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Season 1 Episode 17

Role Model

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

At a high-level campaign fundraiser, a senator becomes violently ill. Vogler forces House to take the senator's case and offers to let off the hook on firing a team member if he'll deliver a speech on behalf of Vogler's pharmaceutical company. It looks like the senator has AIDS but House refuses to settle for the easy answer. And House ends up giving the speech, but it doesn't go quite as Vogler planned.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house there is a sentor who becomes really ill and volger has house take the case and tells him that he will be let off the hook if house fires someone on his team and house and the team must figure out whats wrong with the sentor and they think after doing amount of tests they think he has aids and also volger wants house to speak at his party for a new drug and house does not want to but goes there and ruins it all for volger at the end and he gets really mad this was a good epmoreless
  • House screws up...

    Don't get me wrong, I love House, couldn't have it any other way, but this episode did not show him in the most flattering light. I cringed at the scene where he rips the oxygen mask or whatever was keeping the senator dude breathing- that was torture, plain and simple, it was painful to watch. He got answers, but that was beyond unethical, it was horrific. All was forgiven, amazingly, so I guess I'll move past it eventually. But that speech as well- why did he have to be so idiotic and ruin everything? Sure, his pride was wounded, but surely something could have been salvaged from the fact that dumb patients would be paying exorbitant fees for essentially the same medication- sounds just like the unethical methods he enjoys, but coz it's Vogler, he balks...and honestly, what would it have cost him to shake Cameron's hand at the end, when she resigned? I was disappointed with that, the scene ended so dismally...moreless
  • Worst episode i have seen...

    Totally Boring And Awful!!!!!!(i would have that in caps lock if i was allowed) It was just painfull to watch!!!i just sat there think damm when will this be over which is highly unusual!! coz i love house. i was partly comforted by the fact that i had not w8ed a whole week for this episode by the fact that there would b another tommorow but still argh awful.

    The only good parts was when cameron left(not that that was a good thing that sucked!!) it was just a good storyline. and the speach. The speach House gave was a classic and those 2 things we what made the show not quiet a totally flop. lol arent i nice but i just want to tell my opinion.

    luv jaydemoreless
  • House is told by Vogler to do a speech for his pharmacial company and screws up. Cameron tells House that's she's leaving after the speech

    House was good in this episode but I was sad when Cameron left. It was funny when House gave that speech because it told everyone on how he hates Volger and that he wants to keep his department. I think that cameron did that right thing because House couldn't fire Chase and had to choose between cameron and Forman.
  • Vogler's not the only one getting on my nerves.

    Vogler is getting on my nerves. And not just getting on my nerves, but much worse. Imagine my nerves are strings of wool, and Vogler is a morbidly obese elephant trying to walk across my strings of wool. That is how badly he is getting on my nerves.

    Fire one of the staff. Sure, great, no problem. Chase can go, nobody like Chase, he's a snitch and he has a nasty accent. And the moment House realizes this, Vogler decides that Chase shouldn't get fired. I bet Chase paid the fat billionaire off.

    And then there's the black senator running for president, who might have AIDS, so he tries to keep the AIDS test off the record. What do you think would look worse? A black man running for president who stops because he has AIDS, or a black president who suddenly dies because of AIDS? The second one, yes.

    You know what, I am actually too annoyed right now to type something worthwhile for you to read, since Allison quit.

    House is a mini-Vogler.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Senator Gary H. Wright

Guest Star

Missy Crider

Missy Crider


Guest Star

Elizabeth Karr

Elizabeth Karr


Guest Star

Chi McBride

Chi McBride

Edward Vogler

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

ICU Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Foreman explains to the senator that Toxoplasmosis is caused by a fungus, however this disease is caused by a protozoan called Toxoplasma gondii.

    • When House tests the senator for HIV, he orders an ELISA test, which confirms an infection by detecting antibodies to the virus. Nowadays, however, it is hospital policy to use tests that detect viral cells as well as antibodies rather than ELISA because they are quicker and more reliable. Secondly, the PCR test usually isn't used as a confirmatory test, but as a rapid test for medical staff. Besides, doctors are legally bound to run the confirmatory test before telling the patient about the infection.

