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The eighth and final season of House premiered on October 3, 2011 and ended on May 21, 2012. This season starts with House in jail after the events of "Moving On". It is also the only season not to feature Lisa Cuddy at all. Other important events that happened in this season were Thirteen's departure from the team, the addition of two new fellows, Wilson's disease among others.

Returning characters for this season include House's wife, Dominika Petrova, his favourite prostitute, Emily, and almost all the main/guest characters that left the show.


Fox Television announced on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, that House, M.D. would be renewed for its eighth season for 2011-2012. Fox and the show's producers NBC Universal were at an impasse over responsibility for continuing production costs of the series, but those issues were finally settled. NBC Universal had already agreed to extend Fox's option to pick up the series to April 15, 2011, but that date passed without an agreement having been reached. However, Fox was getting ready to announce its fall schedule and any further delay would have meant scheduling difficulties once the fall season started if it did not find a replacement series.


Production of Season 8 was somewhat delayed and the season did not begin airing until October 3, 2011. Part of the issue was that without a firm deal to continue the series, NBC Universal only had Hugh Laurie and Olivia Wilde under contract to appear in any following season. However, shortly after Fox's announcement, Robert Sean Leonard, Peter Jacobson, and Omar Epps agreed to new contracts. Jesse Spencer was in negotiations longer, but finally agreed to a new contract. However, Lisa Edelstein announced she would not be returning and instead joined the cast of The Good Wife.

In early 2012, it was confirmed that this season was House's last, and it would have a "swan song" episode (a two hour finale consisting of a retrospective and the series finale). The finale was co-written and directed by series creator David Shore. The last few episodes focused heavily on a Hilson story line. Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Anne Dudek, Sela Ward, Amber Tamblyn, and Jennifer Morrison also returned for the finale.

Among the story threads that were picked up from Season 7 were:

New plot points developed from the beginning of the season were:

  • House serving time in prison for his various misdeeds. His absence lasts about one year: long enough for things to really be shaken up at Princeton-Plainsboro.
  • House is eventually released on strict conditions, meaning if he screws up, Foreman can have him sent back to jail to serve out the rest of his sentence.
  • House meets his new fellow to be, Jessica Adams, while in prison and brings her onto his team after his release.
  • The shape of the team forms into something completely different, marking the biggest shift since Season 4. Both Dr. Adams and Charlyne Yi's new character Dr. Chi Park become fellows.
  • It appears Thirteen moves off the team at least temporarily, and Olivia Wilde leaves the series to pursue other career options.


House starts the year in prison, serving out a long term for his various misdeeds in Moving On. However, it turns out that he didn't even try to get a lesser sentence and took a one-year term without complaint. He blows a chance for early parole in order to prove a fellow patient's diagnosis. Although he plans to withdraw from the practice of medicine, it appears the real co-dependent relationship is between House and the hospital. With House looking at serving at least another six months, the new Dean of Medicine, Eric Foreman approaches House with an offer to return to work.

House accepts the offer and gets out of prison, eventually reconnecting with a doctor who worked in the infirmary who he's made unemployable, Jessica Adams. With one new team member established, he soon meets a bright but timid resident, Chi Park, and adds her to his growing entourage of no-cost doctors as well. He receives a cold welcome from James Wilson, but after a cathartic punch to the nose, the two men reconnect.

However, all is not well at the hospital. House is put on a short leash, and the hospital lacks the funding to provide him with a proper team. Park is his only employee, and House must convince Adams and other doctors to donate their services to help him. House seeks out wealthy patients who can provide him with funding, but the rest of the hospital staff is also working to push House to return to his bad behavior so that Foreman will have to fire him, resulting in House's return to jail.

House gets the money to re-fund his department by pawning a piece of hospital equipment to bet on the market. He also helps Park avoid getting fired for hitting her previous boss. Chase eagerly returns, and even Taub prefers the excitement of saving lives to the routine of fixing noses. However, House initially tries to reconnect with Thirteen, he finally sends her off with her girlfriend to live in Greece.

