House M.D.: Season 6, Episode 3

The Tyrant (5 Oct. 2009)

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When a controversial African politician falls ill, he is brought to Princeton Plainsboro for treatment. The team struggles with whether to help a merciless dictator being subpoenaed for ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Jason Nash ...
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Jarell Dubose ...


When a controversial African politician falls ill, he is brought to Princeton Plainsboro for treatment. The team struggles with whether to help a merciless dictator being subpoenaed for crimes against humanity in his country. Meanwhile, Wilson tries to make peace with a feuding neighbor, but House's prying exacerbates the problem. Written by FOX Publicity

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5 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Poking fun at Foreman for having fired Thirteen, House says, "I just ran into Thirteen while she was clearing out her locker. My condolences, although it's not like she's the hottest woman in the world." In 2009, Olivia Wilde, who plays Thirteen, was voted number one on Maxim's Hottest Women List. See more »


The opening scene in which Dibala is being served a civil subpoena, the man serving it cites to Title 18 of the United States Code section 1350. This section does not deal with genocide or crimes against humanity. Section 1350 concerns "Failure of corporate officers to certify financial records." The section dealing with genocide is section 1091. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: [Foreman, Chase and Cameron enter and spot House sitting at the conference table] Oh my God. It's three years ago, does it mean I'm still crazy?
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References Say Anything... (1989) See more »

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Can a TV show really be this good?
6 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What more is there to say about House? Albeit, in this episode, the dosage of drama was a tad outlandish and perhaps the ethical scenarios were a bit contrived, nonetheless, it really all was quite original. Besides, the rest of the episode had some of House's best moments.

From the self-reflexive jokes (when House remarks on Foreman's firing of Thirteen he says "it's not like she was the hottest girl in the world") to the clever incorporation of the 'mirror box' to cure the neighbor's phantom limb (inspired directly from the real-life work of neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran) this episode ranks as one of the better episodes of House.

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