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Chase & Foreman
Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Foreman (Omar Epps) discuss treatment of President Dibala, the leader of an African nation who is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro, in the HOUSE episode "The Tyrant" airing Monday, Oct. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2009 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX
Broadcast:
October 5, 2009
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Written by
Peter Blake
Directed by
David Staiton
Timeline
Starts soon after House realizes that his obsession with medicine is the only thing that releaves his pain..
Patient of the Week:
President Dibala, the leader of an African nation, said to be engaging in genocide, comes to Princeton to see his son who is a student there. His car is stopped and he starts coughing up blood.
How House gets involved:
Realizing medicine is his lifeline, House joins the original team on the case though only as a advisor since he doesn't have his license back yet. Foreman is head of the team.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
Oh, Chase! Foreman keeps Chase's secret. And House drugs, kidnaps, ties up & gags Wilson's downstairs neighbor (for a medical treatment, but still!).
Preliminary diagnoses:
Several poisons are suggested because they take into account the possibility of assassination attempts. Natural problems are also considered.
The final diagnosis
The final diagnosis killed the patient: scleroderma. When they treated him for that, the patient died and Foreman went along with that diagnosis because of the blood test Chase did (turns out that was faked). Real diagnosis was Foeman's: blastomycosis, a fungal infection.
Who Came up with final diagnosis
Foreman. House was wrong in thinking it was scleroderma.
Clinic Patients
Chase deals with a victim of the patient's administration. Later he attempts to assassinate the dictator and Chase tries to stop him.
Additional Information:
From Fox Broadcasting Company:
TREATING A PATIENT PROVES TO BE A MORAL DILEMMA ON "HOUSE" MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, ON FOX

James Earl Jones Guest-Stars

When a controversial African politician (guest star Jones) falls ill, he is brought to Princeton Plainsboro for treatment. The team struggles with whether to help a merciless dictator being subpoenaed for crimes against humanity in his country. Meanwhile, Wilson tries to make peace with a feuding neighbor, but House's prying exacerbates the problem in "The Tyrant" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Oct. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/ PT) on FOX. (HOU-604) (TV-14 D, L, V)

House, Cameron & Foreman
House (Hugh Laurie), Foreman (Omar Epps) and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) debate the best treatment for President Dibala the leader of an African nation who is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro, in the HOUSE episode "The Tyrant" airing Monday, Oct. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2009 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX
Additional Resources
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; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen

Guest Cast: James Earl Jones as Dibala; Roger Aaron Brown as Ntila; Garikayi Mutambirwa as Ruwe; Christopher Fairbanks as Agent Bass; David Marciano as Murphy; Kelly Scott as Ama

Scene of House Playing Sherlock Holmes:
  • House comes home from the hospital to fund Wilson eating. "Hmm. You didn't use garlic. You didn't use it last night either. We always use garlic on garlic on Chicken Florentine."
       "It takes fine this way."
       "You'd be losing your sense of smell."
       "I think you're losing your sense of mind...."
       House reaches for the remote to turn up the TV but Wilson stops him. Then House notices something else. "You weren't wearing shoes last night, either.'
       "Yes, shoes, garlic, I am vampire, Sookie." House seems to pick up on the reference to the popular books that have been made into a new HBO series. What he does is pound on the floor and gets a demanding pound back thus prooving his deduction that the downstairs neighbor has complained. He wants to practice his new coping skills but Wilson convinces him not to. House gives in saying, "Coping skill number one: total avoidance."
Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • Cuddy asks Chase and Cameron to work for Foreman while he tries to put togehter a new team. When they find out what happened to Taub and Thirteen, Chase is shocked. "You actually fired your girlfriend?"
       "Yes. You two are both competent and I know I can work with you."
       "You really do know how to woo."
       "I need you."
       Chase turns to Cameron, "It would be interesting and we could work together."
       "Have you seen who the patient is?"
       "That's one of the reasons it'll be interesting."
       "Dibala is one of the most repressive dictators in the world.... We fix Dibala and he gets on a plane and executes half his country." But the two give in to Cuddy's request to do their jobs.

  • Dibala thinks Cameron is trying to put an air bubble into his line but she continues and it turns out she wasn't trying to kill him. He tells Chase, "She's too weak to act on her beliefs. But that is not her fault. Most everyone is. Even my onw advisors.... All they do is negotiate, debate and sign treaties. They are appeasers and all the while we are beset by assassins and traitors, the scum."
       Chase finds his tirad reminds him of what the man told him before he tried to shoot Dibala. "Cockroaches? What are you going to do about them?"
       "...in my world there are dangers and bloodshed and death. And that makes you a man and men make chocies
       "And your choice is to send bands of drunk, crazed children to massacre an entire people?"
       "Don't ask me questions you don't want to know the answer to."
       "I saved your life. I deserve to know."
       "Whatever it takes to protect my country." Chase takes this as an admission of the genocide he has practiced and plans to continue. And Chase stopped an assassin who might have been able to stop him.

  • A report and Cameron convinces Foreman to go against his own judgement. Then the patient dies. House finds Foreman in what ues to be his won office and seems to know what he is going through. "You want to curl up and cry, the lounge chair's a little more comfy."
       "I switched his meds. I thought I was wrong so I took him off the antifunglas. Put him on steroids like you said."
       "You know what that means."
       "I was too later or I was right in the first place."
       "So, either you killed him by not having confidence in your opinion or you killed him by being too attached to your opinion.If you're anything like me---and. by the way you are---you need to know which.
       "He's under lock and key in the morgue...."
       "There is a reason I hired you. You used to know what to do with a locked door."

  • Foreman can't get past the armed guard. But he finds that Chase went to the morge that morning and when he finds Chase sitting alone in the lockers, he accuses Chase and Cameron of having faked the test. Chase won't have Cameron accused. "Cameron had nothing to do with it."
       "You son of a bitch.
       "He was going to kill the Sitibi. Every last one of them."
       "I don't care what he was going to do. He came to us and put his life in our hands.
       "All the good we've done. Every life we've saved, it would have meant nothing if we just sent him off to kill hundreds of thousands of people. Look at the news: the moderates are taking over. There's hope for peace talks. You tell the world that I faked this test, Dibala becomes a martyr. The massacres begin."
       "I cover this up. I become your accomplice. You think you can guilt me into that?"
       Chase accepts that Foreman may turn him in and just asks, "If the cops are gonna come for me, please warn me so that I can tell my wife first."
       Foreman is amazed. "Chase. You really think you can kill another human being without any consequences to yourself?"
       Chase goes back into the feelings he had been sitting in the dark with before Foreman came in. "No."
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