House (2004–2012)
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Charity Case 

When Benjamin suddenly collapses after making a rare and generous donation, House and Dr. Chi Park are convinced that his extreme altruistic behavior may indicate a deeper medical disorder.... See full summary »


Greg Yaitanes


David Shore (created by), Sara Hess





Episode cast overview:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Olivia Wilde ... Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley
Odette Annable ... Dr. Jessica Adams
Charlyne Yi ... Dr. Chi Park
Wentworth Miller ... Benjamin Byrd
Ron Perkins ... Dr. Ron Simpson
Toni Trucks ... Trina
Tawny René Hamilton ... Carol (as Rene Hamilton)
Joanna Strapp ... Kate
Jaclyn Jonet ... Amy
Niko Baur Niko Baur ... Clancy
Bobbin Bergstrom ... Nurse


When Benjamin suddenly collapses after making a rare and generous donation, House and Dr. Chi Park are convinced that his extreme altruistic behavior may indicate a deeper medical disorder. With no definitive explanation for Benjamin's loss of consciousness and unresponsiveness to treatment, House pushes just the right buttons to recruit former prison doctor Jessica Adams to volunteer her time and expertise to the case. Benjamin then makes a bold but life-threatening offer that could save another life, and the team must diagnose his disorder before he puts his own life on the line. Meanwhile, Adams and Park test each other's outlook on generosity and gratitude, and Thirteen's guilt conflicts with her pursuit of personal happiness. Written by Fox Publicity

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The name of the charity organization is the Phoenix Foundation, the same as the organization central to the show MacGyver. See more »


The patient points out that 70.000 people a year need a kidney transplant, but only 10.000 people die each year. House then answers that 60.000 more people should die, but that's nonsense. Since (virtually) every dying person will have two kidneys to offer, and each patient will be happy with one transplanted kidney, only 25.000 more people would have to die. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: Racing heart: Medical condition. Bleeding heart: Stupid condition.
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References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »


The Ballad of El Goodo
Written by Chris Bell & Alex Chilton (Big Star)
Performed by Talia Osteen & Dov Rosenblatt (The Wellspring)
Published by Universal Music Publishing / ASCAP
Song plays in the final scene of the episode, as Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) leaves the series when House "fires" her, and the two say their final goodbyes.
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going downhill
2 November 2011 | by eadon-comSee all my reviews

The female doctors do their best, but the writing for them is bad, and there is simply no fun. This is bad writing and the most boring that house has ever been. The female doctors casting is a failure, the small one is incredibly annoying, a squeaking nuisance. House himself is entertaining, and the prison break guy as flat as ever. There was a dull subplot involving Wilson, who is not an interesting character any more. The show is running out of steam pretty fast. That the show is watchable at all is down to Laurie, but this is putting a lot of strain on keeping the episode together. 5/10 for the show. - 0/10 for the assistants.

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