Season 5 Episode 5

Lucky Thirteen

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Thirteen brings her one-night stand to the hospital after the woman has a seizure. However, the woman admits she slept with Thirteen so she could get to House and have him diagnose her condition. Meanwhile, House continues to pay Lucas to spy on Wilson.

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    Are there dudes saying this episode is bad??? is that why its comment got so many thumbs down???hahahahah. episode was great. this whole series is great. House rocks, season 4 rocks, and lesbian episodes can never get bad ratings. ha-ha-ha-ha literally.
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    Well first I would like to say yay for Cuddy. All of the plots sort of tied together, and in the end, Cuddy is ready and willing to adopt a baby with the help from Wilson of course. Wilson and House playing games on each other I felt like it was a new beginning or chapter in their friendship. (i.e. Finally no more Amber drama) I usually am not a huge fan of Thirteen, but this episode that was focused on her, I really enjoyed. Sort of picked up where last season left off. Huntington's. Her continuing to spiral out of control in the end even after everything she went through in this episode sort of disappointed me. Oh well. Perfect 10.moreless
  • Down we goo.... down the crapper.

    Yeah, don't get me wrong. I LOVE House. I love Wilson. I love Cuddy. I love Foreman. I like Chase. I love Cameron. I love the patients. I love the nurses. I love House's cane. You get the point right?

    But the new team? LOL, I hate them. And 13 is the worst of all.

    13, or as I previously called her, Wannabe-Cameron got YET ANOTHER centric episode, and ruined it... yet again.

    I guess the writers thought it's a good way to gain audience by throwing in some lesbian scenes. True. Olivia Wilde is sexy. And there's nothing wrong with her. But her character... she made lesbian scenes feel BORING!






    I dont care about her. She should've died AGES ago. No, better. She shouldn't have JOINED the show in the first place.

    The writers need to bring back the show to its original state, because the fans and the viewers are obviously starting to lose interest.

    Apart from 13 - everything else was fine. Loved House/Wilson, and the ending with Cuddy, but I just dont think those factors justify the crapfest the rest of the episode was.moreless
  • 13 or 31, she's not 2 bad

    Not a bad episode at all this one. 13 is not a bad character for the series, shes mysterious, shes pretty fine, shes got Huntington's, she swings both ways and shes a replacement for Cameron either way you look at it. And up to this episode I still hadn't made a decision if I liked her or not. So when House fired her, I was like "oh okay, didn't see that one coming...kinda wish she stuck around cos, well im used to her." The episodes plot itself wasn't mind blowing but it was decent in what it wanted to achieve, IMO being to make the viewer see a different side of 13, to accept her, if the viewer hadn't already.

    OK enough about her, good to see the other cast members act marvelously again as always. The ENDING tripped me out though, with the whole House being mute and not even congratulating Cuddy on her good news. I mean, cmon really? HOPEFULLY will be explained in upcoming episodes hey its interesting indeedy. :)moreless
  • Thirteen self destructs...

    Although good in places, this was one of the weaker episodes so far of Season 5.

    Althought I am not a Thirteen hater, I do prefer Cameron and her dilemnas that Thirteen's. Nevertheless, it was interesting seeing her previously composed character self destruct and House fire her (albeit temporarily). It seemed House was trying to teach her to bond with her patient- I love House's teaching methods.

    The idea of the girlfriend was also good, and it added a new dimension, but I have to agree with other viewers that this was a ploy to boost ratings- a disappointing side I haven't seen them use so before.

    House and Wilson are back, and House hires the P.I temporarily to try and find out what hes hiding. Although I found his character interesting, he seems pointless now- he lost a lot of interest now Wilson's back, and seems a flat character! Where was his fancying of Cuddy, for example? It seems like the writers gave up on the idea.

    Overall, however, it was a good episode- just a bit of a drop from the previous couple.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

Angela Gots

Angela Gots


Guest Star

Al Damji

Al Damji


Guest Star

Helena Barrett

Helena Barrett

Woman With Thirteen

Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Michael Weston

Michael Weston

Lucas Douglas

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • House said he found a brown recluse spider in Thirteen's bathroom. However, brown recluses are not native to the east coast of the U.S.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • House: You're in a downward spiral of destruction.
      Thirteen: I can stop.
      House: You're gonna keep spiraling, screwing around, keep slashing away at every person who tries to help until no one tries to help anymore. Until you hit bottom. Until you're dead. But, until then, I can use you.

