House (2004–2012)
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Broken 

House fights his doctors, the staff and his fellow patients when he's forced to stay in the psychiatric hospital under threat of permanently losing his medical license.

Director:

Katie Jacobs

Writers:

David Shore (created by), Russel Friend | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Franka Potente ... Lydia
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Juan 'Alvie' Alvarez
Megan Dodds ... Dr. Beasley
Derek Richardson ... Freedom Master / Steve
Curtis Armstrong ... Richter
Andrew Leeds ... Dr. Medina (as Andrew Harrison Leeds)
Angela Bettis ... Susan
Jack Plotnick ... Hal Connor
Artemis Pebdani ... Diane
Alex Désert ... Jay-Bird
Kim Rhodes ... Woman at Fundraiser
Andre Braugher ... Dr. Darryl Nolan
Dale E. Turner ... Duane 'Stomp' Milbrett
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Storyline

House begins a detox program at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital to get the Vicodin out of his system in an attempt to control his hallucinations. House plans to leave the treatment facility once he is clean, but he is strong-armed into staying by his attending physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan. Dr. Nolan agrees to write a recommendation to reinstate House's medical license only if House agrees to further treatment. When House is moved to a new ward in the hospital, he develops a close relationship with his new roommate, Alvie, and Lydia, a frequent visitor who helps House bend the rules. House asks Alvie to help him uncover incriminating information about Dr. Nolan that would allow him to blackmail his way out of the treatment center and convinces Lydia to loan him her car to sneak out a delusional patient in an attempt by House to undermine Dr. Nolan's course of treatment. But when devastating events ensue, House is humbled into reluctantly accepting help. Written by Fox Publicity

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Angela Bettis plays Susan, one of the committed women in the ward. Bettis also played a woman committed to a mental institution in the movie Girl, Interrupted. See more »

Goofs

House and Alvie stage a fight in order to get a pill of Haldol to trade with Hal for a phone call. In an emergency situation (such as a fight) Haldol would be administered by injection, as a pill would take minutes to absorb. See more »

Quotes

Dr. James Wilson: House?
Dr. Gregory House: NO, it's your other friend in the asylum.
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Connections

References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
(uncredited)
Written by Russ Morgan, Larry Stock, and James Cavanaugh
Sung by Jack Plotnick, Curtis Armstrong and Alex Désert
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Touching and brilliant. Masterpiece of an episode!
21 September 2009 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

House's season opener 'Broken' impressed me in ways that I could not even begin to imagine. The direction and cinematography were so controlled and smooth, the editing and music made it feel like a Motion Picture. Hugh Laurie gives an incredible performance. We all know that he is amazing in this show, but with this episode, he gives his best performance ever. The sad thing is that just a day before this episode premiered, Hugh Laurie, for the 4th time, lost the Emmy for Leading Actor in a Drama. He gives a truly remarkable performance here, and I truly hope this episode helps him win it for good next year. The rest of the cast were all fantastic. Incredible performances given by all, it is hard to name just one person. The scene with the boombox given to the mute woman was so touching and amazingly done. The love scene between House and Lydia was so well shot and directed, and written as well. The dialogue in this episode, and the writing of everything was so special. I had never seen an episode this incredible before. I do not mean as in what happened, I just mean the fluency of it all. It was so subtle and touching, the writing and directing were spot on of a real feature film. Not one flaw in this episode, and I have to say, I think this is the best episode of this whole series, and should garner attention everywhere. Episodes like this make me happy for the show, and to know that there is still rare TV like this, and the only other show to be this amazingly done would have to be Mad Men. Great job House!


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