Season 8 Episode 21

Holding On

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 14, 2012 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While the team treats a college student who suffers from nosebleeds and hears his deceased brother speaking to him, Thirteen returns to Princeton and Foreman takes a different tack with House.

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  • House is

    Great episode but always loved the show
  • Holding On

    Hugh Laurie's accent broke a little bit during the shouting scene with Taub, but he is without question giving some strong performances in the final days of the House character. We are seeing Gregory House and Wilson pushed to new emotional levels, and we are seeing this long-running show end on a high note.

    Plus, Olivia Wilde. Brief appearance, but still good to see her return for the end.
  • Big Prank

    The end of this episode was probably one of the stupidest in this show's history. In the last scene, Foreman comes in with a so-called lawyer to tell tell House that his prank will send him back to jail. The lawyer indicates that his fingerprints were all over the paperwork that clogged the pipes. "REALLY?!!!!" The water managed to destroy an MRI, but not the paperwork! And they were able to find prints on wet paper?! Did they really call CSI in for this investigation? They announce that House's parole has been revoked without even a hearing to evaluate the evidence, or the lack of evidence should I say. Even had House's fingerprints been found on the paper, someone else could have clogged the pipes, and then they would have had to prove he did it intentionally! Sad end to an otherwise great and original show that should have ended two seasons agomoreless
  • Thanks House MD

    The four first seasons of "HOuse"were perfect. After that, the quality has a bit declined; the last season was the worst one. But the overal quality has always been very good.

    The last episode was really great and I think that Wilson will once more sacrify himself for his best and only friend. His last action as a hero of virtues he is!


    Not everything I was EXPECTING..then again...with HOUSE I shouldn;t be 'expecting" anything. I only want HOUSE to be HOUSE which he has been excpet in a few episodes where they tried to expand his character that were thankfully met with mixed reviews. Wilson has never fooled anyone and never will. House finally has a TRUE emotional moment (I've been waiting for it) when confronted by Taub and let's put his deep pain and emotional burden. Taub stands silent (of course). The fact that after final resolution and a clear path to the end...House is being sent BACK to prison. Screwing with the MRI machine, he should have thought that was a serious act of vandalism..but he has been doing these things for eight years, so he probably let it slip by this is a serious parole violation. week ends the adventures and I have a sad feeling TWO characters are going OUT.. both not of their own choice. I have no advance screening copy--just a feeling---House back in prision will have little control of his fate on the inside, Wilson with terminal cancer already knows his fate. Can;t wait for THE END..Face it, there are no other Tv shows left that truly put the viewer into an emotional ride...they are all light hearted, or just dont REACH INSIDE the SOULS of characters. This show DARED in many weeks to go where others would not...thanks for eight years.moreless
Skylar Astin

Skylar Astin


Guest Star

Natalie Dreyfuss

Natalie Dreyfuss


Guest Star

Jacob Zachar

Jacob Zachar


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (7)

    • House: My best friend is trying to kill himself.
      Dr. Adams: He just wants to die with a little dignity.
      House: There's no such thing.

    • House: I made a reservation for two at Carmine's. Tonight. Eight o'clock. No more tricks. No more manipulations.
      Dr. Wilson: Said Machiavelli.
      House: Just... two friends enjoying the time they have left.
      Dr. Wilson: Please, don't...
      House: I'm not. Promise.
      Dr. Wilson: Just dinner?
      House: That depends on how much you have to drink.

    • Thirteen: Spoke to Wilson.
      House: He's angry because I want him to live longer. Who wouldn't be?
      Thirteen: Friends respect each other's decisions, even if they don't agree with them. It's called loyalty.
      House: Loyalty is a tool to get people to do things they don't wanna do.
      Thirteen: But you do want to. You may have rationalized it a hundred different ways, but the fact is, you fired me so that I'd be forced to spend the rest of my life doing exactly what I wanted to do. It was probably the most... selfless thing anyone has ever done for me. And you don't even like me that much.

    • House: I need you, okay? I want you to be around as long as possible. 'Cause I don't know what I'm gonna do without you.
      Dr. Wilson: No. No. Don't do that. I don't owe you anything. Our entire relationship has been about you. My dying is about me.

    • House: You don't just have to accept it.
      Dr. Wilson: Yes, I do have to accept this. I have five months to live and you're making me go through this alone! I'm pissed because I'm dying, and it's not fair. And I need... I need a friend. I need to know that you're there. I need... I need you to tell me that my life... was worthwhile, and I... I need you to tell me that you love me.
      House: No. I'm not gonna tell you that unless you fight.

    • Dr. Taub: You're being an ass.
      House: I just cured a patient. How 'bout you?
      Dr. Taub: You can't just give up on Wilson. You know he needs you. You know he's making an impossible choice. He just doesn't want to live in pain.
      House: Life is pain! I wake up every morning, I'm in pain! I go to work in pain. You know how many times I wanted to just give up? How many times I thought about ending it?

    • Dr. Foreman: You are responsible. The past 20 years you've had three wives, hundreds of colleagues, thousands of patients. But you've kept that one best friend.
      Dr. Wilson: He wants me to suffer a misery that I don't want to go through.
      Dr. Foreman: Chemo won't make your life any better. But caring will. Enduring pain to do some good for someone you care about... Isn't that what life is?

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