Season 1 Episode 12

Sports Medicine

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 22, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A severely broken arm reveals a bizarre case of bone loss and ends the comeback plans of major league pitcher Hank Wiggen. House suspects Hank – with a history of drug abuse – is lying about using steroids, as his condition worsens. When Hank's kidneys start to fail, his wife offers to donate hers, but she would have to abort her early pregnancy. Forced into an impossible solution, and admitting failure as an addict, Hank tries to take his own life. House and his team must isolate and fix the problem soon if this pitcher's life, as well his career, can be saved. Meanwhile, Foreman dates a pharmaceutical representative and House is stuck with two tickets and ends up going on a "date" with a monster truck rally.moreless

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  • better then law and order

    Exceptional acting on the part of the actress playing the wife of a faded baseball legend makes this episode stand right up there with the very best of the greatest show in TV history, LAW & ORDER. She is by turns sassy and frightened, elated and depressed, and uses a minimum of dialog to express her chaotic feelings. The ending of this episode, involving the athlete standing before death's door, is also a stunner, which is often the case with HOUSE -- but not always. Of course, you'll have to watch it to see what happens because I'm not telling. SPORTS MEDICINE also contains the legendary clinic waiting room scene where House diagnoses several waiting patients in about a minute's time. The guy with the sticking contact lenses is not to be missed, as is House's solution to the man's problem.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house . a patent is admitted for a bad broken arm but the x rays reaveal that its more then just a broken arm he has sufferd from savear bone loss and they think he did stearoids and drug abuse but he wont admit it and then his kidneys start to fail and he tries to take his own life and then he they try to save his career and camron goes with house to a monster truck ralley since he had two tickets this was a good ep i thought it was very interestingmoreless
  • i thought it was nice that house asked cameron out after jimmy told him that he had other plans!

    Of course, the show isn't really about what will happen between Dr House and Cameron but I thought it was nice that they went out - they seemed to have loads of fun at the monster truck!

    House had wanted to go with Jimmy but he said he was speaking for an onkology seminar, which House then found out from Cameron that it was cancelled two weeks before.

    House reveals something interesting about his past when Cameron asked if he's ever married.moreless
  • Art mirrors life. What medical show hasn\'t done a bit on athletes using drugs? Combine the choice of one life for another (abort a baby or donate a liver) and you really muck things up. I enjoyed it, but I usually do.moreless

    Art mirrors life. What medical show hasn\'t done a bit on athletes using drugs? Combine the choice of one life for another (abort a baby or donate a liver) and you really muck things up.

    I enjoyed it, but I usually do. House is a well developed character, and the support staff rounds thing out well.
  • Another good one, just as good as the others.

    Just great! It was not really an episode that would come to mind when some one asks me for a good one, unless they are asking for a fantastic starting. This one, sort of like the previous episode, caught me off guard but this one even more so. I was just sitting there with my friend kind of laughing at him because he is such a bad actor, then it does that cool zoom into the body and CRACK! We both jumped out of our seats!

    The middle part of the episode was probably about average for a House episode, if not a bit worse than that. I do like it however that House asked Cameron to go to a Monster Truck Rally! Then it picked up around the ending when House had his traditional revelations that i love so much. It was kind funny when he said "he peed on me."

    Medical Problem: Cadmium Poisoning

    Rating: 9.3/10moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: When Warner Fitch visits Hank in the hospital, the balloons are for a bar mitzvah, not "get well" balloons.

    • In the opening scene Hank breaks his right upper arm, but the X-ray shows a broken left upper arm.

    • During the scene where Dr. Chase and Dr. Cameron are out having a drink, Cameron picks up Dr. Foreman's cell phone. Before she does she takes a drink of her soda. This drink drops the level of drink to half full. When Foreman returns a few seconds later she suddenly has a glass that is 3/4 full. There was no time for anyone to give her a refill.

    • They can't seem to decide what Hank's last name is. His baseball card says "Wiggen," but later House says, "Hank Wiggens stole your pills."

  • QUOTES (31)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: One of the songs playing while Cameron, Chase, and Foreman are at the bar is "You Better Stop" by Robert L. Wyckoff. The song playing in the restaurant with the new drug rep is "I Never Saw It Coming" by Windy Wagner.

    • Executive Producer Bryan Singer, director of the first two sci-fi X-Men movies, has a cameo role in this episode.


    • House: The groupies sleep with the roadies to get to Mick.
      Referencing Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger (born 26 July 1943). He is most famous for being the lead singer and co-founder (with guitarist Brian Jones) of the British rock and roll band "The Rolling Stones". House also made a reference to "The Stones" in the pilot episode.

    • House: And by better half, of course, I mean the one who struck out Sammy Sosa on three pitches and talks a lot less.
      Sammy Sosa is a popular baseball player and outfielder in the MLB, known for his heavy home-run hitting (and corked bats). He formerly played for the Chicago Cubs, and now plays for the Baltimore Orioles.

    • House: I'm Dr. House, and today is the coolest day of my life!
      A nod to fellow FOX show 24, where the lead character said, "I'm Federal Agent Jack Bauer, and today is the longest day of my life," to open up each episode of the first season.