House M.D.: Season 6, Episode 3

The Tyrant (5 Oct. 2009)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Agent Boss
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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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 »


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Pretty bad
10 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The show is clearly not what it once was, so you take it or leave it as it crawls through its presumably final season. House and crew, which is the old crew, by the way, must diagnose an African tyrant (Jones), who is gravely ill and somehow ended up in their hospital. Jones has a thankless role as the despot. Cameron and the Aussie surgeon spend a lot of time talking politics, which is not what doctors do with their patients. House is a sort of guest in the episode, as he no longer has privileges. 13 is barely seen, and Doctor Schnozze is nowhere to be found, and with no explanation. House is now staying with Wilson, and a cranky downstairs neighbor declares war on House. All in all, an episode one may gladly skip.

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