House (2004–2012)
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The Social Contract 

The team tries to diagnose a condition that leaves the patient saying anything that he thinks, no matter whom it hurts, and Wilson raises House's antennae when he passes up a monster truck rally.

Director:

Andrew Bernstein

Writers:

David Shore (created by), Doris Egan
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein ... Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison ... Dr. Allison Cameron (credit only)
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase
Peter Jacobson ... Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn ... Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde ... Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley
Jay Karnes ... Nick Greenwald
Susan Egan ... Audrey Greenwald
Darcy Rose Byrnes ... Marika Greenwald
Devon Michaels ... Timothy Moore
Jodi Harris ... Elaine
Cyrus Deboo ... Dr. Kapur
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Storyline

Publisher Nick Greenwald is diagnosed with a possibly congenital tumor, which suppresses his social lies ability. So he speaks the obnoxious truth as heartlessly as House, to staff and his family, but wants to be cured, at any risk. Taub is caught between Wilson needing a cover story and House's determination to find out what he's hiding. It proves serious and revealing about Wilson's fanatically considerate attitude. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jay Karnes' real life wife, Julia Campbell, appeared in the previous episode, "The Softer Side." See more »

Goofs

At 35:52, House's phone rings with the "team tone." At 36:00, Taub is seen hanging up a hospital landline in an image-viewing room. It seems unlikely that House would program every hospital room's landline into his contacts and assign them the team tone, just in case. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Gregory House: [to Wilson] You took a walk in 45-degree weather and you left your coat behind.
Dr. James Wilson: Go ahead.
Dr. Gregory House: I think you were punishing yourself. I think you wanted to feel what it would be like to be homeless in a New Jersey winter. That tells me, guilt. That tells me, something happened.
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Connections

References Superman (1978) See more »

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MMMBop
(uncredited)
Written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Zac Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Played on House's phone as the ringtone
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Outrageous
24 March 2009 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

TV veteran Jay Karnes stars as an afflicted fellow who says the first thing that comes to mind. Before this, he was the nicest of people. Now he is offending everyone around him and driving his family away. He makes for one of the few patients this season worth watching, while the growing hospital soap opera angle -- a definite negative of the series -- swirls around him. A pithy comment by the patient about Taub's prominent nose sets off a series of very funny moments for actor Peter Jacobson, whose Taub character remains my favorite among the "new" hires. House of course is simultaneously fascinated and repulsed with the idea of restoring the patient to what House considers a fake niceness, since House does not believe in niceness. A great episode, and the business between 13 and Foreman is mercifully toned down for once.


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