House

Season 5 Episode 9

Last Resort

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 2008 on FOX
8.4
out of 10
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654 votes
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Episode Summary

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A man takes over Cuddy's office and holds House, Thirteen, and several patients hostage. His demand? A diagnosis. The man forces Thirteen to act as a guinea pig for his treatments and House has to end the standoff before a SWAT team opens fire.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • House, 13 and a bunch of extras are held at gunpoint by a patient looking for 'the truth' to his mystery illness. This makes House like him. Cuddy emotes while the rest of the team con call their suggestions and furrow their brows at the telephone.moreless

    3.5
    This is the first episode of House I can recall that actually felt disappointing – not because the whole kidnap scenario is such a desperate TV cliché, which afterall it is, but because the writers of this episode could add nothing original to it whatsoever even with the gift of such an interesting character as House. Worse still, it felt as if the writers had suddenly forgotten what makes their main man so compelling. At his best House is a manipulative, self-obsessed sociopath. His capriciousness only makes us love him more. So how is it that he can suddenly become so stupid and predictable? This episode felt like going to a great restaurant and ordering the best dish only to end up with burger and fries.moreless
  • w..h..a..t t..h..e s..l..o..w - m..o

    3.5
    yeah, too much "style", not enough substance for my taste. lets hope they try to write this episode off as some sort of dream sequence, via 13. yeah, the next episode can start off with her waking up from a drug induced black-out...buck nack-ed. yes, that's the only way this episode can be salvaged. my preference would be ass cleavage, which i think would appropriately reference this episode...with some poop on the floor. well that's all i got. now to fill in the the rest of my word count 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, end.moreless
  • Boring, pretentious and nothing like House.

    1.0
    It was the worst episode ever! It was boring, pretentious and for a fan like me - painful to watch. Besides, it seemed that the screenwriters didn't know this series and House or maybe just didn't understand... This episode was like from some other series. The worst thing, however, is that the writers made House act like a moron - he has many faults but not this one! They just screwed up with the character. I hope this episode will be quickly forgotten and there will be no consequences in the plot in the next episodes. This is my favourite series but this episode left me disgusted.moreless
  • My least favourite episode of all time.

    8.0
    This is the first time that my score for this Series, that I have now reviewed from Episode one, has dropped below an 8.5.



    I thought the beginning part of the episode was thrilling, with House being held hostage. I loved how he was still able to be such a jerk even held at gunpoint. I also loved how he looked out for Thirteen, and how he included the old team in his diagnosis. Thirteen was also good in parts in this episode, and we see her actually with a desire to live, and to take up Foremans offer on the clinical trials.



    However, they could have expanded the diagnosis scenes, and the plot was completely unbelievable. For one, I have no idea why the guy freaked out quite so much as he did just over medicine, and that wasn't really explained properly. Also, what one earth was with the writing of the scene with House and Cuddy?? Normally so dynamic, this was pretty poor. Also, the scene with Wilson was a let down as well- Wilson and House have the best dynamic of the whole cast. And most of all House giving back the gun. Yes, he is obsessed with puzzles, but even that was a stretch of his character.



    Overall, the worst episode of House I have ever seen. Saying that, it could have been a lot worse than it was, and it was still entertaining in its own way- in comparison with other House episodes, however, this was dire.moreless
  • Very cool concept ruined by terrible character decisions.

    7.9
    This is a very original episode, bringing something new to a rather episodic show. Besides it has one of the most interesting medical case in the show`s history and brings House in a situation he has never been before..this has the potential of a 10, so what went wrong? There is no other way to put it:Thirteen.

    If there was any doubt, this episode confirms her status as the worst character of the show imo and I know I`m not alone in that. Her decisions of being a martyr throughout the episode, though intentional were abysmal. The character is a very bad copy of Cameron...she takes Cameron`s most annoying aspects, multiplies it by 10 and leaves out all the good ones. The worst thing is that the writers continuously keep one trying to make it work, it just don`t and most probably won`t. Along with the team, she works ok but center the story on her and the thing becomes a snore feast. This episode could have been so much better if it was someone else like Cameron or Wilson or even better Cudy in the place of Thirteen. I don`t doubt Olivia Wilde`s talents as an actress and she is damn sure hot and sexy but the character is a failure.

