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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2 May 2006 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The body House shoots in the head then, performs an MRI scan is actually played by Steven Weber. He is uncredited. See more »


In the beginning of the episode, the team refers to the cop as "Antoine" but then later on, his name is Joe. See more »


Dr. Eric Foreman: [laughing, as the cop shakes violently and bleeds] He's screwed! We clot his blood he dies. We thin it, he dies!
Dr. Eric Foreman: [as others look at him, momentarily serious] Am I the only one who thinks this is funny?
[beat; he starts laughing again]
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »


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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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