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House: Games

When Cuddy puts the pressure on House to choose the final members of his team, House deliberately assigns the candidates to a particularly challenging case an uncooperative, over-the-hill former punk rock star with a history of drug abuse and civil disobedience. House informs the candidates their potential future depends on correctly diagnosing the patient. As the candidates race to find out if the patient is ailing due to drug abuse, an underlying disease or an unknown condition, House keeps a running tally of their efforts, making a few arbitrary point deductions along the way. Meanwhile, Wilson informs a former patient whom he had previously diagnosed with terminal cancer that he is going to live, and the news throws a wrench in the man's carpe-diem lifestyle

Source: FOX

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x9
Production Number: HOU-409
Airdate: Tuesday November 27th, 2007

Director: Deran Sarafian
Writer: Eli Attie

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) May 15, 2008
NL (SBS 6) Sep 04, 2008


Guest Stars
Anne DudekAnne Dudek
As Amber
Peter JacobsonPeter Jacobson
As Taub
Kal PennKal Penn
As Kutner
Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde
As Thirteen
Matt DeCaroMatt DeCaro
As McKenna
Alex WeedAlex Weed
As Ian
Eli BildnerEli Bildner
As Chris

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Dina DefteriosDina Defterios
As Luisa Maria
Boris KievskyBoris Kievsky
As Club Owner
Darren S. KimDarren S. Kim
As Parent #1
Raf MauroRaf Mauro
As Doctor
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House


Drugged out punk rocker Ian is hanging out with his band in an alleyway behind a club, waiting to go on. Ian grabs a friend’s new guitar and starts dragging it on the round to break it in, and the friend hits him. The club owner calls them in, braking up the fight, but Ian starts to cough up blood then collapses...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alan Milman Sect + Man-Ka-ZamNicotine Caffeine 
Norman GreenbaumSpirit in the Sky 
Pussy GaloreKicked Out 

Episode Quotes
Dr. House: Dr. Cuddy: the face that launched a thousand long faces.

Dr. House You're not taking the long view.
Dr. Foreman: The one where we stuff another patient in a body bag?
Dr. House: Nope, if we're wrong it'll come pretty fast. The long view is the one where we pick the best team; that way we can use all those bags we save for grocery shopping.

Dr. House: (to Taub) You were doing better before you had a good idea.

Dr. House: What makes you so sure that drugs are a mask for something else?
Thirteen: Drugs are always a mask for something else.
Dr. House: (pauses) It's the dumbest thing I have heard in my life.
(Thirteen leaves, House awards her extra points on the scoreboard)

Dr. Cuddy: At least the games are over.
Dr. House: How long have you known me?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
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