Tension reaches new heights when Cuddy faces sobering news that propels her to reevaluate her priorities. While House is distracted by his concern for Cuddy's well-being, the team treats a ... See full summary »



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Tension reaches new heights when Cuddy faces sobering news that propels her to reevaluate her priorities. While House is distracted by his concern for Cuddy's well-being, the team treats a teenage patient whose worsening symptoms and suspicious body scars indicate more than just physical illness. Sensing the teen's troubled emotional and mental state, Taub turns to the patient's personal life for clues and uncovers disturbing home videos that could put the lives of his peers in danger. Meanwhile, Cuddy remains hopeful that House will be fully present when she needs him most, and a series of dreams, including a musical scene choreographed by Mia Michaels, provide glimpses into her life and her relationship with House. Written by Fox Publicity

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7 March 2011 (USA)  »

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WILHELM SCREAM: Zombie Taub after getting shot. See more »


On Lisa Cuddy's bedside table is a bottle of Zolpidem tablets, used to help sleep. The strength is listed as '200mg'. The maximum available strength (and usually the maximum single dose) is 10mg. See more »


Dr. Lisa Cuddy: You don't take vicodin because you're scared. You take it so you won't feel pain... Pain happens when you care. Y-you can't love someone without opening up to their problems - their fears. You're not willing to do that.
Dr. Gregory House: I-I-I came to be with you.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: You weren't with me. Not really.
Dr. Gregory House: I wanted to be.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: That's not enough.
Dr. Gregory House: I can do better.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: I don't think you can. You'll choose yourself over everybody else because that's who you are... I'm sorry.
Dr. Gregory House: No. No. No. No. Don't.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: I thought I could do this.
Dr. Gregory House: Don't. ...
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »


Get Happy
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Arranged by Jon Ehrlich
Produced by Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka
Mixed by Steve Kaplan
Performed by Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein and chorus
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The "artistic" episode
30 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Objective Me: Wow this was a good episode and kudos to the writers for keeping House in-character even though they knew it would annoy the fans by breaking up House/Cuddy.

Subjective Me: Why? Why? Why? Meh. I liked House/Cuddy. I am back to only watching this show for the wonderful Wilson. Everyone else just exists to highlight his awesomeness.

I was nervous when I heard about this whole surreal, different genre thing they had planned. However, after the first ten minutes, I was really enjoying the episode as a normal main-character-in-possible-life/death-situation and less focus on case episode. Then the first dream sequence happened. The sitcom was funny. The zombie one was horrifying - there is a reason I don't watch horror films. The Western was ... okay? Ditto 50s household. The musical one was good and trippy ....... I get the whole surreal dream thing but I don't get why House/Cuddy were dreaming in different genres. It was just to give the writers the chance to do this artistic exploration they wanted to do and I didn't really get it ..... at least that was what I felt last night when I watched this episode. This morning I am resolved just to accept that it happened. It definitely turned out better than I feared.

I loved Cuddy/sister scenes, Wilson/Cuddy scenes (basically all Wilson scenes), Cuddy/Chase and as to the ending? Yes it was very in-character for House but I like to pretend that he could change and had changed for Cuddy and I liked not having to deal with his addiction. *sigh*. Someone wake me up next time Wilson has a starring role.

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