Season 2 Episode 13

Skin Deep

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2006 on FOX
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House uncovers a startling secret when he treats a teenage supermodel for heroin addiction. Meanwhile, Wilson hopes the increased leg pain in House's leg is an indication his leg nerves are regenerating.

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  • Another perfect installment..

    First of all, let me apologise for the obscene amount of tens I give the show- unlike the old rating systems, I only have a choice between .5s and whole numbers! Nevertheless, this episode was once again the nearest to a ten it could be.

    It was simply a great piece of writing, and yet another interesting medical dilemna, with lots of shocking twists and turns. I thought how House confronted the father about sleeping with his supermodel daughter was shocking and dramatic, as well as the reactions of House's staff to the unpleasent news. And then learning that she seduced him was just sick. The big twist came at the end, however, when it turned out she was a boy! I didn't see that coming at all, and House was brilliant yet shocking in breaking the news- I am sure the best think for her would have been a soft, sensitive diagnosis, but House was quite cruel (yet hilarious) in the procedings ("we're gunna cut your balls off" and saying to the dad "No, a joke would be me calling you a homo for example). The only thing I did find hard to take was the pining over the supermodel- she wasn't that beautiful. Cameron is far more beautiful, as seen in the scene where she confronts her about her father. Small quible though.

    House also is suffering from increased pain in his leg, and his scenes with Wilson are yet again fantastic and provies some of the best dialogue in the show- seen especially when House is having an MRI.

    Overall, the episodes continue being spectacular, and its a credit to the writers who continue to find dramatic or shocking storylines and balance it with brilliant humour.moreless
  • A very shocking episode that left me very speechless. House is going through stuff and a girl is really a boy.

    i'm still new to this show, but this episode left me shocked. house is missing Stacy, but would not tell anyone, he can play the prano really well. When that girl was really yo be a boy, I didn't believe it. She/he slept with her/his father and two other people... gross. I never thought that she was boy, she was a female model. What she said and what house said was genius. Foremen, Carmoen, and the others were in this epiode and another threat to fire House. Overall, a very good episode an deveryone should see it. Girl a guy.moreless
  • House has feelings!

    Well this episode was revealing in 3 ways, one way was that there could be a sickness triggered by being a girl & actually being a guy, which was sort of disgusting since that fifteen year old girl/boy was doing everybody in the city, the dad got what he deserved, also the girl, cancer & male genes. I like the finny side is when the guy turning in to a girl, him having real girl boobs was out of this world. I'm thinking if they should of censored that or something. The second reason why this episode was revealing is because House shows that he has feelings left over for Stacy showing that he misses her & can't work without her, and finally the third reason, you get to see House's wretched leg, gross! A good very revealing episode.moreless
  • Overall a really good episode.

    Last week's episode was a let down, but now they're back to the normal quality. Good balance between the patient storyline and the regular character storylines, and both were interesting.

    We'll start with the patient storyline. Personally I was a bit bugged by the fact that the model was only decent looking, and not the complete knockout the kept referring to her as. I don't require the actors on a show to be gorgeous, but if a character is SUPPOSED to be extremely beautiful it helps if the actor actually is. She wasn't that good an actress either, but other than that I liked the storyline. There were some interesting twists and turns along the way, and it's always interesting when House has one theory, one of his ducklings (usually Foreman) has another, and both theories turn out to be irrelevant. I find those storylines interesting, because usually one of them is right (or sometimes both are) and yet it's still not the solution to the case. Anyhoo, it was a bit irritating that it turned out to be cancer - it feels like it's always cancer nowadays. But the hermaphrodite thing was new.

    My favorite scene of the episode: Wilson playing God while House was getting his MRI. It was a lot of fun watching the two of them goof around like that, and you got a sense of why they're actually friends. Most of the time it feels like Wilson might be a masochist for putting up with House out of his own free will, but in this scene they seemed to have a lot of fun together. Of course, then House wacked Wilson with his cain and it was back to the masochist thing. But it was also interesting to see House with Cuddy. What I really like about their interaction is that she doesn't take any crap from him, but she really does care. It's very refreshing to have a character who doesn't always need to be right and doesn't go out of her way to protect her pride or avoid losing face. It's also great to see that she knows how to handle House. Smart move with the placebo.

    Can't wait to see what happens next.moreless
  • Interesting case and I really liked the clinic guy not the best but still amusing

    I loved House and his leg pain. Wilson was great when they were arguing saying that the increased pain was in House's head. I liked how Cuddy reacted to House when he asked her for the morphine and how she made him think that she gave it to him because it was something that you would and would not expect from Cuddy.

    House in the clinic was funny and boring all at the same time, but I loved how Cuddy reacted to the guy when House was MIA. The girl was totally messed up in the head. I can't believe she got her dad drunk so she could sleep with him. It was interesting that she was really a he.

    Good episode but not the best.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the beginning of the episode, the designer back stage tells Alex that Kate Moss "has been doing this since she was 13", however Kate Moss wasn't discovered until she was 14 and didn't begin modeling professionally until she was 15.

    • When House enters the patient's room the door does not completely shut but when House is about to leave the door is completely shut.

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Alex passes out, she falls face first. However, in the next scene, she's laying on her back.

    • Trivia: According to the scar on House's leg the muscle he is missing is most probably the Vastus Lateralis or the Rectus Femuris (or both, but House said "muscle" and not "muscles") - both of them are a part of the Femoris quadriceps.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Dr. Cameron: If you're too distracted to deal with this because your leg hurts.
      House: (loud and angrily.) Yeah, I'm distracted. I'm all hung up on this fifteen year old patient who's cataplectic, can't remember what she had for lunch and is rapidly losing control of her body. And I want her father here in case they've got any more secrets that I need to know about. Now, if you're not too distracted go take out a piece of her brain and stick it under a microscope.

