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House Episode: "It's a Wonderful Lie"

Season 4, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: House suspects that a mysteriously paralyzed woman (Janel Moloney) is withholding vital information---but maybe she can't help it. Meanwhile, House puts his personal stamp on the hospital's Secret Santa gift exchange.
Original Air Date: Jan 29, 2008
Guest Cast Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Liana Liberato: Jane Jennifer Hall: Melanie Cheyenne Wilbur: Minister Janel Moloney: Maggie Anthony Starke: Roger
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Season 4, Episode 10
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Length: 43:52
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"It's a Wonderful Lie" Season 4, Episode 10

Hey Everyone! Erin Fox here, subbing for Nina the next few weeks. So be gentle with me... don't be like House. So, we begin tonight's episode with a mother ("Maggie," played by West Wing's Janel Moloney) holding her daughter's safety rope as she climbs an indoor rock wall. In a classic misdirect, the daughter's ("Jane") leg cramps up, and we think she's got the illness of the week. But oh no! It's her mom, Maggie, who is revealed as the POTW when her hands suddenly become paralyzed (dropping poor Jane). The most disturbing part about the opening is not that Jane plummeted to the ground and broke her arm, but that there was a lamely placed flying reindeer and Santa's sleigh in the shot to let us know that it's the Christmas episode. Back at PPTH, the surviving job candidates discuss Maggie's case as House enters, ripping down the festive decorations and the doctor's Christmas spirit to boot. Kutner denies putting up the decorations but then betrays himself by then asking to do a secret Santa exchange. When will he learn? House asks about Maggie and 13 reveals that she is getting worse. House wants to know what Maggie is hiding, but 13 insists the patient wouldn't lie; she's been completely candid about her double mastectomy and all sorts of her personal business. Of course, House's favorite thing to do in life is prove everyone lies, so he decides to get more history. After an extremely inappropriate yet hilarious Q&A with Jane, House consults Wilson on the nature of lying. Wilson has the good sense to ask, "I'm sorry, I missed rehearsal; Am I taking the 'truth is good' side? Isn't that usually what you take?" There's just something about these Christmas episodes that always makes for fantastic House-Wilson exchanges. Maybe it's the mistletoe. After finding out that Maggie's a tad on the slutty side, Foreman and Taub discover she was slipped X by one of her dates. However, this lead proves useless when Maggie loses her vision. Meanwhile, House meets a lovely young blonde in the clinic with Strep, who he assumes is a prostitute because she wears a St. Nicholas medallion and a sexy smile. We all know she'll be back. Back in the war room, House is tearing up names for the secret Santa drawing, (to mess with them, of course- You didn't think he'd really be into that?) while the team throws out possible treatments. After a failed fluorosceine angiogram of her eyes, Kutner and 13 steal Maggie and Jane's computers to see if they can find any dirt. House thinks he's discovered that Maggie's e-mails prove that she has Sarcoidosis! After his theory is shot down, they decide that she could possibly be a psych case, and try to enlist Jane to lie to Maggie to see her response. Jane's not stupid, and won't play House's game. So, Taub tries to trick Maggie with a placebo IV to see if she improves, but then her lymph nodes swell large enough to block her airway. So, after a test to check her lungs, the poor thing starts bleeding out of her eyes. Seriously, it just gets worse. Now she needs a bone marrow sample, which gives us our first Chase sighting of the night. This test is awful... it includes A big freakin' drill and a lot of pain. But, they can't even get into her bones because they are beginning to harden like rocks. In the meantime, House is getting his Christmas jollies by turning the team against each other. He taunts the team into thinking he's been given an iPhone by one of the Santas... so then the rest feel obligated to buy House gifts. Pathetic, yet hilarious. Blondie is back, this time with a nasty looking welty rash. House says, "Clap on," but Blondie insists it's not that kind of rash. House then suggests she's involved with some kind of donkey show. This is getting dirty quickly. She says, with a Cheshire-cat grin, "Donkey or a mule, I can never remember." House counters with, "Wow, that is a creepy smile, but the donkey's is creepier." She invites House to her show, and gives him a flyer, insisting he'll like it. Awesome. After discussing Maggie's hardened bones, the team realizes that if she has one disease, it's treatable, if it's the other forms of osteopetrosis (hardened bones), she'll die. They try to convince Maggie to let Jane get tested for bone marrow donation to save herself, but she refuses. A lightbulb goes off for House... Jane can't be Maggie's daughter. Biggest. Lie. Ever. How stoked is House that he's right? Well, not really, because they realize she doesn't have the curable type of bone disease. At the hospital Christmas party, Wilson and House talk about how depressing death and Christmas is... of course this conversation leads to the brilliant light bulb moment for House. Breast tissue can't be completely removed with mastectomies. House gives her a drug that makes breast tissue swell, which pops up a big ol' tumor on the back of her knee. In the grossest moment I think I've ever witnessed, House extracts breast milk from the tumor and squirts it into Jane's mouth. (Shivering with disgust). Maggie will be fine with surgery and chemo. The episode ends with House going to Blondie's show... a Christmas pageant at a local church. She's the Virgin Mary, riding in on a donkey. Cute smiles exchanged by all. What did you think of the episode? Do you give it a Bah Humbug or a Halleluiah? show less
Hey Everyone! Erin Fox here, subbing for Nina the next few weeks. So be gentle with me... don't be like House.So, we begin tonight's episode with a mother ("Maggie," played by West Wing's Janel Moloney) holding her daughter's safety rope as she climbs an indoor rock wall. In a classic misdirect, the daughter's ("Jane") leg cramps up, and we think she's got the illness of the week. But oh no! It's her mom, Maggie, who is revealed as the POTW when her hands suddenly become paralyzed (dropping poor Jane). The most disturbing part about the opening is not that Jane plummeted to the ground and broke her arm, but that there was a lamely placed flying reindeer and Santa's sleigh in the shot to let us know that it's the Christmas episode.Back at PPTH, the surviving job candidates discuss Maggie's case as House enters, ripping down the festive decorations and the doctor's Christmas spirit to boot. Kutner denies putting up the decorations but then betrays himself by then asking to do a secret... read more

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