House M.D.: Season 5, Episode 17

The Social Contract (9 Mar. 2009)

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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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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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(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 »

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Dr. James Wilson: My whole life is one big compromise. I tiptoe around everyone like they're made of china. I spend all my time analyzing what the effect will be if I say this. Then there's you, you're a reality junkie. If I offered you a comforting lie, you'd smack me over the head with it. Let's not change that.
Dr. Gregory House: Okay.
Dr. James Wilson: No. See this - if you were implementing the social contract, you'd say that to make me feel better.
Dr. Gregory House: It is kind of fun watching you torture yourself.
Dr. James Wilson: Do you think things will work out with my ...
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TV veteran Jay Karnes stars as an afflicted fellow who says the first thing that comes to mind. Before this, he was the nicest of people. Now he is offending everyone around him and driving his family away. He makes for one of the few patients this season worth watching, while the growing hospital soap opera angle -- a definite negative of the series -- swirls around him. A pithy comment by the patient about Taub's prominent nose sets off a series of very funny moments for actor Peter Jacobson, whose Taub character remains my favorite among the "new" hires. House of course is simultaneously fascinated and repulsed with the idea of restoring the patient to what House considers a fake niceness, since House does not believe in niceness. A great episode, and the business between 13 and Foreman is mercifully toned down for once.


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