Season 5 Episode 4


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While en route to his father's funeral, House must help the team with a differential diagnosis on a young Chinese girl who has collapsed under mysterious circumstances.

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  • Funny!!!!!!!

    I thought that this ep was going to be Ok like some of the others but when I watched it I was laughing my ass off. My favorite part was when they were at the rest stop and and House pissed off Wilson by making him drop his car keys in the drain. Another was when they got pulled over and House was blaming it on Wilson and he got arrested but then the cop arrested House too and the part where they were at the station and you could hear Mmmbop (House's ringtone) in the background and he told the cop dude that it was the people at the hospital and that someone was going to die.moreless
  • Friends will always be friends

    At the beginning of the episode we see a chinese lady in a chinese temple trying to convince her biological parents that she is their biological daughter, but her biological father goes berserk and relucts to admit that. Here's one thing: If she is in China they should be speaking Chinese, not Cantonese. Unless they are in Hong Kong, but I'm pretty sure she said she is in China.

    Another thing that bugs me: why is she being treated for SARS? Patients with SARS develop severe lung problems and high fever. She only has a cough and abdominal pain. I'm not a medical student so I don't know if this is a medical error.

    Besides that, everything is great. I like everything from the scene where Cuddy drugs House till the end of the episode. My favourite episode so far.

    Final diagnosis: Metal pins in brain displaced by magnet.moreless
  • 504

    Well a lot of things were revealed concerning the House & Wilson friendship, we learn how they met, and other past occurrences. It sort of annoyed me how House was completely messed up to Wilson on the way to the funeral though. Both of them getting arrested was funny. The funeral was epic in my opinion. Sort of reenacts the time they met which brings them closer together again. And in the end House finally acknowledges that his father had died. Case was pretty interesting, was sort of focused on the other plot, but the pins in the brain was a good ending. Tied all loose ends as usual.moreless
  • YAY, House & Wilson :)

    My favorite episode of Season 5, thus far. House and Wilson, such an interesting and intricate friendship. Honestly, these two make me laugh and they give the show some (if not alot) of its depth!

    So tearface :'( for House's pa's death. I have great respect for R. Lee Ermey and im glad he acted out his part till the end.

    Now back to House + Wilson, these two are awsome! You can see in Wilsons face that he isnt to happy-chappy about being around House again, but makes a sacrifice for House's mother. LOL the part where House knocks the keys outta Wilson's hand and dunks his flashlight into the drain, if that was me in real life, i woulda socked the hell outta House cos damit that is just SO annoying, even to have watched it :)

    But hey, overall it was good to see them become friends. It was a well acted and delicious episode :)moreless
  • The House and Wilson story...

    I thought this episode continued a good start to Season 5- it was brilliant- not only did we finally get to delve into Kutners personal history but we see House and Wilson get back together, and also the story behind them.

    House's father dies, and Wilson drives them to the funeral, embarking on an interesting little road trip. I loved the antics they got up to, and House pushing Wilson until he finally admits hes scared of losing him. I think the writers decided to get back Wilson early because of the negative reaction to the P.I- which is a shame, cause I did like him!

    Meanwhile, the patient case was interesting and highlighting of the problem in China- it also showed Kutner bonding with a patient, and how much the new team have evolved- they got the same diagnosis as the old team in the same amount of time!

    Overall, the best episode so far of an already brilliant Season!moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Christine Healy

Christine Healy


Guest Star

Scott Paulin

Scott Paulin


Guest Star

Jack Conley

Jack Conley

Sheriff Costello

Guest Star

Diane Baker

Diane Baker

Blythe House

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • House: Oh God, he's here.
      Dr. Wilson: Who's here? The one you're pretending is your father? Good pick, he looks like Sean Connery. So back when you were devising this fantasy, did you tell your father. "Dad, I refuse to recognize your existence because I have chosen James Bond as my dad."
      House: I used different words.

    • House: Kutner... you're sort of Asian. Go get this Chinese translated.

