House

Season 6 Episode 4

The Tyrant

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2009 on FOX
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House's team struggles with an African politician who falls ill and decide if they want to help him after he's charged for crimes against humanity in his country.

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  • The Tyrant

    9.5
    House's sixth season hasn't had a flaw yet, and this episode was just fantastic with some very well-done scenes and an interesting concept. I'm sure all House fans have been waiting for this since the show's fourth season premiere, hoping the old team would be back together one day, and we got that here.



    We got amazing dynamics between the entire cast. From Cameron saying her old catchphrase: "Could be autoimmune?" to House's witty banter, and you got yourself a House classic. Upon watching this the second time, you can really see a lot of foreshadowing of the tyrant's death.



    The closeout scenes were the most emotional though, Foreman burning the evidence, that was definitely intense. Looking forward in seeing how this story arc plays out. The Thirteen & Foreman scenes were also interesting, and House with the neighbor: that was just good TV. Overall, a superb installment to what is a so far great season.moreless
  • An old school episode that makes a point.

    9.0
    Wait did they just use the right formula?? Well yes and it delivered. For me this episode makes a strong point: here old school really is cool. For the first time since season 3, the original cast re-unite as a team, leaving behind the newbies (yes 2 seasons in, I still consider them newbies..says a lot) and it worked like a charm.

    The dynamic in the team is intact, unlike the other team, when the camera is off Dr.House/Cudy/Wilson, the show does not become a snore feast cause Foreman, Chase and Cameron remain pretty interesting characters.In the past 2 seasons, if the medical case was not good enough, very often the episode came out as very dull unlike the first 3 seasons were the supporting cast was solid enough to make it worthwhile. If the medical case was not good enough here, this would have still been enjoyable but to makes things better, the case brought a very engaging story.

    Having a dictator as a patient represented a huge emotional turmoil, specially when you have Cameron in the team. Chase ended up killing him, this is poignant and quite a shocking turn of events that will have some serious consequences and also bring a new dimension to Chase...all good. I hope they don`t use that to write off the character. Meanwhile Dr.House was his typical self while being his new self..don`t you just love it. He remains as refreshing as ever..6 seasons in and still one of the best characters out there.

    The bad part of the episode was the ever boring Foreman-Thirteen saga....if only they would get rid of her, she`ll be forgotten within a couple of episodes(or even earlier). I mean look at Tobb, who actually cares if he is gone?? I know most fans don`t, his absence is not felt. Kutner is dead and nobody really remembers...they are just not good enough characters. While I feel they`ll have the terrible idea to bring Tobb back, just looking back at season 1, if one of the characters was absent for an episode, it just didn`t felt right. This was the right formula, I have the bad feeling the won`t keep it...please prove me wrong. Anyway, after a great premiere followed by a solid second episode and this excellent follower, this a very strong start for Season 6.moreless
  • like Rowanda

    10
    House M.D

    Season 6

    Episode 3: The Tyrant

    House returns to the hospital while Cameron and Chase work again with Foreman. The old team is reunited to treat an African tyrant who is planning a massive genoside against the rival tribe.



    I watched this episode about a month ago but until now I decided to post a review. This was such a great episode! It was so full of drama and thrills, keeping the abitual comedy they have! James Earl Jones guest stars as Dibala, an african genosidic tyrant who plans a massive massacre against the tribe of his country who are against him.moreless
  • A Tyrant under the staff care die's of natural cause's or does he?

    9.5
    This show really made me think what would i do if put in this postion you take a oath to do no harm but in front of you is a person who does not live by this rule but lives by a rule kill all who don't think like you or who goes against you to make them follow you. I think what Chase doe's is wrong but I can see why he did it I believe I would have done the same thing as he did becuse the live's of the many do out weight the life of one and anytime you can help the week who can't control there situation you should try and help them if you think I am wrong then all you have to do is remember WW2 great job Writters I just wish she would come back to him he did do it for her also he just did what she didn't have the guts to do Bravo.moreless
  • Gripping episode, fantastic concept as well. Do the ends always justify the means?

    8.0
    Overall I really liked this episode, James Earl Jones is fantastic. Definitely can see him as a "Mugabe" type. The only thing I have a problem with is Chase's faulty logic. Yes, it seems like a good idea to do away with the dictator whose killing tons of people but as Julius Caesar has taught us, there's always someone else next in line. It's a basic formula for dictatorships, a bad guy might go down but the next guy in line could be even worse. Some people are just corrupt by nature. It's all they've ever known. It wasn't Dibala's decision (ethically) to chose when and how his people died and it wasn't Chases' choice to decide when and how Dibala died. The right thing would've been to expose him for the tyrant that he so blatantly was. And even then there's not much else that can be done. Once a society has become that corrupt there's almost no going back. And even if change were to ensue it wouldn't not happen overnight just like that. Countries fall into dictatorships for a lot of reasons, lack of education for one thing. The less people know the more power the ruler has. Knowledge is the greatest defense. The spiel aside, I thought it was a great concept. I thought the writers took a very well executed risk. No pun intended. And the "phantom limb" bit was absolutely priceless. I also really like the love arch between House and Cuddy for the first time we're exposed to how much he actually cares for her. House really is human under all of that sarcastic "armor". I'm very much enjoying this season and I hope Taub and Thirteen come back and stick around. As much as a like the old team I do enjoy the others as well.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The sign-in sheet to the morgue held up by Foreman was creased when he showed it to Chase. When he later burns it, the crease is gone.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dr. Chase: You actually fired your girlfriend?
      Dr. Foreman: Yes. You two are both competent, and I know I can work with you.
      Dr. Chase: You really do know how to woo.

    • House: (seeing his original team) Oh, my God. It's three years ago. Does that mean I'm still crazy?

    • Dr. Cuddy: You're in charge, he sits in on all the differentials. Until you get your license back, this is all unofficial. No procedures, no patient contact.
      House: Think I can probably deal with that last one.

    • Dr. Wilson: How was your first day of school?
      House: I didn't pee once in the sandbox.
      Dr. Wilson: How was it with Cuddy?
      House: What did you think I was talking about?

    • Dr. Wilson: It's just a wild coincidence that he thought you were a rude jerk.
      House: Come on. Give me the benefit of the doubt. You said he's a jerk. I barely talked.
      Dr. Wilson: You talked!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Injoke: House's comment about Thirteen not being the hottest woman in the world, refers to Olivia Wilde (Thirteen) being ranked #01 on Maxim magazine's 2009 Hot 100.

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: April 27, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 26, 2010 on TV Nova
      Israel: June 23, 2010 on HOT3
      Slovakia: September 21, 2010 on STV1
      Poland: September 23, 2010 on TVP2
      Sweden: November 23, 2010 on TV4

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Dr. Foreman: I'd stand outside your apartment holding up a boombox except you told me you hated '80s music.
      This is in reference to the famous scene from the 1989 romantic-comedy film Say Anything..., wherein Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) stands outside the house of Diane Court (Ione Skye) while he holds up a boombox which is playing Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes.

    • Dr. Wilson: I am vampire, Sookie.
      Referencing the HBO series True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire Mystery novel series written by Charlaine Harris. Sookie is the telepathic human barmaid played by Anna Paquin. She lives in Bon Temps, LA, and is involved with the vampire Bill Compton.

    • House: And we're home in time for Ellen.
      Referencing the popular daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres (2003-present as of time this episode aired). The show is a mix of comedy monologues, guest interviews, and musical performances.

    • House: It smells like... victory.
      Referencing Robert Duvall's famous speech as Kilgore in Apocalypse Now (1979). The film, based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, explores the Vietnam War and failed to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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