  • QUOTES (36)

    • House: I am selling my soul.
      Dr. Wilson: Just a little piece. And you are getting something in return.
      House: I said I was selling it. I didn't say I was giving it away. That would be immoral and stupid.

    • House: But, when you're 4th down, 100 to go, in the snow, you don't call a running play up the middle. Unless you're the Jets.
      Dr. Cameron: I hate sports metaphors.

    • Wright: It must be miserable, always assuming the worst in people.
      House: Cut the crap, you're dying!
      Wright: And you're clever, you're witty and you are a coward. You're scared of taking chances.
      House: I take chances all the time. It's one of my worst qualities.
      Wright: On people?
      House: (he pauses a while considering) Wanting to believe the best about people doesn't make it true.
      Wright: Being afraid to believe it doesn't make it false.

    • Dr. Cameron: I thank you because it means something to me, to be grateful for what I receive.
      House: You are the most naive atheist I've ever met.

    • Dr. Cameron: You don't need to worry about firing anyone. I'm leaving.
      House: Why? Is this another noble, self-sacrificing gesture? You trying to protect Foreman?
      Dr. Cameron: No.
      House: So this is just, "Don't fire me, I quit."
      Dr. Cameron: I'm protecting myself. You asked me why I like you. You're abrasive and rude, but I figured everything you do, you do it to help people. But I was wrong. You do it because it's right.

    • Dr. Cameron: There are only two ways I can deal with things. One is in my control. That's to leave. Goodbye, House.

    • House: Okay, go tell our human pincushion we'll be sticking him one more time.

    • Dr. Wilson: Dr. Cameron's getting to you. Well, I guess you can't be around that much niceness and not get any on you.
      House: Is that why you haven't put the moves on her?
      Dr. Wilson: What makes you think I haven't put the moves on her? Oh. Oh, boy! You're in trouble!

    • Senator: Am I well enough to run for president?
      House: Well, why not run for Pope while you're at it?
      Foreman: Oh, come on. Kennedy had Addison's, FDR had polio. Two of the best presidents in the last hundred years.
      House: If they were running today they wouldn't stand a chance.

    • House: A few things I forgot to mention. Ed Vogler is a brilliant businessman. A brilliant judge of people, and a man who has never lost a fight. You know how I know the new ACE inhibitor is good? Because the old one was good. The new one is really the same, it's just more expensive. A lot more expensive. See, that's another example of Ed's brilliance. Whenever one of his drugs is about to lose its patent he has his boys and girls alter it just a tiny bit and patent it all over again. Making not just a pointless new pill, but millions and millions of dollars. Which is good for everbody, right? The patients, pish. Who cares, they're just so damn sick! God obviously never liked them anyway. All the healthy people in the room, let's have a big round of applause for Ed Vogler!

    • Dr. Cuddy: In the Senator's condition, a spleen biopsy could easily cause sepsis and kill him!
      House: Why do you do this to me? Now if I kill him, I can't tell the judge I had no idea of the risks involved.

    • Sarah: I haven't had sex since I split up with my husband.That was almost a year ago.
      House: Fine, have it your way. Immaculate conception.
      Sarah: Um, what do I do?
      House: Well, it's obvious. Start a religion.

    • House: You were pregnant. Based on your hormone levels, you had a miscarriage.
      Sarah: I haven't even been on a date.
      House: Right, since it's physically impossible to have sex without someone buying you dinner.

    • Dr. Foreman: You wanna cut into his brain?
      House: Dangerous, I know. Especially as he's a politician, his brain's all twisted. But I weighed that against the risk of him stroking out before lunch.

    • Wright: When I was six, I fell off the swings and bit my tongue. Couldn't talk right for the longest time. Lots of teasing. But, you know, it just made me fight harder, speak up for those who can't.
      House: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Tongues heal too fast. Your political consultants have written you a nice story. In a tight race, the lispers alone could put you over the top.

