Holding On (House)

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"Holding On"
House episode
Episode no.Season 8
Episode 21
Directed byMiguel Sapochnik
Written byRussel Friend
Garrett Lerner
David Foster
Original air dateMay 14, 2012
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"Holding On" is the twenty-first episode of the eighth season of House and the 176th overall. It aired on May 14, 2012 on FOX.


The team takes on the case of Derrick (guest star Skylar Astin), a 19-year-old college student who had a mysterious nose bleed during cheerleading practice. As they search his room they find a hidden photograph of a young boy. The patient confesses it's a picture of his brother, who died ten years ago. He hid the picture from his mother, who has always refused to talk about the tragedy. The team thinks he might be suffering from schizophrenia, since Derrick claims to hear his deceased brother's voice in his head. After an MRI reveals no clue House solves the case by diagnosing the patient with a small artery near his eardrum that normally disappears during the early months of development. The patient is doubtful about an operation because he may never hear his brother's voice again and drinks ammonia to avoid treatment. This enrages House who is desperate from Wilson's situation and tries to strangle the patient. The patient eventually agrees to an operation. As he wakes up his mother starts showing him pictures of his deceased brother.

Wilson, who due to his cancer may have just five months to live, becomes resigned to his fate and does not want any further treatment, which makes House very angry. He tries several methods to make Wilson change his mind, including drugging him and administering chemo while Wilson is unconscious. After a serious talk with Thirteen, House appears to give in and takes Wilson to dinner. After dinner Wilson looks ready to change his mind, until he realizes that it was yet another plot by House and runs away in distress. Without Wilson as his prank subject, House turns to Foreman and clogs the plumbing of a hospital toilet causing severe flooding, to the point that a ceiling collapses, injuring Adams and Park and damaging an expensive MRI machine. Wilson feels responsible for House's state of mind and offers to spend his last five months with House in a pleasant way. As they plan a hiking trip Foreman comes in and tells them an investigation into the flooding situation revealed that House was responsible for the damage. Due to the incident House will probably have his parole revoked. He will have to go back to jail for the rest of his sentence, which amounts to six months - a month longer than Wilson is expected to live.


The Onion's AV Club gave this episode a B- rating,[1] while Lisa Palmer of TV Fanatic gave it a 4.3/5.0 rating.[2]


  1. ^ Handlen Z. "Holding On". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Palmer L. "House Review: A Flood of Emotions". TVFanatic.com. Retrieved July 27, 2012.

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