Holding On (House)

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"Holding On"
House episode
Episode no. Season 8
Episode 21
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Written by

Russel Friend
Garrett Lerner

David Foster
Original air date May 14, 2012
Guest appearance(s)
Season 8 episodes
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"Holding On" is the twenty-first episode of the eighth season of House and the 176th overall. It aired on May 14, 2012 on FOX.


The team takes on the case of Derrick (guest star Skylar Astin), a 19-year-old college student who had a mysterious nose bleed during cheerleading practice, and discovers that his health issues are likely both physiological and psychological. Possibly suffering from schizophrenia, Derrick claims to hear his deceased brother's voice in his head. Wilson becomes resigned to his fate, but House does not. House becomes enraged at Wilson's desire to forgo further treatment, and effectively ends their friendship. House, without Wilson as a friend, turns his constant pranking towards Foreman. House fails to forsee the consequences of his pranks, including clogging the plumbing in the hospital, and causes the ceiling to cave in. With the cave-in came the water, and ruins a MRI machine as well as injuring two doctors who were using the MRI. Due to the extreme expense of the ruined machine, House learns that he will likely have his parole revoked for at least six months—which is greater than the amount of time Wilson is expected to live.


The Onion's AV Club gave this episode a B- rating,[1] while Lisa Palmer of TV Fanatic gave it a 4.3/5.0 rating.[2]


  1. ^ Handlen Z. "Holding On". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Palmer L. "House Review: A Flood of Emotions". TVFanatic.com. Retrieved July 27, 2012.

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