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House: Larger Than Life

A subway hero collapses after saving a woman, and is brought to the hospital. House dismisses heroism as stupidity, but is unable to determine the man's illness. Meanwhile, Cuddy's mother comes to see her daughter and her new boyfriend, and Taub discovers that a new billboard with his face has aroused his wife's libido.

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x9
Production Number: HOU-709
Airdate: Monday January 17th, 2011

Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Writer: Sara Hess

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Feb 10, 2011
BR (Universal) Feb 17, 2011
NL (SBS 6) Aug 25, 2011

Guest Stars
Amber TamblynAmber Tamblyn
As Martha Masters
Jennifer CrystalJennifer Crystal
As Rachel Taub (as Jennifer Crystal Foley)
Candice BergenCandice Bergen
As Arlene Cuddy

Co-Guest Stars
Kayla ColbertKayla Colbert
As Rachel Cuddy
Rylie ColbertRylie Colbert
As Rachel Cuddy
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Julie MitchellJulie Mitchell
As Chloe (Chloe Jefferies)
Nate WittyNate Witty
As Bike Messenger
Rosalyn SidewaterRosalyn Sidewater
As Woman in Suit
Thai DouglasThai Douglas
As Conductor
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


In the subway, Daisy is talking to her father Jack as they prepare to catch a train to the zoo. When she asks if they can have pizza, Jack says that he’ll be going on the road again after only two days. He then hears the people say that a woman has collapsed on the tracks he goes down and tries wake her up, and then asks the others for help as the train approaches. The driver tries to stop, and Jack grabs the woman and flattens himself as the train passes overhead and stops. The passengers tell the driver to pull forward, and they share in surprise and shock as they realize that Jack and the woman are alive. He looks up at them and confirms that they’re both okay, but the woman had an epileptic seizure. As Jack tells his daughter that he’s okay, he collapses...

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Episode Quotes
Dr. Taub: I was mugged once. When I saw the gun, my legs went out.
Dr. Chase: I always thought it was fight or flight. Didn't know it was fight or flight or faint.

Dr. House: (about a billboard poster of Taub) We finally know what Tuab would look like if he were life-size.

Martha Masters: Why is your assumption of his guilt more valid than my assumption of his selflessness?
Dr. House: Because my assumption is backed up by millions of men, and Taub, who cheated on their wives.

Arlene Cuddy: I wish that you would take a second look. I'm tired all the time, and when it's cold I get this weird pain in my shoulder.
Dr. House: I have a pain in my leg. You don't hear me complaining... except for just now.
Arlene Cuddy: How do doctors get this idea you're better than everyone else?
Dr. House: Probably all that pulling people back from the brink of death, it's just a guess.
Arlene Cuddy: My own daughter is a doctor. She makes a hobby of dismissing my concerns.
Dr. House: She sounds smart.
Arlene Cuddy: Did she tell you to say that?
Dr. House: I've never met your daughter.
Arlene Cuddy: That's hard to believe, since you're currently shtupping her.

Dr. Cuddy: House… I need you to come to that dinner for two hours. Keep your mouth shut, and behave like an adult. Yes, you will be in Hell, but I will feel better having you there. That is what a relationship is. We average our misery.

Dr. Cuddy: Wilson.
Dr. House: It's uh, bowling night. He'll never forgive me if I don't. Oh, screw it. I'm coming.
Dr. Cuddy: No, no. no. I am not going to be responsible for that. You drugged the man, you go bowling with him.
Dr. House: Well, my chances of sex are considerably lower with Wilson.

Cultural References
Dr. House: Go forth and look for masses in Clark Kent's limbic system.

Clark Kent is the mild-mannered identity of DC Comics superhero Superman.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Greg Yaitanes  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Hugh Laurie  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Russel Friend  |  Garrett Lerner
Co-Executive ProducerLiz Friedman  |  David Foster (1)  |  Eli Attie  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer  |  Peter Blake (2)
Supervising ProducerDavid Hoselton  |  Sara Hess  |  John C. Kelley
ProducerLindsey Jaffin  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Co-ProducerKatherine Lingenfelter  |  Seth Hoffman  |  Allen Marshall Palmer
Consulting ProducerLawrence Kaplow
Associate ProducerJulie Hrebec
Production DesignerNatalie Weinmann
EditorAmy Fleming
CastingStephanie Laffin  |  Amy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorKevin Williams (2)
Second Assistant DirectorVince Duque
MusicJon Ehrlich  |  Jason Derlatka
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorGary Calamar  |  Lynn Grossman
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Key GripLloyd Barcroft
Camera OperatorAnthony Gaudioz  |  Rob Carlson (3)
Set DecoratorAmy Wells
Location ManagerNancy Haecker
Transportation CoordinatorSteve De Leon
Property MasterTyler Patton
Construction CoordinatorStephen Howard
Production Sound MixerVon Varga
Script SupervisorIra Hurvitz
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock
Assistant EditorMichael Zurer
Supervising Sound EditorBrad North
Re-Recording MixerJoe DeAngelis
LeadmanKeith Sale
Director of PhotographyGale Tattersall
Production SupervisorElisabeth James Rhee
Art DirectorJohn Goldsmith (2)
Post Production CoordinatorDaphne Raves
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
Key Makeup ArtistKaren Dahl
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJon Cohoe
Chief Lighting TechnicianMonty Woodard
Department Head HairLori Rozman
ResearcherErica Spates
Casting AssociateJanelle Scuderi
Medical Technical AdvisorJohn Sotos  |  Harley Liker  |  Lisa Sanders
Key HairstylistWendy Southard
Department Head Make-upMarianna Elias
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJessica Young (2)  |  David Wong (3)  |  Lindsay Zappala  |  Danny Weiss  |  James S. Conway
Assistant Property MasterOliver Doering
Assistant AccountantBarbara Pullan
Department Head Special Makeup EffectsDalia Dokter
Video CoordinatorMark L. Marcum
Video OperatorSteve Galloway (2)
Publicity ManagerGeoffrey Colo
Final ColoristKeith Shaw (2)
Visual CoordinatorJeremy Cassells
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