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House: Known Unknowns

A teenager is admitted due to swollen joints but soon suffers from bleeding of the liver. It soon turns out that she is unable to tell the truth due to blood leakage into her thalamus. While Foreman, Cameron, and Chase try to solve the case, House attends a medical conference with Wilson and Cuddy and tries to start a relationship with his superior.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x6
Production Number: HOU-607
Airdate: Monday November 09th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Nov 15, 2009
NL (SBS 6) May 13, 2010

Guest Stars
Michael WestonMichael Weston
As Lucas Douglas
Anna Lucia AttanasioAnna Lucia Attanasio
As Jordan (as Anna Attanasio)
Marcus GiamattiMarcus Giamatti
As Jeffrey Keener
Eric LutesEric Lutes
As Derek Retzinger
Holly GagnierHolly Gagnier
As Michelle Berkley

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Annie YoungAnnie Young
As Madison
Ana LucaseyAna Lucasey
As Avery
Rachel MarieRachel Marie
As Brianna
James R. BowersJames R. Bowers
As Drummer God (Colt)
Andre M. JohnsonAndre M. Johnson
As Bouncer (Dave)
Tom AstorTom Astor
As Pharma Guy
Michael NyeMichael Nye
As Joseph Schultz (as Michael D. Nye)
Sharon SwainsonSharon Swainson
As Registration Woman
Corey M. CurtiesCorey M. Curties
As Security Guard
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
Jennifer MorrisonJennifer Morrison
As Dr. Allison Cameron


Jordan is at the Adams Hotel with her friends, waiting to go in for a band premiere. She convinces her friend Phoebe to come in with her by pretending to be the DJ's assistant. The bouncer realizes that they're fakes but the band comes in and the drummer, Colt, invites them to come up with the band to their penthouse. Jordan and Phoebe go up as their friends look on in envy...

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Episode Notes
At the 80s party, House is dressed similarly to his character George, Prince of Wales, from the TV series Blackadder.

Ratings -- 13.311 million overall viewers -- 5.3(13) Ages 18-49

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Cyndi LauperTime After Time80's party
Men Without HatsThe Safety Dance80s party

Episode Quotes
Dr. House: Foreman expects me to read an x-ray on this itty-bitty screen. He should have e-mailed me a larger phone.

Dr. House: Why are you packing?
Dr. Wilson: We're leaving this afternoon for the conference on pharmacology and public policy.
Dr. House: We?
Dr. Wilson: We discussed this. It's been on your calendar for weeks.
Dr. House: So has Ramadan.
Dr. Wilson: Think of it as a vacation. Nice, healthy, Adirondack air. Or not. I don't care. You're coming with.
Dr. House: You should come with me. State pillow fighting championships. Dollar beers, wet t-shirts. In the words of the philosopher Eddy Money, "I've got two tickets to paradise."
Dr. Wilson: House, when you moved in, I promised your therapist I'd be here for you. I can't be here if I'm there. Unless you're there, too. So it's not a discussion.
Dr. House: Fine. I'll let Foreman know that the sixteen year old patient with the severe edema can wait.

Dr. Cuddy: Tell me what you came here for, House.
Dr. House: I've got a legitimate medical excuse.
Dr. Cuddy: You must be so proud.
Dr. House: I've forgotten it. I guess it's no big deal, since I was only using it as an excuse to come check out Patty and Selma.
Dr. Cuddy: I feel bad. I haven't named your testicles.
Dr. House: Word on the street is you set a new personal best for low-cut.
Dr. Cuddy: t don't know why you chose to give them the names of someone's aunts.
Dr. House: It's a compliment. They're always smokin'.

Dr. House: You didn't tell me you were giving a paper.
Dr. Wilson: And that is wrong?
Dr. House: Last time you presented a paper, you gave me an advance paper and asked for feedback.
Dr. Wilson: And you're wondering why I wouldn't want to repeat that experience?

Dr. House: Oh, look! A 80s party! Just when you think you've left Flock of Seagulls behind in your rearview mirror, suddenly it's up ahead like an undead hitchhiker.

