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House Episode: "Games"

Season 4, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: While Cuddy orders House to make a hiring decision, he assigns the remaining candidates to a case involving an uncooperative, over-the-hill rock star with a history of drug abuse and civil disobedience. Meanwhile, Wilson informs a former patient whom he had previously diagnosed with terminal cancer that he is going to live. The patient does not take this as good news.
Original Air Date: Nov 27, 2007
Guest Cast Tanika Brown McKelvy: Parent Nick McCallum: Fred Alex Weed: Ian Jeremy Renner: Quidd Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Matt DeCaro: McKenna Raf Mauro: Doctor Dina Defterios: Luisa Maria
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Season 4, Episode 9
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Length: 44:00
Aired: 11/27/2007
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"Games" Season 4, Episode 9

After months of reality-show challenges and sometimes-random, sometimes-dramatic firings, Cuddy gave House an ultimatum: Pick the final two by the end of the week or the Wannnabes would start getting paid from his salary. She broke the news to him while he was watching his beloved medical soap opera (hilarious), and it was only after Cuddy mentioned that she had also taken away his hard-won parking spot that House seemed to take the threat seriously. The POTW was a drugged-out punk rocker who exhibited not one, not two, but all of the many, many signs of excessive drug use - presenting House and team with a challenge, to see if there was actually something else going on. House's solution was to make the diagnosis a game: Whoever figured out what was ailing the guy first was hired, and the second person would be picked based on a point system, which House spontaneously introduced. Oh, and only the person who had possession of House's resident eyeball statuette thingy could run tests. Wilson time was primo: He had misdiagnosed a case of terminal cancer, telling a patient he only had six months to live, when in fact it turned out that the guy was perfectly fine. House was fascinated by this whole scenario and snuck his way in to the meeting when Wilson broke the good news - except that the guy didn't take it that way, since he'd already had three goodbye parties, had sold his house and had bought a ticket to Italy. Which, of course, fascinated House even more. Wilson's crazy patient decided to sue him, because for those three months he thought he was dying, he did more living than he had in his entire life. And, as it turned out,the absurd idea to sue came from none other than House, who was doing it to teach Wilson a lesson. Some things never change. House surprised Cuddy - and himself, I think - by asking her advice on whom he should hire. Her choices: Taub (aka Plastic Surgeon Guy) and Kutner (aka 6/9); Taub because he would stand up to House, and Kutner because he shares House's unconventional approach to medicine. My favorite moments were House playing a sweet lick on the piano - and listening to the POTW's music, which House described as a cross between "Thelonius Monk and the sound a trash compactor makes when you crawl inside it." In the end, CTB and 13 were fired - CTB because she actually cared too much for the games, and 13... because she was a pawn. House managed to get a reprieve for her - he knew that Cuddy would never allow him to hire two men (and she admitted that she had suggested Taub and Kutner because she thought he wouldn't follow her advice). So now we're down to our final three, and their dynamic will have to switch from being competitors to being teammates. At the end of the episode, Cuddy says to House, "Well, at least the games are over." To which he responds, "How long have you known me?" The new episodes, at least, are over until January. What are you guys hoping for in the new year - more of House's games, or more of the old medical-mystery-personal-drama formula that the show used to follow? For House clips, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
After months of reality-show challenges and sometimes-random, sometimes-dramatic firings, Cuddy gave House an ultimatum: Pick the final two by the end of the week or the Wannnabes would start getting paid from his salary. She broke the news to him while he was watching his beloved medical soap opera (hilarious), and it was only after Cuddy mentioned that she had also taken away his hard-won parking spot that House seemed to take the threat seriously.The POTW was a drugged-out punk rocker who exhibited not one, not two, but all of the many, many signs of excessive drug use — presenting House and team with a challenge, to see if there was actually something else going on. House's solution was to make the diagnosis a game: Whoever figured out what was ailing the guy first was hired, and the second person would be picked based on a point system, which House spontaneously introduced. Oh, and only the person who had possession of House's resident eyeball statuette thingy could run te... read more

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