Taub has other problems. Both his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend are furious with him, and he's on the hook for two child support payments and one alimony payment. Not only that, the mothers choose the names Sophie and Sophia. In addition, Rachel announces that she wants to move to Seattle with her new boyfriend Phil and take Sophia with them. After a lot of soul searching, Taub refuses.

The routine of weird cases continue until February. However, when treating a chemistry teacher, Chase and Adams are in the room when the patient suffers a psychotic break. In the melee, Chase is badly stabbed and the life-saving surgery nearly costs him the use of his legs as well. He takes a lengthy leave of absence and, when he returns, has an inappropriate relationship with a patient. When she leaves him to return to be a nun, Chase decides to return to the team.

However, it's House soon having woman problems as his immigration wife Dominika returns from Atlantic City to tell House that the immigration authorities are coming to test whether their marriage is real. House tries to blow her off, but an offer of $30,000 if he succeeds is too much for him. Unfortunately, they blow the test, but Dominika pleads that she loves House and asks that he not be punished. Immigration gives them one more chance, but it means they have to live together for real. To House's surprise, he enjoys spending time with Dominika and when her citizenship is granted, he keeps this knowledge from her so she will stay. Unfortunately, she discovers the deception and leaves him.

As for the other woman in his life, House works through some issues with his mother. She shows up in Princeton with her new fiance, Thomas Bell, a man who House has believed for forty years was his biological father. At a cathartic dinner, House reveals his immigration wife (which Bell supports given the U.S. immigration system) and his stint in prison (which his mother knew about from reading the Princeton newspapers). She also admits she and Bell got married shortly after John House died. House finally confronts her about Bell, and she admits she deceived both of them. After the initial shock, Bell reaches out to House. However, Wilson is too tempted and tests Bell's DNA - he's not House's biological father either.

At the end of the series, it's House's most important relationship at stake when James Wilson reveals he has inoperable cancer. Despite being an oncologist, he rejects the conventional therapy for his thymoma and instead gets House to agree to try a short course of radical chemotherapy in order to shrink the tumor and make it operable. Wilson survives the treatment, but it doesn't work - the tumor remains inoperable, meaning that without treatment, Wilson will survive no longer than five months and, even with treatment, three years would be an exceptional lifespan.

Given the options of spending two years in and out of hospitals or six months in fairly good health doing what he wants, Wilson opts not to accept treatment. House is furious and the men go back and forth on the matter, with Wilson changing his mind throughout. Eventually, House comes to terms with Wilson's choice and the two start to plan for their last few months together. At that point, Foreman drops a bombshell - because of a disastrous prank, House has to go back to jail for the next six months.

Meanwhile, with House spending more time with Wilson, the team find themselves increasingly on their own. Chase starts to take the lead on the team, but when they treat one of his rivals, a doctor who was also up for the fellowship Chase received, Chase begins to re-examine his life and decides to leave the team at the end of the case. Finally realizing that he doesn't have to be exactly like House to be a great doctor, he starts using his own strengths and solves yet another case. Foreman offers him a promotion to stay, but Chase feels that he has to get out of House's shadow once and for all and leaves the hospital.

With prison looming, House hatches a number of crazy schemes in an attempt to stay out of jail long enough to be with Wilson during the last months of his life. However, when they all fail, he comes up with the craziest scheme yet - faking his own death. This one works and he has the pleasure of texting Wilson during his own funeral to tell him to shut up. The two men head off on motorcycles to enjoy the rest of Wilson's life and House's death.


  • Eric Foreman remains as Dean of Medicine of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. He finds House's name badge steadying his wobbly table and starts to realize the truth.
  • Robert Chase is made head of Princeton-Plainsboro's diagnostic department. Jessica Adams and Chi Park stay on as his fellows.
  • Allison Cameron goes back to her husband and child and running an emergency department in Chicago.
  • Chris Taub reconciles with the mothers of his children so he can spend more time with his daughters.
  • Remy Hadley remains with her girlfriend Amy.
  • James Wilson and Gregory House ride off on motorcycles together, both facing inevitable death, but in different ways.