    • Dr. Chase: CVID. That's a type of immuno-globular deficiency. I said that.
      House: Yeah, it was a stupid idea when you said it.

    • House: You know, when the Inuit go fishing, they don't look for fish.
      (long pause)
      Dr. Wilson: (exasperatedly) Why, Dr. House?

    • House: You like me. Why?
      Dr. Cameron: That's kind of a sad question.
      House: Just trying to figure out what makes you tick. I am not warm and fuzzy and you are basically a stuffed animal made by Grandma.

    • Dr. Wilson: (to House) I know this isn't easy for you. You'll suffer. Vicodin sales in New Jersey will triple. Only you could feel like crap for doing something good.

    • Vogler: I just saw Senator Wright - he looks like hell. That sushi must have been a lot worse then you thought.
      House: Mr. Vogler – would you like a free whole-body scan? A man of your stature should get himself checked at least three times a year.

    • House: He didn't have any reason to lie.
      Dr. Wilson: Everybody lies...except politicians? House, I believe you're a romantic. You didn't just believe him - you believed in him. You want to come over tonight and watch old movies and cry?

    • House: "Ideopathic" – from the Latin meaning "we're idiots because we can't figure out what's causing it."

    • Dr. Cuddy: Why do you have to make everything so dramatic?!?
      House: Because I'm a very high-strung little lap dog. (barks & growls)

    • House: Someday there will be a black president. Someday there will be a gay president. Maybe there'll even be a gay black president. But one combination I do not see is gay, black, and dead.

    • House: (to Cameron) People pray so that God won't crush them like bugs. I'm not going to crush you.

    • Dr. Cameron: Do you know why people pray to God?
      House: I thought you didn't believe in God.
      Dr. Cameron: I don't.
      House: Well, then you better be making a very good point.
      Dr. Cameron: You think they pray to him and praise him because they want him to know how great he is? God already knows that.
      House: Are you... comparing me to God? I mean, that's great, but just so you know, I've never made a tree.

    • House: You're not going to be President either way - they don't call it the White House because of the paint job.

    • Wright: What will the voters think? If they find out I've had a b-brain biopsy?
      House: This could leave you b-b-b-brain damaged, and you're worried about NASCAR dads?

    • House: You'd only make that argument if you were an administrator, covering your ass.
      Dr. Cuddy: That's absurd and insulting.
      House: Insulting, yes.

    • Dr. Cuddy: A brain biopsy can cause permanent neurological damage.
      House: Uh-huh. Whereas tumors are really good for brains - make them big and strong.

    • Dr. Cuddy: In my office.
      House: Afternoon delight. (waves his cane) She just loves the hard wood.

    • House: What was that?
      Dr. Chase: What was what?
      House: You got annoyed. That was clearly an annoyed face.
      Dr. Chase: I get annoyed about glib remarks about our future.
      House: Last week you didn't get annoyed - you made poopie in your pants.

    • Wright: You a Republican, or you just hate all politicians?
      House: I just find being forced to sit through drivel annoying.

    • House: (playing a video game) Helps me concentrate. Even better than drugs.

    • Vogler: Look, if this case is as trivial as you think, it'll take you three minutes to diagnose.
      House: Uh-huh - three minutes that I could sit on the toilet with the funny pages.

    • Vogler: The senator is suffering from nausea, headache, and mental confusion.
      House: Ah, bad sushi is so hard to diagnose.

  • NOTES (3)


    • House: Are you comparing me to God? I mean, it's great, but so you know, I've never made a tree.
      This line is in reference to the last couplet of Joyce Kilmer's famous poem, Trees: "Poems are made fools like me, but only God can make a tree."

    • Dr. Foreman: Oh, come on. Kennedy had Addison's, FDR had polio.
      Foreman is talking about two popular former U.S. Presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served twelve years (1933-1945), and John F. Kennedy, who only served three years (1961-1963) before being assassinated. Both were very well-liked and successful presidents, despite their handicaps.

    • House: Fine, have it your way. Immaculate conception.
      The Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus, preserving her from original sin.