House M.D. (2004–2012)
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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 ...
9 Year Old Boy


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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The book House is reading in the airport is "Classic Lesbian Prison Stories". See more »


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 »


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 Fletch (1985) See more »


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Continuity Error
24 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the airport, there is an instance where a shot pans on House and Stacy sitting side by side. Then, it cuts to a frontal view of Stacy. In the first shot (the one that pans), Stacy has a pencil in her mouth. A fraction of a second later, when the shot cuts to the frontal view, the pencil is behind Stacy's ear. This is a rare editing mistake on this show!

Still, a wonderful show, and a great episode. It proves that House is House, and that nothing stops him from working his magic. Once again, genius; another medical mystery that is no match for House, and another demonstration of his mantra: "Everybody lies."

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