House

Season 5 Episode 11

Joy to the World

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 09, 2008 on FOX
8.3
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House and his team deal with a bullied girl who collapses during her school's Christmas program. Meanwhile, Foreman and Thirteen grow closer during the Huntington's disease drug trials, House gives a patient a gift, the staff wonder who gave House a special gift, and Cuddy gets an unexpected gift.moreless

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  • joy to the world

    3.0
    when he thought the girl had mold exposure what was the name of the diagnosis, and can you treat it with steroids,
  • One of the best this Season so far.

    10
    I have no idea why some of the negative reviews existed in this episode- it was classic House. The patient had real emotive depth (it reminded me a little of "Heavy" in Season 1), and you could really emphasise with the character.



    Meanwhile, Kutner confronts his demons of being a bully and tries to atone at the end- shows some good character development there, and is actually very consistant with how the old team reacted to certain patients. This "jumping the shark" didn't apply in this episode. Him and Chase tricking the school bullies was very funny.



    Taub's reacting to House's mysterious gift was also very well done, and House and Wilson's scene was one of the funniest this Season- it led back into the fantastic clinic patients who are very much missed! Cuddy's interaction with House was also brilliant in this episode- it was good to see them clash over the medicine again. It was also nice, at long last, to see Cuddy get what she wants.



    Foreman and Thirteens progression moved along nicely- I know they aren't liked much as a couple but I thought Thirteens reactions around him were pretty cute to be honest. Overall, I thought this was easily the best episode since Birthmarks- the case was exciting, simultaneously tragic and joyous, and the humour was spot on. Brilliant.moreless
  • This is by far the worst episode. Forman and 13 that's just wrong. Cameron, Chase and Forman just have to go House has a new team deal with it. And lately, very little House, a lot of everyone else, just stop that.moreless

    1.0
    This is by far the worst episode. Forman and 13 that's just wrong. Cameron, Chase and Forman just have to go House has a new team deal with it. And lately, very little House, a lot of everyone else, just stop that.



    This episode was just wrong, its like house has become a secondary character, his previous team still there with absolutely no relevance.



    This season has been very bad, it's almost not worth to watch anymore. It's like the writers never came back from the strike. And this episode, please don't make another one like this. I almost don't wan't to see the next one.moreless
  • Shocking but not in the good way.

    5.0
    This is an amazing show but honestly I'm just gonna pretend this episode never happened. It bombed almost everything except for the clinic patients but that has always been great. The Cuddy and baby thing well alright we get it she wants to be a mom but seriously there are so many holes in this its ridiculous besides since when does everyone get what they want? House was extremely under-appreciated in this episode and they really need to just cut off Chase and Cameron, I wish they would cut off Foreman too but whatever. Which brings me to the 13/Forman thing, I mean seriously? I couldn't even watch the ending I had to turn away or vomit. The writers really need to stop it with the soap opera already.moreless
  • Cuddy finally gets the baby she longs for

    10
    In this episode of House, the following happens. The patient in this episode is a teenager girl who collapsed during her school show. The team soon learn that her liver is failing, but then she gets worse. The team believe that the mushrooms which she ate may have had an effect on her, but after tests are run this turns out not to be true. The team learn from one of her old friends, that she used to buy a couple of bottles of vodka a week, but stopped when she said she could get it cheaper herself. But she admits to Cuddy that she quit drinking over 6 months ago and didn't even drink half of the ones which she bought. House works in the clinic and deals with a female patient who turns out to be pregnant even though she claims to be a virgin. After tests are run on her and the fiancée he learns that she is in fact pregnant and yet she is still a virgin. She is a 1 in a million case where the baby she is carrying has only her DNA as she had a cell mutation. But he later admits to Cuddy that he lied and that she had cheated on her fiancée. The team learn that the patient has eclampsia. Cuddy talks to the patient and she confesses that she was pregnant and gave birth over a week before. She thought that the baby was dead and took her to an empty house, where she also gave birth. The patient is also told that the damage to her heart and liver is permanent and that she will die. So Cuddy sets off o find the house, so that the patient can have a funeral for her daughter.

    When she gets to the house, she finds a woman there with a baby. This turns out to be the patient's daughter. She didn't die after all. Cuddy takes her back to the hospital, where we learn that neither sets of grandparents want the baby and so she is put up for adoption, Cuddy then tells House that she is going to foster the baby and then she is going to adopt her. We learn at the end of the episode that the patient was denied a transplant and that she will die within a couple of days. At the end we see 13 and Foreman together; they start to kiss each other. We also learn that Kutner used to be a bully in high School.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn

Mrs. Soellner

Guest Star

Bitsie Tulloch

Bitsie Tulloch

Whitney

Guest Star

Phyllis Lyons

Phyllis Lyons

Dr. Schmidt

Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Thirteen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the cafeteria scene, the shape of the ice cream sandwich House is eating is inconsistent. In the last shot before he gets up, it's larger than in the previous shot.

