House (season 8)
|House Season 8|
Region 1 DVD cover art
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original run||October 3, 2011– May 21, 2012|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||August 21, 2012|
|Region 4||October 11, 2012|
|Blu-ray Disc release|
|Region A||August 21, 2012|
The eighth and final season of House was ordered on May 10, 2011. It premiered on October 3, 2011. It is the only season not to feature Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy. Olivia Wilde (Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley) also left the show after the third episode in order to further her film career, although she returned at the end of the series. On January 8, 2012, Kevin Reilly (Fox President of Entertainment) stated that Fox has been "avoiding" a decision on the fate of the series, as it was "hard to imagine the network without House" and that the decision on the future of the series would be a "close call". Hugh Laurie's contract on House expired once the eighth season was over, and Laurie confirmed that once House is over, he would be moving on to strictly film roles. On February 8, 2012, in a joint statement issued by Fox and executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs, and Hugh Laurie, it was revealed that the season would be the last for House.
It was announced that David Shore would direct and co-write the final episode of the show and also that Olivia Wilde would return as Thirteen for the penultimate episode and the series finale. Lisa Edelstein did not return for the series finale. Kal Penn was reported to be in talks and returned as Dr. Kutner. Amber Tamblyn also came back as Martha M. Masters for the finale. Jennifer Morrison appeared in the finale in a cameo appearance as Allison Cameron. Anne Dudek, Sela Ward and Andre Braugher also reprised their previous recurring/guest roles as Amber Volakis, Stacy Warner, and Darryl Nolan respectively. The series finale aired on May 21, following a retrospective episode titled "Swan Song".
The opening sequence was changed again. It adds Charlyne Yi and Odette Annable, replacing Lisa Edelstein and Olivia Wilde. Omar Epps took the place of Edelstein, and Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer and Peter Jacobson move up.
- Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House (22 episodes)
- Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman (18 episodes) (episodes 2-13, 15, 18-22)
- Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson (20 episodes) (episodes 2-10, 12-22)
- Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase (17 episodes) (episodes 5-20, 22)
- Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub (17 episodes) (episodes 5-8, 10-22)
- Olivia Wilde as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (3 episodes) (episodes 3, 21-22)
- Odette Annable as Dr. Jessica Adams (21 episodes) (episodes 1, 3-22)
- Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park (21 episodes) (episodes 2-22)
- Karolina Wydra as Dominika Petrova-House (5 episodes) (episodes 13-14, 17-18, 22)
- Diane Baker as Blythe House (2 episodes) (episodes 14, 22)
- Jennifer Crystal Foley as Rachel Taub (2 episodes) (episodes 6, 22)
- Zena Grey as Ruby (2 episodes) (episodes 6, 22)
- Yaya DaCosta as Anita (2 episodes) (episodes 8, 10)
- Tracy Vilar as Nurse Regina (2 episodes) (episodes 8-9)
- Ron Perkins as Dr. Ron Simpson (2 episodes) (episodes 2-3)
- Patrick Price as Nurse Jeffrey Sparkman (1 episode) (episode 22)
- Noelle Bellinghausen as Emily (1 episode) (episode 17)
Special guest stars
- Andre Braugher as Dr. Darryl Nolan
- Anne Dudek as Dr. Amber Volakis
- Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron
- Kal Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner
- Amber Tamblyn as Dr. Martha M. Masters
- Sela Ward as Stacy Warner
Jude Ciccolella, Thom Barry, Sebastian Sozzi, Liza Snyder, Heather McComb, Wentworth Miller, Jaclyn Jonet, Michael Nouri, Alexie Gilmore, Jamie Bamber, Harrison Thomas, Jim Lampley, Channon Roe, Madison Davenport, Julie McNiven, Vincent Spano, Melanie Lynskey, Corri English, Bridgit Mendler, Jeffrey Wright, David Anders, Julie Mond, Jake Weber, Rena Sofer, Michael B. Jordan, Margo Harshman, Billy Connolly, Arlen Escarpeta, Sharif Atkins, Greg Finley, Will Shadley, Kevin Christy, Amy Davidson, Riley Lennon Nice, Jessica Collins, Jamie Elman, Peter Weller, Skylar Astin, Patrick Stump and James LeGros.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||U.S. viewers
|Original air date|
|156||1||"Twenty Vicodin"||Greg Yaitanes||Peter Blake||9.78||October 3, 2011|
Eleven months after driving his car into Cuddy's house, three of which were spent on the run and the other eight in prison, House goes before the parole board and learns he has only five days left before he is released. A local prison gang leader then demands twenty Vicodin pills as an "exit tax". As House scrambles to pay up, he tries to treat another inmate (Sebastian Sozzi) with joint pain while turning Dr. Jessica Adams (Odette Annable) to his point of view.
