Season 6 Episode 10


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 30, 2009 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Wilson insists on treating the case of a friend and former patient, Tucker, who is suffering from paralysis of his right arm. However, he soon discovers that he can't separate his feelings from his professional attitude. Meanwhile, Cuddy tries to buy a new house.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Great Character Development

    It was good to see the show based upon the further development of an integral pillar of House's life. Wilson's character has always revolved around his friend's life. Now we get too see why that is so. House to him, is not only the friend he wants, but the friend he needs. And we see that in the episode, which is aptly named.

    Wilson's identity is & and has undergone sever changes, since the death of his last love. And that loss has forced the him to seek his own identity, not from the views of others but by his own standards.

    Thanks to writer to building another great character.moreless
  • Thankfully back on form.

    This was so much better. Still Huddy a little, but such a tone down it felt more like a House episode.

    Well, sort of.

    After all, this is told from Wilsons POV, and it was an interesting angle. I have been fortunate enough to see this episode and twice, and it actually improved on the first time of viewing.

    It was a great start to the episode, and it really drawed me in to the story. What I really enjoyed was how observant Wilson is, and how he spots little things by caring- the complete opposite to House! Their friendship is really explored and it was quite touching.

    Wilson's friendship with the patient is also well done, showing how involved he gets with his patients. I couldnt believe he gave a part of his liver! However, Wilson learns that the patient isn't his true friend- certainly not like House is. It gave some of the best House and Wilson moments for a long time- they have been hit and miss this Season (mainly because of the Huddy discussions). But House saying he would be alone without Wilson was so moving and honest, and then he turns up to his surgery and stays with him after was just a solid reflection of their friendship.

    Overall, a much better episode to a hit and miss Season- occasionally absolutely stunningly great, occassionally quite poor. But this one- top notch.moreless
  • Through Wilson eyes

    I liked the format: have an episode by Wilson point of view. Got the whole House vs Cuddy, House vs Wilson by new perspective plus get much time for char development on Wilson. I mean, we knew about him before, but the depth that episode opened up. that was great.

    I most say, I was maybe not so big fan of the case as there was nothing too stunning or surprising but the char moments made it up. I mean, Wilson and his guilt what in the end left him donating part of his liver, the way he was not happy with the outcome and the way he lived out his anger. The whole way the episode was written. Well done.moreless
  • A Nice Change

    Granted, I probably would not want to watch 6 seasons of just Wilson's life but I still say this episode is fantastic. I loved watching House's patients from the outside and I loved seeing Wilson in action. Too often in the show, we just see House's genius and the genius of his staff without recognizing that WIlson and Cuddy are at the top of their fields as well. From watching this episode, I can understand why Wilson remains best friends with House. We usually only see the moments when House is obnoxious to Wilson and hardly ever notice that House does care for Wilson. While this may not be the best House episodes in terms of movement of plot or even character development, it was still a great episode to watch and to see all of the little bits of Wilson's characteristics to come together in one great episode.moreless
  • A day in the life of Wilson, but I'll pass at future glimpses.

    Alright, alright. Sure, it was the first time we finally get to see what the heck Wilson does all day. It only took 6 years to show his perspective. Yet, it really isn't all that interesting. He simply treats his patients, gives them chemotherapy/drugs, helps them live a better life, yada, yada, yada. No offense, but the show isn't called Wilson, M.D. I felt really left out of House's patients and Foreman, 13, Jesse were hardly in the picture. Wilson CARES, I get it. He's so nice and giving. Gives his "friend" a lobe of his liver, which I thought was wayyyy too nice to do.

    The medicine here was very unrealistic. Twice or three times they treated the patient with radical or invasive techniques, and he was fine in what seemed like hours after the procedures. Apparently a full course of chemotherapy can be applied within a day now? Wilson's fine within a couple of hours of invasive surgery and heads home? I thought that was poorly handled... especially when the science and medicine is usually top-notch. This of course could also be the mistake of the director - I assume each new day at the hospital is actually the next day because it seems to be the exact next day (based on the conversations) and that the scenes are not taking place several days apart.

