House M.D.: Season 6, Episode 3

The Tyrant (5 Oct. 2009)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Fairbanks ...
Agent Boss
Jason Nash ...
Long Hair
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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During the intro of the episode, the scene of Dibala driving across the bridge is one of the sections in the House title intro of all episodes. 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. Robert Chase: If the cops are going to come for me, please warn me. So I can tell my wife first.
Dr. Eric Foreman: Chase... you really think you can kill another human being without consequences to yourself?
Dr. Robert Chase: No.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Different but excellent
6 October 2009 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

forough_shafiee, I agree with you about Hugh Laurie, except that - shocking as it is - he has never won an Emmy for this role, so it is high time he did for this season! He is getting greater in every episode, it's almost unbelievable.

However, the rest of the cast is doing a great job too, especially in this episode. Jesse Spencer is an excellent actor and it showed again as he got a more prominent part, taking a side becomes to Cameron, and although so many people hammer the "Foreteen" line, I think Omar Epps and Olivia Wilde are such excellent actors and I just enjoy watching them on screen. Their relationship allows for the emergence of their complicated characters, especially Foreman's, who I never really understood before, but the picture is getting clearer in the 6th season.

I also loved the House-Wilson moments. It's reasonable that House is not so much involved in the case yet, as well as the subtle power game between him and Foreman, all this is great writing and acting. It would be inconsistent to throw House back in to the hospital as if nothing has changed. I'm really interested in what happens next, everything cannot be the same but it does not have to, I guess. I trust the writers, they have not let me down so far. We just have to be open-minded and take whatever turn the story takes. It is still the unmistakable House. Oh, and an Emmy for Hugh Laurie, pls!

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