House (season 6)

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House (season 6)
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Season 6 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network Fox
Original release September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21) – May 17, 2010
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The sixth season of House premiered on September 21, 2009, with a two-hour premiere.[1][2] The season premiere, titled "Broken", was filmed at the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey.[3] It is the first season premier of House to feature Hugh Laurie as the only original cast member in all twenty two episodes, and the last season to feature Jennifer Morrison as a main cast member.

Season six featured 22 episodes, two fewer than the usual amount.[4] In the United Kingdom, the series began airing on Sky 1 and Sky 1 HD on October 4, 2009, two weeks behind the North American broadcast.

The season was fairly well critically received scoring 77 on Metacritic.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Franka Potente, Megan Dodds, Rick D. Wasserman, James Earl Jones, Lee Tergesen, Jon Seda, Annabelle Attanasio, Jolene Blalock, Troy Garity, Esteban Powell, Joshua Malina, Katherine LaNasa, Marnette Patterson, Ethan Embry, Sasha Alexander, Nick Chinlund, Beau Garrett, Da'Vone McDonald, Orlando Jones, Patrick St. Esprit, Laura Prepon, Cali Fredrichs, Nick Eversman, David Strathairn, Riki Lindhome, Noah Segan, Sarah Jones, Sarah Wayne Callies, Adam Garcia, Eva Amurri, Zoe McLellan and China Jesusita Shavers.


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
111 1 "Broken (Part 1)"[n 1] Katie Jacobs Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster & David Shore September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21) 15.76[8]
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 being House, he tries to fool the doctors by not taking his medicine pretending he is getting better, but soon realizes that he has deep underlying issues. He starts his treatment and plans to leave the facility once he is clean, but he is strong-armed into staying by his attending physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan (Andre Braugher). 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 (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and Lydia (Franka Potente), 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.
112 2 "Broken (Part 2)"[n 1] Katie Jacobs Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster & David Shore September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21) 17.25[8]
After the delusional patient jumps off of a building, House decides that he needs to face himself and accept treatment from Dr. Nolan. He kisses Lydia at a party, Dr. Nolan helps him figure out what the kiss meant. After a catatonic patient, Lydia's sister-in-law, is cured, Lydia and her family decide to move to Arizona. House is eventually deemed healthy enough to leave Mayfield. As he does so, Alvie looks over his friend through a window. Inspired, he goes to a doctor, and requests meds, which he had not been taking, wanting to get better.
113 3 "Epic Fail" Greg Yaitanes Sara Hess & Liz Friedman September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28) 14.44[9]

House returns and has surprising news for Cuddy; on the advice of his therapist, Dr. Darryl Nolan, he's quitting his job; an ailing video game creator opts for treatments suggested by people on the Internet rather than listening to the team, which is now being run by Foreman. Taub quits saying he only wanted this job to work with House. In the end, House wants to go back to his job in diagnosing, to help him ignore his leg pain. We learn that he is the one who solved Foreman's case. In the end Foreman fires Thirteen saying it might drive them apart.

Final diagnosis: Fabry disease
114 4 "The Tyrant" David Straiton Peter Blake October 5, 2009 (2009-10-05) 13.74[10]

The team treats a controversial African politician named Dibala (James Earl Jones) who has fallen ill while coming to America to give a speech at the United Nations. Meanwhile, Wilson tries to make amends with a feuding neighbor. Fearing a planned genocide, Chase purposely mixes up the blood tests with that of a body in the morgue, causing Dibala to be treated for the wrong illness. The dictator is killed, leaving Chase and Foreman guilty for the rest of the series.

Final diagnosis: Blastomycosis (Dibala) and Phantom Limb (Murphy)
115 5 "Instant Karma" Greg Yaitanes Thomas L. Moran October 12, 2009 (2009-10-12) 13.50[11]

A wealthy businessman brings his teenage son, who is suffering from inexplicable stomach pains, to Princeton Plainsboro and insists on having Dr. House handle the case. The father of the patient believes the karmic penalty of his financial success is that he is victim to personal tragedy, and that the answer to his son's medical mystery lies in a reverse of fate rather than medical treatment. Meanwhile, Foreman and Chase prepare to present information on the Dibala case.

Final diagnosis: Primary Antiphospholipid syndrome
116 6 "Brave Heart" Matt Shakman Lawrence Kaplow October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19) 11.65[12]

Cameron pushes the team to treat a man whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather have all died of a sudden heart attack before the age of 40, but House is reluctant to take the case without distinctive symptoms. Meanwhile, Chase is haunted by his actions in the Dibala case.

Final diagnosis: Intracranial berry aneurysm of the brain stem
117 7 "Known Unknowns" Greg Yaitanes Matthew V. Lewis & Doris Egan November 9, 2009 (2009-11-09) 13.31[13]

After a wild night out, a teenage girl (Anna Attanasio) is brought to Princeton Plainsboro with severely swollen appendages. The team must work to diagnose the young girl, who is less than honest about what happened the night she fell ill. As her condition worsens, she becomes unable to distinguish fact from fiction. Meanwhile, Cuddy, Wilson and House spend a weekend away from the hospital to attend a medical conference, but things don't go as planned when House's private investigator, Lucas Douglas (Michael Weston), returns.

