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Foreman and Taub
Foreman (Omar Epps) and Taub (Peter Jacobson) challenge each other to a basketball game in the "Office Politics" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX

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House Game
November 8, 2010 (may run a couple of min into next hour)
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Written by
Seth Hoffman
Directed by
Sanford Bookstaver 360.
As Taub and Foreman start their one on one basketball game: "I Start To Run" from White Denim
From Fox Broadcasting Company:

Guest Star Amber Tamblyn Begins Arc

It's election season, and in the midst of a tight campaign, an incumbent New Jersey senator's campaign manager falls ill with liver failure and temporary paralysis. Cuddy pushes House to add a female doctor to his team by hiring brilliant third-year medical student Martha Masters (guest star Tamblyn) in Thirteen's absence. House and the team are wary of the young doctor's lack of experience and medical perspective, but are forced to give their new by-the-book teammate a chance to prove herself. After the campaigning senator makes a surprising announcement, House and the team look to the candidate to find clues about the patient's condition. Meanwhile, Foreman learns that Taub has a past connection to Masters, and in an effort to save his patient's life, House must make a critical decision that may compromise his relationship with Cuddy in the all-new "Office Politics" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HOU-706) (TV-14 D, L)
It must be late October 2010 with midterms elections coming in one week.
Patient of the Week
Joe Dugan, 42, who runs the reelection campaign for a senator, develops a severe rash on his arm.
How House gets involved:
He is distracted by Cuddy's insistence that he hire a thrid year medical student to replace Thirteen and goes along with the attempts to diagnose as a way to test Martha M. Masters.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
They break into the patient's home with the new team member objecting and later telling the patient. House tries to get Masters to lie to the patient but she wouldn't even to save his life.
Preliminary diagnoses:
The team at first thinks it is hepatitis C but the tests are w negative. So maybe it is toxic exposure. Then they consider Wilson¹s disease, a neuroendocrine tumor, or disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Those don't pan ojut so they consider HSP (Henoch-Schönlein purpura) for which there are two treatments and Masters insists they give the choice to the patient although House has his own choice and treats the patient in spite of his choice. But that doesn't work.
The final diagnosis
House sees the Senator and concludes he has hepatitis C and so goes back to that diagnosis although the tests still indicate that Dugan doesn't have it. Dugan admits to sharing a cocaine straw with the Senator so House is convince he has it but the standard treatment doesn't work. So he wants to try a treatment that only works in 15% of cases. Cuddy insiststs that before he can, he must prove to her that the guy has hepatitis C. House gets blood from the Senator and puts Dugan's name on it.
Who Came up with final diagnosis
Although Chase first says "Hep C makes sense", he dropped it after being told the tests came back negative. House at the end decides the tests must have been wrong after Masters forces him to watch the Senator on TV and diagnosing him.
Clinic Patients
The Senator, sort of, at least House sees him in the clinic to test for Hep C.
Additional Information:
  • Cuddy discovers in the end that House lied to her about the Heo C test.

House & Masters
House (Hugh Laurie), Masters (guest star Amber Tamblyn) and the team treat a New Jersey political campaign manager (Jack Coleman) in the "Office Politics" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Byron Cohen/FOX
Additional Resources
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen/Dr. Remy Hadley; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub

Guest Cast: Amber Tamblyn as Martha Masters; Tracy Vilar as Nurse Regina; Pat Finn as Senator Anderson; Jack Coleman as Joe Dugan; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • "You still haven't replaced Thirteen."
       "It's coming along."
       "You've had plenty of time to find someone."
       "I've found plenty of someones. Just haven't kept them."
       "...Meet upir mew tam member." She holds up a resume. "Her name is Martha M. Masters."
       House glances at the resume. "This doctor is not a doctor."
       "She's a third year med student. She graduated high school when she was 15. She filled out the time before med school getting PHDs in both applied math and art history."
       "She'dllbe incredibly useful if my next patient is an Escher drawing. Those things are incrediblty screwed up."
       "This isn't a suggestion."

  • Madsters accompanies Table and Foreman to the patient's house thinking the patient has given them keys. Whe she sees them breaking in, she refuses to join them. "Well, she's going to be a big help."
       "Yeah, what a rube beig uncomfortable breaking into a stranger's house."
       "Part of our job description. Not the most morally ambiguous opart."
       "Give her a chance. She's fresh, enthusiastic and has no bad habits we have to reteach."
       "She's a med student with no practical experience. That means every procedure, evey blood draw. she needs one of us there to supervise. "
       "Is this attidude about her not having an MD after her name? Because I wonder if it has more to do with her being a brainiac.
       "That's not it at all."
       "I'm not thrilled someone else may not be the smartest person on the team now. I can only imagine how you must feel."
       "You're not smarter than me."

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