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House: Epic Fail

House resigns his position as chief diagnostician at Princeton, much to the surprise of his co-workers. Foreman immediately leaps in to take command and is given one chance to prove himself. However, his first case is a videogame magnate suffering from burning hands and swollen lymph nodes, and insists on consulting the Internet for medical solutions. Meanwhile, Thirteen tries to reconcile herself with this new side of her boyfriend, Taub looks for employment elsewhere, and Wilson discovers that his new roommate is obsessed with cooking.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x2
Production Number: HOU-603
Airdate: Monday September 28th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Apr 15, 2010


Guest Stars
Andre BraugherAndre Braugher
As Dr. Darryl Nolan

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Barry PearlBarry Pearl
As Dr. Paulson
Wai MuiWai Mui
As Lee
Mike KirklandMike Kirkland
As Dr. Felker (as Michael J. Kirkland)
Corie VickersCorie Vickers
As Instructor
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
As Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar EppsOmar Epps
As Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean LeonardRobert Sean Leonard
As Dr. James Wilson
Jesse SpencerJesse Spencer
As Dr. Robert Chase
Peter JacobsonPeter Jacobson
As Dr. Christopher Taub
Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde
As Dr. Remy Hadley ("Thirteen")
Jennifer MorrisonJennifer Morrison
As Dr. Allison Cameron


Video game designer and millionaire Vince is testing his soon-to-be-released virtual reality game with his employee Lee and Roy. When Vince disappears, they remove their helmets and check in his office. He's seated on the couch and says that his hands are burning. They take him to the Princeton ER and Hadley can't find anything wrong. She says she'll send him to a neurologist but Vince wants House to see him...

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Episode Quotes
Dr. House: I quit.
Dr. Foreman: You can't quit.
Dr. House: I think you're confusing me with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Dr. House: I'm sorry. I know this will affect both of you.. and Thirteen... and the one with the nose.

Dr. Cuddy: But House was a genius.
Dr. Foreman: House was an egotistical pill-popping lawsuit magnet... and a genius.

Dr. Cameron: You know how House feels about people touching his ball.
Dr. Foreman: No. Chase refuses to tell me.
Dr. Cameron: Right. My husband's gay. Witty.

Dr. House: You already made me get a roommate. Wilson's got one bedroom. We can't get any more connected without unzipping.

Instructor: In a lot of ways, cooking is like music. Different elements combine to make a symphony.
Dr. House: Difference is that Beethoven's 5th isn't going to be poop tomorrow.
Dr. Wilson: What was my one condition for allowing you to tag along?
Dr. House: "Try not to be a jerk". I'm trying. I'm just failing.
Dr. Wilson: Roll your meatballs and keep an open mind. (House smiles) How hard are you trying not to make a ball joke right now?
Dr. House: They're smoking. Your balls.
Dr. Wilson: Oh! Ow. No, no. They're browning way too fast.
Dr. House: Blue is the color you've got to watch out for.
Dr. Wilson: Enough. My god, they're... they're still raw inside. By the time they're cooked through, the outside will be burned.
Dr. House: I think there's a medicated powder for that.

Dr. Wilson: Did you even go to bed last night?
Dr. House: Bed is for sissies, unless you're having sex. In which case.. no, bed is still for sissies.

Dr. Hadley: This might be the best thing I've ever eaten. (House smirks) And, yes, I'm including what you're thinking of now.

Dr. Wilson: You said it was keeping your mind off the pain.
Dr. House: That was before I discovered the Biggest Loser marathon on cable. I like to pretend they can see me eating.

Dr. Foreman: I brought you a doughnut. The florist was closed.
Dr. Hadley: I'll get a vase and put it in water.

(to Cuddy)
Dr. House: Et tu, butte?

Cultural References
Dr. Foreman: You can't quit.
Dr. House: I think you're confusing me with Jake Gyllenhaal.

A reference to the movie Brokeback Mountain, in which Jake Gyllenhaal's shepherd character, Jack, says, "I wish I knew how to quit you"

Dr. House: That was before I discovered the Biggest Loser marathon on cable.

The Biggest Loser is a reality tv/game show which pits overweight people against one another to see which one can lose the most weight while achieving various episode specific challenges while also resisting temptations to cheat, in a Survivor-like format.

Dr. House: Et tu, butte?

"Et tu, Brute?" is purported to be the line Julius Caesar uttered when, in his last moments in the Roman Senate, after being stabbed by many of them already, he was also betrayed and stabbed by his trusted ally, Brutus.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Hugh Laurie  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Russel Friend  |  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 ProducerJulie Hrebec  |  Lindsey Jaffin
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
EditorAmy Fleming
CastingStephanie Laffin  |  Amy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorRobert Scott (2)
Second Assistant DirectorTy Arnold
MusicJon Ehrlich  |  Jason Derlatka
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorLynn Grossman  |  Gary Calamar
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Make-upMarianna Elias
Key GripShawn Whelan
Camera OperatorRob 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 CoordinatorMeg A. Schave
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock
Assistant EditorSeth Clark
Supervising Sound EditorBrad North
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
LeadmanGary Isbell
Director of PhotographyGale Tattersall
Story EditorMatthew V. Lewis
Production SupervisorElisabeth James Rhee
Art DirectorNatalie Weinmann
Post Production CoordinatorMarisa Lederman
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
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 AdvisorLisa Sanders  |  Harley Liker  |  John Sotos
Key HairstylistMelvyn Stetson
Department Head Make-upKathleen Crawford
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJamie Jensen  |  Tommy Paul  |  Robyn Marrow  |  James S. Conway
Department Head Special Makeup EffectsDalia Dokter
Publicity ManagerGeoffrey Colo
Video Graphic ArtistSimon Knights
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