House M.D. (2004–2012)
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The Social Contract 

The team tries to diagnose a condition that leaves the patient saying anything that he thinks, no matter whom it hurts, and Wilson raises House's antennae when he passes up a monster truck rally.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Allison Cameron (credit only)
Dr. Chris Taub
Marika Greenwald
Timothy Moore
Dr. Kapur


Publisher Nick Greenwald is diagnosed with a possibly congenital tumor, which suppresses his social lies ability. So he speaks the obnoxious truth as heartlessly as House, to staff and his family, but wants to be cured, at any risk. Taub is caught between Wilson needing a cover story and House's determination to find out what he's hiding. It proves serious and revealing about Wilson's fanatically considerate attitude. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 March 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jay Karnes' real life wife, Julia Campbell, appeared in the previous episode, "The Softer Side." See more »


(at around 15 mins) House and Wilson are in the cafeteria. House leans over to Wilson's plate and steals some food. He reaches into his inside pocket and takes out a fork and starts to eat. The next shot is over House's shoulder towards Wilson and you see House reaching into his pocket. See more »


Dr. James Wilson: [Refering to his brother] I thought seeing him again would change everything. It would be wonderful or terrible... Instead... we're just strangers. It's kind of anti-climatic.
Dr. Gregory House: Which is better than terrible.
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References Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »


Written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Zac Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Played on House's phone as the ringtone
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21 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Definitely one of the best episodes of the season. But, don't take my word for it. I disagree with so many episode reviews I read, as a lot of the determining factors involved in a rating are based on personal preference.

The patient-of-the-week is hilarious. My girlfriend is the type of comedy fan that needs the jokes to be pretty surface and not too complicated. She's not a huge fan of the show like I am, but she loved this episode, despite her lack of knowledge of the characters and back stories.

I enjoyed this episode for different reasons. I relate to Dr House, the person, on a personal level. I typically hate people, but I'm really smart about a few things. The relationship between me and my best friend is eerily similar to House and Wilson.

I'm not a big fan of the melodrama -- but this episode just brought up so many emotions; generally favorable. Empathy is one of my strongest traits, and I was feeling it hard. I felt like I was inside of House's head the whole time. Ah. Just watch it.

I don't want to give too much away, so I strongly recommend watching this episode and experiencing it for yourself. With a long-running TV show, you know basically what to expect. As always the acting by the main cast was incredible, especially House and Wilson.

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