Damned If You Do

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 12/14/04
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  • Episode Description
  • A nun whose hands are red, swollen and cracked is sent to House. The nun believes it is stigmata, but House suspects an allergic reaction. He gives her some pills, which cause her to become unable to breathe. As her condition worsens, her fellow sisters pray for her while House and his team work to discover the cause of her illness while House has to wonder if he misadministered the illness.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Attanasio

  • Lisa Edelstein

    Dr. Lisa Cuddy

  • Lucinda Jenney

    Sister Mary Eucharist

  • Omar Epps

    Dr. Eric Foreman

  • Dakin Matthews

    Marvin/Santa Claus Guy

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 24, 2010

  • Well it was an average episoide

    By tvrev, Jul 08, 2005

  • Perhaps not one of their best, but I'm still willing to sit through it, so take that as a victory for the writers nonetheless

    By anshu_angel, Jul 29, 2005

  • Not the best one so far. It looked a little worse compared to the awesome episode before it. Then again, it was still quite good.

    By Mr_Jaminson, May 06, 2006

  • How do you save a life, when they feel that it is divine intervention?

    By CVPWaveMaster, Jun 27, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • House: We are condemned to useless labor... Dr. Wilson: Fourth circle of Hell. Charting goes a lot faster when you eliminate all classic poetry. House: Writing down what we already know to be read by nobody. Pretty sure Dante would agree that qualifies as useless. Dr. Wilson: You're over two weeks behind in your charting. (Dr. Cuddy approaches them, and House throws a piece of paper towards her) House: Oops... I missed.

    • (House pages Dr. Chase with "call mom") Dr. Chase: My mother's been dead for 10 years. House: But she's always with you in spirit.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You have a patient in exam one! House: Yeah, but see... (looks towards the watch) I'm... I'm off at twelve and it's already five off... Dr. Cuddy: She's been waiting for you since eleven! House: (to Dr. Wilson) Melancholy without hope. Which circle is that?

    • House: She has God inside her. It would be easier to deal with a tumor. Dr. Wilson: Maybe she's allergic to God.

    • House: (to Sister Augustine) You must be all the talk around the holy water cooler.

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    Notes (3)

    • Injoke: The chocolate bar House is eating in the hospital chapel is Cadburys Dairy Milk, an English chocolate company that Hugh Laurie did voiceovers for.

    • This episode was nominated for a Humanitas Prize for 60 Minute Category.

    • House plays "Silent Night" on his piano during the closing scenes.

    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: Dr. Chase's mother has been dead for ten years.

    • Dr. House is listening to a patient's heart with a stethoscope. However as the shot cuts to his face you can see the stethoscope is not in his ears.

    • Dr. Foreman refers to a patient's "eophinosil" count. The word he's after is "eosinophil" (a type of white blood cell).

    Allusions (4)

    • House: Writing down what we already know to be read by nobody. Pretty sure Dante would agree that qualifies as useless. Wilson and House are alluding to Dante Alighieri's poem The Divine Comedy, in which the main character travels through nine circles of hell.

    • House recommending cigarettes The clinic patient, Marvin, dressed as Santa Claus, who is prescribed cigarettes by House for his inflammatory bowel. The whole thing is very reminiscent of an old Fry & Laurie first series sketch called "Doctor Tobacco." Laurie goes to see the "doctor" (Stephen Fry) for an examination. He complains of having trouble breathing at night and tightness in his chest. Fry tells him to smoke a cigarette twenty times a day, "ideally moving on to thirty or forty." Laurie complains that they cause lung cancer and emphysema. Fry dismisses the idea. They argue back and forth until Laurie insists that he'd like a second opinion. Fry offers that they're also cheap, nutritious and stylish. And if he's interested in a third opinion, they're also soothing, harmless and sexy. Turns out, Fry wasn't a doctor after all but a tobacconist.

    • Title Alluding to the quote made by Eleanor Roosevelt, The full quotation is, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right—for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."

    • House: How do you solve a problem like dermatitis? House plays off of the main chorus of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" from The Sound of Music.

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