House (2004–2012)
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The Softer Side 

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House's team resents being made complicit in a web of lies parents have told their son when he's brought in for treatment that may be related to his intersexuality. Meanwhile, no one's content that House is happy.


Deran Sarafian


David Shore (created by), Liz Friedman





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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 (credit only)
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase (credit only)
Peter Jacobson ... Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde ... Thirteen
Dominic Scott Kay ... Jackson Smith
Julia Campbell ... Melanie
Ben Reed ... Joseph
Nick Puga ... Ian
Fred Kronenberg ... Doctor
Meagan Gordon Meagan Gordon ... Young Woman


An intersexual boy has collapsed on the basketball court. His parents have never told him he has both male and female cells and they (that is, the overprotective mother, who seems to be wearing the trousers) don't want the team to tell him either. For Thirteen, withholding the truth from the kid is easier said than done. To everybody's surprise, House acts kind and actually seems to be... happy, which makes everyone think something fishy is going on. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Taub: If by professional you mean he's a T-1000 built by Cyberdyne Systems. Referencing the liquid-metal cyborg played by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Despite Taub's description here, the AI programming of the T-1000 allows it to at least mimic human emotions even if it doesn't actually feel them. A T-1001 liquid-metal cyborg has been introduced on Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles the same season this episode premiered. See more »


As "13" and Foreman are inspecting the room at the beginning of the episode, the window beside the bed goes from partly open to closed and back again several times. See more »


Dr. Lisa Cuddy: Did you give House the moron with the broken finger?
Nurse Helen: They've been in Room 2 about ten minutes.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: Patient should've been screaming for another doctor seven minutes ago.
Ian: [walks into the hallway, wearing a finger splint] Thanks, bro.
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References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »


Performed by Soul Coughing
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same oole same ole
20 August 2019 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

For 40 minutes of the episode house and the team of also ran jerks try to diagnose some innocuous illness as house acts like he's on heroin but its really cocaine ... someone should ease his pain by lethal injection because we are all tired of his sorry self indulgent antics

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23 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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