After Hours (House)
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|Episode no.||Season 7|
|Directed by||Miguel Sapochnik|
|Written by||Seth Hoffman|
|Original air date||May 16, 2011|
"After Hours" is the twenty-second episode of the seventh season of the American medical drama series House. It aired on May 16, 2011 on Fox. There are three plotlines the episode. Thirteen tries to save her friend from prison as Chase tries to take her to the hospital, House attempts self-surgery to remove tumors after his experimental drug causes cancer, and Taub learns his ex-girlfriend is pregnant.
There are three plot lines in this episode. Darrien, a relapsed drug-user and Thirteen's friend from prison, arrives at her apartment with a stab wound. She makes Thirteen promise that she won't take her to the hospital because Darrien believes the cops will be waiting for her there. After noticing that Darrien has no blood pressure in her left arm, Thirteen calls in Chase to get some equipment from the hospital and bring it to her house. Chase stays to help and suggests that Darrien might have a lipoma in a blood vessel in her left armpit. They suck it out after using many syringes. They also know that she was on interferon in prison for her hepatitis C. Darrien then begins to hallucinate and Chase has to fight off Thirteen in order to take Darrien to the hospital. At the hospital, they call House after Darrien falls into a coma. He tells them that they need to find out when Darrien contracted her hepatitis C. Thirteen is able to discover that Darrien has had hepatitis for no more than three years, but because she received chronic hepatitis C treatments with interferon while she was in jail, her presentation must have made it appear she had it longer. Thirteen and Chase finally deduce that in addition to the hepatitis C, Darrien must have had a second infection with the parasite Entamoeba, which had formed an abscess in her liver. In the stabbing, Darrien's liver was struck, releasing the parasite back into her bloodstream, leading to her other symptoms. Thirteen and Chase give Darrien some metronidazole and she comes out of her coma. In the aftermath, Thirteen breaks down and admits her frustration, about her brother's death and her friend's arrest and chides Chase that he does not know the confusion over choosing to take a life. Chase responds that they should get a coffee, hinting that he plans to share his recent past with similar consequences.
In the second plot line, House finds out that the experimental drug he has been using caused fatal cancerous tumors in all of the lab rats in the experiment. He gets a CT scan of his leg and finds three tumors that are close to the surface of his skin in his leg. He goes home, cleans his bathroom, and attempts to perform surgery on himself to extract the tumors in his bathtub. However, after extracting the first tumor, he realizes that he cannot take out the other ones by himself due to the severe pain. He calls everyone on his team and Wilson, but none of them answer his call. He finally calls Cuddy and she arrives to take him to the hospital. At the hospital, he receives the call from Thirteen before requiring surgery due to high blood pressure. He persuades Cuddy to stay to make sure that his leg is not amputated and the surgeons don't remove any unnecessary muscle. He awakes and feels that his leg is still there. Wilson is by his side, reads aloud the letter that Cuddy's daughter wrote for him. House says he wants to pee, Wilson tries to assist him, but House refuses. Wilson says that House cannot go on like this forever and House finally admits that something has to change in his life.
In the third plot line, Taub finds out that his girlfriend, Ruby, a nurse at the hospital, is pregnant. He and Foreman go to a strip club, where Taub notices a suspicious asymmetrical mole on a stripper. He gets kicked out after touching her and stays behind to tell her about the mole. However, when she comes out she pulls out a gun and terrifies Taub before driving off. He then realizes that he wants to keep the baby and tells his girlfriend the next day.
Critics praised the episode, being one of the best reviewed episodes of the season. IGN critic Johan Krakow gave the episode the score of 9/10, indicating "Amazing". He began the review pointing out, "I've been critical of House this season [...]. However, I also have to heap praise on the show when they deserve it, and this week's episode certainly did." TVFanatic praised Hugh Laurie's performance, giving the score of 4.3/5. The A.V. Club gave this episode a C rating.
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- House: "After Hours" Reviews Archived May 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine IGN.com
- House Review: "After Hours" TVFanatic
- "House: 'After Hours'". The A.V. Club. The Onion.