Season 6 Episode 11

The Down Low

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 11, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A drug dealer collapses during a sale, but refuses to reveal personal information to the team because it might incriminate him. Meanwhile, Foreman's teammates conspire to play a practical joke on him, while House and Wilson both aim their sights on an attractive new neighbor, Nora.

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  • What can i say , another spectacular episode brilliantly written and acted.Wilson and House go to war over a female in their apartment, an undercover cop with a mysterious illness and the team try a joke on Foreman that....moreless

    The story is another wonderful episode that takes some unexpected turns.A drug dealer with a mysterious and worsening illness that maybe related to the environment where he works but he wont let the team do a sweep of the area because he's actually a deep undercover(cop, agent we never find out) His drug dealing mate who shows surprisingly that even there is honour among drug dealers(their final scene together was beautiful he knowingly sends his caring drug dealing pal to a drug buts,while the pal walks away knowing he might not see him again cause he was dying) i kept thinking how do they come up with this stories!the dying scene was brilliantly executed and juxtaposed with the drug bust.

    House and Wilson are their bickering selves House wont honor the 'Man Code' and tries to cut in on a neighbour that Wilson saw first and liked but she thinks they are both gay.House's plan to play the sensitive gay guy into sleeping with the neighbor was brilliant But Wilson( am really beginning to fear for his soul hanging around House) comes up with a winner to trump House! (the restaurant vignette where Wilson proposes to House and utterly ruins his chance with the neighbor was awesome and shows House has more than robbed off on Wilson and Wilson could be just as diabolical as House.) that resturant scene has to go down in House moments.

    as usual the team is back again and they trying to play a prank on Foreman, But i guess he's been around House too long. a gorgeous bitter sweet episode certainly ,most certainly a 10!moreless
  • A woman thinks House and Wilson are gay

    House has been one of, if not the best medical drama for the past few years, but this episode just made my head hurt. House and Wilson, who would possibly think that they were gay Why the show felt the need to do this 1990's sitcom like storyline I'll never know.

    And the notion of Taub making more than Foreman? Or more than anyone in the building, including the janitor, just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Not one of House's better side storylines for the supporting cast.

    The episode as a whole just felt very skippable to me. The only remotely good thing to take away from this was that they didn't really delve into the House/Cuddy love-hate relationship here.moreless
  • Thankfully (and unexpectedly) much better than "Wilson"!

    I really enjoyed this episode. It felt like a good all-rounder and a very solid plot. I hope that's not the last we see of Nora, because her and House looked kinda good together! The team trying to prank Foreman and him knowing about it all along was a great idea, as it reasserts him in our minds as the team leader, and higher ranking than them. One thing that slightly bothered me was the fact that in the scene with Chase and Thirteen in the car together, they showed a much greater chemistry than the whole "Foreteen" thing ever did. Which secretly pleased me because I have never really liked Foreman. One annoyance- the writers seem to think that they need to have great romance and high drama to get viewers, and surprise, surprise, they don't! We started watching House because we loved the medicine and the clever way they figured things out. The character relations always took a back seat, but that seems to be changing now. Maybe that is a good thing but somehow I think not. Hopefully they'll get back on track soon.moreless
  • Massive return to form

    I really enjoyed House from the beginning of the first series. However, I felt that it was beginning to drift a little recently. I mean every episode it would be that they'd constantly misdiagnose, just like they had in previous episodes. You'd expect lines like "it could be lupus" "no, it's never lupus" and so on. House and just about everyone else would psycho-aanlyse each other's motives for doing or saying anything. It had become predictable in spite of the ongoing sub-plots.

