TB or Not TB

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 11/1/05
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  • Episode Description
  • While in Africa, a famous doctor becomes inexplicably ill and is sent to Dr. House for treatment.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ron Livingston

    Dr. Sebastian Charles

  • Mary Wickliffe


  • Ken Weiler


  • Hansford Prince


  • Joram Moreka


  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • House deals with an arrogant yet noble patient...

    By DonStants2, Jun 03, 2009

  • One of the best episodes of House ever by far!

    By Canogaparkcindy, Aug 27, 2008

  • A generic episode that could fit anywhere in the first three seasons (save an appearance from Stacy) -- but still a great episode.

    By cste12, Feb 27, 2008

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Feb 20, 2007

  • An okay episode

    By Slayergirlkal, Feb 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • House: The reality is irrelevant. I’ll prove it. People who know me see me as an ass, treat me as an ass. People who don’t know me see a cripple, treat me as a cripple. What kind of selfish jerk wouldn’t take advantage of that fact?

    • Dr. Foreman: What's the emergency? House: (looks at his yo-yo) I can't remember how to do "walk the dog."

    • House: You're allergic. We can control it with antihistamine. One pill a day. Mandy: Pills? House: You don't like to swallow?

    • Sebastian: People die of TB because we let them, it's our choice. House: People die of malaria because we let them, they die of dysentery... Sebastian: Nah, TB's my disease. House: You own a disease? Well, I'm sorry I missed the IPO on dengue fever.

    • House: Insulting a woman with breast cancer! That's a move best left to the pros. Frankly, you don't have the chops! Dr. Foreman: I didn't insult her! I did the unnecessary biopsy, like she wanted! It was negative, like I knew it would be. House: What did you do? Call em perky? You are years away from mad skills like that!

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    Notes (2)

    • The song played in the closing minutes of this episode is "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Leon Russell

    • "Stoia Tucker Pharamaceuticals" is an in-joke reference to First Assistant Director Chris Stoia.

    Trivia (6)

    • The Nobel Peace Prize is presented in Oslo, Norway and not in Stockholm, Sweden as claimed by House and Wilson.

    • Chase says that his dad is rich, present tense. But as established in last season's "Cursed," Rowan Chase only had three months to live and clearly more time has passed then that since the events of that episode. A few episodes later in "The Mistake," it will be established he died in the spring of 2005, and this episode takes place afterward, so the reference to his dad in the present tense still doesn't work out.

    • Streptomycin is not available in pill form, it is only available as an intramuscular injection, however, it is shown as a pill as part of Dr. Charles's antibiotic cocktail.

    • While House and Wilson are sitting in the coma patients room Foreman enters, just then the coma patient closes his mouth around the tube he has in his mouth.

    • The TB test that Dr. Cameron did only gives an indication for TB infection in the blood stream. The next step, if the spot is red, swollen, raised and increased in diameter after 48 hours, the patient would be sent for x-ray in the chest area to see if any active infection is in the chest cavity.

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    Allusions (3)

    • House; Does this go up to 11? Echoing a line from the movie This Is Spinal Tap (1984) spoken by Nigel (Christopher Guest) when talking about how loud his guitar amplifiers go up to.

    • Title: TB or not TB The episode title is a pun resembling Shakespeare's famous quote from Hamlet, "To be, or not to be."

    • House: Yeah, I know, I saw the concert. This is a refence to the Live Aid concert held in 1985 to combat the terrible conditions in Africa. Also, during the Live 8 concerts in the summer of 2005, there was a segment where it was mentioned that every three seconds someone dies in Africa.

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