House (2004–2012)
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The search for the cause of a supermodel's symptoms causes intense feelings among the team, as new facts are revealed. Meanwhile, House experiences increasing pain in his leg.


James Hayman (as Jim Hayman)


David Shore (created by), Russel Friend (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »


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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
Tom Verica ... Martin Robinson
Cameron Richardson ... Alexandria 'Alex' Robinson
James DuMont ... George (as James Dumont)
Stephanie Venditto Stephanie Venditto ... Nurse Brenda Previn
Karis Campbell ... Pregnant Woman
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Brady
John Burke ... Austin


Rising supermodel Alex's father Martin brings her in after a violent episode and collapse during her latest fashion show. House diagnoses heroin, but his excessive treatment makes things worse. Then he deduces sexual abuse, without proof. It's only the start of several shocking discoveries. Meanwhile his own leg pains are the object of dispute. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Mystery


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After Alex gets the brain biopsy, we see her in bed with her head shaved. In every other scene after that, Alex is seen with a full head of hair again. See more »


Martin Robinson: [after Alex goes into cardiac arrest during her detox] You son of a bitch. You killed her.
Dr. Gregory House: She's not dead.
Martin Robinson: She had a heart attack!
Dr. Eric Foreman: She's stable now. The anesthesia...
Martin Robinson: Get her out of that coma.
Dr. Gregory House: Don't think so.
[starts to walk away]
Martin Robinson: Stop this. All right. I... I don't consent anymore. I want to do the slow detox.
Dr. Gregory House: [stops walking and looks at Martin] Did you ever get a paper cut? A really nasty one, between the fingers? Well, multiply that by about a billion and you just barely approach the kind of suffering ...
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References The Lion King (1994) See more »


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Split personality
4 September 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

Real-life model Cameron Richardson plays a teen model who exhibits aggressive behavior and collapses on a runway during a fashion show. From there, it's all downhill in an episode that allows House to fully acknowledge his lecherous side. Surprise after surprise awaits the team, as the model goes from bad to worse both in body and mind. Richardson is extremely fetching as the sickly waif who may not be all she appears. For the astute viewer, the ultimate revelation will have been guessed halfway through. Still, a good show and no harm done. House's leg pains appear to be increasing, which will lead in coming episodes to a Holmesian solution, if you Sherlock Holmes fans out there get my drift. It is worth nothing this episode gets about as close to nudity as this series is ever likely to, and this gratifying display of flesh is put on by none other than Richardson, in a moment of angry confrontation with House.

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20 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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