Superhero boy was solid writing, too. House hitting bottom, confronted with human pain that he caused. (And one does wonder how much of this was Nolan manpulating events. All good therapists are manipulators, and the process of therapy is the process of consensual manipulation.)
Wilson: stopped enabling. For real. And House went off on a bus on his own at the end, without Wilson there to pick him up.
Character change must happen as a result of these two episodes. Ongoing character change. If it does, I'm delighted and poised for yet another enjoyable season. If it doesn't, bitter disappointment at the failure to follow through. Not that House can't be abrasive, smarter than everybody else, and deeply invested in solving the problem in front of him. Not that he can't struggle with changes. Just that something has to stick. Vicodin as symbol of that change.
Yeah, that was good stuff. Much better than those disappointing S5 openers, with the overly-cute private detective character they kept trying to cram down our throats.