Final diagnosis: Vibrio vulnificus and haemochromatosis
118 8 "Teamwork" David Straiton Eli Attie November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16) 12.67[14]

After House's medical license is reinstated, he reclaims his role as Head of Diagnostics in time to treat Hank Hardwick (Troy Garity), an adult film star admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro for pulsating eye pain. Meanwhile, Cuddy is reminded that Princeton-Plainsboro is not conducive to healthy personal relationships. At the end of the episode Cameron leaves the team and Chase.

Final diagnosis: Crohn's disease
119 9 "Ignorance Is Bliss" Greg Yaitanes David Hoselton November 23, 2009 (2009-11-23) 11.95[15]

On the eve of Thanksgiving, House and the team take on the case of James Sidas (Esteban Powell), an exceptionally brilliant physicist and author who traded his successful career for a job as a courier. For the ailing patient, intelligence is a miserable burden that has prompted depression and addiction, and this, coupled with a myriad of strange symptoms, nearly stumps the team. Meanwhile the doctors at Princeton-Plainsboro wrestle with strained personal relationships.

Final diagnosis: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and multiple accessory spleens
120 10 "Wilson" Lesli Linka Glatter David Foster November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30) 13.24[16]

An old friend and former patient of Wilson's experiences paralysis in his left arm. Wilson takes this case himself. House thinks his friend has cancer like before, however Wilson stays optimistic until the worst happens. Now he is forced to make radical decisions. Cuddy continues her search for real estate.

Final diagnosis: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
121 11 "The Down Low" Nick Gomez Sara Hess & Liz Friedman January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11) 12.25[17]

A man (Ethan Embry) who associates with drug dealers collapses during a sale, but refuses to reveal personal information to the team because it might incriminate him. Foreman's teammates conspire to convince him that his salary is less than theirs. Wilson buys a new condo, and House and Wilson are both flirting with Nora (Sasha Alexander), an attractive new neighbor in their building who thinks that House and Wilson are in a committed relationship.

Final diagnosis: Hughes-Stovin Syndrome
122 12 "Remorse" Andrew Bernstein Peter Blake January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) 14.21[18]

The team takes on the case of Valerie, an attractive female executive experiencing random episodes of excruciating pain. House agrees to take the case based on Valerie's looks, and while treating her, the men on the team are charmed by Valerie's beauty and personality, with Thirteen looking beyond the superficial to try to discover a link to her illness. Meanwhile, House uncharacteristically attempts to alleviate his conscience by reaching out to a former medical school colleague he wronged.

Final diagnosis: Psychopathy secondary to Wilson's disease
123 13 "Moving the Chains" David Straiton Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01) 13.38[19]

House and the team rush to treat an ailing college American football star in time for the patient to compete in NFL tryouts. But when the patient experiences an onslaught of varied and unusual symptoms, the team has trouble reaching a consensus on how to effectively treat him in time. Meanwhile, Foreman's brother Marcus (Orlando Jones) makes a surprise visit to the hospital.

Final diagnosis: Paraneoplastic syndrome secondary to melanoma
124 14 "5 to 9" Andrew Bernstein Thomas L. Moran February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08) 13.60[20]
During a day in the life of Princeton-Plainsboro's Dean of Medicine, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, the inner workings of the hospital are seen through her eyes. This day proves to be especially trying as Cuddy wrestles with myriad hospital issues and staff disputes that test her perseverance and skills as an administrator, all while juggling issues in her personal life.
125 15 "Private Lives" Sanford Bookstaver Doris Egan March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08) 12.81[21]

The team treats a famous blogger (Laura Prepon), but finds her difficult to treat when she insists on discussing all procedures and doctors on her blog. Meanwhile, House and Wilson learn secrets about each other and go speed dating along with Chase.

Final diagnosis: Whipple's disease
126 16 "Black Hole" Greg Yaitanes Lawrence Kaplow March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15) 11.37[22]

House and team tries to diagnose a high school senior suffering from blackouts and hallucinations, and are forced to take a controversial approach. Meanwhile, Wilson attempts to furnish his new condo, and Taub brings his personal life into the workplace.

Final diagnosis: Cerebellar schistosomiasis delayed hypersensitivity allergy
127 17 "Lockdown" Hugh Laurie Story by: Eli Attie & Peter Blake
Teleplay by: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Peter Blake & Eli Attie
April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) 10.80[23]
When the hospital is sent into lockdown mode due to a missing infant, all of the doctors must remain where they are, leaving Foreman and Taub in the file room, Wilson and Thirteen in the cafeteria playing truth or dare, House in a room with a patient (David Strathairn), and Chase with his ex-wife, Cameron, as Cuddy tries to help police locate the infant.
128 18 "Knight Fall" Juan J. Campanella John C. Kelley April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19) 10.81[24]

The diagnostics team takes on the case of a man roleplaying as a knight who collapses at the end of a duel during the Renaissance Fair, leading Foreman and Thirteen to head for the fair to investigate. Meanwhile, House learns that Wilson's newest girlfriend is his ex-wife, and tries all means to ruin the relationship in order to protect his friend from being hurt again.

