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January 19, 2009
512 Foreman and Thirteen
Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) is treated by Foreman (Omar Epps) while part of his clinical trial on Huntington's Disease in the HOUSE episode "Painless" airing on its new day and time Monday, Jan. 19 (8-9 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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Credits: Adam Taylor/FOX
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Written by
Thomas Moran & Eli Attie
Directed by
Andrew Bernstein
Patient of the Week:
Jeff at 32 tries to commit suicide since he feels he cannot live anymore with his chronic pain. Doctor's cannot find the source of the pain and so he has no hope of relief..
How House gets involved:
Cameron urges House to try to find where the pain is coming from feeling that he should understand the patient's need.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
House uses the name of a lawyer to get his insurance to pay for his plumbing problem. Foreman and Thirteen search the house.
Preliminary diagnoses:
At first Taub thinks the pain is psychosomatic. When quail is found in his freezer, it is thought it might be a special kind of food poisoning. Later Jeff developes blood clots. And then his pain moves. House decides that Jeff may have pain due to the narcotics he takes to reduce the pain and orders the patient into withdrawal.
The final diagnosis
Epilepsy which produces a seizure in the muscles of the testicle first and later spread to the nerves of the brain that relate to the pain there and rewired the brain into feeling the pain more generally.
Clinic Patients
Additional Information
  • Cuddy has trouble dealing with both her work and her new baby.
  • Foreman and Thirteen's relationship develops more complications.
  • There is a very short view of House's injured leg.
  • House's pain is worse than usual and he is taking more Vicodin than usual.
  • House has a leak and calls a plumber.
  • Cuddy is stressed out about a visit from social services to see if she is being a good foster mom.

512 House and Chase
House (Hugh Laurie) and Chase (Jesse Spencer) prepare to operate on a patient suffering from chronic pain in the HOUSE episode "Painless" airing on its new day and time Monday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
Additional Resources
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; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub; Kal Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen

Guest Cast: Martin Henderson as Jeff; Sarah Danielle Madison as Lynne; Jake Cherry as Zach; Lori Petty as Janice; Alex Fernandez as Fernando; Anthony Montgomery as James Carlton; James Ingersoll as Chris Carrick; Aisha Kabia as Nurse Rita; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotations, Quotes, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • During the initial discussion of the patient Taub says, "Sane people don't attempt suicide."
       Kutner objects. "Not ever?" He looks at Taub but doesn't get an answer. "So. if you were being burnt at the stake and someone handed you a gun---?"
       "I'd shoot the guys with the torches."

  • Kutner follows up later bu aslomg Taun, "So, who do you know who committed suicide?"
       "Hemingway, Goebbels, Romeo and Juliet."
       "Your Mom? Dad?"
       "Saying I wouldn't do it under any circustances means my whole family was suicidal?"
       "No. But categorically insisting there are no circumstances means you've got baggage---personal betrayal, abandonment---"
       "Just because you grew up in a Charles Dickens novel---"
       "It's people like me ho don't do it. When your life sucks from the beginning, there's no where to go but up."
  •    "

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512 Foreman, 13
Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) and Foreman (Omar Epps) discuss the progression of her Huntington's Disease in the HOUSE episode "Painless" airing on its new day and time Monday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
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