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'House' exec producer on tonight's episode and how it nods to Martin Scorsese's 'Bringing Out the Dead'

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Tonight’s episode House is one of the most intense hours of the entire season. As teased in this week’s Spoiler Room, the episode takes viewers behind the medicine and into the personal lives of the docs at Princeton-Plainsboro, which (wouldn’t you know) still have a lot to do with medicine.

But beyond the medicine and blood — and there’s a lot of it tonight — executive producer Greg Yaitanes says the episode “sets up the collisions of events that are about to happen” in the season finale, which airs next week. 

“These last three episodes are basically an arc to the finale,” he says. “The thing I love about the penultimate episode is it’s very intense. The stakes are high, and everybody is emotionally so exhausted from the journey that they’ve taken all season.”

Visually speaking, the episode is also a deviation from a normal House episode, a treat Yaitanes credits to director, Miguel Sapochnik. “He was

very inspired by Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead and the kind of intense, high-energy, semi-real time nature of the story. The fact that it’s just taking place in one night, and you have all these colliding storylines. I love some of the high-energy montage word that Miguel was doing in that episode.”

The episode airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. And look for more on House in this week’s Spoiler Room.