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Show Summary

House (also known as House, M.D.) is an American television medical drama that debuted on the Fox network on November 16, 2004. The show's central character is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), an unconventional and misanthropic medical genius who heads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton Plains boro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. The show's premise originated with Paul Attanasio, while David Shore, who is credited as creator, was primarily responsible for the conception of the title character. The show's executive producers include Shore, Attanasio, Attanasio's business partner Katie Jacobs, and film director Bryan Singer. It is largely filmed in Century City. House often clashes with his fellow physicians, including his own diagnostic team, because many of his hypotheses about patients' illnesses are based on subtle or controversial insights. His flouting of hospital rules and procedures frequently runs him a foul of his boss (and, later, girlfriend), hospital administrator and Dean of Medicine Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). House's only true friend is Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), head of the Department of Oncology. During the first three seasons, House's diagnostic team consists of Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps). At the end of the third season, this team disbands. Rejoined by Foreman, House gradually selects three new team members: Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde), Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson),and Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn). Kutner was written out of the series toward the end of season five, due to Penn's overriding political commitments. Chase and Cameron continue to appear in different roles at the hospital until early in season six. Cameron then leaves the hospital, and Chase returns to the diagnostic team. House is critically acclaimed and has high viewer ratings. It was among the top-ten rated shows in the United States from its second through its fourth season; in the 2008 Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most watched television program in the world in 2008. The show has received several awards, including 9 People's Choice Awards, a Peabody Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Primetime Emmy Awards. House's seventh season premiered on Sept 20 2010.

Cast of Characters
Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) Department Head: Diagnostic Medicine. As the show's protagonist, Dr. Gregory House is a maverick diagnostician with a double specialty in infectious disease and nephrology. Dr. House utterly lacks bedside manner and prefers to avoid direct contact with his patients whenever possible. Due to an infection in his right thigh, House lost a substantial portion of the muscle in his upper leg and must use a cane to assist with walking. As a result, House is also forced to deal with constant physical pain, which he manages through a dependency on the prescription pain medication Vicod in. Although his behavior can border on antisocial or misanthropic, House is viewed as a genius physician whose unconventional thinking and excellent instincts have afforded him a great deal of respect and an unusual level of tolerance from his colleagues and the medical world. Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) Administration: Dean of Medicine, endocrinologist Dr. Cuddy attended the University of Michigan for graduate studies, where she first met Gregory House. She has the distinction of being one of the few characters on the show(Dr. Wilson being the other) who can match wits with the fast-talking Dr. House in conversation (and arguments) and be considered one of his "friends". She often is left to pick up the pieces of House's questionable medical practices. She is also one of the few people who can stand House's rude manner, strange requests, and his many obnoxious (sometimes nosy) habits. Although she frequently criticizes House's methods, she does trust his decisions to be in the best interest of his patients. Over the course of the show, it is seen that she is one of the few, if not only, people who would hire House at all, due to widespread disapproval of House's results-oriented methods and constant insubordination. A developing arc in season five indicates that she has (and may have always had) very strong feelings for House; in season five's "Saviors" she refuses to answer when asked if she is in love with House, dismissing it as "a ridiculous question."House has described her as a Second Rate doctor. In season seven Cuddy and House started dating. Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) Department Head: Oncology. Dr. Wilsonis Dr. House's best friend. Dr. Wilson is very well-respected and well-liked by both his colleagues and his patients, making his close friendship with the antisocial House especially puzzling to the other hospital employees. Wilson claims that his job and his" stupid, screwed up friendship" with House are the two most important things to him. He, along with Dr. Cuddy, usually finds himself aiding and abetting House's Vicod in addiction and his very unorthodox methods. Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) Assistant Department Head: Diagnostic Medicine, neurologist; attended Johns Hopkins Medical School. Of all the members of House's staff, it is strongly implied that Foreman performed better than the other fellows academically throughout college and medical