Dr. House: Remember the last time we danced? Med school. The week we met.
Dr. Cuddy: No.
Dr. House: I saw you. Endocrinology. Trapped you in with a hoedown.
Dr. Cuddy: I meant, we met before that. In the bookstore.
Dr. House: Ahh...
Dr. Cuddy: My... third day of school. I hand my syllabus to the guy behind the counter. He barely looks at me, just skims the sheet, tells me I'm overly ambitious, I have a chip on my shoulder, and I know how to party.
Dr. House: I'd forgotten you knew how to party.
Dr. Cuddy: I said, "You're making that up". You said, "Your class schedule is overloaded, but none of your classes are before 11, and no one takes Professor Lamb's course unless they have something to prove."
Dr. House: 'Cause Professor Seagal covered the same ground and was the easier grader.
Dr. Cuddy: I tracked you down. Endocrinology. The party.
Dr. House: And one thing led to another.
Dr. Cuddy: ...Then it didn't.
Dr. House: I was going to call you...
Dr. Cuddy: Nooo! Don't do that. There was no expectations. I was just as into it as...
Dr. House: I was going to come, see you, figure out where things would go from there. That was the morning I got the call from the Dean and I was expelled from my first Med school. Didn't seem any point.
Dr. Cuddy: (suddenly realizing it's a very serious moment between them, flees) I should... go to my room, review papers for the... infectious disease panel.

Dr. Wilson: If there's one thing I've learned from you, it's that I should do what I think is right and not worry about the consequences.
Dr. House: Yeah, it's worked out great for me.

Dr. Wilson: Yes, you can sit her running up my hotel bill, or you can go get the woman of your dreams.
Dr. House: I didn't know Angela Merkel was attending the conference.

(on the phone)
Dr. Wilson: Hello? Uh... I don't know what department I want. Uh, I need... pants.

Dr. Wilson: That was my paper. You don't ask what I want, you ignore my wishes, you drug me.
Dr. House: I'm waiting for you to name something new to our relationship.

Cultural References
Dr. House: So has Ramadan.

Ramadan is an Islamic holy month. It actually started on August 22 in 2009 (it's based on the lunar calendar, so it shifts each year).

Dr. House: You should come with me. State pillow fighting championships. Dollar beers, wet t-shirts. In the words of the philosopher Eddy Money, "I've got two tickets to paradise".

Eddy Money was a police officer-turned singer, who had a few hits in the 1980s, most notably (I've Got) Two Tickets To Paradise.

Dr. House: I've forgotten it. I guess it's no big deal, since I was only using it as an excuse to come check out Patty and Selma.
Dr. Cuddy: I don't know why you chose to give them the names of somebody's aunts.
Dr. House: It's a compliment. They're always smokin'.

House is referring to The Simpsons, and Marge Simpson's two chain-smoking sisters (and hence Bart, Lisa, and Maggie's aunts) Patty and Selma Bouvier, voiced by Julie Kavner. The reference was part of Fox's Simpsons Scavenger Hunt promotion that was held the week this episode premiered.

Among the costumes seen at the 80s party (in no particular order) are Devo, Madonna, Mr. T, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Ghostbusters. Jane Fonda (Cuddy in workout clothes, though she also looks like Jennifer Beals from the movie Flashdance ), Woody Allen, Karate Kid, and Boy George

The cake is a solved Rubik's Cube.

Dr. House: I didn't know Angela Merkel was attending the conference.

Angela Dorothea Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, and President of the European Council and chair of the G8 in 2007. She is arguably one of the most powerful women in the world.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Hugh Laurie  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Russel Friend  |  Garrett Lerner
Co-Executive ProducerEli Attie  |  Greg Yaitanes  |  Doris Egan  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer  |  Lawrence Kaplow
Supervising ProducerDavid Hoselton  |  David Foster (1)  |  Liz Friedman
ProducerSara Hess  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Co-ProducerAllen Marshall Palmer
Associate ProducerLindsey Jaffin  |  Julie Hrebec
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
EditorDorian Harris
CastingAmy Lippens  |  Stephanie Laffin
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorRobert Scott (2)
Second Assistant DirectorVince Duque
MusicJason Derlatka  |  Jon Ehrlich
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorLynn Grossman  |  Gary Calamar
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Key GripShawn Whelan
Camera OperatorAnthony Gaudioz  |  Rob Carlson (3)
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 CoordinatorMeg A. Schave
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock
Assistant EditorSeth Clark
Supervising Sound EditorBrad North
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
LeadmanGary Isbell
Director of PhotographyGale Tattersall
Story EditorMatthew V. Lewis
Production SupervisorElisabeth James Rhee
Art DirectorNatalie Weinmann
Post Production CoordinatorMarisa Lederman
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
Key Makeup ArtistMarianna Elias
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJane Williams (2)
Chief Lighting TechnicianMonty Woodard
Department Head HairLori Rozman
Casting AssociateJanelle Scuderi
Medical Technical AdvisorJohn Sotos  |  Harley Liker  |  Lisa Sanders
Key HairstylistMelvyn Stetson
Department Head Make-upKathleen Crawford
Assistant To The Executive ProducerRobyn Marrow  |  James S. Conway  |  Simran Baidwan  |  Tommy Paul
Department Head Special Makeup EffectsDalia Dokter
Publicity ManagerGeoffrey Colo
Video Graphic ArtistSimon Knights
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