House “Emancipation”

Caroline Babula ('09) / Eastside Entertainment Editor

Everybody lies. It’s House’s motto: an always-true philosophy. That motto was taken to the extreme in this episode, which revolved around an emancipated 16-year-old girl who seizes and collapses at her factory job.
 
She tells the doctors that her parents are dead, yet they literally catch her in a lie during her MRI, because areas of her limbic system in her brain, which is used when someone is using their imagination, were lighting up. The patient, Sophia, retracts her statement about her parents. They are not dead, but her father raped her and her mother stood idly by, therefore Sophia emancipated herself. When Sophia needs a bone marrow transplant, Thirteen highly advises a family member, like her parents, as they are sure to be the best match. Sophia refuses, so Thirteen tracks them down herself.
 
Thirteen knocks on the door and tells the man his daughter has cancer. His daughter Sophia comes to the door – this girl is not the patient to whom Thirteen is referring. Thus, “Sophia” lied again, this time about her name.
 
Meanwhile, Foreman asks House’s permission to work on clinical drug trials; House denies him the opportunity. Still trying to prove he can do two things at once, Foreman takes another case in addition to Sophia’s. Foreman almost doesn’t save his new patient, a four-year-old boy, in time, and House rejects his plea for help.
 
In the end, both patients are properly diagnosed and treated. Foreman puts his foot down and tells House he is going to work on the clinical trials. House yields, because three days ago Foreman asked and today, it was not a question and therefore House could not say no.
 
 
Spoiler Alert!
 
 


 
I’ve got to say, having two simultaneous cases did spark my interest and cured my boredom a little. It also was a clever way to have the old team reunite without losing the discussions of the new group. Also, this episode is the epitome of “everybody lies,” which was pretty awesome. Still, I have the feeling “Emancipation” is just a filler for the next episode, where House is held at gunpoint until he diagnoses a patient.
 
Rating: B