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1. "Twenty Vicodin" October 3, 2011 9.78

PlotGregory House is serving out a lengthy prison sentence for his various misdeeds in Moving On, including his trip outside the country in an attempt to escape responsibility. Entirely cut off from his old life, House determines his current problems are the result of his inability to deal with people. Feeling he will never be able to practice medicine again, he plans instead to go back to university to earn a doctorate in physics - a field that will all but assure his isolation from other human beings. As expected, House has great difficulty getting along with his fellow inmates, but does find his "one friend", an elderly prisoner who shares a fondness for chess. After one year, he's unable to bring himself to apologize for his conduct, show respect to the parole board, or cooperate with the prison system. However, due to prison overcrowding conditions, the parole board sees him as a candidate for early release as long as he can stay out of trouble for five days. This faint hope may turn out to be pointless. First, he meets a fellow prisoner with a mysterious medical condition, and convinces a doctor he has met working in the infirmary that with her help he can figure out what is wrong with the man. Second, one of the prison gangs makes it clear to him that he will not get out in one piece unless he delivers something within his control to them as an "exit fee" before he's released. In the end, House must walk a fragile path to save the patient, avoid trouble, and still walk away with his relationship with the pretty doctor intact.

2. "Transplant" October 10, 2011 6.85

Plot: Thanks to his bad behavior, House is serving the remainder of his original remaining four months with another eight tacked on. However, a surprising visitor makes House an offer he can't refuse by giving him the opportunity for conditional release and return to the Princeton Plainsboro team to treat a unique patient in order to save the life of an organ recipient being treated by Wilson. Out of prison and back at PPTH, House is working in medicine again, but is put on a very short leash with a tiny office, a limited supply of Vicodin, and the constant threat of return to prison. Although House finds himself back on familiar ground, he quickly realizes that much has changed since he left - Chase, Taub and Thirteen have all left for greener pastures. For his "team", House is forced to work on the case with smart yet timid resident Dr. Chi Park (Charlyne Yi). After several inconclusive treatments and with time running out, House and Dr. Park are left with one last option to examine the patient's medical history that could compromise House's conditional agreement with the hospital. Will a man who, without a second thought, took an extra eight months in prison in order to prove himself right really abide by the restrictions, or has he learned his lesson at last? Meanwhile, House makes an effort to reconnect with Wilson despite a cold reception.

3. "Charity Case" October 17, 2011 8.34

Plot: When a philanthropist collapses after making a rare and generous donation, House isn't the only one who believes the man's extreme generosity is a symptom of a deep underlying condition. House reconnects with Jessica Adams by convincing her to donate her time and expertise to the case. In addition, House manages to dragThirteen back, but when House tries to enlist her help as well, he finds out he's not the only one who has considered a career change in the last year. However, as the patient gets worse, he becomes determined to sacrifice his own life to save someone else, and the team must race to find out what is wrong with him before he ends his own life. Meanwhile, Adams and Park test each other's outlook about generosity. Thirteen tries to determine whether her own happiness should mean that she should throw away her medical career.

4. "Risky Business" October 31, 2011 6.65

Plot: A CEO falls mysteriously ill just days before he signs a contract that would relocate his company's entire labor force to China. In a bid to restore funding to his department, House attempts to make an underhanded business transaction with his wealthy patient. However, when the patient's condition worsens, the team must work around the clock to save his life. Meanwhile, Park (Charlyne Yi) prepares for her hearing with the Princeton Plainsboro Disciplinary Committee chaired by Foreman (Omar Epps), but it soon becomes clear to her that House's concerns for her future are based solely on the bet he has placed against her. Adams' (Odette Annable) outlook on her patient's business venture reveals her deeper feelings about loyalty. Meanwhile, House must once again contemplate an important choice - risk going back to prison or letting orthopaedics get away with pranking him.

5. "The Confession" November 7, 2011 7.55

Plot: Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) guest stars as a man who “suddenly collapses, and in the process of diagnosing his symptoms, the team discovers that he has been hiding dark secrets and lying about his personal and professional life… But when he openly confesses his wrongdoings to his family and community, he compromises his chances of receiving the proper medical treatment that could save his life.”

