House

Skin Deep

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 2/20/06
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  • Episode Description
  • House uncovers a startling secret when he treats a teenage supermodel for heroin addiction. Meanwhile, Wilson hopes the increased leg pain in House's leg is an indication his leg nerves are regenerating.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Hugh Laurie

    Dr. Gregory House

  • Jennifer Morrison

    Dr. Allison Cameron

  • Jesse Spencer

    Dr. Robert Chase

  • Lisa Edelstein

    Dr. Lisa Cuddy

  • Omar Epps

    Dr. Eric Foreman

  • Fan Reviews (37)
  • Another perfect installment..

    By DonStants2, Jun 05, 2009

  • A very shocking episode that left me very speechless. House is going through stuff and a girl is really a boy.

    By Oathkeeperriku, Jan 20, 2009

  • House has feelings!

    By Canogaparkcindy, Sep 04, 2008

  • Overall a really good episode.

    By Ting13, Jun 12, 2007

  • Interesting case and I really liked the clinic guy not the best but still amusing

    By Slayergirlkal, Mar 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Dr. Cameron: If you’re too distracted to deal with this because your leg hurts. House: (loud and angrily.) Yeah, I’m distracted. I’m all hung up on this fifteen year old patient who’s cataplectic, can’t remember what she had for lunch and is rapidly losing control of her body. And I want her father here in case they’ve got any more secrets that I need to know about. Now, if you’re not too distracted go take out a piece of her brain and stick it under a microscope.

    • Dr. Chase: Brain biopsy shows no white matter disease. House: Cameron, you going to tell Cuddy or has she already got you wired for sound?

    • House: No, it’s cancer. But, he has cancer, on his left testicle. Alex: I don’t have testicles. Dad: She’s not a guy. House: His DNA says you’re wrong. Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails. You’ve got male pseudohermaphroditism. See we all start out as girls and then we’re differentiated based on our genes. The ovaries develop into testes and drop. But in about 1 in 150,000 pregnancies a fetus with an XY chromosome, a boy, develops into something else. Like you. Your testes never descended because you’re immune to testosterone. You’re pure estrogen, which is why you get heightened female characteristics; clear skin, great breasts. The ultimate woman is a man. Nature’s cruel, huh?

    • (after being told the daughter he had sex with is a boy) Martin: This is obviously a joke. This is impossible! House: No, a joke would be me calling you a homo. See the difference?

    • House: (examining Alex's mammogram) I knew the twins were real. Chase owes me.

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series.

    • International Air Dates: The Netherlands: April 5, 2007 on SBS 6 Bulgaria: May 30, 2007 on Nova TV Czech Republic: June 18, 2007 on TV Nova Belgium: September 6, 2007 on KanaalTwee

    • House plays the Allemande from Bach's French Suite #5 in G Major (1.Allemande) on the piano at the end.

    • Music: Atom Bomb by Fluke, Desire by Ryan Adams.

    • Due to February 2006 sweeps and a 2-hour American Idol special the next night, the premiere of this episode aired on a special day and time on Monday at 8 p.m. instead of the show's regular timeslot of Tuesday at 9 p.m.

    Trivia (4)

    • In the beginning of the episode, the designer back stage tells Alex that Kate Moss "has been doing this since she was 13", however Kate Moss wasn't discovered until she was 14 and didn't begin modeling professionally until she was 15.

    • When House enters the patient's room the door does not completely shut but when House is about to leave the door is completely shut.

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Alex passes out, she falls face first. However, in the next scene, she's laying on her back.

    • Trivia: According to the scar on House's leg the muscle he is missing is most probably the Vastus Lateralis or the Rectus Femuris (or both, but House said "muscle" and not "muscles") - both of them are a part of the Femoris quadriceps.

    Allusions (3)

    • House: God, why have you forsaken me? When Jesus was dying on the cross, he said, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

    • House:"Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails" reffering to an old nursery rhyme: What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails, That's what little boys are made of. What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, and everything nice, That's what little girls are made of. In the original Mother Goose printed in 1916, the phrase was "Snaps and snails, and puppy dog tails". In the UK, more commonly "Slugs and snails, and puppy dogs tails". Other common variations include "Snakes and snails" and "Frogs and snails".

    • Title The title of this episode alludes to the saying "Beauty is only skin deep". This saying is commonly used to warn society that beauty on the outside, doesn't mean there's beauty on the inside.

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