Final diagnosis: Mastocytosis
|157||2||"Transplant"||Dan Attias||Liz Friedman & David Foster||6.85||October 10, 2011|
After two further months in prison, in which the prison warden kept him, new Dean of Medicine, Foreman, has House released from prison and into his employ. Things have changed: House has lost his office (half of it, at least), his team, Wilson is mad at him and their friendship is tested. What he has gained is a new "team"—Dr. Chi Park (Charlyne Yi), a smart, young timid resident—and a new case: a set of donor lungs that are failing, threatening the life of Wilson's patient (Liza Snyder).
Final diagnosis: Eosinophilic pneumonitis
|158||3||"Charity Case"||Greg Yaitanes||Sara Hess||8.34||October 17, 2011|
When a man (Wentworth Miller) collapses after making a million dollar donation, Dr. Park believes his extreme altruism may indicate a neurological disorder, while House sees a way to fund the rebuilding of his old team back together. Meanwhile, Dr. Adams volunteers her services to the department while looking for a new career, and Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) returns to House only to say goodbye again.
Final diagnosis: Plummer's disease
|159||4||"Risky Business"||Sanford Bookstaver||Seth Hoffman||6.65||October 31, 2011|
A CEO (Michael Nouri) begins experiencing vision problems days before a major business decision, and House sees it as the perfect way to fund the department through a little blackmail. Meanwhile, Dr. Park prepares for her disciplinary hearing, and Dr. Adams reveals something about her past.
Final diagnosis: Hyperviscosity syndrome secondary to rheumatoid arthritis
|160||5||"The Confession"||Kate Woods||John C. Kelley||7.55||November 7, 2011|
Chase and Taub return to the team, as the team takes the case of a man (Jamie Bamber) who suffers heart problems while having an affair. When his health worsens, he decides to confess all his past sins to clear his conscience, which compromises his treatment. Meanwhile, House becomes obsessed with finding out if Taub's two daughters are, in fact, actually Taub's.
Final diagnosis: Kawasaki's syndrome
|161||6||"Parents"||Greg Yaitanes||Eli Attie||6.63||November 14, 2011|
A teenage boy (Harrison Thomas) attempting to follow in his deceased father's footsteps suffers paralysis at a party. As the team searches for answers, they discover a family secret that threatens the young man's treatment. Meanwhile, House searches for a valid reason to attend a boxing match in Atlantic City, and Taub must decide whether to allow his ex-wife to move away, taking his daughter with her.
Final diagnosis: Syphilis, plus Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction
|162||7||"Dead & Buried"||Miguel Sapochnik||David Hoselton||7.46||November 21, 2011|
The team takes the case of a teenage girl (Madison Davenport) presenting with anaphylaxis but soon discover that her condition is far more serious when it is discovered that she is pregnant but claiming to be a virgin. House goes on the AA meeting to meet a man whose 4-year old son has died and his wife divorced him. Determined to find out what happened to the boy, House bribes the cemetery owner to examine the remains of the boy, even as Foreman instructs him to keep on the case.