6. "Parents" November 14, 2011 6.63

Plot: A patient who wishes to follow in his father's footsteps as an entertainer is admitted with partial paralysis. As they look for a bone marrow match, the team discovers a disturbing family secret. Meanwhile, House looks for creative ways to remove his ankle monitor so that he can attend a boxing match in Atlantic City. John Scurti plays a patient convinced he is suffering from diabetes. Taub faces a major decision when his ex-wife Rachel announces she plans on moving across country with their daughter.

7. "Dead & Buried" November 21, 2011 7.46

Plot: A 14-year-old patient is admitted with what appears to just be severe teenage angst, but the team grows concerned over her increasingly worsening symptoms. However, despite Foreman's objections, House is instead obsessed with solving the case of a deceased four-year-old, landing in serious trouble. Meanwhile, Park tries to get Chase to admit the reason behind his recent obsession with grooming.

8. "Perils of Paranoia" November 28, 2011 7.41

Plot: A district attorney appears to suffer from a heart attack while cross-examining a witness. The initial diagnosis is hyper-anxiety, but the team finds an arsenal at the patient's home and start to believe that his extreme paranoia is a physical symptom. Wilson becomes convinced that House is hiding something at 221B Baker Street, which leads to an epic battle of wits between the two men. Park tries to be more social with her workmates, while Taub and Chase wonder why Foreman hasn't had a romantic relationship in a while.

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9. "Better Half" January 23, 2012 8.76

Plot: While in the hospital for an Alzheimer's disease drug trial, the patient starts suffering from severe vomiting and increasingly explosive temper. As the case proceeds, it becomes clear to the team that there is more conflict in the patient's marriage than either spouse is willing to let on. Meanwhile, Wilson treats a woman who claims to be in a chaste marriage and House becomes obsessed with proving her lack of interest in sex has an organic cause. House and Foreman literally play mind games over House‘s case and the subject of House‘s ankle monitor.

10. "Runaways" January 30, 2012 8.73

Plot: A teen Jane Doe (Bridgit Mendler) needs treatment requiring adult consent, but claims she is fleeing an abusive household. House and Adams debate whether to call Social Services, and Wilson soon realizes that House's interest in the patient isn't just professional, but personal. When the patient's mother shows up, it turns out the relationship is far more complicated than the team could have anticipated. Meanwhile, Taub can't connect with his infant daughters and House threatens to exploit Foreman's relationship with Anita.

11. "Nobody's Fault" February 6, 2012 7.09

Plot: After a patient suffers a psychotic break and nearly kills a hospital staff member while being treated for by House, House's career and freedom are in jeopardy and his fate is in the hands of New York Mercy Hospital's head of neurology Dr. Walter Cofield - a famous neurosurgeon who was once Foreman's mentor. However, the question becomes whether the fault was in House's unorthodox methods or the behavior of the other treating physicians. In the end, Dr. Cofield must balance House's results against the dangers of his methods and determine whether House must be stopped. The outcome is far from clear when House's most loyal fellow comes to believe that the boss is the one to blame.

12. "Chase" February 13, 2012 7.16

Plot: Chase refuses to return to work after his injury and takes advantage of House's guilt over the matter to defy his attempts to get him to return to the hospital. However, when he returns for clinic duty, he meets a young woman about to take her vows. He finds his religious faith rushing into the void left by his loss of faith in House. As he gets closer to the patient, Chase continuously criticises House's methods, reputation and claims of objectivity as they disagree about the treatment of the patient. No longer is the fight about who has the right diagnosis, but instead the battlefield shifts to whether Cofield was right about House's abusive manner and recklessness and whether House's results are justified by the way he pursues his diagnoses and treats his subordinates. Chase and House finally come to a fundamental disagreement about the patient that may finally end Chase's reputation as House's "yes man" but also brings House's reputation under broader scrutiny.

13. "Man of the House" February 20, 2012 7.08

Plot:House treats a marriage expert who collapses during a seminar. However, as the patient gets worse, so do his feelings about the institution he's an expert on. House's attention is focused on his own "marriage" when his green-card wife Dominika returns in order to prove to the immigration authorities that she and House are in a "bona fide" marriage. Faced with jail for House and deportation for Dominika, this turns into a crash course in which both will learn a little something about love and marriage while they learn about each other. House also decides to formally appoint one of his fellows as the team leader and delights when their competitive behavior disrupts their growing camaraderie.

