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Fourth Season Episodes ::  #409 "Games"

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House (Hugh Laurie) prepares to present the candidates
with a difficult challenge in the HOUSE episode "Games"
airing Tuesday, Nov. 27 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX

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November 27, 2007
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Written by
Eli Attie
Directed by
Deran Sarafian
Music at the end
Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum, available for download or on the album "The Best of Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky"
Other Music (in the order heard in the episode)
  • "Nicotine Caffeine" - Alan Milman Sect + Man-Ka-Zam
  • "Kicked Out" - Pussy Galore
  • Hugh Laurie piano composition
  • Hugh Laurie guitar composition
It's two months since House hired 40 people and started weeding them out.
Patient of the Week:
Jimmy Quidd, a muscician, who uses many drugs (including booze, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates). He starts coughing up blood.
How House gets involved:
Cuddy demands a decision: the names of the two people he is keeping. House goes to the ER to find a really sick patient to use as a test case for his candidates.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
The four remaining candidates come up with four wrong ideas but these give House the solution.
The final diagnosis
Measles in the brain to which his immune system is overreacting.

House (Hugh Laurie) is happy after making a tough decision
in the HOUSE episode "Games" airing
Tuesday, Nov. 27 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: FOX
Additional Info on "Games":
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase.

Guest Cast: Jeremy Renner as Quidd; Matt DeCaro as McKenna; Nick McCallum as Fred; Eli Bildner as Chris; Alex Weed as Ian; Boris Kievsky as Club Owner; Raf Mauro as Doctor; Darren S. Kim as Parent #1; Dina Defterios as Luisa Maria; Justin Brannock as Rex; Tanika Brown McKelvy as Parent #2; Kes Reed Miller as Kid #1; Olivia Everhard as Kid #2; Spencer Bridges as Kid #3; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes (Quotations), Dialogue
  • Wilson is stunned when House comes in to ask him about the candidates. Wilson tells him, "Diagnosed a guy with adenocarcinoma three months ago. Told him he had six months."
    "So now you've got to tell him that he's way behind on his Christmas shopping."
    Wilson isn't listening, "He didn't get worse. I re-checked everything. Biopsy was a false positive. Harmless lesions caused by talc inhalation."
    "Medical clemency. Interesting."
    "Why would you use that word?"
    "Because I'm interested. When I'm interested, I describe the things that make me interested as interesting."
    "Most people would say "good", possibly "great". Why aren't you able to just enjoy...?"
    "Why aren't other people able to just be interested?"
  • Chase finds Foreman reading a magazine, "How's the new us'es final case going?"
    "It's a moving target. House keeps moving it so I can't find it."
    "So, you've decided to focus on solving the problem in Darfur."
    "Taub is in there prepping the patient for a biopsy. Stay close to Taub, stay close to House."
    "And stay close to the game."
    "I'm trying to stop the game."
    "That's your role in the game."
    Foreman's beeper goes off but before leaving asks, "You wander over here to annoy me?"
    "You're not wearing a lab coat. House doesn't wear one, does he?"
    "Damn! Now when I walk away, it's gonna look like I Have a reason other than just annoyance."
  • When new symptons appear, Amber says, "This has to be drug related.
    Thirteen objects, "This is how doctors kill patients. By seeing the stereotype instead of the truth."
    "Drug addicts use drugs is a stereotype? Drugs are bad is a stereotype? Losers lose is...."
    House later tells Amber whose tests were negative and who lost the thing House used to designate the one candidate who could do a test at a time, "If you were always right, then you wouldn't have just been wrong. Or let the patient mainline nicotine. Or ravaged my anatomical model, which Grandma House bought me when I aced my MCATs."
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    Wilson's patient suggests he is going to sue for the misdiagnosis. Wilson asks House, "What sort of a lawyer tells his client he's got a case because he's going to live?"
    "I've heard that not all lawyers are as ethical as the ones we see on TV."
    "I don't think this guy even has a law degree."
    "A lot of the guys on TV don't, either."
    "I think he has a medical degree."
    "It directly affects my bottom line. You have less money to lend—"
    "I'm trying to take responsibility!"
    "And I'm trying to teach you that everyone is out for theirs. You might as well keep yours."
    "And lend it to you? You have to control everything. How come you're going around asking everyone who you should fire?"
    "I'm asking for input! I thought you would have admired the humility.
    "You like games because you can control them.... You like what's interesting, never mind if it's real or good—"
    "Wanna know why you offered that guy six grand?"
    "Life just happens, and that scares the hell out of you!"
    "You think you can cure pain!"
    "You think you can avoid pain!"
    "You think you're responsible for every failure, every patient's boring life, every friend's screwed-up—"
    "You don't want to face it any more than my patient does! Dying's easy. Living's hard!"
    "That can't possibly be as poignant as it sounded."
  • The case is over and House is about to make his decision. He puts on a record and says, "Amber, please stand."
    "You didn't call me 'bitch'. Is that bad?"
    "You play the game better than anybody else here."
    House (Hugh Laurie) fires Amber (Anne Dudek) in the HOUSE episode "Games" airing Tuesday, Nov. 27 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
    Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX

    "But for the wrong reasons.
    "Reasons don't matter. Results are the only thing—"
    "You were wrong. Twenty years ago, this was recorded by Jim Moskowitz. Who later became known as Jimmy Quidd. Loves kids, apparently has a heart, perhaps even a soul. If you're gonna work for me, you have to be willing to be wrong, willing to lose. 'Cause you just did. You're fired."
  • House also fires 13. Cuddy later objects. "What the hell did you do?"
    "You told me to hire Kutner and Taub."
    "Because I knew you wouldn't."
    "I can't let you hire two men."
    "Now, that is sexist."
    "You've already got Foreman."
    "Is he a dude?"
    "Hire a woman too."
    "Hired two women."
    "You can have the one that gives a crap about people."
    "They both do."
    "Right. Hire '13'." Cuddy starts to leave and then turns back. "This was your plan all along. Well, at least the games are over."
    "How long have you known me?"
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