An Inside Look at this Week's "Super-sized" Showdown

This week on Fox's House (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET), an impatient patient takes hostages at Princeton-Plainsboro until what ails him can be determined. So complex is his diagnosis, and so taut is the tension, that the hour-long drama demands an extra seven minutes to unspool (so adjust your DVR).

In preparing to tell this story, executive producer Katie Jacobs - who also directed the episode - picked the brain of real-life SWAT team members who have been involved in near-identical hospital face-offs. "One had a really interesting story about how they were all poised to get the hostage-taker, but when he came out, he and the hostages all had on surgical scrubs and masks," she tells "So they could not figure out who the hostage-taker was and who the victims were.

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