House (2004–2012)
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Damned If You Do 

A nun suffering from acute dermatitis and asthma treated by House with possibly the wrong medication comes dangerously close to death.


Greg Yaitanes


David Shore (created by), Sara B. Cooper


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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
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Sister Mary Augustine
Lucinda Jenney ... Sister Mary Eucharist
Dakin Matthews ... Marvin
Lori Rom ... Sister Mary Pius
Ann Dowd ... Mother Superior
Taji Coleman ... Tech
Peter James ... Priest (as James Symington)


A nun arrives at the clinic with what appears to be a skin rash caused by an allergy, and starts to go into anaphylactic shock in reaction to the medication Dr. House gives her. When he then gives her an injection of epinephrine, she goes into cardiac arrest, leading Dr. Cuddy to assume that House gave her an accidental overdose. Absolutely sure that he gave the patient the correct dosage, House begins a series of unorthodox treatments to uncover the truth, and also does a bit of snooping into the sister's past. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

14 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Allison Cameron) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Sister Mary Augustine) work with one another again in the ABC show "Once Upon a Time." See more »


When Sister Augustine has her asthma attack, House grabs a 3 cc syringe (presumably with 1 cc epinephrine). Throughout the episode, he insists he gave her .1 cc epinephrine and did not grab the wrong syringe out of the drawer, but he did in fact grab the wrong syringe. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: You know nuns. What do you think?
Dr. Robert Chase: I don't know nuns.
Dr. Gregory House: You hate nuns. Can't hate someone if you don't know them.
Dr. Robert Chase: Know any Nazis? Maybe I hate them on principle.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Silent Night
Performed by Hugh Laurie on the piano.
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr. (1818)
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Hard to watch Part Deux
3 April 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

Another unpleasant and extremely serious episode, as House works on a nun who exhibits a scary bunch of symptoms. She has a secret House must wrest from her in order to save her. But she would rather fly into the arms of her loving God than help House. This is one of those episodes that is so intense, I am amazed the show has any audience. But the truth is, it represents drama of the highest order, as House and the nun go at each other. The acres playing the nun is first-rate and quite believable. This is the kind of episode that makes me flashback to my days as a hospital orderly and nurse's aide, something I would rather not dwell on.

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