House M.D. (2004–2012)
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House fights his doctors, the staff and his fellow patients when he's forced to stay in the psychiatric hospital under threat of permanently losing his medical license.


Katie Jacobs


David Shore (created by), Russel Friend | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Franka Potente ... Lydia
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Juan 'Alvie' Alvarez
Megan Dodds ... Dr. Beasley
Derek Richardson ... Freedom Master / Steve
Curtis Armstrong ... Richter
Andrew Leeds ... Dr. Medina (as Andrew Harrison Leeds)
Angela Bettis ... Susan
Jack Plotnick ... Hal Connor
Artemis Pebdani ... Diane
Alex Désert ... Jay-Bird
Kim Rhodes ... Woman at Fundraiser
Andre Braugher ... Dr. Darryl Nolan
Dale E. Turner ... Duane 'Stomp' Milbrett


House begins a detox program at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital to get the Vicodin out of his system in an attempt to control his hallucinations. House plans to leave the treatment facility once he is clean, but he is strong-armed into staying by his attending physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan. Dr. Nolan agrees to write a recommendation to reinstate House's medical license only if House agrees to further treatment. When House is moved to a new ward in the hospital, he develops a close relationship with his new roommate, Alvie, and Lydia, a frequent visitor who helps House bend the rules. House asks Alvie to help him uncover incriminating information about Dr. Nolan that would allow him to blackmail his way out of the treatment center and convinces Lydia to loan him her car to sneak out a delusional patient in an attempt by House to undermine Dr. Nolan's course of treatment. But when devastating events ensue, House is humbled into reluctantly accepting help. Written by Fox Publicity

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


House sings "For He is an Englishman" from HMS Pinafore. Hugh Laurie is indeed an Englishman. See more »


House and Alvie stage a fight in order to get a pill of Haldol to trade with Hal for a phone call. In an emergency situation (such as a fight) Haldol would be administered by injection, as a pill would take minutes to absorb. See more »


Dr. James Wilson: House?
Dr. Gregory House: NO, it's your other friend in the asylum.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Cello Suite #1, Prelude in G Major
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by Ana Lenchantin
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest + House Collide
24 September 2009 | by TyGuy2008See all my reviews

First of all, I love House, and i feel that with the past few episodes of Season 5, and with this new opener to Season 6, the writers have really taken a good show to greatness. For a little while, I felt as though the show was getting to be a little too "formula." It seemed as though every episode consisted of a strange case, a subplot involving the personal lives of one of the members of House's "team," then House would go talk to Wilson, get that look in his eye, and then quickly run to the OR to stop the surgery. But maybe that's just me.

I am proud to say this is no longer the case.

"Broken" was incredible. It brings the viewer to so many different levels of emotion in so many different ways, through superb acting, exceptional writing, and beautiful direction. One thing I couldn't help but notice was the episodes connection to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Upon thinking about it, House was almost like McMurphy. He played the "enabler," the patient that helped the other ward members more than any of the hospital staff ever could. Then we have the paranoid guy (Cheswick), the girl with the big glasses (Martini), "Freedom Man" (Billy Bibbitt), the mute women (Chief), and the insecure guy (Harding).

The only wild card in House's roommate, the "rapper." His role was completely original, and once again, brilliant.

See it. Make it happen. Do it... Do it...

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