House (2004–2012)
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Broken 

Broken: Part 1 (original title)
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.

Director:

Katie Jacobs

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Broken See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Exteriors for the clinic where House stays were shot at the Ohio State Reformatory (formerly Mansfield), a place long believed to be haunted and where several ghost hunting shows have visited and filmed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Juan 'Alvie' Alvarez: Dr. House in da house.
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Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Brick House
(uncredited)
Written by Shirley Hanna-King, William King, Ronald La Pread, Thomas McClary, Walter Orange, Lionel Richie, and Milan Williams
Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
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An outstanding episode
22 September 2009 | by mcmoySee all my reviews

I was expecting not to like this opening episode because of the premise of House being institutionalized. But the writing, acting, and directing of this episode was so good that I dropped my guard and was completely immersed in the show. Of course, they can't continue the show with House having this new found insight about himself, because the show will lose the edge that House has.

Can anyone recall the cello piece played by the patient near the end of the show? I thought it might have been from Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals, but I didn't record the episode and frankly can't recall the tune now.


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