The rest of the cast do come back in future episodes. They took the salary hit, unlike Edelstein who jumped ship.
I'd prefer Amber Tamblyn to Charlyne Yi, unless Yi becomes a stoner.
I liked the prison episode - kinda like Shawshank House. I could see that as a new direction for the character.
Wilson is a Milquetoast, hating then re-liking House within a single episode. Way to play the arc.
Foreman as hospital admin makes sense, though I miss Cuddy already.
There were moments last night, however, when I was wondering why the show is still on the air. Maybe this really is the final season...