House (2004–2012)
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Broken: Part 1 (original title)
House fights his doctors, the staff and his fellow patients when he's forced to stay in the psychiatric hospital under threat of permanently losing his medical license.


Katie Jacobs


David Shore (created by), Russel Friend | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Franka Potente ... Lydia
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Juan 'Alvie' Alvarez
Megan Dodds ... Dr. Beasley
Derek Richardson ... Freedom Master / Steve
Curtis Armstrong ... Richter
Andrew Leeds ... Dr. Medina (as Andrew Harrison Leeds)
Angela Bettis ... Susan
Jack Plotnick ... Hal Connor
Artemis Pebdani ... Diane
Alex Désert ... Jay-Bird
Kim Rhodes ... Woman at Fundraiser
Andre Braugher ... Dr. Darryl Nolan
Dale E. Turner ... Duane 'Stomp' Milbrett


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 plans to leave the treatment facility once he is clean, but he is strong-armed into staying by his attending physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan. 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, and Lydia, 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. Written by Fox Publicity

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Mystery


TV-14 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

21 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song that House plays for Lydia after asking her why she kissed him is "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." See more »


House and Alvie stage a fight in order to get a pill of Haldol to trade with Hal for a phone call. In an emergency situation (such as a fight) Haldol would be administered by injection, as a pill would take minutes to absorb. See more »


Juan 'Alvie' Alvarez: Dr. House in da house.
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References Annie Hall (1977) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: Allegro Con Brio
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by Hugh Laurie
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22 September 2009 | by noemiguneaSee all my reviews

I find it very annoying when i see negative comments with no whatsoever argumentative basis being posted here. People usually take into regard these opinions, so it is advisable that they be as objective as possible, or , at least, present two points of view.

Most 'House' viewers are attracted by his genius, wits and impossibility to adapt and to compromise, but these things have not changed in this episode. The series was full of twists of plot as it is, showing that House is who he is due to his high sensitivity and intelligence. Besides the brilliancy of Hugh Laurie in this episode, which would be a more than enough reason to watch it, it circles around the philosophical questions that tormented House throughout 1-5 and show that he is truly intelligent, and let's admit it, has style even when he's not obnoxious. Love scenes have happened with Stacy and Cuddy too, and I think those can be much more easily accused of being soapy because they were much longer.

Anyway, I recommend that you watch these episodes to form an opinion by yourselves and just enjoy them. I believe in the values House treasures too, but I do understand that, beneath it all, in some moments, you should abandon the rational and try to feel good. Even if it hurts afterwards.

:) Enjoy!

'Things change, but that doesn't mean they get better. You can't just keep talking and wait for the best. You have to make things better.'

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