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House: Twenty Vicodin

House has spent a year in prison after crushing through Cuddy's living room window. Now to win his parole, House has to behave for just five more days. However, an ailing prisoner pits House and his diagnosis against the hospital doctor, and his only ally is a young doctor who believes there's more to why he's in prison then he'll tell her.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x1
Production Number: HOU-801
Airdate: Monday October 03rd, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Global) Oct 03, 2011
UK (sky 1) Oct 06, 2011
AU (ten) Oct 14, 2011
DE (RTL) Mar 06, 2012


Guest Stars
Thom BarryThom Barry
As Sykes
Jaleel WhiteJaleel White
As Porter
Michael MasseeMichael Massee
As Frankie
Michael ParéMichael Paré
As Warden Delaire
Nate MooneyNate Mooney
As Rollo
Mars CrainMars Crain
As Stomper (as Mars M. Crain)
Jude CiccolellaJude Ciccolella
As Mendelson

Co-Guest Stars
Wayne LopezWayne Lopez
As C.O. Alvarez
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Jeannine CotaJeannine Cota
As C.O. Hsueh
Pamela ShaddockPamela Shaddock
As Case Worker
Bianca DeGroatBianca DeGroat
As Nurse Kathy Hostetter

Damon ChristopherDamon Christopher
As Nick's Cellmate
Robbie KallerRobbie Kaller
As Garcia
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Odette AnnableOdette Annable
As Dr. Jessica Adams


The prison parole board brings House and considers releasing him in five days to deal with overcrowding. House refuses to admit that he’s sorry, saying that he’d only tell them that to give them the answer that will cover their asses. When a board member notes that he endangered Cuddy and her daughter Rachel and then fled the country for three months, House explains that he knew Rachel was with her grandmother that day and he saw Cuddy and the others go to the kitchen. The parole board decides to release House in five days, if he can stay out of trouble that entire time. If he doesn’t, he’ll stay in prison for at least another four months. House considers and then says he can stay out of trouble...

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Episode Quotes
Frankie: You don't wanna mess with Stomper. He didn't get that name because he's a fan of Santa's reindeer.
Dr. House: You think one of Santa's reindeer was called Stomper?
Frankie: You're missing my point.
Dr. House: I'm not gonna listen to a guy who can't name the reindeer.

Dr. House: This another pet? Cause it's going to end badly. Again. Remember we talked about this. At least I talked, and you stared at me eerily. I think it was eerily. "Eerily" felt like the best-case scenario.

Nick: You don't believe me?
Dr. House: Belief implies a level of giving a crap that I am never going to achieve.

Dr. House: It's the greatest mystery there is--the theory of everything.
Dr. Adams: And completely divorced from humanity.
Dr. House: Well, me and humanity, we got together too young.

Cultural References
Dr. House: I’ll dress ‘em the same. Like in Vertigo.

Vertigo is a 1958 movie by Alfred Hitchcock about an acrophobic detective who is hired to trail a woman who seemingly commits suicide. He then meets another woman who resembles the first one, and ends up dressing like the suicide.

Dr. House: Jiminy didn't chirp much last night.

Pinoochio is a tale by Carlo Collodi about a wooden puppet who dreamed of being a real boy. Jiminy Cricket appears primarily in the 1940 Disney animated movie, having an enlarged role from the unnamed cricket in the original story.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerGreg Yaitanes  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Hugh Laurie  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Katie Jacobs  |  Bryan Singer  |  David Shore  |  Garrett Lerner  |  Russel Friend  |  Thomas L. Moran
Co-Executive ProducerJohn C. Kelley  |  Eli Attie  |  Liz Friedman  |  David Foster (1)  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer
Supervising ProducerKatherine Lingenfelter  |  Sara Hess  |  Seth Hoffman  |  David Hoselton
ProducerMarcy G. Kaplan
Co-ProducerAllen Marshall Palmer
Associate ProducerJulie Hrebec
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
EditorAmy Fleming
CastingJanelle Scuderi  |  Amy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorRobert Scott (2)
MusicJason Derlatka  |  Jon Ehrlich
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorGary Calamar  |  Lynn Grossman
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Key GripLloyd Barcroft
Camera OperatorAnthony Gaudioz  |  Rob Carlson (3)
Set DecoratorAmber Elkins
Location ManagerNancy Haecker
Transportation CoordinatorSteve De Leon
Property MasterMike Casey
Construction CoordinatorStephen Howard
Production Sound MixerVon Varga
Script SupervisorIra Hurvitz
Production CoordinatorJamie Feldman
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 DirectorNatalie Weinmann
Post Production CoordinatorDaphne Raves
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJon Cohoe
Casting AssistantJesse Lafferty
Chief Lighting TechnicianMonty Woodard
Department Head HairMelvyn Stetson
ResearcherKyle Arrington
Medical Technical AdvisorJohn Sotos  |  Lisa Sanders  |  Harley Liker
Key HairstylistWendy Southard
Department Head Make-upMarianna Elias
ColoristGareth Cook
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJessica Young (2)  |  Lindsay Zappala  |  Danny Weiss  |  David Wong (3)  |  James S. Conway
Assistant Property MasterMark Jameson (2)
Assistant AccountantRyan Burke (2)
Key Second Assistant DirectorYuko Ogata
Department Head Special Makeup EffectsDalia Dokter
Video CoordinatorMark L. Marcum
Video OperatorSteve Galloway (2)
Publicity ManagerGeoffrey Colo
Key Assistant Location ManagerStevie Nelson
Key MakeupBrigitte Bugayong
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