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

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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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In the scene in which House talks to Wilson in Wilson's office he keeps touching his forehead with the handle of his cane. However, in the shots taken from behind House with Wilson's desk in view, his forehead touches the backside of the cane's handle. In the far shots from Wilson's desk the cane is suddenly turned around and House's forehead touches the front of the handle. See more »


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Grey Room
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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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