Failure to Communicate

Season 2, Ep 10, Aired 1/10/06
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  • Episode Description
  • While attending his editor's retirement party, a journalist collapses and hits his head on a desk. When he regains consciousness, his sentences are garbled and incoherent, so he is rushed to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. With House and Stacy stranded at an airport due to bad weather, the team is forced to solve the case with House helping out over the phone.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Hugh Laurie

    Dr. Gregory House

  • Jennifer Morrison

    Dr. Allison Cameron

  • Jesse Spencer

    Dr. Robert Chase

  • Omar Epps

    Dr. Eric Foreman

  • Lisa Edelstein

    Dr. Lisa Cuddy

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • A triumphant episode, one of the greats :)

    By detorio, Jul 31, 2009

  • One of my all time faves...

    By DonStants2, Jun 04, 2009

  • Stacy kisses House.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Aug 28, 2008

  • soo cool how house figured out what he was saying, over speaker phone. i know house doesnt naturally see patients, but he does take a look, eventually. But here he didnt

    By XoLuvoX, Apr 30, 2008

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Feb 21, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Dr. Cameron: What did House say? Dr. Foreman: "The person you are trying to reach is currently unavailable."

    • House: (Speaking about Mark) So you had a fight. I'm sure it'll blow over. Stacy It was about nothing. House: Of course it was. Mark's tired. He's worried. He's got mobility problems. It's normal to blow up over little things. Stacy: I don't mind fighting over little things. I didn't mind fighting over big things. That I could understand. We fight over nothing. You know, a mail box with a sign that says, "Last pickup 5:00 p.m." Does that mean last pickup to go to the post office, or last pickup to leave the post office and be sent out of town? House: You fought over mail delivery?

    • Stacy: Why does this matter to you? House: It's an anomaly. Anomalies bug me. Stacy: Then you're going to suffer.

    • Dr. Chase: (to Foreman) The only thing you've been asked to do is supervise House in case he does something insane. Dr. Cameron: Which might, you know, save a life.

    • Dr. Cameron: The more devoted, the more reason to lie. House: That's cynical. Dr. Cameron: You disagree? House: No, I'm just kvelling. Our little girl is growing up.

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    Notes (1)

    • Sela Ward is billed as Special Guest Star.

    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: When Foreman asks, "Do you understand what I'm saying?", Fletcher replies, "Of golf." He means "Of course," like "Golf course."

    • Trivia: The book that House is reading in the airport is titled "Classic Lesbian Prison Stories."

    • In the scene at the airport where Stacy is using her laptop, we first see a pen in her mouth, then it magically jumps behind her left ear. It then appears and disappears a further two times, before disappearing for good.

    Allusions (2)

    • Title The title is a referance to a tagline in the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke. The exact phrase that is spoken is "What we've got here is failure to communicate." This line is repeated throughout the movie by Strother Martin's character.

    • Character: Fletcher The patient in this episode is an independent minded reporter with a reputation for taking down corruption and crime through undercover investigations who goes by the nickname Fletch. He shares all these characteristics with hero of Gregory McDonald's series of mystery novels. Two Fletch novels were made into movies starring Chevy Chase in the title role.

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