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House (Hugh Laurie, R) gets a surprise from a clinic patient (guest star Candice Bergen, L) in the "Larger Than Life" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX

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January 17, 2011
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Written by
Sara Hess
Directed by
Miguel Sapochknik
House spoke of Cuddy's upcoming birthday in the last episode and now the birthday is here so the episodes are fairly close together but probably more than a week, maybe two or three weeks, apart.
Patient of the Week
Jack, a musician who is usually on tour, saves a woman who has fallen onto the subway tracks risking his own life in doing so. But afterwards he collapses is taken to the hospital
How House gets involved:
Masters brings the case from the ER impressed with the heroism. House takes the case to prove that the heroism is a symptom of some problem.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
Chase and Taub break into the apartment of the woman Jack rescued to prove House's new conclusion that Jack must have known her and maybe they were having an affair.
Preliminary diagnoses:
At first most of the team think Jack has a neurological condition but the test for it sends him into cardiac arrest. House then wants to do a biopsy of the pituitary gland. Masters objects but further tests turn up nothing so they do the biopsy but that just produces another problem. Later Jack develops severe ear pain. Masters wants to gather some fluid from the lungs and when they start that procedure, the ear pain goes away. But then he starts having seizures and a fever.
The final diagnosis
Chicken pox which he got from his daughter who doesn't have it but it is in her school and she carried it.
Who Came up with final diagnosis
House, from a comment by Cuddy's mother about children carrying diseases.
Clinic Patients
Cuddy's mother.
Additional Information:

House (Hugh Laurie, L) and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard, R) join Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein, second from L) and her mother, Arlene (guest star Candice Bergen, second from R), for dinner in the "Larger Than Life" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured: Kayla/Rylie Colbert (C).
Credit: Adam Taylor/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; Candice Bergen as Arlene; Matthew Lillard as Jack; Jennifer Crystal Foley as Rachel Taub; Kayla Colbert as Rachel Cuddy; Rylie Colbert as Rachel Cuddy; Shyloh Oostwald as Daisy; Sprague Grayden as Eva; Julie Mitchell as Chloe; Nate Witty as Bike Messenger; Rosalyn Sidewater as Woman in Suit; Thai Douglas as Conductor; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • Master's brings up the case and at the end says he is the subway hero. House objects that she should have led with the heroism as a symptom. Chase explains, "House's worldview doesn't include random acts of self-sacrifice. He's going to count heroism as a symptom until proven otherwise...."
       After arguments from Masters, House says,"Faced with almost certain death, a normal person rides the pine."
       Masters argues. "What about firefighters?"
       "The guys who undergo months of training to deny their own instincts for self-preservation."
       Taub enters with, "And the patient isn't a firefighter, he plays a base in a band."
       Masters summarizes what they are telling her. "So, humanity is apathetic and self-serving?"
       Taub explains how he reacted when he was mugged and points out, "The other hundred people stayed on that platform. That's a normal response to danger."


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