House M.D.: Season 1, Episode 5

Damned If You Do (14 Dec. 2004)

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A nun suffering from acute dermatitis and asthma treated by House with possibly the wrong medication comes dangerously close to death.

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A nun arrives at the clinic with what appears to be a skin rash caused by an allergy, and starts to go into anaphylactic shock in reaction to the medication Dr. House gives her. When he then gives her an injection of epinephrine, she goes into cardiac arrest, leading Dr. Cuddy to assume that House gave her an accidental overdose. Absolutely sure that he gave the patient the correct dosage, House begins a series of unorthodox treatments to uncover the truth, and also does a bit of snooping into the sister's past. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Hugh Laurie's character in this episode prescribes cigarettes to a patient. In a comedy show Laurie starred in, A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Episode #1.3 (1989) , during one sketch he is a patient prescribed cigarettes by his doctor. See more »

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When Sister Augustine is having the asthma attack, House grabs a 3 cc syringe (presumably with 1 cc epinephrine). When he's finished administering the epinephrine, he pulls a 1 cc syringe out of her arm (which would have the .1 cc epinephrine that he insists he gave her) See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: [sees bowls of candy canes set out for Christmas] Candy *canes*? Are you mocking me?
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
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"You are aware of the Hippocratic oath, right?"
12 June 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

At some point, religion ends up being being discussed in most hospital shows, usually through a minor character (James Cromwell's priest in ER, the religious nurse in Scrubs). House is no exception, only this time the subject is closely linked to the medical science, a contradiction that makes for an utterly fascinating watch.

The diagnostic case is that of a nun (Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell) seemingly suffering from an allergy of some kind. When she doesn't respond to treatments, but instead gets worse as time passes, the enigma becomes a direct confrontation between the nun's spirituality and House's belief that he has a better chance of saving her life than any higher power that might be.

The topic of faith provides interesting insight into the character of House, who has his own set of beliefs - chiefly the "everyone lies" mantra, which plays an important part in the episode's outcome - and comes off as a very complex man beneath the misanthropic mask he wears at work. Mitchell is a nice contrast to that attitude, and their interactions are the emotional and philosophical core of a story that manages to go beyond its formulaic plotting to tackle something deeper, and does so with great care.


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