House (2004–2012)
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Babies & Bathwater 

While House and his team scramble to discover what's causing brain and kidney dysfunction in a pregnant woman, Vogler is on the warpath to get House fired.


Bill Johnson


David Shore (created by), Peter Blake (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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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 (credit only)
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase
Marin Hinkle ... Naomi Randolph
Michael A. Goorjian ... Sean Randolph (as Michael Goorjian)
Michael Simpson Michael Simpson ... Joel Kaplan
Natalie Shaw ... Rachel Kaplan
Ron Perkins ... Dr. Ron Simpson
Kenneth Choi ... Dr. Lim
Chi McBride ... Edward Vogler
John Berg John Berg ... Dr. Prather
S.E. Perry ... Officer Davis


While driving a car with her husband Sean, the pregnant Naomi Randolph collapses and is moved to House's hospital. Edward Vogler is forcing the dismissal of House, pressing the board with his investment of one hundred million dollars in the hospital. The team finds that Naomi has small-cell lung cancer, needing to be submitted to radiation, but she refuses the caesarean section and the treatment to give a better chance of survival to the baby. Meanwhile, the baby of a young couple is losing weight, and House finds that the baby is being fed by the vegetarian parents only with a vegan diet. The direction of the hospital calls the social service and the police and the parents are arrested. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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House and Wilson advise the patient she has small cell lung cancer. This "diagnosis" was made by a chest x-ray, with no mention of a biopsy. It would be criminally irresponsible to treat cancer without having pathologic or cytologic confirmation of the type. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: [after Vogler prevents House's patient from undergoing surgery] Hey! You're killing her!
Edward Vogler: Really? See, I thought you were the one trying to ram her into a drug trial 5 minutes after surgery...
Dr. Gregory House: She knows the risks, she was fully informed...
Edward Vogler: Well, the guy running the study sure wasn't.
Dr. Gregory House: Not his life, not his call!
Edward Vogler: His study, his call!
[At this point, Cuddy comes out of the clinic]
Dr. Gregory House: Right, so she kicks off, his number look bad.
Edward Vogler: The numbers look bad, the study looks bad!
Dr. Gregory House: Which would cost you money!
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Performed by Grant Lee Buffalo
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Dark but Funny Episode
16 April 2006 | by lastsonkryptonSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful episode from the series, and one of the truly rare instances where House doesn't always get his way. The main plot, regarding the pregnant woman, shows House at its dark best, and the advancement of that story shows House having to recognize his cynicism is not always appropriate. But the real treat is the Vogler storyline, which shows Vogler at his diabolical best. If House is truly Sherlock Holmes, then Vogler is unquestionably his Moriarty - the one nemesis who has truly gotten the best of House, and this is the episode where that happens. Their final confrontation is funny, nerve-wracking and surprising, as it should be. Also, to correct an earlier comment, the trashy woman with strange bruises who is having sex is NOT in this episode. She appeared in the previous episode, "Role Model."

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