House

Season 4 Episode 9

Games

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 27, 2007 on FOX
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Under Cuddy’s pressure to choose his team, House gives the candidates a case of a former punk rock star who is a drug user. Whoever diagnoses the patient is going to have a future as a member of House’s team.

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  • Game Over...(for now at least)

    10
    I thought this was a brilliant end to the story arc, as House finally chooses his team. Despite all his games, it is clear that he is troubled by who to choose in this episode.



    I thought the competition between the characters were brilliant, and Foreman's reluctance to help House with his game just as interesting, despite him not being involved too much. At least Cameron and Chase got some screen time this time.



    I didn't think I'd like the case, but it was fairly interesting, especially because of the heightened tension for the characters to compete against each other. House asking Cuddy for help was good as well.



    I didn't see Amber getting sacked, but I am glad she did- I just found her annoying! Nevertheless, I am glad he re-hired 13, because I found her character interesting, and there is a lot more scope for them to dig into with her. I liked Kutner too, and I'd be interesting to see where his character goes, whilst Taub's sarcasm and banter with his colleagues (especially his argument/banter with 13 in this episode) is very good.



    As a subplot, Wilson and House clash, and I love their relationship and dialogue- it is simply the best in the series!



    Overall, a great end to a mixed yet ambitious story arc- and gives many ponderables to how the story will progress with a team now fully chosen, and the involvement of Cameron and Chase.moreless
  • It's over and what a conclusion this story-arc was!

    9.5
    I loved this storyline of House picking a new team while we have glimpses of the old team in their new departments although Foreman's grumpiness is really taking its toll...



    Anyway with Kutner, Taub & Thirteen as the new Foreman, Chase & Cameron you cant help but spot some similarities but that is good - for me. Seeing the two teams face each other although Foreman is still on House's team will be fun.



    The case was obviously good but the outcome was like - "Oh, its measles". A bit of a random diagnosis but oh well. Amber learns a lot from the patient who doesnt seem to care about dying and House also teaches her a lesson, albeit harshly.



    HOuse and Wilson are always great together especially with Wilson's plot and Cuddy got plaaaayyed!!!moreless
  • Conclusion to the whole competition arc.

    10
    Well finally House gets a team, it would have been awesome if he kept all four people, what House wanted. I really liked Amber, she would made everything livelier. Sucked she had to get eliminated, I liked how Thirteen got on the team on the end. I liked the format of the episode, the points system. "You did have 100, but it went down when you blew half the building up." Hilarious! The patient was a druggie, and Cameron is back, she wasn't in the last episode. A whole new beginning with a whole new team, I cannot wait for the episodes to come!moreless
  • Finally, there is a team.

    9.3
    Yes, it did take this long but the team was chosen at last. Not before one last idiotic test.



    There are four doctors remaining. Only two slots are available. There is almost nothing they will not resort to to stay employed.



    A junkie rocker comes into the hospital. What made him sick is not the drugs, nor lifestyle. As usual, the doctors test him for a myriad of things that nearly kills him before coming up with a pretty mundane diagnosis.



    In a side story, Wilson misdiagnosed a patient with terminal cancer and six months to live. Three months later, it turns out the patient is not terminal. There is such thing as survivor guilt, but I do not think this is what was meant.moreless
  • Another great one, as all episodes of House are.

    10
    The creators of House are just fabulous, they truly are. To be able to write so many episodes with it repeating itself. Every episode leaves me with my jaw hanging wide open, but this one especially. I loved the scene when Amber was talking to the druggie and he said, "You hate me don't you?" and she just plainly replies, "Yeah." Ahhh, pure magic. All through the episode, it was interesting how he didn't really care if he died or not. I could go into a whole other topic about that, but I will just simply say, That is awful. He seemed like such a happy person for those little kids, but he was really such a depressed person inside. The one thing that this episode left me wondering was if the druggie died or not. Does anyone know? If you do, please PM me and tell me what you think/know.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

Quidd

Guest Star

Matt DeCaro

Matt DeCaro

McKenna

Guest Star

Nick McCallum

Nick McCallum

Fred

Guest Star

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

Nurse

Recurring Role

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek

Amber

Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Kutner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the team is in the laundry room trying to hide from Foreman, House says that the results from the lumbar puncture he had done came back negative. However as it was eventually revealed that Quidd had measles, that should've clearly shown up on the lumbar, despite the patient's other symptoms.

    • The explosion caused by the patient smoking while using an oxygen tank would not have actually happened. Oxygen is not flammable, and thus cannot combust--it would only intensify a fire or explosion already present. The patient's cigarette may have burned more furiously, as well as anything ignited by a stray cigarette spark, but there definitely would not have been such a spontaneous explosion as portrayed.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • House: If you were always right, then you wouldn't have just been wrong. Or let the patient mainline nicotine. Or ravaged my anatomical model, which Grandma House bought me when I aced my MCATs.
      Kutner: A pharmeceutical rep left that here on Tuesday.
      House: Grandma does some part-time work.
      Kutner: The rep was a thirty-something babe.
      House: Thank you. I got her hips.

