Season 2 Episode 10

Failure to Communicate

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 10, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

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  • A triumphant episode, one of the greats :)

    This episode was super sexytime! From the very first scene to the last, I cant help but not rank and place this one in to my Top 5 House episodes of all time (thus far). First of all, kudos for the writers choosing such an AWSOME medical problem for the episode. I was so intruiged by it, never knew such a medical problem existed. It was so smart and slickly executed.

    It was both interesting and pleasant to watch an episode without House being 'physically' there to diagnose or save the day. It was a test for House's three comrades, to see if they REALLY have what it takes to diagnose and solve a case/problemo without the Big Cheese there. Automatically once i knew this would be the case I started to lick my lips. A true test :)

    And as the episode progressed, one was able to determine just how MUCH these three doctors, Cuddy and the whole damn hospital need this maverick medical genius to save the day and the lives!

    Oh and ofcourse, House and Stacey kissing! Yes, oh how immature of me to still keep grinning at these two on screen but CMON! Its so hard not to! Literally, my first were clenched and covering my eyes when they approached for the kiss, it was done so well! Lord have mercy! All in all this episode is, as my summary will state, a TRIUMPHANT EPISODE in the overall series. Kudos indeed :)moreless
  • One of my all time faves...

    I think House has really began hitting its stride this season, as this and the last few episodes have been fantastic. I thought the patient was extremely interesting, and was brilliantly acted- it must be hard deliberately speaking nonsense with emotion! A great performance there. The case was interesting as he couldn't communicate with his doctors, making it a riddle.

    It was also interesting to see House's team squabble whilst he was stuck away. The team obviously need House's leadership, and thus proving how much Foreman still needs to learn- something he admits when Chase berates him about it. I loved the Wilson/House scene "Hi honey, how are the kids"- there friendship makes the series that much more special to me- brilliantly acted. I also enjoyed Cuddy, who I barely mention in these reviews, and her trust of House is discretely seen- its obvious, despite their sniping, that she trusts and respects his opinion more than his team.

    In the subplot, House and Stacy finally kiss. I think the acting between Hugh Laurie and Sela Ward is very dynamic, and I believe in their characters relationship. Stacy seems to get to House, and its this that makes it interesting. No other character, apart from maybe Wilson, can bring out his softer side. With Cameron, he has a soft spot but often ridicules her- he ribs Chase, and clashes with Foreman and Cuddy. Here, it is clear that he loves her very deeply, and the writers once again cleverly tied this in with the patient wanting to change, but ultimately failing.

    Overall, the Season has really hit a stride, and a string of near perfect episodes emphasises how great this show is.moreless
  • Stacy kisses House.

    Well Stacy is a two-timing whore! She gives House all this crap about having feelings & not trying to make a move & looking through the file since season 1, then all of a sudden she turns around & kisses him which also almost leads to a one night stand. Until his team saves him. Which is pretty much amazing because the patient's plot is very interesting, he can't talk & he is on drugs behind his wife's back which that plot seems to be drying out since, most of House's patients deal with fidelity & lying but still a great plot counting on the fact he can't say anything. A very revealing episode.moreless
  • 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 didntmoreless

    WOW! this episode was really cool. i really liked it. it is one of my favvorites. I really thought it was cool how they had house figure out what he was saying. i have seen this episode, but i always forget, even after my billionth time seeing it, that house and his x- wife, really uhh... connect. It was cool to see what she really thought about him. I also really like how the guy who couldn't talk, was kinda close to what he was saying. liike, sometimes, i kinda new what he was trying to sayy.. I just really like this episode, and it is exactly why i watch the series!moreless
  • Review

    I actually really liked the House-Stacy relationsip issues in this story right up until the end where I was once again left confused at what they were doing with each other. They had a moment in the hotel room yet at the end it seems like Stacy told House she doesnt think he can change, just in a very random way. I thought House handeling the case overthe phone was awesome simply because it gave them an episode of Foreman-House issues off. I dont think the writers ever really were sold on the Foreman being Houses boss thing, but having House not be at the hospital with this case certainly helped that and prooved that Foreman is not ready to be the boss. I thought the epieosde was a stanard episode of House, the ending really left me wanting more answers though.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe

Fletcher Stone

Guest Star

Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Elizabeth Stone

Guest Star

Bruce French

Bruce French

Peter Foster

Guest Star

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Stacy Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Dr. Foreman: In one of (Fletch's) books he talked about giving up drugs and alcohol. Said how it changed his life.
      Chase: (imitating House) Everybody lies.

    • Cuddy: You woke me up to lie to a patient?

    • House: You know, "Stacy" in the original Greek means "relationship killer."

    • House: (talking about Viagra) A woman has a heart condition, she's on her own. A man can't nail his office assistant, it's national crisis time.

    • Stacy: If I thought you were capable of listening, I'd shut up.
      House: That makes no sense at all.

    • Dr. Chase: You're not my boss.
      Dr. Foreman: I'm House's boss. House is your boss. The math is pretty simple.

    • Peter Foster: Are you trying to bribe me?
      House: No. I could. There's an ATM in the lobby.
      Stacy: My client is an idiot.

    • Dr. Chase: We've got an MRI scheduled in twenty minutes. Earliest Foreman could get the machine.
      House: I teach you to lie and cheat and steal, and as soon as my back is turned, you wait in line?

    • Dr. Foreman: (to Chase) You have a point to make, or did you just feel like giving a long unnecessary speech for something medically irrelevant?

    • Dr. Wilson: Do you know your phone's dead? Do you ever recharge your batteries?
      House: They recharge? I just keep buying new phones.

    • Dr. Cameron: Maybe House is wrong.
      House: (pause) I hope that's not the end of the thought.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Tell me, if it is your aim to sell me the same crazy ideas that House does, how are you an improvement on House?
      Dr. Foreman: I brought you a coffee!

  • NOTES (1)


    • 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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