House (2004–2012)
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A woman collapses at an off-track betting parlor in front of House, and he must battle his new boss to find her diagnosis.


Deran Sarafian


David Shore (created by), Michael R. Perry | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein ... Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison ... Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase
Cynthia Nixon ... Anica Javanovich
Nell Rutledge ... Hailey
Xhercis Mendez Xhercis Mendez ... Imelda (as Xhercis)
David DeSantos ... ER Doctor (as David Desantos)
Patrick LoSasso ... Do-Gooder (as Patrick Losasso)
Larry Weissman ... Fat Man
Rod Britt ... Teller
Peter Abbay Peter Abbay ... Cab Driver


At a betting parlor where House happens to be, a woman collapses and House makes sure she gets to the hospital. He thinks she has Cushing's syndrome while Cameron starts to think she has Münchausen syndrome, a syndrome at which the patient creates the symptoms of a disease, guaranteeing them attention and sympathy. Foreman finds it's not easy to be House's boss. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Drama | Mystery


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Anica makes a comment about Franklin D. Roosevelt and polio. Cynthia Nixon (Anica) played Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin, in Warm Springs (2005). See more »


The amount of snow on Anica's head and shoulders as she talks to House on the bench outside the hospital changes significantly between shots as the conversation unfolds. See more »


Dr. Allison Cameron: Since when does House hang out at OTB?
Dr. Eric Foreman: The man's an addict.
Dr. Robert Chase: Right, but addicted to pills, not gambling.
Dr. Eric Foreman: It's the same thing! Drug abuse, drinking, gambling. They all fire up the same pleasure centers in the brain. An addict is an addict is...
Dr. Robert Chase: Gambling doesn't take away his pain.
Dr. Gregory House: [as he enters his office] It does when I win.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Ain't She Sweet
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by Hugh Laurie (as "Ain't He Sweet")
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4 September 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

A woman collapses at an OTB facility that House frequents, and he soon finds himself doing battle with his new boss (Foreman!) over her treatment. Foreman has become House's temporary boss in the aftermath of "The Mistake." And Foreman's well-known prejudice against street people and low lifes comes into play when he suspects the woman's motives. Much of the appeal of this episode is due to the actress playing the stricken woman, the lovely and talented Cynthia Nixon. She is highly convincing as a woman who may or may not be deathly ill, and causes House to get personally involved for a change. They have a great scene together in the third act while seated on a park bench in snowy weather. Wilson meanwhile digs himself into an increasingly deeper hole as he moves in with House.

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13 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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