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House: The Social Contract

The team takes on the case of a book editor who suffers from frontal-lobe disinhibition, causing him to uncontrollably speak his mind. Meanwhile, Wilson finds his long-lost mentally ill brother and recruits Taub to cover for him so House doesn't find out.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x17
Production Number: HOU-517
Airdate: Monday March 09th, 2009

Director: Andrew Bernstein
Writer: Doris Egan

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Aug 16, 2009
NL (SBS 6) Oct 15, 2009
IE (3e) Aug 24, 2013


Guest Stars
Jay KarnesJay Karnes
As Nick Greenwald
Susan EganSusan Egan
As Audrey Greenwald
Darcy Rose ByrnesDarcy Rose Byrnes
As Marika Greenwald
Devon MichaelsDevon Michaels
As Timothy Moore

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Jodi HarrisJodi Harris
As Elaine
Cyrus DebooCyrus Deboo
As Dr. Kapur
Sheri FosterSheri Foster
As Cashier
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")
Kal PennKal Penn
As Dr. Lawrence Kutner


Author Timothy Moore is attending a banquet in to kick off his book tour. His publisher Elaine introduces him and he starts to speak, but his editor Nick Greenwald says the book won’t sell. Timothy is surprised and Nick explains that Elaine is trying to keep him happy. When Nick’s wife Audrey interrupts, Nick is puzzled about what he’s said but starts insulting his boss. His nose bleeds and then he collapses...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Badly Drawn BoyThe Shiningas Nick is discharged, Wilson & House talk

Episode Quotes
Dr. House: The MRI show anything?
Dr. Foreman: Nothing.
Dr. House: Good. What fun would that be?

Nick Greenwald: I'll pretend to be macho while a guy stuffs three feet of plastic up my nose. (to Taub) It's too bad it's not your nose. Lots more room to maneuver.

Dr. Kutner: And no marriage either if our patient keeps saying everything that comes into his head without regard for the consequences.
Dr. Wilson: (to House) You always led me to believe you were one of a kind.

Nick Greenwald: I don't mean to be abrasive. Especially since you're such a pleasure to imagine naked. Again, sorry.
Dr. Hadley: It's okay.
Nick Greenwald: Thank you for understanding. I'd do you, you know. Really, my apologies. This stuff just...
Dr. Hadley: It's okay.
Dr. Cuddy: How's the patient?
Nick Greenwald: Whoa. I would do here in a minute with fudge and a cherry on top. Would someone please explain to this women? There's only so many apologies I can...
Dr. Hadley: He has frontal lobe disinhibition.
Nick Greenwald: I've already embarrassed myself with one doctor. Who, I am at this moment imagining with you, in a king-size bed with a mirror on the ceiling... I am so, so sorry. (to Cuddy) But if I couldn't have both of you together, you would definitely be my first choice.
Dr. Cuddy: Where's House?
Nick Greenwald: Like trying not to think of an elephant. Not that you're an elephant. Your breasts in fact are all homo sapiens.
Dr. Foreman: House isn't here.
Dr. Cuddy: Oh, he wouldn't have paged me if he couldn't watch and enjoy this.

Dr. Wilson: I'm not always nice. I'm not nice to you.
Dr. House: Because you know nice bores me. Hence, still nice.

Dr. House: Why do you think the world will end in chaos and destruction if you're not there to save it.
Dr. Wilson: Because when my parents put me in the rocket and sent me here, they said, "James, you will grow to manhood under a yellow sun."

Dr. House: Why did you hide that?
Dr. Wilson: Because the world revolves around you. I devote time to anyone else, you'd end up stalking me and harassing them.
Dr. House: You say that as though it wouldn't be fun.

Dr. House: You never take a walk unless you've got something you need to think about.
Dr. Wilson: Maybe you just don't have a good statistical sampling of my walks.

Dr. Wilson: Taub, another graduate of the House School of Being a Dick.

Dr. Wilson: I may have overreacted.
Dr. House: You definitely overreacted.
Dr. Wilson: I knew you'd meet me halfway.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Russel Friend  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Garrett Lerner
Co-Executive ProducerLeonard Dick  |  Eli Attie  |  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-ProducerAllen Marshall Palmer  |  Sara Hess
Associate ProducerLindsey Jaffin  |  Julie Hrebec
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
EditorZeborah Tidwell
CastingAmy Lippens  |  Stephanie Laffin
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorKevin Williams (2)
Second Assistant DirectorJanet K. Vanetten
MusicJon Ehrlich  |  Jason Derlatka
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorLynn Grossman  |  Gary Calamar
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
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 MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
LeadmanGary Isbell
Director of PhotographyJim Dillinger  |  Gale Tattersall
Art DirectorLynn Christopher
Assistant Production CoordinatorMeg A. Schave
Post Production CoordinatorMarisa Lederman
Executive Story EditorPamela Davis
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
Special Makeup Effects ArtistDalia Dokter
Key Makeup ArtistSharon Simon
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 AdvisorHarley Liker  |  Lisa Sanders  |  John Sotos
Department Head Make-upRobin Luce
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJames S. Conway  |  Robyn Marrow  |  Simran Baidwan  |  Tommy Paul
Video Graphic ArtistSimon Knights
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