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House (Hugh Laurie, R), Foreman (Omar Epps, C) and Chase (Jesse Spencer, L) enjoy a guys' night out and sing karaoke in the HOUSE episode "The Choice" airing Monday, May 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX
May 3, 2010
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Written by
David Hoselton
Directed by
Juan J. Campanello
  • "Midnight Train to Georgia" lead singer Chase, with backup from House and Foreman -->
Patient of the Week:
Ted, a bridegroom that suddenly can't say the "I do" and collapses
How House gets involved:
Cuddy is about to assign him work in the clinic, when Chase approaches and tells him they have a case.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
Taub and Thirteen break into Ted's old apartment (more real breaking than the usual breaking into the patient's place).
Preliminary diagnoses:
House initially figures Ted just got a case of cold feet about the wedding. But when released Ted collapses again. Later the team thinks Ted is gay and may have HIV. Ted finally admits that he did have relations with his old roommate but that he has been cured. Later they see that Ted is lactating from his nipples.
The final diagnosis
Chiari malformation, a narrowing of the skull.
Who Came up with final diagnosis
Clinic Patients
Additional Information:
  • House's leg pain is bothering him enough so that he is doing some serious drinking.

House (Hugh Laurie, R) examines a patient (Adam Garcia, C) who lost his voice during his wedding ceremony in the HOUSE episode "The Choice" airing Monday, May 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Michael Yarish/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; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen/Dr. Remy Hadley

Guest Cast: Jennifer Crystal Foley as Rachel Taub; Cynthia Watros as Sam Carr; Patrick Price as Nurse Jeffrey Sparkman; Adam Garcia as Theodore; Eva Amurri as Nicole; Jonathan Murphy as Cotter; F. William Parker as Reverend Bowden; Gregory Franklin as Henry

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • After a cursory exam House has the patient lie down and stabs him with a needle and suddenly he can talk again. As he walks out, Taub walks with him and says, "I don't think he was faking."
       "That's because you're more gullible than I am. For instance, I don't believe you called off your open marriage. I believe your wife called it off and you called off telling her that you weren't calling it off. A guy doesn't throw a golden ticket in the trash."
       "The same way a guy doesn't give up a lucrative practice to come work for you?
       "That's exactly why you dabble. You're compensating for your professional conquests with sexual ones."
       "I'm not that predictable. For example, you're probably not expecting me to ask you out to dinner tonight."
       "No thanks."
       "You won't even consider it?"
       "I did, just very quickly.
       "Truth is: since I called this thing off, my wife has been very grateful and I could do with a 'down' night. If I go out with the boss nobody can blame me."
       "Okay. If you bring your wife.
       "No. That's the point. I need a little---"
       "You're lying"
       "I'm not lying."
       "Then I'm not going."
       "Okay. Fontina 8:30."

  • Thirteen and Taub turn up an old boyfriend the patient/bridegroom had. The patient admits to some "contact" but declares that he isn't gay. Later Thirteen, Chase and Taub discuss the situation while they run tests. Chase says, "I don't think there's anything wrong with him marrying a straight woman."
       Thirteen objects, "How about it will make them both miserable?"
       "Just like most straight marriages. He's got the right to life, liberty and unhappiness, like the rest of us.
       Chase ends that by looking a Taub, who says, "Absolutely no reason to look at me."
       "I'm not saying its a great choice, just saying its his choice."
       Thirteen counters with, "It has to be hers as well which it can't be as long as she doesn't know he's gay."
       "Which is how its gonna stay since we have no right to tell her."
       "Like you've never bent the rules."
       "You date guys, you date girls, I assume at some point you're gonna make a choice."
       "I don't lie about who I am."
       "Patients lying never bothered you before."
       Tub decides to get involved in the discussion and says, "Patients weren't lying about their sexual orientation before."
       "So, you're only judgmental when it gets personal?"
       "Does it bother me that people hurt others because their too weak to face the truth? Yeah. Sorry about that."
       With that last sentence, Thirteen turns to Taub who is busy with a test but who hears something in her voice and says, "Tell me she's not looking at me."

  • After Thirteen invites him to a lesbian bar, House goes to see Wilson and says. "Why are you setting me up on dates with my team? Taub asking me out was quirky but Thirteen doing it is a barking cat."
       "I'm doing it to help you."
       "By setting me up with a hottie I can't sleep with? And Thirteen?"
       "I've been spending more time with Sam. I know its been hard on you. I figured if you had some company---"
       "I don't need your help."
       "Then consider it helping our neighbor's four year old," Says Wilson referring to the fact that House had been so drunk, he had gone into a neighbors hours and crashed on their son's bed.
       "I gave him a dollar. How much did you have to pay?"
       "Nothing. I just told them you might be feeling down and it was in their self-interest to keep you company." House isn't buying it and Wilson finally gives in to House's stare. "A hundred bucks. foreman held out for two. House, I'm worried about you. You could have ended up in jail. Or worse."
       "Racking you with guilt. So, I do something rally stupid and you reward me. Read any parenting manual: That's not helping me, that's helping you.
       "Fine. I did it for me. For my relationship. Out of pure self-interest."
       "You'll do it?
       "For you."
       "Thank you."
       "It's not going to work, though."
       "Maybe. But how bad can a night out at a lesbian bar be?"

  • While out at the lesbian bar, House and Thirteen discuss the patient's sexual orientation and compare it to Taub's situation. Thirteen says of the patient and his bride, "It's unbelievable what he's doing to her."
       "You don't think he loves her?"
       "He may love her but he needs to have sex with other men."
       "Taub loves his wife but he needs to have sex with other women."
       "Yeah. It sucks what he's doing to her, too, but its hardly the same. To be faithful to his wife, our patient has to deny his identify. Taub just needs to---"
       "Resist a biological imperative."
       "It is easier to say no to dessert than to pretend you don't eat."
       "Days someone who's obviously never been on a diet.
       "Oh, yeah. My life's a breeze."
       "you're successful, smart and you attract everything that moves. If you want to focus on the fact that you're not going to see fifty, that's your choice."
       "You know what? I agree with you. My self-pity's optional. What about yours?"

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