House M.D.: Season 8, Episode 21

Holding On (14 May 2012)

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A patient's illness has its roots in the body and mind.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Robert Chase (credit only)
Matt Johnson
Man (as Michael C. Alexander)


A patient's illness has its roots in the body and mind.

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Drama | Mystery





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14 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Jesse Spencer is credited but doesn't appear. See more »


When Dr. Parks does the spinal tap her syringe is filled 1/3 of the way with air before injecting it into the patients back. If she injected that much air into the spinal fluid it would be fatal. See more »


Dr. Chris Taub: You know he just doesn't want to live in pain.
Dr. Gregory House: Life is pain! I wake up every morning in pain! Work is pain! You know how many times I just wanted to give up? How many times I've thought about ending it?
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »


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Holding On
9 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So this episode begins with an emotional announcement from Wilson, and an extremely boring medical case.

Bravo to House. Filling the cafeteria with Wilson's patients, the survivors of cancer—really nice touch. And done in true House fashion: as completely fake. Though fake, it was an emotional scene that endeared Wilson to us that much more.

The return of Thirteen! Another nice touch. Wilson needs to reach out to someone who might understand his situation, and Thirteen has a terminal condition. It makes sense. And Thirteen might be the only other person in the world House stands a chance of listening to. He has a great deal of respect for her, therefore he will consider whatever she has to tell him.

The Wilson storyline continues. House is adjusting more quickly to Wilson's decision to cease treatment than he ever has to bad news in the past. And he continues to be a supportive, loyal friend. With a minor manipulation, of course.

A common error throughout this series has been that lumbar punctures are done with the patient's head elevated to some degree. In fifteen years, I have never once seen an LP done with the patient's head elevated in any way. I realize of course having the patients' heads elevated makes them easier for the cameras to see, but I wanted to set the record straight.

And the ceiling collapses in the MRI suite, naturally. As that is just about the most expensive occurrence. Few, if any, pieces of equipment in a hospital are as expensive as an MRI machine. If House's antics would destroy anything, it would be one of these.

In this episode, we see the return the old, out-of-control House. And we see some genuine emotion from Park when she hits House over the head with his own cane and shouts at him. The latter is long overdue. Had there been more time, I'm beginning to suspect Park's character could have been fleshed out in a way that would have made her a very interesting component of the show.

At the end of the episode, we get more bad news that no doubt directly sets us up for the finale. House is supposed to go back to jail, as his vandalism violates his parole. He'll be sent up for six months. Wilson doesn't have that long, and therein lies the problem I suspect will drive the final episode of this series.

I admit, this show will not end in any way I had foreseen. And that's probably good, as my premonitions were bleak. But I'm not willing to say things look good.

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