House

Season 5 Episode 8

Emancipation

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 18, 2008 on FOX
8.2
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While Foreman takes on a pediatric case on his own, the rest of the team deals with a 16-year-old factory manager and emancipated minor who collapses at work. When Foreman's patient takes a turn for the worse, he's forced to question whether he can deal with the situation on his own, or if he needs House's help.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 508

    8.0
    A great offering from House this week, not as good as last week though. I liked House's case for two reasons, the patient in general was unintentionally hilarious, as she kept on lying about things and plus the family's reaction to Thirteen coming to their doorstep was priceless.



    The second reason is Kutner's involvement through the case, he really shined in this episode. And this one is solely centered around Kutner's trust in the patient which made this a good episode. I liked Foreman's case, because he is still trying to be like House, and that he came to Cameron & Chase for help. See what I mean by more screen time? Anyways it turns out the vitamins are killing Foreman's patient. The whole episode was just regular House. Good ol' case. F



    Foreman gets to do the trial in the end cause he told, he didn't ask. Great!moreless
  • Classic House.

    10
    I thought this episode was classic House. Foreman finally gets some decent character development, and we see him be a proper doctor for the first time in ages. I loved how he took innitiative and took his own case- which was a very interesting one with the two brothers. It also gave chance to see Cameron and Chase help him more with the diagnosis- I see a pattern that the last two episodes have been better with them involved!



    The main case was also interesting, and House bonds with the patient so well- he seemed genuinely disturbed when the truth came out that she had killed her brother (albeit accidently). It was a classic House scene, highlight Hugh Lauries acting abilities. It was also interesting seeing how Kutner, Taub and Thirteen each reacted differently around her.



    Wilson also refuses to offer his opinion on Cuddy to House, making for an interesting observation into their dynamics- Wilson enables House, and vice versa- a very intersting and touching moment in their friendship was at the end when Wilson tells him he is going to be okay.



    Mainly, however, it was about the emancification of Foreman, as he House teaches him he doesn't have to rely on him as much as he used to. Overall, a brilliant episode; the last two returning the episode to strength after a minor flop.moreless
  • Another good one

    8.5
    In this episode of House, the following happens. The t6eam deal with a 16year old girl, whose parents died and she now lives on her own and works in a factory. She claims that both of her parents have died, but the team soon learn that she is lying and that her parents are still alive. She got emancipated as her father was raping her and her mother wasn't doing anything to stop it. When they learn that she needs a bone marrow transplant, 13 goes to see her parents. When she gets there she learns that the patient has stolen the identity of a little girl. We soon learn that she is also lying about being raped. When the truth finally comes out we learn that her brother died when she was looking after him. The team soon track down her real parents and they come to the hospital to donate bone marrow. When they see her they all brake down in tears.moreless
  • Review

    7.5
    I have faith that one of these days the show will be good again. This show hasn't had a really good mini-arch to follow for a long time. This House + Cuddy thing looks like it could be one but the writers are not acting on it and actually trying to do something with it. The twitter arch was actually good in my book - it was a multiple episode arch that took House off of a pedastal for a couple of episodes anyway. There were two cases in this episode and a lack of character devolopment to be found. House and Wilson talked a lot about Cuddy, but that was about the extent of it. We saw her for about 5 seconds on the screen and that was it. Considering the last episode and the episode before it, you would think we would have seen a little more of her then what we have seen of her in this episode. Foreman breaking out into his own looks like we will get more Cameron and Chase - which is great, but may fill the rest of the season with two cases instead of having the Wilson / House / Cuddy / Other Person personal drama. Overall, this show is nowhere where it used to be a couple of years ago but I'm still getting through episode by episode.moreless
  • House keeps delivering on excellent episodes.

    9.5
    This is my overall favorite show that is being currently broadcast. I really like how well the character interplay goes and the anti-PC Dr. Gregory House. Plots are definately, on average, excellent and even when they aren't they are good.



    This episode definately moves the character development along. I am really happy to see the other characters, especially Dr. Wilson, starting to play mind games with Dr. House.



    This episode definately had a great plot as well as some cool sub-plots, as well as some twists on the normal character development adding depth.



    SPOILER ALERTS BELOW:



    The continuing 'Dr. Cuddy' sub-plot is advancing and I think that's great.



