Season 3 Episode 18


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

On House and Cuddy's flight from Singapore a passenger gets ill and Cuddy suspects an epidemic. At the hospital, Wilson leads the team as they deal with a middle-aged woman suffering from seizures.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Grin-tastic!

    This is one of my favourite episodes, simply because I love House and Cuddy's snappy interactions. There are so many lines that can make you smile in this and also how House picks three people on the plane to be his team, how he switched Cuddy's ticket to Economy, how he quickly proves mass hysteria... the list could go on for hours. It's also great to break away from the usual formula, yet you also get the neat parallels with Wilson and the team's case back at the hospital. This is one of those episodes which you can watch time and time again, because it is simply perfection. Congratulations, House, you've made my day again.moreless
  • Two seperate cases...

    This episode was the first one that House didn't interact with his team in. I thought the episode was very quick and dynamic- both patients were quite interesting.

    The patient the team and Wilson had to diagnose was interesting because of how she rebelled her mid life crisis, although I wish there was more explanation into why did some of the things she did. Wilson taking charge of the team was funny, as we rarely see him interact with people other than House and Cuddy. Foreman, meanwhile reacts skeptically to Cameron and Chase's "friends with benefits" relationship, although Cameron proves everyone as it seems Chase is the one to be heartbroken- I thought Cameron was pretty cruel at the end!

    The most entertaining aspect was when House was travelling back to New Jersey with Cuddy. The way he diagnosed mass hysteria was brilliant, and using the people on the plane with such wit and one liners was an ingenious piece of writing. It also allowed House and Cuddys relationship develop subtley, which is a nice touch by the writers. Overall, this was a near perfect episode- probably about 9.8 out of ten- as the review site doesn't allow me to rate that, I'll give it a ten, simply because of the clever writer and brilliant performance. Not as good as some of the brillaint episodes in Season 2, but worthy of a great score in its own merit.moreless
  • Amazing!

    This episode was really amazing, House away from the hospital with Cuddy, amazing! I like how everyone thought that they were sick but they weren't sick. Really good, like when you realize Cuddy is sick, and House's new team on the plane, I could see them as as regulars on the show. They were really good, the only one who was really sick was the one in the beginning. Meanwhile Cameron, Chase, Foreman, and Wilson work on a case by themselves & it seems like Cameron is always horny, like which place haven't Chase & Cameron done it, they did it in front of a cat, they killed off the cat, that was the so sad, the stripper in the beginning was pretty disturbing. Best episode.moreless
  • Not adventurous, but a good example of its qualities.

    Learn a lesson from this one, television writers everywhere. Put your characters in a limited setting and see the sparks fly. (Okay, it didn't work with snakes on a plane, but that was just a pun turned into a movie.)

    Putting Cuddy and House on a long flight is asking for (delicious) trouble. Confronting the sarcastic House with a group of patients/passengers that are even more stressed out than usual, brings it all up a notch. Add to this the recognition anyone who has ever suffered through a horrible flight, will feel, and you get a nearly perfect episode. Nearly, not completely. In the previous episode Cuddy disagreed with House and won. Now she can't understand that (-spoiler-) she is suffering from hysteria? The subplot of Cameron and Chase is quite tiresome. Luckily, Wilson gets to shine in those scenes, something that was long overdue.

    Also, give a raise to the researcher/writer who discovered in their medical journals that (-spoiler-)a person recovering from a diving accident would get into trouble on an airplane. Wonderfully ironic.moreless
  • House and Cuddy, on a flight back from Singapore, treat a possibly contagious patient.

    House and Cuddy are on a flight back from Singapore when a man collapses and gets worse every minute. Other passengers, including Cuddy, develope similar symptoms and House has to find out if the man has a contagious disease. When it turns out that the rest of the passengers are jsut panicking, he still has to save the sick man.

    House's team and Wilson are meanwhile completely on their own and have to solve the case of an elder woman who passed out in her house after being on a trip where she consumed drugs and had an affair.

    I really liked the fact that this time House isn't the one who solves the case, well at least the one with the elder woman. Although those two cases seem to mirror each other, each team has to solve it on their own. I particularily liked the case House had to deal with because it was on the one hand kinda creepy (I mean, who isn't at least a little bit afraid on planes) and on the other hand a little bit amusing because of the solution that it was just mass panic. It was also interesting to see that even doctors like Cuddy can be infected with mass panic. Well, House was all calm, who would have guessed...

    This episode was again cleverly written with a completely unpredictable solution - House at its best.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When House goes to switch seats with Cuddy, there is a guy snoring and leaning on her. Once House switches seats and is in coach, the snoring person is never in the shot again. The seat next to House is empty the rest of the episode.

