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Maternity 

A nightmare scenario hits Princeton Plainsboro when babies in the maternity ward are hit by a potentially fatal epidemic. Clinic Cases: Woman with a parasite!

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David Shore (created by), Peter Blake
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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
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase
Ever Carradine ... Karen Hartig
Hedy Burress ... Jill
Cress Williams ... Hospital Attorney
Melissa Marsala ... Judy Lupino
Alexandra Bokyun Chun ... Kim Chen (as Alexandra Chun)
Kenneth Choi ... Dr. Lim
Benjamin John Parrillo Benjamin John Parrillo ... Dr. Kubisak (as Ben Parrillo)
Sam Trammell ... Ethan Hartig
Dwight Armstrong ... Charlie
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Storyline

Two babies in separate delivery rooms delivered by separate staff become deathly ill within minutes of birth. Even though there's no way to explain how an infection could spread between them so quickly, the team must find some way to prevent an epidemic they can't yet identify. In chasing the killer, House must make a choice: give both babies the same treatment and lose both if he's wrong, or give them separate treatments to assure a positive ID of the illness, but also assuring that one of the babies will die. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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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:

7 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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Maternity See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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When House and his team list viruses that might be causing the infants' infection, they rule out the herpesvirus family but cite cytomegalovirus as a possibility. Cytomegalovirus is a member of the herpesvirus family (human herpesvirus 5); however, Cuddy's rationale is that the virus in question is resistant to acyclovir, which is used specifically to treat the herpes simplex viruses (and, hence, House writes "HSV" under the "No" column). CMV is not treatable with acyclovir and so it is still a valid possibility. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Gregory House: [clinic patient is unaware she is pregnant; House tells her she has a parasite] Don't worry. Many women learn to embrace this parasite. They name it, dress it up in tiny clothes, arrange playdates with other parasites.
Jill: Playdates?
Dr. Gregory House: [shows her the ultrasound] It has your eyes.
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Dr. House - Titelsong
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Parasites
11 June 2010 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

After the relatively light-hearted Occam's Razor, the fourth episode of House goes in a more serious direction, offering 40 minutes of very intense storytelling, as far removed as possible from Bryan Singer's more humorous approach (ironically, Maternity is directed by Singer collaborator Newton Thomas Sigel, best known as a cinematographer).

The scenario presented by the episode is the textbook definition of "nightmarish": several babies in the maternity ward start showing similar symptoms, suggesting that Princeton Plainsboro has been hit by a potentially fatal epidemic. As the case turns into a race against the clock, House has to make extraordinary use of his brilliant mind, while still finding time to mock his staff.

Like a perfectly paced thriller, Maternity moves quickly, focusing more on dramatic tension than character development, which, given the case-of-the-week structure of the series, isn't a big problem. Besides, there is some room for humor, as House's clinical case allows for a hilarious discussion about "parasites" and yet another showcase of Hugh Laurie's impeccable sarcasm. Very, very good.


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