Season 4 Episode 16

Wilson's Heart (2)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 19, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

In the aftermath of the bus accident, House struggles with his head injuries and short-term memory loss, and must remember the symptom he saw before one of their own, who was on the bus with House, dies.

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  • Wilson gives House Soul.

    Wilson's Heart may have been a better episode than House's Head (which is listed as a Best Episode to vote for). These two episodes truly are the Best to chose from on that Best of 2008. It not only finalizes a former reaccuring character who became a even better side character (Cut-throat @$#&!). It was a pairing of episodes that first emphasizes in an abstract way House's intellect by breaking it down to a more base viewpoint: (House's Head). But also points to House's search for his soul embodied in Wilson's Heart. This carries on into the upcoming season.moreless
  • Wow, amazing finale!

    I have rarely seen a more emotional show on this or any other series. All the characters gave fantastic performances in one of the best episodes of the last 4 seasons!

    I always liked Amber's character, and was glad they brought her back to the show, and they did a great job of incorporating her throughout the season, and a wonderful (albeit sad) send off for her.

    I am looking forward to the next season to see how the fallout from everything plays out, and how the different relationships will be affected by Amber's death. I hope the keep this show on the air for a long time!moreless
  • Excellent finale, really well written and emotional.

    This two-part finale really was a brilliantly written, emotion ride with ups and downs. The first house was just really interesting, like a warped murder mystery without the murder. Who was House looking for? I felt his frustration and it was just so intense being inside his head. From the humorous fantasy with Cuddy to the 'Amber' necklace it just all flowed.

    The 2nd part was extremely sad but more importantly revealing. House fought for Amber, because Wilson wanted him too. Everyone tried there best until the devastating news that nothing could be done. It was heart-breaking to see Amber's face when she knew she was going to die, just because she took some flu pills...but it was so well written. To me the saddest thing of all was when the pained Wilson returned home and found the note from Amber saying that she was picking up House. Thirteen also finds out that she does have Huntington's, sad because I like her. It was compelling, engrossing and plain brilliant. I can't wait for the aftermath in season five.moreless
  • Perection...(2) (spoilers)

    After the previous episodes inthralling ride, this one was pure, raw emotion. The feelings Wilson goes through as Amber lay dying is compelling, difficult viewing.

    House's emotions are also difficult to watch, and we are led to wonder if he had deepened feelings for Amber. Taub asks if they are having an affair, and House starts halluncinating again.

    Thirteen meanwhile is screwing up the case, and House wonders if its because she has not been tested for Huntingtons, whilst we learn how Kutner lost his parents.

    I thought the end of the episode was the best part however, as House goes through a dangerous test to help him remember and discovers that Amber cannot be saved, and the team and Wilson have to say goodbye to her. It was such sad viewing watching Wilson torn apart, and House hallucinating if he had lost his best friend.

    Overall, this episode was the perfect end to a mixed Season, and leaves the two main relationships in doubt- House and Cuddy seem closer, whilst House and Wilson seem to have been torn apart. My overall Season score was 9.65, and I think this reflects an ambition Season with many highlights, but overall missing of the oringinal cast who do not appear quite enough for my liking.moreless
  • Very unsatisfying end to the best hour of television this season (part one is what I am referring to).

    The first hour of the two part finale was amazing. Perhaps the absolute best hour of television thus far this year. I was so blown away by the story, the questions, House's behaviour, you name it. When he overdosed on the Alzheimer's medication I couldn't help thinking that this was perhaps my favorite House episode ever. Then Monday's part two happened, and, with it, the finale took a huge turn for the worse. It just didn't even compare to the first hour, and the whole hour felt rushed and sloppy. You would think that with the content of the episode that any viewer would have been emotionally moved by the episode, but I wasn't at all. Still, that first hour was tops.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Fred Durst

Fred Durst


Guest Star

Dan Desmond

Dan Desmond


Guest Star

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek


Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Taub: I need to know if there's anything medically relevant you couldn't share publicly.
      House: What is this? A Philanderers Anonymous intervention?

    • Thirteen: It could be anything.
      House: Great! Let's explore that.

    • House: An incredibly rare neurological symptom is boring? Am I in someone else's hallucination?

    • Doctor: Her heart won't stop racing, no idea what's causing it.
      House: Sure it wasn't the bus that landed on her?

    • House: Start her on IV interferon, I'm going to tell Wilson.
      Dr. Foreman: Good idea and I'll go nap because I was concussed last night and had a heart attack this morning. I'll tell Wilson, you go sleep.

    • Taub: I need to know if there's anything medically relevant that you couldn't share publicly?
      House: Is this a philanderer's anonymous intervention?

    • Amber: What now?
      House: I can stay here with you?
      Amber (shakes her head): Get off the bus.
      House: I can't.
      Amber: Why not?
      House: Because it doesn't hurt here. I don't want to be in pain, I don't want to be miserable and I don't want him to hate me.
      Amber: Well, you can't always get what you want.
      (House walks off the bus)

    • (Wilson holding Amber on her death bed)
      Dr. Wilson: Why aren't you angry?
      Amber: That is not the last feeling I want to experience.

    • House: A blow-up doll would be more useful. And yes, that's the first time I've ever implied something negative about a blowup doll.

    • House: I had a heart attack this morning, can't do any more drugs till lunch.

    • House: Did you see the color of the sputum?
      Bartender: I assume sputum means snot? Look, I see a lot of drunk chicks in here. I didn't have time to stop and analyze the color of your girlfriend's boogers.

    • Kutner: What did House have to say?
      Thirteen: He told me I was raised by wolves and that's why I use the same hand for my fork and knife.

    • Thirteen: Maybe it's an allergic reaction to the interferon.
      House: Yes, the symptom that I saw on the bus was a rare interferon allergy that flares up two days before you take it.

    • Thirteen: We should say goodbye.
      Taub: She didn't even like us.
      Kutner: We liked her.
      Taub: Did we?
      Dr. Foreman: We do now.

    • Amber: Self-pity isn't like you.
      House: No, well, I'm branching out from self-loathing and self-destruction.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International air dates:
      Australia: June 4, 2008 on TEN
      Bulgaria: June 5, 2008 on NTV
      Latin America: June 19, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: June 28, 2008 on SBS Net
      UK: July 3, 2008 on five
      The Netherlands: October 23, 2008 on Net 5
      The Czech Republic: December 22, 2008 on TV Nova
      Hungary: December 10, 2008 on TV2
      Germany: December 9, 2008 on RTL
      Estonia: January 9, 2008 on TV3
      Greece: January 17, 2009 on Star Channel
      Belgium: April 19, 2009 on 2BE
      Sweden: June 2, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: June 18, 2009 on TVP2

    • Jennifer Morrison appears in this episode but has no dialogue.

    • Amber's line "Well, you can't always get what you want" is the production staff referring back to the first and last episodes of the first season of House, where the song You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones was mentioned and played. This song is also featured in the first episode of the third season.

    • Music: Teardrop (Jose Gonzalez), Re:Stacks (Bon Iver), Light for the Deadvine (People in Planes), Passing Afternoon (Iron & Wine)