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House Recap: Season Five, Episode Five, "Lucky Thirteen"

House Rundown: Episode Five, "Lucky Thirteen"

Thirteen hasn't been my favorite House character. In fact, to this day, I would have picked Amber over her for the final fellowship spot. The prospect of an entire Thirteen-focused episode of House, then, did not exactly thrill me — but the episode turned out to be a nice surprise. I'm fascinated by the fact that Thirteen's essentially living with a death sentence, and this episode's case drills a little deeper into her psyche. Want to talk about it? Just


As you may have noticed from those vaguely porny promos, Thirteen's been dealing with her Huntington's diagnosis (and the recent news that she has even less time than she thought) by partying hard and sleeping with random women. And apparently, she's good at covering her tracks, because nobody at PPH had a clue until she shows up in the ER with one of her one-night stands, who had a seizure after their romp between the sheets. (House: "Penthouse forum meets medical mystery? Maybe there really is a God.") Turns out she's kind of a crazy stalker who followed Thirteen to get to House — but she has a point that only House can figure out what's wrong with her. And his diagnosis is dire: She has a rare lung condition and only 10 years to live.

That's a feeling Thirteen can relate to, given that she's dealing with it herself. She and her patient/hookup actually have some sweet bonding moments — which almost certainly would have been inappropriate had House not fired Thirteen earlier in the episode — but it all comes to a close when they discover the original diagnosis was wrong and her patient isn't dying after all. I was surprised by how invested I felt in this story, and by how happy I was when Thirteen (briefly) feels like someone gets what she's going through. Knowing you're going to lose control in a matter of years must be terrifying; I don't know how someone would deal with it without going into a self-destructive spiral. And sure enough, at the end of the episode, Thirteen's in yet another random hotel room with yet another random woman, desperately trying to feel alive.

Meanwhile, the PI is back as House and Wilson get up to their old tricks, baiting each other with silly traps all for the sake of House learning where Wilson was one morning. This story involves a faux prostitute girlfriend, stashed hypodermic needles, and a majorly significant doughnut, and it reminded me of just how much I miss the House/Wilson bromance when it's gone. That story ends with a pretty big bombshell: Cuddy's adopting a baby. I loved House's response: He says, "If you're happy, I'm — " and then turns and walks away before finishing the sentence.

Some other thoughts:

  • In other news, Foreman's just figured out that he's boring. Welcome to my world, Foreman.
  • I think "like Thirteen" could become House's "That's what she said."
  • Awesome insight about Wilson's character: He'd be a lot better at a carjacking video game "if he didn't stop at all the red lights."
  • If the patient had been to so many doctors, why did she never mention her lack of tears as a symptom?
  • While House's firing of Thirteen seemed especially random and probably deserved to be revoked, I think I like it better when his sudden firings stick.

Did this episode change your feelings about Thirteen at all? What do you make of Cuddy adopting? And could House, Wilson, and Lucas maybe go on a date together?

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hoanghoadaochu hoanghoadaochu 8 years
House is so cute. But he's selfish, he can't say a simple word like that. Can't wait for the next eps !
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
I quite liked this episode, besides some aspects like, the lack of Chase and Cameron and also lack of Cuddy. I'm actually quite pleased that Luddy is over, it would never last, not with House around the corner. Anyone excited about the Huddy kiss? I know all you Hameron people are groaning, but you had your moment in season 2 (or was it 3, I forget) now let us have ours! You can't deny it, the way he looked at her said it all! Hope they don't stay together though, it will be more interesting if they continue to flirt aimlessly. I was surprised that I didn't mind the heavy Thirteen plotline, but I think that Thirteen adn Foreman hooking up will be awkward and I would much prefer Kutner and Thirteen.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
Oh my gosh. I have no words for this episode except that it was mind blowing. I fell for the hooker thing. I told my mom, "Ugh. That is so Wilson!" I believe that sometime in the near future Wilson, House, and Lucas shall go on a date together and all the ducklings will make fun of them. Wilson and House! I'm so glad they're dating again (I won't let anyone tell me that they're not). I really hope that Cuddy gets her baby. I really wish there was more Cuddy/Lucas action. I still hate 13.
srslyallison srslyallison 8 years
honestly, thirteen's character is a's a little like how cameron was in the third season. i expected by now a little split off from cameron's personality, but nothing yet. this is exactly what cameron did when she learned she *might* have hiv, but...ehh. i still felt for her. i liked the little moments between thirteen and foreman. it's good to see that even if he is boring, he still gives a damn. and ooooh man. house and wilson bromance is, as usual, to die for. this is what i've been missing. and yes, this doughnut was apparently a very important doughnut, lol. i want more of this to make up for what we missed in the beginning of the season.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I was SO happy to find out Cuddy is adopting! I don't know why, but the idea of Cuddy being a mommy just thrills me. :) Overall, I really liked this episode. Lots of good stuff.
graylen graylen 8 years
You are right, Baluk- he does use it twice. I think I would have liked it better if they had just used it that once with the Cuddy scene. I love House's smile when he sees Wilson's "user" trash... it's pretty classic.
Baluk Baluk 8 years
Doesn't House use that line: "If you're happy, I'm..." twice in the episode? Once after Wilson tells him about Debbie his hooker, House leaves Wilson's office saying it then again after Cuddy tells him about her adoption.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Thirteen has never been my favorite character, but I did find last night's focus on her story and behavior fairly compelling. How she is coping with her diagnosis interests me; like others, though, I wish House's firing would have stuck. "If you're happy, I'm..." is a great line. Cuddy's decision to adopt surprised me; but, from next week's previews, it appears that all doesn't go as planned. Maybe that will bring House and Cuddy closer?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
The last scene made me so sad for House. He finally decided he wants Cuddy and she goes and gets a baby. Poor selfish House.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Is it still wrong that I want the old team back( and all Kal Penn )? I was wishing the the firing of 13 would stick and mean that slowly we would get rid of the newbies.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
I didn't like this episode much. I was thrilled to know though that Cuddy's going to have a baby. I'm interested to see how this will change the days of their lives. Hehee. Why didn't you let House in on the adopting-a-baby happening Cuddy?! You told Wilson but left House out. Aww. The scene where 13 was visiting her friend in her hospital room - where she (13) was first sitting down on the bed, then lifted her feet up and then changed her position for like maaany times more until she was lying down on the bed, face to face with her friend.. I was like, "Errr.. where is thing going?" Really, in the hospital? Doink.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I really liked the scene with Foreman and Chase. Okay, I like ANY scene with Chase in it because he's just so pretty, but that one was really cute and funny. I knew that Wilson was lying about the prostitute. I could just tell. And I enjoyed the fact that this episode was about Thirteen. I really find her interesting, even though she's not my favorite character on the show. As the sole female on the team, she's WAY less annoying than Cameron was.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
It was really interesting for me for about 5 mintues when they thought she had LAMB's because my cousin's wife has it, I was kinda dissappointed that she ended up not having it. Although I knew it was too early in the show for a true Dx.
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