House

Season 5 Episode 19

Locked In

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House is injured in a motorcycle accident in New York and finds himself in bed next to a patient suffering from complete paralysis. As House transfers the patient to Princeton to determine what's wrong with him, Wilson tries to find out why House was in New York.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A really good episode

    10
    In this episode of House, the following happens. We open this episode with a man in a coma, and everyone thinks that he is dead. Luckily for him, House is in the hospital and believes that the man has locked in syndrome. House is there after having a motorcycle accident. Soon House calls in the team to help him to understand what has happened to the man, and to see if they can cure him. We also spend this episode, hearing the man's thoughts, which is really interesting and yet similar to what ER did in one of their episodes, with Cynthia Nixon off of Sex and the City. Soon as the doctor treating him doesn't believe House that he has cancer. When the evidence proves that he does, the wife agrees to transfer her husband to House's hospital. The team keep running tests hoping to learn what has caused the patient to become locked in. The team soon learn that he has an infection which he caught through a paper cut. They start him on treatment and by the end of the episode the patient starts to move his finger, which is a good sign. Soon he is able to talk again.moreless
  • The best House episode ever.

    10
    I absolutely loved this episode. Mos Def is awesome as an actor and the way it was filmed showed how others see the team. This was one of the episodes that made me cry. The Mos Def character's inner dialogue was so authentic. Also thought it was comical when he said that they didn't know what was wrong with him, again. I think this every episode, they have all of these ideas and only the last idea 5 minutes before the end of the episode is the right diagnosis. I didn't get the ending about why House was seeing a psychiatrist. But the very end when House got into the elevator and Wilson said he'll be alone; the locked in view from House was interesting. House is locked inside of himself. Very deep.moreless
  • Amazing episode.

    10
    This is exactly why I watch House- brilliant drama and storytelling, mixed with humour and emotion. The actor who played Lee, a patient who can only communicate by blinking, was absolutely brilliant, and easily one of the best guest actors they have had on the show.



    I loved the beginning of the episode, when House continuously outsmarts the New York doctor. I also loved how we saw a lot of the episode through the patients eye. It gave a new insight to the familiar characters, especially a more caring Taub who is now desperate to keep his job.



    I also loved the ending, where House himselves seems to be "Locked In"- he seems socially inept of communicating or having a proper relationship with anyone.



    Overall, this episode was pure gold from start to finish- a must see.moreless
  • Much better than last week's weird yet OK episode

    9.5
    I was excited about this episode when I heard of it and Mos Def was the absolute right choice to play Lee. The whole plot and direction of this episode was superb and I relished every single part of it. While I was hoping to see House crash his motorcycle for some reason I got over it when I realised it wasnt that important to be shown on-screen. What was great was how the first half of the episode was filmed from the patient's perspective and we could hear his thoughts. House was typical as I knew he found the patient fascinating only because he could only communicate through blinking. I liked how House made Taub fight for his job and in the end take him back because he cared enough to lie about the origin of the diagnosis (Kutner). The ending where House says, "Suddenly, you're not so fascinating" was satisfying enough as the patient at the end of the day was cured.moreless
  • House has been going downhill for me... This episode brought me back.

    9.5
    I would have to say that when i first started watching House, I was always so concerned with the patients and rooting for them to live. Well, lately, i find myself not caring. I mean, that cat lady was just intolerable. However, watching from the patients point of view really made me care about him. I wanted to know whether he was really dead, plus, the comments he makes about the cast are hilarious. It makes me feel like I'm a patient on the set. The scene i really loved was when House was questioning him while he was hooked up to the mouse thing, and the background is spinning. it's really fantastic.



    This is probably one of my favorite episodes of House. i would go so far to say that you could skip pretty much every episode of this season and just watch this one.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

John Kapelos

John Kapelos

Dr. Kurtz

Guest Star

Mos Def

Mos Def

Lee

Guest Star

Skye Barrett

Skye Barrett

Jolie

Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Thirteen

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • House: Hey, genius. I think it violates certain ethical laws to rip the organs out of a guy who's still alive. Certain law laws, too.

    • Molly: I don't know how God is going to get us through this. But He will.
      House: Stop it, I'm blushing.

    • (pointing to Thirteen, Kutner, and Foreman)
      House: That's my diagnostics posse. Hot, Dark, and Darker.

    • (about Thirteen)
      House: She's the smart one. I just keep Dark and Darker to fill out the quota.

    • Lee: (thinking) I never thought I'd be praying for a brain tumor, but please, dear God.
      House: If you're praying in there, stop it right now.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What were you doing up there, anyway?
      House: Antiquing. I found you a late Victorian corset. Come by later, I'll tie you up.

    • Dr. Wilson: Your crash was ten miles from the Orange County Progressive Pain Clinic.
      House: You live ten miles from Mary's Dress Shop. Yet that's not even on my list of reasons that I think you're secretly a transvestite.

    • Lee: How come I'm not better? God's not supposed to work in trial and error.
      House: God's mistakes are well-documented. If he'd done everything right the first time, there'd have been one plague and zero great floods.

    • Dr. Wilson: You're spying on your team.
      House: Prioritize, Wilson! Is that what you really want to torture me about right now?

    • Kutner: (talking to Lee) The infection destroyed your liver which released toxins that caused the locked-in syndrome. You were dying of a paper cut.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Satellite imagery courtesy of GeoEye, satellite image courtesy of NASA.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 8, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: May 7, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: August 8, 2009 on Kanal 4
      The Netherlands: October 29, 2009 on SBS6
      Poland: November 4, 2009 on TVP2
      Germany: November 10, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: December 1, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: March 24, 2010 on TV Nova
      Sweden: April 6, 2010 on TV4

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • House: His doctor's busy trying to teach him to blink out "Kill me" in Morse code.
      This is a reference to the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun. The main character, Joe Bonham, is a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, mouth and nose, the result of an artillery shell during World War I. He shares a similar plight to Lee in that he can hear and understand everything going on around him but is unable to communicate. He eventually begins to use Morse code by tapping his head against his pillow, starting with "SOS" and eventually begging, "KILL ME."

    • House: I guess your mom took care of him first. So, your safe course is to gouge your eyes out.
      This is in reference to the ancient Greek play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. In the play Oedipus unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother, fathering two daughters on her. When it comes to light at the end of the play that his wife is in fact his mother, Oedipus stabs his eyes with pins.

    • House: Save the cheerleader, save your world.
      Referencing the NBC series Heroes, and the catchphrase popularized during the first season (Volume One) of the show. The cheerleader is Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), a person with the power to regenerate most injuries.

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