A police officer in critical condition has bizarre symptoms, and Dr. Foreman finds himself in an unpleasant situation.



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During a routine arrest, a police officer is shot by Baby Shoes, a black street punk. Upon arrival at PPH, the officer is acting strangely, laughing and giddy. Cameron is still angry and hurt vis-a-via Foreman, who reveals his deep-seated aversion for law enforcement. House sends Foreman to the officer's home and sends Chase and Cameron to perform tests. As the officer presents increasingly bizarre symptoms, House orders him quarantined. Foreman receives a nasty souvenir of his home visit and learns a lesson about true friendship. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | Mystery


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2 May 2006 (USA)  »

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This episode was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series. See more »


"Baby Shoes" pulls his revolver and shoots the officer. When he pulls his gun and points it, he's holding it with both hands. When the shot changes to a slow motion visual effects shot of the bullet flying, his facial expression has changed, and he's only holding the gun with one hand. See more »


[House is discussing a patient's status]
Dr. Gregory House: He has a bullet in his head.
Dr. Cameron: He was shot?
Dr. Gregory House: No, somebody threw it at him.
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The Laughing Policeman
10 September 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

No, this is not the Walter Matthau film nor a remake of that remake of the old Swedish crime thriller. Familiar character actor Scott Williamson (Monroe in "Brokeback Mountain") plays a wounded cop who can't stop laughing -- that is, until he starts having pain so intense that no amount of morphine can quiet him. Unfortunately, whatever he's got, Foreman now has. And whatever it is, they're both put in strict isolation as the clock starts to run out on both their lives. The key to their debility is somewhere in the cop's office or home, and it's up to House and what's left of his team to ferret it out. Cameron's still peeved at Foreman about the stolen paper. Part 1 of a 2-parter. Omar Epps, a pretty darned good movie actor, really gets to strut his stuff in this episode and reminds us just how good an actor he can be.

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