Season 8 Episode 1

Twenty Vicodin

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary


A year has passed since House ran Wilson's car into Cuddy's living room -- and House has spent most of it in prison. Now House only has to stay out of trouble for five days to win his parole. However, events conspire against him when a mysterious ailment strikes a fellow prisoner while a gang leader wants House to procure pills for him.


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  • No doubt, House is House. And it always will be.

    When I saw the multiple promos for this episode, I had different opionions. On the one hand, it seemed to be an enjoyable episode with an interesting case. But, I also think it would be boring or a prototype of the last season.

    However, after I watch episode, the true verdict is clear. This episode was, of course, enjoyable and I dare say that it has no equal. I loved the way the writer showed us the true and hard days of House behind bars. And these days were unique. Each of the episodes (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) were different and represented various concerns and achievements that House had to live. His perfomance was perfect, obviously. In Fact, It was the secret recipe that makes credible this episode.

    Its surprising how House is capable to live in a new territory. The prison is a hard place, we know, but House is House and when this is true, we can understand why he is one of the most famous doctors. Behind bars, House even participated in the diagnosis, and after he interacts with the prison doctor Jessica Adams (A good adittion, by the way) he faces the problems and the patients disease is clearly showed.

    House found out the answer he was looking for despite the pressure of the doctor. And regardless of other problems with the prison gang.

    At the end, House obtained what he wanted. And we learn again what House is capable to do. His perfomance was perfect and also the way her problems were showed. So, this episode was one of the best. It was different, but it was good. And you can enjoy.

    If the season continues as we seen in this episode, it will be one of the best (or at least better than the last one). House deserves a special place in your book of favourite series, and Twenty Vicodin is the proof that you need.

    Oh, yes. I missed to say this episode is well written. You have to see it. My puntuation 9.5/10

  • eventually, every series either ends, or jumps the shark, well "House" jumps the shark .....

    honestly, I am writing this after watching the second episode, and it's light, the dots are adding up to form an abysmal portrayal of what is coming, now, true that the series has explored all the potential of it's former status quo, but then again, rebooting it to become a late night parody of itself is not the best idea in the world, the new doctor is another cameron, and the whole one year period between the seasons was a mistake in the first place, for exemple, instead of doing the whole "running into living room" ending, they could have killed off thirteen, now thirteen is gonna leave mid season, and a great potential finale was wasted, again, this whole thing is not convincing, and if you check the numbers, no wonder the show is losing viewership, since part of it is based on good word of mouth for TiVo users, duh.... I'm really disappointed (by contrast for exemple, curb your enthusiasm is in its eighth season, and it is getting better)moreless
  • Jailhouse House

    I miss seeing the old cast. Everything's new in House, at least in this episode, he is the only familiar face. He seems to be more irritable than ever, but I guess it is acceptable since he is in a jailhouse. It's sad to see him get beat up but I guess that the reality of a prison. But as usual he is back with his old antics. It's like an old story line but in a new setting.. Instead of a hospital, it is in a prison. Maybe I am hoping to see a new House but I guess you can't teach old dogs new tricks.

  • Enjoyed it thoroughly - it was something different, and something the show needed.

    I really liked this season premiere. It was good to see House in an environment where he can't control everything and have everything going his way. He's in a completely different place, and he's not at the top of the ladder, where 'keeping in line' is wise. I enjoyed the six-day account before he goes out on parole, it was clever writing and very well-executed.

    Of course, House being House, this is not exactly possible and it was great seeing him try to avoid getting killed, while doing what he thinks is right. That's something we've loved about him from the get go - doing whatever he wants to obtain whatever he thinks is right, no matter what consequences he may face. This episode captured that perfectly; he knew perfectly well what he was up against, and while he tried to 'keep in line', he doesn't sway from his own values and rules. That's the House we love.

    I like the new character Dr. Adams, she's a great regular addition to the show and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her and House.