Final diagnosis: Anabolic steroid abuse accelerated by hemlock poison
129 19 "Open and Shut" Greg Yaitanes Liz Friedman & Sara Hess April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26) 10.85[25]

A woman in an open marriage suddenly becomes ill during a date with her boyfriend; House tests Wilson and Sam's relationship. Taub's wife gives him permission to have relations with other women.

Final diagnosis: Henoch–Schönlein purpura
130 20 "The Choice" Juan J. Campanella David Hoselton May 3, 2010 (2010-05-03) 9.98[26]

The team takes on the case of an ailing groom-to-be (Adam Garcia) who harbors undisclosed secrets from a previous relationship. As his fiancée (Eva Amurri) tries to get answers to her many questions, a frustrated team winnows down the possibilities. Meanwhile, House spends extracurricular time with his Princeton Plainsboro colleagues, performing a karaoke rendition of a Gladys Knight & The Pips classic with Foreman and Chase.

Final diagnosis: Arnold-Chiari Malformation
131 21 "Baggage" David Straiton Doris Egan & David Foster May 10, 2010 (2010-05-10) 9.29[27]

House tells Dr. Nolan about the case of a woman (Zoe McLellan) suffering from both amnesia and another mystery condition. But Dr. Nolan believes that something else is troubling House — including the fact that Wilson is kicking him out of their home.

Final diagnosis: Allergic reaction to tattoo ink.
132 22 "Help Me" Greg Yaitanes Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner & Peter Blake May 17, 2010 (2010-05-17) 11.06[28]

After a crane collapse buries a woman (China Shavers) beneath rubble, House must split his time between staying with her and diagnosing the crane operator (Doug Kruse) who passed out. But when she dies despite his best efforts, House must avoid the temptation to relapse on Vicodin—until Cuddy admits her love for him.

Final diagnosis: Fat embolism due to amputation (Hannah); Arachnoid cyst on lower spine (Jay)

Home Media releases[edit]


Set details Special features
Country North America United Kingdom Australia
  • Bonus Featurettes:
    • Before "Broken"
    • A Different POV - Hugh Laurie Directs
    • New Faces in a New House
    • A New House for House
  • Episode Commentary
    • "Broken" by Katie Jacobs, Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner
    • "5-to-9" by Lisa Edelstein and Thomas L. Moran
    • "Wilson" by Robert Sean Leonard and David Foster, M.D.
# episodes 22
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Running time N/A
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English SDH, Spanish English SDH N/A
# of discs 5 6 N/A
Region 1 (NTSC) 2 (PAL) 4 (PAL)
Release date August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)[29] September 27, 2010 (2010-09-27)[30] N/A


Set details Special features
Country North America United Kingdom Australia
  • Bonus features:
  • Featurettes:
    • Before "Broken"
    • A Different POV - Hugh Laurie Directs
    • A New House for House
    • New Faces in a New House
    • Crazy Cool Episode - Epic Fail
  • Episode Commentary
    • "Broken" by Katie Jacobs, Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner
    • "5-to-9" by Lisa Edelstein and Thomas L. Moran
    • "Wilson" by Robert Sean Leonard and David Foster, M.D.
  • U-Control - A Beginner's Guide to Diagnostic Medicine
  • BD-Live
  • My Scenes
  • Pocket Blu
# episodes 22
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Running time N/A
Audio DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English audio
Subtitles English SDH, Spanish subtitles
# of discs 5 5 N/A
Region A (NTSC) B (PAL)
Release dates August 31, 2010 September 27, 2010 August 18, 2010


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  23. ^ Gorman, Bill (2010-04-20). "Syndicated Top 25: Once Again Judge Judy Tops Oprah, Plus Legend Of The Seeker". Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
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Further reading
  • Holtz, Andrew (October 3, 2006). The Medical Science of House, M.D. Berkley Books. ISBN 978-0-425-21230-1. 
  • Jacoby, Henry (December 3, 2008). House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-470-31660-8. 
  • Wilson, Leah (November 1, 2007). House Unauthorized: Vasculitis, Clinic Duty, and Bad Bedside Manner. Benbella Books. ISBN 1-933771-23-2. 
  • Benson, Kristina (August 21, 2008). House MD: House MD Season Two Unofficial Guide: The Unofficial Guide to House MD Season 2. Equity Press. ISBN 1-60332-065-2. 


  1. ^ a b Aired as a two hour premiere in the U.S., Canada and Australia, but as two separate episodes in other countries such as the United Kingdom

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