Olivia Wilde is going to bid goodbye to "House M.D." fans in next week's episode, but first her character Thirteen must convince the titular character that she is not going to work with him again. In a new sneak peek to the upcoming outing, the female doctor whose real name is Remy Hadley shows up at Princeton-Plainsboro only to tell her former boss that she is not coming back.
Thirteen asks House to stop calling her, but he hints that he won't stop until he can get his old team back together. With his persistence, Thirteen correctly guesses that it is an ankle monitor which prevents him from visiting her place and further annoying her.
Wilde has explained why it makes sense that her character decides not to become a doctor anymore. "There's a few good reasons for her not to be working anymore as a doctor," she said. "She's had a disease for a number of years and she doesn't necessarily have that many years left."
"At this point she's struggling with that dilemma. But of course it's always up to House. No matter how much he drives them crazy, he's still the most compelling and dynamic person to work for. And ultimately, it's resolved for her."
Thirteen's plan does not run smoothly because House has his own agenda that involves her. "House is shuffling his own deck of cards," the House depicter, Hugh Laurie, revealed. "Chase and Taub he wants back. He needs them. He does know that, but he'd never admit it to them. And he's trying to bring Thirteen back into the fold. She's operating on the level that House needs around him."
On how it feels to quit the medical drama series, Wilde shared, "It's a strange feeling thinking I won't be coming here every morning, but all I feel is gratitude. My film career is thanks to House." The "Cowboys and Aliens" beauty went on crediting "House" cast whom she has worked with, "My work has gotten so much better from being on the show and learning from Hugh and all the other actors."
Laurie himself admitted that it is not easy to bid farewell to Wilde. "There's great sadness about the place. You can probably smell it. There's a great sadness that Olivia is leaving us and moving on," the British actor revealed.
"Although it never came as any great surprise to anybody. Everybody here wishes her the absolute best of luck, but it's very sad because she's a wonderful person to work with. [She's] basically much, much nicer than someone like Olivia Wilde needs to be."
"Charity Case", which will be Wilde's final episode of "House M.D.", will air Monday, October 17 at 9/8c on FOX. In the episode, Wentworth Miller guest stars as a patient whose extreme altruistic behavior leads House to think that he has a deeper medical disorder.