House M.D. (2004–2012)
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It's a Wonderful Lie 

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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29 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Trivia

During the scene in which House tells Wilson the gifts he received from the secret Santa, he mentions "a second edition Conan Doyle". Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the creator of Sherlock Holmes of whom House is loosely based on. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the episode, during the climbing scene, it is show that the rope runs out, thus leading to the fall. This physically impossible while top-roping. See more »

Quotes

[Melanie is a prostitute]
Melanie: No rash on my labia. Do you need to take a look?
Dr. Gregory House: I'm saving my money for a Red Ryder BB gun.
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References Francis (1950) See more »

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Performed by Andy Williams
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Favourite scene so far
20 January 2009 | by (Bath, England) – See all my reviews

I'm not saying this is the best "House, MD" episode: it isn't. It's a fairly average episode of House: which is still above average TV.

But it does contain my favourite scene: where the daughter tells her mother she is going to die, with House observing. It's House's reaction that sells the moment for me, as he is momentarily moved.

It does seem to be kids who are the one type of patient that ever genuinely surprise/outwit House (see 2.2 Autopsy or even 3.23 The Jerk). Generally speaking I hate kids in TV shows (I did so even as a kid), but "House, MD" usually does kids very well, and the production team cast and direct kids consistently to a high standard.

Liana Liberato's performance here (as the kid) is probably the best performance of the episode.


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