    House was as good as ever but Zeljko Ivanek stole the show ,he was brilliant. Overall, well directed episode with a overwhelming sense of danger that could have been so much more.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

Evan Peters

Evan Peters

Oliver

Guest Star

Evan Jones

Evan Jones

Bill

Guest Star

Marcus Chait

Marcus Chait

Mitch

Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Tracy Vilar

Tracy Vilar

Nurse Regina

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Thirteen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Right after House injects the large hostage with the sedative and he collapses, Jason racks the slide on his pistol and no round is seen being ejected from the chamber. While this action is used frequently in TV and movies for dramatic effect, it is somewhat ridiculous given that 1) the action in essence wastes one round of ammunition as the round that was in the chamber is ejected and a new round from the magazine is loaded or 2) as in this case, no round was ejected thus indicating that the weapon was essentially useless up until that point.

    • House notes that everyone in the room is sick except for him so nobody else should be injected with propofol. However, Nurse Regina is a staff member, not a patient. House doesn't volunteer her and Jason doesn't notice despite the fact he's the one who brought her in.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dr. Cuddy: A moron storms the clinic, bullies his way into life without parole, you enabling him at every step...
      House: He hadn't done what he did, he'd be dead. Good thing you enabled my every medical move.
      Cuddy: You think I handled this differently because you were in here?
      House: I don't know, let's try it again without me.

    • Jason: Excuse me, I'm looking for Dr. Cuddy.
      House: Well, she's either not here or she's under the desk. Either way, you're gonna have to wait outside until I'm finished.

    • House: Spit on the floor.
      Jason: What?
      House: If I do it, I can't tell Cuddy that it was medically necessary. I'm gonna ask you to piss on her chair next.

    • Jason: Florida counts?
      House: Well, not to the Supreme Court, but it's warm enough for germs.

    • Taub: House is gonna get someone killed.
      Kutner: The guy's ready to kill for a diagnosis, I can't think of a better doctor to be trapped in there with him.
      Dr. Cameron: How about somebody who's not gonna keep pushing the whack job's buttons until he cracks?

    • House: First rule of triage: guys with guns go first.

    • (Thirteen leaves to get medicine)
      House: She's gonna go.
      Nurse Regina: She's gonna come back.
      House: She should go.
      Nurse Regina: He'll kill him.
      House: But not her.
      Nurse Regina: Is that your version of morality?
      House: If you don't think your life is worth more than someone else's, sign your donor card and kill yourself.

    • Jason: What about an x-ray or something?
      House: Good idea. Oh, damn. I left my CT machine in my other pants.
      Jason: How many hostages do you think it'll cost me for a trip to radiology?

    • House: Humiliation? Doctors treating you like you're a piece of meat? Too many fingers and tubes up your holes? You hate doctors. You want to take back control. If so, I apologize for the fact that you are a piece of meat.
      Jason: I just want an answer. That's all.

    • Jason: Not knowing what was wrong with me… made me miserable. Maybe that's insane. Doing this… yeah. Insane. But I had something to gain. You can't take risks with no upside at all.
      House: I can't decide which is riskier, taking crazy risks or taking advice on crazy risks from a crazed risk-taker.

    • Jason: She's not a cop? Dr. Cuddy brings in the drugs… alone.
      House: She might be armed. I'd have her deliver it shirtless.

    • Bill: Excuse me, my wife feels sick to her stomach.
      House: Next time pack some heat and maybe we'll look into it.

    • (a man with a gun herds patients into Doctor Cuddy's office)
      House: You wanted to see Doctor...
      Jason: I said shut up. I'm sick and I want to know why. I want the best doctor in this hospital here, now... or I'm gonna start killing people.
      House: What seems to be the problem?

    • Dr. Foreman: Are you doing anything about your disease, following any kind of program?
      Thirteen: No. Nor am I looking for a consult.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music: It's Not the Same (Yppah), Herzog (Chris Clark), Glue of the World (Four Tet), A Chronicle of Early Failures, Part 1 (The Dead Texan), Between the Lines (Bonobo)

    • This extended episode ran an extra seven minutes.

    • In syndication, the scene in which Thirteen is recovering and agrees to enter into the clinical trial run by Foreman is deleted.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 26, 2008 on TEN
      Latin America: February 5, 2009 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: March 5, 2009 on SBS 6
      Denmark: May 16, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Germany: September 1, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: September 30, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: October 22, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: November 2, 2009 on TV Nova
      Sweden: November 24, 2009 on TV4

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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