Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 13, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

With Foreman as House's supervisor, the team must figure out if a woman who cried wolf too many times is really ill.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • House really doesn't need a lot of "bosses" to answer to, one is enough. Get rid of Foreman.

    House really doesn't need a lot of "bosses" to answer to, one is enough. Get rid of Foreman. Well, at least in his current roll, it's simply silly. House is, well House, the center of the show, and one of his hired hands now bosses him, it's just childish, and unrealistic. The writers are really good in a lot of aspects of this show, but when it comes to drama all they seem to be able to produce when it involves character interaction is second rate soap-operas.moreless
  • House plays mad scientist..

    I really enjoyed this episode, especially after rewatching it where I felt I picked up a lot more. The interactions between House the patient was definately one of the best, right up there with "Control". Their banter throughout the episode was fantastic.

    I noticed other viewers didn't enjoy Foreman being in charge, but I felt it was an interesting change, and also good character development. We get to see more of Foremans ambitions, and his desire to prove himself. It also showed to us that he isn't ready to be a leader yet, and also that he has a lot to learn. It was also strange to see House having to fight for what he wants, rather than dictate like he normally does- it made for an interesting change, and has the benefit of not being permanent as well.

    House was wrong a lot in this episode, and could have ended up killing the patient. His desire to be right seemed to trump his desire to solve the puzzle in this episode, and it made for a fantastically interesting case this week. The clinic scene was also hilarious, and one of the best this season so far.

    I thought Wilson refusing to help Foreman was a nice touch for their friendship- he basically said that he accepts House for who he is, which is why he didn't have any tips to give him.

    Cameron being **** and upfront was also a nice turn- it was bizarre seeing the patient find Cameron more of a jerk than House! Flip of characters there.

    Overall, I thought this episode was fantastic, and provided both witty dialogue, plot intrigue, and fascinating character development all in forty minutes of wonderful TV.moreless
  • The first mentally ill patient.

    Well this patient really flew off the handle. This would have to be the most craziest patients ever! Hurting yourself to get attention, but no like slitting writs attention, I mean getting yourself sick & checked in to a hospital attention but it turns out she was actually sick. This episode was pretty much the aftermath of Foreman getting to be in charge. And Chase's suspension continues. While House has to listen to Foreman and the rest of the team is ticked by it, I'm ticked by it too. Because Foreman is such a jerk to everyone while he is in charge. And Cameron still looks like hell after being waiting for HIV results. Another great installment.moreless
  • Review

    Everyone was expecting this to be a big episode, with Foreman taking charge over the staff that House has spent a season and a half running. I thought Foreman in charge seemed- too random. I didnt think he stpped up to House and he was wrong on just about every single case, which is why House is the leader of this show and Foreman is in fact nothing but his puppet. Of the three I do think Foreman is the best leader, but I dont see him staying in charge but for maybe another episode or two. I thought the acting by Cynthia Nixon was good in this episode and I really liked her interactions with the rest of Houses staff. She really liked House while she degraded Cameron, something we are not used to seeing. SOlid episode overall, there was no Stacy-House interaction, which is likely a good thing because as I have stated before that situation either needs to die or they need to make it somethingmoreless
  • Foreman in charge and Cameron wonders why not her and of course the hot OTB babe

    I loved Cameron in this one. I loved her whining to Chase about why Foreman was put in charge and not her. I loved Chase's response that putting her in charge of the department would be a sexual harassment suit waiting to happen. And I loved it when Cameron went and asked House what he thought of her leadership skills and he said they were nonexistent. Foreman trying to prove to Cuddy that he was better than House was interesting to watch as was Foreman asking Wilson for advice.

    I didn't really like Foreman being in charge he didn't do a good job.

    I liked that Cameron had the correct diagnoses but that wasn't the patient’s only problem.

    House injecting Anica with the insulin and colchicine was just something that you knew House would do to confirm his diagnoses.

    Really great episode I loved it and I loved Cameron.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

Anica Jovanovich

Guest Star

Peter Abbay

Peter Abbay

Cab Driver

Guest Star

Rod Britt

Rod Britt


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode has a scene outside in the snow and everything is covered in snow. But House is able to find a bench to sit on that doesn't even need to be wiped off and is perfectly clean.

    • Trivia: When Foreman and Chase are confirming Anica's diagnosis in House's office after her second seizure, you can see House playing Grave Digger on his computer. The game is acknowledged in the end credits.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Dr. Foreman: No worries. I'll let you keep your parking space.
      House: You can have it. You'll also need my handicap placard. Bend over.

    • Dr. Foreman: I don't see a regrowth, did you get the medical records faxed over?
      House: Work smart, not hard, that's my philosophy boss.
      Dr. Foreman: I'll take that as a no.

    • Dr. Foreman: Yeah, you're all about the nurture.
      House: Do you need a hug?

    • Dr. Foreman: You injected her against her will, just so you could be right?
      House: She consented.
      Dr. Foreman: She's mentally ill.
      House: But she smells oh so sweet.

    • Dr. Foreman: You ordered MRIs for the whole maternity wing?
      House: I was in a crazy mood, good thing I got a new boss to back me up, although I think one of them was actually necessary.

