Season 4 Episode 11


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 2008 on FOX
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House and his team have to diagnose a case at a distance when a researcher at a South Pole base is taken ill.

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  • Best episode of Season 4 so far.

    House treats a patient who is on an expedition in the South Pole, and ends up liking her.

    I thought this was a fantastic episode and easily one of the best this Season. The acting from the woman in the South pole was brilliant, and she had such a good connection with House. We learnt a lot about House in this episode, and it was strange seeing him care so much about a patient.

    I loved how it was just him and Foreman diagnosing for the most part, and also the insight we get about Wilson and House's relationship.

    Meanwhile, House demands cable and sends out his new team to torment Cameron until he gets it- another game from House. I admit, at first I was wondering why he sent his new team away, but I understood when he confirmed that he wanted to make them stand up to him. It was a good test, and it caused the diagnosis as Kutner finally came into his own and made a great diagnosis.

    Meanwhile, on another aside, Wilson has a new girlfriend, and at the end we learn it is none other than Amber a.k.a Cutthroat **** It will be interesting to see where that goes, despite personally not wanting to see her around any more.

    Overall, a brillantly written and dynamic episode- one to remember.moreless
  • He does care... sometimes

    There has probably been no patient in House's history, were he went through all the stages of diagnosing together with his patient. But due to the fact that she is trapped at the South Pole and is also very interesting, he makes an exception. Not only does he oversee every procedure, he does actually care about her. Like Wilson said: She is the perfect girlfriend. Far away enough, so that he doesn't have to be in an actual relationship. But for us, it shows that House is also a human and not just an ass. He is not really vulnerable, but you can see that he has feelings for this woman and that she cares about him, too. In a way. She knows how he lives, how he feels and that creates a bond between them. And that's nice for House. For once he doesn't just want to solve the puzzle; he wants to save the patient.

    At the same time he tries to find out, who Wilson is dating, because there is not a chance in the world that he would just let this thing be when Wilson asks him to. And his curiosity gets rewarded. And the look on his face, when he finds out is just priceless!moreless
  • Ridiculously funny.

    House is usually a pretty funny show, but this episode made me laugh harder than most straight-up comedies do. It's more Housey than usual, which is never bad, and it's split between House and Wilson trying to telediagnose a woman at the South Pole and House terrorizing Cameron. But it's even funnier than that sounds. Wilson had a great line about falling down a flight of stairs drunk. My head nearly exploded when he suddenly ran away from House midsentence. House slyly saying he likes to watch House is very cute.

    If you love House the character, but don't care about the medicine or drama, this is the best episode ever.moreless
  • Amber's back!

    This plot was absolutely amazing, especially fits together. I love how the patient's storyline is. A patient in the South Pole. Who would of thunk it? I also like how you see House's brighter side as he starts to care for Cate, a lot. Even gets to see her naked. Amber returning renewing her role as Wilson's girlfriend, that was a very shocking ending. That must of sucked for the patient and her friend to go through all of that, The moment House found out it was in her feet, that was also shocking. A very shocking adventurous episode I would say.moreless
  • House has feelings...who knew???

    I loved this episode you almost feel bad for House when the the other guy gets the girl. The scene where he's helping Kate find a lymph node to biopsy via internet camera, was hysterical. Only House would have the nerve to play "Let's get it on". one of my all time favorite scenes!!! The reactions of the other characters to House becoming obviously smitten are fun to watch. Wilson's teasing ans Forman's incredulous looks set the scene spectacularly. The scene where's he (House) is trying to comfort Kate by explaining to her exactly what the other guy has done to help her is poignant.moreless
Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino

Dr. Cate Milton

Guest Star

Jeffrey Hephner

Jeffrey Hephner


Guest Star

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson


Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn


Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The propellers on the wind turbines are all rotating clockwise. The one that falls off and strikes the ground is rotating counter-clockwise just before it hits the ground. The initial shot follows the blades as they fall far enough to show that they did not flip over. The clockwise rotation would most likely have thrown debris away from Sean.

    • Cate and Sean are supposedly at the South Pole, and yet when they are outside where the temperature is low enough to freeze Sean's blood, you can't see their breath.

    • We frequently see House using an Apple MacBook Pro, which has a built-in iSight camera above the LCD monitor embedded in the bezel. However, we never see the green LED next to the lens that is only visible while the camera is in use.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • House: I can't get cable but I get the South Pole on hi-def!

    • Dr. Foreman: Excuse us a second. (turns the channel to the South Pole office) Cancer explains her symptoms: a tumor in her longer kidney that threw a clot to the other organ.
      House: And you're worried that the tumor might overhear, realize we're on to it?

    • House: How about if I just get naked, and you shut up?
      Cate: If I thought I could get you naked, I would have lead with that.

    • Dr. Foreman : Why would she lie?
      House: Timeless question. In this case, she conspired with her co-workers to teach me that something is more important than cable. I'm going to teach them that they are wrong.

    • House: Anything with a strong color could work as a stain, printer ink, food coloring, coffee
      Dr. Wilson: No thanks.

    • Dr. Cuddy: New case. Psych department asked for you personally.
      House: The patient's a crazy person?
      Dr. Cuddy: You're a crazy person, patient's a psychiatrist.

