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Second Season Episodes ::  #209 "Deception"

First Broadcast
When Foreman (Omar Epps) becomes House's (Hugh Laurie) supervisor, they battle for one-upsmanship in the HOUSE episode "Deception" airing Tuesday, Dec. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured: Robert Sean Leonard.
Credit: Dean Hendler/FOX.
December 13, 2005
Writer / Director
Michael R. Perry / Deran Sarafian
The patient
Anica, who collapses with a seizure at an off-track betting facility.
How House gets involved
House is at the facility when Anica collapses. He doesn't help her but does tell people to call an ambulance and "Tell the paramedics to take her to Princeton-Plainsboro. The doctor's name is House."
The mis-diagnoses
Foreman, who is in charge, assumes alcohol abuse accounts for her symptoms. House assumes its Cushing's. Cameron later decides its Munchausen's and when no one takes her seriously, she tests the patient on her own (she turns out to be partially right). House then decides it is aplastic anemia which needs a bone marrow transplant and that means they have to kill all the old bone marrow so that she will have no immune system.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
House helps the patient fake a medical problem. Later he tries to stop the destruction of the patient's immune system without revealing his fakery. And previously Foreman had instructed House and Cameron to break into the patient's house.
The final diagnosis
An infection - House diagnosis this just as the patient's immune system is being deliberately destroyed and he rushes to stop it.
The clinic patient(s)
Woman who wanted to use jelly to prevent pregnancy used strawberry jelly from the supermarket.
Notable incidents
  • We learn that House bets on the horses.
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Quotes from the episode:
  • Deception
    House (Hugh Laurie) believes that a woman (guest star Cynthia Nixon) who repeatedly visits the hospital with a fabricated symptoms may actually be sick in the HOUSE episode "Deception" airing Tuesday, Dec. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
    House: "Chase killed that woman; now Foreman's in charge?"
    Cuddy: "Yeah, we have a pecking order here: if Cameron kills somebody, Chase takes over. There's a flowchart in the lobby. For the next three weeks you answer directly to Dr. Foreman."
  • Cameron: "Cuddy tapped Foreman to run the department. I didn't even get asked."
    Chase: "Neither did I."
    Cameron: "You were suspended."
    Chase: "I was kidding."
    Cameron: "It's the irony of women in charge, they don't like other women in charge." {Chase makes a dismissive noise.] "What, you think it's something else?"
    Chase: "You sabotaged yourself. You went on a date with House. You slept with me. Putting you in charge of this department is like a sexual harassment suit waiting to happen."
    Cameron: "Yeah, they're really worried that I'm going to create a hostile work environment."
    Chase: "Maybe that's the problem. Being in charge means having to say no to House. Would you hire you for that?"
  • Cameron: "Why do you think Cuddy picked Foreman over me? Have I done something wrong or if there's something I need to improve on —"
    House: "Would you shut up if I told you she wanted someone black?"
    Cameron: "How would you describe my leadership skills?"
    House: "Nonexistent. Otherwise, excellent."
    Cameron: "There's more to being a leader than being a jerk!"
    House: "The world will never know."
  • Foreman: "You chose me to make House miserable, didn't you?"
    Cuddy: "Apparently, he's making you miserable. That's impressive."
    Foreman: "Find someone else."
    Cuddy: "No. For the first time in six years I'm getting copied on all experimental tests and procedures. Clinic hours have been logged and completed. You've given me four months of House's dictation so I can finally bill insurance companies —"
    Foreman: "I only did that stuff to prove that he couldn't make me miserable."
    Cuddy: "Well, way to go! Now everybody's getting what they need, even House! He gets to play mad scientist and this department runs smoothly."
    Foreman: "So I'm stuck with this for the next three weeks."
    Cuddy: "Well, maybe longer. Would you be interested if this wasn't just pretend?"
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    Chase: "Since when have you cared what your boss said?"
    House: "I don't care what anybody says, I care what they do. Right now, Blackpoleon Blackaparte has got the nurses on red alert, I can't get into the patient's room. So come on, I'll draw the enemy fire, you outflank them, get in there, get the bone marrow sample."
    Chase: "Can't."
    House: "Who are you more afraid of?"
    Chase: "I'm not afraid of Foreman. I agree with him, all the tests back him up."
    House: "All the tests have not been done. You do realize that Blackaparte's reign is only temporary."
    Chase: "I also realize that no matter what I do, you're still gonna treat me like crap."
    House: "Crap is a relative term."
  • Foreman: "If you were serious about the offer, I'm serious about accepting. I'd like to run the department. You said it yourself, things run smooth."
    Cuddy: "Except for the part where House went behind your back and KO'd the patient with insulin and colchacine."
    Foreman: "There was no reason to suspect an infection. Even House didn't think it was an infection. You would have done the same thing I did."
    Cuddy: "And I'd be just as wrong. What House did was insane, but he saved her life."
    Foreman: "He got lucky."
    Cuddy: "He got her to admit she's got a problem. She's agreed to outpatient treatment. He gets lucky a lot."
    Foreman: "Did you ever really intend to give me this job, or were you just trying to stop me from stepping down?"
    Cuddy: "Well, you've got two more weeks in charge. Hopefully the next case will go better."
    Foreman: "She should have died. House is not a hero. A person who has the guts to break a bad rule, they're a hero. House doesn't break rules, he ignores them. He's not Rosa Parks, he's an anarchist. All he stands for is the right for everyone to grab whatever they want, whenever they want. You tell doctors that's okay, your mortality rate is gonna go through the roof."

More Information
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Information on the health issues/diseases mentioned in the episode.


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