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The Social Contract 

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The team tries to diagnose a condition that leaves the patient saying anything that he thinks, no matter whom it hurts, and Wilson raises House's antennae when he passes up a monster truck rally.


Andrew Bernstein


David Shore (created by), Doris Egan





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
Peter Jacobson ... Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde ... Thirteen
Jay Karnes ... Nick Greenwald
Susan Egan ... Audrey Greenwald
Darcy Rose Byrnes ... Marika Greenwald
Devon Michaels ... Timothy Moore
Jodi Harris ... Elaine
Cyrus Deboo ... Dr. Kapur


Publisher Nick Greenwald is diagnosed with a possibly congenital tumor, which suppresses his social lies ability. So he speaks the obnoxious truth as heartlessly as House, to staff and his family, but wants to be cured, at any risk. Taub is caught between Wilson needing a cover story and House's determination to find out what he's hiding. It proves serious and revealing about Wilson's fanatically considerate attitude. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Jay Karnes' real life wife, Julia Campbell, appeared in the previous episode, "The Softer Side." See more »


(at around 15 mins) House and Wilson are in the cafeteria. House leans over to Wilson's plate and steals some food. He reaches into his inside pocket and takes out a fork and starts to eat. The next shot is over House's shoulder towards Wilson and you see House reaching into his pocket. See more »


Dr. James Wilson: My whole life is one big compromise. I tiptoe around everyone like they're made of china. I spend all my time analyzing, what will the effect be if I say this? Then there's you, you're a reality junkie. If I offered you a comforting lie, you'd smack me over the head with it. Let's not change that.
Dr. Gregory House: Okay.
Dr. James Wilson: No. See this; if you were implementing the social contract, you'd say that but only because it makes me feel better.
Dr. Gregory House: It is kind of fun watching you torture yourself.
Dr. James Wilson: Do you think things will work ...
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »


Written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Zac Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Played on House's phone as the ringtone
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21 October 2014 | by eighmiiSee all my reviews

Definitely one of the best episodes of the season. But, don't take my word for it. I disagree with so many episode reviews I read, as a lot of the determining factors involved in a rating are based on personal preference.

The patient-of-the-week is hilarious. My girlfriend is the type of comedy fan that needs the jokes to be pretty surface and not too complicated. She's not a huge fan of the show like I am, but she loved this episode, despite her lack of knowledge of the characters and back stories.

I enjoyed this episode for different reasons. I relate to Dr House, the person, on a personal level. I typically hate people, but I'm really smart about a few things. The relationship between me and my best friend is eerily similar to House and Wilson.

I'm not a big fan of the melodrama -- but this episode just brought up so many emotions; generally favorable. Empathy is one of my strongest traits, and I was feeling it hard. I felt like I was inside of House's head the whole time. Ah. Just watch it.

I don't want to give too much away, so I strongly recommend watching this episode and experiencing it for yourself. With a long-running TV show, you know basically what to expect. As always the acting by the main cast was incredible, especially House and Wilson.

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9 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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