Runaways (House)

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House episode
Episode no. Season 8
Episode 10
Directed by Sanford Bookstaver
Written by Marqui Jackson
Original air date January 30, 2012
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"Runaways" is the tenth episode from season eight of House and the one-hundred sixty-fifth overall. It originally aired on January 30, 2012.

A teenage girl Callie/Jane Doe (Bridgit Mendler) needs a surgery requiring adult consent, but claims she is fleeing an abusive household. House and Adams debate whether to call Social Services, but then her mom shows up and it turns out the relationship is far more complicated than the team could have anticipated. Meanwhile, Taub can't connect with his infant daughters and House threatens to exploit Foreman's relationship with a married woman.

The song "Be The Song" by Foy Vance is featured at the end of the episode.


House is examining a young girl (Callie) in the clinic who is having trouble breathing. House accuses her and the man she's with of being unrelated. She goes to leave, but House tells her that she's bleeding from her ear. House continues his physical examination.

House meets his team and starts a differential. Adams has figured out the patient isn't really 18 and says they have to call social services. House says that the patient will run if social services is called. House decides to treat for pneumococcus, but the team argues that she may have been vaccinated. Adams finds out that she has been vaccinated for pneumococcus. The patient registered under a fake name, but Adams and Park decide to scan the foreclosed house she listed as her address.

The social worker arrives but Adams is suspicious - the patient isn't making a fuss and the social worker is wearing five inch heels. Adams wonders if House could have known she was an expert marksman. House hired a prostitute to impersonate a social worker. Foreman explains that House called back and cancelled the real social worker and has arranged another one. Foreman says House should have told him about an underage patient. The mother brings banana muffins as a peace offering. The patient takes the muffins and tells the mother she can stay. However, she then collapses and Adams realizes it must be a burst aneurysm. They perform emergency surgery, but can't find anything. The blood vessels are all intact. The patient's blood pressure drops. The team start talking about the patient being in Florida and that it might be a tropical infection. House notes those don't wait for years to appear and goes to dismiss the idea when he thinks of something.

House asks the mother if Callie ever went swimming in Florida. The mother says she went swimming in a nearby canal. He asks the mother to follow him into surgery. House reveals she has ascariasis, a parasite. They are generally asymptomatic, but when set off by a small trauma, they attack the body's organs. She is then given mebendazole.

Callie improves rapidly, but runs away while unsupervised. She leaves behind a note, saying that she believes her mother will fall back to her old ways and, not wanting to experience that again, prefers to remember her mother the way she is now.


The Onion's AV Club gave this episode a B rating.[1]

13th most watched program of the week.[2]


  1. ^ Handlen, Zack (January 30, 2012). "Runaways". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Seidman (February 7, 2012). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'Super Bowl,' 'The Voice' Top Week 20". 

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