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January 26, 2009
513 Cameron
When Cuddy decides to spend more time at home to care for her newly adopted baby, she asks Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) to take over some of her day-to-day responsibilities in the HOUSE episode "Big Baby" airing Monday, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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Credits: Adam Taylor/FOX
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Written by
David Foster & Lawrence Kaplow
Directed by
Deran Sarafian
Patient of the Week:
A 29 year old teacher who works with special needs children. She is remarkable with really hard cases.. During class the teacher coughs up blood and then collapses.
How House gets involved:
Cameron, who is helping Cuddy out with some of her day to day responsibilities, brings him the case.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
House steals a roll/bagel type thing from the cafeteria.
Preliminary diagnoses:
Leukemia, thoracic tumor are initially suggested. A blood clotting test is abnormal as are the platelets. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is suggested. House decides to ask his current boss, Cameron for permission to do total body irradiation (a treatment that once killed a patient who only had an slight infection). Cameron agrees but House backs off (it had been a strategy to test her leadership). When the other things they are doing don't work cold agglutinin disease is suggested by Thirteen and so they put the patient in an ice bath as a test. The House suggests MS and then equine encephalitis. Kutner suggests lymphoma of her spleen.
The final diagnosis
House comes to the final diagnosis because Cuddy's baby spits up on him. That leads him to realize that the patient has Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). During times of stress the patient's lungs don't close properly and that causes her brain to relax?
Clinic Patients
Additional Information
  • Cuddy tells Wilson she is not bonding with the baby and then later when the baby starts crying, she begs the baby to tell her why she is crying and suddenly the baby stops crying. This creates a bond.
  • Cameron explains why she always tells House "Yes". She goes on to tell Cuddy that any other administrator would always tell House "No". Only Cuddy can do the job necessary and often give in to House but not always thus giving him the limitations that he needs to be effective but not overly risky.
  • House deduces that Foreman and Thirteen are sleeping together and so he isn't sure if they are disagreeing to show that this isn't affecting them or if they really disagree.
  • Foreman asks Chase for advise on helping Thirteen and it is obvious later that Chase has told Cameron.
  • Thirteen tells Foreman that she wants kids

513 House and the baby
Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) discusses balancing her career and raising her child with House (Hugh Laurie in the HOUSE episode "Big Baby" airing Monday, Jan. 26 (8-9 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: Erika Flores as Sarah; Andy Scott Harris as Johnny; Tammy Dahlstrom as Tammy; Saige Ryan Cambell as Jessica; Sam Gregory as Screaming Kid; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes
  • When Cameron tells House that she is helping Cuddy by baby sitting him, House says, "Interesting. You have your whole life ahead of you. So, why would Cuddy want you to die so young?"
    "She figured I'd spent three years working for you. I was inoculated."
    "Good. Fun. You get to exercise your newfound power. I squirm under your thumb, resent the student becoming the teacher and then push comes to shove and we all get to realize what our real roles should be. Then you put out."
    "That's why I took the job."

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    Wilson visits Cuddy and says of the baby, "She's beautiful."
    "I know. I'm lucky."
    "Absolutely. What's she like?"
    "She's eight weeks old. Are you asking me about her politics or her sense of humor?"
    "My cousin had a kid. They acted like they knew the thing from the time it was two minutes old. I just --- I just thought---"
    "She cries, she eats and she poops."
    In the silence that follows, Cuddy puts her free hand to her forehead and she seems to be crying so Wilson asks, "What's wrong?"
    "I don't feel anything."
    "You're tired."
    "I'm not sleep deprived. She sleeps fine. I'm obviously not hormonal. I know I'm supposed to feel amazement. I'm supposed to love her. I just --- I don't feel anything at all." Wilson doesn't know what to say and when Cuddy realizes that, she says, "Sorry. Maybe I am just tired. Thank you for stopping by. I'm okay."
    "Lisa, if you're---"
    "I'm feeding her, I'm changing her and I'm burping her. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do. She will be okay. Please go back to work."
  • When the team can't figure out what is causing the bleeding problem, House goes to Cameron to get permission to do a full body radiation --- interrupting a phone call she is on. After making a counter suggestion, Cameron says, "Fine."
    "Yeah, if you think it's right."
    "Hmm. Some people thought you were gonna be brutal. Marking your territory."
    "Nobody. Just because I call him nobody doesn't make me a racist."
    "I'm not gonna play games. If you come to me with a request and it makes medical sense, I'll say yes."
    "I need oral sex. I'm pretty sure the biological imperative qualifies as medical sense."
    "Can I return my phone call now?"
    "I don't really see how that's gonna be possible." Cameron reaches for the phone.
  • Foreman goes to see Chase. They each try to discuss different subjects. Chase talks about Cameron's new position. "Cameron's got the keys to the castle."
    Foreman is concerned about something else. "This trial I'm running --- the drug really seems to be working."
    "She's kind of liking the power. I think I'm kind of liking her liking it."
    "I'm not sure what I'm gonna do about Thirteen."
    "She's sort of dressing like Cuddy."
    "She's on the placebo."
    Chase hears that. "You can't possibly know that."
    "Accidents happen. I found out."
    "You cannot tell her. You'd be compromising the trial. She knows she had a 50/50 chance of not being on the drug. If you feel like you're lying to her, too bad."
    "I don't want to tell her. I want to put her on the real drug."
    "An you want me to tell you that that's okay?"
    "Her trial result are already compromised just from the fact that I know. As long as she's wasting her time why not give her something that might actually help her?"
    "Valid point. Except for the fact that its a load of crap. Don't be an idiot."
  • Cuddy finds out Cameron has approved a total body radiation for House's patient. Cuddy tells her, "There was no medical justification for that king of—"
    "Not medically, no. Absolutely no medical rationalization. I had to say yes because House wanted me to say no."
    "You think he was bluffing."
    "I'm the new kid. He had to test me."
    "Don't get cute. Don't engage him. Do not play his games because you will lose."
    "You hired me to do this job. Let me do it."
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    Foreman tells House, "I need to talk to you about Remy."
    "What did you call her?"
    "She's on the placebo."
    "And you want to change that. I'm the last person you'd ever come to for ethical advice. Literally. Which means you've already asked every other peron and no one's given you the anser you want."
    "Or I respect your opinion and I want to hear what comes to your mind."
    "She invited any of her lesbian friends into bed with you?"
    "I was mistaken."
    "Drug gonna cure her?"
    "It looks promising. Reducing symptoms."
    "No cure then. So, the pros are: you might delay the onset of symptoms. Giver her an extra year, maybe three. She's still dead before you're 45. The question is are those few years woth risking the rest of your life in medicine?"
    "There that wasn't so hard, was it?"
    "Thank you."
    "You're welcome."
    "Unless you love her. If you love her, then you do stupid things."
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