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Failure to Communicate 

When a famous writer is brought in with language difficulties, House must assist via phone while waiting for a delayed plane.



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Episode cast overview:
Elizabeth Stone
Peter Foster
Fletcher Stone
Mary Jean
Amy Margolis ...
Michael Len ...
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On his editor's retirement party, famous author Fletcher Stone collapses and hits his head. The staff has their work cut out for them trying to find out what's wrong with Stone because he has agraphia and aphasia. Besides that, House is out of town. He and Stacy are in Baltimore to meet the Medicaid review officer. Due to bad weather, all flights are canceled so House and Stacy are stuck on the airport. Luckily, as a precaution, Stacy booked a room in a near-by hotel for both her and House. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Drama | Mystery


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10 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Stacy analogizes her relationship to House with curry. Her husband on the show is played by Currie Graham. See more »


At the end Foreman looks at the blood smear which shows a motile parasite and says it's malaria. Malaria isn't caused by a motile parasite. The parasite shown looks like treponema pallidum which causes syphilis. See more »


Dr. Wilson: [Wilson calls House on Stacy's cell phone] Do you know your phone's dead? Do you ever recharge your batteries?
Dr. Gregory House: They recharge? I just keep buying new phones.
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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »


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Tongue tied
4 September 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Veteran actor Michael "Caddyshack" O'Keefe plays a tongue-tied journalist who speaks firmly but nonsensically, and House and the gang must find a way to decipher his upside-down utterings before the poor guy buys the farm. O'Keefe is terrific in the role of a man who is harboring a deep, dark and very sad secret that may hold the key to his recovery. Erica Gimpel has a nice moment as O'Keefe's distraught wife when she learns his secret. This gimmicky episode has House aiding his team via cell phone as he prepares to return from a trip to Baltimore, with Stacy at his side. It works pretty well, especially with the very realistic premise that has them trapped in the airport due to bad weather. In one supremely arch moment, House is seen writing up his usual diagnostic scribbles on an airport wall while Stacy lies on the floor behind him, snoozing away. This occurs just moments after they have begun to settle down for the night in a hotel room Stacy had the forethought to reserve in case of just such a delay.

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