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Episodes ::  #508 "Emancipation"

November 18, 2008 (note: runs long)
508 Chase and Cameron
Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison,) help Foreman diagnose a case in the HOUSE episode "Emancipation" airing Tuesday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX..
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Credits: Adam Taylor/FOX
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Written by
Pamela Davis & Leonard Dick
Directed by
Jim Hayman
  • Towards the end in two segments: Alexei Murdock's "Through the Dark"
A day or so after the last episode ends.
Patients of the Week:
  1. Sophia, a factory worker who is also 16 who became an emancipated minor after her parents died last year (it turns out, however, that little of this is true).At work she has some sort of seizure and the doctors assume she has pulmonary edema but don't know the cause and so turn the case over to House's team.
  2. A four-year-old boy that other doctors can't diagnose and so Cuddy gives the case ito Foreman.
How House gets involved:
His team is working on the case when he gets in in the morning.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
Taub and Thirteen search the patient's apartment. And Taub lies to the patient about him having Huntingtons in order to make a point. And Thirteen tracks down the patient's family against the patient's wishes. That is how she discovers the patient isn't who she said she was.
Preliminary diagnoses
when given steroids, she exhibits paranoid delusions. They give her a functional MRI and while she is under the machine, Kutner talks to her about her parent's death and discovers she is lying (MRIs can be used as lie detectors). So then she tells the team that she ran away from home because her father raped her. She is later treated for arsenic poisoning but this makes her worse.
The final diagnosis
  1. Thirteen comes up with the diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia. When they treated her for arsenic poisoning, it got worse since arsenic can be used to treat that. The only thing that can save her is a bone marrow transplant but for that they need her family. She refuses to have them contacted and House finally gets to the truth that she had allowed her younger brother to drown in the bath and she ran away from home to get away from the guilt she felt.
  2. Foreman figures out that the four year old was given extra iron pills by his brother who was trying to help him become stronger.
Clinic Patient
Although we see no clinic patients, at least we see the clinic and clinic hours are mentioned.
Additional Information
  • Foreman asks House's permission for him to help run a clinical trial. House refuses. At the end Foreman tells House he is going to do the clinical trial and House agrees.
  • Foreman turns to Chase and Cameron to help him with his case and they do but they don't find anything. But in talking to them, Foreman gets an idea that helps him solve the mystery,

508 House and Wilson
House (Hugh Laurie) and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) discuss the result of a diagnosis in the HOUSE episode "Emancipation" airing Tuesday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub; Kal Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen

Guest Cast: Emily Rios as Sophia; Alexandra Lydon as Melinda; Kyle Silverstein as Jonah; Nathan Gamble as Evan; Bob McCracken as Doug; Liza Colon-Zayas as Maria; Al Coronel as Ray; Chrissie Pit as Girl; Dawn Frances as Nurse; Yolanda Rubio-Soto as Sophia's Mom; Jose Chavez as Sophia's Dad; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse.

Quotations, Quotes, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • Foreman tells House, "I've been asked to help run a clinical trial. Is that okay with you?"
    "Good for your career. Great for your street cred. What's in it for me?"
    "You have four doctors and never more than one case. It means I have time at work on other things. And they'll have more chances to step up, stand on their own."
    "What if there's an emergency...?"
    "It there is an emergency with... any... patient, you know I'll be there. The patient is my priority."
    House seems to think for a moment and then says, "No." When Foreman stands there looking at him, House looks up and asks, "Oh, do you want a reason? Clinical trials take time. Your time is my time." Foreman leaves, visibly upset.

  • Later House assigns Foreman to doing things to control his time. Foreman decides to do anything else and we see him next in the clinic where Cuddy finds him. "What are you here?"
    "I owe clinic hours."
    "No you don't."
    "I'm here because House doesn't want me to be here."
    "I'm guessing he said no to the clinical trials."
    "He didn't need to say no. He just wanted to say no."
    "House did something solely out of self-interest? That's freaky."
    "Don't suppose you want to override?"
    "No. What do you think this is gonna prove?"
    "Does it matter? Just figured you could use some help down here."
    "And you spending two hours wiping noses will annoy House. If that is your dream, God bless. If you want to prove you can do his job and something more—" As she says that, he gives him a file.

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    House had run into Wilson when he got in that morning but Wilson no longer seemed interested in House's relationship with Cuddy. Later House goes to Wilson while Wilson is scrubbing up for surgery and he tells him, "I went to Cuddy's house but I didn't go in. I went home without ringing either her metaphorical or actual bell."
    When Wilson doesn't add anything, House says, "You're processing."
    "I'm scrubbing."
    "'Huh' means processing."
    "'Huh' means acknowledging. If you prefer I could say 'ha' or 'hmm' or—"
    "No insights? No opinions?" When Wilson just makes a face, House says, "You're disappointing."
    "You made the decision. I can't tell you what's right for you."
    "Seriously? 'Cause last week you could. Last year you could. Seems to come pretty easy to you."
    "Do you want me to tell you what you should do?"
    "I want you to stop thinking that acting inscrutable makes you anything other than annoying."
    As Wilson turns away to go into surgery, he says, "Interesting."
    House calls after him, "Holding things in can give you cancer."

  • When Foreman can't find what is causing a four-year-old boy to be dying, he finally takes the case to House saying, "He needs you."
    "But he has you."
    "This boy is going to die. You selfish enough to let it happen?"
    "Pot calling a kettle a pot?"
    "You're a hypocrite. If our job is to find out what's killing patients, you'd help this kid. But you'd rather play mind games to prove you're the only one with magical powers."
    "You wanted something all your own. Now you got it."

  • Foreman approaches House again. "I want to do clinical trials."
    "Already had this conversation."
    "I've proved I can work two cases at once. I can do this and I'm doing it."
    "Okay? Just like that?"
    "Can I give my reasons later? Or never>"
    "Three days ago, you said no."
    "Three days ago, you asked me. Now you told me. Can't say no if it's not a question."

  • Wilson later tells House, "Nice thing you did for Foreman."
    "He speaks."
    "He deflects."
    "I almost cost a four-year-old his life."
    "You knew Foreman would figure it out."
    "Did I?"
    "You just needed to prove it to him. You're an ass. But a noble one."
    "I sound clever."
    "Thank you."
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