school. However, during the pilot, Dr. House tells Foreman that a major factor in his hiring was the fact that he was a former juvenile delinquent who once stole cars and had 'street smarts'. As a result, he frequently voices his disapproval of House's maverick methods and daring decisions. Foreman resigned at the end of Season 3, feeling that the more time he spent with House, the more he became like him. Foreman then took a position as Head of Diagnostic Medicine at New York Mercy Hospital. During that time, he saved a patient's life by going against their protocols, something that House frequently does. Foreman is then told that while he may have saved the patient's life, he cannot be there if he cannot be trusted to obey his senior medical officers. Foreman is then fired. Although he applied at other medical facilities, no one would hire him because of the incident, attributing it to his past association with House. He later returned to Princeton Plainsboro because Cuddy was the only person willing to hire him after his actions. At the beginning of season 6 he was made Department Head of Diagnostic Medicine after House quit. Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) Department Head: Emergency Medicine, immunologist. Cameron was written as an earnest and sincere character and the most empathetic of the team. Her character history reveals an early marriage to a victim of thyroid cancer, whose subsequent death had a lasting impact on her. In the first season, she has a flirtatious relationship with House, but eventually embarks upon a tenuous affair with Robert Chase. Cameron resigned at the end of Season 3, but returned in Season 4 as a member of the Princeton Plainsboro Emergency Room staff. She does eventually marry Dr. Chase, although ends up divorcing him after he intentionally killed a patient who happened to be the dictator of a war-torn third world country, stating that Chase, like House, had no regard for the sanctity of life. Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) Surgeon, intensive care specialist. Dr. Chase's demeanor appears to have been either influenced or amplified by House, as he has previously displayed a penchant for insulting patients behind their backs, takes clear and vicarious joy in watching House tear into others, finds House's antics more amusing than others do, and repeats House's mantra of "everybody lies" whenever a patient's full disclosure of any required medical history is called into question. Moreover, when suggesting treatments to diagnoses, Chase is arguably the most creative member of House's staff, often proposing unconventional treatments that had not previously been considered, but whose perceived effectiveness is generally agreed upon. Chase was fired by House at the end of Season 3, but he returned in Season 4 as the head of Princeton Plainsboro's surgical staff. He is infamous for his intentional killing of President Dibala, an African dictator the team treated, which ended up killing his marriage and causing him almost endless amounts of guilt despite him claiming it was the right thing to do, as Dibala would have massacred his Sitibi countrymen had he survived.

Episode Recap
At a music studio, singer Brandy is waiting for legendary jazz musician John Henry Giles to arrive. She assures her band that she got John Henry to come to provide accompaniment. John Henry and his long time companion, Cora, are driving to the studio, and she wonders if Harry is up to it. He says they'll find out. They arrive, John Henry in a wheel chair, and they play the track for him. He starts up on trumpet, but then starts to choke. Cora runs to his aid and they call an ambulance. House comes to see Cuddy and tells her that he wants in on John Henry's case. He claims he's not a fan, but is intrigued by the paralysis afflicting John Henry for the last two years. Cuddy tells him that the hospital is only concerned with John Henry's pneumonia, the cause of his choking. Marty Hamilton is John Henry's primary physician, and is the one dealing with it. Hamilton has asked for the team, and Foreman did his residency with him. Cuddy insists that it's Foreman's case. House sits and watches as Foreman runs differential on the pneumonia with Cameron and Chase. Foreman orders broadspectrum antibiotics, but House wants to discuss the paralysis. Hamilton has diagnosed it as ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, but House points out that it's untreatable. He takes over the board and tries to run differential, against Foreman's wishes. He suggests they do a MRI, but Foreman overrides him, insisting that ALS predicts the pneumonia. Foreman checks on John Henry, who asks his opinion on House versus Hamilton. Foreman tries to hedge his answer, but John Henry doesn't buy it. Cornered, Foreman says that he won't do a MRI and that he agrees with Hamilton. John Henry asks Foreman to bring him a do-not-resuscitate order so he can sign it as soon as possible. House is in his office listening to John Henry's albums when Foreman comes in to inform him about the DNR. He admits that he didn't tell John Henry about the MRI, and House points out that since ALS is a death sentence, it's hardly surprising. When Foreman says that John Henry is refusing treatment, House points out that if he doesn't do anything, it doesn't matter which one of them is right. He suggests a possible treatment of steroids and IVIG and then goes back to his music. Foreman checks on John Henry and then authorizes House's treatment. Later, House is at the clinic meets with a patient, Willie, who wants Viagra. House notes that he has diabetes, even though Willie didn't admit to it, He gets a Code Blue on John Henry, and gives Willie a prescription for Viagra anyway, figuring if Willie wants to kill himself, that's up to him. Foreman figures John Henry is having respiratory failure due to the IVIG, and they can't revive him because he's DNR. House arrives and tells them to revive John Henry. When they refuse, he incubates the musician himself over Foreman's objections. Cora comes in and they reluctantly tell her that House saved John Henry's life. Once John Henry is stabilized, the team goes back to the conference room. Foreman insists that they violated the DNR, but House insists that John Henry's thyroid levels indicate that he's depressed and thus incompetent to make the decision. When Cameron tries to defend

