House is injured in a motorcycle accident. While recovering, he finds an accident victim suffering from a brain injury. House tries to prove the brain damage caused the accident, not vice versa, so he can treat the patient.


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Episode cast overview:
Molly (as Faune Chambers)
Dr. Kurtz
Lee (as Mos Def)
Bobbin Bergstrom ...


While treated for light lesions received in a motorcycle accident in Middletown, House proves ER Dr. Kurtz wrong twice about another ER patient: bike accident victim Lee. He reveals that Lee is neither brain dead nor received his brain injury from the crash but the other way around. Lee anxiously hears everything but loses the ability to communicate with his eyelid movements because of a brain biopsy. Taub hopes to convince House to cancel his ill-considered resignation. Wilson jousts with House about why he was in Middletown, while both fear their secrets may be discovered. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Mystery


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30 March 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


House explains that he was in New York to buy a guitar like the one Duane Allman used. Allman died in a motorcycle accident (the reason House was admitted) in 1971. See more »


When Kutner defibrillates the patient, he has the paddles positioned wrong. The left-hand paddle is over the middle of the chest (sternum) and the right-hand paddle is over the white ECG contact below the left nipple. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: You know how you hate it when I meddle in your lies... uh, I mean life.
Dr. James Wilson: Why are you being so evasive unless you have something to evade?
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Diving Bell and the Butterfly?
3 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A good episode, but the premise is a complete steal from "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", a French film based on a true story about journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. Bauby was the editor-in-chief of the French magazine Elle. He fell victim to locked-in syndrome after a massive stroke. Like Bauby, the patient in this episode is mentally aware of his surroundings, but is physically paralyzed except for some movement in his eyes. Both the move and the episode chronicle a first-person view of a person with locked-in syndrome. There are also dream events in both that include playing at the beach with family, In this episode the patient was played by Rapper and Emmy nominated actor Mos Def.

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