    • (House and Cameron break into Anica's house)
      Dr. Cameron: There's even books in the bathroom.
      House: Either she's very smart or she has a fiber deficiency.

    • Dr. Cameron: Scan showed a mass in her pancreas.
      Dr. Chase: Looks malignant, probably inoperable... I'd give her two months.
      House: On the bright side, still means I was right.

    • Dr. Chase: Why don't you just get the sample yourself? Since when do you care what your boss said?
      House: I don't care what anybody says, I care what they do. Right now, Blackpoleon Blackaparte has got the nurses on red alert, I can't get into the patient's room. So come on, I'll draw the enemy fire, you outflank them, get in there, get the bone marrow sample.

    • Dr. Wilson: (talking about House) And you want my advice on how to usurp him? It's very ancient Rome, you'll need a toga, of course, a sword…

    • Dr. Wilson: House assisting. That is funny. Too bad Foreman's gonna die.

    • House: Sorry, I missed that. Hearing's been off since the Ricky Martin concert. Some cholo kicked me in the head.

    • House: What else turns you on? Drugs? Casual sex? Rough sex? Casual rough sex? I'm a doctor, I need to know.

    • Dr. Foreman: She a regular at OTB. Somehow I don't see her holding down a nine-to-five and going to PTA meetings.
      House: I was there and I have a nine-to-three job.

    • Dr. Cameron: It's the irony of women in charge, they don't like other women in charge. What, you think it's something else?
      Dr. Chase: You sabotaged yourself. You went on a date with House, you slept with me. Putting you in charge of this department is like a sexual harassment suit waiting to happen.
      Dr. Cameron: Yeah, they're really worried that I'm going to create a hostile work environment.
      Dr. Chase: Maybe that's the problem. Being in charge means having to say no to House. Would you hire you for that?

    • Dr. Cameron: How would you describe my leadership skills?
      House: Non-existent. Otherwise excellent.

    • Dr. Cameron: She's got an appointment with her ophthalmologist on Tuesday and an appointment with her gynecologist on Thursday. Multiple appointments with multiple doctors...symptom of Munchausen's.
      House: Or, just thinking outside the box here, she has a vagina and trouble reading.

    • Dr. Foreman: Dr. Wilson, can I talk to you about something in confidence?
      Dr. Wilson: Of course.
      Dr. Foreman: It's about House.
      Dr. Wilson: Oh, then no.

    • House: Nice move, boss. Way to cover your ass.
      Dr. Foreman: I just agreed with you.
      House: Not because you think I'm right. You're just taking the safe route. You're a wuss. Don't worry--your secret's safe with me. (steps into hallway, shouts so everyone can hear) Hey, Wilson! Guess what Foreman just did!

    • Dr. Foreman: What do you expect me to do, House? Quit? Cry?
      House: Actually, I expect you to act like what you are--my employee, my subordinate, my bitch.

    • House: Do you like Teeny Tiny Moe in the fifth?
      Anica: I went four for six yesterday. You want winners, cure me first.

    • House: Are you trying to cop a feel?
      Do-Gooder: I took a CPR class.
      House: That would be useful if she were having a heart attack instead of a seizure.

    • Anica: You might as well burn your money.
      House: I'll burn my winnings – bigger flame.

    • Dr. Chase: Gambling doesn't take away (House's) pain.
      House: It does when I win.

    • House: Chase killed that woman and Foreman's in charge?
      Dr. Cuddy: Yeah, we have a pecking order here. If Cameron kills someone, Chase takes over. We have a flowchart in the lobby.

    • House: You probably shouldn't have sex for a while.
      Hailey: For how long?
      House: On an evolutionary basis, I'd recommend…forever.

    • House: At the end of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the wolf really does come. And he eats the sheep, and the boy, and the parents.
      Dr. Chase: The wolf doesn't eat the parents.
      House: It does when I tell it.

    • Technician: You're gonna need more blood.
      House: Patient's empty.
      Technician: Then I can't do it.
      House: You can try.
      Technician: I can try to look like Salma Hayek – it's not gonna make it happen.
      House: You may not have Salma's ass, but she doesn't have your eyes.
      Technician: Yeah, right. (after looking at a smiling House) How soon you need it?

    • Dr. Chase: I also realize that no matter what you do, you're still going to treat me like crap.
      House: 'Crap' is a relative term.

  • NOTES (1)


    • House: I love the smell of pus in the morning – it smells like victory.
      Paraphrasing/misquoting the line from Apocalypse Now spoken by Kilgore: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory."

    • Anica: I think you gave me the form intended for FDR.
      Cynthia Nixon was one of the stars of an HBO original movie Warm Springs about the life of FDR in which she played his wife. She was announced as a nominee for a Golden Globe for that role on the same day as this episode's original airing. The question she had to answer was about if she was vaccinated for polio. FDR was diagnosed with polio in 1921. He taught himself to walk short distances by supporting himself with a cane. In 2003, a peer-reviewed study found that it was more likely that Roosevelt's paralytic illness was actually Guillain-Barré syndrome, not poliomyelitis.