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House: Broken

House undergoes treatment for his hallucinations at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, and quickly declares himself cured and ready to leave. The doctor in charge, Darryl Nolan, disagrees and forces House to stay by threatening not to recertify his license until he believes House is cured. A battle of wills begins until House draws closer to the sister-in-law of a catatonic patient, endangers another patient, and admits that he actually does need help.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x1
Production Number: HOU-601/602
Airdate: Monday September 21st, 2009
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Apr 01, 2010


Guest Stars
Lin-Manuel MirandaLin-Manuel Miranda
As Juan "Alvie" Alvarez
Andre BraugherAndre Braugher
As Dr. Darryl Nolan
Megan DoddsMegan Dodds
As Dr. Beasley
Derek RichardsonDerek Richardson
As Freedom Master / Steve
Andrew LeedsAndrew Leeds
As Dr. Medina (as Andrew Harrison Leeds)
Alex DesertAlex Desert
As Jay-Bird
Kim RhodesKim Rhodes
As Female Donor

Co-Guest Stars
Dale E. TurnerDale E. Turner
As Duane "Stomp" Milbratt
Ana LenchantinAna Lenchantin
As Annie "Silent Girl" Bohm
Sloan RobinsonSloan Robinson
As Nurse Safer
Henderson WadeHenderson Wade
As Orderly
Meghan K. BradleyMeghan K. Bradley
As Nurse Valez
Rickey G. WilliamsRickey G. Williams
As Ski Cap Guy
Audrey KelleyAudrey Kelley
As Pretty Woman
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Robert Sean LeonardRobert Sean Leonard
As Dr. James Wilson


House goes through several days of detox from Vicodin at the Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital. He finally detoxes and prepares to check himself out since he's there voluntarily. The nurse tells him that she can't check him out and refers him to the presiding physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan. Nolan says that House can go but he needs more treatment than simpler detox. He points out that the Vicodin didn't cause the hallucinations, which started after House lost his father and two colleagues. When House insists on going anyway, Nolan says he'll let him go but won't recertify him to practice medicine. House reluctantly agrees to check himself into the long-term ward...

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Episode Notes
The episode starts without the normal opening credits. Instead the show begins immediately while the show title is shown, the two main actors who appear, the guest cast, the writers, and then the director. All other normal opening credits are moved to the end. These titles are required by various guild agreements to be shown in the order shown, and generally where they are shown.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Big StridesI Do Not Fear JazzHouse and Steve go to the carnival
Billy Moon, Sharkey & Zooks from the SparkLittle Cabin SongHouse plays basketball
Cass McCombHarmoniaHouse goes driving
Cole PorterI Love Parisat party
Cole PorterEv'ry Time We Say GoodbyeHouse outside at the party
The FramesSeven Day MileHouse leaves the hospital
Franz SchubertImpromptu #3 in B FlatLydia play for Annie (2nd time)
Gilbert & SullivanCarefully on Tip-Toe Stealing (HMS Pinafore)House sings while urinating
Iron and WineLove VigilantesHouse in his room
James HunterNo Smoke Without FireHouse gets his points
Johann Sebastian BachCello Suite #1, Prelude in G MajorAnnie plays the cello
Los Del RíoMacarena River MixDiane and Beasley dancing
Nat King ColeNo Moon At Allat party
Oliver NelsonNight Trainat party
RadioheadNo SurprisesOpening montage
Robert SchumannKinderszenen, Op. 15Lydia plays for Annie (1st time)
Russ MorganYou're Nobody till Somebody Loves YouTrio performs at talent show
Sly & The Family StoneLifeat the carnival
Stanton MoorePoison PushyHouse and Alvie start their fight
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThe Magic FluteMusic box tune

Episode Quotes
Dr. House: Great job. Gonna miss you. Want to start missing you as soon as possible.

Dr. Darryl Nolan: You can't go back to practicing medicine.
Dr. House: I don't want to practice medicine. I've decided I want to be an astronaut.
Dr. Darryl Nolan: Well, if you want your state astronaut's license, you're gonna need my recommendation.

