House treats a priest who's lost his faith, issues an ultimatum to Foreman and Thirteen, and plays with Cuddy's desire to have him attend - or is it not attend? - her baby's naming ceremony.



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House doesn't want Foreman and Thirteen to be together while they work in the same team and gives them a "split or quit" ultimatum. Until this issue has been settled, House doesn't want a real case. Flipping through some files in the ER, he decides to treat a priest who's lost his faith but nevertheless saw Jesus. Pretty soon however, it turns out to be a real case instead of the no-brainer House thought it would be. Cuddy's having her baby a Jewish naming ceremony. She asks House to be there, but it's not sure she actually wants him to come. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Drama | Mystery


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16 February 2009 (USA)  »

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The piano piece played by Gregory House during the party montage is actually a piece written by Hugh Laurie entitled "Cuddys Serenade." See more »


In House's last scene with Wilson, we get a clear view of House's digital wristwatch. The camera cuts to Wilson briefly, then back to House. But in that few seconds, several minutes have elapsed on the wristwatch. See more »


Dr. Lawrence Kutner: But then maybe the hardship will bring them closer together, she'll invite friends over for Foreman to share.
Dr. Chris Taub: She's not a nympho, she's bisexual. Which by the way means she's accustomed to partners who don't need a map to find the treasure...
Dr. Lawrence Kutner: ...Even if you know where the treasure is, it can still be pretty hard to dig it up without a shovel.
Dr. Chris Taub: You can *buy* a shovel.
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »


You Can't Always Get What You Want
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Played by Hugh Laurie
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Astonishing Performance by the Underrated Jimmi Simpson
7 November 2009 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Thirty-something actor Jimmi Simpson, best known for sporadic appearances as "Lyle, the Intern" on the Letterman show, does a super-cool yet sympathetic portrayal of a Catholic priest who comes to Princeton-Plainsboro after hallucinating the bleeding Christ at the door of his parish house in a ghetto neighborhood in New Jersey.

Father Bresson has not been treated kindly by the Church and has lost his faith. He remains a priest, he explains, because "it's my only marketable skill". Victim of a false but damaging accusation of inappropriate contact with a young male parishioner, he has been bounced from one parish to another ever since. Yet he is so cool and self-contained, with an appealing iconoclasm, you have to like him if you have any youth in you. He also is that rarity: a patient who is the equal of House in intellect and wit--so much so that House takes to hanging out in Father Bresson's room in the ICU, not to treat or diagnose but for theological discussions!

Regrettably, Jimmi Simpson has too little screen time in this episode, and through most of that he naturally enough is flat on his back. Yet he still is able to use to good effect his best features: open, Nordic face, expressive eyes and a delivery that is articulate but in no way stagey or affected. Even his throwaway lines are clearly understood.

I hope that Fox Network can find roles for this still youngish actor in which he can really shine.

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