House's theory, Foreman tells her not to. House points out that John Henry signed the statement because he was afraid of dying painfully of ALS, and his problems had nothing to do with that. He wonders if Foreman is worried about looking bad with his old boss, and Foreman storms out. House returns to differential and asks for theories, and Chase suggests Wagner's. but a woman comes in and serves him with a restraining order to stay away from John Henry, and informing him he's being charged with battery. Unimpressed, House tells Cameron to test the remaining blood they have for CANKA and confirm on Wagner's. Since Chase is still suctioning John Henry's lungs for pneumonia, House tells him to do a biopsy, and then move John Henry closer to the clinic so he doesn't have to go there. Later, House goes to see Cuddy and yells at the top of his lungs because he can't get close enough to her because of John Henry's location. She's well aware of what he's up to, and offers him a lawyer. He wonders if she's okay with what he's doing, and acknowledges that she knew he was insane and set aside a budget for a lawyer. House asks if she can help him run some test, and Cuddy warns him that Foreman called Hamilton, who is flying in to pull the plug. House admits that he needs a lawyer. In court, Cuddy's lawyer, Morris, brings a motion requesting that John Henry stay on life support. Judge Winter notes that House has been charged with battery, and House explains. Winter notes that House is the one who forced Henry onto life support, committing battery in the process. Morris argues that if John Henry dies, House's Sixth Amendment right to face his accuser will be violated. While Cora's lawyer, Morris, objects, Wilson asks what House is doing. House says that he's playing for time, and Wilson accuses him of having a Rubik's complex, an obsession with solving puzzles. Meanwhile, Morris tries House's claim that John Henry was suffering from depression due to thyroid levels, and Winter notes that Foreman witnessed the signing. House jumps in to admit that his staff is idiots, Winter doesn't buy it, and House tries to interrupt again. He asks if Winter's family has a history of heart disease, and notes that his fingers show signs of clubbing. House suggests that Winter see his doctor, and then sits down. Distracted, the judge grants Morris the motion. Afterward, Wilson notes that he didn't see any signs of clubbing, and House points out that all families have a history of heart disease. Back at the hospital, Chase reports that biopsy only shows inflammation. House orders treatment for Wagner's since they can't do any more tests. When Cameron asks if he wants them to jeopardize their medical licenses to administer the treatment, House does it himself. John Henry is unable to speak, but shakes his head, but House continues. As he finishes, Hamilton arrives and asks to see House in his office. He explains that he checked for Wagner's and that it's time for House to let go, and that he's taking John Henry off the respirator. Foreman comes in and greets Hamilton, and House informs them that he has a court order so he can face his accuser. Hamilton responds by saying that the charges against House have been dropped. House insists that John Henry doesn't have to die, but Foreman says that it's not Wagner. House and Wilson watch as Cora, Foreman, and

