars. Today I've heard some minuscule rants that make no sense to me. I don't know why people who are not fans of the show would take the time to bash a great premiere and drop the rating below what it should be... a perfect 10.

Any true fan of House should have loved this episode. All my friends who watch House loved it themselves... we talked more about this episode than any episode I can ever remember shootin' the Crapper about.

The comedy was fresh, the acting pretty superb, and I liked some familiar faces (from other shows) in this one.

They took a page out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but have a cute, caring, appreciative nurse instead of Nurse Ratchet, and they sprinkled in some other really good performances. Andre Braugher did a spectacular job, and "booger" from Revenge of the Nerds was in it.

Overall, it was a great opening to a new season and I'm looking forward to see what happens next. Any writer will tell you that's what makes a story tick... having your audience captivated and curious about what's going to happen next.

If the subsequent episodes are as fascinating as this premiere, this could be the best season of House yet.

Definitely 10 of 10 stars.

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