House (2004–2012)
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Not Cancer 

Years after receiving body parts from an organ donor, five out of six recipients die within a few months, but not from organ rejection. House and the team race against time to figure out ... See full summary »


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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 ... Dr. 'Thirteen' Hadley
Michael Weston ... Lucas Douglas
Felicia Day ... Apple
Tim Conlon ... Dr. O'Shea
Elaine Kagan ... Frank's Wife
Denice Sealy ... Apple's Nurse
Melissa Loprire Melissa Loprire ... Girl on Street


Years after receiving body parts from an organ donor, five out of six recipients die within a few months, but not from organ rejection. House and the team race against time to figure out why before the final surviving recipient, a young woman who received the donor's cornea, mysteriously dies as well. House retains a comical private investigator to investigate patients, doctors, and his estranged friend, Wilson. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of this episode Hugh Laurie takes on the role of Executive Producer. See more »


House tells a nurse twice to get him peppermint tea twice in this episode. However, in the episode _{Resignation (#3.22)}_, House states that he hates tea. See more »


Apple: I was practically blind before the transplant: 20/200 vision.
Dr. Gregory House: Didn't you cover all this personal stuff with Dr. Foreman?
Apple: You don't care who I used to be?
Dr. Gregory House: You're a post-corneal transplant math teacher. I deduced that you were a blind math teacher.
Apple: I was an architect.
Dr. Gregory House: You gave up architecture after you could see?
Apple: The world was ugly. You think the world would be any different if your leg was fine?
Dr. Gregory House: No.
Apple: Think you'd be any different if your leg was fine? I mean, the doctors told me that my life was ...
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References ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) See more »


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4 October 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

Is it or is it not cancer? The team must wrestle with this all through the episode. But the real fun comes from watching House interact with a quirky private eye (Michel Weston) he has hired to spy on everyone. The PI is so sharp, he even gets the goods on House, much to House's surprise. A running gag has the fast-talking detective constantly billing House for outrageous amounts, and House asking will he accept a check. Some of the more serious moments are on the squishy, gory side, which I thought the show's makers might lighten up on now that HOUSE runs at 8 p.m. They haven't. Wait until you what happens to Foreman and a leaky corpse. The now-departed Wilson has his moment with House.

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