    • House: Who would you pick?
      Dr. Cuddy: Are you asking my opinion?
      House: If you have any absolute truths, that would be even better.
      Dr. Cuddy: You never want my advice. You spend your life trying to avoid my advice.
      House: You're a bureaucratic nightmare, you're a chronic pain in the ass, and you're a second-rate doctor at best.
      Dr. Cuddy: Am I blushing?
      House: But you do know this stuff. Can we get this over with?

    • House: What makes you so sure that drugs are a mask for something else?
      Thirteen: Drugs are always a mask for something else.
      House: That's the dumbest thing I've heard in my life.

    • Thirteen: You realize we still have a patient.
      Taub: Don't care about the patient.
      Thirteen: Do you care about this job more than you care about his life?
      Taub: I care about my wallpaper more than I care about his life.

    • Dr. Foreman: No. He's sick because he's a drug addict.
      House: No, he has every symptom you would expect from a drug addict.
      Dr. Foreman: So you think it's all too perfect? Some other disease is trying to throw us off its trail?
      House: If he had four out of a possible 20 symptoms, he'd be a garden-variety druggie. Twenty out of 20, there is an underlying disease.

    • House: Dizzying array of symptoms. Any of which could be caused by drugs, trauma, being a loser.
      Dr. Foreman: The guy's a walking pharmacy. Could be anything.
      House: Oh! Forgot to mention. Final case. Get it right, you're hired. Runner-up will be decided strictly on some definition of merit.

    • House: Blood in the stool and urine. I've died and gone to diagnostic heaven.
      Dr. Cameron: His blood results show booze, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates. The only mystery here is how he made it to be 38.
      Patient: I'm 28.
      Dr. Cameron: Oh, and he lies... and he's a pain in the ass.
      House: Wrap him up. I'll take him to go.

    • House: Who would you pick to fill your narrow little flats?
      Dr. Cameron: So you can fire them off my recommendation? Nice try.

    • House: Sign on the door says, "Closed. Private Event."
      Dr. Cuddy: You're alone.
      House: How much more private can you get?

    • House: Interesting.
      Dr. Wilson: Why would you use that word?
      House: Because I'm interested. When I'm interested, I describe the things that make me interested as interesting.

    • House: You think you can cure pain.
      Dr. Wilson: You think you can avoid pain!
      House: You think you're responsible for every failure, every patient's boring life, every friend's screwed up...
      Dr. Wilson: You don't want to face it any more than my patient does. Dying's easy. Living's hard.

    • House: I wanna keep all four.
      Dr. Cuddy: You can have two.
      House: You don't get negotiation, do you? I say four, you say three, we finally settle on three and a half which would be good news for Taub.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Who are you keeping? You owed me a decision ten days ago.
      House: Total amnesia.

    • House: What do you think? Is he seizing or dancing?

    • House: Foreman, you run the test.
      Dr. Foreman: Sure. Anything I can do to help your game. (leaves)
      House: He's not gonna run the test.
      Thirteen: I don't think so.
      House: No.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What the hell did you do?
      House: You told me to hire Kutner and Taub.
      Dr. Cuddy: Because I knew you wouldn't!
      House: Oops.

    • House: Hey! Who's the sickest patient you've got?
      Dr. Cameron: I've got a guy who'll be dead in the next ten minutes.

    • House: Why would you have a blank liability release form, plus your checkbook on top of your desk?
      Dr. Wilson: Probably because they were in the second drawer, in a Manila envelope, under a book, and you put them on top of my desk.

    • Dr. Chase: How's the new us-es' final case going?

    • House: Dr. Cuddy: the face that launched a thousand long faces.

    • House: (to Taub)You were doing better before you had a good idea.

    • Dr. Cuddy: At least the games are over.
      House: How long have you known me?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air dates:
      Brazil: January 1, 2008
      Latin America: January 7, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Australia: February 13, 2008
      Italy: April 13, 2008 on Canale 5
      Bulgaria - May 13, 2008 on NTV
      United Kingdom: May 15, 2008 at 9pm on five
      Denmark: May 31, 2008 on SBS Net
      Israel: June 1, 2008 on HOT 3/YES Stars 3
      The Netherlands: September 4, 2008 on SBS6
      The Czech Republic: October 27, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: October 21st, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: October 22, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: November 15, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: April 14, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: May 14, 2009 on TVP2

    • Music:
      Nicotine Caffeine by Alan Milman Sect + Man-Ka-Zam
      Kicked Out by Pussy Galore
      Hugh Laurie piano composition
      Hugh Laurie guitar composition
      Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • House: Dr. Cuddy: the face that launched a thousand long faces.
      House is making a joke based on a quote from Christopher Marlowe's play Doctor Faustus (1604) where Helen of Troy, the world's most beautiful woman, is referred to as "the face that launched a thousand ships."

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