Season 6 Episode 13

Moving the Chains

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 01, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The team disagree on how to treat a college football player who wants to be cured in time to compete in the NFL tryouts. Meanwhile, Foreman's brother Marcus pays him a visit.

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  • Foreman's brother gets out of jail.

    They finally touched on House's leg, albeit only a little. It is hard to believe that with no pills, his leg is no longer hurting. He came back to work because it took his mind off the pain because he was going to use Vicodin, except he isn't working all the time.

    And Foreman shows again that he is an arrogant jerk. He went from nothing to being a doctor and doesn't mind showing that off to other people. That is how he killed the patient back in season 3. I didn't mind him the first 2 seasons but ever since his two weeks notice at the end of season 3 lasted about a month, I have been liking him less and less. I don't understand why out of the old team, he is the one who gets all the storylines.

    And how did House get Foreman's brother on the payroll without Cuddy caring? Why does he need an assistant? She wouldn't pay for Lucas when House was using him as a PI and he at least had a need for one.

    I thought Nora was no longer talking to House and Wilson.

    I hate how the team tried to treat the football player according to his schedule. First Foreman wanted to take out his spleen before confirming the diagnosis just so he could play in his football game. Then they were going to allow him to play. In the past, House at least talked to the patient to try and get them to see that they are being stupid.

    House's reasoning behind the whole pranking thing was faulty. He figured out that Wilson didn't make the grab rail loose. So his reasoning to Wilson was that since Wilson didn't prank him, he didn't prank Wilson in the first place. I'm not sure why Wilson went along with him.

    So I see Lucas has been hanging around Cuddy too long and her insanity pranks have rubbed off on him. When she was pranking House, it wasn't innocent pranks. She made him trip, made him use the stairs, and stole his cane, all of which obviously hurt his leg even more. Now Lucas makes House fall in the tub, ruins everything in the loft, and trips him. Two hurt his leg and the other probably cost House and Wilson their TV along with anything else electrical and maybe furniture as well. And they haven't shown if House moved his piano to the loft or if it is still in his apartment but that would have been damaged as well if it is in the loft.

    Why is Chase still doing surgeries? He works for House now, not in surgery. I'm pretty sure there is a whole department of surgeries.

    I'm curious as to what the point behind the clinic patient storyline was. I thought for sure he was going to get his epiphany from him since the storyline served no other purpose. The only thing I can think of is the guy amputating his foot is going to make House think about amputating his leg, especially since they made sure to show twice that his leg was hurting.

    Haha. "I saw you limping out there. Vietnam?" Haha. "Your boss is secretly a very nice man."moreless
  • Retaliation.

    Foreman's brother gets out of prison, and House hires him as his assistant so Foreman & Marcus (his brother0 can bond, which shows that House is turning in to a nice guy. Meanwhile, someone is pulling pranks on House & Wilson, the unexpected twist: It was Lucas. Who knew that he knew that they bought the condo right from under Lucas & Cuddy. It was a great comeback, on Lucas's part. That plot was on retaliation. Looks like House isn't going to retaliate in the end. The patient, a football player who ends up having skin cancer. Pretty average case. Everything else was awesome, eventful wise. Foreman's family isn't broken thanks to House.moreless
  • House is turning into a nice person

    I loved this episode, is very nice to see Wilson treating house like he deserves, reacting and getting angry (despite house's innocence).

    I don't hate Foreman as the other members, i like him, is a good doctor and tries to do the best on his job. Was too bad House used Foreman's brother to attack him, but in the end everything went well.

    House is getting nice, don't wannt revenge anymore, don't want to play with people's sentiments. I think they should tell Cuddy about Lucas behaviour, he is an idiot! He is jealous about House and knows Cuddy still have feelings hidden inside. He should leave as soon as possible.moreless
  • Foreman's brother..

