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House: Charity Case

Benjamin, a wealthy man intent on giving away his money to charitable causes, collapses on the street. House doesn't believe there's anything seriously wrong with him, but treats him so that he can convince Benjamin that he's "cured" and to donate money to fund House's diagnostic team. However, when Benjamin starts showing serious symptoms, House realizes that he has a real illness on his hands. Meanwhile, Thirteen must decide whether to return to the hospital or go to Greece with her girlfriend, and new volunteer team member Dr. Adams tries to determine why Park won't take a gift.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x3
Production Number: HOU-803
Airdate: Monday October 17th, 2011

Director: Greg Yaitanes
Writer: Sara Hess

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Global) Oct 17, 2011
UK (sky 1) Oct 20, 2011
DE (RTL) Mar 20, 2012


Guest Stars
Ron PerkinsRon Perkins
As Dr. Ron Simpson
Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
As Benjamin Byrd
Toni  TrucksToni Trucks
As Trina

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Niko BaurNiko Baur
As Clancy
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Omar EppsOmar Epps
As Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean LeonardRobert Sean Leonard
As Dr. James Wilson
Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde
As Dr. Remy Hadley ("Thirteen")
Odette AnnableOdette Annable
As Dr. Jessica Adams
Charlyne YiCharlyne Yi
As Dr. Chi Park


Benjamin Byrd, an unemployed man, goes to a job placement office and the counselor, Trina, shows him around and explains what services they can provide. She assures him that they can help him if he has a drug addiction, but admits that they don’t have a childcare program due to a lack of financing. As Trina takes a call, Benjamin says that he’ll be back. As he goes, Trina notices that he’s dropped an envelope. When she opens it, she finds a cashier’s check for one million dollars. She runs after Benjamin to thank him, but he collapses on the sidewalk...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The WellspringThe Ballad of el GoodoHouse fires Hadley

Episode Quotes
Dr. Adams: You said we were meeting for coffee.
Dr. House: Well, when someone asks you if you want coffee, they obviously don't just mean coffee. Wait, did you think I was referring to sex? (to Park) Would you shut the blinds on the way out?

Dr. House: In the meantime, there's no way a do-gooder like you isn't volunteering all over town. Ladling kittens, spaying soup.
Dr. Adams: There is a free clinic in Trenton.
Dr. House: Well, think of it as today's free clinic, only with fewer bums with herpes.

Dr. Park: That's naive and sick. You really want to improve things, you do it through policy. This guy empties his pockets, what really changes?
Dr. House: That's right, all those babies with AIDS, they're just using us.

Dr. Foreman: House, I worked for you for seven years. I know how you operate. So when I see symptoms magically show up right when you need them...
Dr. House: And I was your boss for seven years, and I know what a suspicious, micromanaging hardass you are.

Dr. House: What's with you and Park?
Dr. Adams: Nothing.
Dr. House: I expect my people to lie better than that.

(to Clancy, after perusing the boy's irritated palms)
Dr. House: Here, have this lubricant. Unfortunately, it's too late for the eyesight.

Dr. House: I'm not joking. You're fired. Don't come in tomorrow.
Dr. Hadley: House...
Dr. House: I can work with people who've got nowhere else to go. People who've got something to prove. People who just get off on weird cases. but I can't work with someone whose here so she doesn't have to feel bad.
Dr. Hadley: You're trying to save me.
Dr. House: Yes. I think that little of you and that much of me.

Episode Goofs
When House, Dr. Park, and Dr. Adams are sitting at the table and discuss the case, the coffee cup that Park gave Adams appears and disappears.

Cultural References
Dr. House: And Adams, when you treat and he gets better, and doesn't give Bob Cratchit his Christmas day off, you owe me a coffee.

Bob Cratchit is a secondary character in Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol, who works for Scrooge at a pauper's wage.

Dr. House: You know, the down vibe in here is totally ruining my Charlie's Angels fantasy.

Charlie's Angels is an ABC series, 1976 to 1981, which featured three beautiful women who work for a detective agency. A remake premiered in 2011, the same season this episode premiered.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerPeter Blake (2)  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Greg Yaitanes  |  Hugh Laurie  |  David Shore  |  Katie Jacobs  |  Bryan Singer  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Russel Friend  |  Garrett Lerner
Co-Executive ProducerLiz Friedman  |  David Foster (1)  |  John C. Kelley  |  Eli Attie  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer
Supervising ProducerSara Hess  |  Katherine Lingenfelter  |  Seth Hoffman  |  David Hoselton
ProducerMarcy G. Kaplan
Co-ProducerAllen Marshall Palmer
Associate ProducerJulie Hrebec
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
EditorChad Mochrie
CastingJanelle Scuderi  |  Amy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorRobert Scott (2)
Second Assistant DirectorYuko Ogata
MusicJason Derlatka  |  Jon Ehrlich
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorLynn Grossman  |  Gary Calamar
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Key GripLloyd Barcroft
Camera OperatorDan Urbain  |  Henry Tirl  |  Rob Carlson (3)  |  Anthony Gaudioz
Set DecoratorAmber Elkins  |  Amy Wells
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  |  Harley Liker  |  Lisa Sanders
Key HairstylistWendy Southard
Department Head Make-upMarianna Elias
ColoristGareth Cook
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJessica Young (2)  |  James S. Conway  |  Danny Weiss  |  Lindsay Zappala  |  David Wong (3)
Assistant Property MasterNicole Eldredge
Assistant AccountantRyan Burke (2)
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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