    • Dr. Wilson: I was being mature
      House: In a lavender shirt... you, for some reason, are happy.
      Dr. Wilson: How dare you!

    • House: There's something wrong with Coma Guy's cable.
      Dr. Cuddy: He seems fine with it.

    • Kutner: Uh, Discovery Channel. I like watching them blow stuff up.
      House: Who doesn't?

    • House: Carlson won't listen to me since I hit on his wife.
      Dr. Cameron: You knew?
      House: God no, I thought I was hitting on his daughter.

    • Dr. Cameron: I am not giving you cable. You're gonna have to somehow survive with the broadcast networks alone.
      House: I'll be fine on Tuesdays.

    • Kutner: We're almost ready to start the test.
      House: Test? Did Ford test the Edsel? Did Coke test New Coke? Did Shakespeare test his final play, Snow Dogs?

    • House: Let me guess: you're as pure as the driven snow.
      Cate: Only if the snow likes to be on top.

    • House: She's a great psychiatrist. One session, I've got shrinkage.

    • House: The more you interrupt, the longer my grandstanding is going to take.

    • Dr. Wilson: She said she cares about other people? What a poser.

    • Dr. Wilson: You don't like her because she's a psychiatrist.
      House: I'm a complicated man. I loathe her for many reasons.
      Dr. Wilson: Never before has a profession been so decried by someone who needed it so badly.
      House: You talk a lot of smack about tranny hookers.

    • House: You're wearing that shirt for someone else.
      Dr. Wilson: The health department. They frown on topless oncology.

    • Cate: I can do the physical. There's no reason you need to watch.
      House: I can think of at least three reasons. One of them's medical.

    • Cate: Huh, lots of books. I'm betting all medical.
      House: Only if you count Jenna Jameson's autobiography as a gynecological text.

    • House: Great, you've got me all figured out. Are you going to try and fix me now?
      Cate: I never said you needed fixing.

    • Dr. Foreman: He's annoyed by her, doesn't respect her as a doctor, constantly insults her.
      Dr. Wilson: That's House's version of courtship.
      Dr. Foreman: Oh, god, he's been wooing me for years.
      Dr. Wilson: She's the perfect woman for him. Willing to literally go to the end of the earth for her career, making her unavailable for a real relationship. And she's afflicted with a mysterious illness.

    • House: Now slide your hand to your sternum. Probe for nodes, moving slowly downward.
      Cate: Down to what, House?
      House: Sorry, can't hear you on account of your heavy breathing.
      Cate: I'm supposed to be on oxygen, you tool.

    • Dr. Wilson: You used her name.
      House: Just trying to move things along, Bob.

    • Dr. Wilson: "Are you okay?"
      House: It's a valid medical question.
      Dr. Wilson: I have never heard you ask a patient that question. You've never asked me that question and you've seen me fall down a flight of stairs drunk.

    • Dr. Wilson: Are you going to follow me into my car?
      House: It's got two doors.

    • House: I love a new puppy. That last one was delicious. Very tender.

    • Dr. Wilson: Is that my wallet?
      House: Yeah, you can have it back. I've already been through it.

    • Dr. Wilson: Why am I here?
      House: Because I want to ask you about your girlfriend. I must know who she is, or you'd have told me her name.
      Dr. Wilson: She doesn't have a name. It's some sort of birth defect.
      House: There's only about 12 people we both know. I can't remember five of their names, so we're down to Cuddy, your ex-wives…
      Dr. Wilson: Your mama.

    • House: You're standing up to me?
      Kutner: Maybe.
      House: Just to clarify. You should do that when you're right. Sorry for the confusion.

    • Dr. Wilson: Damn, I thought I lost you when I walked backwards through my own footprints in the snow.

    • House: It's not one of your ex-wives.
      Dr. Wilson: Because they hate me.
      House: They don't. They should, but they don't. I called them.

    • House: If that's what love is, then I don't want to have anything to do with it.
      Dr. Wilson: It starts with warm feet, but it leads to other things. Your mom and I will explain when you're older.

    • House: Cutthroat bitch?
      Dr. Wilson: I call her Amber.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Airdates:
      New Zealand: April 08, 2008 8:30pm on TV3
      Brazil: April 24, 2008 11pm on Universal Channel
      Argentina: April 24, 2008 9pm on Universal Channel
      Bolivia: April 24, 2008 9pm on Universal Channel
      Italy: April 29, 2008 on Canale 5
      Bulgaria: May 20, 2008 on NTV
      United Kingdom: May 29, 2008 9pm on five
      Portugal: June 2, 2008 9:30pm on FOX Portugal
      Denmark: June 14, 2008 on SBS Net
      Israel: June 23, 2008 on YES Stars 1
      The Netherlands: September 18, 2008 on SBS 6
      The Czech Republic: November 10, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: November 4, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: November 5, 2008 on TV2
      Estonia: November 21, 2008 on TV3
      Greece: November 29, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: April 28, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: May 21, 2009 on TVP2

    • This was the last episode finished before the 2007 WGA strike.

    • Music: Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye), Alone (Mungal and Nitwin Sahwney), Human (Civil Twilight)

    • Jesse Spencer is credited but doesn't appear.

    • On its premiere, this episode aired at a special time on a Sunday after Super Bowl XLII.