  • Exit Strategy

    Season 8 kicks off with House in prison following his running Wilson's car into Cuddy's house. In the the beginning it is revealed that he will receive parole on Friday so the episode follows the week that he will be released if he can stay out of trouble that is. He helps an attractive and intelligent clinic doctor on the prison staff with diagnosing a newly sick inmate who may have skin cancer. The timeline is a year after last season's finale and he fled the country for three months. He is indebted for "protection" in giving his daily Vicodin to the white supremacist gang leader and he has to give him 20 by weeks end otherwise he says that people on the outside will get to him. House is defiant by nature so even when he gets all of the Vicodin he needs he starts a riot by throwing the medicine onto the ground rather than be subservient to gang leader man. Luckily his psychotic cellmate saves him from a shanking and in order to save the prison patient's life he needs to prove his diagnosis with an attack caused by aspirin. His exploits prove that he is right but he is confined to solitary and the prison doctor gets fired. It was a decent episode but too reminiscent to Season 6's opening in the mental facility to be a truly unique episode. It was good to see House punishing himself like he always does but it was a rough "been there done that" thing but points for the new environment change to the writers. Hopefully this season can stay on track and he can get his friends back, most importantly Wilson. And that the writers get gang leader man's outside influences to go at House at some point since he wronged him. This is really the end of House, and it seems to show that it is certainly on its last leg, literally.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Adams says that the traveling x-ray machine won't be at the prison until Friday. However, House comes in on Thursday and Adams tells him that," the x-ray didn't show any tumors." It is never explained where they got the x-rays from.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mendelson: Why you keep helping him out?
      House: Yeah, why would I wanna make sure that my homicidal cellmate is taking the right anti-psychotics?

    • Frankie: You don't wanna mess with Stomper. He didn't get that name because he's a fan of Santa's reindeer.
      House: You think one of Santa's reindeer was called Stomper?
      Frankie: You're missing my point.
      House: I'm not gonna listen to a guy who can't name the reindeer.

    • House: This another pet? Cause it's going to end badly. Again. Remember we talked about this. At least I talked, and you stared at me eerily. I think it was eerily. "Eerily" felt like the best-case scenario.

    • Nick: You don't believe me?
      House: Belief implies a level of giving a crap that I am never going to achieve.

    • House: It's the greatest mystery there is--the theory of everything.
      Dr. Adams: And completely divorced from humanity.
      House: Well, me and humanity, we got together too young.

  • NOTES (4)

    • As of this episode, Lisa Edelstein is no longer in the series and Odette Yustman becomes a series regular.

    • Bobbin Bergstrom, the show's on-set medical adviser, is credited in her usual role as Nurse despite the fact she doesn't appear in the episode.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 3, 2011 on Global
      UK: October 6, 2011 on Sky1
      Australia: October 14, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Israel: January 4, 2012 on HOT3
      Germany: March 6, 2012 on RTL
      Sweden: August 28, 2012 on TV4/TV4HD
      Czech Republic: November 26, 2012 on TV Nova
      The Netherlands: January 3, 2013 on SBS6
      Slovakia: January 8, 2013 on STV1
      Finland: July 29, 2013 on MTV3

    • As of this episode, the show now goes with a "cold open," dropping the opening sequence and music by Massive Attack. Only cast members who appear are credited, unlike previous seasons when all cast members were listed whether they appear or not.


    • House: I'll dress 'em the same. Like in Vertigo.
      Referencing Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie Vertigo (1958), starring James Stewart and Kim Novak with the acrophobic detective Scottie Ferguson (Stewart) becoming obsessed with an old friend's wife (Novak). A key plot point is that the wife resembles another woman, Judy, and that Judy dresses up as the wife. A poster of the movie features prominently in Wilson's office.

    • House: Jiminy didn't chirp much last night.
      Referencing the talking cricket from the 1940 Disney movie Pinocchio, and including other references to the Blue Fairy and the song Wish Upon A Star, as well as the puppet himself. Pinocchio was created by Carlo Collodi in his 1883 story The Adventures of Pinocchio. Collodi's story tells of Gepetto, a woodcarver who makes a wooden puppet in lieu of a son and names it Pinocchio. Pinocchio aspires to be a real boy and runs away. The character is best known for the fact that his nose grows when he tells a lie.