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House: It's A Wonderful Lie

A mother's hands are paralyzed during an indoor rock-wall climbing incident, causing her daughter to injure herself. At the hospital, her condition worsens and House and his newly-assembled team race to find a cure. Meanwhile, House decides to add a few twists to the season's Secret Santa gift exchange.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x10
Production Number: HOU-410
Airdate: Tuesday January 29th, 2008

Director: Matt Shakman
Writer: Pamela Davis

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) May 22, 2008
NL (SBS 6) Sep 11, 2008


Guest Stars
Jennifer HallJennifer Hall
As Melanie
Janel MoloneyJanel Moloney
As Maggie

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Cheyenne WilburCheyenne Wilbur
As Minister
Scott MaguireScott Maguire
As Bystander (as Scotty Maguire)
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
Kal PennKal Penn
As Dr. Lawrence Kutner


During the holidays, NMaggie takes her daughter Jane to a rock-climbing wall and encourages her upward while holding her safety line. Jane slips and Maggie is unable to hold the rope as her hands become paralyzed. Jane falls and breaks her arm...

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Episode Notes
Jennifer Morrison has no dialog.

With this episode, the three new team members' actors are listed as "Also Starring" in the post-opening credits, before the guest stars.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Fab FourThe Little Drummer Boy 
Frank SinatraHark the Heralds Angels Sing 
Frederic AustinThe Twelve Days of Christmas 
Jimmy ButlerTrim Your Tree 
Ramsey Lewis TrioSanta Claus is Coming to Town 
Roy HargroveGod Rest You Merry Gentlemen 
Staples SingersWho Took the Merry Out of Christmas 

Episode Quotes
Kutner: He lies.
Dr. House: My ears are burning.
Dr. Foreman: Tell ‘em you’re done firing people.
Dr. House: Well, if I lie, that would be little reassurance.

Thirteen: She’s not a liar.
Dr. House: Okay, this is gonna be a tough case. I have almost no knowledge of alien physiology.
Dr. Hadley: Everyone lies, but there’s an exception to every rule.
Dr. House: Actually, there isn’t. That’s kinda what makes it a rule.

Dr. House: On the other hand, you are now a team, you’ve gotta work together. the simple fact is giving people crap makes people like people. So spend 25 bucks, learn to love.

Kutner: Who's that from?
Dr. House: Santa, obviously, because you know I worship him. No, wait, I mean Satan. I always get them confused.

Dr. Foreman: Did you buy House a present?
Dr. Chase: Why would I?
Dr. Foreman: To screw with me.
Dr. Chase: Then I'm gonna say yes.

Dr. Wilson: The angels of Christmas have finally given House a present he can appreciate.
Dr. House: Oh don’t ruin it, don’t pin this on Christ, he’s got enough nails in him.

Dr. House: How do you spell "homey"? I don't wanna be offensive.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
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