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House: Joy to the World

House and the team diagnose a bullied girl who collapses at her school's holiday pageant. Meanwhile, House gives one of his patients a gift, Cuddy gets a gift, the team tries to figure out who gave House a special gift, and Foreman learns a lesson from Thirteen during the Huntington's drug trials.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x11
Production Number: HOU-511
Airdate: Tuesday December 09th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

Argentina Feb 19, 2009
NL (SBS 6) Mar 19, 2009
UK (sky 1) Jul 26, 2009


Guest Stars
Lori PettyLori Petty
As Janice Burke
B.K. CannonB.K. Cannon
As Natalie Soellner
Sherilyn FennSherilyn Fenn
As Mrs. Soellner
Bitsie TullochBitsie Tulloch
As Whitney
Phyllis LyonsPhyllis Lyons
As Dr. Schmidt
Lucas TillLucas Till
As Simon
Taylor DooleyTaylor Dooley
As Rachelle
John ForestJohn Forest
As Goeff
Alix KoreyAlix Korey
As Anna

Co-Guest Stars
Ben ShieldsBen Shields
As Jonathan
Caitlin GorfaineCaitlin Gorfaine
As Chorus #1
Carmel EcholsCarmel Echols
As Chorus #2
Dallas WellsDallas Wells
As Chorus #3
Gary Leroi GrayGary Leroi Gray
As Chorus #4
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


Natalie and several other older students are off-stage waiting to go on at their school’s Christmas pageant. One of them, Sarah, says they need to make a statement and prods another girl, Natalie Soellner, into insulting a teacher in the middle of their song. They go out and sing and Natalie starts to hallucinating. She blurts out the teacher’s name but the other students don’t leaving her embarrassed. She starts vomiting and collapses to the stage...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bobby HelmsJingle Bell Rockas House and Wilson talk in the cafeteria
A Fine FrenzyWhisperas Cuddy gives Natalie her baby
Gavin DegrawChestnuts Roastingas Foreman and Hadley kiss
Isaac WattsJoy to the Worldat the Christmas pageant
Mel Torme & Bob WellsA Christmas Songat the Christmas pageant

Episode Quotes
Dr. House: Why have Foreman’s breasts suddenly started to droop?
Dr. Hadley: Large breast are a classic symptom of you letting Foreman take vacation days so he can finish his F.D.A. reports before the end of the year.

Dr. Cuddy: I’m bringing in a case. You may have noticed me doing that before.
Dr. House: I’ve noticed you doing that a lot recently. it’s almost as if you have a sexual interest in someone. Like, say… Taub.
Dr. Cuddy: Well, Taub might think I like him if I stayed, which is why I’m gonna do this. (leaves)
Dr. Taub: Somehow, I don’t think that was really about me.

Dr. House: You talked to Wilson.
Dr. Taub: He has very girly handwriting, by the way.

Dr. Wilson: Of all the ways to mess with people, why give yourself an imaginary present?
Dr. House: Have you checked the prices for firemen-strippers recently?
Dr. Wilson: Yes.

Dr. House: If I wanted gifts, I would just look deep into my patients’ eyes and act like you. “Oh, I’m so sorry you’re dying, Mrs. Moron. Of course I’ll sleep with you. What I lack in skill, I can make up for in…”
Dr. Wilson: You’d just wind up insulting her. Perhaps calling her “Mrs. Moron.”

Dr. Taub: You don’t have clinic duty today.
Dr. House: Who says it’s a duty?

Dr. House: It’s Beccaria’s sign. That’ll be gone by your third trimester.
Whitney: Oh, I’m not in school.
Dr. House: Neither is your fetus.

Whitney: Aren’t there other ways I could get pregnant, like… sitting on a toilet seat?
Dr. House: Absolutely--there would need to be a guy sitting between you and the toilet seat, but yes, absolutely.

Whitney: We do other stuff in bed. Couldn’t some of his sperm have made it up there somehow?
Dr. House: More likely, it came from the guy whose penis made it up there somehow, but… sure, anything’s possible.

Anna: Jerk.
Dr. Cuddy: Uh, what was that all about?
Dr. House: Jamaican chicken recipes.

Dr. House: Parthenogenesis. A baby without a daddy. In humans, it's only ever been theorized, but it was never proved. Until now. (holds up the DNA printouts) Mommy. Baby. Your daughter has only maternal DNA.. I personally checked this five times. In seven months, you will have… a virgin birth. Merry Christmas.

Dr. Cuddy: You faked a scientific miracle just to win a bet with Wilson?
Dr. House: Mmm, more an argument. I realize it would have been simpler to just fake the paternity test, but hey--Christmas spirit and all that.
Dr. Cuddy: I think you’re confusing nice and evil again.

Episode References
Taub and Kutner make reference to last season's Christmas episode, "It's a Wonderful Lie," where House pitted the associates against each other by giving himself Secret Santa presents.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Garrett Lerner  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Russel Friend
Co-Executive ProducerEli Attie  |  Leonard Dick  |  Doris Egan  |  Deran Sarafian  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Lawrence Kaplow
Supervising ProducerLiz Friedman
ProducerDavid Hoselton  |  David Foster (1)  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Co-ProducerSara Hess  |  Allen Marshall Palmer
Associate ProducerLindsey Jaffin  |  Julie Hrebec
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
CastingStephanie Laffin  |  Amy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorKevin Williams (2)
Second Assistant DirectorJanet K. Vanetten
MusicJason Derlatka  |  Jon Ehrlich
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorGary Calamar  |  Lynn Grossman
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Make-upToby Lamm
Key GripShawn Whelan
Camera OperatorRob Carlson (3)  |  Anthony Gaudioz
Set DecoratorNatalie Pope
Location ManagerNancy Haecker
Transportation CoordinatorSteve De Leon
Property MasterTyler Patton  |  Pete Flynn (2)
Construction CoordinatorStephen Howard
Production Sound MixerVon Varga
Script SupervisorIra Hurvitz
Production CoordinatorElisabeth James Rhee
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock
Assistant EditorAmy Fleming
Supervising Sound EditorBrad North
Re-Recording MixerRichard Weingart  |  Gerry Lentz
LeadmanGary Isbell
Art DirectorLynn Christopher
Assistant Production CoordinatorMeg A. Schave
Post Production CoordinatorMarisa Lederman
Executive Story EditorPamela Davis
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
Special Makeup Effects ArtistDalia Dokter
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJane Williams (2)
Chief Lighting TechnicianJim Dillinger
Department Head HairJanis Clark (1)
Casting AssociateJanelle Scuderi
Medical Technical AdvisorJohn Sotos  |  Lisa Sanders  |  Harley Liker
Department Head Make-upRobin Luce
Assistant To The Executive ProducerRobyn Marrow  |  Simran Baidwan  |  Tommy Paul  |  James S. Conway
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