Stuck with clinic duty, House almost wishes he had the boring patients back after he encounters a young woman with an STD and the need to talk.


(as Juan J. Campanella)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Older Man
Marco Pelaez ...
Hiccupping Patient
Dr. Stone (as Michelle Gardner)
Patient #1
Patient #3
Roger Ainslie ...
Nose Patient
Kristen Glass ...
Beautiful Woman


Stuck with clinic duty, House almost wishes he had the boring patients back after he encounters a young woman with an STD and the need to talk.

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Drama | Mystery


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30 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Dr. Gregory House: If you believe in eternity, then life is irrelevant. The same way a bug is irrelevant in comparison to the universe.
Eve: If you don't believe in eternity, then what you do here is irrelevant.
Dr. Gregory House: Your actions *here* are all that matters.
Eve: Then nothing matters. There's no ultimate consequence. I couldn't live like that.
Dr. Gregory House: So you need to think that the guy who did this to you is gonna be punished.
Eve: I need to know that it all means something. I need that comfort.
Dr. Gregory House: Yeah. Are you feeling comfortable? You feeling...
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References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »


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Don't listen to the closed minded reviews.
2 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is really a rare and exceptional episode amongst a series of great episodes.

People are too busy generalizing the characters to notice that this episode really highlights more on philosophy and how it relates to human perspective. More-so than the usual House episodes focusing on atheism every now and then. There is a character with a counter- argument. Are there moments where the episode highlights the base characters of Chase, Cameron and Foreman? Sure. But it does that for a reason. There is a reason it's obvious like that. Ask why? What is the context this time? Why are they doing that?

What people seem to miss is the puzzle in this one. Of course there is no physical puzzle for House to solve. But there is a puzzle still there. So he has to learn how to do that.

There is also a great use of contrast in this episode, with humor, in difference to the obviously dark main topic.

There's tons of episodes of House curing someone's rare ambiguous affliction. But this episode is one of a kind.

Less is more, in this episode. But if you're actually paying attention, there is a ton of detail, depth, philosophy, and a great examination of the human condition.

It's a shame all these negative reviews put a damper on this episode. They really have no clue. They are entitled to their opinion, but it's obvious they missed the point of this episode, and it skewed their opinion. Sorry, but it's true...

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