Hamilton prepare to pull the plug. Cora kisses her husband one final time, and Hamilton removes the respiration tubes. As they watch, John Henry starts breathing on his own. House realizes that it's not Wagner's, and he's wrong again. Later, they determine that one of John Henry's arms is now paralyzed. The team goes back into differential, and Cameron notes that progression of the paralysis confirms Hamilton's diagnosis of ALS. House doesn't believe the new paralysis is connected to the old one, and Cameron suggests it might be a stroke. House wants to check for a stroke, but Foreman notes that John Henry doesn't want House treating him. In response, House notes that John Henry dropped the restraining order. He waits until Hamilton leaves, and then goes to see John Henry. The musician tells him to get out, and House admits that the thyroid condition wouldn't account for his depression. He asks John Henry to let him find out what's wrong with him, If he wants to kill himself after that, House will help. John Henry refuses, insisting that he performed with Brandy to see if he could perform, and he realized that he couldn't. He's explains that House is just like him: obsessed, with nothing else to lift for. House agrees, but then wheels him out and takes him to the MRI room. Hamilton and Foreman have lunch, and Hamilton asks if he enjoys working with House. Foreman ducks the question, and they discuss if he's seeing someone. Hamilton then asks if Foreman would enjoy L.A. Later, Foreman tells Cameron and Chase that Hamilton has offered him a full partnership. Chase wonders why he didn't take it, and Foreman claims that he's honoring his commitment to the team. He wonders if they would take the job, and they're fine with working with House. When Foreman points out that House doesn't care, and just assaults a patient and then moves onto the next differential, Cameron doesn't see the point. Foreman insists that he wants House to realize that his decisions matter. They spot the embolism caused by a stroke, but Foreman isn't impressed. He suggests that House should learn some humility... just as House comes in. They can bust the clot with CPA, and determine if that helps John Henry's arm. House smirks at Foreman and leaves. Foreman explains the blood thinner treatment to John Henry, and admits it could cause bleeding into his lungs. John Henry refuses, noting that if he doesn't have his air, he doesn't care about his arm. Foreman then suggests going in and removing the clot, and Hamilton admits that it won't hurt his client's lungs. Either the cure will kill John Henry or make him better, so he wins either way. John Henry agrees and Foreman goes to set up the procedure. Cameron and Chase perform the surgery, inserting the wire up through his carotid and into his brain, and successfully break up the clot. Foreman goes to see House and describe Hamilton's offer. House isn't impressed, and notes that he isn't impressed by humility. They get a page and go to see John Henry. He can use his arm, and he thanks them. House, unimpressed, tells them to leave a message next time. As he goes, he pats John Henry's leg, and the musician says that he can feel it. House tells the team that sometimes patients get better, and they try to figure out what. Hamilton dismisses it, and warns Foreman that House will take credit for it Mean while, House, Chase,

and Cameron try to figure out what drugs they're giving could cause it. They'll hold back the medicines one at a time and see which one makes him worse. House tells Foreman that Hamilton's own ALS treatments can't be helping, since John Henry would have recovered long ago. House and Wilson watch soap operas and chat, and Wilson notes that now House is in a hurry to withhold treatment. Hamilton comes in and asks House what medication she was giving him. House refuses, and warns that if Foreman tells him, he'll force him to fulfill his two-year contract. However, House gets an idea and realizes that Hamilton needs to know what medications he has John Henry on. He checks on John Henry and confirms that his paralysis is back. House has the team put John Henry back on steroids, the first thing they gave him and then took off, and run another MRI to see what changed. Then he says that he and Foreman need to talk. As they run the MRI, Chase wonders if House will hold Foreman to his contract. Cameron figures he'll let Foreman go, since keeping him would mean admitting that he needs him. Then they spot something on the scan. House tells Foreman that he checked out Hamilton, and asks if Foreman thinks that Hamilton is a better doctor. When Foreman says that Hamilton forgives, and forgave him his mistake in treating John Henry, House says that Hamilton doesn't, He insists that he holds Foreman accountable, whether he's right or wrong, while Hamilton moves on. Before Foreman can respond, Cameron and Chase come in and reveal that John Henry now has an arterial-venus malfunction pressing on his spine. They realize that it wasn't there before. The steroids removed the swelling temporarily, curing the paralysis. Now that they know where the AVM is, they can remove it and John Henry will walk. After surgery, John Hen ry slowly regains the use of his legs. When he checks out, he sees House in the lobby, taking Vicod in. John Henry thanks him, and figures that House wasn't the most cheerful guy even before his leg was messed up. He gives House his trumpet and wonders where he can buy a second cane, and House assures him he won't need it. DiscussionQuestions 1. Compare House and Forman in terms of the Big Five Personality variables? 2. Compare House and John Henry in terms of the other five personality variables-locus of control, self-efficacy, Machiavellianism, and emotional intelligence, and creativity.