House M.D.: Season 1, Episode 12

Sports Medicine (22 Feb. 2005)

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A detoxed sports star about to make his comeback breaks his arm due to brittle bones. Clinic Cases: Woman with leg pain; man trying to remove his contact lenses; a dentist with various issues and a hung over teenager; all in 70 seconds.



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Episode cast overview:
Hank Wiggen
Warner Fitch
Timothy McNeil ...
Patient #2
Deirdre M. Smith ...
Carol Moffatt
Patient #4
Richard Swaidan ...
College Student


A major league pitcher with a history of drug use who is attempting a comeback mysteriously breaks his arm and begins to exhibit a variety of symptoms including kidney failure. Although Addison's Disease is suspected, the team is unable to agree on a definitive diagnosis. After his wife volunteers to donate a kidney and is found to be pregnant, she wishes to abort in order to become an organ donor. Written by

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A Personal Favorite
17 July 2006 | by (Anaheim, CA) – See all my reviews

Everybody can pick out the great episodes of House - "Three Stories", "Pilot", "No Reason" - so I am going to try and point out the "diamonds in the rough." It opens up rather interestingly, complete with a couple gems from Bryan Singer and a shocking change of pace in the episode. I, for one, sure fell for it hard.

I used to watch CSI a lot and I notice a lot of similarities between it and House - foremost an infallible lead character who exercises ample amounts of deductive reasoning power. In the case of House, the sin of plot repetition is forgiven because House gives their characters a lot more shading than in CSI.

Not only does this episode posit the mandatory philosophical dilemma (one that echoes the theme of a future episode, though I must say the future one perfects it), it deepens Dr. House himself. We start seeing a lot more of his outside activities (always a pleasure) and a little of his awkward side. I especially enjoyed the latter.

This episode is a classic that I again stress should not be rushed to but instead approached. Watch the previous 11 chapters before enjoying this one. The impact will be so much more the greater.

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