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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)
Audrey Greenwald
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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9 March 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Jay Karnes' real life wife, Julia Campbell, appeared in the previous episode, "The Softer Side." See more »


House states that Cuddy is 40 years old which she corrects to 38. But earlier in the show, in House: Pilot she states that House is 6 years behind his clinic duties which means that by season 5 they have been working together for 10 years at least. This is highly unlikely if she is 38 as she states. See more »


Dr. Lisa Cuddy: [Entering] I was paged.
Nick: I would do her in a minute with fudge and cherries on top. Would someone please to this woman, there's only so many apologies I can...
Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley: [to Cuddy] He has Frontal Lobe Disinhibition.
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References Superman (1978) 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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24 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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