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Merry Little Christmas 

Wilson presents the deal to House and then convinces Cuddy to back him up, meanwhile the team is flummoxed by a patient's condition and various members keep seeking out House for his opinion even though he may not be prepared to assist.


Tony To


David Shore (created by), Liz Friedman




Episode credited cast:
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
David Morse ... Michael Tritter
Meredith Eaton ... Maddy Ralphean (as Meredith Eaton-Gilden)
Kacie Borrowman ... Abigail Ralphean
Michael Medico ... Clinic Doctor
Shyann McClure ... Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobbin Bergstrom Bobbin Bergstrom ... Nurse
Marco Pelaez Marco Pelaez ... Hospital Pharmacist
Teddy Vincent ... Mrs. Zebalusky


Dr. Wilson has made a deal with detective Tritter and now House has a choice: Jail or Rehab. While actively ignoring these options House takes a clinic case from Dr. Cuddy about a dwarf with ear infections. Dr. Cuddy and Dr. Wilson take away House's pain medication hoping to force him to take the deal taking him off of the case while he detoxes. Stuck in his apartment and trying to deal with the pain, the rest of the team with the addition of Cuddy and Wilson stumble while trying to solve the case without House. Foreman and Cameron both visit House on separate occasions to ask for help. The pain becomes to much and House eventually takes painkillers from one of Wilson's patients that has passed away. House solves the case while high on the painkillers proving that the dwarf had growth hormone deficiency. When the bottle of pain medication is empty House goes to Tritter to take the deal, but in Tritter's glee he finds House's mistake and is preparing to take him down. Written by Heather Kantrowitz

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Did You Know?


Meredith Eaton guest stars in this episode. She is also known for playing a recurring character on NCIS, another show with a curmudgeonly boss who pushes his team to solve puzzles. Unlike House, NCIS's Gibbs has a good heart despite his rough exterior. See more »


When House is trying to scam a clinic doc out of Vicodin, the clinic doctor declines because of the hospital's policy of not prescribing opiates to new patients. However, the doctor was ready to provide House Tylenol with codeine. Codeine is an opiate. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Tritter: Merry Christmas.
Dr. Gregory House: And a Happy Go-to-Hell.
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'Zat You, Santa Claus?
Performed by Louis Armstrong and the Commanders
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House is the bully here
18 May 2020 | by christillionSee all my reviews

I don't know why everyone is standing up for House. He did commit fraud. He didn't care how it affected those close to him, those who kept standing up for him. He accuses Tritter of being the bully, and though that may be, House is the bigger bully here. Let's not forget why he got into this mess.

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12 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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