House must diagnose a man who became sick and experienced difficulty breathing during sex-play but all tests keep returning normal. Wilson experiences close-up what living with House is like. Clinic case: Herpes



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Bob Palko
Vincent Lambert
Charlotte Lambert


After one of their sexual experiments in a happy marriage, Bob Palko is brought into hospital by wife Maria with symptoms that indicate a serious allergy. Tests, however, for the source all fail. While Foreman keeps whining about his lupus theory, House insists on tests for heavy metal poisoning; his prime suspect being Maria. Bob develops a number of other frightening symptoms, including heart failure, which viral cures don't solve. House gives Dr. Wilson, who is getting divorced, marching orders after a day for no reason. House also diagnoses Vincent Lambert with herpes, but neither he nor his wife Charlotte accept that they are to blame; House outsmarts them. Written by KGF Vissers

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28 March 2006 (USA)  »

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When Wilson and House are watching TV, the show "Blackadder", in which Hugh Laurie stars, shows up on the screen. See more »


House, while making the case that the patient's wife is poisoning him, says that she hasn't left the hospital since the two of them arrived. Actually, she has left the hospital at least once; she was there when Foreman was in her house. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: Is the ant big and red, or small and black?
Dr. Eric Foreman: Medium and brown.
Dr. Gregory House: Halle Berry brown or Beyonce brown?
Dr. Allison Cameron: Is there a difference?
Dr. Gregory House: [sarcastically] Is there a difference?
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Tough love
4 September 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Samantha "Broken Arrow" Mathis teaches the romantically misguided Cameron a hard lesson about love and fidelity in an episode that has a loving but swinging husband come down with what House swears must be "heavy metal" poisoning. Early in the episode, House announces he is convinced Mathis is slowly killing her husband, but how to prove it? And what is she doing it with? Tests for numerous substances get the team nowhere, and they are not convinced House has made the right diagnosis. Meanwhile, the husband keeps getting sicker. Mathis is fine as the apparently devoted and distraught wife, and she provides an Emmy-worthy moment with House as he confronts her and reveals her true nature near the end.

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