Season 5 Episode 5

Lucky Thirteen

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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)

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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