Dr. House: Cut your wrists, huh?
Dr. Beasley: Greg, there are certain topics..
Dr. House: Oh, I'm sorry. Is suicide taboo? Gosh, if I've broken a rule on my first day, I will kill myself.
Dr. Beasley: Group's over.
Dr. House: That flew by.

Dr. Beasley: I know you're scheming, working on your next elaborate plan to get out of here. Why don't you put the plan on hold for a few days? See what happens. Just let me do my job. If you prefer private to group, we can do that, maybe try some SSRIs. If you think nothing's working, you can always go back to your schemes.
Dr. House: God, if only you'd said that two minutes ago, before I came out with my new scheme. Now I'm committed. Ha. Get it?

Dr. Darryl Nolan: So your proof of your well-being is that you lied?
Dr. House: Manipulated.

Dr. House: I see you've got some cello in your trunk. And no, that's not a euphemism.

Dr. House: Just open up?
Dr. Darryl Nolan: Just open up. Trust.
Dr. House: Strangers?
Dr. Darryl Nolan: We'll start with strangers then work our way up. If it helps, I find "Hello" to be an excellent icebreaker.

Lydia: You're not gay.
Dr. House: No, but I have to tell intimate secrets to people.
Lydia: Maybe they should be true.
Dr. House: Hadn't thought of that. To be on the safe side, I should probably do both, starting with the fun ones.

Dr. Darryl Nolan: You having fun?
Dr. House: I did connect with one guy. But my propensity for screwing things up overtook me. Then my desire to have fun overcame my propensity.

Dr. House: Who's that woman you were with in the parking lot?
Dr. Darryl Nolan: When you deflect, it's more effective when you're not that transparent.

Dr. Darryl Nolan: Why do you value your failures more than your successes?
Dr. House: My mother caught me masturbating... to pictures of her mother.
Dr. Darryl Nolan: Can we get past these cute deflections?
Dr. House: Successes only last until someone screws them up. Failures are forever.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Hugh Laurie  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Russel Friend  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Garrett Lerner
Co-Executive ProducerEli Attie  |  Greg Yaitanes  |  Doris Egan  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Lawrence Kaplow
Supervising ProducerDavid Foster (1)  |  David Hoselton  |  Liz Friedman
ProducerSara Hess  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Co-ProducerAllen Marshall Palmer
Associate ProducerLindsey Jaffin  |  Julie Hrebec
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
EditorDorian Harris  |  Stephen Semel  |  Chris Brookshire
CastingStephanie Laffin  |  Amy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorKevin Williams (2)
Second Assistant DirectorTy Arnold
MusicJon Ehrlich  |  Jason Derlatka
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorGary Calamar  |  Lynn Grossman
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Key GripShawn Whelan
Camera OperatorStephen St. John  |  Rob Carlson (3)  |  Anthony Gaudioz
Set DecoratorNatalie Pope
Location ManagerNancy Haecker
Transportation CoordinatorSteve De Leon
Property MasterTyler Patton  |  Pete Flynn (2)
Construction CoordinatorStephen Howard
Production Sound MixerVon Varga
Script SupervisorIra Hurvitz
Production CoordinatorElisabeth James Rhee
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock
Assistant EditorLawrence Curtis
Supervising Sound EditorBrad North
Re-Recording MixerRichard Weingart  |  Gerry Lentz
LeadmanGary Isbell
Director of PhotographyGale Tattersall
Story EditorMatthew V. Lewis
Art DirectorNatalie Weinmann
Assistant Production CoordinatorMeg A. Schave
Post Production CoordinatorMarisa Lederman
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
Key Makeup ArtistThea Samuels  |  Camille Henderson
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJane Williams (2)
Chief Lighting TechnicianMonty Woodard
Department Head HairLori Rozman
Casting AssociateJanelle Scuderi
Medical Technical AdvisorHarley Liker  |  Lisa Sanders  |  John Sotos
Key HairstylistAnthony Veader
Department Head Make-upJori Jenae
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJamie Jensen  |  James S. Conway  |  Tommy Paul  |  Robyn Marrow
Assistant AccountantBarbara Pullan
Department Head Special Makeup EffectsDalia Dokter
Video CoordinatorMark L. Marcum
Video OperatorSteve Galloway (2)
Publicity ManagerGeoffrey Colo
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