House (2004–2012)
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An ambitious, charismatic black senator becomes ill while campaigning for the Presidency suffering from a mysterious malady, possibly AIDS.


Peter O'Fallon


David Shore (created by), Matt Witten




Episode cast overview:
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
Joe Morton ... Senator Gary H. Wright
Missy Crider ... Susan
Chi McBride ... Edward Vogler
Dominic Oliver ... Reynolds
Elizabeth Karr ... Hostess
Bobbin Bergstrom ... ICU Nurse
Sahar Bibiyan ... Clinic Nurse


House treats a black presidential candidate, who House is convinced has AIDS, but the Senator's passion convinces him otherwise. Also, Vogler forces House to give a speech endorsing a new drug from Vogler's company, but House has plans of his own. Clinic Cases: A woman showing signs of having had a miscarriage claims she's not having sex despite a hickey and carpet burns on her backside. Written by llastsonkrypton

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


House mentions how the White House is not called the White House due to the paint job alone and insinuated that a black president wouldn't come along very soon. Three years after the episode was aired, Obama, the first black president, was elected. See more »


When House sees his clinic patient for the second time, she says she has a "rash on my butt." House diagnoses this as "carpet burn." An American would have said "rug burn."

Incorrect. "Rug burn" and "carpet burn" are used interchangeably in American English. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: [to the Senator] Some day there will be a black president. Some day there will be a gay president. Maybe there will even be a gay, black president. But one combination I do not see happening is gay, black, and dead. You need to stop lying to me.
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It's OK To Think About Ending
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Okay Episode, Although House's Speech Is Awesome
4 April 2006 | by lastsonkryptonSee all my reviews

The highlight of this episode is definitely House's speech at the end for the conference. The cat and mouse game between Vogler and House is fine, and it takes some interesting twists in this episode, but the patient's case is less than thrilling. Also, the development of House's relationship with Cameron is almost annoying here. (It gets more interesting later in the series.) However, to correct a comment made earlier: The overweight woman whom House thinks might be pregnant is NOT in this episode. That happened in the prior episode, "Heavy." House's clinic patient this episode is a very skinny woman whom House says HAS BEEN pregnant, although she denies having had sex in the last year. However, further symptoms suggest she is lying.

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