    One thing I do like, is Cuddy and Lucas. I'll say it again, Lucas is one of the few that can play with House and win - and I like that. Lucas vs. House is an interesting scenario that will continue for the rest of the season (a couple of times already I thought Lucas would be gone, but he has remained, which to me is good news).

    So that's why this episode gets just a 7. It was a definitely more of a bore than usual. The medical stuff was awry. The only good here was House vs. Wilson and House vs. Lucas-Cuddy. Foreman, 13, Taub were practically absent. This episode has House treat Wilson as a "patient" but nothing's really wrong with him.moreless
Katherine La Nasa

Katherine La Nasa


Guest Star

Marnette Patterson

Marnette Patterson


Guest Star

Christina Vidal

Christina Vidal


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Wilson is being prepped for his liver to be removed, a closeup of the anesthetic syringe shows an air bubble. This would have killed him.

    • House's team is present when he makes the $100 bet with Wilson. However, when Wilson consults them later to help with the diagnosis, they don't seem to know anything about it.

    • When Wilson goes to see House to tell him about his "House moment," House says Wilson's patient has right arm paralysis. However, in the opening scene, it is the patient's left arm that is paralyzed.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • House: He's a self-important jerk.
      Dr. Wilson: He's my friend.
      House: He's a self-important jerk.
      Dr. Wilson: Seems to be what I'm attracted to.
      House: Guy calls you Jim. Doesn't even know your name.
      Dr. Wilson: Jim is short for James. Now go away, Lim.

    • Tucker: I read somewhere that the Native Americans say turkeys know what you're thinking.
      Dr. Wilson: So I should stop thinking about German porn.
      Tucker: No, no. That'll lure them closer.

    • Dr. Wilson: I just had a House moment. Diagnosed transverse myelitis from a cold sore. How cool is that? Patients really eat that crap up.
      House: That's why I'm loved.

    • House: (to Wilson) A few patients die, you might get sad again. Make a speech that would end your career. Frankly, I'm stalking you for you.

    • Dr. Wilson: Where's House?
      Taub: Performing his ritual "Hiding from Cuddy to avoid getting a new case" dance. It's sort of a jazz-fusion sort of thing.

    • House: Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize you were in the middle of something.
      Dr. Wilson: It's a conference room with glass walls. You thought I'd be alone?

    • House: We just removed a screw from a guy's lung. Weird thing is, he didn't get better. Any idea what that means?
      Dr. Wilson: It means you're not listening to me.
      House: No, I'm ignoring you to make a point. There's a difference.
      Dr. Wilson: The problem with that technique is I have no idea what point you're making.
      House: That your idea is implicitly not worth listening to. Doubling your patient's chemo is stupid. Damn, now it's explicit.

    • Dr. Wilson: The operation is in two hours, and I'd like you to be there with me.
      House: No.
      Dr. Wilson: What... why?
      House: Because if you die, I'm alone.

    • House: Disappointment is anger for wimps.You don't have to be so gentle about everything. It's okay to get angry once in a while.
      Dr. Wilson: You can't change a table.
      House: Actually, you can. Just need a coat of paint and the guts to use it.

  • NOTES (3)


    • House: Late night with the Pigeon sisters?
      Referencing Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon, the upstairs apartment dwellers in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. They were featured in the Broadway play and movie adaptation, and were recurring characters during the first season of the TV series. These eccentric British sisters occasionally double-dated with Felix and Oscar.

    • Dr. Wilson: I'm not here for an argument, House.
      House: No. Right. That's room 12A.
      Referencing the Argument sketch from "The Money Programme", an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. In it, Michael Palin comes to a clinic to pay to have an argument, but finds himself in the Abuse Room. He is eventually informed that the Argument Room is 12A.