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Joy to the World 

An obese teenager collapses on stage, and the outcome will lead to a surprise for Cuddy. Wilson convinces House to be nice to his patients during the holidays. Foreman and Thirteen have issues when a trial patient drops from the program.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Natalie Soellner, the school's laughing stock, is brought in after vomiting during a Christmas show while drugged with mushrooms by her classmates. She also has tranquilizers in her locker; even her mother doesn't exclude the possibility of a suicide attempt. However, her heart and liver results fit neither hypothesis and more secrets are unearthed. House sent himself a fake Christmas gift to test his new team, but Wilson thinks he needs to experience both sides of kindness himself but is incapable of being kind to anyone. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 December 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lucas Till, Simon, also portrays Alex Summers/Havok in X-Men: First Class (2011). Bryan Singer, executive producer of the show, also directed the first two X-Men movies, in addition to acting as a producer and writer of the story for X-Men: First Class (2011). See more »


Dr. Gregory House: Oh I get it. You're trying to get me to prove you wrong, then I'm going to be nice to my patients through the Holiday Season. And then Mr. Potter won't steal Tiny Tim's portridge. I'm totally on it.
Dr. James Wilson: Yeah. That actually is what I'm trying to do. And the pathetic part is, it's not gonna work.
Dr. Gregory House: You're right. I gotta stop being such a jerk.
[Takes Wilson's dessert]
Dr. Gregory House: Oops, kind of undercut myself there.
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References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »


The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Sung by the elementary school choir
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joy 2 the world??
29 December 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

i have to say that even though i enjoyed most of the episode, particularly coz of all the huddy moments, the writers kinda ruined it for me at the end with that Foreman - thirteen :S i don't know who had the idea to bring that to the plot of the show but it really sucks, one moment she's bi, another she's gay, and now she's straight??? and dates foreman??? plzzz. Anyway, above all i must say that all of the house moments were brilliants, especially house trying to be nice at the clinic and then coming up with a plan to torture taub & kutner, hilarious!!!

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