House

Season 8 Episode 12

Chase

5
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 2012 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Chase forms a bond with the team's newest patient, a cloistered nun ready to take her vows. Meanwhile, House and Taub engage in a war of pranks.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Awesome

    9.5
    A very engaging and touching episode- the side story with Taub and House was also quite entertaining. Probably the best of this season so far.
  • Chase

    8.5
    This is the first time that I am sharing a review because this is the first time that a House episode made me cry! I agree with everyone that this one is a redeeming episode. Could not help but appreciate a simple yet touching gesture - that is, hand touching - and how this moment showed the vulnerabilities of Chase. It was heart-warming. Keep it up guys!
  • Doubt

    9.5
    After being on the air for eight years, seeing a show still able to throw you for a heart-warming loop is a great sign. All signs at the beginning of this season were pointing to one of House's weakest years but with last week's brilliantly crafted episode and this aftermath focusing on Chase in the vein of the episode "Wilson" and "9 to 5" from Season 6 played out to many of this show's central themes and getting to know one of the doctors in a way that we haven't seen in that light in a long time. Chase for all of Season 7 was a gag of hook-ups and dating women and the hilarity that came out of that, but it got stale, so his stabbing/recovery was a perfect remedy by giving him someone to relate to on a purely human level. He has to do clinic hours and meets a prospective nun who has not yet taken her vows, and when her condition worsens he admits her and the two share a connection. House and Taub share a chaotic battle of surprise attack and defense since Taub is taking a self-defense class after last week's incident. Chase emptily reassuring Adams and Park that he is ok just knowing that they're there for him was textbook denial if there ever was any. When the patient improves and gets discharged Chase goes on a date but it doesn't go well and he finds the nun at his door, wondering if she should indeed forsake her vows and be with him and get her old life back. Just wondering she found out where he lived, it's not like he told her, but that's a small overlook-able detail. The morning after they sleep together her condition worsens and he has to rush her to the hospital and everyone finds out that he slept with her. He performs surgery and while under she sees a boy she once nannied for and died when she turned away and he got hit by a car and he comes to hold her hand. She claims that she finally has found her "calling" to God but Chase, out of misguided love for her wants to disprove that what she said but adrenaline from her brain and a chemically induced hallucination so it wasn't real. When he sets out to burst her bubble House says that he doesn't want him to be like him, and that he doesn't have to reconfigure his life because he didn't make a mistake, he just got stabbed. Chase gives up and sits with her while she prays. In the end another nun comes to take her away and when Chase leaves the room she calls his name and holds his hand while they look into each other's eyes, signifying that she wants him to be the last person she touched before she takes her vows, a truly beautiful and simple gesture. Chase returns to the office to a DDX and he and House share a look of agreement with a nod that says that he did the right thing. A truly magnificent episode that gives me hope for the idea that in some ways this show has indeed matured a lot over the years and that this final season may prove to be a great year indeed.moreless
  • Brilliant!

    8.5
    House, the show I know and love, made a welcome return this week with a really powerful and enjoyable episode.



    As I said about last weeks episode, Jesse Spencer can really pull out a performance when given the material to work with. And this episode really gave him a platform to launch with.



    A chase-centric week with just enough of House and the team sprinkled in to keep the plot going forward. Not too much of the motivation questioning that has been boring me for most of the season, again no wilson to bog House down with and some great comedy relief with the Taub self defence story arc.



    Some really touching moments involving Chase were only topped by the glimpse of humanity House shows towards the end. The simple nod of the head shared between House and Chase was as powerful as any written scene could have been to finish the episode off.



    It may be the poor showing of House in the last season or two that makes this episode seem so good. But it will go down as one of my favourite entries in the entire shows run.

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  • Intense

    8.5
    When you watch a show that starts with such great caliber and brilliance, its quite obvious to expect it to fail over the years and eventually end badly. This week's episode might have just changed my opinion on this show. There is still some hope. Brilliantly executed by the whole team!
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Odette Annable

Odette Annable

Dr. Jessica Adams

Julie Mond

Julie Mond

Moira

Guest Star

Valeri Ross

Valeri Ross

Sister Joan

Guest Star

Jessica Luza

Jessica Luza

Cindy

Guest Star

Liz Benoit

Liz Benoit

Nurse Anne

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When House is making a soda balloon while talking to Chase, he fills a purple balloon then puts the soda bottle on the table. He turns and talks while tying off the purple balloon. The camera changes angles and the balloon is now orange and the soda bottle is back in House's hand.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • House: If she likes crippled guys, I'm free for the next six minutes.

    • Dr. Chase: I was a seminarian.
      Moira: Who obviously didn't take his vows.
      Dr. Chase: Cassock made my ass look fat.

    • Dr. Chase: The self-defense classes, you think they're making any kind of difference?
      Dr. Taub: Not as much as House's surprise attacks. He thinks three steps ahead, so I do too. Which is why you should accept his apology and come back on the team. He's annoying, he's maddening. But he makes us all better.

    • Dr. Adams: Three weeks ago, you never would have slept with a patient. And you never would have operated on her after. You need help.
      Dr. Chase: I need to get away from House and everything that reminds me of him.
      Dr. Adams: By breaking the rules, not caring what anyone else thinks. You're gonna get away from him by turning into him?

    • Dr. Chase: This has nothing to do with the truth. You don't like that I'm reassessing my life. That I want to change it. That I can.
      House: Anyone can screw up a life. I never said that wasn't possible.
      Dr. Chase: You're incapable of human connection so you want everyone to be like you.
      House: If I wanted you to be like me, I would be urging you to make a stupid, stubborn decision that blows up your life and leaves you lonely and miserable. You reassess your life when you make mistakes. You didn't. You just got stabbed.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: Promise (Ben Howard)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 13, 2012 on Global
      UK: March 15, 2012 on Sky1
      Israel: March 21, 2012 on HOT3
      Germany: September 25, 2012 on RTL
      Sweden:November 20, 2012 on TV4
      The Netherlands: February 7, 2013 on SBS6
      Slovakia: March 26, 2013 on STV1
      Finland: September 16, 2013 on MTV3

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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