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House and Thirteen
House (Hugh Laurie, L) and Thirteen (Olivia Wilde, R) shop for supplies to participate in a spud gun competition in "The Dig," the 150th episode of HOUSE airing Monday, April 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2011 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Patrick Wymore/FOX

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House (Hugh Laurie) takes on his nemesis in an annual spud gun competition in "The Dig," the 150th episode of HOUSE airing Monday, April 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2011 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Jordin Althaus/FOX
Broadcast:
April 11, 2011 (may run a minute into next hour)
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Written by
Sara Hess & David Hoselton
Directed by
Matt Shakman
Music at the end:
"In The Dirt" from S. Carey
From Fox Broadcasting Company:
THIRTEEN RECONNECTS WITH HOUSE AND THE TEAM TREATS A HOARDER HIDING A SECRET ON AN ALL-NEW "HOUSE" MONDAY, APRIL 11, ON FOX

Olivia Wilde Returns in the Series' Milestone 150th Episode

Thirteen has been in prison for the past year, but the real mystery for House is what she did to get there. When she exits the prison, she is taken aback to find him waiting for her, and unaware he's got plans for the two of them for the next few days. As House probes Thirteen for more information about her crime, intent on solving the puzzle of her mysterious incarceration, they travel to an annual spud-gun competition and join forces to compete against House's much younger, overconfident rival, and along the journey uncover secrets and truths about each other. At the hospital, the team treats a science teacher suffering from severe respiratory illness, and when the team inspects the patient's house for clues to his illness, they immediately learn he's a hoarder. But upon a second visit to obtain more information, they uncover something in the many piles that shocks them. Also, Taub tries to get back into the dating scene, but winds up retreating to his old habits in the all-new "The Dig" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, April 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HOU-718) (TV-14 D, L, S)
Timeline
Two weeks after the House, Cuddy breakup, one year after the relationship started
Patient of the Week
A 36 year old volleyball coach, coughing blood. Then later his wife who is a fanatic hoarder.
How House gets involved:
The team decides to take time off since House isn't there but Masters brings a case. They still plan on going but she calls House and he tells them to solve the case.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
The usual breaking and entering. And we learn that Thirteen killed her brother (a mercy killing for which she went to jail on the charge of providing the drugs).
Preliminary diagnoses:
Toxic exposure is assumed after a search shows the patient is a hoarder. The second search of the home turns up the patient's wife who has similar problems. They think it may be Q fever carried by a raccoon and the antibiotics for this help the patient but his wife suffers a heart attack.
The final diagnosis of the wife (whose hoarding caused the patient's problems.)
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome a genetic disorder that caused her miscarriages that led to everything else.
Who Came up with final diagnosis of the wife
Thirteen provided the information (she didn't actually name the disease but it is implied that she may have known what her idea about miscarriages would lead to.
Clinic Patients
None
Additional Information:
  • Thirteen has been in prison for "excessive prescribing".

House and Thirteen
House (Hugh Laurie, R) enlists Thirteen (Olivia Wilde, L) to participate in a spud gun competition in "The Dig," the 150th episode of HOUSE airing Monday, April 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2011 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Jordin Althaus/FOX
Additional Resources
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen/Dr. Remy Hadley; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub

Guest Cast: Amber Tamblyn as Martha Masters; Jennifer Crystal Foley as Rachel Raub; Justin Chon as Harold; Terry Maratos as Brian; Kimberlee Peterson as Nina; Zena Grey as Ruby; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • House is there to meet Thirteen when she is released from prison. She is surprised. He gives her some hard facts (after offering her a drink). "You did time. Means your license is suspended. Which means your leave of absence is definitely indefinite." After that he insists she accompany him to a spud gun competition.
       Thirteen objects. "I don't even have a chance of clothes."
       "Damn. If only I had planned for that."
       As she tries on clothes as a mall they stop at, he keeps trying to figure out what the charge was that caused her to plead down to excessive prescribing. She objects. "This interrogation thing is getting to be annoying."
       "Studies show unannoying interrogations are 50% less effective."
       She refuses to give him any more information and still can't believe he is going to a spud gun competition so he explains, "I've been going to this contest for four years. For four years I've come in second to a pissant named Harold Lam."
       "This is serious?"
       "Second!"

  • Actually, Thirteen is surprised House doesn't know what she went to jail for. She is sort of offended that he didn't put in the effort to find out. "You could at least have hired Cuddy's weird boyfriend."
       She is slightly surprised by the expression that passes over House's face when he says, "Lucas?"
       "Mm hmm."
       "You don't know?"
       "What is he dead or something?"
       "No. Actually until a couple of weeks ago, I was Cuddy;'s weird boyfriend."
       Thirteen laughs. "You're going to have to do a lot better than that." But then she really looks at his face. "Are you okay?"
       "Yeah, I'm fine. It's not a big deal."
       Realizing that he'd been open with her, she says, "I killed a man."

  • Although she has revealed the charge, she refuses to give House any more information though he keeps at her and she tries a request. "I'm asking you, let it lie."
       "I really wish I were the kind of person who could do that."
       Later he tries again. "So what did you do?"
       "No more guessing?"
       "I need to know." Then he tries bribery. "I can make some phone calls, see if I can speed up your medical board hearing. In the meantime, no one can stop me from hiring an assistant."
       She lies. But later that night, House hears her crying. And the next day she says something that makes him think she has a sibling. She tries to get him off the subject. "Not everything means something."
       "You don't confess to killing a man and then hide the details unless the details reveal more about you that the crime itself. You pled down to drugs. You've got a horrible genetic disease and a sibling on your mind." Illumination hits him. "You euthanized your brother."

  • Meanwhile back at the hospital, Foreman finds out Taub is dating a hot hospital employee and he can't figure out why she goes for him. Then he finds out that he has cancelled a date with her and wonders why. So when Taub expects him to be at the gym, he goes home to find Taub with his ex-wife (or the wife he is separated from). Later Foreman asks him why. "I still care about her."
       "Not enough to let her move on."
       Near the end of the story, Taub tells his wife, "I've been selfish. I need to let you move on. I think we should stop seeing each other."
       "No.... The last time you got all noble on me we ended up dividing our dishes. This time I want to make the decision."
       "You don't feel weird about this?"
       "Of course I feel weird about this. It's confusing and messy and dirty. Dumb. But we spent our lives trying to do everything right and it sucked."
       "It wasn't all bad."
       "It sucked, Chris. And this whatever it is, It's fun."

  • Thirteen finally tells House what it was like. "He couldn't do it himself. He was--- the disease had progressed too far. He didn't have any control over his own body. He pretty much lost control of his mind too. But every once in a while he's have a few seconds of lucidity. During one of those times he turned to me and said, 'It's time!' I hooked up the IV, I used gloves. I knew they'd get me on the drugs but they couldn't prove who pushed the plunger. I put in the needle and he just got quiet and it was over and I was alone. And one day I will be that sick and there will be no one there when it's time." House says nothing and that upsets her. "It's no wonder Cuddy broke up with you."

  • House shoots Harold later (maybe he just missed but he is arrested and because Harold had been with the Sheriff's daughter, he is let off with a warning and Thirteen is there to offer him a soft drink when he gets out. Later he drives her home and tells her. "I'll kill you." She doesn't seem to know where this came from. "When the time comes if you want me to. I'll do it now if you like. I think I've got a baseball bat in the back."
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