Thirteen has had a rough go of it on House. She’s been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. She’s used drugs. She’s been taken hostage. She’s killed a patient, and his dog. She was half of Snoreteen. Hell, she didn’t even have a real name for a long time. But now, as Olivia Wilde is poised to return to the hit medical series after an extended movie-making leave, the show has one more traumatic twist up its sleeve for Dr. Remy Hadley.
Spoiler Alert: Key plot points follow, also pictures of Olivia – so it’s your call spoilerphobes.
According to TVLine.com, the Fox press release for the April 11 episode which will revolve around Thirteen’s return reveals that she hasn’t been overseas somewhere getting treated for Huntington’s, but in prison. The episode synopsis for “The Dig” reads:
Thirteen has been in prison for the past year, but the real mystery for House is what she did to get there. When she exits the prison, she is taken aback to find him waiting for her, and unaware he’s got plans for the two of them for the next few days. As House probes Thirteen for more information about her crime, intent on solving the puzzle of her mysterious incarceration, they travel to an annual spud-gun competition and join forces to compete against House’s much younger, overconfident rival, and along the journey uncover secrets and truths about each other.
Promos for the episode also show Olivia emerging from the prison gates. It appears House will be diagnosing Thirteen’s crime instead of a patient this episode. Can I just say straight off that it’s probably not lupus?
Not to be a killjoy about the big mystery of Thirteen’s terrible deed, but House could just look that up in a second with a court records check. If House is such a genius, why doesn’t he know that criminal records are a matter of public record? Or perhaps the writers are just using her imprisonment as a way for House to lob lesbian in prison jokes at bisexual Thirteen.
Olivia has been away from House since last May when Thirteen mysteriously left, and has been busy becoming a movie star ever since. She’s done and extended promotional tour for Tron: Legacy and shot Cowboys & Aliens with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, Butter with Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell, The Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman and Now with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In a fan-mail Q&A with House co-star Peter Jacobson, Olivia talked about coming back to the show.
So, what do you think about Thirteen being in the pokey all this time? And are you even allowed to return immediately to medical practice after being in prison? That’s another thing you could have checked out at the courthouse, House. Though it’s probably a good thing we didn’t know Thirteen was in prison all this time, otherwise gay women might have gone on a crime spree just for the chance to be a cellmate.