Final diagnosis: Iris: Choriocarcinoma and dissociative identity disorder; boy: Alport syndrome
|163||8||"Perils of Paranoia"||David Straiton||Thomas L. Moran||7.41||November 28, 2011|
The team takes the case of a prosecutor (Vincent Spano) who suffers an apparent heart attack during a case, but when they discover a huge hidden cache of weapons in his home, they must decide whether it's overprotectiveness or paranoia. Meanwhile, Taub decides to assist Foreman in his romantic affairs, and Park eventually starts to realize she needs to open up herself to the other people.
Final diagnosis: Diphtheria
|164||9||"Better Half"||Greg Yaitanes||Kath Lingenfelter||8.76||January 23, 2012|
A man suffering from early-onset familial Alzheimer's disease (Ivo Nandi) begins vomiting, and is admitted to the hospital. He soon develops aggression and language loss, but the team find it difficult to distinguish his new symptoms from his Alzheimer's. Meanwhile, House and Wilson keep betting on what is causing a woman's apparent asexuality.
Final diagnosis: Reye's syndrome
|165||10||"Runaways"||Sanford Bookstaver||Marqui Jackson||8.73||January 30, 2012|
The team takes the case of a teenage girl (Bridgit Mendler) who begins bleeding from her ear during an exam. She is thriving without parental influence and lives alone in a house, but Adams debates calling Social Services anyway. However, when her estranged mother shows up, the girl loses her right to consent to treatment. Meanwhile, Taub tries to connect with his daughters, and House tries to blackmail Foreman on his relationship with a married woman.
Final diagnosis: Ascariasis
|166||11||"Nobody's Fault"||Greg Yaitanes||David Foster, Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner||7.09||February 6, 2012|
House and his team face a disciplinary hearing with Dr. Cofield (Jeffrey Wright) after a chemistry teacher (David Anders), is admitted to the hospital with paralysis. But things turn bad when in a fit of psychosis and violent, the patient stabs Chase, ultimately forcing the team into a race against time as they battle to keep Chase alive in the ER. As the patient is going to be transferred, House realizes his syndrome and informs his wife. As he is on the hearing with Dr. Cofield, he is prepared to send House to prison again, but the wife of the patient arrives and thanks him for his correct treatment. Dr. Cofield sends him free, but House berates him for his cowardliness as it was obvious that he would have been arrested, so he let him loose to avoid media attention.
Final diagnosis: Tumor lysis syndrome and steroid-induced psychosis
|167||12||"Chase"||Matt Shakman||Peter Blake & Eli Attie||7.16||February 13, 2012|
Chase's near-death experience has him questioning if he should return to House's team. Meanwhile, he takes the case of a clinic patient (Julie Mond), a nun on the verge of making her vows, when she begins vomiting and exhibiting neurological symptoms. During the course of her treatment, he develops feelings for her which compromise his objectivity.
Final diagnosis: Giant-cell arteritis
|168||13||"Man of the House"||Colin Bucksey||Sara Hess & Liz Friedman||7.08||February 20, 2012|
A marriage counselor (Jake Weber) collapses during a speaking engagement, when it is discovered that, in addition to vision and liver problems, his low testosterone levels are affecting his marriage and career for the better. Meanwhile, House's wife returns to prepare House for their meeting with Homeland Security for her green card, as the team vies for a position as House's second-in-command.
Final diagnosis: Silent thyroiditis secondary to polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type III
|169||14||"Love Is Blind"||Tim Southam||John C. Kelley||5.94||February 27, 2012Global)
March 19, 2012 (Fox)
An independent blind man (Michael B. Jordan) is admitted to the hospital after suffering auditory hallucinations, and soon begins coughing up blood. However, his treatment could leave him more disabled than before. Meanwhile, House’s mother (Diane Baker) surprises him at Princeton Plainsboro to tell him about a new relationship with his old doctor (Billy Connolly), who might be his biological father.