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14. "Love is Blind" February 27, 2012 5.94

Plot: A blind man (Michael B. Jordan) starts suffering from a mysterious illness just before he's about to propose to his girlfriend. As his condition worsens, the team finds a way to save him, but the patient feels that the side effects of the cure would be worse than death. Meanwhile, House's mother will visit the hospital to tell her son some important news. However, House appears to be insistent on avoiding her and a discussion of the past year of his life at all costs. When Wilson thinks she's there to break some very bad news, he makes it clear that he won't put up with House's behavior any longer. House finally goes to see his mother, but finds something that both strikes him silent but ties his life together.

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15. "Blowing the Whistle" April 2, 2012 6.67

Plot: House treats a sick soldier who is under heavy guard because he has leaked a video of a military massacre. Meanwhile, Wilson and the team start to believe House's Vicodin use has caused permanent damage and wonder whether Foreman should be told.

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16. "Gut Check" April 9, 2012 6.01

Plot: Wilson finds out he has something in common with Thomas Bell. Park moves in with Chase.

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17. "We Need the Eggs" April 16, 2012 5.61

Plot: House and the team take on the case of a man, Henry, who starts tearing up blood. Meanwhile, House is interviewing for a new favorite hooker, since his current favorite, Emily, has decided to get married and leave the business. However, Wilson wants House to concentrate on Dominika instead. Instead, desperate for Emily’s “companionship,” House teams up with Dominika to sabotage Emily’s budding relationship. Meanwhile, Park is considering a new relationship as well (with guest star Patrick Stump).

18. "Body and Soul" April 23, 2012 6.49

Plot: The team treats a young Asian boy whose grandfather is convinced he has been possessed by an evil spirit. House, after hiding from Dominika the fact that she's received her citizenship and is free to leave him, has to confront his feelings for her and the sudden increased intimacy of their relationship. However, it appears that Dominika may have been keeping things from House as well. Speaking of intimacy, Park and Chase start having dreams about each other and those spill out into the dynamic between the team members.

19. "The C Word" April 30, 2012 6.45

Plot: When the team takes on the case of Emily, a six-year-old girl who has numerous preexisting health problems, they must work with her mother Elizabeth, who is a doctor who specializes in her daughter's condition. The team must also deal with the battles raging between Emily's mother and father who have conflicting views on how to handle her health issues. When searching the family's home for clues to Emily's illness, the team realizes that Elizabeth's determination to cure her daughter could be the very thing that is killing her. Meanwhile, House and Wilson deal with Wilson's stage two cancer at House's apartment. Wilson feels that going forward with the more radical treatments first would be the best way to deal with it instead of dying a slow death, and this puts his life in jeopardy.

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20. "Post Mortem" May 7, 2012 6.09

Plot: The team takes on the case of Dr. Peter Treiber (guest star Jamie Elman), a pathologist at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital who knows too much about the hospital staff to trust any of the physicians. The only person he does respect is House. Wilson has decided not to wait around Princeton-Plainsboro for his test results. He buys a new car and convinces House, by threatening to drug him and take him along anyway, to go on an unannounced road trip with him. Leaving their phones behind, this results in House's "mysterious" disappearance. House decides to take advantage of Wilson's condition to get some sympathy from the people they meet. With House in absentia, the team has to figure out how to treat Treiber while making him believe that House is calling all the shots. It becomes even more difficult when it turns out that the patient has a grudge against Chase, and this just forces Chase to confront his own choices in life.

21. "Holding On" May 14, 2012 6.45

Plot: 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, and discovers that his health issues are likely both physiological and psychological. Possibly suffering from schizophrenia, Derrick claims to hear his deceased brother’s voice in his head. Wilson becomes resigned to his fate, but House does not. Meanwhile, Foreman tries a different approach with House. All this results in House showing atypical behavior, even for him.