    This episode, without giving anything away, is highly inventive, brilliantly scripted and has the hallmark humour that we expect. We get the series here in the UK some time after they are made (usually around a year) and I hope that we are going to see more great episodes this season. In any case this could just be the best House episode yet seen.moreless
  • House and Wilson both go after the same woman who thinks they are gay while the patient who is a Drug dealer? or is it a cop wont give up any info about where he has been.moreless

    This has to rate up there as one of the funniest shows of House's shows, when House's plan to win the women's attention starts to backfire because Wilson also wants to be with her you can see it in House's face that this will be war , and when Wilson pulls the asking house to marry him when the old women says "say yes" i almost pee myself that was one of the funniest scene i ever saw on a show and the ending when wilson is singing the song the show never lets you down for great ending's a song i don't like myself but i couldnt stop singing it all night, well done House writter's you did it again thanks for the great hour of joy to get away from life's real drama i just love this show and watch every rerurn thats played no matter how many times ive seen it.moreless
Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander


Guest Star

Nick Chinlund

Nick Chinlund


Guest Star

Paul Zies

Paul Zies


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The hockey game at the end of the episode doesn't make any sense. It shows Detroit (Red Wings) losing to Toronto (Maple Leafs) by a score of 3-2 at the end of the second period. The last time these two teams had such a score between them was October 9th 2008, but it wasn't until the middle of the 3rd period that it became 3-2. The last time they were 3-2 at the end of the 2nd, was Dec 2003, but it was in Toronto so the Wings would have been wearing white jerseys instead of their home darks.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • House: (seeing Chase's new, shorter hair) Cameron get your hair in the divorce?

    • House: Yes, he won't tell us anything. Understandable, since he's a drug dealer.
      Thirteen: So he's dangerous and withholding, which you find irresistible. But guys like that, they never call.

    • Thirteen: So now he's not only a drug dealer, he's a cocaine dealer.
      House: He seemed peppy.

    • Dr. Wilson: Everyone in our building thinks we're gay.
      House: We're grown men over the age of 30 who moved in together. We're two tigers away from an act in Vegas. They'll figure out we're straight eventually.
      Dr. Wilson: Eventually is not when I want to go out with the cute girl in 3-B.

    • House: I heard that you think Wilson and I like to polish each other's swords. And by swords, I mean... pistols.

    • Dr. Wilson: I ran into Nora this morning. She told me about your Evita listening party.
      House: The London and New York recordings are so different.
      Dr. Wilson: You were supposed to tell her that we're straight.
      House: She didn't believe me, either.
      Dr. Wilson: You're doing this to mess with me.
      House: Correction--I started doing this to mess with you. Now I'm honestly trying to hit that.

    • Dr. Wilson: That's... quite a commitment you've made to jumping the girl I want to date.
      House: I'd like to date her. In the sense that I'd like to jump her repeatedly.
      Dr. Wilson: I saw her first.
      House: Seriously? You're invoking the guy code?
      Dr. Wilson: We're guys. It's a code.

    • House: That receiver doesn't respond to manual stimulation. Maybe if you took off your shirt.
      Thirteen: Actually, I resorted to something more exotic. I call it reading the instructions.

    • Dr. Foreman: I don't see how this is relevant.
      House: In the land of no fun, you got a really sensible piece of property.

    • Dr. Wilson: ("proposing" to House) I love this man! And I am not wasting another moment of my life denying that. Gregory House... will you marry me?
      House: Wow. This is unexpected.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Well, someone does something stupid and insensitive I always figure it was House. Good to know it's catching.

    • House: This whole thing with Wilson... it's all my fault. We're not closeted, because we're not gay. For real. Wilson thought you were cute, and I was just yanking his chain. Maybe that's not the best phrasing.
      Nora: So you were only spending time with me to screw with him?
      House: God, no. I was spending time with you because I want to touch your boobs. Enough to listen to Evita, twice. And I really hate Evita. That's how much I like your boobs.

    • Dr. Wilson: Ran into Nora in the elevator. She no longer thinks we're gay. Now she thinks we're mendacious dirt bags.
      House: Mendacious dirt bag comes much more naturally to me.

  • NOTES (4)