House M.D. (2004–2012)
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Failure to Communicate 

When a famous writer is brought in with language difficulties, House must assist via phone while waiting for a delayed plane.


Jace Alexander


David Shore (created by), Doris Egan

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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
Sela Ward ... Stacy Warner
Mimi Kennedy ... Greta Sims
Erica Gimpel ... Elizabeth Stone
Bruce French ... Peter Foster
Michael O'Keefe ... Fletcher Stone
Pat Caldwell ... Mary Jean
Derek Anthony ... Guard
Amy Margolis Amy Margolis ... Mother
Michael Len Michael Len ... 9 Year Old Boy


On his editor's retirement party, famous author Fletcher Stone collapses and hits his head. The staff has their work cut out for them trying to find out what's wrong with Stone because he has agraphia and aphasia. Besides that, House is out of town. He and Stacy are in Baltimore to meet the Medicaid review officer. Due to bad weather, all flights are canceled so House and Stacy are stuck on the airport. Luckily, as a precaution, Stacy booked a room in a near-by hotel for both her and House. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Stacy analogizes her relationship to House with curry. Her husband on the show is played by Currie Graham. See more »


When trying to decipher what the aphasic patient meant by the phrase "tackle the bear", Foreman asks him if he meant 'bear' or 'bare'. This does not make sense because, as Foreman himself explained earlier, the patient's jumbled words sound completely normal to himself. So in his mind, he said neither 'bear' nor 'bare' but something completely different, and not even he himself can know which word his impaired brain used to replace the one he actually meant to say. See more »


Stacy Warner: Our relationship's like an addiction. It's... like...
Dr. Gregory House: Really good drugs?
Stacy Warner: No, it's like vindaloo curry.
Dr. Gregory House: Okay, sure.
Stacy Warner: Really, really hot Indian curry they make with red chili peppers.
Dr. Gregory House: I know what it is. I didn't think it was addictive.
Stacy Warner: You're abrasive and annoying and come on way too strong, like... vindaloo curry. When you're crazy about curry, that's fine. But no matter how much you love curry, you have too much of it, it takes the roof of your mouth off. And then you never wanna see curry for a...
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References Fletch (1985) See more »


Dr. House - Titelsong
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Continuity Error
24 February 2007 | by HorrorFlikChik13See all my reviews

In the airport, there is an instance where a shot pans on House and Stacy sitting side by side. Then, it cuts to a frontal view of Stacy. In the first shot (the one that pans), Stacy has a pencil in her mouth. A fraction of a second later, when the shot cuts to the frontal view, the pencil is behind Stacy's ear. This is a rare editing mistake on this show!

Still, a wonderful show, and a great episode. It proves that House is House, and that nothing stops him from working his magic. Once again, genius; another medical mystery that is no match for House, and another demonstration of his mantra: "Everybody lies."

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