House (2004–2012)
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An ambitious, charismatic black senator becomes ill while campaigning for the Presidency suffering from a mysterious malady, possibly AIDS.


Peter O'Fallon


David Shore (created by), Matt Witten




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
Joe Morton ... Senator Gary H. Wright
Missy Crider ... Susan
Chi McBride ... Edward Vogler
Dominic Oliver ... Reynolds
Elizabeth Karr ... Hostess
Bobbin Bergstrom Bobbin Bergstrom ... ICU Nurse
Sahar Bibiyan ... Clinic Nurse


House treats a black presidential candidate, who House is convinced has AIDS, but the Senator's passion convinces him otherwise. Also, Vogler forces House to give a speech endorsing a new drug from Vogler's company, but House has plans of his own. Clinic Cases: A woman showing signs of having had a miscarriage claims she's not having sex despite a hickey and carpet burns on her backside. Written by llastsonkrypton

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Drama | Mystery


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Like President Obama in real life, Senator Wright is also a Senator before he runs for president. Obama was elected in 2004 as one of the two senators from Illinois before running for president and being elected in 2008. See more »


When House sees his clinic patient for the second time, she says she has a "rash on my butt." House diagnoses this as "carpet burn." An American would have said "rug burn."

Incorrect. "Rug burn" and "carpet burn" are used interchangeably in American English. See more »


Senator Gary H. Wright: You, ah, a Republican, or you just hate all politicians?
Dr. Gregory House: I just find being forced to sit though drivel annoying.
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High Hopes
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Hugh Laurie
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Off the beaten track
27 March 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

Vogler blackmails House into attending to a stricken senator with presidential aspirations played by veteran actor Joe Morton. Turns out the senator has a lot more wrong with him than just dizzy spells. He almost dies, partly due to misdiagnoses. House eventually solves the mystery, and frankly this was not one of my favorite episodes. However, House gets off a highly memorable line: when Morton, who is black, asks House what he thinks his presidential chances are, House says something like, "They don't call it the White House because of its paint." And House sabotages Vogler in a unique way, but this you must see for yourself because I am not telling. Meanwhile, Cameron fades away. A grotesque clinic scene involves an extremely fat woman whom House thinks may be pregnant. She's not, and the situation goes from bad to worse before House is finally able to straighten it out.

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12 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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