Final diagnosis: Mucormycosis
|170||15||"Blowing the Whistle"||Julian Higgins||Story by: Danny Weiss
Teleplay by: Danny Weiss & Seth Hoffman
|6.67||April 2, 2012|
A soldier (Arlen Escarpeta) returning from overseas, accused of treason after releasing a video showing soldiers killing civilians, collapses and is taken to Princeton-Plainsboro. He soon refuses treatment until he has the opportunity to explain his decision to the masses. Meanwhile, Adams and the team believe House is seriously ill.
Final diagnosis: Typhus
|171||16||"Gut Check"||Miguel Sapochnik||Jamie Conway & David Hoselton||6.01||April 9, 2012|
House and the team take the case of a minor league hockey player (Greg Finley) who began coughing up blood after a fight on the ice. Meanwhile, House reveals to Wilson that he might have an 11 year-old son, and Park moves in with Chase after a fight with her mother.
Final diagnosis: Miller Fisher syndrome
|172||17||"We Need the Eggs"||David Straiton||Peter Blake & Sara Hess||5.61||April 16, 2012|
A man (Kevin Christy) is admitted to the hospital when he begins crying blood, but the team suspects a neurological component when they meet his "girlfriend"—a very lifelike sex doll with whom he's fallen in love, and he also admits why. Meanwhile, House confronts his insecurities when his hooker/companion decides to leave him.
Final diagnosis: Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis
|173||18||"Body & Soul"||Stefan Schwartz||Dustin Paddock||6.49||April 23, 2012|
A boy (Riley Lennon Nice) is admitted to the hospital after nightmares about being choked led to breathing problems. His mother tries to balance the medical diagnoses of the team with the boy's grandfather's belief that he is possessed. Meanwhile, Chase and Park debate the meaning of their sex dreams, Dominika discovers House's deception, and Wilson tells House that he (Wilson) has cancer (Stage 2 Thymoma).
Final diagnosis: Patent ductus arteriosus
|174||19||"The C-Word"||Hugh Laurie||John C. Kelley & Marqui Jackson||6.45||April 30, 2012|
A six-year-old girl (Rachel Eggleston) with a rare genetic disorder is admitted to the hospital after suffering a nosebleed and losing consciousness. Foreman has the team consult with her mother (Jessica Collins) who is also an expert in her daughter's condition. Meanwhile, Wilson decides on a radical and potentially fatal course of treatment for his cancer, which House agrees to administer himself.
Final diagnosis: Atrial myxoma
|175||20||"Post Mortem"||Peter Weller||David Hoselton & Kath Lingenfelter||6.09||May 7, 2012|
When the hospital's coroner (Jamie Elman) begins slicing his own scalp open, he is admitted but will only accept medical care personally decided on by House. However, House is unreachable as he and Wilson embark on a journey for Wilson to forget his upcoming scan and let loose. Meanwhile, a conversation with the patient leads Chase to re-evaluate his career.
Final diagnosis: Hypothyroidism secondary to repeated triclosan and caffeine exposure
|176||21||"Holding On"||Miguel Sapochnik||Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner & David Foster||6.45||May 14, 2012|
A college student (Skylar Astin) is admitted with dizziness and nosebleeds but the team soon discovers that he hears his dead brother's voice, and they must try to decide which of his symptoms are psychological in nature. Meanwhile, House and Wilson deal with the fact that the cancer treatment failed; Wilson decides to stop further treatment and die with dignity, while House's pranks inadvertently violate his court probation, which leaves him inevitably facing incarceration well past Wilson's final months.
Final diagnosis: Persistent stapedial artery
|177||22||"Everybody Dies"||David Shore||David Shore, Peter Blake & Eli Attie||8.72||May 21, 2012|
After failing to get out of his upcoming jail time, House disappears and his team along with Wilson and Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) are unable to locate him. He awakens in a burning building after shooting heroin with his former patient (James LeGros). With his life crumbling around him, House hallucinates people from his past (Braugher, Dudek, Morrison, Penn, Tamblyn, Ward) as he decides whether his life is worth living anymore.
Final diagnosis: Autoimmune response to an inhaled piece of plant matter
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