Sports Medicine

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 2/22/05
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  • Episode Description
  • A severely broken arm reveals a bizarre case of bone loss and ends the comeback plans of major league pitcher Hank Wiggen. House suspects Hank – with a history of drug abuse – is lying about using steroids, as his condition worsens. When Hank's kidneys start to fail, his wife offers to donate hers, but she would have to abort her early pregnancy. Forced into an impossible solution, and admitting failure as an addict, Hank tries to take his own life. House and his team must isolate and fix the problem soon if this pitcher's life, as well his career, can be saved. Meanwhile, Foreman dates a pharmaceutical representative and House is stuck with two tickets and ends up going on a "date" with a monster truck rally.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lisa Edelstein

    Dr. Lisa Cuddy

  • Omar Epps

    Dr. Eric Foreman

  • Hugh Laurie

    Dr. Gregory House

  • Robert Sean Leonard

    Dr. James Wilson

  • Jesse Spencer

    Dr. Robert Chase

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • better then law and order

    By jacobp76, Feb 02, 2008

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 05, 2010

  • i thought it was nice that house asked cameron out after jimmy told him that he had other plans!

    By waiyumeiwei, Nov 01, 2005

  • Art mirrors life. What medical show hasn\'t done a bit on athletes using drugs? Combine the choice of one life for another (abort a baby or donate a liver) and you really muck things up. I enjoyed it, but I usually do.

    By SteveBlackStar, Mar 26, 2006

  • Another good one, just as good as the others.

    By Mr_Jaminson, May 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • Lola: You live alone? House: You writing a book? Lola: I made it a question just 'cause it's more polite.

    • House: Call me when he's stable—or dead.

    • Dr. Cameron: His heart rate is 130 and rising like a Randy Johnson line drive. House: 'A' for effort.

    • Lola: You're not gonna tell me it's a bad idea? Why give a kidney to someone who might not be able to use it? House: Not my area. That is, however, my chair.

    • Dr. Cameron: I was the first person (House) ran into. He just asked me. Dr. Chase: Yeah, like a date. Dr. Cameron: Exactly. Except for the “date” part.

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    Notes (2)

    • Music: One of the songs playing while Cameron, Chase, and Foreman are at the bar is "You Better Stop" by Robert L. Wyckoff. The song playing in the restaurant with the new drug rep is "I Never Saw It Coming" by Windy Wagner.

    • Executive Producer Bryan Singer, director of the first two sci-fi X-Men movies, has a cameo role in this episode.

    Trivia (4)

    • Trivia: When Warner Fitch visits Hank in the hospital, the balloons are for a bar mitzvah, not "get well" balloons.

    • In the opening scene Hank breaks his right upper arm, but the X-ray shows a broken left upper arm.

    • During the scene where Dr. Chase and Dr. Cameron are out having a drink, Cameron picks up Dr. Foreman's cell phone. Before she does she takes a drink of her soda. This drink drops the level of drink to half full. When Foreman returns a few seconds later she suddenly has a glass that is 3/4 full. There was no time for anyone to give her a refill.

    • They can't seem to decide what Hank's last name is. His baseball card says "Wiggen," but later House says, "Hank Wiggens stole your pills."

    Allusions (3)

    • House: The groupies sleep with the roadies to get to Mick. Referencing Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger (born 26 July 1943). He is most famous for being the lead singer and co-founder (with guitarist Brian Jones) of the British rock and roll band "The Rolling Stones". House also made a reference to "The Stones" in the pilot episode.

    • House: And by better half, of course, I mean the one who struck out Sammy Sosa on three pitches and talks a lot less. Sammy Sosa is a popular baseball player and outfielder in the MLB, known for his heavy home-run hitting (and corked bats). He formerly played for the Chicago Cubs, and now plays for the Baltimore Orioles.

    • House: I'm Dr. House, and today is the coolest day of my life!
      A nod to fellow FOX show 24, where the lead character said, "I'm Federal Agent Jack Bauer, and today is the longest day of my life," to open up each episode of the first season.

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