Season 4 Episode 4

Guardian Angels

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House finds that some of his own fellowship students will do whatever it takes, when they deal with a woman who believes she can talk to the dead.

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    Although this was a good episode, it is fair to say that the last two have dropped in standard. The case was quite weird in this one, with the whole "ghost" thing- it didn't feel like a House episode, and thats what let it down. Gone were the interesting medical mysteries, and in its place was House's game.

    Cameron and House have a bet that the mormon, Cole, wouldn't beat House up. House ridicules him and finally Cole snaps and punches him- leading to House having some form of respect for him. It was a tiny part of the story, but not brilliant.

    I also miss many of House's witty remarks- there were a few, but his scene with Wilson was very short in this episode, and, although he had some nice scenes with Cameron, there wasn't enough effective one liners. Furthermore, Cuthroat **** screwing with Thirteen annoyed me- I don't like Amber as a character that much.

    To top my list of annoyances, House fired Scooter! I loved that guy! Nevertheless, the episode had some good, redeeming qualities. House was his normal, sarky self, and his idea to talk to the hallucination was a classic one. It was also interesting seeing Foreman, and the twist at the end that Foreman is coming back, saved this episode for me.

    Overall, a good episode, but certainly the worst this Season so far, and probably one of my least favourites of all the other Seasons as well- the Season, so great with its opening, seems to be on the slip.moreless
  • A House version of Ghost Whisperer.

    Well it seems like Amber & Thirteen are getting more competitive on account that they hate each other, looks like the team will do anything, even dig up a grave. The patient could somehow see the dead which was the strange part of the episode. Is there a sickness that could do that? Pretty scary. Bosley was fired! Yes! I really hated that guy. Cameron makes a bet with House like the good old days, that one of his teammates will physically assault him and she wins of course, I like how they didn't just kick off the old team. Cameron is getting some air time which I like.moreless
  • What will they think of next?

    OK, I know I have already said that a previous episode has taken the cake, but this one was way out there!

    A woman who worked at a funeral home is having hallucinations. She sees the patient that died in the previous episode, as well as her dead mother. Yes, there is stumbling around to find the correct diagnosis, but the right one is arrived at in the end.

    Roses must have been too expensive, so peonies are handed out, ala the ABC reality show The Bachelor, to the doctors who will remain next week. I thought there were 10, but apparently, there will be only seven next week.

    SPOILER ALERT: If someone has not seen this episode and wants to be surprised, please do not read past this point.

    The writers have gone over the edge. Sure, it is weird to have someone hallucinating, but to have doctors rob a grave is too much, even for this show.

    Foreman is a pariah because he pulled a "House" at another hospital and got fired after a month. After trying to find another job, he comes back to Cuddy to get his old job back.moreless
  • Bye, bye Bosley.

    I have got to give House kudos for the POW (patient of the week), a girl who see's dead folks. Very Halloween, and very creepy. I mean there was no chance that it was real but still. The fellows were at their most interesting. Cut throat was as usual a witch with B. I'm growing more and more displeased with this Thirteen broad. They are trying to hard to make her a Cameron 2.0 and now they are throwing a little Cuddy in their as well, i.e. House's appreciation of her certain aspects of her being (though this was only shown in the promo for next weeks episode). Surgeon and Bosley were clashing throughout the entire episode, apparently Surgeon didn't like the fact that Bosley wasn't a real doctor yet managed to be the smartest fellow there. But that's not the reason he was fired. Poor Bosley. I was sure they were letting that other one go, and no not Kumar...the one that had next to nothing to do in the episode. Poor, poor Bos.

    I am glad that they snuck in lots of Cameron but it just reminds me once again that House seems determined to notice everyone but her, I hate that. House and Cameron's little bet was very entertaining, I especially loved that Big Love punched House! That was excellent.moreless
  • Witty and fast paced

    An interesting storyline gives this episode a strong base from which the characters that House is recruiting get to play with the big guy some more. Each one is further developed before one of which is dumped. Personally, I thought the one interesting guy (except the mormon) shouldnt have been let go. Frankly, so far the women have the best character personalities. Hopefully well see a bit more of their traits in the next few episodes. However, the way he went was handled logically and with resonance.

    As for Foreman.... Im not too sure I want to see his character return! His last few scenes have been grating to say the least. Ok so no one will hire him and the points been made - I really hope we get to see him duel w/ house again as before!

    This episode doesnt really stand out against the best of the last season, or in fact the last two episodes in this season - but it is of a high quality and is good enough as setup for what hopefully is to come.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Azura Skye

Azura Skye


Guest Star

Scott Alan Smith

Scott Alan Smith

Dr. Brady

Guest Star

Jerry Hauck

Jerry Hauck


Guest Star

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek


Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson


Recurring Role

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When House goes into Wilson's office, he lies down on the couch with his legs crossed and suspended on the arm of the couch. He crosses his good leg (left) over his bad leg (right). Given that he is in constant pain and has significant muscular weakness, it is unlikely that his right leg could take the full weight of his left.

    • House is talking via the phone to his group when Cole says that he has to be home by 6. Just as he leaves the clock on the wall shows the time of 5.45. The next shot shows House in his office as he hangs up the phone. His watch shows the time as 5.30.

