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House episode
"Last Resort"
Episode no. HOU-509
Airdate November 25, 2008
Writer(s) Matthew V. Lewis & Eli Attie (teleplay); Matthew V. Lewis (story)
Director(s) Katie Jacobs
Guest star(s) Zeljko Ivanek
Wood Harris
Final diagnosis Melioidosis
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"Last Resort" is the ninth episode of the fifth season of House and the ninety-fifth episode overall. It aired on November 25, 2008. This episode is an "extended episode" as it runs for an extra seven minutes (excluding ads), taking the total episode's length without ads to 50 minutes.



A gun-wielding man (Željko Ivanek) from the waiting room at the Princeton-Plainsboro clinic takes House, Thirteen, a nurse, and several patients from the waiting room hostage in Cuddy’s office. The man claims to be sick with a long undiagnosed illness and demands medical attention from the best doctor in the hospital, threatening to kill any hostages necessary along the way. With a room full of already sick patients, House must use them as guinea pigs to assure the hostage-taker that the medications he is administering to him are legitimate. As Cuddy and the rest of House’s team communicate with House over the phone to run tests and offer possible diagnoses, they ponder the possibility that the hostage-taker has nothing physically wrong with him and that everyone in Cuddy’s office could wind up dead. With one hostage already shot, Thirteen wagers her own already diminished health as she simultaneously receives the experimental treatments the hostage-taker patient is receiving. Her life lies in danger as House’s own determination to diagnose the hostage-taker threatens to thwart the SWAT team’s plan to put an end to the standoff in the “Last Resort” fire. After receiving medicine for Cushing's Syndrome, Thirteen develops kidney failure. When only the gunman and Thirteen remain in the room, the gunman demands that Thirteen take an injection which will inevitably kill her. Thirteen refuses, tearfully pleading "I don't want to die." The gunman prepares to fire at Thirteen, but at the last second grabs the drugs and injects them into himself as the SWAT team blows the wall down and storms the room. The gunman is taken down, and House reenters the room to find Thirteen still alive. All she says is "He didn't make me take it".

After the diagnosis of Melioidosis is confirmed, the patient is arrested. After nearly dying, Thirteen asks Foreman to admit her in to a clinical trial for Huntington's.

At the end of the episode, Cuddy is looking around at her destroyed office when House enters. They argue over who is to blame, him for being so obsessed with solving the case that he gave the man back the gun, or her for doing everything he told her. Cuddy abruptly ends the conversation saying 'this' is why they wouldn't work in a relationship. House tells her that he's not sure how to help her then, since as they are not in a relationship now the only way to change would be to be together. Shocked, Cuddy asks if he wants a relationship with her. He hesitates, before sarcastically saying that he was just trying to follow her logic.

We also find that in the beginning of the episode House was in Dr. Cuddy's office to pull a prank in which he turned a drawer in her desk upside down so when she opens it the contents all fall out, which ends the episode.

Cultural references

This episode featured the song "Between The Lines" (feat. Bajka) by British musician, producer and DJ, Bonobo, "Herzog" by Chris Clark, as well as "Glue of the World" by Four Tet, "It's Not The Same" by Yppah and "A Chronicle of Early Failures Pt. One" by The Dead Texan.


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