22A. "Swan Song" May 21, 2012 8.72

Plot: In a retrospective episode, we take a look at how the show was produced, with Hugh Laurie as the guide through the complexity and the series' success over the eight years it lasted.

22B. "Everybody Dies" May 21, 2012 8.72

Plot: House is remarkably upbeat, even though it's probably the last day of his freedom. His treatment of a drug addict patient (guest star James LeGros) results in House examining his life, his future and his own personal demons.

Major Events

  • Twenty Vicodin: House has been in prison for a year and the parole committee says they will give him early release in 5 days if he can stay out of trouble. While in prison, House meets Jessica Adams. After risking his parole to save a patient, House's parole is revoked and he is sentenced to another 8 months in prison.
  • Transplant: After 2 more months, House is visited by the new Dean of Medicine, Eric Foreman, who gets him out of prison on parole in order to save a patient. When House returns to the hospital, he realizes that his world has completely changed: Chase, Taub, and Thirteen have all moved on with their lives, and he must work with Chi Park to treat the patient. The hospital does not have the budget to provide him with a full team. During their first conversation, Wilson tells House they are no longer friends. However, by the end of the episode, Wilson punches House and tells him he'll bring dinner to his place at 8.
  • Risky Business: Park is given a minor punishment for punching her boss. House manages to re-fund his department, getting his old offices back, as well as rehiring Taub and Chase. Dr. Jessica Adams and Dr. Chi Park, who are introduced earlier, are added onto the team.
  • Dead & Buried: House gets thirty extra hours of clinic duty after solving an unauthorised case after Foreman decides not to revoke his parole.
  • Better Half: Foreman agrees to get House's ankle tracker removed.
  • Nobody's Fault: Chase is stabbed after a patient suffers a psychotic break while undergoing one of House's diagnostic trials. House takes part in a disciplinary hearing to decide what his punishment would be after Chase is stabbed. Dr. Walter Cofield declares the stabbing was nobody's fault. Chase temporarily leaves the team after a clot causes temporary paralysis in his legs. He requires rehabilitation.
  • Chase: Chase sleeps with one of his patients, a nun, but she leaves him after she regains her faith. Chase returns to the team.
  • Man of the House: Dominika returns as she has to prepare House for her citizenship interview, but she is nearly deported. House and Dominika have to live together to give the appearance that they are really married.
  • Love is Blind: House's mother, Blythe, appears to tell House about her new boyfriend, Thomas Bell. House goes to visit Blythe when she and Thomas are having sex. During a cathartic dinner, House accuses Bell of being his biological father. However, a curious Wilson surreptitiously tests Bell's DNA and rules him out as House's father as well.
  • We Need the Eggs: Dominika's citizenship is approved, but House hides this information from her so she will keep living with him.
  • Gut Check: Park moves in with Chase after she has a fight with her parents. Chase bonds with Park's grandmother, Popo.
  • Body and Soul: Dominika leaves House when she finds out House hid her citizenship approval from her. Wilson reveals to House that he has cancer (Stage II Thymoma).
  • Post Mortem: House and Wilson attempt to drive to Cleveland to see the actress Julie Christie.
  • Holding On: Foreman attempts to become House’s best friend by giving him season tickets for seats together. House flushes the season tickets down the toilet in Foreman’s office, causing a massive sewage backup which shorts out the main power supply for the hospital. House’s parole is revoked due to the prank and he is told he must go back to jail for six months, most likely not being released until after Wilson dies.
  • Everybody Dies: House attempts suicide in a patient’s squat, but decides not to after seeing hallucinations of Kutner, Amber, Stacy and Cameron. The house explodes and House is declared dead. A funeral is held for him. Wilson finds out House is alive, as does Foreman soon after. House and Wilson ride off on motorcycles together.



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  • With this season, the only characters to have been main ones during the entire run of the show are: House, Foreman, Wilson and Chase. Coincidentally, they are all men.
  • First and only season without Lisa Cuddy.
  • This was the first and only season in which Blythe House appeared more than one episode.
  • It was never solved who was House's real father.
  • It isn't known whether Park and Chase would go on to have a relationship.