    • It's unlikely that the fellows would have been able to dig up the corpse without permission to do a biopsy, as it's generally standard procedure to bury the dead in three-inch thick concrete vaults to prevent the spread of disease.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Amber: You mean it appeared normal to the doc in the ER.
      House: Way to get right back on that horse, Thirteen.
      Thirteen: No, that was Amber.
      House: Nice try, Cutthroat Bitch. That was the worst Thirteen imitation I've ever heard.

    • House: That is just great.
      Henry: What is?
      Taub: Which one of us is?
      House: Both of you. Together. Fighting. Passionate to prove the other wrong. Couldn't care less about the patient, but it all works out the same.
      Amber: I hate Thirteen.
      House: Not as productively.

    • Dr. Cuddy: How many of them agreed to dig up a grave?
      House: Six. But don't worry, the one who didn't didn't stand on principle. He just had a diaper to change. I really think there are no bad choices in this group.

    • Amber: Sorry I'm late.
      Taub: Where the hell have you been.
      Amber: Oh, I got lost.
      Kutner: Been here over three hours.
      Amber: Really lost.

    • Amber: Dr. Cuddy, I'm Amber Volakis, one of Dr. House's new fellows.
      Dr. Cuddy: Sexual harassment claims go through HR, Stress-related leaves through workman's comp and any accusations of criminal activities go directly to the Princeton Plainsboro's police department.

    • House: (over the phone) Goooood morning, Angels. As you will see from the file, we have quite the interesting case. Not often you get a patient who sees dead people.
      Dr. Kutner: What file?
      House: What the hell? I gave it to Bosley a half-hour ago.
      Dr. Cameron: ( enters House's office carrying a latte) It was not a half-hour, it was ten minutes, and he made copies of the ER records first.
      House: Less lip, more whip. I only agreed to take this case because you said that this mocha frappalicious would have whip on it.
      Dr. Cameron: I'll refer the case to Foreman.
      House: Can't. Mercy fired him.
      Dr. Cameron: He got fired?
      House: Disobeyed a superior officer under fire. He's lucky he wasn't executed.
      Dr. Cameron: How do you know about it? You keeping tabs on him?
      House: Girls talk.

    • Dr. Cameron: You're gonna collect a hundred dollars and fire him because he has principles?
      House: What's your agenda here? You obviously don't care about the hundred.
      Dr. Cameron: He's a decent, smart...
      House: You don't care about the team.
      Dr. Cameron: Does it annoy Wilson when you ask questions and ignore the answers?
      House: Very much. You only care about who I hire and who I fire. Because you miss going through my mail. You can't stop controlling me.
      Dr. Cameron: No one controls you.
      House: You want your job back?
      Dr. Cameron: No.
      House: Too bad, you can't have it.

    • House: Idiot! From the old French, Ed-I-Ot. meaning effeminate, mentally deficient Moor.

    • Taub: Shouldn't we be running?
      Kutner: If it's a cop, run. Security guard, I say we take him down.

    • Dr. Wilson: You're quite impressed with yourself right now, aren't you?
      House: Who wouldn't be?

    • House: There are seven of you and only six roses.
      Kutner: Those are peonies… (House glares) ...but I'm sure they're part of the rose family.

    • Taub: Why does he get to be Bosley?
      Kutner: You want to be Bosley? Bosley's like the asexual messenger boy.

    • House: Big Love, have I humiliated you in the last half hour?
      Cole: No.
      House: Check your e-mail.

    • Dr. Cameron: (collecting a bet) Cash will be fine.
      House: I bet you say that to all the guys.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (to Foreman) You're House Lite now. The only administrator that will touch you is the one who hired House Classic.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The doctor's lounge is covered in mud.
      House: Thirteen and Cut-Throat Bitch had a disagreement, and the cafeteria was out of jello.

  • NOTES (3)

    • For this episode, the show was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (original Dramatic Score)" in 2008.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: March 6, 2008 on SBS6
      Australia: October 24, 2007
      Italy: March 09, 2008 on Canale 5
      United Kingdom: April 03, 2008 0pm on five
      Bulgaria: April 24, 2008 on NTV
      Israel: April 27, 2008 on HOT 3/YES Stars 3
      Denmark: April 26, 2008 on SBS Net
      The Czech Republic: September 22, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: September 16, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: September 17, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: October 11, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: March 10, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: March 26, 2009 on TVP2

    • Music: "All My Life" by DJ Harry


    • Presenting Roses:
      Referencing the ABC show The Bachelor, a dating type reality show that would put 1 man with 25 women, for the hopeful ultimate ending in them finding true love. For elimination purposes, at the end of each episode the bachelor would give a rose to each contestant that would be returning. Not receiving a rose meant you were not picked and would be going home.

    • House: Big Love, have I humiliated you in the last half hour?
      Referencing the HBO series Big Love (2006), starring Bill Paxton as a polygamist dealing with three wives and his family's business. Anne Dudek, who plays Amber, has a recurring role on Big Love.

    • House: Good morning, Angels.
      This and other lines referencing the TV series Charlie's Angels (1976), which featured John Forsythe as the mysterious Charlie, who always addresses his female Angel agents by speakerphone. He also refers to Dobson as "Bosley," the male sidekick of the three angels who Charlie usually gave directions to pass on to the angels.