    • Dr. Chase: Brain biopsy shows no white matter disease.
      House: Cameron, you going to tell Cuddy or has she already got you wired for sound?

    • House: No, it's cancer. But, he has cancer, on his left testicle.
      Alex: I don't have testicles.
      Dad: She's not a guy.
      House: His DNA says you're wrong. Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails. You've got male pseudohermaphroditism. See we all start out as girls and then we're differentiated based on our genes. The ovaries develop into testes and drop. But in about 1 in 150,000 pregnancies a fetus with an XY chromosome, a boy, develops into something else. Like you. Your testes never descended because you're immune to testosterone. You're pure estrogen, which is why you get heightened female characteristics; clear skin, great breasts. The ultimate woman is a man. Nature's cruel, huh?

    • (after being told the daughter he had sex with is a boy)
      Martin: This is obviously a joke. This is impossible!
      House: No, a joke would be me calling you a homo. See the difference?

    • House: (examining Alex's mammogram) I knew the twins were real. Chase owes me.

    • Dr. Wilson:: Brilliant idea sending Stacy away. It's really done wonders for you.
      House: Listen, none of this has anything to do with Stacy.
      Dr. Wilson: Right. Giant coincidence you've gone completely off the rails since she left. Inducing migraines, worsening leg pain.
      (House whacks Wilson's leg)
      House: Aw, you miss Stacy too?

    • Dr. Cameron: Since when do you voluntarily go see patients?
      House: Have you seen her?
      Dr. Cameron: She's fifteen!
      House: Yeah, but there's something about her, something in her eyes, a kind of maturity...
      Dr. Cameron: Yeah, yeah, she's an old soul - this is creepy, even for you.

    • House: (discussing Alex's breasts) Two clinic hours says that those love apples are handcrafted by God.
      Dr. Foreman: I thought you didn't believe in God.
      House: I do now.

    • Dr. Wilson: How'd you get here?
      House: By osmosis.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Teenage supermodel. Presented with double vision, sudden aggressive behavior, cataplexy…
      House: You had me at "teenage supermodel".

    • Alex: I was passed out, but I wasn't. I, I knew what was going on, but I couldn't move or talk...
      House Yeah, sounds like a medical thing. It's called cataplexy. Catfight and cataplexy on the catwalk. Cool.

    • Dr. Foreman: There's no age limit on addiction.
      House: (popping a Vicodin) He's right.

    • House: I take it you're married.
      George: (gestures to his wedding ring) You must be psychic.
      House: You must be witty.

    • Dr. Foreman: Why would your mind go to abuse so fast?
      House: I had a funny uncle.
      Dr. Foreman: You were abused?
      House: What? No! Why'd your mind go to that so fast? I just had a funny uncle. Great stories, always filthy.

    • House: Fine, arrest him. Use Cuddy's handcuffs.

    • Dr. Wilson: Heard you killed your supermodel.
      House: Only for a minute.
      Dr. Wilson: Just for my own clarity, how many more patients do you have to kill before you admit this leg thing might be a problem?
      House: Three.

    • Dr. Wilson: (over a microphone) House, this is God.
      House: Look, I'm a little busy right now. Not supposed to talk during these things. Got time Thursday?
      Dr. Wilson: Let me check. Oh, I got a plague! How about Friday?
      House: You'll have to check with Cameron.
      Dr. Wilson: Oh, damn it! She always wants to know why bad things happen. Like I'm gonna come up with a new answer this time.
      Dr. Cuddy: House!
      House: Quick, God! Smite the evil witch!

    • Dr. Chase: Why does (Alex) need more protection than some crack whore shivering in the clinic waiting room?
      Dr. Foreman: I think you're just afraid to piss House off.
      Dr. Chase: There's that too.

    • Dr. Wilson: If you think it will help, the drugs will help. Power of the mind.
      House: You're right. The more I talk to you, the more the pain floods back.

    • House: Did you check the pancreas?
      Dr. Wilson: Oh come on – you're just making up organs now, aren't you?

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: April 5, 2007 on SBS 6
      Bulgaria: May 30, 2007 on Nova TV
      Czech Republic: June 18, 2007 on TV Nova
      Belgium: September 6, 2007 on KanaalTwee

    • House plays the Allemande from Bach's French Suite #5 in G Major (1.Allemande) on the piano at the end.

    • Music: Atom Bomb by Fluke, Desire by Ryan Adams.

    • Due to February 2006 sweeps and a 2-hour American Idol special the next night, the premiere of this episode aired on a special day and time on Monday at 8 p.m. instead of the show's regular timeslot of Tuesday at 9 p.m.


    • House: God, why have you forsaken me?
      When Jesus was dying on the cross, he said, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

    • House:"Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails"
      reffering to an old nursery rhyme:
      What are little boys made of?
      Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails,
      That's what little boys are made of.
      What are little girls made of?
      Sugar and spice, and everything nice,
      That's what little girls are made of.

      In the original Mother Goose printed in 1916, the phrase was "Snaps and snails, and puppy dog tails". In the UK, more commonly "Slugs and snails, and puppy dogs tails". Other common variations include "Snakes and snails" and "Frogs and snails".

    • Title
      The title of this episode alludes to the saying "Beauty is only skin deep". This saying is commonly used to warn society that beauty on the outside, doesn't mean there's beauty on the inside.