    • Taub: House, call your mom.
      House: What are you, my mom?

    • House: I'm not deflecting because I'm avoiding something deep. I'm deflecting because I'm avoiding something shallow.

    • Dr. Cuddy: If there's anything I can do, just…
      House: You know, you're right. I don't think I can sleep alone tonight.

    • (preparing an injection)
      Dr. Cuddy: It goes better in a large muscle. Drop your pants.
      House: You know, I usually pay tens of dollars to hear that.

    • Dr. Cameron: What do you think House would send, the "Gentle Comfort" arrangement, or the "Warm Thoughts" bouquet? I mean, if he wasn't an ass.
      Dr. Chase: Send one of those giant cookies shaped like a coffin. His mom would believe it was from him.

    • House: You "lost track of your speed"? I think that was Hitler's excuse. Lost track of the Jews. No one held him responsible.

    • House: I need that phone call. I'm a doctor, and when someone tries to call you three times, it's code for "Pick up the damn phone before someone dies."
      Sheriff Costello: I'm sure there's other smart doctors.
      House: You'd be surprised

    • Thirteen: Bubbles.
      House: Is that your new stripper name?
      Thirteen: Yes. And also we inject bubbles into the cyst and follow where they drift.

    • Dr. Wilson: You know, you could just wait for the MRI to have your curiosity satisfied.
      House: What person who is nothing like me are you saying that to?

    • (to Wilson)
      House: If you're coming back just because of the shine of my neediness… I'd be okay with that.

    • Dr. Wilson: That's how we met: I was in jail.
      Sheriff Costello: This guy was a total stranger to you and you bailed him out?
      House: It was a boring convention. I had to have somebody to drink with.

    • (House's eulogy for his father)
      House: There's a lot of people here today. Including some from the Corps. And I noticed that every one of them, is either my father's rank, or higher. And that doesn't surprise me. Because if the test of a man is how he treats those he has power over... it was a test my father failed. This man you're eager to pay homage to, he was incapable of admitting any point of view but his own. He punished failure, he did not accept anything less than... He loved doing what he did, he saw his work as some kind of sacred calling, more important than any personal relationship. Maybe if he'd been a better father, I'd be a better son. But I am what I am because of him, for better or for worse. I just... I just wish... (uses a nail-clipper to clip away a bit of his father's earlobe)
      Dr. Wilson: (whispering) Put it back.
      House: Well, he's not going to miss it.
      Dr. Wilson: I'm done enabling. You can't even let them put him in the ground without making it serve your agenda?

    • House: Come on, forget the keys. Call a locksmith. We'll go inside and play "guess that smell" with the truckers while we're waiting. Join me on the dark side.
      Dr. Wilson: Dark side's done, House. I'm delivering you to your mother and that's it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 15, 2008 on TEN
      Portugal: December 1, 2008 on Fox
      Latin America: December 4, 2008 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: January 29, 2009 on SBS 6
      Germany: March 24, 2009 on RTL
      Denmark: April 18, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: September 10, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: September 28, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: September 30, 2009 on STV1
      Sweden: October 20, 2009 on TV4


    • House: My ringtone for you is Dancing Queen, by ABBA.
      Referencing the Swedish pop musical group, and their song Dancing Queen. The group is most associated to 70s disco.

    • Dr. Wilson: So back, when you were devising this fantasy, did you tell your father "Dad, I refuse to recognize your existence because I have chosen James Bond as my dad."
      James Bond, also known as 007, is a fictional agent of the British Secret Service. He was created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1952 and became world-famous through films, novels, comics and video games. The actor best known for portraying him in the movies is arguably Scottish actor Sean Connery.

    • Dr. Wilson: Good heavens we haven't missed it. It's like the end of A Christmas Carol.
      Referencing the end of Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, immortalized on stage and screen, which tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Wilson's line refers to the end when Scrooge realizes he hasn't missed Christmas Day, despite his night of traveling with the Ghosts.