    • House tells the flight attendant that they have to dive until they can club baby seals out of the window. Flying that low is dangerous and unnecessary. Most modern airplanes can pressurize to at or near sea level (1 atm), but they would have to descend from 38,000 feet to an altitude where the pressure difference between the cabin and the outside air wasn't too high.

    • Trivia: The stewardess says "Nilalagnat ka ba?" which is in Filipino, translates to "Are you suffering from a fever?" as the Korean man vomits.

    • House writes "extensor pastoring" on the board, but the boy asks about "extension pastoring."

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Dr. Cuddy: We're flying out of Singapore. If he has a credit card and a condom, he can get anything he wants.

    • (House is examining the rash on Peng's leg)
      House: It's definitely ataxia, and it's definitely a rash.
      Dr. Cuddy: You wanna look at it for five more minutes before concluding that it's also definitely a leg.

    • Dr. Foreman: Anything else you two guys wanna agree on?
      Dr. Chase: Do you have a problem with us agreeing?
      Dr. Foreman: No, I have a problem with the other thing you do, which makes me question your motive for agreeing!

    • Dr. Chase: I want more!
      Dr. Cameron: I thought you were getting a little worn out by...
      Dr. Chase: That's not what I meant.
      Dr. Cameron: I know, I was just hoping that you take the hint and pretend that you never said that.
      Dr. Chase: I want this to be more than it is.
      Dr. Cameron: I thought we were clear!
      Dr. Chase: In the beginning, but you can't tell me...
      Dr. Cameron: Yes, I can, and I don't. (Chase looks puzzled) It was fun, that's it. And now it's over.

    • House: I believe in statistics. Two hundred passengers on the plane. Ten should be gay, two should be with child, and one should be incredibly annoying with an extra ass chromosome.

    • House: Good point. On the other hand, I'm a board-certified specialist in infectious disease. She assigns parking spaces.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Not funny!
      House: Wasn't supposed to be funny "ha ha."

    • House: (Hysteria) happens often in high-anxiety situation, especially to women. I know it sounds sexist, but science says you're weak and soft. What can I do?

    • House: Can you say "Crickey, Mate"?
      12 year-old Boy: Crickey, Mate.
      House: Perfect. Now no matter what I say, you'll agree with me, okay.
      12 year-old Boy: Okay.
      House: Nicely done. You, disagree with everything I say.
      Foreign Man: Sorry, not understand.
      House: Close enough. (to random woman) You get morally outraged by everything I say.
      Sour Faced Girl: (about House writing on the movie screen) That's permanent marker, you know.
      House: Wow, you guys are good.

    • Dr. Cuddy: And the room service thing was just spiteful.
      House: I was hungry
      Dr. Cuddy: $300 for a bottle of wine.
      House: I was thirsty.
      Dr. Cuddy: $120 for video services.
      House: I was lonely.

    • House: Look that way.
      Joy: Why?
      House: Because you're going to throw up, and I don't want it on me.

    • House: Nobody speak Korean on this flight?
      Dr. Cuddy: I assumed you did.
      House: I know how to ask him if his sister's over 18. I just don't think that's gonna help.

    • (to Cuddy)
      House: I'm trying to listen to you now, so shut up.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I don't owe you.
      House: You're mean.
      Dr. Cuddy: It's how I compensate for being weak...soft.

    • Keo: I just wanted to say thank you.
      House: You're extremely welcome.
      Keo: I'm in New York every Monday.
      House: Are you handicap-accessible?

    • 12-year-old Boy: What is extension pastoring?
      House: It's when you're molested by a priest's cousin.

    • (a female passenger throws up)
      Stewardess: I'll get some towels.
      House: Give her a banana. Monkey see, monkey barf. You smell vomit...

    • Crying Kid: I want my blankie! I want my blankie!
      House: Give her 20 milligrams of antihistamines. It could save her life. 'Cause if she doesn't shut up, I'll kill her.

    • House: Tell the pilot to dive until we can club baby seals out the window.

    • House: I need to get a better look at your rash.
      Dr. Cuddy: Use your imagination.
      House: Fine, shall I go with Lifeguard Cuddy or Mother Superior Cuddy?

    • Joy: I can't be pregnant!
      House: Are you a virgin?
      Joy: No.
      House: You're pregnant. Mazel tov.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: Hope for the Hopeless by A Fine Frenzy

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: October 11, 2007 on SBS6 Greece: January 29, 2008 on Star Channel
      The Czech Republic: April 7, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: March 25th, 2008 on RTL
      Sweden: October 28, 2008 on TV4
      Belgium: November 2, 2008 on 2BE


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