    • House: (about Wilson) He is the one who needs to be saved...
      Lucas: From you or the ho?
      House: The ho is just using him for his money. Wait, it was a bad example.

    • Thirteen: I get it. I was wrong. Can we move on?
      House: You are just upset. Because all the time she was with you, she was thinking about my huge, throbbing... diagnostic skills.

    • Dr. Wilson: (about the prostitute) Best 30 dollars I ever spent
      House: Thirty? Did you keep her number?
      Dr. Wilson: Unfortunately I killed her and buried her in the basement.
      House: Shame. Hungry?
      Dr. Wilson: Yeah.

    • Thirteen: Retinal vein occlusion was fixed. Her doctor said it was a venous anomaly
      House: Is he in this room? Because if he's not, I don't care what he thinks. Unless he's a she and she was there last night too, in which case I care very deeply.

    • House: Thirteen, go stick a needle in your girlfriend's pelvis. And no, that one wasn't a metaphor. Suck out some marrow. That one was.

    • Thirteen: I can handle this alone.
      House: You've already handled it. That's why you need a chaperone. Of course, I'm a very permissive understanding chaperone. So feel free to ignore me. You know, if you're in the mood to start kissing, or groping, or showering.
      Thirteen: You'll have to excuse Dr. House. He mistakes immaturity for edginess.
      Spencer: You're Dr. House?
      House: I assume my name came up last night in the form of a moan.

    • Dr. Foreman: There are ways to getting to know people without committing felonies.
      House: People interest me, conversations don't.
      Dr. Foreman: Because conversations go both ways.
      House and Dr. Foreman: Like Thirteen.

    • House: There's eight units in this building. There's got to be a pervert like me living in at least one of them.
      Lucas: Yes, because you represent one out of every eight people living in this country.

    • Dr. Foreman: I just spoke to my brother.
      House: And by "brother" you mean…
      Dr. Foreman: I mean my parent's other son.
      House: Wow. Same dad.

    • House: I haven't sat on this couch for four months. It remembers my cheeks.

    • Dr. Wilson: House, you are a drug addict. You go to prostitutes. You can't be judgmental.
      House: And yet.

    • House: (talking about Wilson) He's an idiot with a messiah complex. Savior to all who need saving. That's why his first wife had a wooden leg. Second wife was Canadian.

    • Spencer: How long do you have?
      Thirteen: Maybe a little more than you. Maybe a little less. I'll race you.

    • Dr. Foreman: Do you think… I'm boring?
      Dr. Chase: Yes.
      Dr. Foreman: You're saying that just to screw with me.
      Dr. Chase: Yeah. Why would you expect anything else?
      Dr. Foreman: I expect House to pull my string, I expect Cameron to make me feel better, I expect the new team to kiss my ass, and I expect you to be honest, 'cause you don't give a crap.
      Dr. Chase: Yes, you're boring. That speech was boring.
      Dr. Foreman: Thanks so much.

    • Dr. Wilson: I'm actually kind of insulted. No way I'm a drug addict, but you completely buy that I fell in love with a prostitute?
      House: You played to your strengths. By which I mean you played to your weaknesses. Oh my god. You invoked your dead girlfriend's name to sell me. You're my hero.

    • House: Another life saved by girl-on-girl action.

    • House: Oh yeah, Penthouse Forum meets medical mystery. Maybe there is a God.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 22, 2008 on TEN
      Latin America: December 11, 2008 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: February 5, 2009 on SBS 6
      Germany: March 31, 2009 on RTL
      Denmark: April 25, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: September 16, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: September 30, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: October 5, 2009 on TV Nova
      Sweden: October 27, 2009 on TV4

    • Music: Could We Survive (Joseph Arthur), Dark Road (Annie Lennox), Cheap And Cheerful (The Kills)


    • House: This is some kind of weird "if you built it they will come" moment.
      This is a reference to a phrase out of 1989 film Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner. The movie is about a farmer who builds a baseball field in his cornfield. Then he brings his dream team to play on the field thus fulfilling his lifelong dream.

    • Taub: Sorry to interrupt your meeting… Mannix.
      Referencing the TV detective portrayed by Mike Connors for eight seasons starting in 1967. The series was one of the most violent TV detective series of the era, featuring Connors as hard-boiled two-fisted detective Joe Mannix.

    • House: It was either this or put on Brian's Song.
      Referencing the 1971 ABC TV movie starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams as Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. The true-life story tells of how the two Chicago Bears football players bonded despite the competition for the same position and their racial differences, and how they deal with Piccolo dying of cancer.