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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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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 <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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10 January 2006 (USA)  »

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The patient's name is Fletch who is a reporter just like Chevy Chase's movie called Fletch, who is also a reporter. See more »

Goofs

When trying to decipher what the aphasic patient meant by the phrase "tackle the bear", Foreman asks him if he meant 'bear' or 'bare'. This does not make sense because, as Foreman himself explained earlier, the patient's jumbled words sound completely normal to himself. So in his mind, he said neither 'bear' nor 'bare' but something completely different, and not even he himself can know which word his impaired brain used to replace the one he actually meant to say. See more »

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Peter Foster: Patient, 62 years old, you prescribe Viagra. I looked in vain for the words "erectile dysfunction" in the notes for... Delores Smith?
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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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