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Fourth Season Episodes ::  #405 "Mirror, Mirror"

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Mirror Mirror
Foreman (Omar Epps) returns to the hospital and is assigned to oversee House's (Hugh Laurie) team candidates in the HOUSE episode "Mirror, Mirror" airing Tuesday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
October 30, 2007
Written by
David Foster
Directed by
David Platt
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Music at the End
The White Stripes: "We're Going to be Friends".
Patient of the Week:
A man is mugged and suddenly starts coughing. When he is brought in, he doesn't know who he is.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
Two candidates track down his towed car and take everything in it to House.
Preliminary diagnosis
Early on House figures out the patient has mirror syndrome (also called Giovannini¹s Mirror Syndrome), where a patient who has lost his memory mimics those he sees around him and even seems to be able to read their minds. But that isn't the final diagnosis of what is really killing him.
The final diagnosis
Eperythrozoon infection which comes from pig "poo" - they discover that the patient is a salesman for farm equipment.
Clinic Patient(s)
House sends everyone eating in the cafeteria to the clinic, telling them the mayonese was bad - it is an attempt to bother Cuddy enough to make her fire Foreman.
Additional Information
  • Foreman returns. He explains to House, "The world thinks I've been corrupted so no one will hire me. I hate being here. I'd love to quit but I can't."
  • Chase runs a betting ring around who the next person to be cut will be. And he cheats by involving House.
  • The mirror syndrome patient reads all the candidates but when more than two people are in the room, he only reads the most dominant one. He reads Wilson when he and House are in Wilson's operating room. And in the end, House and Cuddy go to see the patient together to determine which one of them is dominate. The patient seems to focus on House!

Mirror Mirror
House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. Kutner (Kal Penn) listen to Foreman when he returns to the hospital and is assigned to oversee the team candidates in the HOUSE episode "Mirror, Mirror" airing Tuesday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
Additional Info on "The Right Stuff":
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: Frank Whaley as James/Mr. X; Anne Dudek as Amber; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen; Peter Jacobson as Taub; Kal Penn as Kutner; Andy Comeau as Brennan; Edi Gathegi as Cole; Luke Baybak as Tony; Brendan Michael Coughlin as Mickey; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes (Quotations), Sayings, Dialog:
  • Cuddy and Foreman come into one of House's diagnostic sessions. House is not pleased even when Foreman comes up with a diagnosis, "You can leave."
    Cuddy tells House, "I just hired him."
    "Well, I fired him. To infinity."
    Foreman asks Cuddy, "You didn't tell him I was coming back?"
    "She did. I said 'no'."
    "When your extended job interview/reality TV show killed a patient, you lost your veto power." She goes on to tell the candidates. "It's still Dr. House's department. He decides who stays, who goes.
    "Foreman goes—"
    ""But Dr. Foreman will be my eyes and ears. You do nothing without his knowledge."
    As Cuddy turns to leave, House calls out after her, "Oh, uh, just in case I need them, Where exactly will Dr. Foreman be keeping my balls?"
  • "You and I should talk." House tells Foreman.
    "I'm sorry. She didn't have to do that publically."
    "Yes, she did. She had to establish her dominance in front of them. Limit my power."
    "There's nothing we can do."
    "Well, that's not the never say never Dr. Forman, I know. There's lots we can do.... I can make you miserable."
    "That's true."
    "Until you quit. Again. So, what don't we just skip the middleman?"
    "I'm not quitting.
    "My God. Not everything's about you and your little job and your little world. This is about restoring order in the universe."
    "I'm not quitting."
    "You're gonna be miserable."
    "I already am miserable."
  • Wilson tells House, "Stop worrying about the power play."
    "Is that it? I think you can go lot deeper here. I mean why am I so obsessed by all this?"
    "You're threatened by Foreman and feel the need to impress Cuddy. The only thing that's relevant is that Foreman is a good doctor. He can help you. Lighten the load."
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    House brings part of the problem to Wilson who responds, "Well, you certainly did the right thing by coming to me."
    "Yes, I needed a smug oncologist."
    "An authoritative oncologist."
    "I hate you. Tell me why."
    "I've been scanning literature. Very interesting study in Sweden. Apparently Giovannini patients mimic whoever they think's in charge."
    "Any country with that low an age of consent and that high a suicide rate isn't thinking straight.'
    "I am in charge of our relationship."
    "It was a surgery. You were the surgeon. In that setting—"
    "You would pick up my laundry if I asked you to."
    "Go ahead, ask."
    "Oh, I wouldn't do that to you."
  • Cameron tells Foreman, "You're not miserable."
    "Then House has been wasting a lot of time."
    "you've been humiliated. Treated like crap. You've every right to be miserable. But you're not. Because even though this job is insane, and Hosue is insane. You like it. You always have."
    "You know what's worse than a sanctimonious speech? A sanctimonious speech that's dead wrong."
    "See. You belong with House."
  • Wilson finds Cuddy in House's office replacing his Vicodin with laxatives. "Don't. Don't stoop to his level."
    "Why? Because he's suddenly going to realize he is no longer 14?"
    "Either I take his garbage forever or I give him a reason to stop."
    "You don't have to make him miserable. Just make him think that he's won."
    "I'm not going to fire Foreman."
    "I said 'think' he's won. Find some other way to soothe his ego. The thing's big enough. You must be able to find some corner to polish." Cuddy actually tries to follow this advice but House picks up on it immediately but at the end, when the mirror syndrome patient shows that House is the dominant personality, that does the trick.
  • House admits to Forman that he rigged the betting with Chase. Then he asks Foreman how badly he wants to keep his job. Foreman says, "I'll keep my mouth shut."
    "Hey. You actually do wanna stay, don't you."
    "I think I do."
    Then speaking about the candidates (who a moment before he called "good doctors") he says, "Everyone of those idiots got some insight about themselves from the pig salesman. Not one of them did anything about it. People don't learn. They don't change. But you did. You're a freak." This makes Foreman smile.
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