    So.. This episode was quite purely concentrating on one char - Foreman and his family. I do not know. I usually love char centered episode but that one did not caught me as much as I wished. It had nice story and the whole agenda House had and Wilson trying to figure it out and "accusing" House of being nice. I most say.. it might have been funny.. but.. It somehow felt little numb and not as entertaining as usual.

    More I liked the whole Wilson vs House and they trying to figure out what is going on in their home.moreless
  • Eric's brother gets out of prison; A football player starts banging his helmet against his head

    Orlando Jones has been getting a lot of guest spots recently, but mostly on comedy series, so it was a bit surprising to see him on House, a dramedy, at its lightest. His appearance as Eric Foreman's brother was not horrible, but not something I would like to see on a recurring basis. Stick to 7 Up commercials Orlando!

    But the medical mystery was relevant tonight, given that we are six days away from the Super Bowl, as a large athlete went all Norman Bates on the field. The story was enjoyable, and while the idea of House and his team having no clue what is going on, until the very end where they suddenly crack it was particularly noticeable tonight, that doesn't mean it wasn't a good payoff. I also liked the return of the old school showing what was going on inside the body when House finally revealed to the patient the real problem.

    The side storyline with Cuddy's boyfriend tormenting House and Wilson was good for some comic relief as well.

    Overall 8.3/10 for a strong Season 6 installment of House.moreless
Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse


Guest Star

Trever O'Brien

Trever O'Brien

Jim Dunnagan

Guest Star

Orlando Jones

Orlando Jones

Marcus Foreman

Guest Star

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • House says that the team may have to tell Daryl to retire at the age of 21 if he cannot stress his heart. However, at the beginning of the episode, the team tells House that the patient is 22.

    • House says that he borrowed a flat-head screwdriver from Nora. They last left their relationship with her thinking that he was a total douchebag. It's unlikely she'd loan him anything, and even more unlikely she'd do it without wearing a bra.

    • Marcus tells House that when him and his brother were arrested for Grand Theft Auto, he was sixteen and Foreman was fourteen. In season one though, we were told that Foreman was sixteen when he was arrested for stealing a car.

    • When Glenda is talking to the NFL scout, the scout is on her left (screen right) and there is nobody on her right (screen left). However, when Daryl knocks the player down, Glenda gets to her feet and there is someone suddenly sitting on her right.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Daryl: What's wrong?
      House: (referring to Daryl's hands) You're turning white!
      Glenda: What does that mean?
      House: Means he doesn't need football to get a good job anymore.

    • Dunnagan: Saw you limping out there. Vietnam?
      House: Viet... How old do you think I am?
      Dunnagan: I don't know. Vietnam-age?

    • House: Hit the kill screen. Boss is here.
      Taub: It's not porn. It's our new patient.
      House: Bummer.

    • Dunnagan: I've already been there--three deployments. Now they want me to go again. But my wife's pregnant.
      House: So our homeland should be unsafe because your private was unsafe.

    • House: Hey, I don't care where an idea comes from, as long as it makes sense and embarrasses someone.

    • Dr. Wilson: Are you out of your mind?
      House: Hey, as a former psychiatric patient, I take offense at that terminology.
      Dr. Wilson: All I did was ban you from my tub. Whatever happened to proportional response?
      House: Whatever happened to coherent conversation?

    • House: You can't accuse me of an opossum attack and underhanded kindness in the same visit.
      Dr. Wilson: Then I'll come back.

    • Dr. Wilson: You're escalating to prove I was wrong about you being nice, which you would only do if I was right.
      House: Do you even listen to yourself?

    • House: What are you doing?
      Taub: Requesting permission to share my idea without being belittled in front of your new assistant.
      House: Permission denied. Continue

    • House: I gave you empirical proof that I did not prank you.
      Dr. Wilson: No. No, you did not. You created empirical proof that I didn't prank you, selling me on the notion that you didn't prank me. Maybe you self-prank.
      House: I don't master-prank.

  • NOTES (3)