    I also think that Dr. House 'fed' the solution to Dr. Foreman through Dr. Camereon and Dr. Chase. If this is true (and combined with the advancement of Dr. Wilson and the Dr. Cuddy romance sub-plots), it definately adds to the depth of the Dr. House character.



    I am glad that they are not messing with the Dr. House character too much, just showing that yes he is somewhat human.



    All in all one of the better episodes in this season.



    I look forward to many more shows and seasons as long as the writing keeps it's current excellent level.



    I hope that the actors strike that is likely coming will not be a repeat of the writers strike in its impact on shows.



    RECOMMEND RECOMMEND RECOMMEND this series rocks.



    Side Note: I'd like to see them starting to release on blu-ray, and if they don't (or only release 'new' seasons), then I would LOVE to see an anamorphic remaster and rerelease of season 1.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Nathan Gamble

Nathan Gamble

Evan

Guest Star

Liza Colón-Zayas

Liza Colón-Zayas

Maria

Guest Star

Alexandra Lydon

Alexandra Lydon

Melinda

Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Thirteen

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • House: Okay.
      Dr. Foreman: Okay? Just like that?
      House: Can I give my reasons later... or never?
      Dr. Foreman: Three days ago you said no.
      House: Three days ago, you asked me. Now, you told me. You can't say no if it's not a question.

    • House: (to Wilson) Holding things in can give you cancer!

    • Dr. Wilson: So I take it you did not ask Cuddy out.
      House: Yeah.
      Dr. Wilson: Yeah "I didn't" or yeah "I did"?
      House: Whichever one means you almost had me convinced it was a good idea.
      Dr. Wilson: Oh.

    • Dr. Foreman: Kutner can do the echo on his own.
      House: Yes… but he'll be very lonely.

    • Dr. Foreman: He didn't need to say no. He just wanted to say no.
      Dr. Cuddy: House did something solely out of self-interest. That's freaky.

    • House: Our job is to find out what's killing patients, not treat them for chronic idiocy.
      Thirteen: Idiocy is what's killing her.
      House: And since we can't cure that, I'm going home.

    • Dr. Wilson: Nice thing you did for Foreman.
      House: He speaks!
      Dr. Wilson: He deflects.

    • House: Your disengagement won't work.
      Dr. Wilson: I can see that.
      House: You think that when you tell me what I should do my instincts are to push back, so that by not telling me what I should do, I'll do what you think I should do.
      Dr. Wilson: I sound convoluted.
      House: Disengagement is neither artful nor effective.
      Dr. Wilson: So my not doing anything isn't causing you to do anything?
      House: Right.
      Dr. Wilson: I'm okay with that.

    • (Foreman gets up suddenly and leaves)
      Dr. Chase: I think we gave him an idea.
      Dr. Cameron: Either that or he's off to kill House.

    • Dr. Wilson: You made the decision. I can't tell you what's right for you.
      House: Seriously? 'Cause last week you could. Last year you could. Seems to come pretty easy to you.
      Dr. Wilson: Do you want me to tell you what you should do?
      House: I want you to stop thinking that acting inscrutable makes you anything other than annoying.

    • Dr. Foreman: I've looked down one end and up the other. All the tests came back clean. I can't figure this out.
      Dr. Cameron: You can't? Don't you work with three other doctors and a grouchy gimp?
      Dr. Foreman: This isn't House's case.
      (Dr. Chase takes the medical file from Dr. Foreman)
      Dr. Chase: Just so you know, whatever you're trying to prove, it won't be enough.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 19, 2008 on TEN
      Latin America: January 29, 2009 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: February 26, 2009 on SBS 6
      Germany: April 21, 2009 on RTL
      Denmark: May 16, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: September 24, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: October 20, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: October 26, 2009 on TV Nova
      Sweden: November 17, 2009 on TV4

    • Music: Through the Dark (Alexi Murdoch)

    • This episode was dedicated to the memory of Robert L. Stover, who had passed away from pancreatic cancer on October 3, 2008. He worked behind the camera as a set decorator.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • House: But your decision to stick it to the man clearly inspired Oliver Twist.
      Referencing the fictional character created by Charles Dickens in his second novel of the same name (1837-39). It tells the story of a poor orphan boy brought up in a poor house who eventually falls into a life of crime with the villainous Fagin and his band of youthful pickpockets. The novel has adapted into numerous TV and movie versions.

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