Season 7 Episode 18

The Dig

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House's encounter with an ex-employee who's disappeared for a whole year reveals some dark secrets. Along the way they travel to a spud-gun competition so House can do battle with a younger rival. Meanwhile, the team must find a cure for a science teacher suffering from respiratory distress whose house is filled with junk, and Taub tries his hand at dating.moreless

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  • Odd relationship.

    You know you are dealing with an unusual relationship when the nicest thing he has ever said to her is "I'll kill

    A very touching episode.
  • Hoarders and Spud Guns: A House Investigation

    Obviously House's writers are trying to mix it up now with the 150th episode debuting which shows 13 getting out of jail after 6 months with House picking her up and he tries to find out what she did while preparing to compete at a Chili Cooking/Spud Gun competition where 13 helps pimp out his Spud Gun to defeat his rival Harold. Meanwhile back at PP, the doctors receive the news that House will be gone for three days and before they can rush off to leisure they get a case of a middle school teacher who may be a hoarder, or at least connected to one. This episode was definitely a curveball attempt to reboot House to adrenaline leveled hoodlum status now that Huddy has disbanded and ultimately we are left with a surpringly off scew but wildly entertaining offering that brings Olivia Wilde back into the fold, but leaves us with even more questions as to the quality of this midseason arc and where the story seems to be headed from here on out?moreless
  • 718

    A well done episode of House, no matter how much people might be disappointed with Thirteen's return, you can't deny, this was a superb episode. I was satisfied with Thriteen's return as we just got great interactions between Thirteen & House, plus seeing everyone's reaction to hearing her voice was great.

    Great, now we have to go through more Taub/his wife drama. Yes, I'm being sarcastic. I thought we were already over with this story line, it just has ran it's course, plus it never was a great story line in the first place, so it's just odd, the writers are still running with it.

    The medical mystery was also great, now I'm really pumped for next week's episode, and I'm also looking forward in seeing the Thirteen & Masters interactions. House's line in the end was touching, superb comeback.moreless
  • thirteen is ba..

    I liked this episode. It is an episode what was supposed to be made. Plus, we finally get to see Thirteen again. I hope that she is back for good, not only for a few episodes. I must say that the medical mystery wasn't so easy to solve. It is extremely difficult to go through all that garbage just to find what Masters found at the end, at the bottom of the closet. That requires decication, and this shows Masters true character and a sign that she is a fully capable doctor and a mature person who doesn't quit so easily.

    The adventure Thirteen and House had was amazing (the road trip and everything). It was like watching a movie, not a TV Show. Well Done !

    The stud gun competition and House's rival was also very well done. When Harold started talking down to thirteen, and House aimed the gun at him, I thought that he would shoot him, and we learned that he did. That's just crazy, but this is House. All in all, a great episode.moreless
  • Thirteen with the spud gun

    Nice to see Thirteen finally back after a year of absence. Episode tonight - revelation about House's other side - The empathetic House. A change to see House being compassionate about someone, in this case towards Thirteen - he showed his concern by picking her up from the jail house, keeping the jail event from his group and listening to Thirteen as she opens up to him. And House is still hurt regarding the break up with Cuddy - which I think is very realistic since he has always been in love with Cuddy.

    I like Taub and Foreman story line too.moreless
Justin Chon

Justin Chon

Harold Lam

Guest Star

Kimberlee Peterson

Kimberlee Peterson


Guest Star

Terry Maratos

Terry Maratos


Guest Star

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Rachel Taub

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Zena Grey

Zena Grey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • House: You did time. Means your license is suspended. Which means your leave of absence is definitely indefinite. What exactly are you going back to?
      Thirteen: I'd only have to serve up fries until the medical board hearing.
      House: I stand corrected. You obviously have a rich, full life waiting for you. I'll slow down the car and you can roll out.

    • Thirteen: You're married?
      House: You were gone so long.

    • Thirteen: What's this really all about, House? As convincing as I find your deep devotion to vegetable trajectory.

    • Thirteen: This interrogation thing is getting annoying.
      House: Studies have shown that un-annoying interrogation is 50% less effective.

    • Dr. Foreman: I don't know how you do it. Is it the cute, harmless vibe, the self-deprecating humor, or just straight-up roofies?
      Taub: If you're interested, I do seminars.

    • House: (as Thirteen changes in the bathroom) You know that I'm a doctor. Any interest I have in the human body is purely clinical.
      Thirteen: Yeah, that line never works for me.
      House: That line always works for you.

    • Taub: I was doing you a solid with the sofa. Rachel wanted to do it in your bed. You've got the memory foam top.
      Dr. Foreman: Let's make this really simple. If I own it, I don't want you doing it on it.
      Taub: You might want to get rid of your kitchen table.

    • Thirteen: (on the phone) There's another option.
      Dr. Foreman: House, who's that?
      House: Radio.
      Dr. Foreman: Sounded a lot like Thirteen.
      House: It's a Thirteen Tribute band with their new song, "I've Got a Better Theory Than Masters'."

    • House: (to Thirteen) I'll kill you. When the time comes, if you want me to. I'll do it now if you like. I think I've got a baseball bat in the back.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Lisa Edelstein and Robert Sean Leonard are credited but don't appear.

    • Music: In the Dirt (S. Carey)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 11, 2011 on Global
      UK: April 21, 2011 on Sky1
      Australia: May 23, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Germany: November 8, 2011 on RTL
      Poland: January 5, 2012 on TVP2
      Sweden: February 7, 2012 on TV4/TV4HD
      Czech Republic: February 13, 2012 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: July 19, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: June 17, 2013 on MTV3


    • House: Hey, Harriet the Spy.
      Referencing the 1964 children's novel by Louise Fitzhugh about 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch, who spies on her friends. When they find out, they ostracize her and form their own Spy Catcher Club to find ways to get back at her. The novel was made into a movie in 1996.