    • When Cuddy brings the baby to Natalie, the baby's arm is dangling, in a way that makes it pretty clear it's a doll. However, when the camera's angle changes and we see Cuddy's face, it is a real baby with the arm bent. In the next scene, the arm is dangling again.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • House: You talked to Wilson.
      Taub: He has very girly handwriting, by the way.

    • House: If I wanted gifts, I would just look deep into my patients' eyes and act like you. "Oh, I'm so sorry you're dying, Mrs. Moron. Of course I'll sleep with you. What I lack in skill, I can make up for in…"
      Dr. Wilson: You'd just wind up insulting her. Perhaps calling her "Mrs. Moron."

    • Whitney: We do other stuff in bed. Couldn't some of his sperm have made it up there somehow?
      House: More likely, it came from the guy whose penis made it up there somehow, but… sure, anything's possible.

    • Anna: Jerk.
      Dr. Cuddy: Uh, what was that all about?
      House: Jamaican chicken recipes.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You faked a scientific miracle just to win a bet with Wilson?
      House: Mmm, more an argument. I realize it would have been simpler to just fake the paternity test, but hey--Christmas spirit and all that.
      Dr. Cuddy: I think you're confusing nice and evil again.

    • House: Why have Foreman's breasts suddenly started to droop?
      Thirteen: Large breasts are a classic symptom of you letting Foreman take vacation days so he can finish his F.D.A. reports before the end of the year.
      House: When are you taking vacation?

    • House: I've noticed you a lot recently. It's almost as if you have a sexual interest in someone here. Like, say… Taub?
      Dr. Cuddy: Well, Taub might think I like him if I stayed, which is why I'm gonna do this. (turns and walks away)
      Taub: Somehow, I don't think that was really about me.

    • Dr. Wilson: Of all the ways to mess with people, why give yourself an imaginary present?
      House: Have you checked the prices for fireman strippers recently?
      Dr. Wilson: Yes.

    • Dr. Kutner: Uh, you don't have clinic duty today.
      House: Who says it's a duty? (walks into examination room) Hi. I'm Greg.
      Whitney: Hi. I'm Whitney.
      House: Hi, Whitney. How can I help you?
      Whitney: I have a terrible headache.
      House: Oh, sorry to hear that. I'll get you fixed up. Is there anything else you need? Bottle of water? Coffee? Mint tea?
      Whitney: No, but that's so nice. Usually the clinic doctors are kind of rushed.
      House: If you can't be nice, why be a doctor?

    • House: That's Beccaria's sign. That'll be gone by your third trimester.
      Whitney: Oh, I'm not in school.
      House: Neither is your fetus.

    • House: You didn't know you were pregnant?
      Whitney: How do… you know that just from the headache?
      House: How do I know? I missed my period, I got fat, threw up. Oh, no, wait, that's how you know.

    • Whitney: Yeah, I'm a virgin. So is my fiancé.
      House: I believe him.
      Whitney: Aren't there other ways I could get pregnant, like… sitting on a toilet seat?
      House: Absolutely. There would need to be a guy sitting between you and the toilet seat, but yes, absolutely. I was doing so well.

    • House: Parthenogenesis. A baby without a daddy. In humans, it's only ever been theorized, but it was never proved. Until now. (he holds up DNA printouts) Mommy. Baby. Your daughter has only maternal DNA. I personally checked this five times. In seven months, you will have… a virgin birth. Merry Christmas.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: February 19, 2009 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: March 19, 2009 on SBS 6
      Denmark: May 30, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Germany: September 15, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 7, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: October 29, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: November 16, 2009 on TV Nova
      Sweden: February 9, 2010 on TV4

    • Injoke: The surgery book that House receives as a gift is authored by Dr. Joseph Bell (1837-1911), an Edinburgh physician and lecturer. A pioneer in applying the scientific method in aid of diagnosis, he is credited as Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration for the character of Sherlock Holmes and his deductive methods.

    • Music: Joy to the World (Isaac Watts), A Christmas Song (Mel Torme & Bob Wells), Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms), Whisper (A Fine Frenzy), Chestnuts Roasting (Gavin Degraw)

    • Injoke: The writers/producers toss in another Sherlock Holmes reference: "Irene Adler" was the woman that Sherlock Holmes admired most. Introduced in A Scandal in Bohemia, she is by his own words the only woman to have ever beat him.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • House: Why don't you hang out in the video store and tell everyone Kevin Spacey's Keyser Soze?


      Referencing the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, which tells the tale via flashback of a massacre at a ship docked in Los Angeles. Spacey plays "Verbal" Kint, who is testifying in return for immunity. The secretive mastermind of the operation is "Keyser Soze," and it is eventually revealed that Kint is in fact Keyser Soze. The movie is directed by House executive producer Bryan Singer.

    • House: Depending on where this school falls on the Heathers scale...


      Referencing the 1989 black comedy showing a clique of high school girls, three out of four which are named Heather, who essentially rule the school. The movie chronicles the attempts of the fourth girl, Veronica (Winona Ryder), to break free of the group but her attempts soon end in murder.

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