House is equally obsessed with a mother and daughter who don't lie, and using Christmas to create discord among the team members.



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House and the team treat a woman who suffers from a sudden paralysis of the hands that causes an injury to her daughter while she's spotting her at an indoor rock-climbing wall. As House probes the woman and her injured daughter for any leads as to what might be causing her condition, House is convinced that the woman is withholding information. When the woman's daughter reveals some very descriptive details about her mother's personal life, House isn't so sure the woman hides anything about herself from the people around her, especially her daughter. As the team runs tests to find out what caused her paralysis, the woman loses her eyesight and her system begins to shut down, and House and the team are baffled as to whether it is the woman herself, or her own physiology that is lying to them. Meanwhile, House lets his team participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange, but he puts his own twist on the holiday tradition. Written by Blue, taken from the FOX website.

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Drama | Mystery


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29 January 2008 (USA)  »

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This episode was voted the "Worst TV Show of the Week" by the Parents Television Council the week of its airing because of House's sexual discussions with the patient's daughter, his method of proving his diagnosis, and his interactions with the clinic patient. See more »


When Dr. Taub is intubating the patient when her lymph nodes block her airway, he stands behind her and forgets to remove the pillow from under her neck, one needs to extend the neck to intubate. Also he holds the laryngoscope in the wrong way , the blade should face the leg of the patient. See more »


Dr. Lawrence Kutner: [referring to a wrapped box on House's desk] Who's that from?
Dr. Gregory House: Santa evidently. I worship him you know. Or is that Satan. I get them confused.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas
Written by Deanie Parker
Performed by The Staple Singers
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Was intolerable (but tolerasty comes to another stage)
9 October 2009 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

It was the first episode of House MD (my favorite series ever) I badly disgusted. I do not mean main story and performances - it was "House" in it's best, with interesting final diagnosis, particularly. Great performances, blah blah blah - in season 4 the stories got more sophistication, variability and drive. But my impression was just ruined by a side story with (Warning: spoiler below) ..a dirty w**re from whom even House was dumbfounded - from one side, and the last scene - from another. Such blasphemy is a screen writing crime against beliefs of billions. This episode's story seriously lacks any sense of proportion (may Lord forgive you, Pam).

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