Season 5 Episode 19

Locked In

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

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

    • International Airdates:
      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

    • 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.