House M.D. (2004–2012)
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The Tyrant 

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 »


David Straiton


David Shore (created by), Peter Blake

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein ... Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison ... Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase
Olivia Wilde ... Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley
James Earl Jones ... Dibala
David Marciano ... Murphy
Garikayi Mutambirwa ... Ruwe
Roger Aaron Brown ... Ntila
Christopher Fairbanks Christopher Fairbanks ... Agent Boss
Kelsey Scott ... Ama
Jason Nash ... Long Hair
Jarell Dubose Jarell Dubose ... Dibala's Son


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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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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One of the most controversial episodes, it is often used as a lesson piece for Moral Theology classes at private, Catholic schools. 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 »


Dibala: [Speaking of Cameron] I did her a favor. I showed her her true character.
Dr. Robert Chase: She's a better person than you are.
Dibala: She's too weak to act on her beliefs. That is not her fault. Most everyone is. Even my own advisors. My own Colonel. All they do is negotiate, and debate and sign treaties. They are appeasers. All the while we are beset by assassins and traitors, the scum.
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References Say Anything... (1989) See more »

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Pretty bad
10 October 2009 | by ctomvelu1See 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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